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Monday, July 31, 2017

Two Brides And A Ring (4)

A typical traditional marriage ceremony in Nigeria

As the days drew closer for the traditional marriage ceremony,  Comfort, her mother and the entire family became deeply engrossed with the preparations.

As for the happy bride, her main concern was her 'look' for the day. "I want to look so gorgeous, Ebuka will faint when he sees me!" she said, laughing one day. She and her mother were discussing her outfits for the ceremony especially the colours and fabrics.

A neighbour who lived on the same street with the family was a major dealer in fabrics, with a big shop at the Mile 1 market and other outlets in the city.

On Comfort mother's invitation, she arrived the house one morning with numerous bundles of fine lace fabrics and other materials. 

Together with Ama who was around, she inspected the fabrics, noting the textures, designs and colours. She wanted to ensure she made the right choice as it was for herself and her husband - to- be; for according to tradition, they were expected to dress in similar outfits on the big day.

She reached for a blue lace with a floral motif and said:

 "I like this design. The colour too is cool. What do you think, Ama?"

 Her friend looked at the fabric, shook her head and picked up a wine coloured one.

"I prefer this. This matches my skin tone best," Ama said, holding up the material to her arm.

Comfort laughed.

"It looks good on you. But have you forgotten I'm the one going to wear the clothes so it's what suits me that counts?" She turned to the fabric dealer who had brought the bundles of materials to her house for inspection.

"Madam, how much is this blue one?"

 Just then, Ama's phone rang and seeing the caller ID, excused herself and went outside to take the call.

 "Hey baby."

 "Ama, where are you? Been trying to reach you all morning," Ebuka said.

"I'm at Comfort's house."

 "What are you doing? "

 "We're selecting materials for the engagement ceremony."

"Oh," he said. "Can you come over to the hotel?"

"Like now?"

 "Yes. I've missed you."

"But we were together two days ago," she said.

 "That's too long to be apart from you. So, when are you coming?"

Ama told him she would not be able to make it because she was going shopping later that day with Comfort for some items for the ceremony. 

"We can see tomorrow,  I'm free then," she said.

"Can't wait till then. You have to come over now or I'll come get you!"

"What? You can't do that! Comfort's here and..."

"That's the idea! So, if you don't want a scene, start coming over!"

***

He was waiting in his hotel room when she arrived sometime later.

"What took you so long?" he grumbled as soon as she stepped in through the door.

"It was Comfort who caused it. She insisted I helped her pick the materials for the ceremony."

She made to sit on the chair but he grabbed her and held her close, his face buried in her neck.

"I've missed you baby. And I love you,  you know that, don't you?" he said, lifting his head to gaze down at her.

Normally, she was always happy to be with him and spending time with him. But not that day; she felt  moody, depressed. Watching her friend Comfort excitedly choosing fabrics and making elaborate plans for her upcoming nuptials to Ebuka, the man she loved, made her realise she could lose him soon.

"You keep saying that yet you're planning to marry my friend, " she said, her voice tinged with some bitterness. She extricated herself from his embrace and went to sit on the bed.

"Ama, you know that's not really what I want. It's you that's my heart's desire. If I had my way, things will be different." He came to sit by her on the bed and held her by the shoulders.

"You are a man. You should know what you want and go for it," she said petulantly.

"It's you, baby I want. But my Mum would never forgive me if I pulled out of the engagement now."

"So, what happens to me then?" she frowned.

"No matter what happens, we'll always be together. I'll never abandon you. I promise.you. Now smile a little. You know I hate seeing you frown." He pinched her cheek playfully and tickled her.

"Stop it, Ebuka!" she said, laughing.

He laughed as well, then kissed her and drew her fully on the bed...

Happy bride

Everyone in the neighbourhood that Saturday knew that something big was going down at the residence of the Dikes. Sleek cars bearing party guests cruised down the street half of which was closed, with canopies and chairs arranged right on the street.

Sounds from two bands playing at both ends of the large compound reverberated within and outside the compound, mixing with the chatter of the numerous guests that had come for the ceremony.

And when the bride came out of the house dancing and looking lovely in her outfit, and accompanied by her friends, a great cheer went up.

As she sat down in a chair by her groom, her face split into a radiant smile that made her look even more beautiful.

