Ok here it is part 4.( IF YOU ARE NEW TO THIS BLOG AND THIS STORY, PLEASE ACQUAINT YOURSELF TO THE SHORT STORIES CATEGORY). I know i call it short stories, but they some how end up being so long. Sorry i took so long to post part 4.
It was Friday evening, Ade had left the office early, he had promised Fola that he would reduce his working hours and he would start taking things slow. Recently he hadn’t been sleeping and he was always feeling exhausted by the end of the day. Himself and Fola had just finished dinner and were sitting in the living room chatting.
“Ade it’s my birthday in 2weeks and I am still not sure if I want to have a party or not.” Fola said.
“That is weird; you always throw a party for your birthday, why don’t you want a party this year”. Ade asked surprised. “I just want to hang out with friends on that day; I don’t want a party or get together. If there is a party Gwen will come and as my Brother you are also going to be there and I know how awkward it would be for the both of you, and I don’t want any tension at my party”. So it will be much better if I just don’t have a party”. Fola said
Ade looked at his younger sister amazed at her maturity and thoughtfulness; she always put people’s feelings before hers. “My beautiful thoughtful little sister, don’t let Gwen and I’s issues disturb your plans. I am going to make sure you have the best birthday party that you have had. Invite whoever you want, and start making plans for your party. Give me a list of whatever you want done, I will pay for the expenses, don’t bother mum about it
“Oh Ade, Are you sure you will pay for everything no matter the cost”? Dad always says I spend too much. “Yes I will” Ade replied. . “Thank you Ade you are the best brother in the whole world”. Fola said and hugged him.“Ade there is another thing; I don’t want you and Gwen to avoid each other at my party. Promise me that you won’t avoid her.
“I promise. Fola I have never understood your attachment to Gwen .I had other girlfriends in the past and you were never this close to any of them. Take Tola for example you have never liked Tola. Why is this?” “Ade asked
Tola is just too……. I am looking for the word: “loud? Ade supplied, “no not loud, superficial, she is not real. All your previous girlfriends were like that too. Gwen is very down to earth, I guess it’s because of her upbringing, and apart from that I love her. I see her as the older sister I never had”. I told her as much when I saw her on Monday.
“You saw her on Monday? Where? Ade asked surprised, he didn’t know Fola and Gwen still hung out. He had thought the last time Fola had seen Gwen was when she first got back into the country when Fola had given Gwen his phone number. “Fola what have you been up to?”
“I have been up to anything. You do not like me talking about Gwen. This is the first time we are talking about her in years. You always change the topic anytime her name is mentioned. Anyway I go to her office very once in a while and I also visit her at her house. I was at her office on Monday. We even talked about you”. Fola said.
At this time, her face had taken on a serious look. Ade noticed this and asked “you guys talked about me? What did Gwen say about me?”
“I don’t think I should tell you” Fola replied “Come on Fola I know you want to tell me, you don’t hide things from me. What did she say about me?”
“Well I did most of the talking, but its concerns you”……… I don’t know if it would be right if I was the one that told you this, it’s kind of a serious matter. Fola said.
“Fola I didn’t force you to tell me anything in the first place, but since you don’t want tell me I won’t force you to. I am sure what you guys talked us working together. But don’t keep secrets from me. Do we have a deal?
“Deal”. Fola replied staring at the ground.
“Good. I am going upstairs. By the way Maria called me. She is coming in tomorrow, she said she had been trying to call you all day to tell you she changed her mind and was coming in a day early .She wants you to meet her at the airport. Call her”.
“Ok. Ade there is something I need to tell you. She was silent for a moment and continued “Gwen was never pregnant. Tola and mum also made up a story that Tola was pregnant for you back then .Tola showed Gwen the doctor’s report that she was 4months pregnant so you and Gwen could breakup.
“What are you talking about? Of course Gwen was pregnant, it was in the papers. She and Joe got engaged and Tola was never pregnant for me. Where are getting your stories from? Ade said
“Ade you need to listen to me, I know what I am talking about. Gwen broke up with because Tola told her she was pregnant for you. Gwen was never pregnant and she was never engaged. You guys broke up for no reason.
