I can’t believe it’s actually 5years now, 5
solid years gone in a whim.
5 years of not seeing papa and my
skybeauty, and 5 years of not seeing
After my stay in the hospital, we were
discharged when i was deemed strong
enough by the doctor.
I spent a month without walking, using a
wheel chair all that while.
That was the most tormenting period of my
life, confined to just seat on a wheel chair,
pushed around by people whenever i
wanted to step out, made worse by the
haunting images of Amanda.
After many therapies and home check ups
by doctors i finally stood on my feet again,
it felt like heaven to be able to use my legs
again. Little wonder those little beads of
crystal tears that fell from my face.
Few months after my full recovery, I was
sent to London to finish my studies, away
from any thing that can bring memories of
The first few months in London were filled
with such tormenting images that always
made my heart skip beats.
The day papa caught me with Amanda, her
pregnancy, what would happen to her?
All these questions haunted me even in
After a year in London, my memories of
Amanda began to wane and fade, i even
forgot she was ever pregnant.
My life pulled together again and i
graduated from Sheffield University with
2nd class honour in Micro-biology.
It was time to go home after all these
The plane touched down in Mutala
Muhammed airport in Lagos, it taxied
through the run way de-accelerating with
each passing second until it came to a full
Tele-like voice of the pilot flickered out
through the speakers as he made some
announcements and uttered out some
welcome back words. **am sure he must
be really proud of himself now**
I was not even interested in whatever he
was yapping, whatever it was sounded like
an unclear radio broadcast to me being
among the first to rise from my seat, i was
eager to see home.
Stepping out of the huge white flying shark,
i drew a deep breath filling my lungs with
as much air as possible perceiving a
mixture of freshness and a familiar
“This definitely is Nigeria” i smiled to myself
assuring myself that i wasn’t taken to the
“Sky!” that ever familiar silky voice rang
into my ears as i stepped into the airport
lounge. It was strangely slimmer now.
My face tilted itself to the direction the
voice came and their she was, tearing
through the mazes of people littering the
airport lounge, a broad smile was glued to
her face, eyes glued on me.
I almost lost my balance and fell as Jessy
dumped her whole weight on me with a
scream, wrapping her hands tightly around
me. I could notice people’s watching eyes
fixed on us. **People no deh like mind their
business shaa** But this is skybeauty; my
twin or you can say my other half, i don’t
mind staying like that forever.
Jessy had changed remarkably, she was a
bit taller and slimmer now, her face
seeming a bit more oval and an aura of
pride and womanliness oozed around her
in every sense.
She was a medical doctor now, i remember
sending her a silvery stethoscope when
she told me she finished her final M.B.B.S
exams and is now a graduate, that was last
Couldn’t be more proud of my Skybeauty
who have grown into a fine young woman.
“Nnam nnoo (Welcome) ” I heard papa
intone making me shift my gaze from
Jessy to papa as he walked up to me,
Jessy must have left him behind when she
ran to meet me..
As i last remembered, papa was as neatly
and smartly dressed as always; adorning
an ash coloured jumper with senator collar.
He seemed a little older to me and his
pregnant-like protruding stomach looked
“Papa” I blurted out a smile sweeping
across my face.
Papa took my right hands into his in a
handshake, tapping my other shoulder with
his left hand “My little boy is now a full
grown man” his voice filtered into my ears
inducing a sense of pride and self
consciousness in me.
I still remember as a kid, how i used to
complain he didn’t shake me too after he
shakes his visitors that always poured in.
he would always say “You are still a boy
nnam, when you grow into a man you get
“Clearly i am now a man” my mind rang
making me widen my already wide grin.
“Papa, you look strong” I said taking him in
for a slight hug. 5years is not that near.
Papa and Jessy led me out of the lounge
certainly to the car outside so we can start
the journey back to Enugu. Papa never
liked travelling by air.
Jessy kept asking questions, giving me
little exciting punches and nudges; This girl
probably still thinks we were still teenagers
or even kids..**lol**
anyway it’s good to be back home..
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