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What’s the kindest thing a Stranger ever did for you?



“No act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted” – Aesop 

Hey BellaNaijarians,

What’s the kindest thing a stranger has even done to or for you?

Let us know in the comment section below!


  1. Mar4

    September 13, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    (As previously shared on my Social media on the day it happened, just 2 months or so ago) ? OMG! So since this summer decided to disgrace itself with cold. Today on my way home it was raining quite heavily and I was walking through Hietalahdenranta in the rain, just figured I’ll just hurry home no need for tram. I was starting to get really wet and this red car just started to drive towards me off the street and I was like “ha mister man can you not spray me more water”. Only for him to jump out of the car towards me with what looked like a brand new umbrella, he opened it, handed it to me, spoke some thing I was too flabbergasted to hear and walked back to his car smiling. Me am standing there looking like ??? whoever this was thank you!!! You totally made my day.

  2. CEO

    September 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    The kindest thing a stranger ever did was to warm my heart with a smile 🙂

  3. Nelson

    September 13, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    A few weeks ago I was moving in my new appartment. The old one was really close to the metro station, so I took with me a huge and heavy bag thinking I could carry it alone all the way…well I got to the metro station and my back was already broken in pieces hahahaha
    The problem is that the metro station I was going to was really far away from my new appartment, so I was thinking to myself ”God, how am I going to get this bag to my new place?” I don’t even have enough battery to call for a taxi or a friend for help, I was stranded. When I got there, there was this guy (he is from palestine, that’s all I know) who was watching me and proposed to help, we took the bag together, walked all the way to the new place. When we got there, he refused to get in the elevator and wished me a “nice day”
    I did everything to have him come for a drink, give me his number or something, he refused, and just left with a smile
    This happened in Brussels on saturday 1st of july 2017 and I will never forget

  4. imustdropacomment

    September 13, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    i almost got robbed on eko bridge and these two guys got down from their cars and chased the robbers away.
    my car broke down at sura on a work day at 6am and this guy gets down and tows my car to ikoyi

  5. Jules

    September 13, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    There are good Nigerians out there. Someone paid for my T-fare to work after realizing I forgot my wallet at home inside the bus. He paid for the entire trip and the funny thing was we were heading same direction. He even offered more money for my T-fare back home and for lunch. I was stunned cos dude didnt even ask for my number.

  6. Mawi

    September 13, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    I will never forget this. I was only 17 and on my way back to naija from the UK (student). Unfortunately, I got to Heathrow a bit too late & missed my flight. I had to spend the night at the airport & try again the following day (I lived all the way at Leicester). I ended up spending 2 nights at the airport. On the 2nd night, it was extremely cold (December) & I only had a light sweater. I was asleep on a chair but had been shivering. I opened my eyes & saw this white lady staring at me. She immediately took off her thick jacket and gave it to me. Just like that! I didn’t ask. No conversation whatsoever! I just kept saying thank you. I slept off again. I woke up later and found her arms wrapped her body. It was obvious she was really cold. I immediately took off the jacket and gave her back and she also said “thank you”. ?
    I went back to sleep for a short time but by the time I was up, she was gone.
    Till this day, many years later, I think about that young lady and pray God blesses her immensely. That single act made a difference and taught me the importance of kindness. It is not really about what u can afford to give, but how special u can make someone else feel. Even thinking about it now makes me feel all warm and happy.

  7. Faxie

    September 13, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    It happened in July this year. I had gone into the store with only my wallet. After shopping, I packed my things from the cart into the car,left my wallet on the cart and drove off. As soon as I got to the next grocery store, I realized what I had done and drove back in high speed. On getting back there, my wallet was gone. Of course, I immediately turned into a crazy woman. I checked all the carts, under my car, peoples cars, even checking the grass. I went to the customer services section and they said they didn’t get any lost item. Needless to say, I spent over two hrs searching every nook and cranny of my car and surroundings. I went home the saddest person ever. I searched for the tears but it wouldn’t roll. To shorten my further search escapades, I just prayed and hoped somehow i’ll get it back. Fast forward to two weekends after, someone sent my wallet in the mail with one of the kindest and sweetest messages ever, I was literally in tears. The good Samaritan did not leave their name, address or phone number. All I can do and I keep doing when I remember is to say a gentle prayer for this person. That act of Kindness cannot be over stated.
    P.S the wallet contained my Permanent residence card and SSN, hence my apprehensiveness.

