Hello, the purpose of this piece is to make you sing and love without holding back. I hope you like it. It
was inspired by music, and my sweetness Shughar (insert blush).
She mumbled to herself, “I sensed it; I wake up, I see you, as you leave. I feel it, I see it, as you leave.
When we kiss I want deep, but you are far away, bibanke b’omi ba n shan, fimisile, bibanke b’ojo ba
Ladele stood still while he awaited Ireti’s response to the bomb he had just dropped; he definitely didn’t
get the kind of reaction he wanted. He just told her he couldn’t continue with their relationship for no
particular reason; a six month relationship was ending without an explanation. Having observed few
minutes of silence Ladele decided to give it a push,
“Ireti please say something.”
She turned to face him with her arms folded; her gap tooth aided a gentle smile that was accompanied
by slow tears. Ladele reached out to hug her, but she hit his hands away as she let out deep moans with
The echo of Ireti’s whisper sent guilt into Ladele, he tried to talk but he couldn’t make sense of himself.
He took two steps away from her and all he could do was mutter;
“You remind me of a girl that I once knew, I see her face whenever I look at you, won’t believe all of
the things she put me through. This is why I just can’t get with you….”
Ireti gave him a surprise gaze and retorted, “a moment ago it seems just like yesterday. You were here
with me, and everything seems to be okay…you never took the time to know me, you never took the
time to understand that loving you is all I ever had.”
Ladele gasped for air in confusion, “I don’t want to leave, but I can’t stop seeing her in everything you
do, but, it’s so deep can’t think about giving it up, but I never knew love would feel like an heart
attack. It’s killing me, I swear I never cried so much, but I never knew love would hurt this bad…worst
thing that I ever had. I need more time to let her memory off my mind.”
Ireti ran into him and gave him a tight hug. She wasn’t prepared for this; it took her 14 months to bury
the memories of her previous relationship. It was filled with so much pain, despair and dehumanization.
Her Ex would beat then rape her. She finally found a consolation in Ladele; attention, love, and
commitment, but he wants a breakup because the memory of his own ex won’t quit haunting him. Ireti
knew she couldn’t afford to let him go, his fears shouldn’t debar her new found haven. It took Ladele 10
months to convince her, and now a breakup? She removed her hands from his neck, drew his head
closer and gave him a kiss before whispering,
“If I should die before I wake, its cos you took my breath away, losing you is like living in a world with
no air…. My world revolves around you and its soo hard for me to breathe”
“Ireti” Ladele called out softly,
“Yes?” she responded.
“The truth is, every time I try to leave, something keeps pulling me back, telling me I need you in my
life. Every time I try go, something keeps telling me that, everything will be alright, hmm…..so that
means we gat to make it work…” he said non-confidently.
“Ladele mi, you and I, we’ve been at it so long but still gat the strongest fire….Sometimes I feel like the
world is against me, the sound of your voice baby that’s what saves me. When I’m with you I feel so
invincible. Cos it’s us against the world, you and me against them all, us against the world Ladele.”
Ladele giggled and let out an ‘Hmm’, “Ireti, I love you, but I can’t trust myself with you.”
“What do you mean Ladele?” Ireti growled,
“Why are you so selfish? Stop thinking about you and think about us for a minute. I have been hurt too, I
am scared too, but I am ready to fight for us. Don’t be a coward Dele, let’s make this work.You only
need the light when it’s burning low, only miss the sun when it’s start to snow. You only know a lover
when you let her go, don’t let me go.”
At the sound of Ireti’s voice Ladele’s emotions melted, he took a deep breath and questioned her
calmly,“In sickness in health, for richer or poorer, would you be my friend? Will you bear my
“Ladele, whether na one naira, whether na one million, baby you gat me…. Whether or not you get
money, I’ll stay with you if you stay with me.”
Ladele dashed into the storeroom with heavy pants, Ireti followed wondering if she had said anything
wrong. He grabbed a carton, the one in which his Tiger generator came in, and started ransacking it. He
poured everything in it on the floor and picked up a plier and a wire. He began to strip the wire with the
plier, but Ireti couldn’t fathom what he was up to,
“Ladele, what is this?” she inquired. He pointed the wire at her face and responded,
“It is happening again. Several promises of staying with me and then they walk away without the
slightest publicity. Ireti tell me, let me hear it, are you sure you will stay with Me.” – he gazed into her
eyes as he ripped the stripped wire into smaller pieces – “if I go broke today will you stand by me?”
“Ladele whenever you feel like dancing, you don’t have to dance alone. You know, you should already
know, I choose you. You are making me scared. What’s with the wire?” Ireti queried.
“Ireti, I am sorry but I think I have to do this,”
“Do what?” Ireti asked nervously as Ladele bended the wire with the plier, after which he reached for a
spanner that was lying at his feet. He hit the curved wire with the spanner to give it a small circular
shape. When he was done he dropped the spanner and plier, and with soft tears rolling down his cheek
he said to her with trembling in his voice and on his knees,
“I don’t have a diamond, gold, silver or bronze ring. What I have is this ring I just made from a copper
wire. Ireti, I am in love with you, no use me catch cruise. I wan know if you go do, I gat one question
for you; are you gonna let me be the one….. Will you be my lover? Will you marry me?
Ireti screamed, “The heavens bear me witness. Yes I do, I will marry you. Yes!” she stretched forth her
hands and Ladele slipped his self made ring into her hands. He carried her to the sitting and placed her
on the couch. He grabbed the remote of his home theatre player and played his favourite track,
“You promised to always dance with me whenever I feel like dancing, can I have this dance?” she
jumped up from the couch and grabbed him as they tangoed to Niyiola’s Toh Bad.
Everybody deserves a chance at loving again, give it to them. But most importantly, give yourself that
chance first. You will always live in the past if you carry with you memories from it. Forget about the
person who hurt you, think about the one who is ready to make up for your Ex’s messes. Without
pain/hurt, love will mean nothing. Pain/hurt makes you understand the concept of value and
commitment. Don’t judge your life/relationship by your past/Ex. This could be the start of something
new; when you love again, love wholeheartedly.
Characters’ words were lifted from the lyrics of the following songs, and accordingly.
- Asa – Bibanke
Usher – You remind me
Akon – Never took the time
Trey songz – Heart attack
Chris brown/Jordin sparks – No air
Tyrese – pulling me back
Westlife – us against the world
Passenger – let her go
Wande coal – Ololufe
M.I – one naira
Mario – I choose you
Banky W – Yes/No
Chris daughtry – Start of something good*
That you Femi, for writing this awesome post on music. It totally exceeded my expectations. Gracias!