Madam Lydia stood there thinking of what to
do about her predicament, she figured out that she needed to calm down so as to
strategise better ,so she got herself
and Laraba cold drinks and said to Laraba
Madam Lydia: My dear daughter, just relax;
this is not over, at least not yet!
Laraba : I wish I could believe these words
of yours mother, at this point I give up, I want to believe it’s her luck.
Madam Lydia: I see you are very weak, but
unfortunately you have a mother who doesn’t give up, what nonsense are you
spilling???? You are giving up simply because a girl who isn’t as beautiful,
intelligent, smart and sophisticated as you are is getting a man you have
always prayed for ,and the best you can do is give up????? Can you just hear
Laraba: Mummy I need to leave this minute!
Madam Lydia: Oh please! Sit down young lady,
we are not done yet! You will go the ladies and use your blotting sheets
properly and join me, we are going to say hello to the celebrant, I’m
Laraba made her way to the ladies to do
just as her mother said, on getting to the Ladies she met Asabe who was doing
likewise and out of anger she said;
Laraba: How dare you?????
Asabe: Excuse me??????
Laraba: You knew I was into Dotun and you
went ahead to seduce him, you pathetic flirt!!!!
Asabe: HAHAHAHAHA!!!! Dear sister, first of
all, you look more pathetic than I do, now this is very easy so let’s not make
things difficult here, you are into him but he’s into me….now would you be kind
enough to tell me how in the devil’s starched kaftan this has turned out to be
At this point hormones were running, Laraba
has never in her life seen Asabe this brave, she mellowed down and walked away
Asabe: that’s what I thought darling…..walk
away darling, that’s what losers do!
Asabe was proud of herself, she never knew
she could be strong enough to stand up for herself, but she resolved to become
brave and outspoken, since being an angel wasn’t helping issues.
Laraba joined her mum, but didn’t utter a
word about her encounter with Asabe, because for her it’s a lost battle. Madam
Lydia and Laraba made their way to where Otunba’s wife was seated,
Madam Lydia: Happy birthday Olori
Otunba’s Wife : My dear sister , thank you
ojare….we bless God for the gift of Life.
Madam Lydia: Yes Ma’am….It’s been God all the way.
Both women hugged each other and tried
catching up on a few events the women wing of the party had organised two
months back. They laughed at how Chief Dele’s second wife had a wardrobe
mal-function. Chief Dele is also a
member of the party ,his first wife is their mutual friend,as a way of making
the second wife Remi uncomfortable they always ignore her to the extent that
even Remi doubts her existence most times.
Otunba’s Wife: Ehen….My dear, just a hint,
very soon,Otunba and I would be coming to get a beautiful flower from your
house, one of your daughters precisely.
Madam Lydia: That would be wonderful ma,
who amongst them would that be????
Otunba’s Wife: Erm….Asa-be! Yes Asabe… the dark gorgeous
Madam Lydia: Oh well ,she is not exactly my
daughter….she is my step- daughter
Otunba’s Wife: Ahn Ahn!! Your step daughter
is as good as your daughter…we are Africans my sister.
Madam LydiaL (Totally ignored the fact that Otunba’s wife’s countenance had
changed and continued) Olori this is my first daughter (introducing Laraba-who
greeted Otunba’s wife) she is in her final year in the University and doing
At this point Olori could put 2 and 2
together to make not just 4 but 22, this little talk told her a lot more about
Madam Lydia and what Asabe must have had to put up with.
Otunba’s Wife : Ok my sister, please make
yourself comfortable , there is enough for everyone courtesy of Dotun.( they
hugged each other and parted)
Asabe was sitting beside Dotun and a few of
his friend to whom he had introduced her to, when madam Lydia walked by to say
hi to Dotun, and told Dotun she wanted to have a word with Him, She totally
ignored Asabe’s greetings and stepped aside to discuss with him.
Madam Lydia: My dear, well done I see you
put all this together, must have been a
lot of work, next time you should ask for help and not wear yourself out this
Dotun: Thank you Ma, just thought to make
it up to my mum, since I have not been around for a long time.
Lydia: So thoughtful of you. I actually called you aside to tell you that my
daughter Laraba is around, please feel free to call her if you need her help
with stuff around
Dotun: Oooh Thank you Ma, Your daughter
–Asabe has been helpful. so grateful Ma.
Madam Lydia: OKAY….My step-daughter you
meant to say?
Dotun: (at this point got irritated)ermmm
…..well yes Ma/
The following weekend Asabe was so scared
to go home, after all that has transpired between herself and Madam Lydia &
Laraba, she went to her dad’s office on a weekday to see him and discussed with
him at length about Dotun’s plans
Mr Dan: My dear daughter, I am solidly
Asabe: Thanks dad I knew I could count on
you. I will start the visa application process tomorrow, Dotun’s mum has promised
to direct me to someone at the visa office whom she said would be of help to me
Mr Dan: Ok, that’s very good, but you must
act like you and I never had this discussion , I do not want your step-mum to
have an idea of what’s happening until we are almost done, you know very well
that she is a kill joy
Asabe: of course daddy, I know that.
Asabe went further to discuss her school
issues with her dad and left his office 20 minutes later, on her way out Mr
Dan’s secretary by name Bella told Asabe that her mum (madam Lydia she meant)
was around and that she went to the right wing of the office to use the ladies,
Asabe thanked her and said;
Aww ,Thanks Bella,I spoke to her already ,
we would hook up later at home, meanwhile you don’t need to tell her I was here,
my dad and I are planning a surprise party for her….so lips sealed.
Bella: ok ok ok!!!! I get it. Make sure you
invite me though!
Asabe: I sure would….
Those that trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion which can never be moved but abides forever - Psalm 125:1