Ini sat in the meeting room discussing with two other Videx’s staffs about the
negotiation while they waited for their visitors. In less than two minutes, their
visitors’ arrival was announced.
Kelvin Okafor walked into the meeting room with two other representatives and was
welcomed by their hosts.
“I’m Kelvin Okafor, manager of public relations, Devi International. These are my
colleagues, Sandra Benjamin and Peter Uzokwe” He introduced
“I’m Miss Ini Williams and here with me is Mr Paul Adejumo and Mr Stephen Kayode.
You can have your seats, let’s begin immediately
“Good morning Miss Amarachi” Dennis greeted as he sat in one of the chairs in her
“Good morning sir” She replied standing up ” what brings you to my office this
“Nothing. Come on, sit down. I just came to commend you for your performance
yesterday. You did brilliantly well”
“Thank you sir” she said smiling.
“And I also want to ask if you’ll do me the honour of taking you for lunch today”
“Ermm… Sir, I do always take lunch with my friend”
“What about dinner tonight?”
“Um” She sighed “Let’s make it this weekend sir”
“Oh! That would be great then, thank you so much”, he said happily and got up to
leave. “And one more thing. Please, can you cut off the sir and call me Dennis when
we are alone”
“It’s okay sir… Ermm, it’s okay Dennis.”
Kelvin was seated quietly reading the Tuesday’s edition of Guardian Newspaper
when he heard a voice asking of him outside. He walked out to find one of his stylists
conversing with Bola
“Please let her in” He said quickly and walked back inside.
“Hi honey” Bola greeted as she walked in and proceeded to give Frank a peck. ” You
didn’t call me since we departed on Sunday, why?”
“Nothing, but I would have called you today. We really need to talk”
“Yes, here I am honey” She replied sitting on the table in front of him. ” I’ve missed
you so much”
“Look Bola, you need to know that… He was still talking when she brought her mouth
close to his and she engaged him in a kiss.
“Come on, stop” He exclaimed, breaking free from her grip.
“What’s the matter Honey?”
“We shouldn’t be doing this, I’m not your boyfriend”
“Come on, don’t tell me you don’t feel anything for me after everything that
happened on Saturday”
“I don’t” he said firm and stood up from his seat facing the window.
“Come on” Bola laughed, “I know you are joking, I saw it in your eyes while we made
love on Saturday”. She stood up and walked towards him hugging in from behind.
“You saw nothing in my eyes” He said taking away her hands from his body and
facing her ” I was not in my senses, I was drunk”
“No, don’t give me that. You confessed you were looking for me throughout the
Party, why were you looking for me?”
“I wasn’t looking for you, I was looking for someone else”
“That’s a lie, you don’t loose all your senses when you take alcohol” she said and
looked into his eyes. “You even asked me to take you home”
“No, I couldn’t have asked you to take me home”
“Yes, you did”
“If I really did, then I must have thought it was my Friend Kelvin I was talking to”
“That’s a lie. Come on, why are you doing this?”
“I’m sorry, I just have to tell you the truth. I don’t feel anything for you, what
happened between us was a mistake.”
“A mistake?” She asked already shedding tears “You took advantage of me”
“No, I swear. It wasn’t intentional, I was drunk, I didn’t know what I was doing”
“That’s a lie, I don’t believe you were drunk. You just put up all that pretense to make
me take you home. How would you explain that just a bottle would take you out”
“It’s true, no pretense. I don’t take alcohol, so my system was probably not used to
“I’m not lying Bola”
“So, you are going to use and dump me and go after you stupid girlfriend ehn?”
“I don’t have a girlfriend”
“You don’t have a girlfriend?” She paused and caressed his face “then we can start up
“No, we can’t. I’m in love with someone else”
“Is that person better than I am”
“Bola, she’s your friend”
“Oh! That slut?”
“Don’t you ever call her a slut again” he replied slightly raising his voice.
“Okay, I see. That was why she was acting concerned while you were blabbing in the
party. Well, I told her not to come near you again. I told her you are my boyfriend”
“You did what?” Frank asked already getting angry
“Yes, that slut isn’t good enough for you”
“Are you crazy?”
