OGECHI AND I # EPISODE 8&9

Ogechi and I EPISODE: EPISODE: 8 & 9
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Three delicious fantastic memorable fun filled years passed
in a hurry and it was time for our industrial training, so we
both left for our homes. I came back home. She didn’t go
anywhere far. She was an indigene of Udi LGA there in
Enugu. When I got home, my peeps were so excited to see
me. I got back with a better bank account than ever, so there
was a lot of celebrations and jubilations. With time I started
missing Ogechi. Though we talked and talked on phone, yet
it didn’t seem enough. We proceeded to Skype calls, and that
was a bit okay for a while since I got to see her beautiful
face daily. During one of our calls, she told that one of her
relatives who stayed in Ghana had invited her to come over
there, promising to get her fixed up in a cinema for her
industrial training, and she was set to leave in two weeks.
Hmm, na wa o. Must you go to Ghana for I.T? I asked. ‘Of
course not! But that seems to be where there is an opening at
the moment. I wouldn’t want to be far from you. But if all
efforts to find an alternative turns out futile, I guess I have
no choice’, she said. Okay, I understand. Next thing she said
was; I have to see you before I leave to Ghana. Definitely! I
replied. So how is it gonna be? She asked. ‘Would you mind
coming over here’? ‘Alright’. We fixed a date for our little get
together before her journey. Just one week to the day of our
meeting I got a call from her, saying that Ck, the singer, who
was then at the United States Of America, asked her to come
over to the US for a song he was recording. According to Ck,
the Americans loved that music so much, but critics said a
woman’s voice would spice it up all the more, so he decided
to call on Ogechi who had once done excellently and
attracted a lot of thumbs up. Out of all the female singers Ck
knew, it was Ogechi he decided to call on to feature him. Not
even the American female singers impressed Ck as much as
Ogechi did. And the song had to be recorded as soon as
possible, so Ogechi had to be in the United States in three
days’ time to be back in Nigerian after her deal with Ck
before heading to Ghana for her IT. So I was only waiting for
her to finish up there and come back so that we could meet
before she left for Ghana. She left for US in three days. We
continued our audio and video calls all the while. The song
she did with Ck, titled; VOICE IN MY GENERATION was
trending highly on TV and radio stations both home and
abroad. She had spent three months there already and there
was no sign that she was returning anytime soon. She soon
got famous to an extent and created her own website in order
to reach out to her fans. One day she called me and asked if
we could communicate via BBM. Her reason was that she
didn’t want to draw the press’s attention to herself before
they documented her conversation in the newspapers since
she had become a little bit famous and was mostly in the
midst of other really famous singers. So we switched to BBM,
and this was our conversation;
‘Hi baby’ she greeted
‘Hi. Still glowing as usual. Your dp says it all’ I
complemented
‘Hahaha, I only get like that when I think of you’
‘Wow!! You must have been thinking of me the whole time
then’ I said.
‘You are not far from the truth. I really have’
‘I miss you too, beautiful. What’s been happening?’ I asked
‘Nothing much, It’s just the songs and the performances’
‘You need not say. It’s all over TV and radio stations here.
‘Ck featuring Oge’. Why did you make Oge your stage name?’
‘The Americans find it a bit difficult to pronounce Ogechi, so
I made it short for their sake, and now it’s everywhere’
‘Everywhere indeed. What about the song you did with Ck? I
don’t seem to find it on the internet’
‘It is’ she said.
‘Well, I’ve been searching for it endlessly yet couldn’t find it.
Can you give the link please? I want to have it in my phone
so that I can listen to it anytime’
‘Okay. Here is the link; http://m.naijapals.com/music.php?id=40459
‘Alright. I’ll download it right after now. So when are you
coming back home to me?’
‘Actually, that’s why I called for this conversation’
‘Oh really? I get the feeling you’re coming soon. That’s what
you want to tell me right?’
‘Eehm.., on the contrary, I won’t be coming home anytime
soon. Ck has been booked to sing at various places already,
and the bookings will keep coming. As his backup singer, I
need to go with him everywhere he goes. From the look of
things, I might not be coming home till the period for our
Industrial Training is over’
‘What?’ I exclaimed.
‘Yes dear. I really wish there was something I could do to
avert this. But as it stands, I’ll have to go along with
everything that is happening.
(Still finding what she said hard to believe) ‘Are you serious
about this?’
‘Yes I am. I really am’ She replied
I held onto my phone without being able to type another
word. She tried to keep the communication flowing but my
spirit was too destabilized to chat anymore. When it was
apparent I wasn’t going to continue with the chat, she just
typed; talk to you later honey. At this point, the hard nut was
cracked. My emotions got the better part of me to a point
where I nearly shed tears. I couldn’t believe what she just
said, and there was absolutely nothing that could be done. I
felt like my world had crumbled. At least, if she was in the
country, I would have the liberty to visit her whenever, but
with her out of the country, nothing like that could happen. I
was deeply traumatized for weeks. Eventually, I got over it,
got involved with a theater and won a role in a major stage
play titled; STOLEN. Rehearsals for the play were all I did
throughout the period for my Industrial Training.
