LOUD WHISPERS: A Day Will Come

For a few seconds, Temi thought she was going to pass out. Everything and everyone was a blur. People around her were talking loudly, laughing, exchanging greetings and saying things to her. Her cousin Maggie was trying to whisper something in her ear. The loudspeakers were blaring and she could barely make out what the Master of Ceremonies was saying. There was so much noise, yet she could not hear a thing. It was also very hot. She began to feel herself lifting out of her body. Then she felt her eyes stinging. Her tears were trying to get through her make-up. Thank God for photochromic lenses she thought to herself. A voice in her head was saying, ‘Is this me? What am I doing here?’ It then dawned on her that it was her own voice she was hearing. She starred at Maggie who by now had tears in her eyes too. Then Maggie whispered into her ear again, and this time Temi heard her, ‘I told you this day would come’.

 

Mama Tade was watching on television. She had tears in her eyes too, for different reasons. She was the older sister of Peter, Temi’s ex-husband. Temi and Peter were married for ten years and they had two children, a daughter Bola and a son Ponle. When Temi married Peter, life was good in the early years. Peter was a Customs Officer and he also had a retail business selling building materials on the side. Temi was a teacher in a primary school, they both lived in Lagos. Mama Tade had never liked Temi. As far as she was concerned, Temi was not in the same league as her brother. Temi only had a Grade 2 Teacher’s Certificate while her brother was a university graduate. She was also from ‘up country’, a place where people were unsophisticated and not as ‘exposed’ as cosmopolitan Lagos. Temi had planned to go back to school but she foolishly got pregnant, and Peter felt obliged to marry her; that was the right thing to do back then. Peter made a lot of money. He liked parties, and he sprayed good money for musicians to sing his praises.

Temi was happy that her husband was successful. She however resented the effect all this new money was having on her husband, it started going to his head. He had various liaisons with women, and at some point, he stopped trying to hide them from his wife. The more successful he became the more inadequate he made Temi feel, he seemed to be on the same page with his sister. He became belligerent and beat Temi at the slightest provocation. Then Peter fell ill. In spite of all the treatment he received he did not get better. Mama Tade mobilized family members to point fingers at Temi, accusing her of poisoning her husband. What could her motive be?, some sensible people asked. To kill him and inherit all his money of course was Mama Tade’s response. Peter’s plight was also said to be Temi’s revenge for the way he treated her.

 

One day Temi came back from work to find that her sick husband had been moved to a location she did not know. Then Mama Tade showed up and gave her an ultimatum to leave the house. Temi ignored her, but she sent her two young children to stay with her Uncle till things cooled down. Mama Tade came back to the house with some thugs. They beat Temi up, stripped her almost naked and dragged her on the floor. Neighbors rushed out to prevent further trouble, and after the intruders had left, they advised Temi to leave for her own safety. Peter did get better, but made no attempt to reconcile with his wife. Mama Tade was only too happy to see Temi gone. As she remembered the past, Mama Tade bowed her head and cried more tears of regret.

 

Even though Temi’s family knew she had done nothing wrong, they still went to appeal to Peter and his family to settle their differences, all to no avail. Peter insisted that his children be brought back to live with him. Temi refused to leave her young children at the mercy of a stream of mistresses. Peter punished her by refusing to help with the children’s expenses. Temi’s Uncle who was known to family members as ‘Baba Maggie’ was very sad at this turn of events, but there was nothing he could do. He provided a home for Temi and her children. His daughter Maggie was Temi’s closest ally and they were the same age. Every night, Maggie held Temi in her arms as she cried. One night Maggie said to a sobbing Temi, ‘A day will come when you will be vindicated. The world will celebrate you for what you are. A hardworking, responsible woman of integrity, who deserves to be treated with respect. Don’t think about him. Think about the future’. Maggie’s mother was a Matron in one of the local hospitals, a no-nonsense woman. Mama Maggie pushed Temi to apply to a College of Education and get a National Certificate in Education (NCE). Temi got her NCE and while she was working as a teacher, she did a sandwich program to get a Bachelor’s Degree.

