The Devil Who Loved Me - Episode 2 TrendyVoice

4 May 2016

The Devil Who Loved Me - Episode 2





It was 9:30pm when I woke up from my sleep I
immediately remembered that I had to be at babis
for the fundraiser. The election was to hold in
6weeks time, though we had campaign posters all
over the campuses (mini and main); National was
having the upper hand. He had more financial
power than Abayomi.
Abayomi came from what I would describe as an
average family; his dad was a retired banker while
his mum was a civil servant. My dad ran 8 big
stores in Alaba international market. He dealt with
the importation of Samsung and sharp electronics.
My dad didn’t go to secondary school talk less of a
university. He came to Lagos immediately after the
Biafran war, worked as a sales boy for Mr koledowo
of blessed memory at idumota. Idumota was one
of the biggest markets in the 70’s. Things went
smoothly for a while until Mr koledowo’s wife died.
He never really recovered from the shock. He
himself died November 17th, 1979, leaving his
store to my dad. Shortly after his demise, his
family came to close the store leaving my dad with
nothing. My dad had made some friends with
some Ghanaians who were regular customers. Mr
Antwi allowed my dad stay with his family
provided that my dad worked for them for free. As
providence would have it, in 1983 the Ghanaians
were evicted from Nigeria. Though the government
of Nigeria said it was due to economic hardships,
my dad always maintained that it was a form of
retaliation. In 1969, Nigerians had been evicted
from Ghana. Once again, my dad inherited another
man’s store. Fast forward to 2007, my 47 year old
dad, Chief Dike was a millionaire; my mum was an
house wife.
I had supported the elections financially even more
than Abayomi, but it wasn’t enough. A lot of
freshers adorned tee-shirts with National’s
beaming smile on them. Even some girls in my
compound had theirs, disloyalty!
I wouldn’t have been able to get to babis on time if
I had boarded a taxi, I decided to meet John, my
neighbor who had a car and could easily drop me
off.
Me: john!
No reply…
I knocked his door but he didn’t open, I was forced
to peep through the window because I could hear
music from his one room apartment. Lying in bed
was John, with his naked albeit a G-string girlfriend
sprawled like an eagle beside him. Cans of sprite
and a bottle of Johnny walker were nearby.
I walked to Itamerin bus-stop to get a bike to
babis.
Babis was crowded when I got in, it was filled with
most of the club guys and girls unwinding from
the week long lectures. I skimmed the crowed until
I saw Abayomi seated with some people just by
the bar. I was squeezing myself for a way through
the crowd when a hand pulls me back. Turning
back I saw the slim body and apologetic smile of
Acho.
Acho: I thought you said you were staying indoors
tonight
Me: its really none of your business Acho
Acho: I see you have already forgotten about me
Me: you are kindha smart, now let go of my hand
some people are waiting for me.
Acho let go immediately, ‘yahooze’ by olu-
maintain was booming in the back-ground as a
couple of students flooded the park that stood as
the dance floor.
Acho: I will miss you
Me: I bet you will honey.
She continued walking to the area were Abayomi
sat. he didn’t see her as he continued arguing
fervently with somebody, she didn’t recognize the
person nor the other people sitting around the
table. It wasn’t long before Abayomi saw her and
screamed.
Abayomi: you can be very annoying!, we have
been here since 9pm, look at the time you are
coming
Me: Ab, is that how to talk to a lady, your mum did
a rotten job raising you
Abayomi: you papa left yansh!
Me: ishiewu
Abayomi: come and hug me jor
Me: body odour o….
I quickly scrutinized the people sitting around the
table. Dada was at the right hand side of Abayomi,
Kofo sat at his left with her fake lashes almost
covering her eyes, Uche was holding a bottle of
Gulder while Qudus sat at the corner. Seeing Uche
there left me with an uneasy feeling, he was one of
the boys that was feared in mini-campus where
most of the science students of the university
received their lectures. Those were the people I
recognized, the others were unknown, and maybe
they were from the main-campus.
Me: sorry I am late guys
Most people responded by saying don’t worry…its
