Confessions of a Fat Girl 228: The Suitors

December 27, 2010

A wide grin broke on our father’s face, when I told him some people were downstairs, to see him about Legachi.

“Some people have come for Legachi? You don’t mean it!” the old man had exclaimed, happily donning a shirt, smiling like he’d won the lottery. “That will be the last of my daughters gone! Carol, am I not a lucky man?”

But Aunty Carol had been more discerning. “Legachi didn’t say anything about anyone coming to see us.”

“Woman, that’s not the way it’s done!” our dad had scoffed. “She’s not supposed to give us notice about something like this. It is meant to be a surprise.”

It took everything in me to conceal my disdain. Surprise indeed!

But apparently, I hadn’t concealed it well enough, as Aunty Carol threw a probing look my way. Realising that if I opened my mouth, what I would say would not only make my dad go right back to his bed, but would permanently kill the chance of any future conversation with our ‘august’ visitors, I pursed my lips and led the way downstairs.

Ahanna and his family all rose to their feet, when my dad entered the living room.

“Ndewo, Sir.” Afam, his older brother, said in deference, once they were seated. “Thank you for receiving us.”

Dad beamed like a cheshire cat. “I am glad to have you here. Ebee ka i si? Where are you people from?”

“Afikpo, Sir.” Afam answered.

“You are welcome!” Dad beamed, before casting accusatory looks the way of my sisters and I. “Why have they not been offered anything to drink?”

Ogonna and Akwaugo averted their eyes, and that further raised Aunty Carol’s antlers. The woman smelt a rat. “I’ll organise it.” she said, leaving the room.

“Sir, we know you are a busy man, and are preparing for your daughter’s wedding…” Afam began.

Dad nodded proudly. “Yes. Tomorrow.”

Afam smiled politely. “So, we will keep this brief, Sir. We have actually come to express our desire for your youngest daughter’s hand in marriage.”

Dad smiled, and looked around the room, trying to make out the intended groom. “You are very welcome. The young man interested in her didn’t come with you?”

Ahanna cleared his throat nervously. “I’m the one, Sir.”

A slight frown creased Dad’s face. “You? Are you not too old for her?!”

I stole a look at Ahanna, and the white kaftan he wore combined with the nervous look on his face, actually made him look older than his age by another 10 years!

“I’m 35 years old, Sir.” Ahanna stated, his voice quivering slightly.

Dad pondered it a brief moment, before shrugging. “I guess that’s fine.”

“Oh yes, Sir. There is only a 13-year age difference, which isn’t uncommon.” Afam said, jumping to his brother’s defence, before signalling to a member of their entourage, who brought out the drinks and kola they came with. “We are very eager to take her as our wife, and would love very much to get your blessings, Sir.”

“Would that be before or after you divorce your Japanese wife?” Akwaugo retorted, just as Aunty Carol walked into the room with a tray of drinks.

The statement landed on the gathering like a bomb in Hiroshima.

“Biko, kwuo ihe i kwuru ozo!” Dad said, after a pregnant pause. “Say what you just said again!”

Even though he was directing the question at Akwaugo, he was looking at me.

“Ahanna has a family in Japan.” I said. “A wife and three children. In fact, he and Legachi are no longer together. She broke up with him a few weeks before we came here.”

I felt bad for being the one to let the cat out of the bag, but knew we couldn’t continue the farce for longer.

Dad’s face clouded over, and a loud murmur broke in the room amongst our guests.

“Sir, it’s not like that. Ahanna is in the process of divorcing…” Afam pleaded, but was silenced by my father’s raised hand.

“Where is Legachi?” he asked, still looking at me.

“She went out, Daddy.” I said, casting a sympathetic look at Ahanna, who had his head bowed.

The look on Dad’s face was undecipherable, and as the room quietened, everyone sat in pensive anticipation of what he would say.

