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´Wasted Years In Education Episode 2 – The attraction between Benazir and Gbenga was spontaneous and simultaneous. They’d met at a pool party, Gbenga fell for her charm and she for his good looks and moneyed appearance.

They started off from there, he loved to talk about himself though she hardly listened, she preferred to talk about herself and their conversation could go on and on with each of them praising themselves.

They started off from there, he loved to talk about himself though she hardly listened, she preferred to talk about herself and their conversation could go on and on with each of them praising themselves.

 

Gbenga knew he was handsome but with Benazir that wasn’t enough. She would not stop talking about the last guy she dated, an Arab and how money was nothing to him. To keep up Gbenga started using his savings, to make sure his investment did not go in vain he proposed. He half thought she’d say no but she surprised him by saying yes almost too instantly.

 

Since Gbenga grew up he had been waiting for his uncle Cheif Labaran Elendu Wazobia to die. He was not a bad man in fact he had sponsored Gbenga and his brother Ojukwu to university level but he didnt have any child of his own, so he promised Gbenga his property after his death. He was a very rich man his death meant instant riches for Gbenga.

He once toiled with the idea of murdering his uncle but left it. After he met Benazir and told her about him she advised him to make his passing faster by poisoning him slowly. He bribed his uncle’s right hand man to start poisoning him. His uncle was a huge benefactor for the churches in his area so a clergyman himself brought the news of his death to Gbenga directly to his office.

Finally Gbenga’s long wait was over, he set out to Abeokuta with Benazir for the burial and reading of the will which he was absolutely sure was in his favour. When his uncle decided to write the will he secretly told Gbenga to bring home an egba girl thankfully Benazir was of egba descent.

can’t believe someone as wealthy as your uncle could waste his life in Abeokuta.’ Benazir said irritably, Sometimes I doubt the authenticity of your story.’ She added shifting uncomfortably in the car seat.

 

‘Benazir dear, always the pessimist.’ Gbenga said.

 

‘Couldn’t we have just boarded a flight.’

 

 

‘You know why, I’ve told you severally that there were no flights to Abeokuta till next week and by then the burial would be over.’

 

‘Can’t they shift it, I mean he has no direct family that would be of any hinderance.’

 

‘Benazir eight hours drive can’t be compared to what we will gain.’ He was amused as how the word ‘we’ left his mouth effortlessly, even though they weren’t married yet, he considered her his wife already.

 

‘It’s not like the will’s content would change if you don’t attend the burial.’

 

‘If he’s giving me everything, the least I can do is to attend his burial

How do you know everything will be willed to you.’

 

‘He told me himself, I even got him the lawyer who also works for me.’

 

‘I just hope you’re right.’

 

He stopped to answer nature’s call, he heard a loud hiss. It was Benazir’s habit to always hiss and it disgusted him alot. At such times he missed his ex girlfriend, she was the most patient woman in the world. She would do anything he asked, but there was no way in the world he would marry a woman who had aborted four times. Obviously her chances of childbirth slimmed after each abortion and he didn’t want to be destitute like his uncle who would have to offer someone his wealth in order to have a companion.

The burial was successful, everything was normal except for Gnenga’s brother Ojukwu who came along with his pregnant girlfriend Leila. He was all smiles, he even told him he would marry her before the baby came.

 

‘It happened and we just couldn’t think of murdering our baby, am sure no one in their right senses would kill their own baby.’ He had told Gbenga.

 

Gbenga just nodded, he had thought of it and actually gotten rid of his own baby not once, twice but four times and he had thought it was for his own good

Finally the will was being read but by another lawyer not the one that Gbenga had hired for his uncle. The wealth and assets the deceased left behind were first listed, the list was long and Gbenga noticed how Benazir’s pupils were dilating at every step of it, he was glad she could actually see for herself how rich his uncle was.

20% of my over all wealth should go to the orphanage and their managers.’ The lawyer read out, Gbenga was shocked, he’d expected everything to be named after him but what was 20% he thought.

 

‘Another 20% for my three surviving brothers, Mazi Ezekwensili, Cheif Adediran and Mallam Ibrahim.’

 

‘I thought you said everything was for you what’s happening?’ Benazir asked quietly.

 

‘It was so but

My nephews Gbenga and Ojukwu, whoever has a son first should take 50%.’ The lawyer’s voice interrupted him.

