Nina Abebi Ola was saying this to herself as she’s thinking ‘Whatever way he looked he’s her man; hers alone, no one on earth will share this man with her, he is her own ALFRED HITCHCOCK, he belongs to her alone!’
How many years had they spent with each other 25yrs, & she’s 23yrs when they met & he’s 25yrs her senior! He wasn’t handsome, nothing remarkable about his looks, except kind & assuring eyes, he’s over weight, somehow short, he wouldn’t have caught any woman’s eyes, and the only magnificent thing about him back then was that he’s insanely rich!
Unlike him she’s one hell of a woman, charming, sexy, witty, breathtakingly beautiful & of course insanely poor! She didn’t fall for his wealth, the glamour & air around him, it was his kindness, life is tough for many men & women in Lagos-Nigeria, & she’s ensepulchered in poverty. When she met him she’s working at one of the very lively & expensive night clubs in Lagos, she remembers what the man who runs the night club told her when she approached him to work at the place ‘Dressed & fed poorly, very thin shape, but you got the looks after a little bit of polishing you gonna rock this place.’
& that’s it, after few weeks, many clients had begun to hover over the place just to get a sight of her, & she never did anything but smile, sweet talk, a silly joke here & there & that seemed enough; they all be became hooked & addicted to her.
Someone must have told him of her, he came every night then requested from her manager that she exclusively serves him, she wondered what would he ask her to do, nothing, he never even ordered drinks, or even talked to her! He just sat there watched everyone & by the time left; he’d always leave huge tips, large sums of money. With those tips & her salary she managed to take her whole family from the slum, rented a better house, enrolled her three siblings into school, & finally brought a maid to her ailing mother, no more working as a maid herself (her mother) at multiple house to barley feed them, finally someone is working for her.
One night after he arrived at the club, he’s just there for few minutes he gave her a business card then said ‘ Come to this address at 10 am wearing decent cloth, not your show business vulgar dresses, dress like a business woman or a university girl, wear something nice & decent.’ With that he’s gone leaving her another big tip!
She took the night off, told the manager she needs to do something, went shopping & bought some fine cloth, makeup, perfume, shoes, some gifts for the rest of the family & lots of food, vegetables, fruits & chocolates.
When she arrived at the address she thought it will be a nice office or at worst it will be an apartment & then he’ll ask her to do some crazy stuff, then she’d tell him that she isn’t that kind of a girl, & if he asks her why had she come then if she isn’t that kind of a girl, she’ll tell him ‘To see why you’re giving me all those tips all those past months & finally reveal you for the kind of man you’re ‘An ugly looking fat sex maniac.’
But this was the biggest corporation that she’d ever seen, she never seen one in real life, just on the screen, the only job she did was that at the club! She went in, a security man asked for her identity card & once he’s seen it he informed her that she can go, a middle aged lady took her to Mr. Charles Ola, once she’s in his office he asked her to have a seat, then smiled saying ‘Nina am not a saint, but I want to save you, I don’t work in the shit they call ‘Aid/humanitarian work’ where they do nothing but receive billions of dollars falsely claiming to aid the poor that then ends in the pockets & bank accounts of the ‘Big Corrupt Beasts/Wolves’ & their boys & girls who entertain them or the likes of them, but I’m a man with an insight, experience, intuition, & my gut tells me that this club is very wrong for you, you aren’t that type of girl.’
She’s speechless & all that she could do is look at him with her wide beautiful eyes & then he continued saying ‘ From tonight there’s no going to that club, & you can give Mrs. Mary Ann your new address, a car will fetch you in the morning to your new job.’
Then he added ‘The only person I can trust you with is Mary, so in the coming months she’ll be mentoring you, I’ve also enrolled you at the university, you will earn a degree, work hard, & have a better life, what do you say?!’
She didn’t know what to say, tears falling from her eyes as if the sky has rained suddenly, the only word she managed to utter was ‘Why?’
He looked at her & she saw something very strange something she never saw at the night club (Desire, interest & something else she couldn’t name), he said icily to her ‘Grab & exploit the opportunity, an ugly old man has just offered you your only ticket out of poverty & all that you can say is why?! If am you, I’d thank the lord & start doing as I’m asked.’
