The day after our allowances was paid, I
followed Johnson to Berlin to buy Weed. We
stopped at Alexander Platz train station and
boarded the S-Bahn (A smaller train that
circled Berlin). We got to another smaller
train station and went underground.
I was almost scared when we were going
underground. I saw people coming out of the
ground like rabbits. It was when we got to
about 40 feet underground that I discovered
it was a train line.
It was called the U-bahn.
*Berlin had 9 U-bahn lines that went to every
angle of the city. The U-bahn was the fastest
way to get to your destination in Berlin. Some
U-bahn lines were up to an hour and half
line. Berlin was a very large city. It was the
capital divided into two (Berlin Wall.
Demolished in 1989 when they unified)
between Western and Eastern Germany.*
We followed the U-bahn for about ten
minutes before we stopped at a place called
Wedding (pronounced Vedding).
We walked for another one minute from the
U-bahn station and got into a big building.
After pressing the bell, a Guinea man opened
the doors for us. He greeted us and offered
He went inside and brought out a half
kilogram (500 grams) of weeds.
Johnson examined it and certified it good
Then the man brought out a different kind of
drug called ‘ hashes’.
*Hashes was not as strong as weed. People
who felt that weeds were too strong for
them smoked Hashes*
We paid 2000 Euros for the Weeds and paid
900 euros for the Hashes, then we finished
our beers and left the man’s house.
The drugs were stuffed inside a backpack
kind of bag which Johnson gave me to carry.
I was so scared but I couldn’t show it.
*That was when I felt the biggest fear of my
I had heard about people who went to 5 or
more years imprisonment because of drugs*
I carried the bag and fixed it on my back. I
was so scared that I hardly breathed but
since I was already carrying the bag, there
was nothing I could do.
We came out of the man’s house and walked
back to the Wedding U-bahn station. When we
stopped at the Alexander platz train station
where we supposed to board the train back
to our HEIM, Johnson said he was going
somewhere. He told me to take the bag back
to Brandenburg and wait for him.
Brandenburg to Berlin was a 30 minutes
I waited for the train while Johnson went to
God knows where.
Right inside the train, my mind was not at
rest. I thought about every possible thing that
could happen to me if I got caught by the
police. I thought about my family in Nigeria,
about Efuah in Ghana with her pregnancy,
about Agnes and Awiti. I thought about how
long I would spend in prison if they caught
It was only when the train announced that we
had reached Brandenburg that my mind came
I got down from the train and entered the
already waiting bus that took us to the HEIM.
I took the bag to Johnson’s room and locked
it up. He had given me his keys.
As soon as I closed Johnson’s doors, I ran
down and went to the spar to buy something
I felt like a warrior who had won a war
against the German police.
When Johnson returned some twenty minutes
after I had returned, we went into his room
and opened our bags.
He said I had passed the first test and that
since I was not scared, I was destined for
*Only if he knew that I nearly threw the bag
away when I saw a police car in the TV that
was inside the train*
when we opened the bag, he measured
50grams of weed and gave me. He also gave
me the satchets to tie them.
I took my weed to my room and kept it inside
my cupboard, then I went back to the
Eurospar to buy a can of airfreshner.
*we used the airfreshner to Clear up the air
while tying the weeds*
When I returned, I took my key from the
reception and went upstairs to my room. To
my greatest surprise, my door was open but
nobody was inside.
Instantly I suspected that something had
happened inside the room.
I fearfully passed my door and looked inside
to check if the police were inside since we
heard that they had master keys to every
door in Germany.
There was nobody inside. I walked in and
found my cupboard open.
Somebody had opened it and took the weeds.
I checked if the door lock was broken but it
Then I knew who had done it. It was my
Camerounian room mate.
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