Aria: why is this house so dark? She
raised the curtains of the self-contained
apartment of her boyfriend. Ryan! Ryan!
She went and tapped him gently.
Ryan: Hello Babe! Sorry, didn’t know
when you entered.
Aria: Is everything alright with you? This
one that you didn’t even know when I
stepped in. what have you been thinking
about again? She asked as she la!d next
to him, sharing the only bed which
serves as a cushion and bed for anybody
that comes into the apartment.
Ryan: Mehn! I am just so tired and
frustrated. I have been searching for a
job for the past one year yet nothing. I
have you and my family members to take
care of yet I cannot boast of sending
them monthly stipends every month.
Take a look at you as my girlfriend, I
can’t even say take this money, go and
make your hair. Common hair! The
situation is bad ooo.
Aria: Is that why you want to kill yourself
before time? Don’t you know that
overthinking is not good for your
health? Now that you have been thinking
and getting yourself worked up, what
have you achieved?
Ryan: Why won’t I think when my people
at home are busy disturbing me with
calls? Cameron my brother keeps calling
almost every minute of the day. I am just
Aria: It is okay joor. Listen, she said to
him. God have seen you put your best
effort in looking for a job, just be patient,
fate will soon smile on you.
Ryan: My problem now is this house
rent; it will be expiring in the next three
month. I really do not know where I will
get money to pay up. Remember, it was
my saved Alawi money while I was
serving that I used in renting this place.
Aria: Don’t worry, something good will
happen soonest. I will try and see if I can
be able to raise something before that
time. Your landlord is a good person, I
am sure he will be able to collect half
Payment pending when we pay the
remaining balance. Meanwhile, look
what I bought for you she said smiling
as she unpacked the food stuff she
brought from her place.
Ryan: Hmm.. He said picking the food
items one after the other and smiling.
‘God will bless you. I wonder what I
would have done without you’ he said
looking at her. ‘You know that you have
been a blessing. Thank God that while
we were serving, I quickly asked you out
if not all this good things would have
been for another man, imagine another
man pikin running my race ooo’ he said
Aria: Stop joor. You and your sweet
mouth. Let me take them to the kitchen
before you finish me with your words.
She stood up, went to the kitchen.
Ryan, a graduate happens to have a
girlfriend named Aria. They both met
while they were serving in Anambra
state and from there, their relationship
blossomed. The past year has been
challenging to him. He searched all the
hook and crannies of Onitsha in search
for job all to no avail. Sometimes he helps
people who are looking for
wheelbarrow pushers to help carry their
goods. He has done conductor business
but had a fall out with the driver who
refused paying him for services
rendered as a conductor, the house he
rented in Nkpor is a self-contain
apartment and even though the place
looks like a ghetto to him, he still
manages it till something better comes
He was born into the family of Mr. and
Mrs. Ejiofor. He is the first child of the
family from the family of seven, Mother
and father inclusive. His father is a
retired staff from Nigerian
Telecommunications Ltd. also known as
Nitel. while his mother is a full time
housewife but helps in selling Okrika
clothes to keep the family going since
Nitel has refused to pay their retired staff
for more than 10 years.
Mr. Ejoifor is of the opinion that, if he
sends his first son to school since he is a
retired pensioner without pay, he would
have done most part of his duty as a
father. He also insists that when his first
son graduates from school the
responsibility of his siblings falls solely
Mr. Ejiofor: Mama Addison! Mama
Addison! He called out after taking his
early morning snuff. sitting in front of
the small house shared by him and his
family, he wondered when fate will smile
on his son so that he will start taking full
responsibility as a man of the house
Mrs. Ejiofor: ‘Aah aah! Papa Addison, this
one you are calling my name like this
hope no problem’ she asked holding a
broom with her right hand and trying to
tie her wrapper with the other.
Mr. Ejiofor: Urrmm. I want to talk to you
about something very important woman.
Where is Addison, isn’t she awake by
now to come and carry on with what
you were doing?
Mrs. Ejiofor: I sent her on an errand to
go and buy Akamu we will use for
breakfast. What you want to discuss
with me that is so very important, she
said as she sat down on the bench her
husband was sitting on. I am all ears.
Mr. Ejiofor: I want to take a second wife.
Mrs. Ejiofor: Did I hear you well? You
want to what? Hey! Hey! Papa Addison,
so you mean that I am not good enough
for you anymore after thirty one years of
Mr. Ejiofor: I never said so. All I need
right now is a young woman with a
fresh blood that will make me feel alive
again. I want to take a second wife
Mrs. Ejiofor: It will not happen oooo.
Mbanu! Not while I am still in this house.
Oh! So you want to take a second wife
into this house eh! Look at you sef. We
can barely afford three square meals a
day and now you want to add another
mouth to the ones we cannot afford to
feed. Who is going to take care of the
responsibility if she starts giving birth
Mr. Ejiofor: You should not worry
yourself about that. Don’t worry, when
Ryan gets a good job, he will take full
Mrs. Ejiofor: Ehen! So after frolicking with
other small girls, you want to marry a
young woman abi? No wahala but
where there is a problem is you wanting
to marry a wife for my son to come and
take responsibility for. Isn’t it going to be
too much for him, he also have his own
life to live oooo.
Mr. Ejiofor: woman, you can go and
continue what you were doing. I have
told you what I needed to, he ordered.
Mrs. Ejiofor: I have said my own oooo.
She stood, tied her wrapper again and
Later in the day, Mr. Ejiofor called Ryan,
asking him to come to the house for
there is something he would like to
discuss with him which is very urgent.
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