I sighed tiredly as I rested my head on
maria’s laps, we just came back from
Ibadan,- she’d taken me to see my Father’s
“that’s how it happened o.”she concluded
her half-heard story.
“hmm”I closed my eyes.
“If you want to sleep, lie down properly
now.”she said adjusting my position.
“Grandma, you’ll be staying with us
“Yes, for a while o, I’l be going back to
“No maami, I don’t want you to go, please
stay with me.”I pleaded with her
“Me too..”Eniola pouted.
“see this children o.”Maria laughed
“Okay I’ll stay small oo”
“Yeeee!”Eniola hugged her.
“Mummy, lemme go and play with
Tola?”she asked me.
“Don’t injure yourself o”Maria cooed after
“Teju omo mi, there’s something I want us
to discuss, though I know, it might sound
some how…”she hesitated.
“Uhum?”I shut my eyes.
“Teju, don’t sleep, let’s talk please.”she
“Okay, tejumola is all ears.”I laughed sitting
“My dear, you know, every mother wants
something good for her child…”she began.
“As a child progresses in life, there are
different things he or she needs to do…”she
“hmm.”I wondered where all the sermon’s
were coming from.
“Teju, let me ask you, how old are you?”
“24 na!”I chuckled.
“Good, according to the societal law, you
are supposed to be in your husbands
house…”she paused to see my facial
I gave her a deep frown.
“this style of you living alone, fending for
your self is not just it, you need a man in
your life Teju. A man who would take good
care of you.”she explained.
I mumbled some words.
“Ehn? What did you say? Abi the men are
not coming?”she searched my eyes.
I looked away. Left for me, I would never
“Take David for example, I mean, Eniola’s
father. The boy seems to be all over you,
ehn? You don’t need a future teller to tell
you he wants you…”she was beginning to
“hmmm Maami, you read meanings into
things o, I and David are just close cos of
Eniola, if not, I have no deal with him.”I
began to say.
“Heehn! You think I’m blind? The way he
use to talk to you, the way he use to…”
“Maami…ah!”I cut her short.
“All I want from you is to consider him.”she
“Ehn! I’ve heard, can I sleep now?”I rolled
“omo yi…hmn, Your still stubborn, when will
you change?”she laughed lying down beside
“Well that’s when my name changes from
Tejumola.”I laughed with her.
Soon Maria was fast asleep, but I remained
awake. Different thoughts flooded my mind.
She wanted me to get married, sure that’s
But I don’t think I’m ready to take any poo
from some Adam’s generation…
Talking about David, he’s putting up some
moves recently. Those unnecessary things
he would buy, knowing too well I’d use
them, The regular shoppings all in the name
of shopping for Eniola. I know he’d give
anything to have us together, but I just
can’t bring myself to accept that. Tejumola
isn’t that cheap!
“Mummy! Daddy is here!”Eniola yelled from
“Daddy what did you buy for me? Ehn?”she
“Mummy see ooo”she bashed into the room.
I jumped up swiftly, adjusted my dress.
“Hy.”I greeted David as he walked in.
“Hy hy Hy…that’s a nice dress.”he made to
“Thanks.”I backed away.
“Mummy, see, my daddy bought me ice
cream, chocolate, and…and…and…”she
“And samosa.”David helped her out.
“Samosa! What kind of name is that
“Grandma see!”Eniola told Maria who was
exchanging pleasantries with David.
“Oma se oooo, ah! Daddy Eniola thank you
o.”Maria said to the amusement of Eniola.
I shifted from one feet to another, I could
feel David’s eyes boring into me. This man
should stop looking at me na! I frowned.
“Did I tell you I love that dress?”David
asked not minding Maria was listening.
“Actually, I came to see you…we’ve gat
some talks to do.”he wore one of those
Don’t even waste your time o! I wanted to
He walked gently to the door
“I’d be waiting outside.”
I nodded, waited for sometime, before