Confessions of a Fat Girl 103: Fever Pitch

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30th April, 2010

What a week this has been!

From the minute we got to the house last week Friday, Ogonna’s friends, Sochi and Amaka, had been patiently waiting, and hadn’t even allowed us set down our bags, before bundling us off to the reception venue. When we got there, Ogonna had almost had a heart attack. Even I was a bit disappointed by the look and size of the hall. It took a lot of convincing to get her to believe that the decorator would transform the hall into something better in line with her expectations.

The decorator nko? When she came to the house this evening, she and Akwaugo almost came to blows, when Akwaugo found out the woman was barely giving Ogonna any price concessions, despite the fact that she, the bride, had bought most of her lights and centre pieces herself. Akwaugo was furious that we had allowed the decorator hoodwink us into a cut-throat fee, and I had to restrain myself from reminding her that, if she hadn’t been missing in action and had gotten involved in the process earlier, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. It wasn’t until she threatened to cancel the part of the deal that would see the decorator inheriting the items after the ceremony, that the woman finally agreed to give us a more commensurate discount.

And that’s how the days leading to the ceremonies were spent, last minute dashes, last minute changes. Thankfully, Ogonna had insisted on tasting a sample of the wedding cake, and we had all almost thrown up. Not only did it look awful, and nothing like a fruit cake, it was so dry and coarse, it felt like one had a mouthful of sand in their mouth. That’s how one call was made to another, who made a call to another, who introduced us to a German lady in Owerri, who agreed to make the wedding cake, 4 days to the day. Granted, we would have to forget about a fruit cake, but if the sponge cakes we sampled were anything to go by, that was a sacrifice we were happy to make.

But at the end of each day, after all the running around, whenever Ifeanyi came by the house, seeing him and Ogonna brought joy to my heart. Looking at them, without bias this time, made me clearly see the depth of the love they have for each other. It was almost inconceivable to think that, only 2 weeks ago, Ogonna had almost gone crazy about Chiemela and Akwaugo. There was no question at all who had her heart…and it wasn’t the Americana Wall Street Banker, but this Yul Edochie look alike here in Nigeria.

And Ifeanyi’s sons?! Oh my goodness! I fell head over heels in love with them, and doffed my hat to the parents who had raised such fine, well-behaved young men. Extremely courteous, well-mannered, pleasant, friendly…they weren’t anything like I had expected them to be. But the best part was how they related with Ogonna. My heart warmed when I realized they have already taken to calling her ‘Mom’. I truly pray that their wonderful relationship can stand the test of time.

Ifeanyi. He has really surprised me, I won’t lie! Gone is the arrogant, stuck-up man from February, and in his place is a man who rolls up his sleeves, and gets things done. He still dresses inappropriately expensively (imagine helping to set up canopies in the compound, wearing Gucci slippers), but at least we now know that his heart is in the right place.

On Tuesday evening, Chidera arrived, and thankfully, it was nothing like February, but more like how it usually is when the 4 of us are together. Legachi made a great 5th addition, as we’d laughed and gisted into the night. And having an extra person on ground was extremely helpful indeed!

By Wednesday, my JJ, our kids, and Chidera’s kids, arrived, along with Susan, and a few of Ogonna’s friends from the States. Things were at fever pitch for the traditional wedding the next day, which turned out to exceed all of our expectations. Even though we had made provision for a lot of people, the crowd that showed up completely blew my mind. I thought it would be a small, intimate affair, especially as it was holding in my father’s compound, and also that most people would prefer to attend the Church wedding on Saturday. But for where?! Everybody showed up for Ogonna! It was like the whole of Enugu…and Port Harcourt too, from the look of things…was gathered in our compound! Ifeanyi’s friends and family did not let their man down either. Thank God Ogonna’s friend, Amaka, had the foresight to engage multiple caterers, despite our arguments. We would have been royally screwed if we’d gone with our original 1-caterer arrangement.

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My sister looked so beautiful, in all of her outfits, and Ifeanyi looked like a man who had won the lottery. All 3 lace outfits she wore belonged to our late Mom. Ogonna had refused to get anything new, and had instead chosen to modify some of the things Mom left her, but which have been sitting in storage all these years. The outfits looked anything but dated, and seeing her in my Mom’s dazzling turquoise lace blouse, or the fiery red George wrapper, was very emotional for those of us who knew my Mom. It was a reminder that our Mom had once been a feisty woman, who loved life, until depression and sorrow had gotten the better of her.

Chiemela had arrived late Thursday evening, and had been surprised to see that the party was still on, at almost midnight. Nobody was ready to go home! He and Ifeanyi had exchanged a heartfelt man hug, and, for the first time, I could see genuine cordiality and mutual respect between the men.

To obey our tradition, Ogonna followed her new husband home, with the stern instruction, from my Dad, to be returned home the next day, Friday. Left to my father, she wouldn’t have followed him anywhere before the ‘real’ wedding on Saturday, but he’d had to concede defeat.

