Things were going smooth between Olamilekan and I until one fateful day, he was in 500l then, while I was in 200l.
My phone rang I checked the caller ID it was an unknown number.
“Hello, please who I’m I speaking with?” I asked.
“This is Jane on the line, now listen and listen good. I don’t want to ever see you with my boyfriend again….”
“Sorry I think there’s a mix up here, I can’t date your boyfriend because I have mine, I think you called the wrong person….”
“Wrong person? She laughed, are you not Anike, 200l microbiology student, you stay in providence hostel.”
I was shocked this person really knew me.
“This is the last time I will call to warn you, the next time, I will send touts to spoil that your beautiful face for you, you this little boyfriend snatcher.”
I tried to calm myself down before speaking.
“Please can I know the name of this boyfriend of yours?” I asked.
“You want to tell me you don’t know Olamilekan right?”
“Ola what?” I exclaimed and the line went off.
If there’s anything I hated most, this is one of them, to be caught up in a drama like this. I picked my phone and dialed Tinuke’s number.
“Hello where are you?” I asked.
“I’m on my way to the hostel, hope all is well, why are you sounding like this….?
“I will tell you everything later, you won’t meet me in the hostel, I’m going to Olamilekan’s place.
“What’s going on Tinuke, you sound tensed?”
“Yes I am, an insane girl just called me now threatening me. She told me to stay away from his boyfriend and guess who her boyfriend is? Olamilekan, so apparently my boo has a boo.”
“What kind of a joke is that?”
“Trust me she did not sound like someone joking.”
“Please, don’t jump into conclusions, just hear his side of the story.”
“OK, I’ll see you later.”
I did not even bother to knock, I forced the door open.
“Anike you scared me, what’s the matter?” He asked.
“Who is Jane” and how did she get my number?”
“And don’t pretend as if you don’t know who I’m talking about.”
“You know what Anike, just calm down and sit.”
“Oh! You think I came all the way here to sit, boyfriend you better start talking.”
“The only Jane I know is just a friend, my course mate.”
“Your friend my foot. She threatened to beat me up, if I don’t leave you and you stand here telling me she’s just a friend!”
“I’m confused, how did she even get your number in the first place?”
“Are you seriously asking me that dumb question, it’s obvious she got the number from you.”
“Just take it easy baby, we’ll sort this out.”
“You and who? Who is she to you?”
“I already told you.”
“Friends with benefits right?”
“I beg your pardon!”
He was upset too, but he had to calm down. “Anike trust me there’s nothing between that girl and I” He moved towards me to touch me.
“Please don’t, in fact stay away from me” I picked my purse and dashed out of his room.
I knew Olamilekan would come to the hostel, so I went straight to a restaurant when I left his place.
I checked the time it’s 8pm already, visiting time is over, so definitely Olamilekan would have left the hostel by now.
I took a cab to the hostel, I checked for his car at the parking space and it’s not there. I was about entering into the gate of my hostel when I heard my name and I froze because I recognized the voice.
“Anike!” I turned and it was Olamilekan standing in front of me.
“So you stayed out till this time just to avoid me right? I purposely stay here by the gate to confirm this, you thought I would have left since it’s past visiting time, right? Good night” he said and left.
Two weeks gone and we weren’t still talking. Olamilekan did not call, I too refused to call him, though I miss him. Tinuke is pissed at the way I was handling the issue. She gave me the piece of her mind.
“Anike, I don’t know if you know how much I love you, I love you like my own blood sister. I’ve learnt so many good things from you. You are smart, intelligent, beautiful inside and out, caring, humble, honest, straight forward. You are a friend anyone would wished for and I’m grateful to God for giving me the privilege of having someone like you. Despite all this qualities you have a ‘But’ and a big one at that. Do you know what that but is? You get angry at the slightest provocation and you are stubborn.
Anike, You and I know that this Jane or whatsoever she call herself is not dating your boyfriend, it’s just a false accusations, you know that deep down in your heart, but instead of you to give him the chance to explain himself, you shut him out completely. You decided to punish him, for what? You are really lucky to have that guy, I know you two deserve each other but good guys are few out there and you are lucky to have one of them.
We ran into your boyfriend in school area and you pretended not to see him. You better fix your relationship problem before it’s too late” she adviced.
By the time Tinuke was done talking, her words hit me like a blow.
I thanked her and promised to make amends.
I went to Olamilekan’s apartment. I met Jude his friend.
“Hi” I said.
“Hi” Jude replied. I’ll be on my way Olamilekan. I’ll see you later” he said and left. We were both alone in the room.
“I’m not going out with Jane, there’s nothing between us.”
