(STEPPING INTO MAGGIE’S SHOE)
©️Opeyemi Ojerinde Akintunde
“Madam, we have been driving around for the past two hours, where exactly is your
destination? Are you on the run?” the taxi driver asked through the inner mirror.
“Yes… I am running away ooo.” I said trying to make a joke out of my serious situation.
“Then I am sorry ma’am you may have to alight from my cab” he said with a very
“Haha! That is so insensitive of you, at least you could have asked me why I am on
the run.” I said very irritated at his sharp response.
“I am sorry, it’s not in my nature to meddle in the affairs of my passengers. Moreover,
I don’t know exactly why you ran out of the church before jumping into my cab, who
knows maybe you committed a crime and by driving you around aimlessly, I could be
helping you in your crime…”
“For a taxi driver, you are quite knowledgeable.”
“No food for a lazy intelligent man, I don’t have a choice, I need to take care of my
family and very soon I plan on getting married so I need to work for money…. and that being said, ma’am your bill is N5000” he said sharply.
“5 What?” I asked but I checked my wristwatch and I realized we had been driving for close to 2 hours 30 minutes, as I kept telling him to go from one location to another.
“You know what? Never mind, just stop the car” I counted his money and gave to him.
After alighting from the cab, I stood on the main road not knowing what to do… I
removed my heels and started walking… My home was about 3 hours journey from
where I was, so I didn’t know where exactly I was going.
“Julius, you caused all these, if you had gathered money for my bride price, all these talk about marrying Apostle won’t come up” I muttered to myself…
“Do I love Julius?” I asked myself.
“Well, I like him enough to want to spend the rest of my life with him” I replied.
“Julius has a good heart, he is only unambitious and partially lazy” I told myself.
I kept on analyzing Julius as a potential good husband as against the Apostle. I knew
Julius didn’t have the inner push to get what he wanted, he believed too much in
But Apostle was a life of paradise, being the wife of the General Overseer was
tempting but sudden fear gripped my heart as I imagined being the center of focus.
No, that didn’t sit well with me; Apostle was a no no.
I brought out my phone and saw 72 missed calls. My mother, Julius and two other
strange numbers had been calling… I decided to return Julius’ call…
“Hello, Happy…. Happy where are you?” I heard concern in Julius’ voice…
“I am fine, I am around Badagry”
“Bada – what? What on earth are you doing there?” He voice sounded like an alarm in
“I wanted to escape the evil conspiracy” I said.
“What conspiracy? Is it about you marrying the Apostle?” He asked sounding very
calm about it.
“You know about it?” I asked very dumbfounded.
“Yes, I just came out of the marriage committee office. After I saw you running out of the church and I chased after you fruitlessly, I went to them to find out what
“And so?” I asked.
“They explained everything to me and made me see reason why you have to marry
the Apostle” he said and he kept quiet.
“And…. I agreed to let you go since like they said I have nothing to offer you, I am
jobless, I don’t have money to pay your dowry and your clock as a lady is ticking fast”
he said sounding like a defeated baby.
“I don’t understand what you just said, can you try saying it in a way I will understand?”
I asked as I found myself sitting on the floor in front of a closed shop.
“Happy, I know it doesn’t sound good to the ear, but I guess this is destiny. I have
always known you were meant for something greater, you deserve to be the wife of a General Overseer than a poor church member like me” he said and hot tears dropped down my cheeks.
“Stop it Julius, stop it” I was screaming and crying… “Why don’t you have the nerve to
always fight for what you want? Why do you give up easily? I am not getting married
to the Apostle. Listen to me, I am getting married to you, so get that into your thick
skull” I said and hung up.
“What kind of a man is Julius?” I said to myself.
A strange number was calling…
“Hello, Happiness” the familiar voice said…
“Hello, please who is this?”
“Raymond? Sorry I don’t know any Ray….” then it suddenly clicked.
“Pastor Ray… I mean Apostle…?”
I didn’t want to hear anything, I immediately ended the call and dropped my phone on
the concrete floor beside me as the phone appeared to be hotter than fire in my
The phone rang again, and the level of respect I had for Apostle made me pick up…
“I am sorry sir, I guess it’s the network sir…” I had to lie.
“Ok, I know that was a lie” he said laughing and his laughter warmed my heart but I
had to concentrate on what he was saying….
“Please just give me two minutes of your time!”
“Sis Happiness, I have always loved your personality and dedication to God therefore
when your name dropped in my heart, I was really grateful to God. Your running away further shows you are not like any of the other girls who are power and wealth driven…
I would love you to consider my proposal and really bring back happiness into my life
just like God said” I heard him say.
I didn’t have any reply to give him…
“Are you there?”
“No…” I said and I hung up… I wasn’t there…
I knew what I was going to do…
I was going to borrow Julius money to pay my dowry….
Or what do you think?
To be continued