To Comfort, that day was the happiest day of her life. As she looked at her new husband with all the love she felt for him in her eyes, she looked forward to a great future with him, a life together filled with much love and happiness...

 To be contimued




Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Two Brides And A Ring (3)




"So, what will you do now? Marry both of them?" Fabian,  his friend asked.

Ebuka placed his glass of wine on the table and looked at his friend incredulously.

"Are you kidding me? Why would I do that?" he said. They were in his hotel room chilling with drinks.

 "But you say you love both women?"

 "So? Ebuka said. "That doesn't mean I should end up with both of them." He paused. "Though, if I have my way, I'll choose Ama. I like her more. There's just something about her I find irresistible..."

His friend gave him a quizzical look. "So, what's stopping you?"

"My mother," said Ebuka. "She arranged this marriage with Comfort and would not hear of my backing out now."

He could imagine his mother's reaction if he told her he was no longer keen on marrying the bride she had chosen for him and instead preferred her friend.

"Yeah," Fabian concurred. "Your Mum would have a fit for sure if she knew of your antics with Ama, who happens to be your fiance's friend!"

Ebuka smiled wryly.

"What can a man do faced with such a tempting babe as Ama?"

His friend scoffed at him.

"You could try resisting! Are you that weak? You're playing with fire, you know!"

"True talk, man! But what a sweet fire!" he said, winking at his friend as he picked up his drink...

 Three days later...

 "All these for me?" Ama said excitedly. She sat on the edge of the bed inspecting the gifts Ebuka had got for her from his trip to the mall the previous day. There were clothes, handbags, shoes, underwear, a lovely expensive looking wristwatch.

She clasped the latter on her wrist and admired it, smiling broadly.

"So pretty! Thanks sweetheart for these beautiful presents!"

Ebuka, who was lying on the bed in his boxers, smiled up at her.

"Anything for my sweet baby!" He stretched out his arms towards her.

"Is that all? What about a hug?"

 Ama climbed on the bed over her gifts and fell on him, laughing.

"You like hugging me all the time!"

He rolled her on her back, grinning down at her.

"Because I can't get enough of you,  babe! " he said. He kissed her and reached down to pull up her top. His hand slipped over her tummy, moving up to push up her bra, leaving her breasts to his eyes and caressing fingers.

"I wish I had met you before your friend," he said,  his voice deepening with desire as he stroked and caressed her warm body.

"What would you have done then?" Ama said.

"Make you my bride!"

A little smile twisted her lips.

"It's not too late for that, don't you think?"

He undressed her fully, flinging her clothes over his shoulder to the floor. He drew her to him, saying huskily:

"You're right! I'll have to do something about it. "

 Decision time
Later that night, after Ama had left for home, Ebuka stood on the small balcony of his hotel. Situated on the seventh floor, it offered a scenic view of the city,  lit up with lights that twinkled in the horizon.

He was in deep thought, thinking about the situation he had found himself. It was less than three weeks to his traditional marriage ceremony and he was in a dilemma of sorts.

He had returned to Nigeria to pick a wife but had ended up with two prospective brides. He was now caught between the two women- Comfort and Ama.

Who was he to choose now? Who would wear the engagement ring he had bought back in Canada that lay in its small case in his suitcase?

 If he had not met Ama, it would not have been a problem. He liked Comfort; she was pretty, decent and a well- behaved girl whom he knew would make a good wife for him.

 But Ama came on the scene and everything changed. From the first day she visited him with Comfort, he knew he had to have her. He knew it was a risky game he was playing, seeing Ama behind Comfort's back, but as he told Fabian, he just could not resist her.

 They had been seeing regularly for over a month and each time he saw her, he had fallen deeper and deeper for her.

He knew it was decision time, time to choose between the two ladies. Comfort?  Ama?

***

Ama quickly pulled on a pair of leggings and a Tshirt after her bath and turned to her mother.

 "Mama, he's so crazy about me! He says he can't do without me!" she said. She regularly briefed her mother on the progress of her relationship with Ebuka. That evening, on arriving home from visiting him, she had showed her mother Ebuka's gifts to her, including some things for the older woman.

Her mother looked pleased as she surveyed the items laid out on Ama's bed.

"I told you not to worry, that everything will work out fine. Are you not enjoying him now? See how radiant you look!"

