Hard Choices 2 – Olajide Akoni

Published:25 May, 2014

Photo Credit: www.hi5.com
Photo Credit: www.hi5.com

The afternoon sun was just sinking when I dropped off an okada -motorcycle onto a tarred road in the highbrow area of Ikoyi, Lagos. The street, Johnsons’ avenue was in a close, with well spaced trees set on either side of the paved street, creating a cosy, welcoming feel. I glanced at the lovely houses, mostly very exotic looking duplexes on either side of the street with their solid looking gates and high tech security gadgets –  one in particular  had a device mounted on it that swept its lights in an audacious sweep whenever a car zoomed by; I suspected that  a siren would blare somewhere inside the residence and possibly a hidden camera had flashed a quick  indignant shot of  whatever intruder had  dared to agitate  the peace of the mechanical sentinel.

I was glancing at the numbers on the gates and glancing back at my little address book – no 8, 9 10……13.

Yes. 13, Johnson’s avenue. I looked in awe at  my destination – the last street at the end of the close – it was in the centre, not on the side, like the others. As if her father owned the street. Well, the house certainly looked even better than all the others on that street – incredible. The gates were a little higher and broader, and it was obvious that the compound was much bigger – I could see the green ivy that ran all along the walls and trees that sprang up inside.The other compounds didn’t have  trees springing up within their walls.

Obviously, there was a well kept lawn inside – that would take even more money to maintain. No doubt, this girl’s family was very rich.

Surely, there’d be less temptation for me in a house that was sure to be populated with various family and servants?

I swallowed timidly, walked up to the gate and pressed the on switch for the electronic bell on the wall.

The gates swung open almost immediately, startling me because I didn’t see anyone. There must have been a hidden camera monitoring  me.

‘Come in, sir,’ a voice boomed from the speakers. ‘You are expected!

‘Please turn to the right,sir.’Thank you!’

I glanced around and saw that the compound was even better organized and beautiful than I had anticipated. Looking like some UK home in Argos magazine!

There was a short drive on another paved road, leading up to the large sprawling duplex, about 20metres ahead. Near a very beautiful hedge –I couldn’t identify what type, but it was obviously not native to Africa- the road branched off into slanting curve, about 15m  long and culminated in a lovely garden with a variety of exotic flowers and a very beautiful cottage.

I stood staring.

It looked like the entrance to a little heaven.

‘Femi!’ Tomilola came out smiling dazzlingly and embraced me, then spun off ahead of me, cat walking as I stood there ,hesitating.

She laughed and called back over her shoulder, looking dangerously irresistible in a pink gear that looked like an aerobics workout   outfit, so confident in her felinity and social status. She didn’t even  bother to look back, sure that  I could not but be entranced by her  –  and her lovely home.

Was I under a spell? I was hesitant, but still couldn’t muster the strength of will to turn back.

To be honest, I felt overpowered.

I prayed I was not walking into a honey coated version of hell.

‘This is my lovely chalet! The whole place is my uncle’s home – Fortunately, at the moment, everybody’s outside Nigeria- except little old me – and the servants of cause. They keep things running.’

Musa’s my favorite – very smart. He’s the one who let you in through the gate. My loyal servant -he keeps all my little secrets.  Though, of course, I get to settle him a lot for his – ‘loyal services.’

I wanted what exactly she meant by ‘settle him’. She had been leering again when she said that. I began to squirm uncomfortably, wondering nervously if I shouldn’t start thinking of leaving.

I looked around the beautiful white sofas and round transparent glass centre table with lovely flowers on them. It certainly was an attractive place to be.

But the unease inside me increased, and I took a deep breath, standing shakily to my feet as I prepared to walk out of there.

She handed me a slip – I froze as I stared at it- a check for eighty thousand naira. What!

‘Just for starters, dearie.’

I opened my mouth soundlessly, and she waved imperiously, smiling as she walked across the room to where a CD player was lying.

‘Relax! You and I have a long way to go – we’ll undergo some lovely symbiosis together.’ She smiled wolfishly as she said that.

At that moment, Tomilola plugged a CD into her player – an old song of Madonna’s – La Isla Bonita.

That threw me off balance.