Conversation between me and Ogechi reduced little by little
until it was no more. We got to see each other again after the
IT period was over. I went back to school first. The first
quarter of the semester was over before Ogechi got back to
join us from the US. She was highly respected and admired.
Above all, she was also very RICH! Time alone with her
became a myth. She always had people around her. At that
point I didn’t know if she craved for my company the way I
craved for hers. There were lots of guys around her. Rich
guys, handsome guys, singers, actors, and all manner of guys
lingered around her to achieve different purposes. All my
meetings with her was brief and in public. When I asked to
see her privately, she would promise to make out time for
that but won’t eventually, perhaps because she had become a
very busy person. I was confused and didn’t know what to do
anymore. So I assumed that things had taken a new turn
which I had to accept, and I did. Travelling to America
became like traveling from Lagos to Abuja for Ogechi. During
our final year in school, she had travelled more than twenty
times abroad to perform with Ck. A recording label abroad
even concluded plans to sign a contract with her the moment
she was done schooling. Apparently, God had made a way for
her to live her dreams. I, on the other hand directed all my
focus to studies and business. The only mega thing I was
expecting was to be called upon to play the role I had won in
a stage play, which was to be performed anytime soon. But
the play wasn’t performed until I graduated from school.
The year ended in a hurry and we became graduates. I went
for service while Ogechi bypassed service and travelled
abroad for her contract. Ogechi and I were still in good
terms, but only as acquaintances. We usually met online and
would chat a little. But that happened once in a long while. I
followed her work closely. I became one of her fans. I knew I
stilled loved her, but at a point I murdered my feelings and
thought of her to be the closest person to me that had hit the
walls of fame. It was an honor knowing her. I still called her
though, as an acquaintance and a fan.
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EPISODE: 9
I was posted to Nnewi in Anambra State where I got
acquainted with a young man named Onyedikachi. I called
him Onye for short. We were lodge mates and pretty much
became good friends. He was the most optimistic being I had
ever seen. In the face of whatever difficulty, he saw nothing
but blessings and glory. He wasn’t much of a singer, but I
guess that ‘show me your friend and I’ll tell you who you are’
thing came into play. We both had everything in common. We
shared ideas, pursued happiness, and hoped for better days
to come. Until that very moment, FOREX was my only source
of income, and that weighed me down a whole lot because I
had thought that I would make it in life before graduating
from school. The only thing that had power enough to lift the
burden of such thoughts from my shoulders was Ogechi’s
call, which didn’t come in often. And if I called, some guy
would pick up and say he’s her manager and that she wasn’t
available. Hmmm. So I moved the good old days to the
present and revitalized my Christian living. I and Onye went
to church and prayed a lot. We became church boys. We
even joined a drama unit in church where I got to discover
more about myself. More gifts and talents of mine emerged
from my inmost being. This was really good for me because I
got to know what I needed to do and how to do them. I did a
lot of creative writings, some of which I documented in my
blog, and others far away from a second party. However, I
made myself known by people as one who does such
writings. After youth service, I worked as a broadcaster in a
radio station and was a bit fulfilled. Onye, who was more of
a business man, began communicating with a relative
abroad, urging her to keep her promise to send him some
cars to sale and start life after graduation. He normally
communicated with her via Skype. One of those days he
introduced me to his relative and we got talking. Our steady
communication built some sort of relationship between I and
Onye’s relative, who was an unmarried lady in her early
thirties, and she fell in love with my writings, music and
poetry. She said I couldn’t afford to end as an ordinary
university graduate working as a broadcaster in a local radio
station. She asked if I would like to further my studies
abroad. I was so excited to hear that. She made necessary
arrangements and made the funds for me to get a visa and fly
abroad. I testified in church and everyone was happy for me.
Onye went well with the idea of studying masters abroad and
as such, dropped the idea of business and joined me.
We were set to leave, and a couple of folks accompanied us
to Enugu airport where we boarded a flight to Abuja
international airport. At Abuja airport our flight to America
was delayed for a little bit. While we sat there talking and
waiting for the flight to be ready, shouts of celebration right
outside the airport caught ours and everyone else’s
attention. We moved out to see what was happening and
found that there was a crowd around an unknown personality,
probably the governor or something. We went back and took
our former positions on our sits. But the shout just wouldn’t
stop and as such, we couldn’t enjoy our chat because of the
noise. The noise kept drawing nearer and nearer
unstoppably. I wondered what sort of person could pull such
crowd. So my curiosity led me outside to find out who it
really was, and guess who it was; OGECHI.
This girl is a bomb! Mehn, she was becoming like Michael
Jackson. I was amazed at this coincidence, but that was just
the beginning of my amazement. Well, I would have loved to
say a thing or two to her, but for the crowd I relented and let
go. I found myself a spot from which I could view her clearly.
