As I laid down to sleep, my phone rang. I didnt want to pick but the phone just won’t stop and so I picked it and it was a strange number.
Caller: Hello dear, its me.
The first thing on my mind when I heard Isaiah’s voice was to scream at him and scold him and accuse him of all the things he’s been doing and the way he’s been treating me. But surprisingly I was calm.
Me: Isaiah, why? Why ”I asked amidst the hot tears that fell from my eyes” why are you making me shed tears on the eve of our wedding, Isaiah why?
Isaiah: Baby am so sorry, it was not my intention to do that and I dont even know or understand why I did those things. Am so sorry I hurt you dear , please forgive me.
Me: where are you? Is there going to be a wedding tomorrow?
Isaiah: Definitely honey, there is going to be a wedding. No matter what the devil has tried, there is going to be a wedding. Its you I love and its you I choose.
Me: I love you too dear, just come to me.
Isaiah: I am running to you baby. Just dont stop praying for me.
Me. I won’t dear.
I ended the call and I was happy, I felt at peace. My Isaiah had not spoken to me like this in a long while. Part of me wanted to be glad that I made that threat of no wedding tomorrow. But another part quickly reminded me that it was God in action. Then I knelt down and I gave him thanks. Tomorrow I will be married to the man I love.
To be continued
I was beautifully dressed in my wedding gown. I stepped into the car with my brides maid, I was happy that today is finally come. I wanted to hear my sugars voice before I get to church. And so I picked up my phone and called him.
Me: Hello sugar!
Isaiah: my love how are you?
Me: Am very fine, where are you?
Isaiah: Am already at the church waiting for my bride to come.
I giggled and laughed when I heard him say that.
Me: dont worry I will be there soon.
Isaiah: Daniella, I love you so much, I can’t wait for you to be my wife.
Me: I love you to sugar. Don’t worry, in few hours I will be yours forever.
Isaiah: enough of the calls and hurry here immediately I am waiting.
Me: yes sugar. On my way.
I ended the call and urged the driver to hurry. I was excited and glad that things had gone back to his it originally was.
The church was filled up with so many friends and family members. Papa and Mama were at the alter smiling , I could tell that they were very happy for me. I marched forward in my beautiful white wedding gown. I saw as some of the choir members smiled, you could tell they were happy for me. Others were whispering from ear to ear, you could easily tell they were gossiping. But I literally cared less. Am getting married to someone I loved, that was all that matters. I marched forward and waited as Isaiah marched in. He was smiling big. He was looking handsome as ever. I was happy.
Papa gave a very beautiful sermon, encouraging Isaiah to be a good husband and I a good wife. At the end we were joined as husband and wife. There was a loud clap from all around the church. Men and women ran out to congratulate us. They presented us with gifts, it was a beautiful moment for all of us. The service finally ended. And just as we were about to step out. She stepped in.
She was dressed in a black gown, black shoes, and she wore a black shade and carried a black purse. My heart skipped when I saw her walking towards us. When she got to where we were she stretched her hand to my husband and shook him.
Marvis: Congratulations to you Isaiah.
I watched her roll her eyes in a seductive manner, and my facial expression changed. She noticed this and then she let his hand off and shook hands with me.
Marvis;: Congrats Dani, you finally got him. Make sure you keep him.
I didnt understood what she meant by that but I quickly held onto my husband tight. I watched her laughed in a mocking way and then turned and walked away.
Me: (to Isaiah) there is something strange about Marvis. She has really changed a lot. Something is not right with her.
Isaiah: stay away from that girl dear, she is evil and possessed. Do you understand?
Me: yes I do.
He kissed my head and we walked up to our car. As we drove off I saw Marvis again, this time she winked at me and smiled wickedly. I ignored her and held my husband again as we kept on driving off.
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The party continued at home, there was lots of food to eat and drinks was surplus. Surprisingly Marvis came to the party.
