Man named Akpos applies to change name to anything else

29 Apr 2013

Man named Akpos applies to change name to anything else


Lagos - A Nigerian man whose name is Akpos, has applied to have his name changed to anything else.

The young man, who works as a motorcycle mechanic, complained that his life suddenly became difficult sometime last year but he does not understand why.

He claims that one day, people just started laughing at him each time he introduced himself or someone called his name.

At first he thought it had something to do with his chest high trousers and so he ignored the people making fun of him because, according to him, 'they don't know fashion.'

But the problem continued and people he didn't even know started to call his phone to ask if his name was really Akpos.

Things got unbearable when he applied for a job as a driver with a bank and his interviewer wouldn't stop laughing.

'The man went and called all his friends in the bank to come and look at me,' Akpos said. 'They were coming and introducing themselves, and when I shake them and say I am Mr Akpos, they will just start laughing and water will be coming out of their eyes.'

Perplexed and confused, Akpos resolved to go for spiritual cleansing and, luckily for him, a friend at the mechanic yard he works in told him that he could apply to change his name.

Akpos wasted no time in visiting the appropriate ministry and lamenting his case to the workers there who also laughed at him for no reason.

Eventually he got his way, and when asked what he wanted to change his name to, Akpos, exasperated, said, 'Anything else!'
And so it was, that the motorcycle mechanic formally known as Akpos, now bears the new name, Mr Anything else.

- Yele Nleade

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