The light was taken and I decided to sit
in front of the locked shop adjacent to
my hostel, so I can witness what’s going
on in the street. I was reading one of my
favorite books by John C Maxwell when
Uche came disturbing again.
Uche: What’s up supervisor
Me: Uche you miss road?
Uche: How do you mean?
Me: I heard you saying supervisor
Uche: that’s you now
Me: Confirmed, you are lost
Uche: Thanks for yesterday
Me: You are welcome. What brought you
Uche: We came visiting a friend at that
blue hostel. Why are you sitting alone?
Me: I love it that way
Uche: (She checked the book I was
reading) I don’t know what you people
see in this type of book you read
Me: Which kind do you suggest?
Uche: Who is suggesting book when
you can just watch movie or go partying
Me: Thank you. We’ll see on Monday, oh!
I mean we’ll see when we see.
Uche; Are you chasing me away? By the
way how was your date with Janet
Me: I never told you I was going out
with Janet, neither did I tell you I was
going on a date.
Uche: Anyway, I hope you know she’s
just using you
Me: How do you mean?
Uche: Well, for your information, Janet is
engaged for marriage though the guy is
currently out of the country.
Me: And how did you know that?
Uche: Hello! She was my friend. I’m sure
she’ll have told you I snatched her
Me: Did you?
Uche: It wasn’t snatching, she was just
playing the guy like you
Me: So you snatch the guy
Uche: I only told him the truth, I never
told him to love me
Me: Wao! Nice snatching excuse
Uche: I did not snatch him and don’t
think I’m trying to snatch you too.
Though it might be hard to say no if you
come asking
Me: really? Well, I’m not dating Janet, so
no snatching in this case.
Uche: So you are saying you like me
Me; You seems to be drunk, please let
me enjoy my book
Uche: That’s how you guys normally do,
you’ll soon come begging
Me: Accepted, till then bye.
Uche: I’ll like to invite you to my birthday
party next week Saturday at my hostel
Me: Happy birthday in advance, but I
don’t attend night party
Uche: I did not say night party. It’s 4pm
during the day
Me: Okay I’ll think about it
Uche: You’ll come. I’ll make sure of it.
Take care (She try to touch my cheek)
I don’t know what she meant by “I’ll
make sure of it”, waiting to see how
she’ll tie and bundle me down to her
party. Maybe she’s planning to use Janet
to lure me and if that’s the case, she just
entered one chance.
Later in the evening I received a text
message from Janet saying “baby I’m
missing you. Can you come over please?”
but I ignored the message. Funmi also
sent a message saying “thank you” for
the reception I gave her earlier and I
replied her message with “thank you for
coming over, I’ll love to see more of you
here and around me. Good night.” I put
a call through to Temmy but he was not
picking up so I decided to go to night
class alone. Truth is, I’ve been unease
since the time I saw those guys reading
by the library shed and that led to my
decision to start a full scale reading
towards the coming first semester
It was so surprising for me getting to
the hall and discovered there are many
people already engrossed in serious
reading. “So I’ve been watching away
my life in Game of Throne camouflage”.
The beautiful thing about night class at
this period of the semester is that, only
the serious minded ones are there to
read and not the other type of students
who come to night class to eat, drink
and meet friends.
I chose a lonely corner with bright white
light reflections, less distractions and sit
directly behind a lady fully covered in an
overall dress. I started reading around
8pm and was so focus dissecting
mechanics till around 11pm when the
lady sited in front of me knock my table
and said “I’m leaving”.
Me: Funmi! (Surprised). So you are the
one sited here all this while
Funmi: I saw you when you entered the
hall and even thought you were coming
to meet me here
Me: Honestly I did not know you were
the one. I only chose this place because
of the light. Since when have you been
coming here?
Funmi: I started last week, exam is closer
you know. I’ve been here since 7pm and
should have left before 10
Me: So why the extra hour?
Funmi: I was waiting for you
Me: Hmm. Do you come to this hall every
Funmi: Yes for now, till when the hall will
started getting rowdy.
Me: why can’t you read in your room?
You stay alone right?
Funmi: Yes I stay alone but my room was
never free of the girls. They are either
watching movie or just there to gist
which is why I do excused myself out to
Me: I get it. It’s late already, I can’t allow
you to go home all alone. Give me like 10
to 15min to finish up this part so we can
leave together.
Funmi: Alright, give me your phone, let
me be checking pictures.
I handed over the phone to her and
continue with my mechanics till I met my
target for the night. I followed her down
to her hostel and got back to my room
some minutes to 12 midnight. She called
me later to confirm if I’m home and we
chatted on Whatsapp till around 2am
before we called it quit. Night class
became our meeting point as I
reschedule my time so I can always get
there by 7pm for us to leave by 10 or at
most 11pm.
After neglecting numerous texts and
calls from Janet and refusing to go to
their hostel for 2 or 3 days, she stop
asking about me to my delight, as we
only see occasionally. Uche did try to use
Janet to lure me to her party by also
inviting Temmy and Rachael, but I still
refused to go. Besides, going to party
will mean missing my now usual
evening meeting with Funmi on the said
On Friday while I was seeing Funmi off,
back to her hostel from the night class,
she told me she won’t be coming to
read the following day.
Me: Why? Are you traveling?
Funmi: No, I’ll be going to a party in the
evening and will probably be tired after
Me: Oh, you like party that much?
Funmi: I do rock party a lot but I’m
trying to reduce it now.
Me: There is no way you can reduce it if
you are still keeping those friends of
Funmi: It’s not easy to let go of them
Me: You do bypass them to study at
night class
Funmi: That’s different. My social life is
built around my friends
Me: But you can bypass this very party
Funmi: The lady has been on my neck
over a month concerning the party. I”ll
love it if we can go together
Me: Thank you, I’ll pass.
Funmi: what will you be doing at that
Me: It’s Saturday, there are numerous
things to do
Funmi: Things like?
Me: Choir rehearsal, though I’ve received
a message saying it won’t hold
Funmi: So?
Me: New Premiership season has
started, I’ll go watch soccer.
Funmi: Who watch football over party?
Me: I do. Football is at the center of my
own social life. Outside it, my social life is
Funmi: Anyway, if you change your
mind, give me a call. I’ll come pick you.
Me: I don’t see that happening though,
but I’ve heard you.
The unimaginable happened on
Saturday by 4pm, the time Uche’s party
supposed to start. I received a call from
my supervisor dishing out instructions
in his usual manner without allowing
me to make any point.
Me: Hello sir
Supervisor: You this boy, where are you?
Me: Watching football sir
Supervisor: So it’s true you won’t be
coming to your colleague’s birthday
Me: Sir I’m not . . .
Supervisor: What kind of person are
you? I’m currently there and I want you
to meet me there immediately or you
lose 20marks
Me: Excuse me sir, this does not. . .
Supervisor: I am not arguing with you
boy. Just remember your scrotum is in
my hand (He terminates the call

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