“I have no issue with you being a divorcee. After all, I also went to marry my late wife, Legachi’s mother, as one.” Dad said, surprising my sisters and I. “But if what I hear about her being uninterested is true, then aren’t we all just wasting our time here?”

Buoyed, Ahanna spoke up. “She is just reacting out of anger, Sir. But the truth is we love each other. She knows how much I want to marry her. She knows I will take care of her.”

Dad rose to his feet. “Well, I have to hear from my daughter first.”

Ahanna, Afam, and their relatives also rose to their feet. “Should we come back, Sir?” Afam asked.

Dad shrugged. “If you choose to.”

“Can we return on New Year’s day?” he pushed further.

“New Year’s day is fine.” Dad answered.

As Dad and the men shook hands, and exchanged pleasantries, my sisters and I stared at each other, stunned.

Our Dad was actually giving Legachi’s suitors audience!

 

Catch up on Ihunna’s story here:

  1. Confessions of a Fat Girl 1: Grubbido
  2. Confessions of a Fat Girl 2: Fragile
  3. Confessions of a Fat Girl 3: Defiant
  4. Confessions of a Fat Girl 4: Progress
  5. Confessions of a Fat Girl 5: The Gym
  6. Confessions of a Fat Girl 6: Killjoy
  7. Confessions of a Fat Girl 7: Pain
  8. Confessions of a Fat Girl 8: Frenemies
  9. Confessions of a Fat 9: Exhilarated
  10. Confessions of a Fat Girl 10: Popcorn
  11. Confessions of a Fat Girl 11: Free-Fall
  12. Confessions of a Fat Girl 12: Sunday Morning 
  13. Confessions of a Fat Girl 13: Mission Reactivated
  14. Confessions of a Fat Girl 14: New Things
  15. Confessions of a Fat girl 15: Bad Business
  16. Confessions of a Fat girl 16: Luxury Items
  17. Confessions of a Fat Girl 17: The Solution
  18. Confessions of a Fat Girl 18: Magic Formula
  19. Confessions of a Fat Girl 19: Date Night
  20. Confessions of a Fat Girl 20: Quinoa
  21. Confessions of a Fat Girl 21: Perfect Fit
  22. Confessions of Fat Girl 22: Keeping In Touch
  23. Confessions of Fat Girl 23: Delete
  24. Confessions of a Fat Girl 24: Philosophical
  25. Confessions of a Fat Girl 25: Keep it Moving
  26. Confessions of a Fat Girl 26: My Co-Wife
  27. Confessions of a Fat Girl 27: Old Jeans & Old Friends
  28. Confessions of a Fat Girl 28: Prawn Stir Fry
  29. Confessions of a Fat Girl 29: Facebook Tagging
  30. Confessions of a Fat Girl 30: Detox Part 2
  31. Confessions of a Fat Girl 31: Abs & Crunches
  32. Confessions of a Fat Girl 32: Making Notes
  33. Confessions of a Fat Girl 33: The Christmas Party
  34. Confessions of a Fat Girl 34: Ashiedu
  35. Confessions of a Fat Girl 35: Willpower
  36. Confessions of a Fat Girl 36: Packing…and TV
  37. Confessions of a Fat Girl 37: Last Minute
  38. Confessions of a Fat Girl 38: Body Image
  39. Confessions of a Fat Girl 39: Christmas Trip
  40. Confessions of a Fat Girl 40: Christmas In the Village
  41. Confessions of a Fat Girl 41: Daddy’s Girl
  42. Confessions of a Fat Girl 42: 2010
  43. Confessions of a Fat Girl 43: Uzoamaka
  44. Confessions of a Fat Girl 44: Sugar Binge
  45. Confessions of a Fat Girl 45: The E-mail
  46. Confessions of a Fat Girl 46: She whose name must not be repeated
  47. Confessions of a Fat Girl 47: Smokescreen
  48. Confessions of a Fat Girl 48: Running away