“So why did you make us go through all these, when you know her accusations was false.”
“I was upset and angry.”
“That girl wanted to date me and I said no, so she decided to get back at me. You did not even allow me explain myself, You walked out of my room and told me to stay away from you, that’s bad Anike, I can never do that to you.”
“I’m sorry for everything, I was just angry. I hate dramas like this, I can’t start fighting a girl because of a guy.”
“So you can’t fight for us?” Then you are the dumbest girl on planet earth.”
“Really! Do you just call me dumb?”
“Bitter truth, but that’s the fact.”
I remained quiet.
“Anike I’m sorry about what Jane said to you, I’ve put her in her place, trust me.”
“I’m sorry too.”
He hugged and kissed me. He later took me out, that was how the fight ended.
Ever since that day we’ve been good. I had a swelled time with him in school till he graduated. He was a perfect boyfriend but sadly we had to end things between us.
Olamilekan graduated and after NYSC he travelled out of the country. One problem he had is that he never had a say on his life. His parents are the controlling type. They planned everything for him without consulting him first.
He travelled abroad to further his education. We had to break up on the basis of distance, we both know ourselves and we know we can’t handle a long distance relationship. Also he’s parent’s plans for him is to stay abroad permanently, since the whole family has relocated abroad.
The break up was not easy for me but with Tinuke by my side, I moved on with my life. He calls once in a while and we chat online as well. We ended up as friends nothing more.
Fortunately for Tinuke, she got admission into a university in US to study medicine that was 300 level second semester, I was happy for her but at the same time I know I’m not going to get over her leaving me easily. It was a tough time for me, I wondered why everyone I cared about left me.
Olamilekan left, now Tinuke, I wept uncontrollably. I tried to concentrate on my exams.
I was glad we are going on end of section break at least going home to my family members we help me forget my runaway friends. Little did I know that missing Tinuke was the least of my problems.
I got back home, and I saw all my extended family members sitting in our living room, my mum was wearing black all through same with my siblings.
“What’s going on here?” I screamed. I looked everywhere I didn’t see my dad. Where is my daddy?” I asked facing my mummy whose eyes had turned red.
“Your daddy is dead Anike, we hid it from you so that you can concentrate on your exams” she wept and I hugged her, crying bitterly, my siblings joined us, the wailing was much and some family members came to calm us.
My immediate younger sister, Adekemi picked my traveling bag and I followed her to my room.
“What happened, was he sick, accident or what?” I asked her.
“He left for his office in the morning, that was three days ago, the next thing mummy was called that he was dead. He didn’t even make it to the hospital” she replied me.
“Did the doctors carried out autopsy?”
“Yes they did, the results was out this morning and it says he was poisoned.”
“They found some substances in the tea he took in the morning.”
“They should arrest his secretary!”
“Our uncle said the secretary did not make tea for him that morning.”
“Then who did?”
“Mummy made tea for him in the morning before going to work.”
“We all know mummy can’t poison daddy” I gestured with my hands.
“Our uncles didn’t think that way o, they all said mummy poisoned him.”
“What! Are they all insane, this is conspiracy.”
“Real conspiracy and Uncle Friday is the ring leader.
Uncle Friday is my father’s half brother and only brother. After my father, he is the next in command. My father so trusted him that he entrusted his company in his hands.
Tomorrow is the burial, we are all waiting for you to return.”
“God if this is a dream I want to wake up” I said and cried the more.
The next day, my daddy was buried in the cemetery, Uncle Friday refused to let us bury him in the house, we never knew he had plans.
The next day after the burial the family members arrived, Uncle Friday the ring leader stood in the middle of the sitting room to address everyone.
“As we all know that my brother was poisoned by his wife….” I rushed up to him and attacked him.
“You bastard you killed my father and pinned it on my mother. I will make sure I have you arrested, you will rot in jail.”
Some people rushed up to me and made me sit beside my mum.
“Anike, what’s the meaning of that? Do you want them to kill you too? Just leave them, please….”
Uncle Friday adjusted his clothes.
“As I was saying before that bastard interrupted me….”
“Friday you are a bastard, you this animal in human clothing” I shouted at him.
My mum and my sister held me down again… ”Anike! You think you can fight him, let God fight for us o.”
He adjusted his clothes again. “We are supposed to press charges against her but I let it slide, because who will take care of her bastard children if she’s in prison. So this is our decision, we give you seven days to vacate this house with your children at least we’ve tried enough.”
“You are joking, my mummy spoke to him for the first time. “Friday I don’t need to exchange from you, you’ll hear from our lawyer.”
