Oyinkansola Clegg: Finding Hubby …Episode 24

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All of us in the room were dumbfounded. My mind raced all over the place trying to grasp an answer. Well, while my mind was racing all over, even as he was on his knee, Gloria began a thorough questioning session

“Are you gay, Femi?”

“Hell no, I heard all about that, and no, I haven’t become gay in Hollywood”

“Are you married, Femi?”

“Never been. Couldn’t quite settle into the American culture that well”

“Are you a woman beater? Do you have a child? Are you terminally ill or impotent?”

“No, No and Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeell No!”

“Are you…”

“I’ll need to think about this,” I interrupted Gloria, my own voice sounding very weak even to me.

“Of course. I’ll give you time to think. You can always reach me through Biola”.

“Who is Biola?” I asked, puzzled

“Your pastor is Biola to me,” he said with a slight chuckle as he finally stood up.

“Oh,” was all I could manage before he was out of the door and I shut it behind him. I turned around and it was just us again, me and my girls.

“So?” It was Toke. I raised my eyebrows and said “So you go first Toke.”

She shrugged her shoulders and responded without missing a breath “there’s nothing to go on about in my case. The man haff not wanna marry again, and I am not a small child so I’m gonna have the baby. And he can go and hug a wet transformer, cos I’m not having him anywhere my child.”

“Toke, are you sure…” Gloria queried. “I couldn’t be more certain,” she responded with a smile and then turned to me with a mischievous look on her face “So, so?”

“All those things Gloria asked him need to be confirmed first before I can even begin to consider”. Within minutes, Toke was on the internet and we had everything before us in black and white on Wikipedia and all the other places on the internet that keep such. No Femi wasn’t married, had never been married and didn’t have any children.

Much as I would like to trust Wikipedia with my future, I’d rather find out the old fashioned way. And unlike Femi, I didn’t try to clear up my mess-up with Hawt Pastor by using my friends. I picked my phone and called him. He seemed to have been waiting for the call, because he picked it on the first ring. His rich voice filled the room as I put him on speaker.

“Hello Oyin,” he said

“I’m really sorry about how…” I began but he cut in and cut me short on that

“It’s okay Oyin, I understand perfectly well how you felt. I take it that Femi has come to you to speak for himself, otherwise you wouldn’t be calling me.”

I suddenly felt very shy “Yes, he just left.” I responded.

“And?” he asked and I actually saw his eyebrow raised in my mind’s eye.

“Can I come and see you?” I asked

“What kind of pastor would it make me if I refused to see one of my own flock?”

“But I’m coming to see you, not as my pastor, but as Femi’s friend,” I stated

“Hmmm,” he mumbled. After a brief pause, he responded “Okay, I’m still in the office.”

With that, I hung up the call and we all jumped into my car (yes, they followed me, as they could not wait at home for gist, aproko that they are) and we were in church in minutes.

Moments later, I was knocking on Hawt Pastor’s office door the second time that day and again, he unhinged the door and opened it himself. “I see you brought the cavalry,” he said with a smile as he saw Toke and Gloria right behind me. Those girls en! “Y’all can come in though, there’s nothing we’ll say in this office that you’ll not be either bb-ing to each other online realtime or download as gist later, so you might as well hear it firsthand”.

We shuffled into his office like a file of schoolgirls and sat opposite his desk. This time, he went around to his own chair and sat facing us and then addressing me, he asked “so?”

Glo and I looked at Toke and laughed cos he just stole her line. “What?” he asked. “That’s Toke’s way of asking for gist,” I responded. “Ah,” he chuckled, “great minds think alike”

*cough cough* that was me.

“Femi proposed to me, and while I should be happy, I feel more of concern. I have a thousand and one reasons to be skeptical, and frankly, after my Yomi experience, I don’t even want to consider anyone except I know all there is to know about that person. Femi’s time in America is a black box to me, and his actions the last time we saw tells me he is a different person from the Femi I dated. So, pastor, I have a few questions for you.”

“Go ahead…” he responded

“First the basics. Any baggage? Is he or was he married? Does he have any kids? Any legal issues? Any reason, ulterior to desperately want to marry me?”

He clasped his hands and looked at me seriously for the first time that evening “He’s my friend and you are my church member. If I knew anything of that nature, I would have made sure Femi could never reach you a second time. Just so you know, after what he did the last time, we had a serious falling out. I’ve been friends with Femi for 27 years and it was the first time we quarreled that seriously. Because I felt he used the fact that you guys met again through me to win your trust so quickly and I don’t let my members be treated that way. We didn’t talk for over three months.”

He paused and walked over to his fridge “my manners, I didn’t offer you any drinks.”

I slapped him inside my head, which kind of interruption was that. Abi did I say I was thirsty ni. He took his time to bring the drinks and serve us and then went back to his seat. By this time I was literarily clawing my thigh but I kept a calm face in order not to fall hand.

“He called me around your wedding time and after apologizing to me and all, he began to continually ask if I could help him set a meeting up again. He was very disappointed when I told him you were getting married but he did not rest it. He almost came into Nigeria around that time to, in his words, fight for your hand. I firmly told him not to, since you had decided to marry Yomi.”

I let my mind roll to what would have happened if Femi had appeared at that time. I would probably have rubbed Yomi all over his face really. It was a good thing he hadn’t come.

