My sister, Adekemi came visiting the
following week, she was through with all her
exams. She’s just at home doing nothing
although shes waiting for the Navy
recruitment list. So she decided to come
spend time with me. Since she had the
ambition of been in the force. I made sure
she applied during the last Nigerian Navy
recruitment Exercise few months ago. I told
Prince about it and told me there’s no
problem that he’ll make sure she’s admitted.
Prince called during the week, he wants me
to come to Abuja. I told him my sister is
around and I can’t leave her in the house
alone. My mummy too will start questioning
me that where did I go that my sister can’t go
with him. I promise him I’ll come the
following week since she’s just spending
2weeks. She has spent one week already.
Days later, I came back from school, I rang
the door bell and I was welcomed by my
crying sister, her face all wet with tears.
“Adekemi! Why are you crying?” I said
holding her with my left hand and locking the
door with my right.
“Sister mi…..the navy recruitment list is out
and my name was not shortlisted” she said
still shedding tears.
That was all I said, I was wondering what
went wrong because I already informed
Prince and he gave me his words.
“Come” I said and hugged her.
“Sister mi! I thought you said you know
someone in the Navy who would help”
Sincerely Adekemi knew nothing about
Admiral. How can I allow my sister find out
about Prince and I. As the first child of the
family, I’m suppose to set good examples and
not the other way round. All she knew was
that my room mate’s Uncle helped us.
“Adekemi I’ll fix this, I promise. Now go wash
your face” She left the sitting room.
I brought out my phone from my handbag
and called Prince
“Hello….. “Hello My Princess”
“Prince the list is out and my sister’s name is
not on the list”
“Did she put my name as her referee?”
“Yes she did”
“I’ll call the directors, I wonder how they do
things over there this days”
“Prince you should have made those calls
earlier, you know I told you to do so, but you
said there’s no problem”
“Anike calm down, I’ll sort it out”
“But there’s no other list, that’s just the list
for this year, they already put her name on
the waiting list” I explained.
“Anike relax you’ve never asked anything
from me before, this is the only favor you
ever opened your mouth to ask me and I
promise you, I’ll try everything in my power
to get her into the academy” He said
“You know what I’m coming over, you’ll
make all those calls in my presence”
“I thought you said….”
“Change of plans, see you soon” I said.
“Ok, later” he said and disconnected.
“Adekemi!” I called out
“I’m going to Abuja now. I need to act fast if
there’s anything that can be done concerning
“Abuja! You know someone in Abuja that
“Yes, Happy’s Uncle”
“Oh, the one I used as my referee?
“Sister mi, I can’t stay in this house alone o,
I’m going with you”
“Oh ooo, are you a baby? Don’t you have a
room to your self at home”
“That’s a room nau”
“Geez! OK let’s go”
“When are we coming back?”
“What about your lectures tomorrow?”
“Oh ooo, I don’t have lectures on Friday Jo…”
“Sorry, I forgot today is Thursday. Let me go
pack few things then”
“My friend just change your clothes and let’s
I was already in the car waiting for Adekemi
while she’s locking the doors. I called Prince
back and informed him I’m coming with my
sister and he said no problem. I had to
inform him because that was my first time of
taking someone along with me to Abuja.
She joined me in the car and I drove straight
to the airport. I parked and registered my car
and paid for parking space since I won’t be
coming back until Sunday.
We got to Abuja and the driver is already
waiting to pick us. I saw the way my sister
looked at me, when the driver bowed and
open the door for us.
We arrived at my Second home, like Prince
use to call it. All the staffs bowed and greeted
me warmly. My sister still carried that look.
“Sister mi! Where is this place. This house is
beautiful…who owns this house?” she asked
but I ignored her questions.
“I usher her into the sitting room”
“Sit down first, you talk too much and stop
One of the kitchen staff was already standing
in front of us asking for what to offer us.
He came back with juice, water and glass
“This is Admiral Gabriel Alawode’s house” I
informed Adekemi just to satisfy her curiosity
“Admiral! I’m in the Navy already, no
wonder you are so confident about my
recruitment into the navy”
“Prince joined us shortly and I introduced
them, my sister knelt down to greet him” and
he welcomed her by embracing her.
“See resemblance….is your sister running
away” he said playfully.
We all smiled, though we get that a lot from
people, we look so much alike.
One of the maid came in with a comfy
slippers and place it at my feet.
“I brought you your slippers ma so you could
change to something more comfortable” she
said, smiling at me.
I was like gosh! Did I ask her? I searched my
sister’s face and she gave me those
questioning look again.
“Thank you” I said coldly. On a normal day, I
would have said the thank you with a smile
but not today, she didn’t have to do that in
the presence of my younger sister. I don’t
know how I’ll explain myself to Adekemi, cos
I don’t like the look I was getting from her.
Trust my Prince he already sensed by
uneasiness, so he discharge the maid
“Prince how far, any solution?”
“I’ve called all the directors at the academy,
they told me they are still having a meeting.
The meeting will determine if they will paste
another list or not. They should be through in
another two hours”
The two hours he mentioned was like twenty
two hours. Adekemi too was tensed but we
had to wait for the outcome of the meeting.
The guest room had been prepared so I led
her to the room we’ll be staying for the
Some minutes later we came back to the
sitting room. Prince was still there by the
time we came back. Dinner was announced
and we all went to the dinning room to eat.
My sister was surprised when she saw the
table, the same way I was the very first day I
ate on that table.
After dinner, we went back to the sitting
room and a call came through on Prince
phone, it was from one of the directors. He
picked the call placing it on speaker for us to
“Hello sir” the voice said
“Hello, I’m listening” he said.
“Sir! The outcome of the meeting is not
positive sir. The names that was pasted online
initially was all they could recruit for this
year sir, but the rest will be on the waiting
list. Your candidate’s name is number one on
the waiting list sir” he informed.
“I can’t believe this!”
“Sir things are not done here like before sir,
you should have followed it up personally. No
one checks the referee’s name again this
“We have one option left sir”
“What option?” Prince asked.
“If you can call the former head of state, his
special list is going
to be out tomorrow with just two candidate.
If you can talk to him, he can add your
candidate’s name to it” he pointed out.
Prince sighed. “Thank you very much, I’m
“You are welcome sir” he said then the line
To be continued