Confessions of a Fat Girl 60: Colourful and Happy!

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February 9th, 2010

“Hei hei! You people won’t kill me!” Akwaugo exclaimed in something in between amusement and wonder. “You left Ogonna where???!!!”

“She said she wanted to stay with Dad…”

“Ogonna???!!! The same Ogonna???!! Stay with a man she hates with a passion??!” Akwaugo exclaimed.

“Hate is not the emotion I would use to describe their relationship now.” I responded.

“No wonder the two of you refused to take my calls!” Akwaugo remarked. “All those excuses of poor network were just to cover up what you were both really up to!”

“What do you mean ‘really up to’?! We said we were going to visit the man, did you expect us to get there, and keep him at a distance!” I exclaimed, tired of all Akwaugo’s negativity. “Look, Ogonna is there by her own will! She decided to stay behind, and frankly, I also wish I was able to do the same!”

“But how could you leave her there, all alone, Ihunna?!” Akwaugo moaned.

I laughed. “Babe, check her Facebook page!”

“Chineke!” Akwaugo exclaimed, after a few minutes of clicking on her tablet. “She announced that she’s in town? And the post has 500 likes And 128 comments??!”

Before I could even tell her about the daily influx of visitors, she let out another shriek. “Who are all these people? Who bought ankara for Ogonna to wear?!”

I didn’t even know pictures had been uploaded as well. I quickly reached for my own device, and a big smile spread on my face, when I pulled up her page. There were dozens of pictures of her with her friends, all of them looking colourful and happy. I even appeared in one of them, and was pleasantly surprised to see it had been one of me laughing hysterically at one of their jokes, with a broom in my hand.

“You both look like you had a lot of fun.” Akwaugo said, her voice flat.

“Ogonna’s friends made all the difference! Ugo, you should have seen it! So many of them showed up…and not just once, but every day! Her friends from secondary school, UNN…”

“Okay, okay! I get the picture.” Akwaugo cut in. Ooops. Was that envy I sensed?!

“I remember this guy. Is this not Ifeanyi, her former classmate?!” Akwaugo remarked, over the most recently posted picture. It was one of Ogonna sitting opposite Ifeanyi, with a coy smile on her face, and Ifeanyi leaning in, in what seemed like an intense conversation. Neither of them had been aware of the photographer, and it sure looked like a very intense picture indeed. Too intense for Ogonna to have posted herself…and I was right, as she had been tagged in the picture, just this morning. She probably wasn’t aware that it was on Facebook.

“Odiegwu! I wonder what Chiemela will say if he sees this kin love in Tokyo picture!” Akwaugo remarked sarcastically. “Please, try to keep an eye on your sister, inugo?! I don’t have money to pay anybody’s ransom!”

I rolled my eyes after she hung up. Her shoes alone could pay my own ransom.

After the conversation, I went to the bathroom, and got on my scale. 103kg. Well, at least being in the East has helped me drop 2kg.

I lost my nerve to go to the gym, so I decided to use one of my work out videos instead. It was one of the high intensity ones, and by the time I was done, 30 minutes later, I was sweating like a pig!

After a shower, I called my sister-in-law, and new business partner, Ezioma, to apologise.

“What are you apologizing for?” she exclaimed. “Babe, you are my sister. And what hurts you hurts me! I knew you needed that time off, and I’m also so sorry about your step mother! I can’t believe that fine woman, who was looking so healthy when she came with your Dad, is dead!”

“My dear, na so oh!” I answered. “But tell me how I can help! There must be something I can do to help with the packages?”

“Ihu, don’t just worry yourself. I packed them the day after I returned from London. All the hampers are good and ready to go!” she answered.

“Chei! What kind of business partner have I been oh?! I didn’t follow you to buy, I didn’t follow you to pack, I didn’t even follow you to market them!” I lamented.

“Babe, your money dey inside na! You dey, full ground! Don’t worry!” she assured me. “And who says you didn’t follow me to market?! My friend, from tomorrow, you better get ready oh! We’re hitting the offices to sell our hampers!”

“I thought you said most of them had already been booked!” I exclaimed.

“Yes…about 70% of them have been paid for…and, thankfully, mainly the high end ones. I had a little more cash, and decided to buy some bargain items, to put together some lower range, more affordable hampers. Those are the ones we need to get off our hands.”

“Wow! I’m impressed, Ezi!”

“Stick with me, kid! We’re going places!” Ezioma answered, in her best Godfather imitation.

Smiling, I had absolutely no doubt in my mind.

Though it started rough, 2010 is already looking to be a great year indeed!

 

 

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

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