 

 

At this point Gbenga got up abruptly, ‘Are you sure of what you’re reading? He asked furiously.

 

‘Yes, it’s authentic, it was even written in front of three witnesses, his brothers.’ The lawyer turned to them and they nodded in affirmative.

 

‘What of the remaining 10%?’

 

‘That would go to his servant Okwubia.’

 

‘That’s all?’ Gbenga asked spreading his arms in desperation.

That’s all.’ The lawyer said closing the Manila envelope.

 

With anger Gbenga flared at his brother, ‘Is that why you got your girlfriend pregnant? Ehh ehh.’ He said jerking his brother.

 

‘Calm down my boy.’ Mallam Ibrahim said trying to separate them.

 

‘I had no such plans, we made a mistake and we decided to keep it, nothing more. You’ve always boasted of how all uncle’s wealth was yours anyway what happened now.’ Ojukwu said straightening his shirt.

 

‘Are you Gbenga? The lawyer asked.

Yes.’

 

‘Chief Wazobia left this letter for you.’

 

‘Why didn’t you give it to me ealier?’

 

‘He was precise that till after his death and reading of his will should I give it to you.’

Inpatiently Gbenga ripped the letter and read it.

My dear Gbenga, I trusted you. But you failed me.How could you ask Okwubia to poison me. Did you forget that he has worked for me for 35 years?  Anyway I forgive you, so I will write my  will the way I please.

 

Gbenga was shocked, he glanced at Okwubia who was glowing with joy, 10% of his uncle’s wealth was a large amount, he ran to him and started fighting him.

You betrayed me.’ He screamed.

 

‘I had no choice, I could not betray the man whose money I have used to feed my family, train my children and run my house never.’ He screamed back.

 

‘Why then did you agree to help me?

 

‘If I didn’t you would have gotten someone else to do it for you and I love my Master.’

Gbenga was distraught, his secret was out, he dragged Benazir and headed for his car but she refused to enter. She told him she could find her way, that she’d traveled eight hours by car in vain, she would find a flight anywhere and connect back to Abuja.

 

 

 

Alone in his car Gbenga fumed, he was angry at Okwubia for telling on him, then at Benazir for giving him such advice then at at himself for taking it. If only was what he kept saying. If only his former girlfriend had kept those babies perhaps he’d have a son now and would have claimed the 50% that might soon be his brother’s.

Then a thought crept to him, what if his brother didn’t have a child before him, true his girl was pregnant but accidents do happen and he could also have a girl too.

 

He was so absorbed in his new thought he didn’t notice the car in front of him when he later saw the headlights and heard the horn it was to late. The last thing heard was smashing of glass.

Aida could not believe her eyes or ears, Effe was on one knee proposing to her. They’ve been together for like 6months. She was speechless and shocked and her face she knew did not hide her emotions. Seconds passed it seemed like hours, Effe’s eyes were fixed on hers, he was expecting an answer.

 

‘Yes.’ She whispered inaudibly almost to herself but Effe heard all the same because he stood up and put the blue studded ring on her finger, she was dazed.

 

Effe started ranting, about things she did not hear again, he hugged her and hugged her again then kissed her, he was so happy and excited but her mind was on a voyage, she was only there physically.

Are you even listening to me? Effe asked, he must have been talking alot cause he was tugging at her arm gently.

 

‘What did you say ? She asked, her voice was raspy.

Effe’s eyes narrowed as he repeated what he said.

 

‘Would you be busy this weekend?’

 

‘No, why do you ask?

 

”You weren’t even listening, what is it babe, do you not want this? He asked stroking the ring, the excitement had dimmed considerably from his voice.

 

She sighed and sat down, he knelt in front of her, his eyes full of questions, he was still stroking the ring.

Its not that.’

 

‘Then what is it, you can tell me anything, I will understand.’

 

‘I don’t want us to rush, I mean …..’

 

‘Do you love me?’

 

‘Yes.’

 

 

‘Then we’re not rushing.’

 

‘Maybe you should think it through.’

I have done that and I’m not saying we should get married this evening.’

 

‘Okay.’ She said but her heart was in turmoil, Effe had always gone on and on about children, how he wanted to have many, being an only child himself. The thing was that she couldn’t conceive anymore. Her ex boyfriend made sure of that. If she tells him now their love story might end but if she didn’t tell Effe he wouldn’t know, he was anyway obsessed with protection, taking adequate time to make sure the condom was properly worn, double if necessary.