“What a day!!!” Akwaugo exclaimed, plopping herself heavily on the bed.

Chiemela had left for the same hotel JJ and the kids were lodged at, leaving Akwaugo, Chidera, and I alone in the room we’d shared with Ogonna and Legachi, over the past few days. Chidera and Legachi were assisting with the last-minute clean-up, but Akwaugo and I were exhausted!

“But it was a wonderful day! Did you see all those people?!” I exclaimed, still amazed by what I’d seen.

“I didn’t expect anything less oh!” Akwaugo said, rummaging through the dustbin. “You know how popular your sister has always been!”

“What are you looking for?” I asked, suddenly noticing that my sister had her hands elbow deep in the dustbin in our room.

“I can’t find one of my earrings,” she mumbled in response. “The pair I wore yesterday. They were a gift from Zara, and I dare not go back to New York without…” her voice trailed off.

“Have you found it?” I asked, looking in her direction, only to see her holding something that clearly wasn’t an earring.

“Chineke!” I exclaimed. “Is that…”

“A positive pregnancy test!” Akwaugo exclaimed back. “I take it it’s not yours then?”

“No!” I shrieked.

“Well, it’s not mine either!” Akwaugo answered.

“Could it be…?” I began.

“Ogonna’s?” Akwaugo exclaimed, a wide smile on her face.

“Or…Legachi’s?” I said, which wiped the smile off Akwaugo’s face.

The truth is, it could have been anyone’s…and we had no idea whose…

 

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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 Girl 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 a Fat Girl 22: Keeping In Touch
  23. Confessions of a 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: 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 Sisters
  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 57: The Reconciliation
  58. Confessions of a Fat Girl 58: Staying Back
  59. Confessions of a Fat Girl 59: Friends & Marriage Proposals
  60. Confessions of a Fat Girl 60: Colourful and Happy
  61. Confessions of a Fat Girl 61: Sweet Potato & Chicken Salad
  62. Confessions of a Fat Girl 62: Miss Amerikana
  63. Confessions of a Fat Girl 63: Tragi-Romantic
  64. Confessions of a Fat Girl 64: Dead to me
  65. Confessions of a Fat Girl 65: Love Triangle
  66. Confessions of a Fat Girl 66: Forever my lady
  67. Confessions of a Fat Girl 67: Fight to the death
  68. Confessions of a Fat Girl 68: Hard choice to make
  69. Confessions of a Fat Girl 69: Back to reality
  70. Confessions of a Fat Girl 70: Life Reflections
  71. Confessions of a Fat Girl 71: Oatmeal, Blueberry & Banana Pancakes
  72. Confessions of a Fat Girl 72: The Engagement
  73. Confessions of a Fat Girl 73: Pillow Talk
  74. Confessions of a Fat Girl 74: Secretive Sister
  75. Confessions of a Fat Girl 75: Homemade Soup
  76. Confessions of a Fat Girl 76: Nna Men!
  77. Confessions of a Fat Girl 77: Comfort Food…Healthy Food
  78. Confessions of a Fat Girl 78: Miracle Working God
  79. Confessions of a Fat Girl 79: Lumps, Bumps and Jiggles
  80. Confessions of a Fat Girl 80: Oyibo Boyfriend
  81. Confessions of a Fat Girl 81: Wedding Gowns 
  82. Confessions of a Fat Girl 82: My New Friend
  83. Confessions of a Fat Girl 83: Emotional vs Physical Hunger
  84. Confessions of a Fat Girl 84: Look like an Mgbeke
  85. Confessions of a Fat Girl 85: Food Cravings
  86. Confessions of a Fat Girl 86: Who am I?
  87. Confessions of a Fat Girl 87: Separation, Counselling…Divorce
  88. Confessions of a Fat Girl 88: A Man’s World
  89. Confessions of a Fat Girl 89: Envy, Weight and Love!
  90. Confessions of a Fat Girl 90: Regret
  91. Confessions of a Fat Girl 91: Time to move on
  92. Confessions of a Fat Girl 92: Have some fruit!
  93. Confessions of a Fat Girl 93: Family Easter
  94. Confessions of a Fat Girl 94: Sister Reunion
  95. Confessions of a Fat Girl 95: Perfect Fit; Perfect Surprise
  96. Confessions of a Fat Girl 96: The Love Story
  97. Confessions of a Fat Girl 97: Caught in the middle
  98. Confessions of a Fat Girl 98: Kisses…and Blood
  99. Confessions of a Fat Girl 99: Past…or Present Tense
  100. Confessions of a Fat Girl 100: Jewel
  101. Confessions of a Fat Girl 101: “Ill find you…and I’ll kill you”
  102. Confessions of a Fat Girl 102: Homecoming

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