The song brought back some serious nostalgia – memories of a dreamy childhood. I hesitated, and she pranced towards me, eyes rolling with laughter. Before I could gather my wits together, she was pulling me across the smooth tiled floor and I was spinning without thinking, in my element, dancing energetically.  As we locked hands, turning slowly in a half circle, she suddenly pressed heavily on me, leaning forwards with her mouth angling towards my lips.

The tumultuous brew of steamy feelings were overpowering to my brain.

I felt intoxicated.

Then I was beginning to feel my body respond, when a scripture, like a warning signal, flashed across my mind- ‘Flee from every appearance of evil’.

 I drew back suddenly, as If jolted with a shock of electricity, and she fell backwards onto the ground.

Her eyes blazed with fury, and she sprang up angrily to her feet.

‘How dare you…………….! ’ She let out her breath with a hiss.

‘I’m sorry….but I have to go. I don’t do….I’m a man who believes in being chaste till I marry.’

She looked at me like I was a Neanderthal.

Her eyes were full of rage – and the sting of a rejected woman. A proud woman scorned. I was treading on dangerous waters now.

 I stood my ground -then dropped the check on the transparent glass table.

‘Thank you for the gesture. But I really can’t go on with this. Thank you for inviting me- your home is really lovely.’

I started walking towards the door, and she stood there watching; for a moment her eyes were soft, pleading, voice tremulous.

‘I had great plans for both of us. I was willing to drop all the others for you. Even get you in on some of Dad’s business deals. And Uncle’s.   They both dote over me you know. I can easily persuade them to do things for me. We could travel together. Don’t spoil it. Stop being so- so prudish!’

I hesitated, thinking of all the advantages of being Tomilola’s lover. For a moment, I stood, indecisive, and then took a deep breath, looked at her and said, with finality.

‘No. My values are different from yours. I can’t drop them for all the money in the world. They’re worth much more than money.’

I paused, then spoke again.

‘And my heart belongs to another. It just won’t work. Integrity matters to me.’

‘You……bastard.’ She said it in a whisper. That kind of scared me, since I knew Tomilola to be the shouting type, but I didn’t look back.

‘Don’t ever think you can run to me if you have financial problems! And…I’ll make you regret this!

Get out of my house!’

But I wasn’t really listening. Tomi’s voice seemed to echo into my ears from far away; I was already rushing out, thinking of what I would say to my girlfriend, Rachel. No, more than that – my fiancée, my wife to be. My heaven sent oasis of sweet calmness and substance.

In a sudden flash of insight, I realized what a rare ruby Rachel was in a world widespread with glittering gaudy gold!

It was already 6pm. On her birthday; she’d be wondering where I was, since I’d switched off my phone. We had agreed to rendezvous at that TFC outlet…yet I knew she would wait. For me.

I decided I would be totally open to her. Let her know the whole truth and nothing but the truth –

That I had been tempted,

That I’d almost fallen from the faith,

 That I’d been struggling with lust for a sensuous woman and inordinate desires for the finer things of life,

That I still loved her.

That I still had the courage to make hard choices.

The views expressed above are solely that of the author and not of Omojuwa.com or its associates.

  • http://evanzhnl.blog.com Roxanna

    fantastic issues altogether, you just won a new reader.

    What would you suggest about your post that you just made a
    few days in the past? Any certain?

  • http://myled.96.lt table lamps

    LED Lights, LED Bulb, LED SpotLights, LED FlashLights and so on. http://myled.96.lt

Related Posts

Recent Posts


“Where were you last night?” Fola looked up from his plate of noodles. “Are you talking to me or singing P Square’s first single?” “Hohoho. Very funny.” Frank pulled out the chair opposite his friend on the other side of the dining table and sat down. “Where were you, Folly?” Looking like a greedy kid in a noodle ad, Fola shoved his fork underneath a large helping of noodles and ferried same to his mouth. Keeping his eyes on Frank, his mouth...

Ibraheem ‘Bukunle Sanusi : Youth Inclusion In Political and Governance Processes

I was recently part of a group of 19 Africans selected from various countries by the United States (US) Department of State to participate in its prestigious International Visitors Leadership Programme (IVLP). The elite programme which started 75 years ago boasts of more than 300 alumni from around the world who have gone ahead to occupy high profile positions in politics, business, arts, media, academia including as heads of state and governments across the World.