  8. mywifeisfiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine

    September 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    I attended FGC Okigwe in the 90’s, and i used to fall ill all the time. On one of my numerous bouts of typhoid fever i decided that chloroquine from the dispensary was not going to cut it for me and so i decided to go visit my uncle in Onitsha. The saying that things happen for a reason was the best thing that happened to me that day; we had just been 2 hours or so into our journey when the station wagon i was travelling in developed issues. Safe to say we spent over 3 hours to get the car back in order; at this point evening had fallen and anyone familiar with malaria/typhoid knows how your temperature starts to rise once the weather gets cooler. All the while the car was down, we all had made some sort of connection; there was a Uni student from ABSU, working people, and other business people; we numbered 9 passengers if i am correct. Anyway, i had started to shiver from the evening cold, and my temperature had shot up so much that the people around me started to get concerned. Here i was, a 13 year old boy, traveling to Onitsha of all places by myself and in the 90’s.
    You see i had been to Onitsha a few times by this point; but it was with daddy and mummy dearest to go visit my mum’s brothers anytime we went to Anambra for Christmas break; and in my mind i figured that Onitsha was a village just like my village in Anambra and that once i got there i would ask for my mum’s brother and someone would point me in the right direction; how wrong i was. The driver of the vehicle basically asked me where in Onitsha i was going; i was sharp enough to remember the area (woliwo) but i had no clue what my uncles street address was, i still do not know it to this day, lol.. My answer in response to the driver was that i was going to my uncles house in woliwo and his name is xxxxxx can you take me there; everyone in the cab as if on cue exclaimed, HA HA HA! at this point i knew i had fucked up big time!
    That is when it dawned on me that Onitsha was just like lagos, probably worse; think otokoto and worse cases of armed robberies. They all took pity on me and started to talk about how they could help me; remember the Uni student from ABSU i mentioned earlier? well, he asked me if my uncle had a landline; for all you smallies na only 090 and landline we get by this time for Naija; my sharp brain again remembered my uncles landline number and so he announced that they had a phone at home and we could call my uncle from his house, he also mentioned that Onitsha was extremely dangerous and i would have to pass the night at his house. all the passengers agreed on this course of action; then the driver volunteered to take us to this Uni students house just to verify that i would be okay and that he would come in the morning to check up on me again. that is how i was saved from my stupidity and still alive to tell this experience.
    Every now and again i think about that day and i wonder about those people in that taxi and i wonder how their lives turned out afterwards; i do not remember that ABSU guys name, neither do i know the cab guy; i would not recognize them if i saw them today but they are always in my heart because i know they saved me from the evil that would have befallen me that day.

    • Sakura

      September 14, 2017 at 8:24 am

      “From far and near we come to thee………”
      Thank God for kind strangers

  9. Set Apart

    September 13, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    I had gone to the market to shop for food items for the house, suddenly this heavy rain out no where came pouring I ran with the items I already had to the car to wait out the rain. Well it turned out the rain wasn’t there to play and I started thinking of all the responsibilities I had at home waiting for that day and I couldn’t stay still. I had to to cook soup and I can’t remember if we had much to eat at home, there wasn’t enough hours left in the day to accomplish all these.
    Well I decided to brave the heavy rain and started driving out of the market and got to a point where I was to do a U-turn unbeknownst to me the road had formed a gulley since the rainy season started and I had no idea. Your guess is as good as mine, boom I was in, I tried reversing no way, accelerate no way. I became so scared that that was how I was going to finish the car my Dad left in my hands just like that. I started horning, praying HP till the point of crying. Mind you since the rain was so heavy people were under shelters and cars that couldn’t drive anymore were parked, so no help whatsoever would cone to me expect the rain subsides.
    Out of the blues, a man came UNDER THE HEAVY RAIN came to the front of the car lifted it and kept instructing me as to when to reverse and within seconds I was out of the ditch.
    This man came out of nowhere, he didn’t even have the Johnny bravo body structure, he was simply dressed, he helped despite the heavy rain as in he was so drenched while I was in the car, he didn’t ask for a dime, after helping me he disappeared just like that!
    People I believe that was an angel that God sent to me despite my stubbornness. And if he is a man I continue to plead for blessings in his life beyond what he ever imagined for himself.

  10. Blossombeautyfinesse

    September 13, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Step into a Shop where they sold Phones,they had this door mate with tiny cut-out circles…Realised that after my heel got stuck in it and eventually pulled out the shoe off my feet in the quest of getting away….Well,before I said OMG…This dude appears from nowhere,apologises and slips the shoe right back…The fascinating thing was that he was just a customer like me ???Super nice.

