Passion & Professionalism

I took this grainy picture on my way to work this morning. It is the picture of a traffic warden, popularly known as “Yellow Fever” because of the colour of the uniforms they wear.

These people are employed to control traffic within the city. And they are a fixture in any Nigerian city.

I don’t know whether or not we should continue to have them on our streets; that is not the focus of this discussion.

My discussion is on how they go about their jobs.

I personally think that this must be one of the most menial jobs on earth and when you see some of them at work, you just know it. The entire body language screams, “I hate my job!”

And who can blame them?

But there’s another set of “yellow fever Policemen.” These are the ones that intrigue, inspire and motivate. They don’t just control traffic; they entertain. They dance, spin, roll and slide. They are such a delight on the roads that many of them have received tips and applause from motorists and bystanders. A few of them have even received National awards in the past.

Yet it’s the same job, same pay.

The difference is attitude. One set approach the job with contempt for self and opportunity; the other set approaches with gratitude for the chance to work and earn a living. And when you can approach your work with a great attitude, you find creative ways to make it fun.


That’s the magic. It may not be the best job in the world but you can be the best at it. The battle over self is a bigger one than any other; win that and you can win any other.

So which kind of yellow fever are you?

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