“Adaobi!” shouted Mazi Okwu.
“Yes, father, I will be with you shortly, let pack these plates”. Adaobi answered from their backyard.
Adaobi was a girl of eighteen years. Her mother Uloma got married to Adaobi’s father Okwudiri popularly called Okwu at the age of fifteen. Uloma had an oblong face with tiny breasts. Uloma had thin thighs, her waist was broad with attractive buttocks. she was always cheerful and very respectful. She was the star in the village and most villagers admired her. Most young men hustled for her because she was not only beautiful but also well-mannered.
Uloma had rejected many hand in marriage some of who were wealthy. When the villagers learnt that Okwu had asked her to marry him, they laughed and wondered “How can Uloma accept to marry Okwu and his poverty?” Okwudili was poor but he was handsome. Though his lips were thick and his face roundish, he had the most perfect set of teeth and he was very tall and humorous. It was his sense of humour that had attracted Uloma. When Adaobi was born, everybody agreed that she was a carbon copy of Uloma.
As Adaobi grew up, it became certain that she looked very much like her late mother even more, for she was neither slim nor fat. But well built with her broad waist and long legs. Her beauty and charm always struck men.
One day, while she was coming back from the stream as one of her routine duties, she met Ikenna. What attracted Ikenna, was the way she was carrying a bucket on her head and a small jerry can on one hand. She struck to him as an industrious girl.
Ikenna, the son of Ude and Egodiya was elegant and always clean shaven. He was also well dressed when he was not on farm. His shoes were always dazzling that it was believed that he spent hours polishing them. He was dark in complexion and he was always smiling. He had just graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University as an Agriculturist. Instead of wasting time looking for white collar job he had considered it wise to practise what he had learnt from the University in his fathers farms. to b contd