That’s The Burning Question!

“I thought they were happily married? What could have caused the divorce?” Sade asked her friend Bunmi.

“That’s the burning question.”

“The Reverend’s wife counseled us on marriage less than a month ago and now she’s divorced her husband,” said Sade while shaking her head.

Bunmi scooped some popcorn from a bowl using her right hand and stuffed it into her mouth.

“I was shocked when I heard also,” Bunmi answered.

“This is unbelievable. I just wish to know the reason.”

“Exercise just a little more patience and you’ll hear the full gist about the divorce from a reliable source. Deborah is on her way here” Bunmi said after she’d washed down the popcorn with a gulp of juice.

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“Deborah is their maid right?”

There was a knock on the door just as Bunmi was about to answer her friend.

“Deborah! Is that you?”


A slim but plain looking girl came into the apartment when Bunmi opened the door. The girl hugged Bunmi and greeted Sade with a nod.

Bunmi and Deborah sat down and Deborah joined the other girls in feasting on the popcorn.

“What was the reason for the divorce?” asked Sade eagerly.

“Well. They weren’t exactly loving couples anymore during this past five years that I’ve been working for them,” Deborah answered and she took a sip from the glass in her hand.

“That’s hard to believe,” began Sade, “I visited them a lot and they looked like a normal couple.”

“They lived a double life,” Deborah said. “They act as if there is nothing wrong outside but they usually quarrel a lot at home.”

“Hmmm! That’s interesting. A lot of single members of the church wished they had a marriage like our Clergy’s. I also did,” Bunmi said.

“I also did until I started to work for them. He made a lot of advances towards me.”

“Why didn’t you confide in me earlier?” Bunmi said with a disapproving look directed at Deborah.

“Would you have believed me?”

“I suppose I wouldn’t have.”

“If they’ve been able to stay married for almost twenty years, what finally
led to the divorce?”

“The Reverend’s wife caught him while he was about to rape her niece.”



Sunday The Fourteenth

It was a day Ademola won’t forget in a hurry. In fact he may never forget the day at all. He’d woken up earlier than he usually did so as to prepare breakfast for him and his wife. It was valentine’s day and it was also their marriage anniversary.

Ademola had many surprises planned for that day and the first one was to serve his wife breakfast in bed. He was about to pick up the tray of food and take it to their bedroom when he heard his wife’s footsteps coming towards the kitchen.

“Good morning dear! Happy anniversary and happy Valentine’s day,” Ademola said with an infections smile on his face.

She kissed him passionately and although she tried to help him serve the food Ademola refused. He put some water in the electric kettle and then plugged it to a socket.

Halfway through their meal he noticed that his wife was staring at him with a mischievous grin on her face.

“I know that look,” Ademola said “what are you not telling me?”

“Take a guess”

“You know I’m a lousy guesser.”

“Okay,” she said and waited a bit in order to stoke his curiosity, “I’m pregnant.”

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Ademola stood up from where he was sitting down and jumped up and down like a kid. He was so excited that he hugged his wife and kept on saying “thank you Lord”. They’ve been married for seven years without a child.

They ate the rest of their breakfast talking about the high hopes they have for the future. Ademola’s wife was about to stand up from where she ate her breakfast when she fainted and slumped to the floor. He rushed towards her and tried to revive her but all his efforts where futile.A neighbour who heard his frantic shout for help assisted him in rushing her to the hospital. The doctor pronounced her dead on arrival.

Ademola was seated among his friends and relatives who were trying their best to console him when his phone rang. It was one of his neighbours calling.

” Hello”

“Mr Ademola! You have to come home as fast as you can because your house is on fire.”

Happy Birthday Dear!

“Happy birthday dear!”
I opened my eyes and stared directly at the lovely eyes of the only girl I’ve ever loved. She smiled at me and I fell in love with her all over again. I got out of bed and kissed her and although I didn’t want to stop she broke the kiss.
“You’ll be late for work”.
“Today’s my birthday and I’m the boss,” I said and wrapped my arms around her. “Let’s stay indoors all day. I promise that you’ll enjoy every second of it.”
“That’s sounds tempting but didn’t you say that you have to meet a client by 9am?”
“Yeah! That’s right my love. Totally forgot about that. I wonder what charm you used on me because once I see your lovely face I usually don’t think clearly,” I said with a mischievous grin planted on my face.

She blushed, got out of my hands and left my room without replying. I showered, brushed my teeth and got dressed faster than I usually do. The aroma filling the air made me realize how hungry I was and I immediately went to the dining room and sat down on my favorite chair.
I unwrapped the birthday gift she left for me on the table. It was a gold plated customized wrist watch with my name on it. She served my breakfast while I was admiring the wrist watch.

“Thanks for the watch love”

“You’re welcome dear. Eat your breakfast before it gets cold”

I was about to take my first bite of the meal when I heard a loud and shrill sound. It was the sound of my phone alarm.


The Last Born

The birth of a new born baby Is a welcome news; well, at least to the Ademola family. They had two beautiful girls before the birth of this new child but there was a wait of Eleven years. Another reason why the Ademola family was excited about this new addition to their family was because the baby was a boy. The birth of a baby boy is a pretty big deal in Yorubaland.