He continued “I didn’t tell him the story of how the wedding went until about two weeks ago. When he heard you were still single, this time he didn’t bother to tell me he was coming. He simply appeared in my house. And it took him a week of convincing me he really is serious before I reached out to you. So in my opinion, and with how well I know Femi, he has never been more serious about anything.”

When he finished speaking, the room was quiet and all the eyes, including Toke and Glo where now firmly on me.

I only hesitated a moment. “Yes,” I said, as a smile rose from inside me and spread across my face. “Yes, I will marry Femi”.

And everyone in the room jumped for joy.

We did not get married immediately. Femi had been gone for years and I knew he would have changed, and I guessed he still carried the image of me of back then in his head, I have changed too. About three months later, Oyin Clegg became Oyin Omotosho in a very small, private ceremony. Hawt Pastor joined us and the only dramatics was from my mama. She dance pass me that day sef.

And as things happen, we didn’t know that the “so?” joke of the day had started something. But start something it did. Hawt Pastor and Toke are dating! Yes. There’s drama around that though, but it’s not in Finding Hubby. Suffice to say that church members and elders did not take kindly to the fact that their pastor was courting a pregnant woman.

Gloria eventually relocated to UK. She thought it was the best thing for her to do since the pressures to marry were less there. She tells me she will eventually adopt a kid and she seems pretty happy.

All in all, I learnt that everything good will indeed come.

Thanks for reading and enjoying Finding Hubby for the past 6 months. It’s been a joy to write this series. A new series,  Tricia’s Nightmare starts next Monday and you can be sure that it will keep your Mondays as exciting as the delectable Oyin Clegg (sorry Tosh) has. Now, since Oyin’s story ends today, I decided to post a snippet of Golden Sand for you today. Golden Sands is would become available for sale on Monday October 15. Do not sleep on a bicycle. Plan to buy. And I’ll be somewhere close to you to read from Golden Sands, sign (and sell) books and discuss your thougts on Oyin Clegg. Once again, thank you, arigato!

READ GOLDEN SANDS PROLOGUE HERE!!! https://www.360nobs.com/2012/09/tunde-leye-golden-sands-prologue/

Tunde Leye

Tunde Leye

Tunde Leye is the author of the blog Finding Hubby, which catalogues the escapades of the well loved Oyin Clegg. He is currently putting finishing touches to his debut novel - Golden Sands, which will be published in Nigeria in October, 2012 and will be available in select stores and on Amazon. Follow him on twitter @tundeleye

24 comments

  1. Nice work! I Followed it from the very first post! Gloria could have found another guy though!:( it doesn’t always end happily ever after! Good job. Looking forward to the next.

  2. Awwwwww…….and they lived happily ever after!!! I can’t believe it’s been six months gone by, can’t wait fir the novel plssssss keep us posted and also the Monday Monday lurveeee therapy. Good job Tunde!

  3. Nice to finally read the last issue. Story lost it’s edge along the line but it made a good read in d long run. Climax was hmmmmm……….. hmmmmmmm………..

  4. Hmm nice story line, fenk God I just started reading dis since yesterday and and episode ended 2day, I cudnt hav been waiting mondays upon mondays to folow up…nice 1 and I hope the next new episode will be as tempting suspense as “oyin clegg” ohhh sowi “Oyin tosh” loooooooooool

  5. Absolutely beautiful. You might just revive the reading culture in Nigeria. I thought the writing style changed somewhere in the middle as oyin lost some mannerisms and use of slangs and all but some of it came back and i was glad for that. all in All, it was a good read but it ended too soon.
    Good job man and may your gift bring you money and relevance (not to say fame-incase you don”t want that :))

  6. Finally!!! Oyin Tosh nee Clegg has found happiness! I’m glad sha. Reading Finding Hubby wasn’t a waste of my time. I hope Tricia’s Nightmare is more suspense filled and nerve racking o!!! + pls do ur booking signing and reading in Abuja! Plenty love for u!!! 🙂

  7. The best I’ve read in years…I kind of felt u shd hav left d fictional identity of Oyin a mystery…I’m sure ppLe would av been lookin 4 her by now(lol)…very good from start to finish…and very believable too atimes. Cheers!

  8. Very luvly, weldone @tundeleye. More grease 2 ur elbow.. I rily enjoyd findin hubby. I wish u d very best cos I can see u goin places.

  9. im happy things ended well for them but i think the end was a lil rushed. kudos all the same for keeping me (i like to speak 4 meself alone) hooked this long. wld def buy your book

  10. Well seeing that am a sucker for happy endings, I won’t complain. Loved it and I just started Tricia’s stuff and I must say its gonna b a wild ride

  11. Wow! Great story, lovely finish. Tunde Leye, I’m not forgetting your name in a hurry. Next time someone says there are no good writers in Nigeria, I’ll have a solid response. I’ll certainly get a copy of your book. Kudos!

  12. Delightful writing…
    Even though I lost touch I found myself coming back to look for the series…and it’s been a pleasant read. Well done TL!

  13. Ok, how do I start? A friend of mine forced me to read your first post this morning and to say i was impressed would be saying the least. Your chioce of words, your expressings, the chronological sequence, the suspence (i read everything in one day sha) and the fact that you were able to put into writing the many complexities of the female mind is simply… words fail me. keep it up ’cause am sure you are on the way to the top.

  14. wwwwwooooooowwwwww…… this was wonderful, i enjoyed every bit of it… i read all episodes and i’m glad.. it had a wonderful end

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