“Fola are you sure all you are saying is true? This is a serious issue. How do you know all this?
I overhead mum and Tola talking about it. I told Gwen about it on Monday. She said.
You did what?!Why did you do that? How can you tell her before telling me? What were you thinking??? Ade was shouting at the top of his voice.
“I am sorry Ade; I didn’t do it to offend you I just wanted to help. I know you and Gwen still love each other. I want you guys to get back together. What mum and Tola did was bad, and I am sure mum regret doing it now because she knows you are not happy.………… You haven’t been in a long time, and you know I am right.”
I know you mean well Fola, but you should have told me first. Right now I don’t know how to process all this information. I am so surprised and annoyed that our mother could do such a thing. and she didn’t say anything. What do I do now? I can’t deal with this right now. I am going upstairs and I don’t want to be disturbed”. He got up and started to leave the living room.
“Ade I am sorry about everything.” Fola said. Without stopping or looking back he replied “what is done is done, there is nothing to be sorry about”.
Maria was back. She and Fola were in Fola’s bedroom in Ade’s house going through Magazines. “I have the exact same shoes this model is wearing.” Maria said.
Did you just get it? Fola asked. “Yes, I bought it in London. Which reminds me, when I was in London I saw Tola having lunch with a guy. He looked like her ex. Do remember the actor she dated a while back? He looked like him. I am not sure because I couldn’t see his face. I was leaving the restaurant when I saw them and I didn’t go over to their table to say hello because I didn’t want Tola to see me.
“They looked like a couple. I had this feeling like she was cheating on Ade with the guy but that would be strange, even funny. She loves Ade.
“Loves? She is obsessed with my brother. She only has eyes for him. Fortunately for me, he doesn’t feel the same way. I don’t think she would she cheat on Ade. Although it could happen; and it would be great if she transferred her obsession to someone else.
Maria chuckled. “So how has Ade been handling what you told him about the whole him, Gwen and Tola situation?
“He hasn’t talked about it again. You know Ade he doesn’t talk about anything concerning Gwen. I feel its pride and regret that is stopping him saying anything. As much as I would like him and Gwen to get back together; I think I will just stay out of their issue. Fola said.
I agree, don’t get involved anymore. Let them work things out for themselves .If they are meant to be together they will find a way to be together. Maria said.
Fola looked at Maria closely and said, “When did you suddenly become a love guru? That was the last thing that I expected to hear from you. When it comes to love and romance you are usually very cynical. What happened to you in London?
Maria started to blush. “Oh my GOD! Maria for real, are you blushing? Fola said
Fola I met a guy in London, I think I am in love. I know it’s too early for me to be saying that, but I have never felt like this before.
“Wow, Hell just officially froze over. Who is this person in my cousin’s body? I can’t believe this. Maria is in love. I wish you can see the expression on your face right now. So tell me more. Who is he? Where is he from? I hope he is Nigerian? Is he hot? When do I get to meet him? But wait a minute; weren’t you going to tell me about this at all?
“I was, but I didn’t want you to tease me the way you are teasing me right now. And yes he is Nigerian and yes he is hot. You will meet him at your birthday party, I invited him.”
“It’s weird the way you are acting right now. I have never seen you like this. I think I like this new you. You are so beautiful inside and out and over the years different guys have tried to win your affection but I have never seen you show any interest in romance until today. Fola said.
“I know, I have always said I am content being single and I have always thought that I will be one of those career women whose career is their whole life. Well I guess I changed my mind. Fola I really think I am in love, because there is no other explanation for what I am feeling. Maria said.
“Love is a beautiful thing and I can see you are so happy and I am happy that you are happy.” Fola said
“I am glad I have finally told you. Ok enough about me, what are we doing for your birthday? Have you gotten an event planner yet? How much did your dad set as the limit? We need to convince him to go all out for your 21st.
Well the good news is Ade is paying for everything and he said I could spend as much as like. I am so excited. Fola replied.
That is really good news. Let’s call Adaobi Noah. She was the event planner that handled Ethel’s wedding. Remember how impressed we were by her work, she is the one we should call for your birthday.
