home had made her empathize with graduates in the country. The job search wasn’t easy at all.
the plates and was about placing them on the rack when her brother burst into
scolded, upset at her brother’s sudden outburst.
brother said breathlessly.
been running and since the kitchen was at the back of their public compound and not in
their two bedroomed house, he must have run all the way from their room. She thought.
followed her brother out of the kitchen. She was headed to the entrance of the
house when she froze in her tracks.
you’d better come inside.” She said.
technically no sitting room as the space which was supposed to be the sitting
room area had a bed in it. Bode looked around and sat on a plastic chair in a
it seem like it was all a scheme you’d concocted and I was blind to the truth.”
left you to pursue her career, who was there for you? When I took the role as
your P.A, it was never in my agenda to seduce you but you seduced me instead
and I fell for it. When I decided to give into your advances, your wife springs
up and accuses me falsely and you believed her every word. I have forgiven you
long ago…so, get out of my house.”
me to take you back? Is that it? Do you want me to go back to becoming your P.A
and your mistress? Oh, I forgot, you stripped me of my position as your personal assistant…”
head…everything was happening in a rush and…”
to the door and holding it open for him.
it up to you. Here’s an offer letter from Young Limited, it’s a fresh new
company borne out of my partner’s company, I had them leave a slot for you there.” Bode said handing her a letter in
a sealed envelope.
now get out!”
hear you say you’ve forgiven me.” Bode said and left the house.
wiped away the tears from her eyes. She wasn’t going to cry for Bode, she
the bed and a wave of nostalgia hit her.
packed her bags and left Lagos months ago in search of a husband, now she was
back, with no husband but with a baby on the way. She touched her stomach and
been through a whole lot lately to think of getting rid of you. You are staying
with me and even if it means eating one square meal a day to raise you, I’ll do
it.” She said.
towards the door, her sister was trying to hold back the tears and hurriedly
launched herself into her arms.
things I said to you when you left…” Her sister bawled.
and broke the hug to look into her eyes.
hopefully I’ll begin by searching for a new job but with the baby on the way, I
don’t think any company would like to employ me seeing that I’m going for
maternity leave in a few months.”
a children’s store with kids essentials and stuff. Why don’t we gather money
together and maybe take a loan and start a business?” Her sister said.
set eyes on her, she rushed to hug her.
her in a hug.
told your dad about your situation and that you were coming home.”
complicated factory. Rita, you’re all I’ve got and I am so happy that you’re back home. Your dad is away on a business trip but he wants to talk to you
when you get back. He wants to talk to you about getting a proper divorce from
that…that…pig of a man.” Her mother said in anger. “I can’t believe that he put you through so much…”
pit for myself and jumped right in. Thankfully, I found my way out at the last
minute and I am happy that my eyes are open…”
God…” Her mother exclaimed.
smiled at her mother and walked into the house, she needed a warm bath and a
was regarded the senile man to many who saw him on the road arguing with himself.
push you to kill yourself…” He said to a mango tree at the roadside.
you loved me and that I loved you, so how can I push you to commit suicide ehn?”
He said squealing in laughter.
waiting for the ultimate time to pounce. They soon grabbed him and hurled him into
saw his uncle, he screamed.
want, you old man?” He shouted.
Chuka’s new landlord about his nephew’s state after his wife left him. He hadn’t
informed his sister, Chuka’s mother, who had returned home to her husband and family but had
decided to bring him to his house first and see if there was anyway he could
me to a racing contest….hehehehe…on your mark, get set, ready….go!” Chuka
squealed and ran while the men chased him till they caught him.
incomplete. Who would have ever thought that Chuka would end up this way?” His uncle’s
inform his parents on his state and what measures we are supposed to take to
help him.” His uncle said.
shrieked in mixed emotions while his uncle and aunt followed them behind.