Modupe, the first daughter of the Ademola’s was a pretty girl of fourteen while her younger sister, Tolani was Eleven years old when the baby boy was born. The two girls were watching Toy Story on Nickelodeon on that morning when they heard the front door opening and Mr Ademola came into the living room and joyfully told them with a big smile on his face that they now have a brother.

Toy Story

The two girls became happy and hugged their father. Patricia, the house maid came out of the kitchen to see what the cause of all the excitement was and after she heard the good news she started dancing. Mr Ademola later instructed her to get drinks for all of them from the fridge.


Mrs Ademola and the baby boy were discharged three days later and almost immediately after she arrived home, friends and families started trooping in to see the baby boy. Tolani was initially fascinated by the new addition to their family and she stared at the baby while it was sleeping peacefully in the baby cot. But she soon became angry and sad when she noticed that her mother and all the visitors barely paid her any attention. They were all focused and discussing about the baby.

Tolani was used to being the centre of attraction when she was the last born of the family. Her mother had always pampered her right from when she was a baby and it took a longer time before Tolani started to feed herself. She also slept in her parent’s room most nights. She soon became sulky and she started to avoid everyone and refused to eat her meals despite all the efforts of Patricia.


Finally the day of the naming ceremony arrived and they christened the boy Moses. Food and drinks were aplenty and the guests ate to their fill. Around 5pm on the day of the naming ceremony while most of the guests had already departed, Patricia was searching for her mobile phone all over the house and when she got to the baby’s room she saw Tolani forcing something in a sachet into Moses’ mouth. Patricia rushed towards them and snatched the sachet from Tolani’s hand and then she read what was written on the sachet. It was rat poison.

Patricia’s loud and piercing scream attracted a lot of people to the room. Moses was rushed to the hospital but he was declared dead on arrival.


Standing On A Street Curb

Standing on a street curb one Sunday evening, I saw a pretty girl gracefully walk towards me. I couldn’t stop myself from staring at her. She stopped a few inches from me and we both waited for a taxi.

The girl was effortlessly beautiful. Her eyes were the most captivating aspect of her appearance; she had the most beautiful eyes. She was dressed simply and she had a tall and slender build like that of a model’s.

“Hello,” I said in greeting smiling at her.

“Hi,” she replied smiling back at me. Her teeth which were evenly distributed were white as snow. Her voice was also melodious and I searched my brain to try and come up with some small talk just to hear her sweet voice again. I also prayed in my heart that a taxi won’t come that way on time.

We talked for about five minutes and then I saw a taxi approaching.

“Can I have your number and can we hook-up sometime”. I didn’t quite know why I said that; I totally surprised myself.

“I don’t think that’ll be a good idea”, she replied. She brought out her left hand which had been inside the pocket of her coat while we’ve been talking and casually glanced at her wrist watch. I followed her every move and my eyes remained glued to something on her hand.

The taxi pulled-up very close to the curb after I hailed it. There was only one space left in the taxi so I left it for her– to show that I’m a gentleman. The taxi drove off and we both waved at each other. I didn’t stop staring at the taxi until it took the next turn and wasn’t visible again.

I kept standing on the street curb with a distant look on my face until I finally got a taxi. I couldn’t get the image of the ring I’d seen on her ring finger away from my head. I didn’t even ask for her name.






Daily Ritual

Mary woke up and did the first thing she always did, the thing she loved most: she checked her phone.

There wasn’t any new message. She checked again to make sure. Her heart sank and she felt hollow.

It has become something of a daily ritual for Mary to read good morning text messages sent by her friend Tobi.

She met Tobi at the University Library about two years ago and they’ve been good friends since then. Their love for reading brought them together.

While Mary was brushing her teeth she remembered that Tobi had been absent-minded while she was teaching him some arithmetic the previous day. She also sensed that he wanted to tell her something. Tobi doesn’t speak much; he expresses himself more in writing.

A message came in while she was getting dressed and when she saw that it was from Tobi she became excited. She opened the text and started reading.

“Life would be so much easier if we could snap our fingers and get whatever we want. If only I’d seen it coming, I might have braced myself for the impact. But you know what they say ‘you can’t choose who you fall in love with, it just happens.’ I have been in love with you for sometime now but I’ve been trying my best to hide it and I must confess it hasn’t been a walk in the park. I’ve tried to summon the courage to tell you but I always chicken out at the last minute. I’ll like to know if you feel the same way? I’ll respect whatever answer you give me.”

A bright smile had lighted up her face before she finished reading. MARY decided that she will tell him her answer in person when they meet later that day.




“Everything works out for me.Generally it does anyway.My parents were inspired when they named me Grace”, Grace said with a sheepish smile on her face.She was talking with her friend Ada who was sitting beside her in her car.

They were on their way to greet a friend and they’ve been talking about the job interview they both attended three days earlier.Ada didn’t reply so Grace continued talking.

“If I don’t get the job, it means I’ll get a better job”.

“You can afford to say that because you have a rich boyfriend who showers you with gifts and money. I need that job”, Ada replied.

“Hmm!I broke up with the so called rich boyfriend yestaday.I was waiting for the right time to tell you”.

“Oh! I’m sorry for been insensitive. What happened?You guys were great…”.
Grace stepped on the break suddenly and swerved to the left while trying to avoid hitting a small boy.A jeep crashed into their car.

When Grace woke up from a coma they told her that Ada died on the spot of the accident.