On a sunny Saturday morning , Ogwuche drove to Lillian’s street and parked his car ,just beside the pastor’s fence ,he sprayed perfume on his well starched yellow coloured Senator native .

He had driven in one of his uncle’s SUVs a Toyota for runner , he kept looking at the wristwatch, Dooshima had promised to be out of the house by ten A.M ,but at ten thirty A.M she was no where to be found .

He played Gospel songs by Solomon Lange and Frank Edwards prayerfully, begging God to give him the woman his heart yearned for , that he would never ask God for another favour if that was granted .

Inside the six bedroom detached duplex , Mrs Seember was having a heated argument with her daughter , Dooshima was dressed and ready to go , but her mother wouldn’t let her go out except she knew who she wanted to go and see.

“Mummy do you think it’s the caging that made me who I am today ? The bible didn’t say train up your kids as zombies who cannot make their own decisions on their own . I finished from the University, I didn’t do what the other girls on campus do , what else should I do to earn your trust ?” Dooshima cried .



“Dooshima I’ve said all I’ve to say , You are not stepping a feet out of this house , if you like be fifty years old , if you misbehave I’ll bend your head and knock you , an okra stem doesn’t grow taller than it’s owner.” She said lifting her eyes from her pad . “Who is the person you want to go and see ?” She insisted .

“Mummy his name is Ogwuche Simon Inalegu, he’s a member of our church we are not going anywhere , we would just meet at Chrisco and talk over lunch !” She said stamping her feet .

Annabel walked to her mother and sat on the same couch with her . “Mum what Lillian is saying is the fact , you’re guarding her too much , why not let her live her life , I didn’t get it wrong , in a month time it will be my big day , I had to make my own mistakes by myself and learn life . You cannot lock her up forever please.” Annabel begged her mother .

“I’ve told her , she’s not going out , is she ready to settle down now ?” Mrs Seember asked her Annabel , who didn’t have any answer to give . “So she has no reason to have a man in her life now , men would be distraction , she has her education to complete .”

Mrs Seember insisted, Dooshima entered the kitchen , before her mother would understand what she was up to , she had ran from the back of the house , through the gate out .


“Madam Dooshima where are you going ?” The security guard at the gate asked her , the Mobile police men three of them sat by the gate , staring at her as she left the house .

“Just drive let’s get out of here please!” Dooshima ordered Ogwuche.
“Why ?” He asked . “Are you being chased ?” he asked as he turned on the ignition and the beast roared to life ,he rolled the vehicle down the street .

“Why are you frowning ? you look scary this way .” Ogwuche teased ,Dooshima wasn’t in a happy mood,but she managed to smile . “What’s the problem Dooshima?” He asked .

“Never mind I am fine , just a little misunderstanding with my mum , I am just fine .” She said and went mute for the rest of the ten minutes drive , Ogwuche wanted to raise a topic for discussion but decided maintain his cool .

They arrived at the fast food restaurant, Ogwuche jumped from the car and turned to the passenger side of the car , he opened the door for Dooshima to come out . His chivalrous attitude had been with him since before he had his first girlfriend.


Dooshima was dressed in a orange coloured Ankara gown that blended with her chocolate brown skin , and gave her a pronounced appearance of a model .

The restaurant occupied a one storey building, on the Yandev road , a one way mirror like glass covered the frontage of the restaurant, from ground to roof , so only those inside the restaurant that could see outside. Ogwuche held the door open for Dooshima , she smiled from a corner of her face that was hidden from Ogwuche .

They sat opposite each other , the waiter came with a menu booklet , Dooshima only requested for chicken pie and a pack of juice . Ogwuche watched Dooshima as she ate softly and gracefully.

“Would the snack be enough for you ?” He asked ,she nodded , but wouldn’t say a word . Ogwuche ate his remaining food in silence , again there was an uncomfortable silence that made his legs itch . Their plates were removed , by the waiters who were dressed in black jackets , black shirts and black bow ties .


“So Dr Ogwuche you have been writing a lot of things to me , I came here to watch say them live.” Dooshima stated and Ogwuche was silent watching . “You see I’ve had people stare at me wherever I go all through my teenage years and now my early twenties , countless have approached me online and offline for a relationship.”She explained . “But you know what ?” She asked and he shook his head .

“I turned them all down , first of all am a Christian , and my father is big pastor , a respected lawyer in this state . I cannot bring shame to his name , most of them would promise no sex , a sex free relationship, just give them two months they started disturbing your life .” She said with a straight face .

“That’s why I’ve stayed away from any relationship. I just want to give you a try because you’re relentless and too resilient, you don’t know when to give up . For three months , you’ve been disturbing my life , night and day with your messages, at last my heart failed me .” She said with a smile as he also smiled . “What do you want with me Mr Ogwuche? be specific.” Dooshima asked .

“How do you mean ? I don’t get your question Lillian .” Ogwuche lied , she smiled , he could tell she was sure he knew what she was talking about .

“Stop playing cat and mouse games with me , I love going straight to the point , I am not being desperate for marriage or anything. But I am not into relationship for fun, so Mr Ogwuche Simon Ogar tell me what your plans are with me .”


“Dooshima You’re a prize I want to win in life .You’re the only woman I want to call wife , you’re the only one I want to see first everyday I wake , you’re the one I want to grow old with .”Dooshima looked into his soul , and found the pureness of his intentions.

“You see I have never fallen in love with anyone the way I feel about you .” Ogwuche said passionately. “Just thinking about you , makes me burn with happiness and joy. The past three months have been the best of all my life .

I just want you to be my wife , my joy giver , my sunshine and my rain ,I will save up money in a two years and we’ll get married .” He said with a serious face, but Dooshima burst into laughter he got confused .

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