A month later, I got a call from Tinuke, my
friend in US. She’s coming back home finally.
I was so happy when she told me. That’s my
one and only friend. She is now a successful
surgeon and one of the competent doctors
around. After pleas from friend and
colleagues for her to stay back that fell on
deaf ears, Tinuke came back to Nigeria to
practice. She got a job with a big specialist
hospital in Lagos own by whites. Politicians
and wealthy people patronize the hospital
because of there reliable services. She met
the owners abroad, since she’s Nigerian, they
approached her and gave the offer. She
thought it was the right thing to do, to come
back home and give back to the society.
She called me a day before her return and
she told me some of her plans once she
“That reminds, I remember you never liked
Lagos back then, so how will you cope with
your Lagos job” I asked Tinuke
“The offer is great, doctors won’t give it a
second thought before they grab the offer”
“So you want to live in our Lagos now abi?
I’ll tell the Governor to send you back to
where you came from” I said playfully.
“Then prepare to bribe me. But seriously
Lagos is cool now” I informed.
“Alright, talk to you later. Bye” She hung up.
I travelled to Lagos for her welcome party.
Tinuke’s Parent too travel down to Lagos
from Abuja to welcome her back. The hospital
gave her a car, Toyota Aventis and a three
bedroom flat not too far from the hospital.
They also pays in dollar. Her employer told
he could also be part of the hospital share
holders. Although she planned on having her
own hospital soon.
Tinuke called me some weeks after she
settled down to move in with her. I gave so
many excuses but she said she have no one
in Lagos. She has no friend except me.
I promised to join her soon.
It was an opportunity to free myself from
Prince. The only song he sings now is for me
to have his baby. Knowing fully well that he
wants to use that to get me into marrying
him, I told him I can’t have his baby.
Four months later I decided to go to Lagos.
I told Prince that I want to move back to
Lagos for a while and he did not agree, so I
left against his wish. I resigned and moved to
It was a happy reunion for us. The first day I
moved in, we did not sleep till day break, we
were gist all through. Although I always
update her about Prince and I. So she knows
I really pity her because I don’t have a job
while she has to resumed work 8am.
A week later. She came back from the
hospital, she came to my room. We
exchanged greetings and we got talking about
“Tinuke when are you going to let go Prince
Alawode, except you plan on getting married
“Get married to Prince! Tinuke I can’t”
“Then how long will you continue like this.
You’ve got everything you wanted from this
man. You have shopping complexes, you have
your own house here in Lagos plus the one
he gave you himself that you rented out. You
ride the latest cars, Your sister is now in the
Navy, Your younger brother in a Private
university. So what else do you need that you
don’t have. You are not getting younger sis,
you have to decide on what you want.
My phone rang, I checked the caller, it was
Prince. “He wants to know where I stay in
Lagos, he knew I wasn’t staying with my
It rang again but I ignored it. “Pick his call
now” Tinuke said.
“I’ll call him back later”
“I think you should let him know what you
“He won’t let me go, I stop talking to him
about it. The last time I brought up the issue
before I left Abuja, he almost had a heart
attack. We had to rush him to the hospital.
“Really! Is it that bad”
“He even want me to have his child”
“I’m stucked, more reason why I moved in
with you. I really need a change of
environment, I need to breath. He doesn’t
know where I’m staying presently”
“So my place is your new hide out, no
wonder you agree to move in with me” she
said spanking me lightly.
“No, aside that you know how much I miss
you and at this time when I can’t even think
straight, I need a friend like you”
“I’ve heard you, any single young guy lurking
around?” She asked
“Hmmm…..yes, but sincerely I don’t give
them attention, again I can’t dabble into any
relationship except I end things with Prince”
“I know that man has really tried for you
especially in those dark hours when you have
no one to run to. I cant decide for you, infact
nobody can. You have to decide on what you
want. If you are not comfortable with his age,
then let go, he’ll get over you with time”
“Sincerely, I don’t know how to make that
happen” I said with tears in my eyes.
“Anike, are you in love with him? Gosh!”
“To be honest with you, I do. I’ve been with
him for almost 4years now. I’m attached to
himphysically and emotionally, same with
him. I don’t want him to die an untimely
death because of me. I want to leave him and
at the same time I don’t want to hurt him, he
has giving me nothing but Joy. I don’t want to
be selfish” I said in tears.
I’ve met rich and young men but I’m still
remain faithful to him”
“Then marry him” She said
“I wish it’s that simple”
“It is well” She said holding my shoulders.
I excused myself to clean my face. I came
back and sat on the bed.
“Let’s talk about you, you said you are seeing
someone in US, hope the relationship is
heading towards marriage?” I asked her.
“Yes, he’s coming back to come and settle
down here as well. We’ll start our wedding
preparations once he’s back” she said.