She was seated in her matrimonial home with her husband, her
parents and in-laws. Bode spoke.
this meeting. As you can see, Tosin and I have been living quite separate lives
before now as she had to move to Abuja without my consent to head her company’s
new branch. Something tragic happened and she’s lost the job and her position
at the company. I had to go to Abuja to get her out of a terrible mess and since
then we haven’t really spoke about the future.” He paused staring at
everyone to be sure that no one was missing a word of what he said.
favour and get a divorce.” Bode said in finality.
doing this because you are not fit to be a wife and a mother. I watched you metamorphose into something else all for the sake of a job and I’m not
exaggerating. You have a son who’s under a year old and most mothers would take
their babies along with them to work especially if it has to do with distance
but you never took him along.
get through it alongside his nanny. When Shade had a ‘mommy and me’ function at
school to sensitize the female child on sex education, you were missing from
the picture. I can go on and on. I have come to this conclusion because I know
that no matter how hard I try to make this marriage work, it can never be the same.
Tosin, you are not cut from the ‘wife material’ garment and neither are you cut from
the motherhood material either.” Bode said to Tosin.
life is in shambles!” Tosin cried.
go our separate ways. We would have joint custody of the children.” Bode said.
wanting to take Tosin back after all that has happened. She told me the story
and everything in detail and it took me every ounce of my strength, not to
shout her out of my house.” Tosin’s father said. Turning to Tosin he said. “Do
you see? A lot of women have climbed the corporate ladder and succeeded. A lot
more are still going to climb and succeed. Most of these women achieve great
things with their families by their sides but you went solo and now you’re
reaping the fruits of your solo movement.”
come back to your senses? No you wouldn’t have…” Bode’s mother said.
for the week when someone knocked at the door to her office. She was no longer
a personal assistant but a part of the Human Resources team of Young Limited,
her salary was more robust and she enjoyed an office space to herself pending till
new recruits joined the team.
more athletic and he had changed his hair-cut.
been?” Jumoke asked.
look very stunning.” He said, admiring her cream blouse and dark red pencil skirt.
communicate but not as often. The kids went to pay her a short visit last three
weeks, they are back though.”
boys…they must be grown men…” She laughed.
you. Are you free, perhaps one of these days we could play catch up?” He said.
mom about going on dates with married men but since you’re divorced…I guess
the rule doesn’t apply.” She smiled.
there was still a room in her heart for him. Bode too, on his way out of her office,
realized how much he’d missed her and prayed silently that everything works out
well, this time.
shelf when a man walked into the shop.
She asked with a smile.
The guy said then looked to the right to see Samantha, Susan’s daughter playing
in her playpen. “Of about this baby’s age.” He said referring to Samantha.
you getting the gift for your baby?” She asked further.
and picked up Samantha and was playing with her.
your own.” Susan said.
nephew…” He said.
stretching out his hand to her.
mixed race, am I correct?” Zeek asked, looking at Samantha’s curly hair and honey skin.
could wrap it if you want…” Susan said.
her breath and wrapped the gift.
time, her wedding was well-attended by friends and family, she had tied the
knot with her university classmate Tega, who she had bumped into on her way to the
market, eight months ago. Now she knew that she shouldn’t have rushed things
before, everything is made perfect at its time.
and till this day no one has set sights on him.
For everything in life there is a time, a time to sew and a time to reap, a time to live and a time to die as everything under the sun has its time. Are you in a haste? Stop! God knows, He hears, He is not deaf and He sees everything that is going on in your life. Are you like Chuka who once he hit the jackpot forgot all about the woman who was his biggest fan on his way to the top? Pause, rewind and go back to that person who was there all through…do not be moved by the flashy things of life. Beauty, they say, fades but true love conquers all and there’s nothing like someone who knows you through and through and who has loved you from the day you had nothing.
Are you about to betray a friend like Rita? Please do not, you are worth more than leftovers, pick up yourself and say ‘I can do better’. Last but not least, are you striving so hard to build a career for yourself and at the end of it all, destroying the precious people by your side, stop, rethink and retrace your footsteps. It’s a hard world especially for women, who have to give it all up in order to make space for their husbands and children but that’s why we are called Women, we are given so much strength from the creator and even if it means leaving our jobs and our lives to join our husbands in the Netherlands, we will still find a way to make a way. Are you a man who feels that everything must be done your way? Stop and listen to your wife, she too has a say, it doesn’t have to be all about you.
I hope this story inspired you, taught you and most of all, I hope it made you smile. I rushed it at some point, yes, but I hope it didn’t lose its message. The message is this ‘to be wife material, you need to be patient, be ready to make sacrifices and most of all, be ready to love whole-heartedly. This message is for the guys too ooo….y’all gat to be husband material too…