“Yes, I’m crazy, call me whatever you want, but you can’t use and dump me and go
for that cheap girl. Never! ”
“I said don’t call her names again”
“What if I do?”
“Just get out of this here now”
“Are you ordering me out?”
“Get out” he shouted at her.
“Okay, I’ll go. But just know you’ve not seen the last of me” She said and walked out
of the salon angrily.
“Is there any problem sir?” Frank heard his tiny stylist voice mumble.
“Get out of here, I didn’t call you” He picked up his keys and headed home although
the day was still young.
“It good to meet you here mam, I never knew you were a senior staff in Videx” Kelvin
said as Ini walked him out of the company’s building.
“Yeah, they say people are like water. They flow, and we can never
tell where we’ll meet each other again”
“True. We’ll, I must commend you. You’re really good at your job, I never thought a
Lady could discuss so intelligently with me”
“Come on, ladies ain’t dumb, they are the most intelligent creatures on earth”
“Hmmm. So when are we meeting again?”
“I thought we’ve discussed that already. We’ll present your proposal to the board
and get back to you”
“No, I’m talking about us. Both of us, when do we meet again?”
“Come on, run along. Your colleagues are waiting in the car”
“Please, I’m serious. Can I pick you after work tomorrow?”
“It’s okay” she replied smiling
“Alright, it’s a date, 4pm tomorrow” he replied and hurried to the car to meet his
colleagues who were already getting impatient and stared at him suspiciously.
“So tell me, who is that lucky guy you are going out with tomorrow?” Amarachi asked
“He works in your department?”
“No, he doesn’t. It’s Kelvin. The guy that helped fixed our car two weeks ago”
“Oh! Where did you meet again?”
“He came to the company to negotiate a business proposal”
“Okay, so he added a date proposal too?” Amarachi joked.
“Yeah, silly you. What of your manager?”
“Um, we are going out this weekend”
“Wow! That’s great”
Ini picked up her cell phone and stood up to walk inside before she suddenly
remembered something, “Ehn Ehn, I spoke with Bola earlier today” She said giving
Ama a serious look
“She said something like you trying to snatch her boyfriend”
“Snatch her boyfriend?”
“Yes, she said since you’ve been after the guy, he doesn’t give her attention
“No, why would I snatch her boyfriend? I was only chatting with Frank at the Party, I
never knew he was he was her boyfriend”
“Frank, which Frank? Her boyfriend’s name is Ken”
“The one I was chatting with was Frank and she already warned me not to come near
“Well, that’s what she said when she called me today. I was even trying to explain
that I’ve not seen you with any guy since you came here but she insisted you’ve been
talking to her guy and he’s about to break up with her because of you”
“No, I warned him not to call me again the last time he did” she replied and picked
her phone to search for Frank’s number, she scrolled through her call logs and found
the number that called on Sunday. “Here is his number, let me call him now”
“Do you really need to?”
“Yes, lets settle this”
After some seconds of silence…
“Hello Amarachi, I was about to…”
“Excuse me please, I want you to clarify things with your girlfriend. Tell her nothing is
on between us so she would stop disturbing me”
” What girlfriend? I don’t have one”
“Bola, your girlfriend. Please settle with her, I don’t want any problems with her,
thank you” Amarachi ended the call.
“Ini, there’s nothing between us” She continued speaking with Ini
“I know girl, Bola is just a hot tempered girl. I didn’t even see you with her boyfriend.
I thought she said they had a quarrel and he wasn’t coming to the party”
“He came, you saw us together. He was the one I was talking with when you asked
me to join you backstage before the toast”
“Oh! But the guy I saw with you wasn’t Ken”
*Amarachi’s phone rings
“He’s calling back”
“Pick it up, lets hear what he has to say”
Frank voice came through the phone again.
“Hey, Amarachi. Bola is not my girlfriend, I only met her recently”
“Why do men always like to lie?”
“No, I’m not lying, she is just an acquaintance”
“And you came to her birthday party?”
“Yes, she invited me. Moreover, I came in search of you”
“Hehe” Amarachi gave a short laugh “You came in search of me? How on earth would
you know I was coming there?”
