Faith and Fate 5

Okey listened to his wife’s narration about her run-in with the Landlord and when she was done, he just said “Okay”

Oyin: Okey, is “okay” all you have to say?
Okey: When your Mother insults me and my family what do you do about it?
Oyin: Really Okey? What do I do about it?
Okey: You see how it is when the shoe is on the other foot? But wait, I need to say this, there must be at least 6 or 7 wives in this compound. Why is it you he sent money to?

Oyin is astonished.

Oyin: Okechukwu Nwosu, are you for real? What are you insinuating?
Okey: Nothing!!! Ask yourself now? I’m usually out all day. Who knows how you carry yourself in my absence. Why must it be you of all the women in the world, that the Landlord fancies?
Oyin: Ehen really? And the same Landlord said that you lost your job and that we are owing rent! Is it true??
Okey: Is what true?
Oyin: Are we really owing him rent? Because I remember that we were short on the rent by a N100k, and then I had just collected Ajo, and gave it all to you!
Okey: Ehen??
Oyin: Please talk on time, are we owing him or not?
Okey: I’ll go and see him to sort things out. Oyin, do you believe him?
Oyin: Okey, I am asking you!

Okey gets up and says “I’m going for a walk, ask me when I get back.”

Several months went by and any opportunity the Landlord got to see Oyin, he would break out into a taunting Yoruba song and hiss. Oyin felt it was time Okey came clean about their rent.

Oyin: Okey, it’s been months since I asked you about the rent. You’ve been carrying on as if all well, but I have a feeling that we are owing that silly Landlord. Please Okey, tell me!
Okey: I said I would sort it out and I will! Stop bothering me.

An argument ensued and then a shouting contest commenced. In anger, Okey told Oyin that they were actually owing rent for a year and a half. Oyin broke down in tears. Okey, please tell me everything, she said sobbing. Are you jobless too?

Okey: Yes.
Oyin: And for how long?
Okey: Too long. I was structuring a business, I heard that the company was going to fold up so I quickly invested all our savings, the rent money and the N100k you gave me but unfortunately the business didn’t work out!

Oyin: Hmmmm…..And you didn’t think you should tell me all the while?

Okey: I’ve told you, haven’t I?

Oyin: I can’t imagine what I heard you say! What kind of person are you? We are on the verge of being homeless and you sit there and play big boy!

“Watch your mouth before it gets slapped, woman!” Okey says getting angry. “Look Oyin”, he continues trying to talk calmy “Stop this, we need to stick together and not fight”
“Come, I have an idea that will buy us some more rent free time. All you need to do is to go to the Landlord and “be nice” without giving in”.

Oyin: Be nice to him?
Okey: Yes, just for a little while till something I’m working on falls into place.
Oyin: How can I, your wife, Mother of your 3 children do such a useless thing? Do you know what you asking me to do?
Okey: I didn’t say sleep with him. Just be nice and look like you’re playing along – to keep him happy? Just think about it? I’ll be back in a bit.
Okey returns home and finds that has a wife and 3 kids are nowhere to be found. All attempts to locate them prove abortive. Oyin’s family is unyielding with information of her whereabouts.

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