She kept on rushing to us and shaking hands with us. I was no longer comfortable with what she was doing and I noticed my husband wasn’t either, but we couldn’t just walk her out in the middle of all this crowd. And so I kept my cool, after all in few hours the whole thing should be over and done with.
She was drinking anything she could lay her hands on including alcohols. I was so surprised because Isaiah and I didnt buy any alcoholic drink. But we kept on seeing her drink from one bottle to the other.
She picked up a wrapped parcel and came to me and handed it over smiling.
Marvis: This is my wedding gift to you.
Me: Thank you (I said collecting it from her, from the moment I collected it I knew I was never opening it, my husband was just looking at her with her drama. She turned and left).
About two hours later, the party ended and everybody left.
Isaiah: Ah! Finally I can now have my wife to myself.
He lifted me and carried me inside our hotel room. When we were inside he drop me down and looked me straight in the eyes.
Isaiah: Daniella, my love, my wife. I want you to know that I love you so much, you and no one else. You are everything to me. No matter what you will hear about me, do not judge me by it. I have never journeyed on this part before but I am choosing to journey it now along side with you, I may not be perfect or strong as you expect, but do just give up on me. I may be weak along the part, be strong for me and for both of us, I may be blind in a lot of things but be my eyes at that point. Dont ever leave my side.
Me: (with tears in my heart and with joy in my heart I said) Yes my love. I promise I’d be with you always…..
We hugged and kissed and slowly he removed my zip and we fell on the bed still kissing and just as we were about to make sweet love his phone rang.
Me: Honey just ignore it please!
Isaiah: honey this is the last one. Just let me answer please.
Me: okay honey, just this one. (And then this)
Caller: Mr Isaiah could you please come to no 13 grace street.
Isaiah: who is this please.
Caller: well am a good Samaritan, there is a lady here who just had a serious accident and she is battling with her life, your name is the only number on her phone that’s why I called.
Isaiah: a lady? What Lady!
Caller: well from the I’d card on her bag her name is one MARVIS OKOBEDO! Do you know anyone by that name?
Isaiah: Jesus ! Marvis had an accident ? Where and how?
Caller: just come over sir. Thanks and bye.
Me: honey who was that?
Isaiah; I dont know but I think Marvis had an accident on her way from here.. I must go to her.
Me : and you are the one they called? What about her parents ?
Isaiah: I dunno o. I have to go to her
Me: no wait. I will call her family.
Isaiah: Honey she is battling with her life.
Dont worry I’d be back before you Even know.
Me! Okay dear but please return abeg
Are you sure you are following???
It was already passed midnight. I paced up and down as I wondered where my husband was. Its been 4hours since he left and not a word from him. I was beginning to get scared. His number was switched off. I didnt have sister Marvis number. What might have happened? Did Marvis die? Was the accident critical? Or did my husband get into an accident. Various thoughts filled my head as I paced from room to parlour and back. This is my wedding night for crying out loud. Why me? Why Isaiah? Why would they call him ? Of all the people why call a man that got married on the same day of his wedding.
I decided to try the number again, and it was still the same thing. It was almost 2am. I was really terrified by now. And so I decided to call my mom. At first she didnt pick but after two more tries she answered!
Mummy: my child, you are not supposed to be calling me, you are on your honey moon.
Me: (crying) mummy!
Mummy: (I could feel her jump and sit up upon hearing me cry) what is it? Why are you crying?
Me: Mummy, mummy help me(/I cried even more)
Mummy: talk to me D, what is it ? Why are you crying on your wedding night? Where is your husband?
Me: Mummy that’s why I am calling. I don’t know where Isaiah is?
Mummy: what do you mean you don’t know where your husband is?
Me: mummy that’s the truth, I don’t know where he is.
Mummy: I am not understanding, oya calm down and tell me what happened.