“I know she’s your friend, I’ve seen you together before”
“It’s okay please; you’re beginning to get on my nerves now. You said you just met
her few days ago, and you know she’s my friend, you’ve even seen us together
“Believe me, I’m not lying. My office is close to…”
“Pleaaaase… I’ve had enough of your junk already. Don’t call my phone again” she
said and hung up.
“Amarachi doesn’t believe I’m not Bola’s boyfriend, she wouldn’t even give me a
chance to explain” Frank lamented.
“Hmmm bro, what I think is you do need to give yourself a break, you need to get
yourself off this matter for sometime” Bode added.
“That’s true, few weeks ago you were always cheerful till we met those girls, please
don’t allow anything weigh you down, you have lot of other things to set your mind
on” Kelvin joined.
“I’m trying, but I just can’t seem to stop thinking about Amarachi”
“Okay, what I think is that you have to take a break from work and chill out with
other friends, your other girlfriends. I’m sure you’ll be able to get your mind off or
find someone better” Bode continued
“No, I object. If the guy likes Amarachi, let him go for her. Explain yourself vividly to
her and she should understand you” Kelvin cut in
“How would I do that? She doesn’t even want to hear from me”
“I think I may be able to help” Kelvin started. “I have a date with her friend
tomorrow, I can convince her to help you speak with her”
“No please, don’t let my problems ruin your date; I’ll sort it out myself”
“No, it won’t ruin my date. I’ll just present it carefully”
“I insist, don’t mention anything to her friend, I’ll just sort out myself with her and
probably find a way to forget her”
“It’s okay bro, if that’s what you want” Kelvin replied patting him on the shoulder.
“As you walked into the house and I saw you full of smiles, I know she must have
agreed to go out with you” Janet teased her brother
“Naughty girl, you better mind your business. I don’t know why I even told you about
“You told me because you were so excited and you couldn’t keep it to yourself”
“Come on shut up, if you don’t want me to send you back to school tonight” Dennis
“Haha, you can’t do that. I’m sure you enjoy my company, if i wasn’t here, you’ll
probably be struggling with your new village wife”
“Oya, go and pack your bags, I’m driving you to school immediately”
“Haha, come carry me o” She said and ran towards her room as he ran after her. He
pursued after her to the stairs and went back to sit in the living room.
“Silly girl, make sure you don’t come downstairs again”
Janet walked into her room very glad, she had not seen her brother so happy in
years. He used to be a very lively and playful person, until their Father died ten years
ago. Their father’s family members threw them out of the house and seized their
father’s properties and assets living them grow in penury. Their mother was helpless
as none of her family members agreed to help, they were not in consent to her
marriage as the couples’ families were sworn enemies.
They had no choice than to move in with their mother’s friend who was a widow.
Their mother who was poorly educated resorted to frying and selling beans cake and
yam on the street as a means of survival. She also did some petty manual jobs with
Dennis assisting her. This trauma had affected Dennis, so he grew up with an
unhappy attitude and barely laughed and joked no matter how funny the situation
was. From being lively, he became an unnecessary quiet person always loving to stay
on his own because he saw everyone as bad as his father’s family members. His
perspective of life had only change a little after he met a friend who led him to Christ
two years ago
Back in the living room, Dennis and his mum were already engaged in an argument.
“Your wife has been complaining that you’ve refused to touch her since she came
into this house”
“Mum, she’s not my wife, I didn’t marry her. You brought her here”
“Shut up Dennis” She said angrily “you refused to bring home a wife, now I’ve
brought one home for you and you won’t perform your duties”
“I owe her no duty Mum”
“Dennis” she said softly
“I’m your mother, tell me what’s on your mind. Do you have any problem with that
thing? She asked pointing to his manhood “tell me so we can do something about it
“Mum, what’s all these you are saying? I don’t have any problems”
“Then why have you refused to neither bring home a wife nor touch the one I
brought for you”
“I’ll bring home a wife very soon”
“That’s what you always say”
“Mum, I promise you”
“No need to promise me just accept this one I brought”
“Okay Mum, give me two months and I’ll show you the girl I want to marry, if I don’t,
you can give me anyone you want” he said before he realised the gravity of his
“Two months Dennis, Two months. Please let me see my grandchildren before I join
my ancestors” she said and walked out of the parlour.