Lagos Set To Boost Office of Public Defender

...As AG Seeks NBA's Support, Partnership  The Lagos State Government has pledged its commitment towards boosting the Office of the Public Defender (OPD) to perform optimally as part of efforts to ensure the protection of the rights of the people. Attorney General of the State and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, who made the pledge while meeting with the State leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), said the administration of...

Abubakar Usman: Taraba and the PDP; A Timeline of Injustice

The political history of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) will never be complete without the mention of the party’s rigging machinery. The grassroots structure of PDP is one, built on the fulcrum of well-oiled rigging machinery. For many, it started sixteen years ago but for those who follow political history of this nation closely, it was a pattern structured by the founders of the party well before then. The last general elections reaffirmed the stand that PDP...

@Allsocks_: Challenges that come with Not Wearing Socks

It’s a choice to wear or not wear socks. It’s also a choice to accept the problems that come with not wearing them. Wearing socks helps to keep the feet and body warm. Socks helps to keep the feet clean as they don’t have to contact your shoe’s interior. Socks helps to keep your feet warm, preserve your shoes, and ensure that they don’t produce offensive odour that can be quite embarrassing.

Group Protests Discrimination, Victimization Of Muslim Women

Al-Mu’minaat (The Believing Women) Organisation has criticized the discrimination and victimisation of Muslim women and girls in educational institutions and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Nigeria.   Al-Mu’minaat in a press statement issued by its National Amirah, Hajia Nimotullah Abdullateef, lamented that the discrimination, harassment and victimisation of Muslim girls and ladies from dressing in conformity with their religious beliefs is targeted at disenfranchising Muslim females from public funded secondary education and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).   According to...

INEC To Deploy 8,000 Ad hoc Staff For Bayelsa Governorship Polls

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Bayelsa has said that more than 8, 000 ad hoc staff would be engaged in the December 5 governorship election in the state.   Mr Baritor Kpagih, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa on Saturday.   He said that the commission’s permanent staff would also be actively involved in the conduct of the election.   “We will involve ad hoc staff, more than 8, 000...

Kidnappers Free Samson Siasia’s Mother

The police in Bayelsa have confirmed that abductors have freed the mother of Nigeria’s Under-23 National Team Coach Samson Siasia, Mrs Beauty Siasia.   ASP Asinim Butswat, police spokesman in Bayelsa, said the kidnappers freed the victim following a clampdown on their location by men of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of police in the state.   He said that the victim, 72, who was abducted on November 16, was dropped off at about 1:30 a.m on Saturday.   Butswat said that the police were cautious and...

Appeal Court Sacks Former Senate President David Mark From Senate

A Nigerian Court of Appeal sitting in Makurdi, Benue state has nullified the election of former Senate President David Mark in a ruling delivered by Justice Olabisi Ige.   The court ruled on six grounds of appeal brought against a lower tribunal ruling which earlier upheld Mark’s election last month. In ruling on the appeal brought by Daniel Onjeh, the South Benue Senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Justice Ige ruled that the election of Mr. Mark was fraught with...

Kogi APC Lawmakers Insist On Audu’s Son, Threaten To Impeach Any Other Candidate

Lawmakers on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Kogi, on Friday threatened to impeach any candidate chosen to replace the late flag bearer, Prince Abubakar Audu.   Some of the lawmakers, who were at the party’s secretariat in Abuja, told newsmen that their wish was that Mohammed Audu be given the mandate of his late father.   Mr Momoh Rabiu, who spoke on behalf of the lawmakers, said: “Based on our discussion, we have taken a decision and taken our...

Lagos Shuts Shoprite Over Breach Of Safety Law, Expired Goods

The Lagos State Safety Commission on Friday shut the multi-billion multi-national shopping outlet, Shoprite located at the Ikeja Shopping Mall, Ikeja, Lagos, southwest Nigeria, for allegedly breaching safety law.   Officials of the commission were said to have stormed Shoprite on Friday afternoon and drove everyone out and sealed off the massive premises, placing a seal order at the entrance. The seal order notice read: “Sealed, this premises has been...

CCT Adjourns Orubebe’s Case Till January 27

Hearing in the criminal charge against a former minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Orubebe has been adjourned till 27 January 2016.   The trial judge at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar gave the new date after listening to the oral application of government lawyer, Peter Danladi to amend the charge.   Orubebe is standing trial before the tribunal on charges of false declaration of assets and collection of bribe on awarded contract.   At the resumed hearing of the trial, prosecution counsel,...