Me: Mummy we were together o, and his phone rang, somebody told us that sister Marvis was involved in an accident and needed to be rescued immediately and that it was only Isaiah they could call. He left since 8pm and up till now he didnt come back. I have called him over and over again but his number is switched off.
Mummy: The devil is a liar! That Marvis again.
Me: mummy I wouldn’t have let him go o.
Mummy: shut up and stop crying, you shouldn’t have let him go but you did and we’ve past that stage. Now is not the time to should have or shouldn’t have. I can’t have my daughter crying on her wedding night.
Me: Mummy what do I do.
Mummy: You and your husband are no longer two but one, your spirits are connected and so you alone have the control over him, you are going to pray, you are going to call your husband home. The God I serve never fails, he has never failed and he won’t start now. And so you will get those knees on the ground and you are going to pray. That every power that is holding him down should lose their grips over him, weather spiritual or physical. Are you hearing me?
Me: yes mummy!
Mummy: Listen to me, the marriage has just started. Every marriage is a war zone and only a prayerful woman wins in that fight. The moment you said I do, your opponent springs forth and the battle begins. So its either you are ready to fight or quit. Are you ready?
Me: Yes mummy, I am ready.
Mummy: then stop those tears and get your knees on the floor, and call your husband home. As I speak to you I am already on my feet.
And then mummy started blasting in tongues, I was immediately charged up in my spirit and so I started praying too.
Me: I prayed for four hours, casting and binding, speaking in tongues and setting lose every rope that had been tied. I prayed and prayed until I slept off.
I woke up by 8am in the morning. It was the sound of knocking on my hotel that woke me up. I jumped up and ran to the door, I had prayed and cried myself to sleep. Thank God he is finally back. I swung the door opened.
It was mummy!
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I will not say I was disappointed when I saw it was mummy but I was not happy that it was not my husband.
Mummy: Is he not back?
Me: No mom, he isn’t back.
Mummy: Do you have an idea where he went?
Me: no mom
Mummy: do u have any of his friends contact?
Me: Isaiah does not keep friends , the choir members are all the friends he has.
Mummy: What about that Marvis? Do you have her number?
Me: No ma I don’t.
Mummy: you don’t?
Me: no mom, I used to have it, but then I discovered she told a lie to me some time ago and so I deleted her number.
Mummy: okay, do you have anyones number who can possibly have her number?
Me: Yes, sister Mary from the choir keeps the contact of all the choir members.
Mummy: call sister Mary.
Me: But mummy I am supposed to be in my honey moon. Should I be calling?
Mummy: This girl it’s like you don’t understand what the devil is trying to do, the devil is about to destroy your marriage right before it begins and you are there speaking English. My dear call sister Mary.
I quickly grabbed my phone and dialed sister Marys number, my heart was beating as she picked the call.
Sister Mary: hello
Me: Hello sister Mary, good morning .
Sister Mary: The youngest wife in town I greet you ma. I must say I surprised to get your call.
I hope all is well.
Me: yes sis. I just need you to help me with something.
Sister Mary: What is that Dani
Me: I need to call sister Marvis, but I can’t find her number on my phone, so I need you to help me with her number please.
Sister Mary: oh sister Marvis. Its alright, but I will have to text it to you, because its stored to the phone.
Me: That will be no problem , thank you so much.
And I ended the call. Not long, she sent the number and I gave it to mummy.
I watched her as she pressed the figures on her phone and waited.
Mummy: ehn! Erm, hello.
Marvis: Hello, who am I unto please?
Mummy: Please put Isaiah on the line.
Mummy: I said put Isaiah on the line
Marvis: who is this please?
Mummy: my dear, I am his mother inlaw and I want to speak to him so give him the phone or ask him to put on his phone.
Marvis: (stammering) erm erm, sorry ma, he is sleeping, I can’t wake him up.
Mummy: He is sleeping, marvis he is sleeping, a married man is sleeping in your house Marvis. Not just a married man, a married man that got married yesterday. And to my daughter is sleeping in your house.