The week rolled out fast and it was Saturday already, Dennis started dressing up for
his date by 1pm. Although they agreed to meet by 3pm, he decided to dress up early
because he wanted no excuse for going late. He already called her in the morning
and she confirmed that she was also looking forward to their meeting. By 1:45pm, he
dialed her phone number again, but couldn’t reach her due to network failure.
At exactly 2pm, he drove out of the house in his SUV jeep to Circular Restaurant and
bar, one of the most expensive restaurants in the city. He got there by twenty
minutes past two and settled in the table he already pre-booked. He picked up the
phone to call her again but her phone was switched off.
He ordered for a drink to calm himself before her arrival, he assumed that her
phone’s battery was down. As he took the drink slowly he started thinking of how
the date would go, he thought of his mother’s reaction when he finally takes
Amarachi home, he prayed silently to his creator to make her accept to be his
At three fifteen o’clock, Amarachi was not there yet and calls to her phone number
refused to go through. He was almost getting frustrated but comforted himself when
he remembered that a friend once told him that girls take so much time before they
dress up and some of them always love to keep their guys waiting to see his reaction.
Time rolled fast and it was four thirty pm already with no signs of Amarachi, Dennis
was already frustrated and sweating profusely though the air conditioners were on.
After he waited till six o’clock, he walked out of the restaurant and drove home
“Ken, what are you doing here? I thought I made it clear that it is over between us”
Bola said as she opened her door and stood at the entrance.
“Come on baby, how can you say it is over between us? After all we’ve been through
“Ken, don’t start. I’m not ready for any useless discussion this morning”
“Bola” he called calmly, “would you at least allow me in so we can settle this once
and for all”
” There’s nothing to settle Ken, I’m done with you”, she said leaving the entrance for
him to come in.
“Bola, we can work this out”, he said getting on his kneels. “I’ll make sure things work
between us this time”
“You can’t, not with your other girlfriends”
“I don’t have any other girlfriend, I swear. That girl is just a whore, she drugged me
and I didn’t know what was happening when you came to my house that day”
“But what was she doing in your house at first?” She asked giving him a detective
“Baby, you you … you don’t understand” He stammered ” It was a mistake and I
promise you it will never happen again”
“Nonsense! But you don’t even know how to treat a Lady” she lamented “you keep
beating me up as if I’m your kid Sister or housemaid”
“I’m sorry baby, I will learn how to control my anger. I promise to never lay my hands
on you again”
“Hahaha, when will you learn how to control your anger? When you finish killing
me?” Don’t worry I won’t allow that happen” she said and proceeded into her room
“please close the door when you leave”
With that she walked into her room and shut the door ignoring his pleading voice at
the entrance. She commended herself for her bravery. Prior to this time, she couldn’t
talk with her ex-boyfriend Ken like that. He always ended up beating her anytime
they have a slight argument. The last time he beat her for not knocking his room’s
door before entering and for shouting at him because she caught him sleeping with
another girl , she was placed on drip and hospitalised for three days. Now, he was
claiming to have changed and become a saint overnight.
After she was sure he already left her house, she walked out of her room and
informed Okon, her new gateman never to allow Ken into the compound anymore.
Amarachi held her weak father’s hand beside the hospital bed, she wished to speak
with him but he was fast asleep and not to be disturbed according to the doctors.
“Mummy, why didn’t you tell me he was sick all these while? Why did you have to
wait till it got worst like this?”
“My daughter, I didn’t know it will get worse, I didn’t want to trouble you, you just
left here for the city and I don’t want you to start rushing home again” her mum
“You would have at least informed me ”
“No, you just started your job and I want you to focus and make a success of it” She
replied smiling “Don’t worry, the doctors say your father would be okay very soon”
“Okay, I pray so”
“Ehen, you’ve not told me how you got the money, you’ve not worked up to a month
so it couldn’t have been your salary”
“Mama, I borrowed from my friend, Ini whom I stay with” Amarachi .
“Eh, she is kind o. May God bless her for me. Hope you are not giving her too much
“Haba! Why will I stress her na?” She asked laughing.
