I promised I was going to give you stories created from experiences in Ibadan. I know I took a while but here we go. Please note that it is mostly friction. I do hope you enjoy it.
I NEVER EXPECTED IT
It was one of those wet evenings were you had that chill that reminded you of your girlfriend’s warm skin. The rain had almost stopped falling and since we boys had been hitting the books really hard (plus we were all single or away from our girlfriends) we allowed Chigozie aka Chingy, my course mate and good friend to dragged us; myself, Bally (another friend) and Dotun my good friend and flatmate to a hangout in Samonda called Coffee & Grills. It was not our first time there, in fact it had become one of our favorite spots in Ibadan especially as Chigozie had a crush on one of the waitress.
Me and my ‘I don’t like keeping late night’s’ attitude, I had looked at my wrist watch for the fifth time, it was already, 8pm.
“Guy wetin dey worry you now?” I started to laugh as Chigozie signaled Wunmi, one of the waitress to come.
“I no drink again oh” I said. Bally started laughing.
“Chingy has started. Every time his own is to try to get someone drunk” Bally joked.
“I don’t know why you guys are in a hurry to go home, there isn’t even light?” Chingy said, that made me frown.
I had just moved into a 2 story, 6-flat compound in Agbowo with Dotun and apparently between the day we paid for the place (Friday) and the day we moved in (Sunday), the Ibadan Electric Distribution Company (aka NEPA) had come to disconnect the house. This was 2 weeks later and the tenants had not come to conclusion on how to rectify the issue. It always irritated me when I thought of it.
“Abeg no spoil my mood” I said.
“Baba no worry” Dotun tried to cheer me up. “Shebi we have agreed. If by weekend nothing happens we will just go to NEPA oursleves”.
“So for the whole compound it will be only you guys with light?” Bally asked trying to picture it.
“Toh landlord said nothing concerns him with light now’ Dotun explained.
“Abeg enough of all this talk. Guy you have only taken two bottles, everyone should take one more for the road” Chigozie interjected. He had to signal Wunmi again as she had left amidst our gist.
“Wunmi mama, you too dey vex” Chigozie teased as she walked towards us.
“A ah, how sir?” she tried to be polite but the ‘sir’ thing wasn’t working for her. Most probably an instruction from the manager.
“I have told you to leave this ‘sir’ business. Call me Chingy” he smiled at her.
“Chingy leave this babe and order what you want” I teased him. he shot me a look and placed his order.
“We will still talk oh” he winked at her. As she left he turned to me “guy na wa for you oh“. I just laughed. We had our drinks and continued our gist.
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Dotun and I left the group in front of U.I gate and took a tricycle (popularly called Keke) heading into Agbowo. The breeze was quite cold and I mentally kicked myself for not taking a jacket out. We dropped at our usual junction and walked home.
“Bros wetin we go chop?” Dotun asked me. Our usual discussion every night we didn’t want to cook.
“Guy be like na bread and akara oh, I really don’t have strength to start cooking indomie” I replied. we smiled in agreement and walked to the only akara seller still opened in the area.
“E kaa le ma (good evening ma)” Dotun dove into Yoruba as my phone rang in my pocket.
“Yeah, hello” I said politely. I was always polite when an unregistered number called me.
“Hello good evening” a female voice said. “Am I speaking to Tobi?”
“Bros, how many you fit chop?” Dotun asked.
“Yes you are” I said holding the phone to my ear while i indicated fifty Naira worth of akara to Dotun with my hands.
“Hi, Tobi, I got your number from one of your friends who told me you just moved to Ibadan” she said. She had a pretty voice and oh her diction was heavenly.
“Errm, okay” I said trying to not sound confused. “SO how can I help you?”
“Well I was just wondering if you would like to hangout sometime, like be friends?” Was she asking or telling, I wondered. Either way I wasn’t going to bother.
Now see, the thing is I have some very annoying friends and this will be the third, no fourth time they would do this to me. Either they get their girlfriends or someone who likes a good prank to call me and tease me or make it sound like a hook up or something. I have never had it easy getting the ladies so why was it today that my luck will change?
“Ha ha ha nice one” I laughed mockingly. “who put you up to this?” I asked.
“Sorry?” She replied.
“Was it Ogrima or Frank? Just tell me, they have pulled a prank like this on me before so I am used to it” I tried to make a joke out of it while mentally plotting my revenge on my idiotic friends.
“Sorry if I bothered you” She said almost sounding hurt. Hmmm this was not the usual response I got. Dotun had finished the purchase and we were heading to the house.
“Wait” I said quickly, “Are you serious? Like this isn’t a prank?”
“I am based in Ibadan and your friend has been telling me about this his Tobi friend who he says is nice to be around and I was like oh well why not but if you are uncomf….” but I cut her mid-sentence.
“Wow you ARE serious” I couldn’t believe it “I’m sorry just that my friends keep pulling this stunt on me” I tried to apologize.
“I see” she sounded unsure.
“I would love to hangout” I quickly interjected. I heard her chuckle. Hmmm, she thought I was funny, that is a good thing I told myself.
“Sorry I didn’t get your name”.
“I didn’t give it” she retorted.
“Haba now” I pleaded.
“That’s what you get for doubting” she replied. She was obviously enjoying this. “How is your weekend like?”
“Free” I said quickly. I had a tutorial, I had NEPA issues to sort out but I was definitely seeing this through I thought.
“Okay” she laughed “How is Ventura, Saturday, 2pm? If you can’t make it let me know alright?”
“No problem” I said smiling.
“Good night doubting Thomas” she chuckled again.
“Good night to you too” I said. All of a sudden the akara and bread looked like fried rice and chicken.
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