Happy Birthday Nigeria🎇🎇🎇 Fellow Nigerians, this is not a time to criticize government past and present as it has never really increased the money in your account, neither as it led to constant light 😜
This is a time to THANK GOD yes, thank God for Nigeria. We could have been worse off, but we are not. Look at Syria and other countries that have been in disarray this year. So you see, even with Boko Haram, there is something to be grateful for. Take time out today and thank God for where we have been, where we are now and where we are going to as a country.
Yes, where we are going to. Reflect on the words of the second stanza of our anthem…pray for unity, love, honesty and guidance for our leaders. Pray because it is YOUR country. If it prospers, you prosper!
On a lighter note, BAGGAGE 3:
Ovie begged Lisa to meet him up at AJ’s restaurant in Warri at 10am on a Saturday morning. Lisa didn’t even know why she was even going to see him after he missed her convocation and couldn’t even call to congratulate her. He didn’t call her for 5days after the convocation even! Though he apologized and explained he had issues with his phones; she believed he should have known her number off heart by now and should have just found a way to call.
Maybe she was going because a part of her felt guilty for not calling Bisayo’s boyfriend to see that Ovie was fine even after feeling worried at the 3rd day.
Lisa’s late breakfast with Ovie was nice. She loved talking to him over the phone…but in person, she loved it more. She could see his face, smile and his gestures. All the anger she had against him melted by the time Ovie started jesting and making her laugh. For a second, she felt like it was just both of them at the eatery…the way he looked at her…maintaining eye contact like he was seeing through her soul.
Just when she was getting lost in their little world of laughter, love and happiness, Ovie’s tone changed!
“Baby girl, you’re done with school now and we have been dating for while. I keep telling you that you have me, I’m down for you and I whatever it takes, I want to be with you.
You’re not just pretty, you have the kindest heart Lisa…the kind of heart I would want my children to have”
Ovie goes on one knee…Lisa begins to gush… She’s tearing up at his words.
“Baby, I want to spend the rest of my life with you…I want you to be my wife and the mother of my child…would you marry me?”
Lisa’s voice seemed to have been too overwhelmed to respond. Just when she was thinking he wasn’t as serious about her as he claimed, he proposed!
“Yes…yes Ovie!” Lisa replied
Customers at the eatery started applauding and Lisa stood up to hug her fiance.
Lisa was posted to Ibadan for her service. She really wanted to stay in Warri so she could be closer to Ovie…but he insisted she went. Like he always said “Born in Benin, lived in Warri, schooled in Benin, you want to serve in Warri too? Don’t you want to know what is outside Benin and Warri?”
A part of her wanted to know what was outside. But with Ovie, she was content. Anywhere he decided to settle…she would go and be happy. Warri was where he was and Warri was where she wanted to be.
Ovie promised to pay her visits and she ran to Warri at the slightest opportunity… Just to see him.
Lisa’s Dad had some “connections” in Ibadan…so instead of her to teach like it was the lot of most of her colleagues, she was working in an audit firm…Track Fund Konsult with a salary of 60,000.The management was so impressed with her work ethics they offered to retain her after her service with a salary of 100,000.
She told Ovie about the offer and he told her to reject it without flinching. He didn’t say more than “We can’t move to Ibadan because of peanuts…my salary is 5times that amount”.
That was the closest Lisa had gotten to knowing how much Ovie earned. Ovie had been trying to sell the idea of her being a housewife but Lisa didn’t want to hear anything of the sort. As much as she wanted a husband and a love life, she wanted a career. She wanted to wear heels and wear nice shirts and skirts. She wanted to have a complimentary card and risk through the ranks of an audit firm to be the boss someday.
3months to the end of her service year, Lisa met Dafe at Food Co. He was looking better than ever…he dressed better and even spoke better. Lisa was pleased with how the silly Dafe had “evolved”. They exchanged numbers and Dafe started singing the same old songs he used to sing to her back then in the University. She was too happy to crush his hopes one more time and tell him “I’m engaged”.
Dafe’s hopes weren’t crushed though. He knew he was wrong to hope still, but once in a while he called her…hoping to hear that the engagement was called off.
6months later, Dafe just left the operating theatre on a Friday afternoon when he received a call from Lisa.
He was overjoyed…she hardly ever called. Alas! Lisa was talking fast which usually indicated she was excited… She called to invite him for her wedding. It was in 2weeks time. That door was closed for Dafe. He knew he had to move on. He never really connected with any girl like he did with Lisa…his buttoned nose Lisa belonged to another man now.
It wasn’t easy getting her Mom’s consent. Her Mom just had “something” against Ovie that she really couldn’t explain. “Is he not the same guy that didn’t call you during your convocation?” Mrs Ogbo asked.
“Ohhh yes Mommy…I explained why that happened to you now” Lisa would snap back.
“Are you sure he loves you? You know I always feel the man should love you more than you love him o…” Mrs Ogbo always said. This sounded like an archaic philosophy to Lisa but
time and time again Lisa replied in the affirmative. “Yes Mom, he loves me”. She said this most times trying to convince herself he loved her as much as she loved him…not necessarily more than…just as much as she loved him.
5years into their marriage, Lisa and Ovie were blessed with two boys…4year old Joshua and 2year old Alex.
Lisa didn’t work a day since they got married…Ovie insisted she didn’t work.
Even with that, her marriage wasn’t as rosey as she dreamt it would be. Ovie’s drinking problem had worsened and early into the 5th year of their marriage, Ovie’s contract with Chevron had expired. He expected another contract like it had been happening in the previous years, but nothing was forthcoming. The little money he had saved up, he spent hanging out with his friends in clubs and ended up coming back home drunk. When this happened Joshua and Alex were always asleep. All they knew was not to shout or disturb Daddy till it was afternoon.
Now Lisa began to see things clearly…he had a drinking problem and even her kids and marriage was not enough reason for him to stop. She was with a jobless alcoholic for the rest of her life, but she loved him still and was determined to make their marriage work.
Anticipate two posts next week😁 One of them is gonna be the finale of “BAGGAGE” and the other…well you shall find out come Thursday.
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