  49. Confessions of a Fat Girl 49: Fry-Up
  50. Confessions of a Fat Girl 50: The Only Solution
  51. Confessions of a Fat Girl 51: The Intervention
  52. Confessions of a Fat Girl 52: Tri-state Sister
  53. Confessions of a Fat Girl 53: Manhattan
  54. Confessions of a Fat Girl 54: Daddy’s Girls
  55. Confessions of a Fat Girl 55: Stunned Silence
  56. Confessions of a Fat Girl 56: Bereavement
  57. Confessions of a Fat Girl 58: Reconciliation
  58. Confessions of a Fat Girl 59: Staying Back
  59. Confessions of a Fat Girl 60: Friends & Marriage Proposals
  60. Confessions of a Fat Girl 61: Colourful and Happy
  61. Confessions of a Fat Girl 62: Sweet Potato and Chicken Salad
  62. Confessions of a Fat Girl 63: Miss Americana
  63. Confessions of a Fat Girl 64: Tragi-Romantic
  64. Confessions of a Fat Girl 65: Dead to me
  65. Confessions of a Fat Girl 66: Love Triangle
  66. Confessions of a Fat Girl 67: Forever my Lady!
  67. Confessions of a Fat Girl 68: Fight to the death
  68. Confessions of a Fat Girl 69: Hard choice to make
  69. Confessions of a Fat Girl 70: Back to reality
  70. Confessions of a Fat Girl 71: Life Reflections
  71. Confessions of a Fat Girl 72: Oatmeal, Blueberries & Banana Pancakes
  72. Confessions of a Fat Girl 73: The Engagement
  73. Confessions of a Fat Girl 74: Pillow Talk
  74. Confessions of a Fat Girl 75: Secretive Sister
  75. Confessions of a Fat Girl 76: Homemade Soup
  76. Confessions of a Fat Girl 77: Nna men!
  77. Confessions of a Fat Girl 78: Comfort Food…Healthy Food
  78. Confessions of a Fat Girl 79: Miracle Working God
  79. Confessions of a Fat Girl 80: Lumps, Bumps and Jiggles
  80. Confessions of a Fat Girl 81: Oyibo Boyfriend
  81. Confessions of a Fat Girl 82: Wedding Gowns
  82. Confessions of a Fat Girl 83: My New Friend 
  83. Confessions of a Fat Girl 84: Emotional versus Physical Hunger
  84. Confessions of a Fat Girl 85: Look like an Mgbeke
  85. Confessions of a Fat Girl 86: Food Cravings
  86. Confessions of a Fat Girl 87: Who am I?
  87. Confessions of a Fat Girl 88: Separation…Counseling…Divorce
  88. Confessions of a Fat Girl 89: A Man’s World
  89. Confessions of a Fat Girl 90: Envy, Weight and Love
  90. Confessions of a Fat Girl 91: Regret
  91. Confessions of a Fat Girl 92: Time to move on
  92. Confessions of a Fat Girl 93: Have some fruit
  93. Confessions of a Fat Girl 94: Family Easter
  94. Confessions of a Fat Girl 95: Sister Reunion
  95. Confessions of a Fat Girl 96: Perfect Fit; Perfect Surprise
  96. Confessions of a Fat Girl 97: The Love Story
  97. Confessions of a Fat Girl 98: Caught in the middle
  98. Confessions of a Fat Girl 99: Kisses…and Blood
  99. Confessions of a Fat Girl 100: Past…or Present Tense
  100. Confessions of a Fat Girl 101: Jewel
  101. Confessions of a Fat Girl 102: “Ill find you…and I’ll kill you”
  102. Confessions of a Fat Girl 103: Homecoming
  103. Confessions of a Fat Girl 104: Fever Pitch
  104. Confessions of a Fat Girl 105: Whodunit!
  105. Confessions of a Fat Girl 106: The Hypocrite
  106. Confessions of a Fat Girl 107: Message from Mom
  107. Confessions of a Fat Girl 108: Accountability and Responsibility
  108. Confessions of a Fat Girl 109: It’s for the best