 Ama laughed happily.

"Yes, Mama! He's so caring and can't seem to do enough for me," she said brightly. "The only problem now is the traditional engagement ceremony which comes up soon. What shall I do? I don't want to lose him now, Mama. I love him!"

"Who's losing who?" her mother scoffed. "As long as I, your mother's here, nothing like that will happen! Ebuka will be yours for life. No one will take him from you! So, my dear, don't worry. I've a plan....

 To be continued

What's Ama's mother planning? Will she succeed? And who will Ebuka give the ring to at the traditional marriage ceremony? Watch out for the details coming soon. Don't miss it!

  ***

  Preview of next episode of Two Brides And A Ring

 Comfort closely inspected the various fabrics,  noting the textures, designs and colours.

She reached for the blue lace with a floral motif and said:

 "I like this design. The colour too is cool. What do you think, Ama?"

 Her friend looked at the fabric, shook her head and picked up a wine coloured one.

"I prefer this. This matches my skin tone best," Ama said, holding up the material to her arm.

Comfort laughed.

"It looks good on you. But have you forgotten I'm the one going to wear the clothes so it's what suits me that counts?" She turned to the fabric dealer who had brought the bundles of materials to her house for inspection.

 "Madam, how much is this blue one?"

 Just then, Ama's phone rang and seeing the caller ID, excused herself and went outside to take the call.

 "Hey baby."

 "Ama, where are you? Been trying to reach you all morning," Ebuka said.

"I'm at Comfort's house," Ama said.

 "What are you doing? "

 "We're selecting materials for the engagement ceremony."

"Oh," he said. "Can you come over to the hotel?"

"Like now?"

 "Yes. I've missed you."

"But we were together two days ago," she said.

 "That's too long to be apart from you. So, when are you coming?"













Friday, July 21, 2017

Two Brides And A Ring (2)


"Mama, where're  you? Guess what happened!" Ama said as she rushed excitedly into the house that afternoon. Hearing sounds in the kitchen, she headed in that direction.

She saw her mother sitting on a low stool in a corner of the kitchen, pounding some spices in a small mortar.

"Always rushing everywhere! What is it now?" her mother said testily.

Ama leaned against the kitchen cabinet, the enticing smells from the soup pot on the stove assailing her nostrils.

She inhaled deeply. "Hmm. Smells good! When will the soup be ready, Mama? I'm hungry!"

Her mother eyed her before saying sarcastically:
"It will be ready faster if you help me with some of the work! There's some okro in the sink. Wash and chop it for me!"

"Ok, Mama."

"So, what were you so excited about?" her mother asked.

 She briefed her mother about her friend, Comfort's engagement to Ebuka.

"Which Ebuka's that?" asked the woman.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Two Brides And A Ring 2 (Preview)



"So, what will you girls like to have?" Ebuka asked, as he opened the small fridge.

"A malt will be fine," said Comfort, glancing towards Ama whose eyes were fixed on the TV.

"Ama? Aren't you taking anything?" Comfort said.

"Oh! Whatever you're having is cool with me," she said.

Later, as they sat drinking and chatting, Ama's phone rang. She got up to move towards the small balcony to answer the call and her skirt caught on Ebuka's glass of beer which fell on the rug.

 "Oh, I'm so sorry!  Let me clean it," Ama said quickly. As she bent down to pick up the glass, her low cut blouse fell even lower to reveal the top of full, ample bust. Her head raised up to see Ebuka's eyes fixed on them with a look of...


 Join us tomorrow to read the rest of the story. Do have a wonderful day everyone!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Two Brides And A Ring (1)



The weekly Oil Mill market was in full swing when Madam Ogechi arrived. She passed through the meat section where slabs of fresh beef lay on wooden tables, the meat sellers standing close wielding sharp knives that glinted softly in the morning sun.

"Come buy fresh meat, Madam! I go give you better price," one of the men beckoned on her.

She stopped and gave a cursory look at the meat, cut into different sized portions. Then she shook her head and began walking away.

"Customer, come now! Na better meat o!" the seller cajoled.

"I go come back," the woman said as she headed towards the vegetable section. She wanted to begin her shopping there so she could buy the most fresh vegetables before they were all gone.