Marvis: Am sorry ma, but I was busy before your call, I have to go.
Mummy: Before you go, tell Isaiah I said he should pick up his phone and come home, that his wife, my daughter, is waiting for him. And my dear, do not forget that part of the Bible that says ”I will visit the wicked in my anger and bring upon them my wrath”
And mummy ended the call. I was filled with anger.
Me: mummy so you mean to say Isaiah is with Marvis and slept in her place and Marvis was never in any accident. Is that what you are saying mom.
I quickly grabbed my bag and packed in my things there was no need remaining in the hotel. Once we were out. I stopped a bike that would take me to my moms place. But then she stopped me.
Mummy: where are you going?
Me: mummy I am coming with you, there is no way I will wait here for that man.
Mummy smiled and then answered me.
Mummy: did he go with his house keys?
Me: No ma, we moved most of my things to his house yesterday and so the key is still with me.
Mummy: my dear you can’t come with me.
I was shocked to hear mom say that.
Me: what? Mummy what did you say?
Mummy: you heard me baby, you can’t come with me.
Me: so where do I go to?
Mummy: you have to go to your husbands house
Me: what husband? Someone that abandoned me on our wedding night and went to some other woman? God forbid I won’t go there o.
Mummy: You will go. You and your husband have become one. And you will not let some devil take him away from you. You will fight for what is yours.
Me: mummy what are you saying? What am I fighting for?/someone who left me on our wedding night? Ah no na.
Mummy: do you think Isaiah loves you?
Me: I know he loves me mom, I know this, I just don’t know why he changed. Even last night he was reaffirming his love for me before all of this.
Mummy: Listen to me D, you will go to your husbands house and you will fight for him. We will not let the devil win we will fight and win this one. Do you understand me. Go to your house and pray and I will pray OK?
I reluctantly agreed. Even though I was confused at what mom was saying. She stopped a cab for me and told me she would lead me to my house before leaving me and that was exactly what she did.
To be continued
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I prayed and I cried to God daily to touch my husband wherever he was and bring him home to me. I have practically become a shadow of my self. I was still getting congratulatory messages from people, if only they knew what I was going through.
This is the 8th day since my husband disappeared. No calls, no texts, absolutely nothing. In had told myself that once it gets to the 10th day then I will go to the police, but I am still believing God to touch him and bring him home to me.
Suddenly I heard the door bell ring, I jumped up to open and check and there was no one. I went back inside to sit down and continue my crying which has become a daily activity for me. Just as I was about to sit, I heard the door bell ring again. I didnt want to go but it wouldn’t stop and so I got up and reluctantly went to check who it was. When I opened the door, Isaiah was there.
I stood there and stared at him as if I was seeing a ghost. And after some minutes, I shifted from the door to allow him come in. He came in and stood like someone who was scared of his own house.
I looked at him for a while, he was looking tattered and dirty,then I stepped into the kitchen to prepare water for him to take his bath. I stayed in the kitchen until the water was ready, and then I carried the water to the bathroom for him, and then I went ahead to prepare his food. When the food was ready I made to set the table but then I told him that his water was in the bathroom and he should go and have his bath.
I finished setting his food on the dinning and as I turned to return to my seat, I saw my husband fully on his knees weeping.
Isaiah: Honey am sorry, please forgive me.
Tears fell from my eyes and I just kept quiet and allowed them flow.
Isaiah: Baby please forgive me please, I am truly sorry
Me: What happened?
Isaiah: baby, I know you won’t believe me but I can’t remember anything.
Me: oh please dont give me that line.
Isaiah: please believe me, I can’t tell you what happened, all I remember is getting a call that Marvis..
Me: stop stop stop, I dont want to hear that name in this house.
Isaiah: bu bu but……
Me: I said stop, just stop. Please go and bath. Just go
I watched as my husband walked to the bathroom and I discovered he has lost weight.