 

That was twenty-five years ago. Baba Maggie moved back to his hometown in Mengi State and got involved in local politics. Temi did her Master’s Degree at the University of Mengi, where she got an appointment. She worked very hard and she got a scholarship to do a PhD in The Netherlands. She returned to the University where she continued teaching. After Temi was thrown out of her home, Peter remarried the same year. Then he was posted away from his lucrative beat at the Customs to ‘dry land’ where he was forced to come to terms with his salary as a civil servant. He was on the verge of becoming a vagrant when he won the US lottery and moved there with his new family. Temi had not seen him in years, though she encouraged his children to have a relationship with him, which they did reluctantly. Temi’s children lived with Maggie in the UK till they finished their degrees. Bola was an Accountant and Ponle became a Lawyer.

 

Temi tried to clear her head. She thought about what Maggie had told her long ago. Yes, the day had come. Temi’s eyes filled with tears again. Then she told herself ‘No, I am not going to cry anymore. I have forgiven them. If they had not thrown me out I would not be where I am now. Maggie was right. This day has come. The day I am no longer afraid of those who almost killed me’.

 

And so Temi stood up and moved to the front of the platform, where all the high and mighty of the country were gathered, as the Master of Ceremonies announced, ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, please put your hands together for Her Excellency, Dr Temi Makinde, the Deputy Governor of Mengi State’.

 

 

Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi is a Gender Specialist, Social Entrepreneur and Writer. She is the Founder of Abovewhispers.com, an online community for women. She is the First Lady of Ekiti State, and she can be reached at BAF@abovewhispers.com

 

 

 

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18 Responses to LOUD WHISPERS: A Day Will Come

  1. olorunsola September 24, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    My day will come too. All the stress I am going through will become victory over my kids. Just like Temi, it will come.

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  2. Omorosa September 24, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    May God keep every woman working and toiling for their children oo. I cannot but wonder why some women always want to be evil. Look at that mama Tade now

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  3. sharon September 24, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    Lord, bless me so that my mum will be joyous about me and my siblings. That woman is going through so much. Mama, our day will come.

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  4. Oluwatoyin Adams September 24, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    The bliss of seeing that at the end of the day, it’s worth it. It will come!

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  5. Ruth Agnes September 24, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    May our day of joy never happen behind us. This made me remember my mum. God help us.

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  6. Idayat September 24, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    Some people will just detest you for nothing o. You didn’t offend them but they will hate you, that is the evil life of mama Tade! Has she seen it now? Have her eyes cleared now? Has God not vindicated Temi? n That day will surely come.

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  7. Rebecca September 24, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    This story spoke to my soul. My day will come!

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  8. Victor Udoh September 24, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    May God forgive a lot of us men. Even if mama Tade did that, isn’t Temi’s husband supposed to fight for his home? A lot of us men are douche bags!

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  9. Lupita September 24, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    What a happy ending. I am blessed by this reading.

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  10. N. Charity September 24, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    Wow. I so much love this . When life throws lemon at you, you make lemonade out of it

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  11. Glory September 24, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    My day will come. I read this and cried. God bless you sharing this story

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  12. Kikelomo Alamu September 24, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    Oh! How I await that glorious day!!! But in the meantime, Lord teach me to be diligent in all I do.
    2 cor 10 vs 1-7 comes to mind

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  13. Giftie September 25, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    This made me cry. Oh God, my day will come

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  14. Olufolake September 25, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    My day will come.
    God bless you for sharing this inspiring story.

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  15. Femi Diipo September 26, 2020 at 5:48 am

    A wonderful story. May God turn all our sorrows to joy and make the seemingly difficult moments of our life a turning point for good

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  16. Yetunde O September 27, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    Very deep story and very apt too. The struggling woman’s day will come too.

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  17. Olakunle Olajide September 29, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    This story sounds familiar, maybe I read something similar in one of your books. Temi’s disappointment became a blessing. But she couldn’t do it without the support of Maggie family, those are the kind of people we all need in time of difficulties..Very inspiring article.

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  18. DSEED October 1, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Such an inspiring write up. Never to give up on my dreams no matter the challenges.

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