“Good, at least I’ll be the chief Bride’s maid”
“That’s if you don’t get married before me”
“I can’t wait to meet him, but before then I’ll
like to speak with him, he needs to know I’m
his fiancee’s bestie, and give him my rules
and regulations because he must treat you
well” I said playfully.
“No problem, you guys will talk”
“Good” I said
My phone rang and it was Prince again. I
picked the call. He still wanted to know my
where I’m staying presently but I didn’t tell
Tinuke woke me up one early morning before
going to work, I was still sleeping when she
“Good morning Sleeping beauty”
“Good morning, you are off to work already?”
“Yes, some of us still works” she said
“I had a job too, I resigned”
“Whatever, my house keeper resumes work
today. If there’s anything you need just let
him know, especially this your laundry
basket that is full to the brim
“I was actually going to take them to for dry
cleaning today. Thank God she’s resuming
“It’s he… not she” she corrected.
“Your house keeper is male?, so you stay
alone with a guy in this house, you are not
“I’m not scared because he’s a harmless guy.
Make sure undies is not there o”
“Tinuke you know I can’t do such things, my
undies are not dirty, I wash them everyday,
just my clothes”
“I know, but what I don’t know is when you
started keeping dirty clothes this much. There
is washing machine in the house but you
choose not to make use of it”
“I can’t remember the last time I did my
“See what your luxury lifestyle has cost you,
the Anike I knew before is not lazy”
“Don’t blame me Prince spoilt me rotten”
“You can say that again, see you in the
evening and have a nice day” [/b]she said.
“You too sweetheart”
Tinuke came back in the evening. I noticed
she was moody.
“Welcome, how was your day?” I asked
“Not too good”
“I thought as much, why are you moody you
left this house lively”
“I lost a patient, he died right in the surgery
table. I tried to revive him by all means, but I
still lost him at the end”
“Its okay dear, I know you would have tried
all your possible best to save him, but who
are we to stop death when it comes knocking,
please cheer up.
“You have this white doctors attitude to
patient, some of our doctors here don’t care
much about their patient. They won’t even
flinch when a patient die on there watch”
“Maybe they are not attached to their patient,
If you are attached to then, then you’ll care”
“That’s true, now let’s go and eat, food is
ready” I said
“I can see your laundry basket is empty” she
said pointing to the basket.
“Yes, all thanks to your house help, that guy
is really hard working o”
“Yes he is, I saw some money on the center
table, do you keep them there?”
“No, your house keeper did”
“So he’s so rich now that he dumps money
anywhere, good for him”
“Don’t mind him, I gave him #10,000 after
washing and ironing my clothes. I was
impressed with all the chores he did in the
house too. But he rejected the money, he said
he’s doing the job he’s
paid for. I refuse to collect it from him too, so
he dropped it on the table” I explained.
“That’s Jedidiah for you, that’s why I like him
he’s always contented with anything I give
“How much do you pay him monthly?”
“Okay, I shouldn’t be saying this but you are
my friend and now lives here. I met him in
my new church here in Lagos. I told my
Pastor I needed and house keeper and he told
me there’s a brother who lives in church that
could use the money. He’s a student and
work at the same time just to put body and
soul together. So I employed him. I pay for
his school fees, he goes to school from here
so his accommodation and feeding is covered.
He stayed on campus for his exams that’s
why you’ve not been seeing around until
today. As for salary, I can’t call it, salary let
me just call it pocket money. I give him
#20,000 monthly” she explained.
“That’s very kind of you, bringing a stranger
into your house. Society needs people like
you. I’m proud of you, I pray God will reward
“Amen and you too, because I know some
people would have benefitted and still
benefitting from you, I’m proud of you too”
“Let us not be weary in well doing, we will
reap the reward if we faint not”
“Yea, my friend still quotes scriptures” she
“Of course I go to church, do I look like a
“I thought you won’t have time for God
“Anyways, let’s go and treat Jedediah’s Fork
up” she said with a broad smile on her face.
We both left my room to search for Jedidiah.
Jedidiah! She called out “meet me in the
“Here am I” he said standing in front of her.
“Who kept this money here?”
“I did doc” he replied.
“You are so rich now that, your money now
“Its not mine actually…”
“Take it, don’t reject money, it’s for you
hun!” Tinuke cut in.
“Thank you ma, God bless you” he bowed
“You’re welcome” I replied
He turned to leave. “Are you doing something
in your room?”
“Sit with us then”
“I just want to give you some privacy”
“If we need privacy we’ll be in our room, so
free fee to sit and chat with us” Tinuke said.
He sat quietly with us, listening to our gist.
“I need a drink” I said
“Let me get it for you” he said
“Don’t worry, do you guys care for a drink
too?” I asked
“Yes we care” Tinuke answered.
I went to the kitchen and brought a pack of
juice with 3 glasses.
Later, we exchanged our good night greeting
and returned to our various rooms.
To be continued