She was signing autographs, responding to the press and
doing all the superstar stuff. When my eyes had seen enough
of her, I returned to Onye. He asked why I went to that extent
just to get a clear picture of her. I told him I was her fan, and
had wanted to see her for a long time now. Our discussion
continued, but I wasn’t a part of it anymore. I was thinking
about so many things at the same time. As a matter of fact, I
mind travelled. What brought me back was the crowd, which
seemed to be drawing close to where I was sitting. I snapped
out of it and tried to understand what was happening. I saw
some people pointing their fingers at me and saying things I
couldn’t hear. Then it dawned on me that Ogechi had seen
me. But why all the talk and finger pointing? I couldn’t
comprehend. Next thing that happened was that Ogechi
screamed on seeing me, ran towards me, and jumped on me.
WHAT THE HELL? I m..i..s..s..e..d.. youuuu, was the first
thing she said to me. I was FLABBERGASTED! Ogechi! I
called out in utter amazement. Yes dear, she replied all
happy and smiling. Suddenly the whole attention was on me.
The press started commenting and asking questions
immediately. I was live on AIT answering questions I hadn’t
planned to answer anytime soon. Oh, what do we have here,
said the press woman who headed the press team. ‘This is
more like a happy reunion’ do you mind letting us in on
what’s going on now? She asked Ogechi. And Ogechi began
talking;
‘Well, I’ve been in the in the United States for the past fifteen
months. I definitely missed a couple of people at home, and
prince charming here happens to one of those I’ve missed the
most.
‘Wow! I’m sure he’s glad to see you too’ said the broadcaster
‘(Confused) Definitely! I replied.
‘(To Ogechi) I heard you say something like ‘Prince
Charming’; can you please say more about that?’ The
broadcaster asked
‘W..e..l..ll.., I will, but definitely not today. Some other time
I guess’ Ogechi replied smiling joyfully.
‘That seems to me like something private’
‘You bet’ said Ogechi
‘Apparently, prince charming here and your fans in Nigeria
are glad to have you back in the country, and probably wish
you wouldn’t leave again, but we know that is not likely to
happen. So can you please tell us how long we should expect
to have you around?
‘On the contrary, I have come to stay. You see, my contract
with my recording label abroad just expired and I refused to
renew it because there are some people I really need to be
with in Nigeria. If I had renewed that contract, that wouldn’t
have been possible because I would still have to stay abroad.
(Turns to the camera) So to my fans in Nigeria and Africa,
it’s you me together forever.
(Crowd hails)
‘You said there are some people you really need to be with
here. Can you please name a few of these people and the
roles they will play in your life which is more important than
that which your recording label would have played? I know
for a fact that they would have funded your account with
some cool dollars. So who on earth would you forgo that for?
The broadcaster asked.
‘Sometimes, our determination to excel in life can be
outweighed by our willingness to accept our destiny’ Ogechi
replied tenderly.
‘So you’re saying destiny brought you back to home? The
broadcaster continued.
‘Exactly!’ Ogechi replied
‘Well, that explains a lot. We’ll stick around and see how this
turns out. (The broadcaster turns to me) So prince charming,
would you say Oge’s sacrifice to leave the United States for
the sake of some set of people, or should I say, destiny, is
worth it?’
‘(Stammering) Y..e..a..h.., I would say it is, considering the
fact that she left a lot of people who love her behind when
she left to America, and some of those people have really
longed to see and be with her all these years. Luckily for
them, she’s back here to stay’ I replied with an attitude of
less concern.
‘Do you in anyway happen to be one of such people?’ The
broadcaster enquired.
‘(Stammering) Y..e..a..h.., I am. I’m one of her greatest fan.
I’ve followed her right from the start’
‘Wow! That’s obvious enough. But isn’t there a little bit more
to it than just a celebrity and fan thing? Judging from the
look of things, I mean, her excitement on seeing you, the hug,
you being here to pick her up, it seems there is. I bet she
would have kissed you if not for the camera.
(Crowd roars)
‘You know she’s been in America for a while. Judging from
the Hollywood movies I’ve watched, kisses and hugs are like
handshakes over there’ I replied.
‘That was a smart one prince charming. Can we know your
name?
‘Jesusboy’
‘What?’
‘Jesusboy’
‘What is that, a name?’
‘Yes oo, a name. My name’
‘Why do you call yourself Jesusboy?’
‘Because Jesus is the One I claim’
‘Interesting. I guess you’ll have to pray for us then. (Turns to
Ogechi) Well, we are set leave you to your fans now. It’s been
a wonderful time out with you, and once again, welcome
home. Any lasts words for our viewers?’
‘Yeah. (Ogechi turns to the camera) Thank you everyone, I
love you all, I’m proud of you, believe in yourself and trust in
God.
‘Well viewers that was one of Nigeria’s most talented singers
landing all the way from the United States not to visit, but to
stay. You can see her fans showing her the love she needs to
keep going higher. I believe you all out there watching have
in one way or the other joined to welcome her home. We’ll
keep you posted on more celebrity talk as you stay with us.
My name is Shola Ade, AIT.
Ogechi signed a lot of autographs afterwards. All the while,
she didn’t let go off me. Anyone who saw the way she clung
to me would not be mistaken to think we had something
going. Indeed we had. But was it still alive?

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