Confessions of a Fat Girl 68: Hard Choice to Make!

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February 18th, 2010

I didn’t even bother asking Ogonna anything. The look on her face, when she walked up to where Ifeanyi and I sat talking, said it all. She has clearly made her choice. And besides, as my older sister, my 43 year old older sister, I didn’t think I had the right to question her for spending the night outside. So, I smiled politely, and excused myself. Walking away, I almost expected her to call me back, but she didn’t. Instead, she took my chair, and resumed an intimate conversation with Ifeanyi. You would think she hadn’t been with him for almost 24 hours already.

I sighted Akwaugo and Legachi talking to the caterers for tomorrow’s funeral, alongside Ogonna’s friends, Sochi and Amaka. Seeing Akwaugo immersed in preparations, and more so getting along with Legachi, filled my heart with joy and made me momentarily forget about Ogonna’s situation.

“So the old man finally let you out of his sight!” I teased her, whispering in her ear. “Na wa oh. Even me sef, I haven’t talked with him all night long. Wetin una dey discuss?!”

“My dear, we haven’t even finished sef! There is a whole lot we need to address!” she responded, before adding with a smile “But we’ve made progress!”

“Biko, enough with the whispering! You and Akwaugo haven’t changed! You have always been like 5 and 6!” Amaka teased.

When Legachi broke away to sort out some other issues, I turned to Sochi and Amaka. They had also attended the same secondary school with Ogonna and Ifeanyi, and maybe they could help us understand things a bit better.

“I want to ask you guys about Ifeanyi…” I began.

“Yes oh, Ifeanyi!” Sochi remarked, with a mischevious grin, looking in Ogonna and Ifeanyi’s direction. “I see he is already here!”

“The guy has remained glued to her like a leech! He claims he loves her, and that he wants to marry her…” I protested, before Akwaugo cut me in.

“Ihunna, I’m surprised you’re talking like this! It’s not today that Ifeanyi’s love started! Can’t you remember him from Uncle Osita’s house? That boy was die hard oh! His love for Ogonna na oriji!”

I gave Akwaugo a look that was half disgust and half…well, disgust.

“What are you even saying?!” I snapped, not wanting to add the obvious. Were we fighting for Chiemela, or were we trying to make a case for Ifeanyi?!

“Look, I have been here since Ogonna got here…” Amaka said, seriously. “And also since Ifeanyi re-emerged, and I can tell you one thing…that man is serious. He is not playing around here. I understand you are trying to protect the interest of the other guy…what’s his name again…your Uncle’s former neighbor…but, I tell you! Ifeanyi is a good man! Be rest assured that he will make her happy!”

“But the guy is so arrogant…and rude!” I protested.

“Biko, hapu that one! Leave story!” Sochi interjected. “If you know where that man is coming from, you won’t blame him! You can’t imagine the level of bullying he faced in school…not only for his small stature, but my dear, he was a hard-core village boy oh! His parents were farmers! I won’t lie, I think I even konked his head a few times! We showed him what they call pepper!”

“He might be arrogant…but he is kind! He might put up a show of over-assertiveness, but that man has a heart of gold! Do you know how many widows he is sponsoring, not only in his village, but in so many towns, this side of the Niger? Do you know how many scholarships he has given to underprivileged kids?” Amaka exclaimed, much to my surprise. I wasn’t aware of any of that.

“From what I hear, he can even give you the clothes off his back!” Sochi added, for emphasis. “And I heard that he treated his late wife like a queen!”

“Yes oh! I even heard that he still takes care of her family oh, ten years after her death!” Amaka continued.

“I heard he even built them a fantastic mansion in that their village!” Sochi added gleefully.

“E don do! You heard! You heard! You people will never change from this your tafia behavior!” Akwaugo laughed, hitting them playfully. I still couldn’t understand why she was so cavalier about the whole thing.

“You guys seem to know everything about him. But from what he just told me, he wasn’t in touch with any of you from school!” I said, arms crossed and brow raised.

Sochi and Amaka exchanged a glance. “Well, he’s correct. I don’t think any of us kept in touch with him.” Amaka admitted. “But, we all heard about how well he was doing. There’s nobody who can say that they didn’t hear about how he finished decimals short of a perfect 5 point score…a perfect 1st class! Or is it how he was a high flyer with Schlumberger? Or how great he is doing now? Anyone who says they haven’t heard about him, would be lying!”

“Besides, my husband’s sister is married to a cousin of his late wife!” Sochi added, for emphasis.

Before I could say anything, I spotted Chiemela disembarking from the taxi that brought him from his hotel. The other ladies also saw him, and I heard a deep sigh come from Amaka.

“Such a fine man! And so hardworking!” she remarked about Chiemela. “I know it’s a hard choice for Ogonna to make…but I think she has made the right one already!”

As Chiemela walked through the compound, we saw him look in Ogonna and Ifeanyi’s direction, we saw the pair look at him, and we saw Ogonna continue her discussion, unbothered.

Oh, she has most definitely made her decision.

Later that morning, I went to look for Chiemela, and found him chatting with my father and Marizu. He rose to his feet when he saw me, and walked towards my direction.

“Chiemela…I’m so sorry about Ogonna…” I pleaded in a whisper, so that my dad wouldn’t hear anything.

He shook his head and smiled. “Ihunna, please. I’m not mad. These things happen. You don’t always get what you want in life, and that’s okay! I’m glad I came. I hadn’t been back home in a number of years, and this gave me the opportunity to reconnect with home. So, it’s okay. I’m a big boy, I’ll be fine!”

I sighed. It was like I was the only one still holding on to the Chiemela dream.

“And Ifeanyi loves her. That I can’t deny. Probably not as much as I do, though!” he added, with a nervous laugh.

“Do you remember him from before?” I just had to ask.

“Of course! Little scrawny excuse of a boy.” his bitter laugh was an indicator that he might not be as accepting of the turn of events after all. “Thank God for him that he finally grew!”

With a deep sigh, I resigned myself to fate, and decided to just allow things unfold the way they already were. Chiemela has pretty much given up, Akwaugo doesn’t seem to care, and Ogonna is there acting like a love sick teenager.

Why will I be the one drinking panadol for her headache?! To each, their own, biko!

 

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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

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I feel really sad for Chiemela he deserves Ogonna. Ifeanyi already had a shot at marriage once. Anyways its Ogonna’s decision to make and I hope she doesnt regret it. If Chiemela had not urged her to come to Nigeria, where Ifeanyi for dey see her. I am already put off by Ifeanyi’s arrogance no matter his reason for it. Well I will just wait and see how it turned out.

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