  109. Confessions of a Fat Girl 110: Port Harcourt
  110. Confessions of a Fat Girl 111: While you were away
  111. Confessions of a Fat Girl 112: Planning…and a little bit of Salmon
  112. Confessions of a Fat Girl 113: Putting yourself first!
  113. Confessions of a Fat Girl 114: Fruit Crumble
  114. Confessions of a Fat Girl 115: Resting Heart Rate
  115. Confessions of a Fat Girl 116: Shishi, he no get!
  116. Confessions of a Fat Girl 117: The truth hurts
  117. Confessions of a Fat Girl 118: Veggie Burger
  118. Confessions of a Fat Girl 119: Weight Watchers Porn
  119. Confessions of a Fat Girl 120: The worst that can happen
  120. Confessions of a Fat Girl 121: Baby Daddy
  121. Confessions o a Fat Girl 122: Not a Player
  122. Confessions of a Fat Girl 123: Fat versus Fit Brain
  123. Confessions of a Fat Girl 124: Aunty Caroline
  124. Confessions of a Fat Girl 125: Delete his number
  125. Confessions of a Fat Girl 126: Meal Planning
  126. Confessions of a Fat Girl 127: Food Shopping
  127. Confessions of a Fat Girl 128: The Baby Bump
  128. Confessions of a Fat Girl 129: Cavorting, Prevention & Spunk
  129. Confessions of a Fat Girl 130: The secret is out
  130. Confessions of a Fat Girl 131: Postpone the inevitable
  131. Confessions of a Fat Girl 132: Queen of Wishful Thinking
  132. Confessions of a Fat Girl 133: Fat Prison
  133. Confessions of a Fat Girl 134: Some time away
  134. Confessions of a Fat Girl 135: Taking life too seriously
  135. Confessions of a Fat Girl 136: Is this really me?
  136. Confessions of a Fat Girl 137: Soothing
  137. Confessions of a Fat Girl 138: Welcome to the Real World
  138. Confessions of a Fat Girl 139: The Storm
  139. Confessions of a Fat Girl 140: Heads Up
  140. Confessions of a Fat Girl 141: Half-Year Check
  141. Confessions of a Fat Girl 142: Leave him for his wife
  142. Confessions of a Fat Girl 143: The Plan
  143. Confessions of a Fat Girl 144: Leave of Absence
  144. Confessions of a Fat Girl 145: A Convenient Life
  145. Confessions of a Fat Girl 146: Sensible Snacking
  146. Confessions of a Fat Girl 147: Choices
  147. Confessions of a Fat Girl 148: Probing Questions
  148. Confessions of a Fat Girl 149: Travel Arrangements
  149. Confessions of a Fat Girl 150: The best feeling ever!
  150. Confessions of a Fat Girl 151: Not happy
  151. Confessions of a Fat Girl 152: Still Married
  152. Confessions of a Fat Girl 153: Heartbreak
  153. Confessions of a Fat Girl 154: You complete me
  154. Confessions of a Fat Girl 155: Make it work
  155. Confessions of a Fat Girl 156: Love Weight
  156. Confessions of a Fat Girl 157: Pretty Girl
  157. Confessions of a Fat Girl 158: Juice Fast Prep
  158. Confessions of a Fat Girl 159: Better this way
  159. Confessions of a Fat Girl 160: Eat the doughnut!
  160. Confessions of a Fat Girl 161: The Stroke
  161. Confessions of a Fat Girl 162: The hardest part
  162. Confessions of a Fat Girl 163: Blame Game
  163. Confessions of a Fat Girl 164: Cerebral Affair
  164. Confessions of a Fat Girl 165: An Epiphany
  165. Confessions of a Fat Girl 166: Regret—Healing
  166. Confessions of a Fat Girl 167: The Old Man’s Talisman
  167. Confessions of a Fat Girl 168: Party in the mouth
  168. Confessions of a Fat Girl 169: The last piece of the puzzle
