Sorry this is coming quite late. The last episode would be up next Friday.
Last Saturday was the clincher.
Tinuke blinked back burning tears as she stuffed some of her clothes into a suitcase. She was going away; far away from Tokunbo because she couldn’t take it anymore. She had summoned up courage to carry out Sola’s advice and what did she get out of it? When Tokunbo opened the door, he stood there for some minutes and slammed the door in her face. She had banged on the door and apologised but he didn’t say a word; humiliated and exhausted she left. The following week was awful; if they acted like strangers before, now they acted like enemies. She refused to speak to him or even make his meals; not with the way he treated her. She refused to act like his wife since she wasn’t being treated like one.
She regretted not telling him before they got married but she felt too ashamed to talk about it and then there was Sola’s advice. She had reached a point where she couldn’t care less what her parents would say, what friends would say and what church members would say. She needed to be away from him.
She put the suitcase in the boot and wiped away the tears on her face. As she drove out of the driveway, memories of the day Tokunbo proposed came to her. They had been dating for almost 2 years and they both knew where the relationship was heading. She thought he would propose on her birthday but he didn’t to her disappointment. The proposal came when she least expected it.
After church one Sunday, she stayed behind as usual to say hello to people and welcome their guests. They usually hung out after church on Sundays and she thought they were going to see a movie they had both talked about. She finished with the last visitor and walked towards the rear of the auditorium to meet Tokunbo who had been waiting for her. She was about to tease him for being suited up instead of the usual traditional attire he wore to church on Sundays when he went down on one knee, it took some seconds before she realised what he was about to do. She couldn’t remember the exact words he said but she remembered the look in his eyes which revealed the love he had for her.
They got married five months after.
Tokunbo left for home earlier than usual because he had to speak to his wife and to his frustration,traffic on Third Mainland bridge was quite unusual today being Saturday. His thoughts went to his encounter with his boss and his wife earlier on. She came to the office to meet her husband because they were going out for their anniversary dinner; their 25th wedding anniversary. His boss was one of the few men he admired because he built his company from nothing despite coming from an impoverished background. The man was a hard worker and very principled too. He refused to cut corners like many people in the business did and he wore his faith on his sleeves. His wife was a plump stylish woman with lots of energy whose presence was felt whenever she visited.
She came into the office carrying roses and a big cake and announced to everyone it was their wedding anniversary. ‘I brought this cake for you people because you should be home on a Saturday and not here’ she announced as she dropped the cake on a table and went into her husband’s office.
Another reason he admired his boss was his marriage. He and his wife had a solid marriage. Despite not having kids of their own after the first 6 years of their marriage, they adopted two kids. They often teased each other and openly displayed their love for each other. He looked up to them because his parents didn’t have a happy marriage, they got divorced when he was 10.
They both came out of the office hand in hand as people congratulated them and just before they left, his boss’s last words stayed with him. ‘One of the secrets to having a happy marriage is sacrifice. You must be willing to put your spouse first, be ready to forgive no matter what. Look at us today celebrating 25 years of marital bliss’ he paused and looked at his wife who added ‘Christ should be the head of every marriage and communication is key, we talk about everything and anything.’
What was the matter with him? What type of man was he? He felt so ashamed with the way he treated Tinu since they got married. He hadn’t even given her a chance to explain. So much for being a Christian; he was sure God hadn’t been listening to his prayers. Truth be told, he hadn’t even been praying much or reading his bible since he got married.
He couldn’t wait to get home to his wife. He had forgiven her already and didn’t even want an explanation. It didn’t matter. He was going to love her as he promised the day they got married. He brought out his phone to call her, just to hear her sweet voice but her phone was switched off.
He finally got home after some hours in traffic exhausted and hungry. He didn’t see her car in the driveway as he pulled in. Maybe she went to the salon or went grocery shopping he thought to himself.
He was about to open the front door of the house when he heard his phone ring. He took a quick glance at his phone screen and saw his father in-law’s name.
‘Young man, where are you???’ the voice on the other end thundered.
‘Good afternoon…’ he replied
‘Atinuke had an accident and was rushed to the hospital.’
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