He then went on saying ‘Tell me you didn’t think the address was either for a hotel room, apartment or my villa & that I’ll be asking you to take me into your arms?!’ then with a much colder tone he added ‘Am not that kind of man!’
‘You see Nina when I want a woman in my bed I say it straightforward, I don’t make a fuss, & guess what they don’t care about the looks, my weight or even smell if I have one, they just through themselves in my arms all for the money!’
He stood up, helped her up & took her hands, held them while looking in her eyes ‘That club isn’t for girls like you & if you don’t do as am telling you, I’ll pick that phone right now ask Danny the manager to fire you, & then tell me how will you pay for the new apartment, the school for your siblings & everything else, I know a lot about you, & I’ve your interest in my heart, will you help me help you?!’
Her voice shaking, as a domesticated obedient student would say to the principal or teacher she said ‘I’ll be here first thing in the morning.’
That’s how she started working for Charles, working & going to university, he’s always kind & a gentleman in regards to everything that involved her, she became his personal assistant, he taught her a lot of things, in business, life & in nearly everything, he kept his distance, always polite, decent & cold!
Till he invited her to dinner one night, when she turned 25yrs & he throw her a birthday party, brought various gifts for her & then as they were sitting in peace watching the dancers around them, listening to the music, he spoke breathlessly & in a very shaky voice for the first time since she saw him ‘Nina would you marry me?’
This time she didn’t do like she did when he offered her the job she said ‘Yes’ right away.
It was the very best thing she did, three sons, a life that she’d never imagined that she’ll have, she didn’t even dare to dream she’ll even have one like this even in her wildest dreams! He’d even taken care of all of her family, he helped everyone of them stand on their feet & fight for a better life, which they all got, everything was fine till with her female radar she sensed something is wrong with him, he took another room, started dying his hair, exercising, spending most of his time outside, if he’s working on making her jealous, well it’s working & she’s going out of her mind!
She didn’t eat her breakfast, instead waited for him to join her, & spent time turning the pages of various magazines, & listening to music, when he finally joined her, he looked very different & her heart sank.
‘What’s this?’ she said
‘What honey?’ he said
‘Your face & what the hell have you done to your glasses? Doctor’s orders are; you don’t do anything without them!’ She said, her loud voice shaking the walls of the entire house.
‘Being young is great for you, you got nothing to worry about for now, but am getting very old & being wealthy works miracles for us baby, we need to spend the money & let those miserable beauty/cosmetic surgery guys be able to feed themselves! I made a small surgery both for my eyes & face.’ He said in a sarcastic tone.
She looked at him, stood up & said threateningly ‘Charles Ola you better watch out for yourself, because I smell something stinky going on here & if there’s another woman, guess what?! Third world war is what you’ll get baby!’
He laughed loudly & deeply ‘Am really liking this, this woman still loves this old obese man after all those years, am going to send a bonus for that doctor again, he deserves it!’
He stood up & took her in his arms ‘There’s & there’ll never be another woman, I got more than what I asked for, a good woman & three wonderful sons, I didn’t want you to feel like you’re dragging your grandfather beside you whenever we join other folks, I want you to be proud of me.’
She took his face in her hands, gave him a long deep kiss & then said ‘Don’t you ever listen to those crazy people Charles on TV, internet, radio, papers, media or anywhere else, I love you just the way you’re, you’ll always be the finest man for me, nobody no matter how good looking they’re will be or is like you, & if you become unable to walk, I’ll be pushing you around in wheelchair to everywhere I go, shouting to every woman ‘this great man is mine, he’s taken, he’s with a crazy woman & if you care for safety –Stay away’, I’ll be loving you till death do us apart & I’ll be loving you in my grave!’
Then she added devilishly ‘& am turning that room of yours into a gym room for us & the boys & no more sleeping alone there you hear me!’
He laughed & raised his hand to his forehead saying ‘Yes commander!’
They hugged tightly laughing & crying joyfully thanking their lord for making them find one another.