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Touching her hand to her heart, she took three steps backwards as she watched the last passenger hop into the bus with the next bus waiting on the line yanking the door of his bus open, and screaming on top of his lungs, “AGEGE AGEGE!!”
Letting out a huge breath, she ambled into the bus, crossing her ankles in front of her as she settled to sit.
In no time, after calling out for more passengers the bus was soon full and ready to take off. Kick starting the bus, as he turned the key in ignition, the bus gave a shudder, a pause and a zoom of an old engine thrown open. “E bere sin san owo yin ooh” The driver seemingly in his late 50s with white hairs announced, requesting them to begin paying their fares.
“Owaaa ooh” Tolani yelled out on getting to her destination, as the driver swerved on bringing the car to a halt.
Hopping out of the bus, she crossed the road in a regular lagosian daredevilry and afterwards hailed down an Okada rider, “OKADA!!”
“Where you dey go Madam?” The Okada rider asked as he gripped the handle of his scooter gruffly.
“Do you know Mama Shukura’s place in the Estate? Just behind her house” Tolani disclosed.
“Yes, Its #150 ooh”
“On top wetin” Tolani said as her forehead furrowed.
“Petrol don cost now”
“Owk, #70 abeg”
“You these people sha, no wahala” He said with Tolani climbing up his bike, as he kicked started it, and zoom, they were on their way to her house with the warm breeze of the afternoon sweeping over her face as she tried to snap out the assault memories off her head.
“Here ko?” The Okada rider said in an Hausa intonation, jolting her out of her reverie as he brought his scooter to a halt in front of her house. “Ooh yess, thank you” She replied him in a tired voice then she climbed down his bike, paid him, and strolled down her house.
Wheww! She smacked her head as she removed the plate of food out of her bag, and flung her bag across the sofa as she sunk into the chair; tore off the cover of the plate as she gobbled up a spoon of fried rice. Just then, she felt her phone buzz in her blazer’s pocket. Shoving her hand in her pocket, she grabbed her phone, checking it through she realised it to be a mail.
Toggling through into her email, she realise it to be a mail from Jimi Solade. Wow! Jimi. It’s being a really long while he sent a mail. Toying with a lock of hair, she clicked through and read:
I must say the few weeks I have spent under your tutelage has been an enriching and enlightening phase in my life. Thank you so much ma! So, I finally got to create a lifestyle blog (after a long while of deliberating on if I should do) in which I would be leaving my rantings on random issues.
You made this happen Tolani through your push and writs. Thank you so, so much. I sincerely don’t take this for granted.
Touching a hand to her heart, as fresh energy filled her, she dropped her half finished food on the centre table, took a deep breath, and typed hurriedly :
Hello Jimi Solade,
Your words are kind, I really appreciate them, and my hearty congratulations on your blog!
We’ve got a long way together, thanks for the honour too.
She skimmed it through, clicked send, and took a deep breath, as she stole a look at her wrist watch, lo and behold, it was 4:30pm already. Ooh man, she wouldn’t want to go late ooh.
Picking up her food, with her eyes widening, she rushed ate, rose up, as she took long strides into her bedroom to take a shower. In no time, she was in the bathroom, with the water from the shower cascading down as it went down with the stress of the day. In a flash, she was out, wore a jean and T-shirt, rubbed some liniment, took a look at the mirror and sprayed cologne.
Closing the door of the room shut behind her with her bag of clothes for the weekend in her hand, she strolled out of the house.
“Tolly Baby!” Chinyere blurted out on hugging Tolani as she strolled in.
“Chi Chi Love” Tolani crooned as they made their way to the main entrance.
Tolani narrowing her eyes, as they strolled into the sitting room, noticed a man seemingly in his early 30s, seated on the cushion chair in the sitting room with his legs crossed as he scrolled through tweets on his phone.
Chinyere spotting the confusion on Tolani’s face, chuckled, as she tapped her playfully. “Ooh, he’s a friend. Segun, meet my Bestie, Tolani!”
Rising up from his sit, on noticing them, a smile tugged at his lips, as he stretched his hand for an handshake, “Hello Tolani, nice to meet you”
“Tolani, this’ Segun, my neighbor, he’d just come to help me check out my generator ooh, that thing has been giving me issues for about three days now” Chinyere explained.
“Ooh,..” Tolani said in a level way as she settled into a chair.
“So yeahhh, Tolani, Chinyere told me about you” Segun said in a friendly voice as he sat down, “She said you own a blog. I’d read through last night and mheen, I was wowed!
“Hun hun, really? She said as smile danced on her lips.
“Yess, you write amazingly well!”
“Thank youuu, so do you write too?”
“Aha aha, I have left that part of my life for a while now, I used to until well, life happened”
“Hun hun, really?” Tolani said in curious tone, “Tell me more”
“Yesso! I used to back in the University until I soon got busy with work on graduating”
They made more chit chats as Chinyere excused them to go off to check the food she was cooking in the kitchen.
Not too long Segun called Chinyere to tell her that he would be going, as herself and Tolani both accompanied him to the gate.
“Chinyere! And you did not tell me that you have gotten a new bobo. Is that life?” Tolani said in a friendly manner after Segun had gone, “Is that how we are doing now?”
“Fish! New Bobo kor” She grinned, “Segun is just a friend ooh”
“Ehen, ehen, you have joined the just-a-friend gang so?” Tolani said. “Na so e dey start now”
“Go away joor” Chinyere smirked as she gave a half shrug.
“Ehen, the guy is cool sha, knows how to make productive conversations”
“You are the one that knows ooh” Chinyere said as she opened the door.
“Don’t pretend joor”
“Abeggi, Ehen, ehen, about the Lois girl, I’m really sorry about how I reacted, I’m so so sorry.
“Ahan ahan, it’s no problem now” Tolani said, “Anyone would have done that too”
“Thank you!” She said in a voice soft with affection, “The beans should be ready, lemme go and cut the plantain for crying”
“Osheyyy! Our Chef, lerrus go and see what the Lord has started doing in your life” She said as she gaily followed her as her hands dangling at her sides.
As they entered the kitchen, Tolani felt her phone buzz and checking out what was up, she realised it to be a text from Kemi.
I really don’t know how much to express my gratitude for your coming today. It was almost as though you came down to take away my heartache.
PS: Kayode and mum are just beside while I type this text. We all appreciate you. Would call you tomorrow.
Man! I really can’t appreciate you all enough for journeying with me this longgg! Thank you so, so much!❤❤
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