I picked up my phone and I called mummy.
Mummy: Is he back?
Me: yes mom. How did you know?
Mummy: God told me he will return today.
Me: Mummy I am so angry right now, I dont think I want to stay here with him anymore. Not after all he has done. (Starts crying) mummy she kept him for eight days, she spent our wedding night with him. She kept him for 8days and now he returns and starts giving me stories. Am so fed up.
Mummy: Listen D, this is just the beginning. And you have to stand and fight for your home and for your man.
Me: Mummy I can’t, I dont have the strength, marriage is just 8days old and am already fighting? I can’t mom.
Mummy: you can and you will. A wise woman builds her home not give up on it. A wise woman is a praying woman and a praying woman is a complete woman. A complete woman is a patient woman, a complete woman is a forgiving woman, a complete woman is a woman who is excellent in wifing, in mothering, in cooking, in bed and in everything. A complete woman is a woman who fears God and respects her husband, a complete woman is a woman wholistically. And my dear, you are a complete woman so you will stand and build your home, do you understand?
Me: No mom I dont.
Mummy: dont worry dear, soon you will
I ended the call and I watched Isaiah come out from the bathroom, I watched him eat slowly. I looked at his face and I saw the man that I fell in love with and I knew he was truly sorry. I knew right then that I have forgiven him
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The next few weeks was heaven on earth. My husband and I started a fresh honey moon in our house. He was so nice and caring and I was the happiest woman on earth. I have totally forgotten about all that transpired on my wedding night. Isaiah was the best thing that any woman could pray for. He was involved in everything in the house. Cooking, washing, everything and he didnt even allow me go out alone. In the evening time, we would sing and play. Life was just beautiful.
Me: honey. It s exactly a month since our wedding, and we are going back to church by Sunday how do you feel?
Isaiah: (sitting up) baby, I actually wanted us to talk about that.
Me: what is it dear.
Isaiah: baby, I dont want us to go back to that church.
Me: what? I I I dont get you.
Isaiah: I said I dont want us to go back to that church.
Me: (burst out laughing because it sounded funny) dear, sorry am laughing am just trying to understand what you mean. How can you just wake up and say you want us to stop church. The church where you and I met, the church that supported our wedding and the church that wedded us, you just want us to stop, just like that?
Isaiah: baby, I know the church did all of this for us and I will be forever grateful to papa and mama. But I think its time we left the church.
I studied my husband for sometime and I realized he wasn’t joking. So I sat up.
Me: Baby you are not joking I can see that. Now tell me one, (I raised my one finger to make sure he understood me) just one reason why you want us to stop and I will not argue. I will just follow you.
Isaiah: sweetheart the truth is, I dnt know. I dont have any reason, I only know I dont want to go there anymore. My spirit is no more there, something feels odd there, I just dont want to be there anymore.
I looked mockingly at him before lying down on his legs again.
Me: Baby, relax, you are feeling this way today. On Sunday after papa’s message trust me you will feel better. Am sure you are just tired that why you are talking like this.
Isaiah didnt argue. Instead he raised one of our songs and then we sang together.
My mind quickly went back to what he said about stopping church. I started thinking of many reasons why my husband would want to stop church.
Me: (could it be because of Marvis, is he thinking of going back to her? I quickly wiped the thought of my head. My husband is a good man and will not go back to that witch)
To be continued
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Sunday finally came and I was excited. Its the first time I’d be going to church with my husband. I was singing joyfully as I hurriedly got things ready. When I finished dressing I went to the sitting room to see if my husband was ready. Surprisingly he was there sitting and watching TV.
Me: Honey, you are not ready?
He kept quiet.
Me: Honey I am talking to you, why ain’t you ready, dont you want to go to church?
Isaiah: No I dont,
Me: Honey dont say that, why won’t you go to church. Please go and get dressed am waiting for you.
Isaiah: Honey, honestly i dont want to go to that church again please.