“Which lawyer? my friend sit down, husband killer. He barked at my mum. The lawyer will come tomorrow to read the will” He said and adjourned the meeting.
The next day the will was read in favour of Uncle Friday.
He said he wouldn’t give us a dime from my father’s property because my mother killed him.
He said in exchange of pressing charges, he’ll let us go instead.
They all left and I asked my mummy where the documents to all my father’s properties were, but she knew nothing about it, even the pin code to his ATM card, my mummy knew nothing.
Speaking of ATM Uncle Friday has packed everything, they already swept daddy’s room clean.
“Your father is secretive he doesn’t tells me anything, he believes once I and the kids are OK, I don’t have to pry into his business” she explained.
Why will a husband not open up to his wife, your wife should be your confidant for God sake” I said to my self.
To make matters worse, my mum is a full time house wife, my father did not allow her to work. My mum is jobless, she only had few money in her account. My father drops cash for her everyday, so she never thought of saving for the raining day.
True to my Uncle’s words we were ushered out of our house, seven days later, we moved in with one of mummy’s friend. My mum got a lawyer and we took the case to court, my mummy started spending her little savings on legal fees.
She remembered I’ll be resuming school in some weeks time and gave up.
School resumed, the only money my mum could afford to give me is my school fees and transport fare I dare not travel by air. I joined a bus from Lagos to Minna.
My younger ones who attended an expensive private school couldn’t go back to school, Even Adekemi who is in SSS3, that needs to write WAEC couldn’t go back to school. Mummy just enrolled her in a tutorial for WAEC class for now.
With that we exhausted all the money my mummy had on her.
I got back to school, luckily for me I got an accommodation in the hostel, it’s a rare opportunity, the school hardly gives 400l students hostel because we are staying in school for only one semester, we are going for IT in 2nd semester. They only give 400l students who has legs I mean connection, and mine is just God’s favour. We were just two in the room and that is how I met Happy.
Happy is also in 400l, she’s tall, slim, fair and beautiful. She smells money, I guess she’s from a rich family and she has a car.
I really missed Tinuke, we talked earlier and I explained everything to her. She wished she was around.
Happy noticed I only moved into the hostel with just my clothes, she sensed I’m not financially buoyant, so she gave me access to her food stuff. Since she owned the food stuff, I started cooking for both of us and she appreciated the fact that I cooked for her.
One day she asked after my family and I told her everything about me. Since the day I opened up to her, she started giving me money, which I used to buy handout, make photocopies and all. She also bought me some clothes, I later knew she had a boutique off campus.
I noticed she doesn’t spend her weekends in the hostel. She travels on Fridays and come back on Monday morning.
My sister called me in the evening while I was busy making dinner for myself and my roommate.
She was crying on phone, Adekemi what is it?” I aske.
“Mummy’s friend has started giving us attitude in the house, she has even stopped giving us food, to eat is even difficult for us now” she lamented.
“God will stand up for us and send help to us in Jesus name, please don’t cry, you need to be strong for mummy. You know I can’t be with you for now, I had to be in school” I pleaded with her.
I ended the call and called my mum.
I asked how they are faring and she lied to me, she said things are OK. She asked me how I was faring too and I told her about my room mate who had been of great help to me.
After the call, I wept, my mummy lied so as not to get me worried.
Happy came back from lectures and met me crying. I told her about the call I got from home.
“Anike please stop crying and clean your face” She said and I wiped my tears.
“Anike do you know what I like most about you? You are not the nosey type, you don’t pry into other people’s affairs and I really like that about you. But I’ll open up to you since you don’t ask questions. I’m into runs.
I was like it’s a lie, runs! how! Then I remembered she never spend weekends in the hostel, that explains everything.
Anike, I can help you and finance you till you graduate. she continued. That is not a problem, but Anike I can’t help your mum and siblings that will be too much of a burden for me but you can help them.”
“How” my face lit up.
“For your person it’s not going to be easy cos I know you are a church girl but it’s just an offer, you can turn it down and mind you, that will not stop me from helping you till you graduate.”
“It’s not about me alone Happy, my family is suffering. I can’t be enjoying here in school when they could hardly feed at home not to talk of having a roof over their head.”
“Are you the first child?”
“You have responsibilities then.”
“How can I help my family?”
“I can introduce you to rich men, you can get enough money from them to help you take care of your family.”
“I can’t do it, I can’t sell my body, I’m a Christian, a child of God, Happy!”
“I’m not saying you should decide now, just think about it.”
“There’s nothing to think about, thanks you for your help” I said sharply and left the room.
READ EPISODE 9&10
Published By: Ifeoluwa ORISAKAHUNSI