The pictures were black and white with Little Will and Debby snapped together in most places. There was a family picture there where my mum, my step-dad (my Uncle), Debby and I were snapped together as a family. Debby was still very young in the picture as she was been carried by mum.
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This clearly shows Uncle Ben has been keeping tab on us since I was a kid. Another case scenario was that Uncle Ben was in touch with my stepfather before his demise and that would mean my step father was not totally open to my mum about the where about of his brothers or maybe mum was the one that did not divulge the whole truth to me. The positive side to the whole story is I at least have somebody from my father’s side caring for me.
Me: Aunty Joy also gave me some revelations today
Temmy: Who is Aunty Joy?
Me: The Director
Temmy: Oh, you call her that now?
Me: She won’t let me otherwise
Temmy: What did she tell you about uncle Ben and why is he having your pictures?
Me: Uncle Ben happens to be my real uncle
Me: Yeah. He’s the third brother of my father.
Temmy: Mehn; that explains Daddy Orire’s role
Me: I think Uncle Ben was the one asking Daddy Orire to be doing what he did
Temmy: What are you going to do now?
Me: I don’t think he has realized that I now know. So I’ll keep it that way, besides. I’ll love to hear more from Aunty Joy.
Temmy: How much do you think she knows?
Me: Enough to clear my head I guess.
Temmy: Will you tell mum?
Me: I’m not telling anybody for now, not even Aramide, not until I’m able to prove and ascertain the truth.
Temmy: That’s better; they might push you too much
Me: Exactly, I want it revealed slowly.
Temmy: Should i return these pictures?
Me: Where exactly did you find them?
Temmy: They are well kept in a folder in the old store.
Me: He might look for them later. Let’s snap and return it back.
Temmy: That’s a good idea.
We snapped the pictures and returned them back to the old store. While coming back, we saw uncle Ben and Aunty Joy driving out of the compound in Aunty Joy’s car. I believed they were going for their date and I wondered what Aunty Joy needs my help for since they are back together.
Temmy: In another news, Rachael is coming here.
Me: Wao! That’s cool, where is she coming?
Me: Oh, why is she just saying it now or should I say why are you just saying it now?
Temmy: She’s been saying it before but she just told me she’ll be coming tomorrow this morning.
Me: I guess they are on holiday
Temmy: No, they just resume back from long term holiday but the workers in the state are now on strike.
Me: Oh! What will she do about CDS?
Temmy: She serves in a highly remote place far from the city, they don’t do no CDS.
Me: That’s cool. We’ll have to arrange that room for her.
Temmy: Yeah. So how do we celebrate your birthday?
Me: Even you? Common it’s next month and I’m not celebrating it.
Temmy: Tell that to Funmi
Me: She called you?
Temmy: She’s wishing you can come to Lagos to celebrate it.
Me: She didn’t tell me that
Temmy: She wanted me to persuade you first.
Me: What did you tell her?
Temmy: I told her I’ll try and I’ve done that (we both laughed)
We both clean and arrange one of the two remaining rooms, waiting for Rachael to come the following day. After cleaning up, we sat down in the sitting room to watch Champions league matches. It was the last set of games for the group stage. As we were watching, Aunty Joy sent me a text message to check my whatsapp. I checked the whatsapp message and saw the pictures of herself and Uncle Ben. They were both happy and having fun with what I saw in the picture to which I replied with “Thumps Up”.
Rachael did arrived very late in the night on the said day as she revealed she’s staying till the strike action is called off. Everybody in her area were allowed to leave till further notice as their state coordinator was scared of the rumored attack between the communities.
Me: It means the strike is just a good escape route
Rachael: Yes o, I’m even tired of that place.
Rachael: I’ll prefer Jos city. There is no light, no water there. Imagine we have to go to another community, the local government head quarter to bath or get drinking water.
Me: Common is it that bad?
Rachael: You won’t believe it. The light made it worse. If there was light, the lodge we were given has pumping machine.
Me: They don’t have any well around?
Temmy: I’ve been wanting to ask the same thing
Rachael: The next well to where we are is fifty naira bike distanced.
Me: Na wa o, you are the one really serving.
Rachael: You guys are enjoying now. See the house they give you.
Temmy: We are just lucky o. Guys are only enduring here, especially those on water.
Me: They lack drinking water as most water they draw from wells turn oily some minutes after and some don’t even have good toilet except the general community toilets built at the creeks.
Temmy: And things are extremely expensive here.
Rachael: That’s one thing about my side. Things are very cheap there except transport. I’m sure fish will be highly cheap here.
Temmy: Chea what?
Me: Funny, fish is more expensive on the islands
Rachael: Why is that?
Temmy: Because they import fish from the outside just like every other person. All the fishes in the river had been killed by water contamination by oil.
Rachael: Nobody will believe this from out there o
Me: That’s the reality. The people enjoying in this place are the people staying in PH and other big cities like Bori. Those other villages are surffering big time. From water especially.
Temmy: I just hope somebody up there will look into their situation, because their politician obviously do not care.
Rachael: Nawa o, everybody with his own palava.
Temmy: That’s it. We all use our own state of living to judge others, whereas condition differs.
Me: Let’s leave that, what will you eat Rachael?
Rachael: I already took something in the bus, I’ll just love to shower and rest.
Me: Your room has it’s own bath. You can have your shower there.
Rachael: Cool, I think I’ll redeploy here o.
Me: Sorry, too late.
We helped her settle into the room as she took her bath while we play PES on the system. The days that followed was a touring one for us as we took Rachael around the city.
Rachael being a nice and jovial person, she got in tune with many people easily as she was more cliché to me every time we walk than she was to Temmy which gave people around the wrong impression that she’s my girlfriend, including Uncle Ben and Aunty Joy.
Aunty Joy fulfilled her promise to tell me more about Uncle Ben as she took me to her house one Friday to stay overnight.
Joy: Your girlfriend is cool, nice and lively, I personally like her.
Me: You are talking about Rachael I guess
Joy: Yeah, everybody likes her including your uncle but he has somebody else he’ll like you to marry.
Me: Let me guess, Daddy Orire’s Daughter?
Joy: I don’t know this your Daddy Orire but If he’s the friend your uncle always referred to, the you might be right. Why did you suggest that?
Me: Because my mum and Daddy Orire has been trying to match make us.
Joy: She might be the one. It’s more like there is an agreement or some sort of favour between your uncle and his friend.
Me: Agreement for me to marry his daughter’s friend?
Joy: I’m not sure but it’s more like it.
Me: That’s ridiculous! I don’t even know him as my uncle before now, yet he’s using me to make bargain.
Joy: I don’t think he’s planning to force it. He meant well for you.
Me: Anyway, I literary don’t have anybody yet. Maybe I’ll like her when I meet her.
Joy: What about Rachael?
Me: She’s Temmy’s fiancée
Joy: Really? She’s close to you. That reminds me, what about the lady were calling that day.
Me: Funmi, she’s the one that might be hurt if I decided to marry Daddy Orire’s daughter.
Joy: Hmm, I’m caught in the middle here. I want you to be happy and I want your uncle to be happy too.
Me: He’ll be happy. He doesn’t even know I know him as my uncle.
Joy: You know he co-owned this company with the two other owners.
Me: They are three that owned it?
Joy: Yeah, your uncle and two other people I don’t know. He has highest share though, more than 50%.
Me: That’s more like he owns the company.
Joy: Yeah, but he prefers to stay at this branch rather than Lagos.
Me: I see
Joy: Let me tell you a secret. He has willed all his shares to you. You are the beneficiary in all his files.