“I am sorry to barge in on YOU Ma’am . . .
Just wondering if you are the same Yemi Oluxxxxx that lived beside Le Fahts Studio on Muritala Muhammed Way, Yaba – Lagos back in the mid 80s and attended WAEC preparatory classes around Little Road in Yaba also . . . It’ll be nice to know if you are.
I’m Gbenga Oshin.
‘Yep ! Emi ni o.
I kind of remember Gbenga Oshin, the name but I’ve looked at your profile photo and can’t remember the face.
Anyway, it’s a pleasure connecting again.
God bless you and yours !’
My head did ‘tinini-tonono’ . How can she not remember my face ?
Ahhhhhhhhhh. I quickly sent 3 old photos of me taken way back – In 1988, to her.
I finally got a proper response this time around:
‘Yes, I now remember ! Wooow !
Where on earth have you been ???’
“I picture you in my head all the time and look out to where your bungalow previously stood whenever I passed the hood . It’s now a multi storey building if I’m not mistaken.
‘I know – I haven’t changed much but you have put on some weight !
Yes o – The entire street has been revamped.
Oooh, ok and I remember the face now.’
“There were also Sola, Damola, Tina, James and my cousin Dotun. I don’t know where they all are again though . Lol”
(To think it was Sola that gave me the nickname ‘HighHeels’ back then – She looked at me one day and said – Gbenga – Bata Gogoro – HighHeels – And it has stuck ever since)
I have looked for Sola too, combed the entire FB for her. Can’t find her o. How is she ? … and cute Damola !’
“Last time I saw Damola was at a party she hosted at their Surulere abode.
Was at Sola’s too twice but never met her at home on both occasions – Then time passed.”
‘Na wa o! All my friends from way back. I haven’t come across either of them.’
I went down memory lane about a few outings we had and especially when I followed her to her friend’s houses etc . . . Firstly to see Tina somewhere around the Old Yaba Zoo and then around Fadeyi to see a friend of hers also.
Events from far back 1986 – Three whole decades and a half, 35 years ago.
‘Gbenga, I remember now . You have a very good memory !
I remember when you came to visit too, lol.’
“One sunny afternoon like that. I think you stayed with your granny or so.
“I liked you like crazy and wanted to date you.
‘I know . Lol.’
(Imagine – She knew all along sha)
“I was always tongue tied talking to YOU. Chaiiiiiiiii.”
‘Lol. Puppy love ! Dem send you go lesson you dey go chase girl. Small boy like you. It was all fun though, all part of growing up.’
(See hand o . She take style yab me abi ? Ishhhhhhhhhh)
“I remember you went to OLA – Our Lady’s of Apostles – I was at St. Finbarr’s and finished in 1984.”
(OLA was OUR sister school back then, Lol)
‘Yes OLA . I finished in 1984 too.’
“I see you were Banke Alawaye’s friend.”
(Had attended OLA too)
‘Banke is with the Lord now.
She was my junior in school and her sister, Tunji was my senior in OLA.
Banke, so painful.’
(Quiet . Pin drop silence)
What seemed like forever finally came to an end as we both exchanged phone numbers and went to bed after like an hour or so of no holds barred chit chats.
Time: 11.42 pm.
Funny, that I had such an intense crush on that young woman back then.
I slept like a baby mehnnn.
She sure used to make me mushy mushy.
My one time sugar sugar. My pepperoni back in the day. My old flame. Chuckles.
So looking forward to a time out with her.
Thanks Zukky . . .
(Then I woke up from my slumber)
Time: 6.42 am.
@ O’Shine Original . . .