  11. Oyinlola

    September 13, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    I had just arrived Nnamdi Azikwe airport from the UK during the summer holidays of 2014 when I noticed I didn’t have naira to pay for a trolley. While we were waiting for our bags, there was this very cute guy and his friend and they were both making small talk with me and one other girl I bonded with on the immigration check queue.

    When they noticed we didn’t have money, they gave us a thousand naira, got their bags and left. They didn’t ask for our numbers. I know a thousand naira seems small but when what you have is £20 for a N150 trolley, you’ll appreciate it. Since then, I always carry naira and I ensure I locate someone without naira and pay for them.

    last year, when I arrived at the same airport, I noticed one guy telling the airport officials HR didn’t have money and I quietly paid for him and walked out. He met me at the entrance and asked why I did that for him, a stranger I didn’t know. So I old him my own story and when he said thank you, I asked him to please pay it forward.

    That guy’s help in 2014 is having a ripple effect and that won’t end

  12. Jennietobbie

    September 13, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Last year I had a conference in Denver, but before my travel, I posted on Umu Igbo Unite page on Facebook if anyone would be attending the conference so as to link up and explore the new city together. Someone (Adaobi) reached out to me and connected me with her parents. It was weird because she was currently in Atlanta, but her hometown was in Denver. She gave me her parents number and I called them when I got to the city. They asked how we met and I told them on Facebook and you can imagine their shock. Lo and behold, every evening, during the conference which lasted for five days, her parents would pick me up from the conference for correct Naija dinner and then drop me off. Coincidentally, it was my birthday during the conference and I was just content with the fact that I was spending it living my dream. You won’t believe it, but Adaobi told her parents and they threw me a surprise birthday party. They invited close family friends for the surprise. I was weakkkkk. I mean, I met them two days before and they just lavished me with so much love and kindness. The CRAZIEST thing is that I met Adaobi two months in Atlanta AFTER I met her parents. Still not over it. ??❤️

  13. Bee

    September 13, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    I had a flat tyre on third mainland bridge and as soon as it happend this car pulls up in front of my car and a young gentlemen comes down to help me change the tire… It felt like he was heaven sent cos i cant imagine wot i would have done

  14. Xtaich

    September 14, 2017 at 2:26 am

    The stranger I’ll never forget, I was traveling to lome from Jos and he was traveling from school in ghana to the east but our buses had to stop in Lagos, to proceed the next day cos we were late, I had just lost my dad and was in a terrible mood. He had come up to me to chat but I basically snobbed him out of my misery. He later came back and asked how I was doing cause I looked disturbed. I finally gave him my attention and we got talking, I cried for my dad before him because I was so distraught. We talked till early morning and I fell asleep on his shoulders and when he was about to leave, I think he woke me up to say bye, but I’m not quite sure. he basically made me feel loved. We exchanged numbers that night while talking and he said “you can always call me, I’ll be there” but somehow I lost his number and I figure he lost mine or he didn’t call for some reason or the other.

    I can’t even remember his face or his name, I know he was a pastors son or so I think. But I’ve always imagined I’ll see him one day and wondered if he ever thought of me. In the long run, he had that much impact in my life, I probably wasn’t quite impactful and I’m grateful to him for that night.

    To me he’ll always be…
    The one night stranger I could never forget.

    Hopefully BN posts this

  15. Anonymous

    September 14, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Time I got raped around Mko abiola gardens on my way to Berger (2012), took a bike from oregun going to berger. Long story short bike man beat me up, stole my money and phone and then raped me. After that with clothes torn and all I was stranded on that express… who is going stop at that time (now 8 pm) to help, Nigerians are too scared for stuff like that, they assume it’s a set up. But God did send someone a Man went back to the crime scene picked up all my underwear and what was left of bag and took me to my destination at Berger. Wherever you are I still pray for you. God bless you.

  16. Aibee

    September 14, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Back in 2007, I travelled to Enugu via ABC Transport Luxurious Bus to resume Law School at Agbani, Enugu State. We arrived Enugu very late, about 9pm. It was too late to head to Agbani, which is some distance from the City Center where the ABC Terminal is. One of my uni classmates who had arrived Enugu a day earlier, whom I had been chatting with on phone, advised that I look for a cheap hotel to spend the night and make the trip to Agbani the next morning. I hadn’t the foggiest idea of how to get to a “cheap” hotel or even if I had enough money with me. There I was, a young female in a state I didn’t know anyone and didn’t speak the language. One of the co-passengers on the bus approached me that she heard my conversation with my friend and my parents. She offered to let me spend the night at her place and I could take a cab to Enugu the next day. She said it wasn’t safe for me to go to a hotel in the town as I was obviously a stranger and all alone and could easily fall prey to bad things a la otokoto (even my classmate said I shouldn’t eat or drink anything at the hotel and drag the bed or a desk to the door so I’m not caught unawares if anyone wanted to be funny, lol!). I called my dad and told him of the offer. He prayed for me and told me to go with her that all will be well.