  169. Confessions of a Fat Girl 170: Ogonna’s Plan
  170. Confessions of a Fat Girl 171: Casual Bystander
  171. Confessions of a Fat Girl 172: My own two eyes
  172. Confessions of a Fat Girl 173: Leading Lady
  173. Confessions of a Fat Girl 174: Longtime Boyfriend
  174. Confessions of a Fat Girl 175: Bone Dry
  175. Confessions of a Fat Girl 176: Divorcing
  176. Confessions of a Fat Girl 177: Looking out for myself
  177. Confessions of a Fat Girl 178: Dispassionate
  178. Confessions of a Fat Girl 179: Making Amends
  179. Confessions of a Fat Girl 180: You showed your hands!
  180. Confessions of a Fat Girl 181: Winter Wonderland
  181. Confessions of a Fat Girl 182: Love conquers all
  182. Confessions of a Fat Girl 183: Business Head
  183. Confessions of a Fat Girl 184: This one won’t hurt
  184. Confessions of a Fat Girl 185: Risqué
  185. Confessions of a Fat Girl 186: Root Canal
  186. Confessions of a Fat Girl 187: No more excuses
  187. Confessions of a Fat Girl 188: Back on the wagon
  188. Confessions of a Fat Girl 189: Big Girls Club
  189. Confessions of a Fat Girl 190: Tired of being pregnant!
  190. Confessions of a Fat Girl 191: Beef Stroganoff
  191. Confessions of a Fat Girl 192: Scared…Excited
  192. Confessions of a Fat Girl 193: An Older Man
  193. Confessions of a Fat Girl 194: Futility
  194. Confessions of a Fat Girl 195: Fluke Pregnancy
  195. Confessions of a Fat Girl 196: Naïve
  196. Confessions of a Fat Girl 197: Nowhere to hide
  197. Confessions of a Fat Girl 198: The Snob
  198. Confessions of a Fat Girl 199: Sweet Freedom
  199. Confessions of a Fat Girl 200: The Bribe
  200. Confessions of a Fat Girl 201: Humour Transplant
  201. Confessions of a Fat Girl 202: The Pressure
  202. Confessions of a Fat Girl 203: Tame the Beast
  203. Confessions of a Fat Girl 204: Underaged Birthday Boo
  204. Confessions of a Fat Girl 205: Blame it on the attitude!
  205. Confessions of a Fat Girl 206: The Gown…The Groom
  206. Confessions of a Fat Girl 207: Aborted Appointment
  207. Confessions of a Fat Girl 208: Sugar Fix
  208. Confessions of a Fat Girl 209: Residual Bleeding
  209. Confessions of a Fat Girl 210: Catching Feelings
  210. Confessions of a Fat Girl 211: Thanksgiving
  211. Confessions of a Fat Girl 212: Wonder Woman
  212. Confessions of a Fat Girl 213: Frenzied
  213. Confessions of a Fat Girl 214: More than words
  214. Confessions of a Fat Girl 215: Lost Virginity
  215. Confessions of a Fat Girl 216: Age & Japan
  216. Confessions of a Fat Girl 217: Made in Japan
  217. Confessions of a Fat Girl 218: Generational Curse
  218. Confessions of a Fat Girl 219: Logged Out
  219. Confessions of a Fat Girl 220: Whole 30
  220. Confessions of a Fat Girl 221: Christmas Regret
  221. Confessions of a Fat Girl 222: Yoruba Boys
  222. Confessions of a Fat Girl 223: A Complex Life
  223. Confessions of a Fat Girl 224: Wedding Planning
  224. Confessions of a Fat Girl 225: What a difference a year makes!
  225. Confessions of a Fat Girl 226: Christmas without her
  226. Confessions of a Fat Girl 227: In-Law by force

Comments

  1. Omo Ntadi

    Ok now! I’m eagerly waiting for the next episode. 😀

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