Ochuga’s Girl

Ebira – Kogi and Edo State

Ohunene’s gaze remained fixed on the masquerade, dazzled by the way his decked limbs and sticks moved to the rhythmic beats of the drums. He leapt, making it seem as if he was floating on air for a few seconds.

His skills entranced her. But it was the firm familiar hand on her waist that gripped her in a warm haze. An exhilarating one. The type that Mummy told her one could only find with one man.

“I’ve missed you Nene,” Ochuga murmured.

Her cousin had grown into a man. She wasn’t sure when this change happened because they’d been inseparable since the long school holiday when their parents dropped them off with Grandma.

Each year they ended up in Adavi. Each year they crossed that boundary they knew should exist between them.

It was after their first Eche-Ane festival that they shared their first kiss. Her first. And last year, perhaps because Grandma was in Lokoja, his hold had grown tighter as daylight gave way to dimness.

“You need a girlfriend.” Ohunene said.

The masquerade’s dance had reached a climactic crescendo and the women were cheering. Maiden dancers tied their wrappers tighter, ready to take his place.

Ohunene did not cheer. She knew it would be their last Eche-Ane. She would depart in the morning with her parents for Lagos. He would too, for his university in Benin.

“Live life when you move to campus in September.”

She turned round to face him. “I will come visit you.”

It was her mother that chose for her to study in the east. Miles from him.

“You will be too busy.” Ochuga told her, staring ahead.

She curved her neck back to the square, hoping he wouldn’t see the tears in her eyes.

18 thoughts on “Ochuga’s Girl” by olajumoke omisore (@olajumoke)

  1. Ufuoma Otebele (@ufuomaotebele)

    Ehn me no understand this one oo… cousin loving cousin. Sweet young love though. I think folks generally go through that stage where by their relative somehow becomes a love interest to them. This was a little bit modern and i liked it. especially the dance part, i mean who wouldn’t want a guys hands wrapped around your waist .. cousin or no cousin i will take it anyday!!

    1. oxymorontalks (@oxymoron93)


      1. Ufuoma Otebele (@ufuomaotebele)

        Hehehe @oxymoron93 you wan be my cousin?

        1. @ufuomaotebele, you want That Kind of cousin? Lol. Thanks for reading. I appreciate it. I will put the word out for a half urhobo/ half Bini Welbeck lookalike.

          1. Ufuoma Otebele (@ufuomaotebele)

            YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! gimme a Welbeck!!! somebody give @olajumoke the trophy already for this comment.

        2. oxymorontalks (@oxymoron93)


  2. oxymorontalks (@oxymoron93)


  3. Cheers for reading @oxymoron93. Yeah, it’s a competition. You and ufuoma should pen a flash quick quick. Bring the literary skills.

  4. ivie9ja (@Ivie9ja)

    I love this. This Taboo is very ccommon very realistic and sweet forbidden fruit. I havent read many of the competition peices but so far this is one of my favorites

  5. I’m glad you enjoyed this @Ivie9ja.
    It is really common, apparently.
    I can’t say I have tasted anything forbidden myself…lol.
    Granddad did have three wives for each house, so we were told to ask questions when we left home. Not everyone kept their surname.
    Thanks for reading Ivie.

    1. ivie9ja (@Ivie9ja)

      Yes I know about the asking questions so you dont end up marriyng your half brother lol @olajomke

  6. @olajumoke,
    When the muse herself writes, who else would get the prize?
    Hmmm, having that kind of cousin isn’t a bad idea, lol…

    1. You want that kind of cousin @innoalifa?
      *Smiling* You are too much of a gentle man to do anything like that.
      Thanks for the very kind comment.

      1. @olajumoke, and thanks for the compliment :)

  7. I wonder why everyone is writing all these beautiful pieces for the competition. First of all, it makes the judges job really difficult and then it leaves us imagining what happens to these characters after they go to Uniben and Lag to study…not fair @olajumoke , I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Welldone.

    1. Thanks for reading.
      I think each reader has interpreted the ending the way they want to.

  8. Hot. Hot. Hot. I enjoyed the paragraphing, the sequencing of your narrative; it flowed like the sexy dance between the two cousins. The crescendo of the dance saw her leave for school. Thrilling work. Gosh. Well done.

  9. @IdiAce, I saw this comment earlier at work and it really made my day.
    I can’t describe what it feels like to get a positive comment from you.
    Thank you. It is fab to read you enjoyed the piece.

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