    Her brother picked us up from the park and we got to her house at almost 11. They offered me dinner, which I didn’t eat despite the fact that I was starving (fear!). She gave me her bed and slept in the living room and called a cab that took me to Agbani early the next morning.

    The kindness of a stranger probably saved my life as who knows what fate would have befallen me if I’d gone to a cheap hotel? May God bless her and her family always.

  17. MsE

    September 14, 2017 at 9:42 am

    My car broke down on Sunday on Ozumba while returning from work. My baby was in the car. Nothing I did would make it start. Then a car stopped in front of me. Turned out he had seen my car stop suddenly and had seen the ‘baby in car’ sign but he speeding so he had to get to the next intersection to turn. I just kept saying ‘thank you’. Thank you again (just in case you read this).

  18. marvel

    September 14, 2017 at 10:53 am

    okay..I had gone to the market and had a very big bag to carry. Only God knew how heavy that bag was. well, someone outta nowhere, going the opposite direction from me, stopped and helped me take the bag to my bus top. that was a life saver for me. God bless you sir.

  19. ooop

    September 14, 2017 at 11:20 am

    This was about 5 years ago at Spar Lekki, i had no cash as i wanted to pay with a card which unfortunately did not work, the lady behind me paid and said same thing also has happened to her and the man behind her paid for her. i have also paid it forward too…

  20. chu-chu

    September 14, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    All lovely stories, made me smile, I actually shed tears at some. Today is my birthday and I am unusually sad… I don’t understand the feeling. I really hope, I can shake it off. I have been a ball of tears since morning. I really feel awful.

    • Xtaich

      September 14, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      Aww dont be, today’s your birthday, a day of smiles, a day to show the world you’re tougher than all the hassles it’s brought, a day to smile cos your smile just made someone’s day. A day to appreciate the Lil things and the giant ass one’s so except you’re shedding tears of joy. Wipe that sadness out and happy birthday chuchu

    • Meee

      September 15, 2017 at 2:21 pm

      Aww Chu-chu, dont be,it is well with you.

  21. Vivien

    September 14, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Some years ago I was travelling from lagis to Benin City. I left lagos about 12noon, and was not too happy about that, cos I felt we could have left earlier. The lady beside me kept giggling and gisting with her boyfriend wHo was waiting for our bus to leave, while I was shewing with anger, so for a while after our bus left the park I didn’t speak to her. I later relaxed and we started gisting. But the bus we bordered was faulty and by 10pm we were still on the way. I wasn’t too familiar with Benin City, so i was naturally scared. This lady told me not to worry that whenever we get to Benin she will call her brother to Co e pick us from the park. We got to Benin at about 1am, her brother came, we got to her house about 2 am, the brother already prepared food for us. Gave up his bed for me and they got me a cab to take me to my brothers house later that morning .
    Another experience
    July 2017, I was to travel to Abuja from lagos, cos I was travelling by road I left my house about 5 am. Was walking to the bus stop and a driver stopped for me saying it was to early for anyone to be walking. He took me to the bus stop. At the bus stop, there were no keke or bikes. Then a bike came and the rider was calling one of the people I met at the bus stop that I have initially greeted chairman. They had a brief talk and the guy walked to me and asked where I was going, I said Jibowo. He asked if I will join him to Lawason and continue from there, I said yes. We got to Lawason and he said , you know what I will pay the bike man and he will take you to Jibowo. True to his word, he paid and the bike man took me to Jibowo.

  22. ij

    September 14, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    when my brother was dying of leukemia, it was one of days when he was really poorly and they gave me the news at work, on my way back home from work that day, i got off the bus earlier than my stop because i knew i was going to burst into tears anytime soon .
    As soon as i got on my street, water works started, i was still crying when this oyibo lady stopped me and asked what the matter was, i couldnt even speak, i was just shaking, crying really hard , nose running, mumbling everything that was wrong and she tried to comfort me with words saying i was going to set her off any minute, then she hugged me really tight till i stopped shaking and i calmed down.
    i told her thank you and we walked away. i kept looking out for her after that day but never saw her again.
    This was 3 years ago

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