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September 8, 2019 at 10:35 am #1338410
*ACCIDENTAL MARRIAGE – Part 1*
A Story Written By Ayodele Adeoye
Tosin dropped out of school at SSS 2 because she couldn’t concentrate on her studies. Twice she has been given probation for poor performance. She became extremely engrossed with her romantic relationship with David, David was the first guy in her life. David was the man who deflowered her while she was 13. Their souls became knitted and inseparable. Severally her school had been changed to detach them but all to no avail. Her parents sent her to her uncle in Ile Ife just to take her out of David’s reach but she fell sick and almost lost her life. All she kept chorusing on her sick bed was “TAKE ME TO DAVID AND I WILL GET WELL”
“We will not take you to David, if you want to die, die!’ Her uncle replied back. But her ailment deteriorated so badly that the doctors became helpless. The doctors advised they take her for prayers as they had exhausted all medical assistance. I need no prayer or any specialist, take me to David and I will be whole, she said. David on his own part had since became a shadow of himself after they took his love away from him.
‘This is pure infatuation and not love.’ David’s father said to his son after he stopped being active. David could go a day without talking to anybody. He could stay indoor for days without food. ‘You will kill yourself because of a girl and after you are gone she will have 10 men.’ his father advised him. ‘You are still a young boy who ought to give attention to his studies and not a girl. When you become a graduate, there will be too many girls around. You can even marry an Oyinbo girl if you become successful in life.’ These and more were the words of his father. ‘If you don’t leave that girl’s thought and concentrate on your studies and future, I will disown you.’ His father said. ‘Daddy, if you truly love me, let me be with my love, I will never be fulfilled without Tosin. Tosin’s voice heals my pains, her presence brings peace to my soul.’ ‘But you are still a boy and you know nothing about love.’ His father replied.
All David ever does and does well is writing love poems. Every writeable items in his room has an inscription of love and romance. He could write love statements and nuggets on the table, bedside, calendars, curtain, ceiling fan etc. All attempts to change Tosin’s and David’s perspectives of love failed.
A wise man in Tosin’s town advised her father to let the two love birds be married to each other in other to avoid losing them. ‘Over my dead body.’ Tosin’s father said. ‘I will never give my daughter’s hand in marriage to that idiot who aborted her dream of becoming a medical doctor. I rather lose her than give her out to him in marriage. She’s too young and immature to be married.’
Years later Tosin’s father had spoken to his friend whose son just came back from the US after his master’s degree about how he will want him to marry his daughter. ‘I better give her to your son free than allow that useless boy destroy her life.’ Within a month, wedding plans were arranged between Tosin’s father and his friend. ‘Tosin, your husband-to-be and his people will be coming to see you next week.’ Mr Adeleke told his daughter. ‘Daddy, you mean David and his people?’ ‘If I hear you mention that name here again, I will baptize you with a dirty slap. Who is talking about a boy who has no future? I am talking about Ola, a real man with bright future. Someone who has first and second degree.’ ‘Daddy, are they coming to marry me or you? If I don’t marry David, I will never marry any other man.’
The story just began. You think you can predict what happened next, let’s see…..Please we need your comments to encourage our writers. We now have 95% ghost readers.September 8, 2019 at 11:57 am #1338425Daniel EdemMember
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Like sirousy. I, love the startSeptember 8, 2019 at 6:13 pm #1338511Agu AmimuMember
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Good StartSeptember 9, 2019 at 6:18 am #1338569
*ACCIDENTAL MARRIAGE – Part 2*
Tosin’s wedding day with Ola was fixed without her consent. Plans were ongoing as she was made to do all the family’s biddings against her wish. ‘I am your father and you must obey me or else Ephesians 6:1-3 will not be your portion; Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.  Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)  That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.’ Mr Adeleke quoted. ‘But daddy did you read verse 4? That says “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”
‘If you don’t obey me, it won’t be well with you neither will you live long on earth. I did not disobey my father on the choice of your mother, so you can’t disobey me. When I married your mother, I didn’t even see her until our traditional wedding day. It was my father and mother who saw her, talked to her parents and did all the traditional rites on my behalf and today we are still together after 27 years.’
15th November was fixed for her wedding. The traditional was to take place by 7am, followed by the church wedding, both on the same day. Everything went on smoothly all on Friday as guests arrived from all over to grace the wedding ceremony. Cooking, music, eating and felicitations made up the day. The church wedding was to take place at First Baptist Church by 10am prompt.
By 9:30am, the church hall was filled to capacity as guests were all seated waiting for the arrival of the bride and the groom. At 10am, the wedding started with solemnization proceedings but the bride was yet to arrive. Tosin’s father became tensed up as he turned at every shortest interval in expectation of the arrival of his daughter. The agitation in the hall became contagious as everybody started looking worried. Where is the bride? The officiating minister asked. This is 11 and the bride is not here yet, this is an act of dishonour to God and the council of elders seated, the officiating minister said pointing to the direction of the groom and the father of the bride. ‘I give you 20 minutes grace, if your bride is not here, myself and the elders will leave this place.’
