Few weeks to our wedding, I got a call from
He told me to come down to his office.
“I’m still in school, you know I close by 4pm”
“Sweetheart, but we agreed you resign, so you
have time to prepare for the wedding.
“I have my love, I’ve tendered my resignation
this is my last week here” I explained.
“OK, I need you here, please get a permission
“Ok, let me try to seek permission, I’ll get
I went to the Principal’s office and he gave
permission. He understands I’m preparing for
wedding. So he gave me permission.
I drove down to Daniel’s office around
offered me a cold drink and told me he wants
accompany him to a place. We went in his car
parked mine in the parking lot.
He parked in front of a landed property. The
is under construction, some workers are there
“Where is this place?”
“A proposed site for your school and as you
its already under construction” he informed.
My leg was weakened, I couldn’t believe my
“Please tell me I’m dreaming, all this for me!”
were clouded with tears.
“Woman, you are too emotional” he said and
in his arms.
I hugged him tightly
“I’m speechless, I can’t thank you enough. Do
really deserve all this”
“This beautiful heart deserve more my dear”
He hugged and kiss me and patted my back.
We left the place heading back to his office to
My Dad is really preparing for the wedding, he
painted the whole house, changed the
furniture in the
living room. Even the whole compound floor
plastered. He fixed every fixable. Our house
brand new. It’s not easy to give your first
out in marriage, but he was extremely happy.
My parents in-law to be and all their guests
few days to the wedding. Some stayed at
place while others are lodged into a nearby
We had our Traditional wedding on Friday and
wedding on Saturday.
Our wedding was glorious, my heart was filled
much joy, i married the man of my dreams.
My parents in-law graced the wedding with
friends and colleagues in America. There
family members in Ekiti were present too.
Daniel’s white friends too all came down to
Everyone of them wore the aso ebi, the
among them tied gele as well. The residents
area thought I married a white man. I never
they could travel that far to attend a wedding
Nigeria. It was fun to see this whites prostrate
the groom during the engagement ceremony. I
My extended family members, my parents
church members, neighbors, colleagues at my
work, Daniel’s staff and clients were also
crowd was much, thank God we made
can cater for everyone.
I really miss Joy around, I understand her
for the best. I was shocked to see Tunde, I
invited him but i never knew he’d show up.
Paul and Lizzy were present, they’ve been
supportive. Lizzy was not all that active
she’s heavily pregnant.
I threw my bouquet at the reception, guess
caught it? Sharon
Everything went well to the glory of God.
After the reception, we were taken straight to
We had our honey moon on an island in
Daniel discovered the place few months to
wedding and made reservations. Trust me the
was beautiful to behold.
Around the island, there is calm, clear
blue water. The breeze, The sand sparkles in
sunlight. There is a small wooden beach hut
hidden among the tall, tropical palm trees
couples can relax. The beautiful, blue sunny
spread across the island.
All the hotel rooms look onto the ocean with
views. I love ocean front hotels, have always
a place like this.
I never knew beautiful place like this exist in
We met some white tourists on the island as
Our honey moon was splendid. My husband
extremely romantic. Our first night together
awesome and perfect. He treated me like a
husband was unerringly gentle. He took he’s
everything else was magical. I felt like I never
se.x all my life.
We had a great time together on the Island. I
we are in paradise. I wish it never end but it
because this trip cost a fortune, the day I
our bills, I told my husband one week is
can continue our honey moon in Nigeria but
is ready to do anything for his queen. He
we are coming back here anytime soon. To be
I won’t mind coming back, this place is out of
We went on sight seeing, shopping. The
the island is classic, their African dishes are
We spent two weeks on the island before we
to Nigeria. This is an experience I won’t
forget in a
very long….time, it was golden.
We came back from our honey moon. The
empty, everyone as returned to their base. We
my family, Sharon said she’ll join us later at
mansion. Then we checked on the Pauls.
My husband and I walked into their sitting
atmosphere was not friendly or welcoming.
Everywhere was quiet. Lizzy lying on the sofa
looking so well, her face was swollen.
“Lizzy, what’s wrong?”
We were shocked, when Paul told us Lizzy
“When was that?” I asked Paul
“Last week. In fact Lizzy was hospitalized, she
when she got the news of her mother’s death.
was just discharged from the hospital
“And nobody cared to inform us?” Daniel said
“Who does that? You are on honey moon, and
don’t expect us to ruin it for you with sad
“Lizzy, I’m sorry for your loss” Daniel said.
“Thank you” she replied as tears flooded her
“Please stop crying, you know your condition,
want anything to happen to your baby right” I
“Daniella, you won’t understand, my mother
suffered……I lost my father at a very tender
was no one to turn to for help,. My mother
just to give me and my son the best. She
remarry, knowing fully well that no man that
accept her daughter and grandson. She
happiness for my son and I. Now death took
from me, from us, she should have waited a
longer to enjoy the fruit of her labor” she said
“Its OK my dear, God knows best” I said
“She’s all I have and she’s gone… She’s
“Lizzy please put yourself together, I know
her, but you have your own family now,
son and you have us. Please be strong”
“I will thank…..you….
“What’s going on Lizzy, are you in alright?” I
out to her.
“I think, my….water… just.. broke” She said
wincing in pain.
“What! Are you waiting for us to come back
honeymoon, you must name this child after
me if he’s
a boy and if it’s a girl then you must name
my wife” Daniel said to lighten the mood
went to get her things in the room.
Lizzy shake her head at his joke and smiled
Daniel and Paul helped her into the car, while
her into the car, while I carried the bag. We
got to the
hospital and she was wheeled into the labor
all silently prayed while waiting for the doctor.
