Once I was able to comport myself, I narrated to the sergeant, and shockingly, he took pity on me, had me transferred to the DPO’s office who took it upon himself to make sure I got to the venue as early as possible. He ordered for a van to be brought and that siren be blown to ensure we weren’t stuck in traffic. Unfortunately, we arrived late, just as the event was ending and the winner was being announced.
Guess who the winner was?
The same lady who had won the previous year’s. But my unusual arrival didn’t let her enjoy her moment of fame. News soon began to filter from every corner about how I would have won but for the sad incident. Everyone wanted to speak with and see me. I was literally the star of the night. Immediately, Professor Olowe was reached and he vouched for me that indeed I was a strong contender. All of these, along with the plea from everyone present, had the organisers confused, and they announced I was going to be given a consolation gift which included an all-expense paid trip to Dubai along with the winners as well as some gadgets.
Iredapomolami and I spent the 2 weeks’ vacation learning about each other, and by the time we returned to Nigeria, my opinion about a lot of things had changed. I was sure I had found the person to marry. She was different from me in many ways than I could count. I guess that was what made our interest in each other stronger. We became inseparable from then until we graduated from the university. Everyone around me knew something positive had happened to me. I smiled more, sang more, and was generally a lot happier than I usually have been.
Months passed by and we left school but didn’t leave each other. We were stronger in love each passing day. Not even NYSC’s ploy to post us to different ends of Nigeria could break us, and luckily, we both got jobs in Lagos once we were done.
Finally, life was beginning to be rosy. I had grown into a man, and she, into a woman, the kind I would like to spend what’s left of my life with. One day, while we were having lunch at Oriental Hotels, Lekki, I got on one knee and popped the question. Her initial reaction was shocking. She burst into tears pacing about, kicking and nodding. At first, I was scared she had just rejected my proposal. I was clueless what I would do if she turned me down but after a few minutes of drama, which I later gathered was the norm, she came around, hugged, kissed me and agreed to be my wife.
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