What Would Josephine Ugwu Do? Airport Cleaner An Inspiration
you make $40 per month cleaning airport bathrooms for 12 hr. per day. During
your labours you find a lost bag containing nearly $60,000 in cash. What would
Josephine Ugwu, the decision was easy. It’s not the 1st time she’s
found cash, and as she has done before she immediately reported her discovery
and attempted reach the bag’s rightful owner.
works for Patovilki, a company that handles the cleaning and servicing of Murtala
Mohammed International Airport (LOS).
to local reporter Lawani Mikairo, Ugwu did not win praise for her ethics.
Instead she was mocked by colleagues and by strangers on social media, for not
keeping the cash. Even the owner of the lost money apparently casually shrugged
off the misplacement and showed little appreciation for Ugwu’s kindness.
didn’t phase Ugwu, however. She told a local newspaper: “People should appreciate what they
have. People do a lot of bad things because they are not happy with what they
have. With the little I earn, I try to manage it well.”
action eventually earned more positive recognition. LOS airport authorities
told USA Today’s Road Warrior Voices that upon learning of Ugwu’s story this
past spring, The Lagos State House of Assembly recognized her good deed with a
prestigious award for outstanding character. Ugwu is one of just 16 Nigerians
to have received this national honour.
airport spokesman also said that Ugwu has been receiving monetary gifts from
locals who have learned of her story and are impressed with her actions. Her
employer jumped into the fray, too, doubling her salary to $80 per month. Even
at the new salary, the money Ugwu found would have lasted 62.5 years.