“I agree. I think you should call Ethel and try to get Adaobi’s number. They chatted on about ideas and plans for the party.
Gwen had just arrived at Fola’s Birthday party venue. Fola had booked ECLECTIC for her party. It was a club and also a lounge. She had Fola’s gift in her hands and was looking around for the celebrant. The music was so loud; there were more people at the party than Gwen expected to see. Fola had told her it was only going to be friends and family. Gwen went upstairs to the V.I.P section where she saw Fola sitting down with some other people, in a corner. When Fola saw she got up and rushed to me her and gave her a big hug. “Happy birthday darling, here this is for you” Gwen said and she gave Fola her present.
“Thank you”. Fola replied “Come let me introduce you to my friends”. She took Gwen by the hand and took her closer to where the others were sitting and introduced her to everyone sitting there and they sat down trying to catch up. “So tell me, how does it feel to turn 21?”Gwen asked “you know what’s funny Gwen is that I feel older than 21”. Fola replied. “But I am glad I am officially now an Adult.”
“I guess you feel older than 21 because you have always been around Adults and most of your friends are older than you. You are actually quite mature for your age so it’s normal you feel this way.
“Yeah you are right. I didn’t think about it that way”. Fola admitted “it makes more sense to me now”
I didn’t expect to see so many people hereGwen said, I thought you said it was only friends and family
Fola laughed “Gwen this are friends and family. I know a lot of people and majority of the people here though are my course mates from school”.
Gwen saw her friend Dayo on the other side of the room, talking with two other people, she turned to Fola “I just saw Dayo, let me go and say hello”
She stood up to go meet her friend. On her way to meet Dayo, she ran into Ade. It wasn’t like she didn’t know he would be there, after all it was his sister’s party, but she had wanted to avoid him throughout her stay at the party. It looked like fate was not on her side. “Hello Ade”
Hi Gwen, so you came? We need to talk. We have a lot to discuss. Ade said.
Gwen replied him “First, Fola is like a sister to me, of course I would come for her birthday party. Secondly this is not the time or the place for us to talk. If you have something you want to talk about, you can reach me at my office. With that said, she started to walk away”
Ade grabbed her arm and pulled her back “I am not done speaking to you”. I said we need to talk now. I know you won’t allow me to see me to see you in the office, now is the perfect time for us to talk.
He looked around them, let go of her arm and said “look, let us not have an argument here and cause a scene. Let’s go somewhere and talk”.
Ok, Gwen finally answered. What was so important that he wanted to talk about? She thought to herself.
Ade took her to a reserved area and they both sat down. Gwen crossed her legs and was fiddling with the hem of her dress, waiting for Ade to start talking. So time passed and he still did not say anything “I thought you had something you wanted to talk about? Gwen said
Ade didn’t reply immediately, it seemed he was having some difficulty saying what he wanted to say.
Ade I didn’t want to ……… Gwen had started saying before Ade cut her off and said “Tola and I broke up”
What Ade said came as a surprise to her and at the same time deep down she felt a happy to her this ,but she said “sorry to hear about that, but aren’t you guys engaged or something, and by the way, how is this any of my business? Gwen said
“I found out some things. I found out what Fola and my mother did to us. I know what really happened Gwen; Fola told me everything. Ade replied
There was complete silence for a moment then Ade continued. “Why didn’t you tell me when you found out he truth, do you know what I went through because of this whole issue. I went through hell…. I thought the worst of you.
Ade, I remember telling you I was innocent when you accused of some certain things. Yes I found out the whole truth when Fola told me but how did you want me to tell you? What did you want me to say? For crying out loud, you were engaged to someone else!
Yes I was engaged; engaged to the wrong person! But didn’t you think you should tell me. All my pain was for nothing. Don’t you see? We were forced to break up. It was all a calculated plan by my Mother and Tola. He paused for a moment and said “What’s sad is that I still love you”.