Me: Baby , (I said rubbing his head) let’s go today, just today and I promise you that after the service if you still feel like this, then we will stop.
Isaiah: no no
Me: Baby please (I said in the most loving way ever, knowing fully well that he can’t say no to me) Baby please….. (I bent and gave him a kiss on his lips)
Isaiah was not ready to go to church but for my sake he got ready and reluctantly followed.
The service was beautiful, once in a while I took a glance at my husband and I caught him severally smiling as papa blasted on the topic ”LOVE”.
At the end of the service, different members of the choir came to shake hands with us. I saw sister Marvis walking up to shake hands too but I quickly blocked her way.
Me: what do you want?
Marvis: I only wanted to welcome you guys back to church.
I looked at her and imagined what could have given her such guts to be able to approach me
Me: sister Marvis, thank u so much for welcoming us back to church. You can now go.
Marvis: Let me at least shake hands with brother Isaiah.
The way she said the brother Isaiah drew out all the anger in me and I felt like tearing her to pieces. But I remembered what mummy taught me that sometimes silence is the best punishment to offer. And so I kept silent, but my looks said it all, and sister Marvis turned and walked away, raising her hands in surrender!
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I was filled with anger as I watched sister Marvis walking away, I wanted to run to her and tear her into pieces but I couldn’t. I turned to find my husband so we can go home, but I met him talking with papa and mama sobi sat and waited for him.
Sister Sophia my only friend in the church walked up to me, since she encouraged me to accept Isaiah as my husband I have learnt to respect her specially. She was holding some tom tom in her hands and she offered me some before sitting with me.
Sophia: Dani my friend am so happy you are back to church. I really missed you.
Me: thank you Sophia, I missed you too.
Sophia: Gist me girl (she giggles) how was the honeymoon?
Me: (smiling) what is there to gist? Nothing to gist jare.
Sophia: Nor do o, gist me jare.
Me: Don’t worry, I will gist you, but not today.
Me: I promise
I stood up because my husband was already signalling me to come. I quickly hugged Sophia and told her bye. Then I ran to my husband and together we told mama and papa bye.
Isaiah took the only tom tom left of the 4 I collected from Sophia, and then he asked me if I saw Marvis .
Me: (shocked) why? Did I come to church to look for Marvis?
Isaiah: hey! Easy babe, am just asking
Me: you just wanna spoil my mood
Isaiah: its okay babe, its OK. Am not saying anything again.
Me: please dont say. Let’s just go home in peace.
And the rest of the journey was silent.
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That evening, I asked Isaiah if he still felt like leaving the church.
Isaiah: With a message like that? No way, I am going no where.
I bursted out laughing
Me: but I told you so.
And just then his phone rang, I sat up to listen. Ever since my wedding night incident I get alert whenever I hear his phone ring.
Isaiah: Hello, yes, you are onto Isaiah, who is this please? Really? (He was smiling) okay! No problem. I’d be there.
At the sound of I’d be there my mood and expression changed.
Me: Honey who was that?
Isaiah: Babe God is good.
Me: All the time, but what is it?
Isaiah: Our music was shortlisted among the 10best gospel songs for 2018. And we have to join the competition to win a grand award of 10million naira and a chance to record abroad with popular gospel artist TRAVIS GREENE!
Me: oh my God! (I started jumping and shouting, and then I noticed he was putting on his trousers and shirt. I quickly stopped) Babes, are you going out?
Isaiah: yes but not far! Just our junction here. I need to rush out to pick the letter of our short listing.
Me: Bu bu bu…..
Isaiah felt the fear in my voice and then he placed his hands on my shoulders.
Isaiah: Dow worry babe. I will be back before you know it.
Me: But can’t I go with you?
Isaiah: sweetie, relax, I will be back soon okay!
I nodded sadly, I was scared again. I watched as he walked away and only one prayer was in my heart.
”Lord bring him home safely to me”