It was a beautiful cloudy evening. The sun was just beginning to set. He was grateful to have made it home after a hectic day in school. Being a full time student of the post graduate school of the University of Lagos could be herculean. Lectures are almost on a daily basis with lots of assignments and presentations to attend to. So he got back home that day very tired and worn-out.
On his way home, he had stopped over at a cyber cafe to source for materials regarding his upcoming presentation. While there, he decided to check his e-mail box, to find out if there was some good news regarding his job searches because he was also job hunting as well as studying, but instead, he came across a rather strange mail from a curious name.
A mail from one Ibrahim Musa which came along with it, an attachment. When he opened the attachment, the content unnerved him to say the least. Why would a certain Ibrahim Musa, a fellow he never knew from Adam send him a mail with the picture of a beautiful damsel and to make it even more curious, no corresponding notes? Was this some sort of a scam? He thought. He decided to regard the mail as spam and as a result delete it, but on a second thought, he didn’t.
Few moments after he got home that evening, his phone rang. It was Aunt Ijeoma. He excitedly answered the call. It’s being quite a while he heard from her. After exchanging pleasantries and doing all the catching up that needed to be done.
As if forgetting something, Aunt Ijeoma suddenly mentioned, “Obinna, I finally sent you the picture of that friend of mine I told you about when I visited Lagos over a month ago. I couldn’t find time to do it myself so I asked a colleague of mine to do it on my behalf”. She said.
“I saw a mail from one Ibrahim Musa this evening”. Was that from you? I asked. Her reply was in the affirmative. I already like her, I said.
“Very well then, I will give her a call to find out what she thinks and then get back to you,” she assured.
Aunt Ijeoma has been Obinna’s special Aunt among several others. They’ve been best of pals right from childhood. Over the years, they’ve always had each other’s back.
Finally, after a few days, Obinna receives a text on his mobile. It was from Aunt Ijeoma and it reads, “I called her and here’s her number and guess what? She happens to be in Lagos for a few days to undertake an exam. From now on, you’re on your own on this matter. Cheers”.
After reading through the text message, he impulsively takes out his phone and begins to dial the number but then his ‘liver’ begins to fail him. He begins to wonder how this lady he has never met is already having such an effect on him. The whole situation is becoming quite intriguing, he muses. Nevertheless, he summons courage and places a call to her line.
“Please am I speaking with Ebele?” he asks.
Yes you certainly are, came the response…