“You love me”? Did you just say you love me, Ade?” Gwen asked surprised,
“Yes you heard right, I still love you, but you destroyed me the last time. As much as I want you back, I don’t know if we would work because of all that has happened”. Ade said
Gwen took this as the sign to try to salvage whatever was left of their lost love “Ade I love you too, I never stopped loving you too. I know all that what happened in the past was mostly my fault, all because I didn’t trust you and I easily believed Tola. I take full responsibility for my actions, please forgive and give me another chance. Please I am begging you” Gwen pleaded, with tears in her eyes.
Ade pulled Gwen into his arms, “Sweetheart don’t cry. I never thought I would see the day that you will be so humble, if this situation wasn’t so serious I might actually start laughing. Look, I love you; thank GOD you also love me back, I never really got over you. I love you so much” He wiped the tears from her eyes, and gazed lovingly at her.
Gwen put her hands around his neck and said “I love you Ade, I love you much more than you know, and she started crying.
“My love, what’s the matter? Why are you crying? Ade asked
“My love this are tears of Joy, I am just so happy” Gwen said smiling, at the same time with tears pouring down her face.
“I am happy too”, and with that he kissed her.
WATCH OUT FOR THE FINAL PART OF THE STORY
Karolina Kurkova is on the cover of Vogue Mexico June 2012, wearing a Dolce & Gabbana bustier , which was photographed by Mariano Vivanco.The pictures are beautiful ,i have to say.
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Karolina Kurkova on the cover of Vogue Mexico June 2012 –
Today Wednesday Charles G. Taylor, the former president of Liberia and a once-powerful warlord, was sentenced to 50 years in prison over his role in atrocities committed in Sierra Leone during its civil war in the 1990s. This means that 64-year-old Mr. Taylor will spend the rest of his life behind bars. (Which is such good News) .IT MAY TAKE A LONG TIME BUT JUSTICE WILL ALWAYS PREVAIL
Charles G. Taylor crimes include murder, rape, the use of child soldiers, the mutilation of thousands of civilians, and the mining of diamonds to pay for guns and ammunition.
The presiding judge, Richard Lussick said in a statement read before the court in the international criminal court near The Hague :
“Mr. Taylor had been found guilty of “aiding and abetting, as well as planning, some of the most heinous and brutal crimes recorded in human history” .
“Leadership must be carried out by example by the prosecution of crimes, not the commission of crimes,” ,
The Judge is right. This is just the beginning of Justice for all the past African Leaders and even Foreign leaders who have caused the death of others and have brought shame and pain to the citizens of their countries. I may not be a Liberian,but today i celebrate with them . One down,more to go.
Snow White and the Huntsman stars Kristen Stewart & Charlize Theron, are on the cover of Interview Magazine June/July 2012,photographed by Mikael Jansson and interviewed by film critic Elvis Mitchell.
Here is an Excerpt from the interview:
On her lead role as Snow White:
“The tricky thing is that you can’t have Snow White’s effect on people. I can’t have this supernatural light that sort of instantly affects those around me. There were things that I needed to believe, even though it was hard at times. But I did because the fantasy part of it was written well. You know how you meet people in life sometimes where you go, ‘Wow, you’ve got this energy …’ This is just sort of a heightened version of that.
On her co-star, Charlize:
“She’s a f**king movie star. It’s funny, too, because she always says, ‘I’m not really a performer.’ But I’m like, ‘Yeah, not at all.’ [laughs] She’s an actor and a performer.”
On the movement in ‘Snow White’:
“I move a lot in this film. It was important for me to get across this sense of urgency. I think it was also that I needed to find out why my character, Queen Ravenna, was going mad. At first, I didn’t really understand why she was evil or losing her mind, but once I understood that it wasn’t just the fact that her mortality relied upon finding Snow White, and that knowing that and not being able to do anything and being stuck in a castle . . . Well, I think that would be maddening for somebody like her. It reminded me a lot of Jack Nicholson’s character in The Shining —that idea that you’re stuck in this place and you can’t escape it, that cabin fever. All that stuff made me realize that Ravenna had to move. So a lot of that is in the movie. She has areas in the castle where she has more energy, like in this “fire” room where her mirror is, so she spends a lot of time there. And the moment that she does become still is really heartbreaking because it’s almost like watching an animal that should never be still, like a wild cat, become still. It just doesn’t feel right.”
