ISOKENE Part 10&11


© Opeyemi Ojerinde Akintunde
“Aunty, You know I told you Ibidolo was to return three days ago which was exactly a day after I came here, but I didn’t know he wanted to give me a surprise.
Ibidolo returned the morning I was coming to your place , he said the Taxi was close to our house when he saw me coming out of our gate. He had told the Taxi man to stop immediately as he was surprised when he saw me coming out of the house all wrapped up.
He said, he knew the body was mine but why was I wrapped up ?. He said Instant Anger rose up in him, thinking I was going out to meet a man. He told the Taxi man to trail me. Ibidolo said he was fuming in the Taxi wondering where I was going. He trailed me till I got here. He said he was quite shocked when he saw you coming out of your house to meet me at the gate....Aunty Betty, you won’t believe Ibidolo stayed in the Taxi for the 3 hours I spent at your place...
After I left your place that day, I went straight to the market to get some food items all still wrapped up, my thought was since Ibidolo was to return the day after, I wanted to get his best meal prepared and have the house really clean.
I was still wrapped up, even though I was all sweaty and uncomfortable, all I kept telling myself was. “I am playing the FOOL now, so that my Joy can be FULL”.
“ I am playing the FOOL now, so that my Joy can be FULL!
I am playing the FOOL now, so that my Joy can be FULL”.
I must have said this like over 100 times though the hot sun was telling me what I was doing all wrapped up was a wrong thing...
I got to my junction and waited for over 15 mins to get a bike home, but I couldn’t get one.
Ibidolo parked at a far distance and gave me a phone call...
“ Did you suspect He was around?” I asked Isoken as the story was quite intriguing
“At all, even when we were speaking on the phone I didn’t suspect a thing...So Aunty, please let me continue my story” She laughed heartily
“ Hey Isokene my dear” Ibidolo had said when he called
“ Ibidolo, my love how are you? how is Abakaliki... I am really missing you....”
“ I miss you too, Will be home soon, don’t worry”
“ Tomorrow is not soon ooo, It is too far for me.. because I have a big surprise for you, something that will make you smile”
“ Really! tell me...I can’t wait to hear it” Ibidolo said
“ It won’t be a surprise anymore if I tell you”
“ Come on... do you want me to tickle you over the phone” Ibidolo said laughing
“ Now, You are making me laugh, Ibidolo”
“ Wait ooo, where are you that you are smiling this way, hope it is not where everyone can see you?”
“ I can assure you that no one can see my smile, because I have found a lasting solution to it,”
“ What?”
“ That’s the surprise... doesn’t my voice sound deep”
“ Yes it does like you have a cloth over the phone!”
“ That’s it, I am not saying anything again”
“ Aunty, I laughed and hung up but little did I know that Ibidolo waited till I got a bike and trailed me till I got home. “
He said his heart almost burst, he saw a woman who loved him so much and was ready to sacrifice her smile for him...He didn’t know when tears fell from his eyes and the taxi man said..
“ Oga,( Sir) even though your wife is a veiled woman, you still don’t trust her?, but thank God you have seen that She doesn’t have a boyfriend....Sir, please trust your wife, it will give you peace of mind... I have been in the cab business for 30 years and my wife is a beautiful hairstylist, my friends told me I should keep her indoors since Most times I am always on the road and I only get to see her for few hours in a day, but I choose to trust her... and till now she is still my wife after 35 years”
Ibidolo said he couldn’t explain to the man I wasn’t a veiled woman as he couldn’t find his voice yet. He paid his fare and walked in....
“I didn’t close the door behind me as I rushed into the kitchen to drop all the foodstuffs I had bought.I literally forgot about the door, So Aunty you can imagine how my heart must have felt…it almost jumped out of my body when I felt Ibidolo’s arm around me from behind. I jumped and turned and there he was looking at me. His eyes were bloodshot red, he hugged me so tight and was weeping like a baby and kept saying…
“ This is not what I want for you, I am not that wicked, I know I am selfish, but not wicked, I am sorry”
I kept telling him it was ok and I was fine doing it, to make him happy….
“ How can I be happy when I am putting you in bondage?”
Still weeping, he Unwrapped me by himself
“ Please, Don’t you ever do this again, You can smile to the whole world if you want. Your smile is not just for me, it is for you as well.. I won’t allow my insecurities affect you”
Ibidolo sat on the floor, sobbing. I knelt before him wiping his tears and I said…
“ I did this to show you I was committed to you, though the foundation of our Marriage was wrong but I decided this marriage was going to work. Please don’t feel bad, even if you want me to be a veiled woman, I won’t resist it, but thanks for giving me back my freedom and I promise you today that I will not give you cause to regret giving me the liberty to smile… I love you”
“I love you so….”
Ibidolo covered his face as more tears flowed. I hugged him and I was wondering what Kind of God I was serving who through the wisdom he gave me broke my husband down and made him see things clearly.
Aunty, we had fun, we cooked together and did some loving up…You know……” She said smiling
“ and guess the highlight, the day after he took me out and he was so comfortable with me smiling infact there was a point I was not smiling , he jabbed me playfully by the side and said
“ Why are you not smiling?” And out of Joy I gave one of those Epic smiles of mine of which Ibidolo just shouted “Don’t stop that smile”. He brought out his Mini camera and took a picture of me. Aunty, can you believe after we got home, Ibidolo did a panting of that picture overnight….You know he paints right?
“ Huh…Huh, I think you mentioned it to me once”… I said
“ Aunty, I have been over the moon for the past four days…. I obeyed the rule of being crucified by the one you love, I killed my personal interest in obedience and God Himself resurrected me. Surprisingly, afterwards came my victory, Just like Jesus!”
I found myself clapping for Isoken and telling her a big congratulations.
“ So no more divorce or separation for you?” I asked
“ Aunty, do I need it anymore? God has healed my marriage, a little playing the fool and my joy is full”
“ Well, not everyone can play the fool!”
“ You are so right ma! and that is why a lot of people lose their marriages and other good things, so where is Uncle?”
“ With his mistress” I blurted out before knowing I did….
And there was silence in the room for about a minute, I know Isoken was wondering if she heard me well and I was also wondering what came over me…

To be continued....

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