Wisdom gently placed the textbooks on the
table without looking at Tochi. He glanced
at the dictionary and said, “I never knew
you have a dictionary”
“My neighbour gave it to me” she replied,
she took a bit glance at him and admired
his fair handsome face. “Why did you bring
all these textbooks?” she asked.
“They are for you”
“Yes or don’t you like them?”
“I dey craze? I like them, thanks” Wisdom
smiled at her words and brought out a
current affairs booklet.
“What are we doing with current affairs?”
“In quiz, questions come from different
dimension but we are going to start with
English-spellings and meanings”
“Oh Lala!” she exclaimed.
“Who taught you that?”
“Mr Anuma, he said it means Oh my God”
“I know, is a French language. Now, pick up
your pen and book” Wisdom commanded
with all seriousness and Tochi felt like a
wife being instructed by her husband.
Wisdom call many hard English words and
told her the meanings. Sometimes, she
tried to use the dictionary if she forgets
any but Wisdom will prevent her making
sure she remembers it. Sometimes they will
drag the dictionary and laugh to the extent
Wisdom hid the dictionary and if she fails
any word he will hit her with the book
romantically. Mrs Desmond, who came out
few minutes later watched them from the
door and shook her head negatively with
smiles on her face.
“Spell EXPOSTULATE” Wisdom demanded,
and Tochi look at him. She wanted to be
carried away by his handsome face but she
shook her head vigorously.
“EX-PO-STU-LA-TE” she stressed and began
to spell. “E X P O S T U L A T” she
concluded and looked at Wisdom.
“You missed a letter”
“That me must be later ‘E”
“Yes, you are correct, and it means to argue
or to disagree about something” as he
explained Tochi wrote it down..
Jennifer’s house wasn’t modernized. The
roof was made with zinc while the walls
were made with mud. But nobody could
believe or notice it from how beautiful it
looked. She sat outside with a stool and
before her was another stool with a book
on it. She tied a wrapper across her waist
on a white singlet. One could see her fresh
b—-t through the corner of her armpit.
Suddenly, Calista appeared wearing a tight
black skirt and also a white top.
“You have come to do approko, abi?”
“Na you be chief of approkos” she glanced
into house and took a seat. “Is your mother
around?” she lowered her voice.
“No, u seem scared, why?”
“I’m afraid of your mother oh”
“Why is everybody afraid of my mother?”
“Are you telling me that you don’t know
why? Isn’t it because she’s..” she looked
around and lowered her voice the more.
“..because she’s very powerful doin all
these diabolical and traditional things. With
just a leaf she will give you, you will go
“Abeg stop it!” Jennifer defended. “My
mother is only against her enemies”
“Hmm, that’s by the way, i know you will
not harm that girl, Tochi on Monday”
“Hey!” Jennifer stood up and adjusted her
wrapper. “The girl don die for my hand! I
must kill her! As for Wisdom, he must
surely regret. I will make sure of that”
“But don’t conclude oh”
“What do you mean?”
“You don’t know if they are dating”
“I don’t care! I saw enough evidence
yesterday! Because of that little rat Wisdom
rejected me” she hissed.
“Hmm, take it easy oh” Calista concluded.
The day was getting dark when Wisdom
was already through with the lesson and
Tochi escorted him. They could see the
light of vehicles and hear a music,
#CONNECT by #PHYNO a popular igbo
rapper playing at a nearby shop. A boy
with a sagged trouser and handkerchief in
his hand shook his waist and danced
dramatically at the beat. They got to a
lonely place where Tochi had to go back
and Wisdom held her hand and looked into
“I hope to see you becoming smarter than
what i experienced today” he said.
“Trust me nah” she smiled and Wisdom
saw it by the help of a light from a moving
“Alright, i have to go” he said.
“Thank you very much” Tochi wanted to
disengage her hand from his but Wisdom
held it back, then she looked at him feeling
her heart beating again.
“A friend asked me if i have kissed before”
Wisdom broke the silence.
“Neither have i”
They remained quiet again. Tochi held him
very well and he pulled her closer.
“You need to start going” she told him and
went back to her position.
“Yeah, that’s true”
They gradually disengaged their hands and
gently walked away looking back
Wisdom was the first person to arrive at
school looking neat as the senior prefect.
He walked around the whole premises with
his hands in his pocket. He occasionally
glanced at the road where Tochi suppose
to come through if he would see her
walking towards him with an attractive
smile on her face. Few minutes later he
saw a beautiful female student coming
through the road but was not visibly seen
due to morning dew, then he stared..
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