We will be traveling to Calabar in 3 weeks, for her friends wedding. I think that’s when I will do it.”
My mom said. “Good make sure you do your thing.” Ella and I became so close, I went to see her family and they gave me a warm
welcome, her siblings were so friendly…..
Things were getting more and more interesting. We travelled to Calabar for the wedding. I had with me the engagement ring and I was
praying she would say yes, a part of me was sure…
She decided we stay in different hotel rooms
because she told me she was still a virgin that she needed to keep till that special night, I felt so lucky…
After the church ceremony at the reception, I gave someone my phone to make sure he captured the
moment. I then called Ella’s attention. “Ella.” As I knelt down with the ring. She said. “Oh my God…” I then asked. “Will you marry me?” She covered her eyes and
screamed. “Yes!! I will.” To my surprise, people around were clapping and that made me very uncomfortable. After the event we headed back to our hotel rooms and I called my mom telling her the good news. My mom was really glad.
That night, I went on Facebook to post the proposal picture. I
noticed I had several unread
mails so I took my time to read them. There was one mail that took my attention the most. The sender didn’t have a profile picture so I
went ahead to read the mail.
It said. “Please are you the Adeoluwa that served in Kogi over a year ago? please call this number ********** Tope.” I felt very disturbed and I called the number
immediately. Unfortunately the phone was switched off. I checked when the message was sent and it was about 4 months ago.
I got back to Lagos and kept on trying the number with no success. On Wednesday
morning it rang. I waited to hear the voice and it was Tope’s. I then said. “Oh Jesus, Tope I just saw your
mail are you okay?” She began to sob. “Adeoluwa please come and help me. I need your help now more
I then said. “I don’t get you Tope is everything alright?” She said. “Nothing is alright, please come I need your help.” I then said to her. “I work now,
I won’t be chanced to travel.”
She then said. “How about Saturday it’s very important.” The line then went off.
Memories of Tope came back, I was confused and very bothered about her situation. I kept on calling but the phone was switched off. I then sent a text message to her, telling her I would be coming on Saturday, but will leave on
Sunday morning because I had to prepare to travel to Port Harcourt on Wednesday on an official assignment. She
responded the following day with the address and her location. I had made arrangements with a driver to take me there with my car
and I told Ella I was going on a business meeting at Abuja. I left very early in the
morning and I got there around 11:30am. The
location was a church far inside the town, it wasn’t easy locating it. I saw Tope by the gate of the church, standing. She looked pale
and mucky, she had lost weight and she looked very
unpleasant and troubled. I came down from
the car and she ran towards me. She embraced me and said. “Oh Adeoluwa….”
As she wept deeply. I held her back by her shoulders and said. “Tope… Please talk to me what is wrong?” She then said. “Come to the church with me and you will know everything.”
She embraced me and said. “Oh Adeoluwa ….” As she wept deeply. I held her back by her shoulders and said.
“Tope…Please talk to me what is wrong?” She then said. “Come to the church with me and you will know everything.” She held my hand and led me into the church. I didn’t know what to think or expect, I just
needed to know what was wrong with her.
We got into the church and what caught my eyes was the site of children playing on a mat spread on the floor. Then I said. “Okay Topeka we are in the church, tell me what is going
on? And why did you decide to blank me out completely? She said. “I thought it was the right decision, ending everything we started 2
years ago. But I was wrong and I am sorry.” I then said. “Okay, now tell me why are you not in school? Is your mother okay?” She then gushed out in tears. It was becoming irritating and I grew impatient and….. I heard a tiny voice of a kid saying. “Mummy sorry.”
The little boy then embraced her by her leg and she carried him up. I was shocked the baby looked very much like me when I was little…. He had the shape of my eyebrows and my droopy eyes. I then
stuttered. “Is… That your child?” As sweat began to drip from my face. She then replied sobbing. “This is our
Adeoluwa ….This is our son.”
I then said. “How come, how is it possible?” She said. “He is 2 years old, you are the only man I have slept with, he even looks like you.”
