On Saturday Morning, Mr Paul came to my house to pick me up. We
went to see the house on the island. It took us two good hours to get
there, the traffic was so much. He parked in front of a mighty building.
“Here we are” he said as we both alighted from the car.
“A mansion! Why is he renting a mansion is he bringing the whole of
Mr Paul was just starring at me
“Why did he want to rent such a big place like this all to himself?” I
asked Mr Paul.
“He didn’t tell you?”
“Tell me what?”
“He’s buying it, not renting it”
“Maybe I miss that part when we were discussing about the house”
“Moreover, he’s not getting younger, I know he’ll be planning to settle
“Also he’s family members might decide to come to Nigeria to visit him
anytime” Mr Paul added.
“That’s true” I nodded.
We check out the house together and I was pleased with what I see.
“Wow! This is beautiful” I said in amazement.
“You like it?”
“Yes and you said you need my approval, who will disapprove this kind of
house, it’s so beautiful” I commended
It was a big beautiful structured building with a nice garden. The
compound is very spacious, it has a parking garage. The interior has nine
bedroom(master bedroom included),main office, library, main hall, dining,
kitchen, swimming pool, a full size inner tennis court and wine cellar, all
are divided by different floors.
We met with the agent who was already waiting for us there. We
exchanged greetings and he opened the gate and show us around.
“Mr Paul, I love this place and I’m very sure Daniel will like it”
“So can I make the payment now?” he asked
“Sure” I replied
The agent told us since we are ready to buy the mansion, we have to
come to their office to finalize the process. He told us we’ll need a
lawyer. Mr Paul call his lawyer, gave him the office address and told him
to meet us there.
20mins later we were at the office. We waited for some minutes for the
lawyer to show up.
They also signed some documents, made all all necessary transactions.
Mr Paul’s lawyer was also there, he signed. I also signed too as a
The keys to the house, all the documents of the house, including the c/o
was handed over to Mr Paul.
From there, we went to the interior décor’s office. She said she has to
see the mansion first, so we had to drive back to the house.
When we got to the house, she looked around, then we all put heads
together to choose what will suit the house. Although Mr Paul and the
Lady still ensured I gave the final say.
I ask her if she can fixed everything within a week and she said that’s
not a problem that she has enough helping hands to put things in place.
She informed us that she’ll be through in five working days. Mr Paul gave
her the spare keys and promise to come around during the week to
check things out. By the time we were through it’s already 6pm. I was
We went to a nearby restaurant and took some snacks and drink. While
eating Mr Paul told me, we have to pick another day to check out
Daniel’s company, since it’s already late. I told him we can do that next
week Saturday after inspecting the interior decorations.
Mr Paul offered to take me home but I told him not to bother. I told him
I’ll take a cab that we take me straight home. It’s getting late and I
know traffic will be heavy by now. I don’t want to add to his stress.
He disagree at first, but he later agreed after pleading with him. He called a
cab man for me and paid the T fare. I thanked him before leaving.
I got home around 8: 30pm, I was so tired. I called Mr Paul to let him
know I’m home and I cease the opportunity to thank him for everything,
he was such a selfless man.
He even apologized for taking all of my time, but I told I was glad to be
I took my bath went to the kitchen to grab my dinner.
I was almost through with my dinner when Daniel’s call came through.
I picked the call and he thanked me for everything, he said he was sorry
for stealing my weekend. I guessed Mr Paul had already called him and
related the event of the day to him.
He sounded very grateful for the helped I rendered, but I told him to
thank Mr Paul more.
During the week, I make it a point of duty to call Mr Paul to ask how far
the interior decoration is going. On Friday he called and informed me that
everything has been fixed. I was glad the interior lady fulfilled her
I was in school teaching, when I heard my phone rang. I checked the
caller ID, it was Daniel. I excused myself and went outside the classroom
to receive the call.
“Hello, how are you doing?”
“I’m good, I’m at work”
“I’m sorry, I’ll call back if you are busy”
“ I can still spare some minutes” I said
“I have good news, I want you to be the first person I’ll share with” he
said with enthusiasm.
“I’m all ears, what’s the good news?”
“I got two contracts from two universities in Nigeria. My company will be
handling their IT department. One of the university is a private university.
“Wow! Congratulations, I’m so happy to hear this news, so work is
actually waiting for you in Nigeria”
“Yes, thanks. Let me run now, I’ll get back at you later”
“Alright then, bye” I said before the line went off.
I was really happy for him, Nigerians trust people who came from abroad
more, they believed they would have gathered experiences from abroad.
I’m sure that will be one of the criteria they considered in given him the
On Saturday, I went to the mansion to check out the place. I met Mr Paul
there too. Everything was sweet and perfect. He drove me to Daniel’s
company. It has few offices but many cubicles each cubicle has his own
system. The place was nice too.
He showed me Daniel’s office, it was a glass office, very spacious and
His office reminded me of Harvey Specter’s office in “Suit” TV series.
I commended his effort, although he said Daniel designed everything
He offered to take me home and I obliged.
We discuss a lot on our way to my house. His phone rang and he received
it via a Bluetooth device. He told the person on the other side of the line
that he’ll be back in two hours time. I heard him say I love you before he
ended the call.
“Your girlfriend? I asked inquisitively.
“Fiancée” he corrected
“She’s a lucky girl” I said smiling
“Yes, she’s lucky to have someone like you. I envy her you know”
“Hmm, if you say so, but I think any man that married you is a lucky guy
“ You think so?”
“I know so, I already told her a lot about you and Daniel. Don’t worry you
will meet her. Maybe when Daniel comes back”
“I can’t wait to meet her”
“Her name is Elizabeth, but she’s fondly call Lizzy, I call her Lizzy too. We
have a dinner date tonight” he informed me.
He dropped me off in front of my house.
“Thanks for the ride”
“You are welcome”
“Greet your fiancee for me and enjoy your dinner date”
“Sure I will, thanks” he said and left.
I and Mr Paul were at the Airport to receive Daniel. The three of us
hugged one another other, it was like we are all one family. He later
hugged us separately.
“I told you I’ll be back” he whispered softly to my ears as he hugged me.
“And I’m so going to give you a tough time here” I whispered back and
“ Bring it on” he said and we both laughed.
Mr Paul pretended as if he didn’t see us. Before we left the airport, he
changed the dollars on him to naira.
Mr Paul drove us to his new apartment, the guys were at the front while I
sat at the back seat. He already hired a gateman who opened the gate
He packed in the parking lot and we all alighted. Daniel was impressed,
although he has seen the picture of the house even before it was paid for,
but seeing is believing like the saying goes.
We entered into the mansion and he opened his mouth wide. I was so
scared, I can’t place his expression whether he liked what he sees or not.
To be continued….