aii…no p…except Uche..he just smiled that
wicked…no evil smile.
Uche was about 6’4, very big and hardly spoke.
With the clampdown on cult activities by the state
government, a lot of students were on the low-key,
many denied the different confraternities they
once flaunted, I couldn’t fix Uche in a group. I knew
he was a computer-science student though.
Abayomi: wetin you go drink madam?
Me: Gordon spark and asun
Abayomi: I said drink not drink and eat, I resemble
Acho
Me: oh sharraaaaaaap
After few pleasantries and drinks, we got down to
business.
Abayomi: Tana, we have two sponsors that really
want to invest in our campaign
Me: oh really…that’s nice..who are they?..
Abayomi: let me allow them speak for
themselves…Michaela let her hear you..
I Looked at Michael and remembered him also. He
was one of those geeks that had no money in 100L
and 200L, but with internet runs, him and his type
were all over the place. He still had bad dress
sense though, like most geology students did.
Michael: Tana, you are as beautiful as ever…
I almost puked..
Me: oh, thank you dear
Michael: I am glad we would be supporting your
campaign..
Me: the pleasure is all mine Mikolo
Michael: you too fine walahi!
Pretending to blush…buys can be dull mehnnn..
Me: Michael I am blushing, what do you have for
us?
Michael: going straight to the point, I like that in a
lady..you are…
Uche: Michael abi Mikolo you dey waste my time
oh, wetin dey worry you sef, you neva see woman
before?
I was both happy and uneasy..Michael seemed to
swallow saliva.
Michael: we want to support the movement with
500,000naira
Me: wow..thats nice..
In my mind I was thinking he was dumb, what if
we lost?..na gulf money be dat oh…come to think
of it, I really needed a gulf-car.
Abayomi: it’s really nice and I assure you people,
we will win.
Me: Michael, what do you want in return?
They always wanted something in return, some
wanted seats in the senate, others wanted
academic favours.
Michael: I want to be given the license to build the
only Cyber-café in the SUG complex.
Abayomi shot a quick look at me; he wanted to see
if I had a problem with it before I even spoke.
Me: That is huge Michael…
Abayomi: for 500,000 naira that is huge.
Michael: we would give the government 10% of
the monthly profit..
Me: that is risky Michael, 10% for how long, Till our
tenure is over?
Micheal: it will continue with your predecessors
Me: so they will collect 10% without having missed
a heartbeat?
Michael: aren’t you doing this for the good for all?
Me: 600,000naira Michael
A couple of students crowded Michael to whisper
into in his ears, I guess they were his advisers. He
smiled after a while..
Michael: my people and I agree only in the
condition that kofo is removed as campaign
manager.
I looked at Michael and couldn’t stop myself from
smiling.
Kofo: no way! Why do you want to do that…are you
interested in my position?
Abayomi was calm, I knew he didn’t want to
disappoint his side-chic at the same time we all
knew she wasn’t a good campaign manager..
Abayomi: why do you want her off?
Michael: she doesn’t represent what we want to be
associated with.
So yahoo boys get reputation too? I thought to
myself
Abayomi: And that is?
I laughed and was immediately burnt by Kofo’s
blazing eyes
Michael: let’s just say she is too cheerful and we
are serious people. And she has no experience for
the position.
Kofo: and who are you to decide that?
Abayomi: kofo, if you don’t have 600,000naira to
give us now, I suggest you calm down, we would
look for another position for you.
The respect I had for Abayomi quadrupled
immediately, kofo sank low..
Me: and do you have a candidate in mind to
replace her?
Michael: yes, we want somebody that is
experienced, that is loved by all…from main to
mini-campus, from ago-iwoye to ijebu-igbo..that
has won all the elections he served as campaign
manager for..
Me: and who is that?
Michael: we want Timi
I almost collapsed, out of everybody why
Timi?..After everything, almost changing school
because of him..
I wanted to talk but Abayomi spoke faster..
Abayomi: we agree, I will personally speak to him
Abayomi looked at me and smiled, this was his
own way of revenge for the kofo debacle, plus he
always liked Timi.
Michael: it’s a deal ladies and gentlemen.





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