Ambode Commissions N4.765bn Helicopters, APCs, Gunboats For Lagos Police (Photos)

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari represented by the Minister of Interior, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazzau (retd), Friday commissioned three helicopters, 15 armoured personnel carriers, APCs, two gunboats, 165 vehicles and others purchased at a cost of N4.765 billion by Lagos Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode for the police.   The full security equipment commissioned by the president are 100 four-door saloon cars, 55 Ford Ranger Pick-Ups, 10 Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-Ups, 15 BMW Power Bikes, 100 other Power Bikes, Isuzu Trucks, three Helicopters, two...

Institute Honours Nigerian Researchers For Developing Typhoid Vaccine, Anti-Snake Venom

The International Institute for Training, Research and Economic Development (IITRED) has awarded prizes to three Nigerian researchers for developing typhoid fever vaccine, micro-needles and anti-snake venom respectively.   The prizes were given at the 2015 Distinguished Research Seminar and IITRED Research Prize Award/Dinner on Thursday in Abuja.   The recipients were Prof. Samuel Garba of Federal University of Technology, Minna, who developed typhoid vaccine and Dr Ololade Olatunji of University of Lagos, who developed micro-needles from fish scales.   The third award recipient was Prof....

Metuh Marks 50th Birthday At IDP Camp (Photos)

Chief Olisa Metuh, National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday donated relief materials to the Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs) in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).   Metuh donated the relief materials to the IDPs located at Waza Camp, in the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) of the FCT, to mark his 50th birthday anniversary.   Metuh, who clocked 50 on Saturday, said he was at the camp to share in their feelings and challenges, irrespective of the difference in...

ICPC Cautions VIOs Against Extortion, Bribery

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has advised Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs) in Kaduna State to avoid extortion and other forms of corrupt practices.   The ICPC North-West Zonal Commissioner, Mr Olusegun Adigun, gave the advice on Thursday at a two-day workshop for VIOs in the state to enlighten them on the need for integrity and transparency.   The workshop with the theme, “Combating Corruption in Vehicle Inspection System: The Role of ICPC’’, was organised by the ICPC in...

Garba Shehu: Buhari’s Trips Are Not For Enjoyment

I have been amused, reading a number of jokes concerning the frequency of the President, Muhammadu Buhari’s foreign trips.   Questions have been raised about why so many visits, and what are the benefits Nigeria is getting?   I will make it clear from the beginning that the critic is entitled to his and her opinion and nothing said here is intended to silence him or her.   Criticism goes with the territory and as it is often said in a wisecrack,...

Nigeria Seeks British Support To Boost Agric Goods Export

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani, on Friday called for British government’s support to Nigeria’s quest to boost the export of its agricultural commodities.   This is contained in a statement issued by the Director of Information of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Alhaji Salisu Dambatta, on Friday in Abuja.   The statement said the minister made the call when he received the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Paul Arkwright, in his office.   Usani said that Nigeria was...

Confab Calls For Implementation Of CAF Club Licensing Provisions

Participants at the just-concluded B-License Coaching Course organised by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), and Confederation of Africa Football (CAF), have called for the full implementation of CAF club licensing provisions.   The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that CAF expects Premier League clubs in Africa to attain some level of international standard in the area of infrastructure, administration and personnel as well as finance.   The clubs must also have a viable legal department; clubs must have a solid structure for...

Buhari Pledges Priority Attention To Police Recruitment, Welfare

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said that priority attention would be given to the recruitment, training, equipping, logistics and welfare of the Nigeria Police in line with international best practices.   Buhari made the assertion at the inauguration and handing over of security equipment worth N4.8 billion by the Lagos State Government to the state Police Command.   Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Danbazau, commended the state government for the gesture. "On its part, the Federal Government...

Synagogue Church Trustees, Engineers To Be Arraigned On Monday Over Building Collapse

Lagos State Ministry of Justice says that the trial of Trustees of the Synagogue Church and the building Engineers contracted to supervise the Church’s collapsed building will commence on Monday, 30th November, 2015.   A statement by the Public Relation Officer of the ministry, Mrs Bola Akingbade said the trial will take place at the Ikeja High Court before Justice Lawal Akapo.   A Coroner , Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe, had in a verdict ruled that the Synagogue Church and its...