Ade: you know we’ve been friends for more than a decade now, and you know
everything about me as I know everything about you. But there’s something I
have been keeping from you and today, I got to know something again that is
James: I’m all ears bro
Ade: let’s settle your issue first. What do you want to do? Refuse to do
the job or go ahead with it? Or you go to big Jerry to ask why he chose you
to do the job? Or you want us to go and interview the man himself to know
what he knows about your parents, because from what you said, I can say
that the man knows more than he is telling you. I have given you options,
the ball is in your court, bro.
James: I think we should go and see the man. Do you know what? We bear the
same surname! Can you beat that? His name is Jason Segun Okeowo.. he
Ade: wait, wait, what’s the name again?
James: what’s wrong? Do you know him? Confusion everywhere… Please, don’t
tell me you know him( he stood up to pace about)
Ade: if it’s Mr Jason Segun Okeowo of Okeowo and sons, a limited liability
company, situated at Etan estate, plot 49, suites A and B, a middle aged
man with bald head, fair and….
James: kilode? You just read his biography as if you are singing rhymes..
what? How did you know him? Where did you meet him? You might say you know
his wife too
Ade: actually, I do. Infact, let me shock you, his wife, Mrs Bridget
Okeowo, is my mother!!!
James sat with a ‘bang’ on the sofa. He was really shocked. He looked at
Ade for a long time. He stood up again, went to his bar, took a glass of
dry gin and gulped it down at once. Then, he sat very close to Ade.
James: you have really shocked me. I need to hear the whole story… To say
we’ve been friends for so long and you never told me about your parents.
So, Mr Jason Segun Okeowo is your father…. Wonders shall never end..
Ade: let me tell you the whole story, so you can understand
James: today na today… ( He put off his television set).. no
distractions… I want you to tell me everything from beginning…
Ade: this was what happened..
Ade: I never knew my father until late last year and I got to know by
Since I was a child, my mother used to tell me that my father is abroad.
This continued until my 12th birthday, when she left me in care of her
friend to go marry an old rich man. The marriage ended 3 years later when
the old man died and his family threw her out. She came back to live with
her friend and both of them turned the apartment to an hotel. They bring in
different types of men and send me outside. If you remember, I used to come
to your to do my assignments before you were sent out. Then I told you I
would rather stay with you under the bridge than to go back to that house.
When big Jerry took you in, I stayed in an uncompleted building till late
at night and sometimes I sleep there. Fortunately for me, I made my WAEC
result at once and we met again at the jamb office, remember?
James: yeah, yeah, I remember that right. I was in front, saw you coming in
and had to lie that you were at my back but went to get something
outside… Yeah.. go on
Ade: do you remember I told you that a man saw me crying when my mother
told me that she doesn’t have money for my jamb form and I sat by a road
side, crying my heart out? this man came down from his car and after asking
me what happened, he gave me more than enough to buy the form, sit for
exam, to do registration when I passed and to get an accommodation. He was
an angel to me. That man was Mr Jason Segun Okeowo. He gave me his contact
number and he became responsible for my school till 300 level when I lost
his contact and then, you helped me talk to big Jerry and he continued
sponsoring me till we both became graduates. After service, with big Jerry’
s help, you got a job with Adren communication while I declined his help,
because I felt he has done a lot for me already. I learnt that my mother
remarried again and I called her to tell her that I was through with
service. She was surprised that I was through, do you know why? She never
bothered about my education. She then gave me the address of a company,
that I should go and meet the general manager with my CV.
I went there very early, found a gigantic building with ocean view,
asked to see the GM but was told he was with the chairman. So, I sat down
in the reception looking at the beautiful environment, the decoration on
the walls particularly took my fancy. About 25 minutes later, the
elevator’s door opened and two men came out with three men like bodyguards.
I casually looked at them and continued looking at the walls. Then, I heard
the receptionist saying, ” mister, aren’t you here to see the GM? See, he
is on his way out with the chairman and we don’t know when he will be
back”. I stood up quickly to go and meet them. Before I could get close
enough to speak, one of the other men came to stop me, asking what I
wanted. I said I was sent to the GM for a job. The GM heard and he said I
should come back next day. As I was about to turn back, I caught a glimpse
of the chairman, and guess who he was?