On adopting baby Jackson:
“You can’t really be too calculated about everything in life. I think I’ve gone through my life with the understanding that you’ve got to let go and you can’t think that you’re going to control your destiny … That’s why I’ve never had a five-year plan. I always knew that I wanted to have children. It wasn’t kind of something that I discovered later. I also never felt the biological clock ticking because I think I always knew that I wanted to adopt. It never meant that I didn’t want to have my own children—I always felt that if I were in the right circumstances then I would totally have my own children.”
Kristen Stewart, in a knee-length Atelier Versace dress.Lovely!
This has to be my best picture .
Are you as surprised as i am when some pregnant women seem look so good when they are pregnant? Sometimes even looking better than when they weren’t pregnant?Tori Spelling,who announced her fourth pregnancy in March was photographed with husband Dean McDermott, and their youngest child, seven-month-old Hattie this past weekend .She has two other children, five-year-old Liam and Stella, who turns four next month. She got pregnant again only 5 Months After Birth Of her third child.
I dont get it!She looks amazing!i swear its unexplainable.I dont have kids yet and i am not married but seriously i wouldn’t mind getting pregnant and looking like this or even better.
She has been quoted saying her husband finds her sexy when she is pregnant.She also was quoted saying :
‘I’m never as happy as when I’m pregnant.’And Dean can’t keep his hands off me! He’s like, “You’re the sexiest pregnant woman”.’
‘I literally would have 10 babies if I could!’(Huh? 10 babies? in this day and time?)
Victoria Beckham is on the cover of June 2012 German Interview magazine, and inside the pages she’s seen reading E.M. Forster’s The Longest Journey.I love Victoria Beckham(posh ),i think she has great style .
Excerpts from the Interview:
On not being a miserable person:
“Yes, I created this persona and I’m very different from that. I don’t feel like I have to scream and shout about it – I know I am a happy person. So I don’t get upset when people comment on the fact that I look quite miserable all the time. But people think I am. And you know, sometimes I think the same thing when I look at the pictures.”
On finally finding her calling:
“Was music my talent really? No, I don’t think I was particularly talented. With the other girls, the five of us all really worked together. But talented? I sound a bit odd to myself.”
I really like this picture of her .
Nigerian RnB singer Darey Art Alade shot the Video for his Sisi Eko remix Single . The video was shot at Broad Street, Marina (down-town) Lagos,Nigeria.(I guess they were able to use Broad street cos its was a Sunday,that area is always so busy.)
The video was Directed by Mark Hofemeyr of Trade Pictures and Clarence Peters, and will features cameo appearances from Ali Baba, Jimmy JATT, Tosyn Bucknor Julius Agwu, Omawumi, Waje, Skales, Kaffy, Christopher Okagbue (Gulder Ultimate Search 8 winner), TeeY Mix , Mo’eazy. I sincerely hope the video comes out nice.
Here are the photos:
Darey Art Alade and Clarence Peters
Ayo Animashaun , and Ali Baba
Ayo Animashaun , Dr Sid and Darey
Dj Jimmy Jatt and Dr Sid
Flavor and Darey on set
Blake Lively (24-year-old)looks stunning in a white Chanel dress with a La Vie Bobo ring for the David Slijper shot front page while talking about her relationship sand also her role as Ophelia in the up coming Movie “Savages” . Here is an Excerpt from the interview:
On being excited for ‘Gossip Girl’ to end:
“I think the best way to describe it is like someone who really enjoyed high school, and is like, I’m a senior and I can’t wait for the next thing!”
On being slow to build friendships/relationships:
“The way that I meet people is the same way that I’ve always met people. It might be weird if I was on JDate, but I’m not, so that’s good. I meet so many people in passing at parties, but I’ve never been a person who’s like, I know I just met you, but let’s exchange numbers and be best friends.”
On studying for her ‘Savages’ role of Ophelia:
“I started thinking about the state of young people these days. In my character’s situation, her mom is off with nine different husbands and her dad left her when she was a kid. She has nobody to learn from, so she’s making her own mistakes. Dad takes a hike and now she’s hiking up her dress for two guys. You don’t think there’s a parallel there? These kids are very much the product of this cynical generation.”