One of the Nurses came out and we all walk
her. She smiled “Congrat, she gave birth to a
Thank God! We all hugged one another.
“Can we see her now” Paul asked with all
“Not yet, I’ll let you know when she’s moved
ward” the Nurse replied
“Thank you” We all chorused.
Some minutes later, we were directed to her
“God has comforted me” Lizzy said smiling as
held the baby.
“Yes he has, congratulations” I said and took
“She’s so cute and beautiful” I said
“Just like her mom” Daniel added.
I handed the baby over to Paul, but he refused
the baby from me.
“I’m scared to hold her, she’s looks fragile”
“All you need do, is to carry her gently with
won’t break” I said smiling. I gently place the
“Hi, my beautiful princess” he said as he
Paul raise his head and faced me. “We are
after you” he said
“Did you hear me when I said it earlier” Daniel
“No I didn’t, we made the decision months
“No wonder the baby came when she sighted
he said and we all laughed.
“I’m honored, thank you” I said
“Hi Daniella” Daniel said and took the baby
We left the hospital later and went home.
I’m happy for them, Lizzy has a baby to
now, the pain of loosing her mom will be
the joy of having a new born baby. I’m happy
can’t wait to have my baby.
Daniel went straight upstairs to shower while I
prepared dinner. After taking dinner, we
retired to the
I took off my clothes and move into the
shower. I heard footsteps so I opened my
“Hubby you took a shower not quite long”
“I thought wifey needed company” he said
“I know that look, don’t….
He didn’t allow me finish my statement he
and took off his short.
“Baby I can’t wait to hold our own baby, I
baby Daniella and I wished she was mine”
“Me too, I believe very soon our bundle of
arrive by God’s grace” I said
“Then don’t stop me from joining you inside
shower” he said kissing me all over.
We bathed together and end the rest of the
ended in the other room.
Four years later…..
I slept immediately I came back from Sunday
service. Joy’s call woke me up. Joy put to
month. She gave birth to a baby boy,
Daniel is Testimony’s God father.
“How are you doing and how’s baby
“Your baby is doing fine”
We talked for a while, she’s planning to come
Nigeria very soon. I spoke to Kola before we
Finally God answered our prayers. She had
I went to the sitting room and met Shallom
cartoon. I named her Shallom, indeed she
peace. I have all the peace in the world, peace
revolves around me, my friends, loved ones
are all doing well.
I’ve started running my school and it’s
my husband business is expanding, I have a
home. What else can I ask from God. And to
all He gave us this smart, brilliant and
Back to present…..
“Shallom, where is Dee?”
“You mean my Daddy” she said giving me a
“Where did I get this girl from, she always
with me when it comes to Daniel” I said to
“I know he’s your Daddy but he’s my
husband” I said
“Mummy, Daddy loves me more than you”
gestured with her hands.
“Seriously! What’s your age again?” I asked
“Mummy, I’m three. Did you forgot” she said
I swear this girl is hilarious, you need to see
I shake my head. I wonder where she got this
tongue from, definitely not from me.
“Fine, you win, so where’s your Daddy” I
She smiled “He’s at the pool side with Aunt
and Uncle Josh” she said in American accent.
I wonder if accent is hereditary too. If it’s
which I doubt, then she got it from her father
“Oh your Aunt is around. Who is with you?”
“Aunt Moyin, she’s in the kitchen to check
cooking” she replied in her babyish voice.
“OK” I turned to leave and she called me.
“Mummy sit” she said and I sat beside her.
“Mummy are you sick?” she asked touching
forehead with her small palm to feel my
“No, why do you ask?”
“You’ve been sleeping ever since we came
“Let’s just say that Mummy will soon give
you a kid
“Yeah…. She jumped up. Mummy thank you. I
wait to have a kid brother”
“Good, let me say hi to your aunt and her
I went into the kitchen first and pleaded with
hasten up her cooking, I’m famished.
I went to the pool side, Sharon was heavily
and she was looking beautiful in her flowing
She stood up and hugged me, Josh did the
While Daniel pulled a chair out for me to sit.
“Hope you enjoyed your nap” Daniel said and
a kiss on my forehead.
I smiled “Yes I did, thanks. That reminds me
daughter said you love her more than you
Did you tell her that?”
“Shalom said that!” Josh asked smiling.
“Shallom is smarter than her age, don’t you
Sharon replied her husband.
“Huh! But I told her not to tell you” Daniel
scratching his head.
“Wow! So you actually did?” I countered.
“Honey, you know Shalom won’t let me off
the hook, if
I didn’t say that. You know I love you both”
“I won’t let you off the hook either, we
our dirty linens in front of Josh and Sharon,
thrash it out later” I said jokingly and we all
Some minutes later, Moyin came out and told
food is ready.
I followed her back into the house to set the
We all ate together except Shallom who was
watching cartoon, she already took noodles
she wasn’t hungry.
The couples left later in the evening. At night,
Shallom, read her stories. That reminds me,
talked me into doing this, you know all this
American stuff. Who read me story before I
when I was young, I doubt if my parents had
time. So with time, I got used to it. Now I
stories before bedtime while Daniel tagged
We left her room when she fell asleep and
went to our
bedroom. My husband kissed my little baby
wrapped his hands around me on the bed. He
me for every good thing I brought into his
thanked me for my impact on his sister, he
proud of the woman Sharon had become.
He also thanked me for giving him a beautiful
intelligent daughter and for carrying another
I smiled and remembered how the journey all
He dialed a wrong number, but he turned out
the right man for me.