“Okay, please thank her for me when you get to the city”
“She will hear”.
Earlier in the day, Amarachi was choosing clothes to wear for her date when she got
a call from the village that her Father was seriously ill and had been transferred to
the general hospital. She was told that seventy thousand naira was needed by the
hospital to commence the treatment. She was able to get help from Ini who gave
Amarachi her ATM card to withdraw the amount of money she needed which was all
she had in that bank account. While rushing to have her bath and journey to the
village, she mistakenly dropped her phone into a bucket of water and it refused to
come on again. She was lucky to meet a friend of hers who was a nurse in the
hospital who helped her locate the ward her father was placed easily.
There was silence for some minutes before Amarachi spoke up again “Mummy, how
is Sophia and Femi doing?
“Sophia is doing well, she is at home helping me sew some clothes. She will bring her
father’s dinner in the evening and wait to stay all night with him so that both of us
can go and rest at home. Femi should also be at his Father’s shop”, she said smiling .
You know we have to keep working so money for our upkeep comes in”
“It’s okay, very soon Daddy will be alright” Amarachi replied and paused for some
seconds. ” I think it’s time for Femi to further with his HND program or with a BSc
program if that’s what he wants and Sophia should enroll for JAMB lessons so that
she can write the exam next year”
“I know my daughter, that’s what they are supposed to do, but we were still
gathering money when your Father got ill and all the money has gone into it”
“Don’t worry Mama, I should be able to send enough money by next month so that
Sophia can enroll for lessons and Femi can take the form”
“Eh my daughter o, God bless you o ” she said rejoicing and making a dance move.
“It’s my duty Ma, it’s time you people stop struggling so much.” She said rubbing her
mother on gently on her cheeks.
Ini heard a loud rumble from her stomach. The sound reminded her that she was
hungry, she had been on her phone since Amarachi left the house chatting with
Kelvin via BBM. Their date on Wednesday was a wonderful experience for her, she
had never met a guy like him who shared the same ideologies and was passionate for
the same things she was.
“So you mean you don’t like football? Almost every guy I know loves football” she
sent a ping.
“That’s not me dear; I don’t just find it so interesting”
“K” she replied like every normal Nigerian girl would reply to notify the guy to doing
“What do you mean by L?”
“I was helping you recite the alphabets since you wrote k, I helped you with L”
“Lol, you’re not serious”
“Hehehe… How about your friend?”
“The one I saw you with that Saturday”
“Okay, she’s fine”
“Alright, there is this friend of mine who is really obsessed with her”
“Oh! Frank? Please tell him to give his girlfriend rest of mind”
“He doesn’t have a girlfriend”
“What about Bola?”
“She’s not his girlfriend”
“Are you sure?”
“Yes. He really does love your friend”
“I think he has to settle that by himself”
“Evening mum” he greeted and walked into his room immediately.
“Mummy”Janet called as she trotted downstairs,
“I thought I heard my brother’s voice now”
“Yes, he’s gone into his room already”
With that, Janet made her way to Dennis’ room. She opened the door without
waiting for him to respond to her knock. He faced the wall as he took off his shirt.
“Welcome brother, I’ve been waiting for you to give me feedback on… “, She paused
when he turned to her and she saw the expression on his face.”What happened? Did
anything go wrong?”
“She didn’t show up Janet” Dennis replied
“She didn’t? Why?” She asked in a surprised tone.
“I don’t know, she switched off her phone”
“Maybe something went wrong with her”
“No, nothing went wrong with her, I’m sure. Sheprobably takes me for a fool or
thinks I’m a flirt and didn’t think it worth it to go out with me”
“No, she won’t do that. Even if she will do it to other guys not you, you are her boss.
Of course, except she doesn’t value her job”
“She did. She’s intelligent; it won’t be hard for her to get another job, so she must
have played me”
“Come on, don’t conclude so easily. I’m still sure something went wrong”
“It’s okay Janet, please leave now. I want to be alone”
“Okay brother, please take it easy” she turned to walked out and turned back again
“I’ll be leaving for school tomorrow afternoon, will you drop me?”
“I will, just leave me alone for now”