Hey everyone, how’s your week going so far?

I wanna share with you the remarkable story of Mr Bassey, a selfless Nigerian man who has taken it upon himself to serve his community by carrying out a task that should be done by the governmenet.

As a Nigerian, I strongly believe more than half of our population is inherently selfish.

Based on my experience and the experience of many others I know, it seems that most Nigerians are typically very selfish, when they are kind to you…you have to question it cos there is usually a self serving motive behind their kindness.

Typical example: The recent story of a man who asked his friend to take two tubers of yam outside the country to be delivered to his relative, only for said good samaritan to find wraps of cocaine stashed inside the yam!

Look at how our representatives and the government as a whole treats it’s itizens with no empathy, kindness or compassion.

But thankfully it’s not all bad. It warms my heart to know there are still selfless people like Mr Bassey in Nigeria.

His story was shared on Facebook by Alex Okelue. Mr Bassey aka Iron Man is the remarkable man who has taken it upon himself to fix the bad roads in the Ajah area of Lagos. He is doing as service to his community out of the goodness of his heart.

All with absolutely no assistance from the state of federal government


Image Credit: Alex Blanc Okelue

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This is a story of a man who does what most Nigerians will naturally not do. He is a husband, father, a Nigerian (from Cross Rivers State). He is a construction worker. His name is ‘Mr Bassey a.k.a Iron Bar’.

He got injured as a weightlifter for Nigeria in the 80s. In more organised countries with responsible governments, he will be taken care of and he will lack nothing.

Not too many people pay attention to his rare community service which he started in 2015 right after he left his family in Calabar to work in Lagos.

He met an old woman on Badore-Addo Road, Ajah, walking and felt troubled to see such an elderly woman stressing herself under the hot sun. He went to find out why, the woman told him the traffic on the road was unbearable so she decided to walk. Out of concern, Mr Bassey decided to know the cause of the traffic and how he could solve the problem that day, if possible.

During his finding, he observed that some pot holes ahead caused vehicles to slow down, thereby causing the traffic to build up behind. He decided to fix it and his effort that day, though took a while, paid off.

He also discovered that the dredging activities along the road cause sand to block the gutter, blocking the flow of water on the road, which spoils it constantly. Seeing that the government is not paying attention to the road, he decided to make it a duty to always fix the road and clear the sand from the gutter to make water flow unhindered in it.

Mr Bassey resumes at 5am and closes at 11am each day. This has become his office (doing the job meant for the Government, LASTMA and police). He is not paid by anyone to do this (some good Nigerians dash him money for food as they drive by.

From Sunday to Sunday, Morning to Night, he is always there working under the Sun or Rain. Many may think he is mad, but he said he is not, he is sane and hope others can do same.

As Nigeria clocks 57, we need such men to be celebrated so that there will be a ripple effect of such selfless acts. He may have decided to look the other way like most of us will, but he faced the problem.

If you reside in that area, show him some love, stop and discuss with him. Take photos of him and with him. He is quite friendly and approachable. This could motivate some people on the street to follow his foot steps.

Cheers to this stand out man, Mr Bassey ‘a.k.a Iron Bar’. He is definitely the real MVP.

This is an inspiring story of selflessness in a majorly selfish place.


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Mr Bassey is a better person than I am.

I do hope he is rewarded generously in some way and even better than that, the taxes we pay are used to help people like Mr. Bassey and keep our roads safe.

Let’s help Mr Bassey get the attention of the powers that be. Share this article, make it go viral and bring Mr Bassey and his cause to government attention.