She smiled to herself, thinking of the special dish she planned preparing for her son, Ebuka.

"I'm sick of this hotel food, Mama," he had grumbled on the phone the previous evening. "I want something home made, like your special vegetable soup..."

 ***
About an hour later, Madam Ogechi was standing  at the bus top waiting for a bus, her shopping bags by her feet, when she heard her name.

It was her friend Mummy Comfort. They lived on the same street in the Woji area of Port Harcourt and were quite close.

 "You're just coming to the market when it's about closing?" she said teasingly.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Two Brides And A Ring (Promo)



His desire was to find a nice girl, get married and start a family. By a quirk of fate, however, his dream turned into a nightmare as he found himself caught between two women, both struggling for his affection, love and attention. ..

 This is Ebuka' s story, a man who found himself in a very dicey situation and his struggle to extricate  and find himself again...

 It's a tale of polygamy in modern day Nigeria- the pitfalls, drama and pain...

 Our next series titled ' Two Brides And A Ring' begins this week. It's a must read so watch out for it!
 Do have a wonderful day everyone! !

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Tycoon's Son 7 (Finale)


Lexie transferred the bulk of the money into his offshore account, while he paid the rest into another account.

 As he left the bank with the teller, he felt a sense of satisfaction, that he had at least done something worthwhile for his community, a place that had suffered so much through the greed of people like his own father and uncaring public officials and others.

 The itinerary for their trip included a stop-over in Dubai as Selina wanted to do some shopping. 

"I want a completely new wardrobe. A total make-over," she had told Lexie. From there, they would leave for the Carribbean for a holiday before finally settling in Canada.

 Lexie looked forward to his new life with some excitement. The only downside was that he would be separated from his mother whom he loved so much.

 'Anyway, she can always come over for visits,' he reassured himself. She was unaware of what he had done to his father as he knew she would not approve of such a dubious scheme.

Friday, July 07, 2017

The Tycoon's Son (6) united in crime



  
 
 Lexie made his plans quietly and carefully to ensure the success of the 'deal'. To him, there was no room for failure. It was a 'do or die' affair as he knew the implication of not succeeding. 

With the assistance of a banker friend, he was able to secure an offshore account where the money totally about five hundred million naira would be paid into. His travel documents were ready. All that was left was for his father to go abroad for his annual vacation and medical check up before making his move.

 There was only one hitch in the carefully laid out plans. His father wanted Selina to accompany him on the trip stating that he would miss her too much if they were separated.

 "That's impossible. There's no way you can go with him. It will spoil our plans," Lexie protested when she informed him about his father's request some days later.
 Selina nodded.

 "I know. But what can I do? He has already made all the travel arrangements. If I refuse to go with him, he might think I want to stay back in Nigeria because of another man. You know how jealous your Dad can be," she pointed out. 

Thursday, July 06, 2017

The Tycoon's Son 6 (Promo)





Lexie and his partner in crime, the beautiful Selina are about to exact a huge sum of money from his father, Chief Agba. Will they succeed in their plan? Please log in tomorrow for the sizzling details!

Monday, July 03, 2017

The Tycoon's Son (5)


 "Good for you," Lexie said. "But don't get carried away by all this. My father is like the weather- unpredictable; he can change anytime. 

He might love you now. But what about tomorrow? What happens if a new lady catches his eye? So, you need to stay focused on the big picture..." 

 Selina sighed.

 "Lexie, I know you have issues with your father but is there no way you can settle your differences? I can help in that regard, you know, bring both of you together," Selina said.

 "What are you talking about? This was not part of the original plan..." he said, sounding upset.
 "I know, but..."

 "I see you are becoming distracted by my dad's largesse and losing focus. Look, we have a plan. It will pay you to stick with it!" Lexie told her curtly.
 He told her the next phase of the 'project' would commence soon.

 "Tell Chief to write a cheque for you. Just tell him you need some money. Make sure it's a cheque and let me see it once you collect it."

 Wondering what he needed it for, Selina met Chief the following day to get it.

 "I paid some money into your account just last week. Don't tell me you've spent it all!" Chief stated when Selina asked for a cheque of half a million.

 "Ah! Chief, you've forgotten. I sent the money to my mother. She needed to restock her shop and she asked me for help," Selina said.
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