EP 02

Fortunately, the ball deflected towards my waiting head, to which I direct towards the left side of the net and boom! It’s in the net. We’ve won! I was carried by my team mates shouting and dancing round the field.

I felt something entering my eyes from the sprayed champagne when I heard my roommate voice, “oh boy, you no go wake?, your phone done ring like a hundred times, you can sleep o, for afternoon fa”. And that was how I woke up, I checked the time it’s already 4pm and before I could stood my phone rang again Oh; it’s mum

Me: Hello ma, good evening
Mum: Hello, and where Have you been since! I’ve called severally but…
Me: I’m sorry ma, I was sleeping
Mum: Sleeping at this time of the day? You didn’t go to class?
Me: No ma, we’ve not started lectures proper.
Mum: Okay, have you gotten the money I sent you?
Me: (cho! She sent me money?) No ma, I…
Mum: Check your messages, I just send 20 thousand naira
Me: Wao! (20 thousand is lot of money coming from my mum). Thanks mum
Mum: Don’t thank me, it’s daddy Orire that sent it to you
Me: Wao! That man is really nice o
Mum: Yes, and you have to call him now and show your appreciation.
Me: But I don’t have his number
Mum: I’ll send it to you now
Me: Okay ma
Mum: I’ll also need you to send me how much you’ll need for your final year project
Me: My supervisor has not said anything ma
Mum: You go to him and ask, instead of just sleeping your time away.
Me: But mum he…
Mum: Just do it!
Me: Okay ma

The phone clicks and line went dead. In not more than 3miuntes, the message tone beeps, I checked and it was the man’s phone number from my mum. I dialed the number and he picked at the second beep.
Man: Hello, who is this?
Me: Good afternoon sir, this is Williams Albert sir
Man: Williams, Williams, Williams, I don’t know any Williams
Me: (then I, remember folks knows me as Yemi at home). It’s me Yemi, Opeyemi Albert
Man: Oh, Oh, Yemi, how are you?
Me: I’m fine sir, I wanted to say…
Man: I’m very busy now just take care of yourself (and Pom! The line went dead)

Is that even right? Okay he’s an elderly person and just send me 20k of course he’s right (smiles). Though on an ideal situation, I don’t like people terminating call on me, especially when I’m the one calling (you).
As I was thinking on how I will dismantle the 20k, I perceived my neuro-transmitters sending message to my brain from my stomach. Damn! am hungry! It was then I remembered I haven’t taken anything since morning. What was I doing since? (Speaking to myself). “Okay, I went straight to the football pitch to play soccer till around 11:30am. then I took my bath and the rest and rush down to the viewing center to watch Nigeria play Uruguay in FIFA world cup knock out stage which we lost slightly by a goal margin. It was that referee and our snail of a striker that cost us the match. Oh! That explains the dream. (I laughed out).”
My friend Temmy (also my roommate) hearing me laugh from outside barge into the room.
Temmy: Oh boy wetin dey make you laugh?
Me: Omo I just dream naija won the cup o
Temmy: ** Laughing profusely** Oh boy that one can only happen in your dream o. Those boys fall my hand big time.
Me: Seriously.
Temmy: I don’t think I’ll be watching their match again, I will be sticking with my Chelsea joor.
Me: Seconded. Even if they were beaten they’ll still put on some fight unlike those snails.
Temmy: Sluggish set of players we call team.
Me: Bro, leave Naija alone, I’m hungry like anything now. Anything on ground? (Without answering me, he just went into our small kitchen and yes he’s back with two plates) Oh boy, what is this?
Temmy: Sit down there, asking o
Me: Oh boy, see hot amala, wow, this boy is home made. Where you get ewedu around this area?
Temmy: That one na Rachael’s handwork o.
Me: Hmm, you and this Rachael sha
Temmy: Oh boy, leave that one for now and eat jor (Before he finish that statement, my tummy is already jumping for joy at the reception of the first morsel which came with a ponmo battered ewedu soup. In less than no time we are done with the meal)
Temmy: Guy, see the way you are sweating
Me: It’s always like that whenever I take amala especially hot ones, besides the wheather is not helping.
Temmy: Yeah, the sun is exteremly hot today; I guess it is going to rain tonight
Me: That would be better
Temmy: Yes, but that should better be after the show
Me: Which show?
Temmy: Those comedy guys now, SUG is organizing the show to kick start the semester
Me: Cool, when is that happening?
Temmy: (Temmy checked his watch) Oh boy! It’s six this evening o. I have to leave now
Me: Without me? Don’t try it. Let me take a shower, then we go together.
Temmy: Alright, be fast o. I’ll go pick Rachael aand make sure you are ready before we get back
Me: Hmm, Rachael is going too?
Temmy: cho! You want me to go alone
Me: Hope I won’t spoil show sha?
Temmy: go and take your bath jor. (He left banging the door behind him)

My friend Temiloluwa (Temmy) is a cool headed guy but home made just like me. We have a lot in common, maybe because we’ve friends since childhood. We both decided to study mechanical engineering when we were younger and the dream is gradually coming true. The only time we were ever separated was when his dad got a new job in the city and the whole family had to relocate. When I was done with my elementary education, my parents decided to relocate to the same city also. From there we went to the same secondary school and now in final year in the same University studying the course we dreamt about.



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