Everybody knew Rev John that he will carry out his threat. Half of the guests rushed out to make calls and brainstorm on how to get the bride in. Meanwhile the groom couldn’t leave his seat until they are joined. All attempt to get the bride failed. Tosin was nowhere to be found.
10 minutes later Rev John collected the microphone to announce “10 more minutes”. Ola became really worried, sweating profusely and uncontrollably under a well ventilated hall. Everyone who went in search of Tosin came back with no report of her whereabouts. Nobody suspected this on Friday and while the traditional wedding took place in the morning because Tosin played along. At about 5 minutes to Rev John’s ultimatum someone whispered to Ola “she just called now and she said you can be joined with her father. As for me I am with David my love. On hearing this, Ola composed himself as against the thought of his guests.”
“Your grace time is over,” Rev John came to announce. “It’s obvious this wedding cannot hold again”, he said as he carried his bible to start leaving. Ola beckoned on the Reverend, “excuse me sir let’s continue with the wedding solemnization”. Rev John looked at him strangely and asked “with who will you be joined?” Immediately Ola turned to Tosin’s chief bride maid “will you marry me?” Yes I will marry you”, she replied. “Reverend please join me and Antonia together as husband and wife.” The Reverend dropped his bible in confusion as he gazed at the congregation. Who is the man giving this lady’s hand in marriage? The Reverend asked the congregation.
A lot happened thereafter. Stay tuned for part 3 to unfold all that happened next….September 9, 2019 at 12:30 pm #1338607Agu AmimuMember
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woo ola asking bride maid .September 10, 2019 at 4:48 am #1338679
*ACCIDENTAL MARRIAGE – Part 3*
There was commotion in the hall because nobody showed up to give Antonia’s hand in marriage. Rev John also will not join them together without the consent of the bride’s family. On the other hand Mr Adeleke was ranting “you can’t join them together, he belong to my daughter”. While the commotion was on, Antonia excused herself to call her uncle who lives close to the church. Sir I have found a man I want to marry and he’s at the altar with me right now but the Reverend will not join us until someone in the family give my hand out. Sir, I will explain the details of my accidental, sorry coincidental marriage to you later. Please just come to first Baptist Church and stand in for the family before I miss this opportunity. Antonia’s uncle replied, But……. She cut him short, no but sir, just trust my judgment. You have to be here in 10 minutes sir.
In no time, Antonia’s uncle arrived. I am the representative of the bride’s family and I am here to willingly give our daughter’s hand in marriage to……. Of course he doesn’t know the name of the groom. The Reverend ask him some few questions and asked him to take her right hand and hand it over to him in the face of all the guests and cameras. Please don’t be quick to leave her hand. This will be my evidence in case of any litigation. He ordered the camera men to take more shots while he collect her hand from her uncle.
The Reverend picked up his minister handbook and proclaimed “I, Rev John Apilo as the servant of the most high God hereby join you Ola and Antonia as man and wife today in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy spirit. Amen”. And there was a low cheer from the congregation amidst mixed feelings. The whole church became divided into two factions; those who think it was not right for the Reverend to have join Ola and Antonia together and those who think it serve Tosin well.
Immediately guests had formed small small groups. How can a man marry without paying dowry? Why would Antonia take her friend’s man just like that? This is not the attribute of a good friend. A man who already paid bride price to Tosin’s father now married to Antonia, Tosin’s best lady. Different groups with different debate over Ola’s marriage with Antonia.
Ola has just married a woman he never had a day courtship with. A woman he knows nothing about. Ola became second Adam who found his wife the same day of his marriage. Adam and Ola are two men who didn’t pay dowry yet married. It was like a case of a man who has a cap but has no head to wear it on and the other who has head but has no cap to wear on it. Everything was strange and unusual about Ola and Antonia wedding as all their guests waited tirelessly for the announcement of the reception party. Lo and behold there was no reception party. Ola has ordered the groom’s driver to drive them straight to an unknown hotel immediately after the wedding.
After a long waiting everybody dispatched and went on their ways. Food and drinks were in surplus because most guests never waited to taste anything. Tosin’s family members, relations, friends and well wishers left the wedding venue in annoyance. Tosin’s mother could not hold her tears for shame and disappointment.
Do you think doing everything possible to be with the person you love is a way of showing your love to your lover? Will you justify Tosin’s attitude?
Do you think Tosin’s father should have allowed his daughter be with David?
Do you think Ola was a smart guy? Can you do what he did?
If you were Antonia will you accept Ola’s proposal on the wedding of your friend?
Part 4 coming later tomorrow..
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