Oliver Stone on ‘Savages’:
“It touches on many things that I like: family, power, greed, murder, death, the border of Mexico and the U.S., and cartels. A lot of it—the sex, violence, and drugs—was probably scary and challenging for Blake, who seems like she comes from a nice family. It ain’t a Disney World ride and it certainly ain’t the Upper East Side.”
This is a poem by legendary Nigerian Poet, Gabriel Okara. He is one of Africa’s most renowned and established voices of the 20th century.Like i said in my profile,i love to share everything i find fascinating here on my blog,so i want to share a poem i read with you guys. Some of you may not be able to understand and thus not relate to it, and some of you can relate . All in all i just want you guys to enjoy it. The poem expresses concern for the influence of the Western world on the African custom,however that wasn’t what i got from reading the poem .
Once Upon a Time
Once upon a time, son,
they used to laugh with their hearts
and laugh with their eyes:
but now they only laugh with their teeth,
while their ice-block-cold eyes
search behind my shadow.
they used to shake hands with their hearts:
but that’s gone, son.
Now they shake hands without hearts
while their left hands search
my empty pockets.
they say, and when I come
again and feel
at home, once, twice,
there will be no thrice-
for then I find doors shut on me.
I have learned to wear many faces
like dresses – homeface,
officeface, streetface, hostface,
cocktailface, with all their conforming smiles
like a fixed portrait smile.
to laugh with only my teeth
and shake hands without my heart.
I have also learned to say,’Goodbye’,
when I mean ‘Good-riddance’:
to say ‘Glad to meet you’,
without being glad; and to say ‘It’s been
nice talking to you’, after being bored.
I want to be what I used to be
when I was like you. I want
to unlearn all these muting things.
Most of all, I want to relearn
how to laugh, for my laugh in the mirror
shows only my teeth like a snake’s bare fangs!
how to laugh; show me how
I used to laugh and smile
once upon a time when I was like you.
Actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead is on the cover the latest issue of Complex Magazine. She’s set to star in the upcoming horror flick “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” produced by one of my favourite producers/director Tim Burton
Here is an Excerpt from the Interview:
You’ve played some tough women, but you’re looking fiercer than ever for this cover shoot. Are you this intense in real life?
[Laughs.] I’m the total opposite of that. The one thing that’s difficult for me, and it’s one thing I had to bring out in this shoot, is being “sexy.” It’s weird to be told to be sexy, because I never know what that means exactly. I can never try to be sexy. [Laughs.] It’s too awkward. I don’t like to do the whole I’m-gonna-come-get-you face—that doesn’t suit me.
And everyone’s interpretation of “sexy” is different. The fans of your movies would find the sight of a cute girl reading a George R.R. Martin novel to be incredibly sexy.
[Laughs.] Exactly. It’s an issue of what we’ve come to think of as “sexy” in our culture, from the things that we’ve seen on billboards and stuff like that. There’s this image of a hot woman with squinty eyes and pouty lips that has been trademarked as “the sexy look,” and that’s not my look. I like to think I’m sexy in my own way.
No arguments here. What do you find sexy?
It’s more about a sense of humor and kindness. In a guy, that instinct to take care of another person is always very sexy to me—a guy who’s chivalrous, in that old-fashioned way
I am looking forward to reading this book. The title of the book is ; Aliko Dangote: The biography of the richest black person in the world .Aliko Dangote Nigerian born entrepreneur, and is the founder of the Dangote Group.He is presently the richest man in Nigeria and the richest black person in the world.He has an estimated net worth of $11.2 billion (Of course the richest black person in the world is Nigerian. It makes so much sense).I remember in 2008, Aliko Dangote emerged the richest black man in the world with a net worth of $3.3 billion dollars beating Oprah Winfrey who was the richest black woman in the world with a net worth of $2.5 billion dollars. The book is written by Moshood Ademola Fayemiwo and Margie Marie Neal and will be available in e-Book format July 1, 2012..The book will have versions in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Dutch, Hausa, Russian and Spanish Languages. (Above is the cover of the book and below is the back cover).
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