I then said. “Oh my God!” As I sat down on a bench because my knees became weary. “Tell me everything Tope.” She said. “3 weeks after you left Kogi. I became ill and I was vomiting. My mom then asked me if I was seeing any man. I told her
no. She took me to see the doctor, he ran some tests and the result was that I was
pregnant. My mom beat me in the hospital with her slippers. When we got home, she threw my stuffs out and disowned me. I went to meet my closest relative and in spite of all
the pleas my mom refused to take me back…
……” As she started sobbing. I held her hand tight to comfort her and said. “Continue.”
She then said. “My relatives insisted I tell them who was responsible, but I refused. I
didn’t want to implicate you and I know you didn’t mean it. You have always wanted to help me. So I did not tell them. 4 months later, they started maltreating me and I then decided to leave. A pastors wife took me in
and I was there for 1 year. That was were I gave birth to junior and worked with the church’s primary school.” I then said. “You mean this church?” She said. “No, I came to this church about 6 months ago. I had to leave the other place, the pastor made some advances on me, I
reported to the wife and she threw me out. I have been here since. It’s been terrible
Adeoluwa ….”She began to cry out.
My mind was heavy and I knew I had to do something about her situation. She suffered because of me, her education, her family. I felt so much indebted to her. I then said. “Tope, I know everything can’t be okay, but I will do everything possible to make sure you get the best in life. God has blessed me with a good job and money is not a problem. I will get you an apartment here in Kogi and every month I will send you N200,000 for you and Junior.”
She then said. “His name is Adeoluwa.” I took a pause and looked at
him, he was
already asleep. I didn’t know whether to touch
him, carry him or something. I was just too
unprepared for these before me.
She then said. “I cannot stay here in Kogi.”
I then said. “Then where do you want to
You can’t come with me to Lagos”
She said. “adeoluwa , I have nobody, nobody. I have been rejected by
my family, friends and relatives. The only person I have is you and my
baby. I can’t stay far away from you, Please.”
I said. “Tope, a lot has happened these few years. I have moved on and
you being close could affect everything my mother has
established for me, everything I have worked
hard for recently. It can destroy me Tope.”
She then said. Adeoluwa , I understand but I need someone to run to,
someone to depend on. I will never interfere in your life again. I
just need a new place to start all over, I don’t want my baby to go
through what I went through. I need to further my education, you
helped me once and I know you can help me again. I can’t provide for
and protect our child Adeoluwa……
I started to reflect on everything she said. I
looked at the child, my child and I felt so sorry. I knew I can’t deny
them solace, cant
deny them what they want. That’s my blood she’s talking about. I was
hasty in conclusion.
I looked at my watch and it was almost 1 pm.
I then said. “Tope, if we have to go to Lagos we have to go now. Go
pack your things, I will be waiting in the car.”
It took us about 5 hours to get to Lagos. I lodged them in a hotel and
N50,000 in case she needed anything urgent that night. I then left for
home. I avoided
everyone and went straight to my room. I was very unsettled and
completely in distress.
Ella had been calling me but I was too weak to pick her calls. The
following day, I drove to pick Ella so we
could go to church. She noticed I was not myself and she asked me.
“What is wrong Adeoluwa ? you have been acting strange.”
I said to her. “I am pretty ill, but I will be fine.”
I insisted it was a flu.
After church service, I dropped Ella at her
place and I went home to get some stuffs for Tope and Junior. I got
Tope a new Phone and Junior, some of my old toys and lots of
candies. I got to their hotel room and she appeared more relaxed. Next
thing I heard
I saw the excitement on his face, it sent a cold chill through my
spine. Then Tope said. “Junior, come on stop that. He is uncle not
He then said. “uncle!”
I smiled, for he looked so adorable. I gave him his goodies and he said.
“Thank you uncle.”
I was amazed and there was this urge inside of
me to spend time with him.
I then said. “Tope, try and relax today, tomorrow you will go shopping
Here is N150,000 for you 2. The driver will
come tomorrow in the morning, he will also
help open an account for you as well. I have
told him to secure an apartment for you in a
very good environment. It will take you guys 3 days at most to furnish
and set up the place to your taste.”
She then said. “Are you not going to be around?”
I said. “I told you I will be traveling this week
and will be very busy. I may not see you till I
return from my trip. But I will always call
Continues in chapter 9
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