Confessions of a Fat Girl 76: Nna Men!

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6th March, 2010

Before I start, I just want to give thanks for such a wonderful husband. I’m grateful that every night, before he goes to bed (he goes up earlier than I do), he kisses me goodnight, then checks to make sure the doors are locked. Then he comes back, and kisses me again. It makes a good day better, and melts away a craptacular day.

Ogonna’s flight was due to arrive in the afternoon, and for some reason, I was extremely nervous about seeing Ifeanyi again. JJ thinks it’s because I no longer have any reason to be nasty to him…and I think he’s right. With Chiemela out of the way, and a ring (albeit an engagement one) on Ogonna’s finger, the guy is pretty much my family member already. Darn it!

So, to while away time, I decided to try one of the many recipes in my folder that I haven’t tried, and chose to make fish cakes with a citrus, lettuce salad. I tried using flax meal, instead of breadcrumbs, in the fish cakes, but that was an epic fail. The fish cakes fell apart and turned into a fish scramble, but it was still very tasty. But the salad turned out divine! I used the zest of two oranges in the fish cakes, and the juice of one of the oranges (whisked with a bit of olive oil) for the salad dressing, and the segments from the other orange in the salad. I cut up a generous quantity of lettuce, and tossed it with sliced green onions, diced red pepper, the orange segments and a sprinkling of water leaves. The taste of this salad is both bitter and sweet, crunchy, refreshing and satisfying. And JJ and I enjoyed every bite of it. The kids decided to pass on this treat…but their loss, not mine!

I had just closed my eyes for a nap, when my children’s excited screams notified me that Aunty Ogonna was around. When I got downstairs, I couldn’t help but smile at the sight of her. She was positively glowing! Her natural afro hair had been braided with long, honey blond extensions, which accentuated her golden complexion, and the Ankara outfit she wore showed off all her curves. She might be on the cusp of 44, but she will give a woman in her 20s a run for her money any day! And from the smug smile on Ifeanyi’s face, I could tell he knew he had hit the jackpot.

“Congrats!” I said to my soon-to-be-brother-in-law, and he enveloped me in a hug.

“Your sister has made me the happiest man alive. She has made my deepest heart’s desire a reality!” he gushed.

Awww! Maybe he will grow on me after all.

As JJ and Ifeanyi watched the Manchester United versus Wolverhampton match, Ogonna and I sat in the kitchen to gossip. She showed me a picture of the wedding dress she has in mind, and we both ooohed and aaahed over it. It was more expensive than most, but with Mr. Money Bags in the picture, that shouldn’t be an issue. She has already scheduled her initial appointment at Kleinfeld Bridal for Monday the 15th of March, the day after she and Ifeanyi are due to arrive in the States, after a few days in England. But with Akwaugo still missing in action, my worry is that Ogonna could be alone for this appointment.

“She can’t even try it!” Ogonna retorted. “I don’t know what kind of busy Akwaugo is suddenly forming, but I will go to her apartment and bundle her with me, if it gets to that! It’s bad enough you won’t be there for the initial appointment, but I most surely won’t go without Akwaugo!”

It is very strange and uncharacteristic of Akwaugo…this recent behavior of hers. Anyway, I trust Ogonna to get to the bottom of it when she gets there.

“So, you’ll arrive New York on the…” she asked me.

“14th.” I responded. We reckoned it would make more sense to give one month for whatever adjustments her dress would require, so I will arrive just in time for her final fitting, and we will all come back to Nigeria together on the 21st. The traditional wedding is scheduled for April 29th, two days before the white wedding on the 1st of May.

“Can you believe it, Ihu?” Ogonna remarked, still looking star struck. “I’m actually getting married! Me!!! I had lost hope of it ever happening for me!”

I hugged her tearfully. It is still extremely emotional for me, and a dream come true! I have prayed for this for so many years, that now, it almost seems surreal.

“No regrets at all?” I couldn’t help but ask. “Especially about Chiemela…”

She laughed. “Not at all! Chiemela was just a crush…a blast from the past…”

“So is Ifeanyi…”

“True…but with Ifeanyi, it’s different. We were able to connect…on every level! Chiemela is a nice guy, but my heart is with Ifeanyi!”

And that was all I needed to hear.

When they were leaving, I insisted on driving behind them, to see where he was taking my sister to. Yes oh! He might be her fiancé, but this is still Naija! If he uses my sister for otokoto, what will I tell our father?! Ah, I had to see oh! My dear husband decided to drive with me.

“You are just a busy body! Admit it, you just want to see his house!” JJ teased, as we drove behind the Escourt Jeep that tailed Ifeanyi’s Range Rover.

“Of course not!” I protested, even though there was some truth in what my husband said. I was curious about seeing his house, no doubt, but I was also being protective of my sister.

We drove from Lekki to Victoria Island, to what was apparently the guest house for Ifeanyi’s company. Driving into the compound, I was enough impressed. Not bad at all!

JJ and I followed them up to Ifeanyi’s Penthouse apartment, and I have to admit that I was blown over by the impeccable taste with which the place had been decorated. I guess I had been using village eye to look at Ifeanyi all along, and was expecting some garish, money-miss-road, Igbotic, Nna-men kind of set up. This was anything but!

As nice as the place was, it still felt odd leaving Ogonna behind…with a stranger. I guess I just need to get used to the fact that this man is no longer a stranger, and obviously here to stay!

 

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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

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