 

‘What did you want to do on week end.’ She asked.

 

 

‘I want us to go to Lagos.’

 

‘What for?’

To meet my Mom and spend time together.’ He said with a mischievous smile.

 

‘Your Mom already?

 

‘Yes, don’t worry we’ll be fine.’

 

 

They had a smooth flight to Lagos where they stayed in a hotel, Effe’s mother had to leave the day they arrived, she’d called Effe that she had to attend an impromptu medical conference in Ibadan.

 

They had a fun filled weekend, visiting the beach, Cinema and Malls. Effe was so loving that she forgot her past sorrows completely, she let herself believe in love and a happily ever after again.

To meet my Mom and spend time together.’ He said with a mischievous smile.

‘Your Mom already?

‘Yes, don’t worry we’ll be fine.’

They had a smooth flight to Lagos where they stayed in a hotel, Effe’s mother had to leave the day they arrived, she’d called Effe that she had to attend an impromptu medical conference in Ibadan.

They had a fun filled weekend, visiting the beach, Cinema and Malls. Effe was so loving that she forgot her past sorrows completely, she let herself believe in love and a happily ever after again.

Let it be today.’ He said.

 

She pushed him and got up.

 

‘Why.’ She asked, he sounded condencending just like her Ex, she didn’t like it.

 

‘We’re engaged, I don’t think we need it anymore, if you get pregnant we’ll get married or even before then.’ H said playfully and pulled her back to finish the surgical procedure he’d started earlier.

 

Finally Effe’s mother came back from her conference and they went to see her. Their house was cozy and small but attractive with traditional artifacts adorning the living room. Aida sat in the living room while Effe went to fetch his Mom. Her voice which hit Aida with familiarity could be heard before she reached the living room, she was happy

Effe had told her that his Mom had been awaiting the day he will bring a fiancée home cause she was desperate for grandchildren with Effe being her only child, she had refused to remarry when her husband passed away shortly after Effe was born.

 

Effe’s mother’s voice froze as soon as she saw Aida, the smile that she wore which was as bright as a rising sun faded gradually like it was setting. Aida was equally shocked as they both stared at each other. She knew her happy relationship with Effe had reached its final page before the climax.

 

‘Is this the woman you want to marry ? She asked her son.

 

‘Yes.’

 

She was silent for what seemed like eternity as if she was anticipating what step to take in a board game.

She answered absentmindedly to the greeting Aida mumbled perhaps as an after thought.

 

‘Is everything alright? Effe asked getting concerned as he too had noticed the tension in the air, he deduced they’d met before because he hadn’t even introduced them yet they looked at each other like rivals.

 

‘No.’ His mother answered, ‘I feel sick I’ll go back to my room but I would like to see you briefly.’

 

‘Okay.’ He said and nodded to Aida and followed his Mom back inside.

 

She knew it was bad to eavesdrop but against her better judgement she tiptoed and followed them she didn’t go far cause Effe’s Mom started talking as soon as they were a few paces away from the living room in the narrow corridor.

 

 

‘You can’t marry her.’ She told her son flatly, Aida was not surprised.

 

‘Why? He asked rather shocked.

 

‘I cant tell you.’

Oh no Mom don’t tell me its because she looks like she’s from the north.’

 

‘Oh please you know I don’t care for all those things.’

 

 

‘Then why.’

 

‘I can’t tell you.’

 

‘You hardly said a word to her, just one glance and you concluded, common Mom you can’t be serious.’

 

‘I’m serious Effe.’

 

‘Then tell me why.’ Effe was getting super tense but his mother was more tense.

Effe if I tell you my 25 years of medical practice would go down the drain, I’d be violating the Hippocratic oath I took and I’ve never done so before.’

 

Was she ever your patient?

 

‘Yes and you know I cant divulge what I know to you it’d be unethical.’

 

‘Mom I had Dr Inyang test her thoroughly for viral diseases in the pretence of HIV test and also took her swab while she slept, she’s clean.’

 

‘It’s more than that Son.’

Mom I’m sorry I know what it would mean to you not to tell me but I really love her and I would marry her if you don’t have any tangible reason.’

 

‘Take her away first, I cant tell you while she’s here. I will tell you, I can’t let you make a dire mistake.’

 

With no doubt Aida heard all they said, she also knew what she would tell her son later. She knew the story would not have a happy ending but didn’t expect it to happen so soon.

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