Monday, 30 November 2015


Episode 2

Dieko turned her back and left the room, she couldnt say anything about what she had just seen. She headed back upstairs to the bedroom feeling very disappointed in herself. She didn't bother to go searching for her husband anymore. 

'How could I have thought it was Mide in there with Vicky? How in God's name did that thought creep into my mind? Mide is a good man and the best husband any woman could ever wish for' Dieko leaned against the wall, talking to herself.

She went on her knees and continued soliloquizing 

'He has never given me cause to doubt him so……..oh! God just forgive me, Im so sorry for allowing the devil play my mind like this. Please forgive me Lord, I promise never to doubt my husband or even think bad of him again. 

She prayed silently. She climbed back into bed and tried to sleep but she couldnt, The whole scenario kept replaying in her mind. It was Vicky her house help huddled all up with James their security guard on the bed. She was dumbfounded at the sight. She couldnt believe they were caught in the act in her house right under her nose. They were so riveted in the nonsense they were doing that they didnt hear her open the door until they both saw her standing there before they disengaged from each others arms. 

She was very disappointed in Vicky because she had worked with them for a long time and Dieko had never had any reason to think the girl could do anything of that sort. Her head was throbbing, it was 4:00 am already and she had to sleep, 


Tomide was deep in thought on the couch where he was seated when he heard the scurrying sound along the corridor. He wasnt sure what or who it was and he wasnt ready to be disturbed but his instinct told him to go check. Immediately he got to the entrance of the corridor, he saw Vicky trying to run to the door leading to the backyard. James was behind her and he had only his boxers on and his clothes in his hands, trying to push her off the way. Obviously he wasnt aware of oga's presence until he looked up and stood still too.

‘’What in heaven is happening here!’’ Mide ordered

‘’erm……erm.oga abeg no be like so na Vicky say make I come help her’’ answered James,

 Vicky was shaking with a fright. 

"Help her with what and at what time are you helping eachother?' he yelled.
"Are you alright? Just get out of here the both of you, well solve this tomorrow." Tomide said and left the corridor then headed back to sitting room. They both hurried to the door, James ran out and Vicky closed the door and went back to her room sobbing.

Tomide couldnt place what just happened now although he knew it was something very silly and wasnt ready to be bothered about it. That was the least of his problems. He had disturbing issues that had to be solved immediately before they went out of hand. He just didnt know how to solve them. All he knew was that telling his wife was the paramount thing to do but he didnt know when he was going to tell her about it. He picked his phone from the side table, checked the time saw it was 4:30 am then he headed for their room upstairs.

When he got to the room he saw his wife was still sleeping peacefully where he left her and silently thanked God she didnt have to witness what he saw concerning Vicky and James. He had to talk to her about it later in the morning. He had always known there was something creepy about that boy James. Right now he just wanted to get into bed and cuddle his wife though she was asleep but that would calm him a little bit. Climbing into bed beside his wife he pecked her. 

"I must tell her before it gets out of hand" he muttered to himself "and I love my wife dearly so I owe her that"
Just as he was settling to sleep, the scriptures that has been ringing in his head for the past few days came to his mind again.

"Do not desire her beauty in your heart and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes………can a man carry fire in his bosom and his clothes not be burned?"



It was morning already. Tomide and Dieko were up having their morning devotion. They had always had their devotion together as a couple in their bedroom in the four years they'd been married, Dieko always said a family that prayed together stayed together. The joint devotion was usually after they had both had their individual quiet times. Dieko rounded up the devotion by praying while Tomide shared the grace.

"Good morning my love, How was your night?" said Tomide pecking his wife on the forehead.

Stifling a yawn, Dieko replied poking him playfully in the side "Hello Mr Tomide Williams, a good morning to you too. My night was fine and yours? By the way where was your honourable highness yesternight?"

"Why did I get the feeling that you were not going to notice I wasnt beside you" Tomide said laughing and strolling towards the bathroom.

"We are one in spirit my dear husband, I feel what you feel and I felt it when you left the room’’ She was also laughing

‘’Hmmmm Dee Dee! The feeler or is it the seer, you felt it indeed. You were so fast asleep when I left the room, you didnt even hear me open or close the door.’’ 

"Haha thats not nice she said pouting playfully "at least I woke up later to find out you were out of bed. Why were you out of bed? Its unlike you, was anything wrong?

"Yea, I couldnt sleep so I just decided to get some air downstairs..."

Moving close to where he was standing, she asked with her face turning into a slight frown

"Are you sure theres nothing wrong?"

"Nah. Trust me theres absolutely nothing wrong." He covered her mouth with a kiss.

"Hmm" She pulled away. "Youve not brushed your teeth" she said hitting him on the hand "Please hurry up were running late already"

Tomide winked at her with a grin on his face "Yes maam" he said bowing slightly and entering the bathroom.

"Lest I forget Dee, I need to talk to you about Vicky and James’’ Tomide was saying from the bathroom.

"Yes..I was going to say the same thing. They have started misbehaving o, Well talk about it after work today." She replied. 

In no time, they were both dressed for work and ready to go. 

Tomide ran an event planning and decorating firm that was thriving well. Dieko on the other hand was a Public Relations Officer working with an advertising agency,


They both got the gifts they wanted and went to pay. Tomide insisted on paying for the gift Dieko got but she appeared as a force to be reckoned. After much persuasion that was abortive, Tomide let her pay for the gift. They bade themselves good bye and left.

The most silly thing and grievous mistake he had ever committed in his entire life was not asking for her telephone number. She didnt look like one who was going to give a stranger her number but he would have tried his best to get it. The brief moment they spent together at the shopping mall made him feel like they had known each other for a while. Another thing was that there was something about her he couldnt place his hand on, she looked very familiar to him. Their meeting was like a déjà vu.

All through the week Mide wasnt himself and it was very unlike him. He couldnt concentrate at work, He kept thinking about her. There was something striking about her but he still didnt know whatever it was and now he might never even know because he stupidly didnt get her number. Facebook couldnt even do the trick of searching for her because he couldnt remember her surname only her first name and that was not going to be helpful, He wasnt ready to start checking out all the Diekolooreoluwasimi that was going to appear on Facebook.

The week passed and even his nieces 4th birthday party couldnt do anything to stop him from thinking about the mystery lady. He started calling her that because he still couldnt figure out what was it about her that was making him jittery. The birthday party reminded him more of her because his niece Anjolaoluwa would not stop carrying the Barbie doll he got her with the help of the mystery lady. She even insisted on strapping the doll to her back. The Barbie doll gift from her dear uncle made him win her love back. His elder sister Folake, Anjolaoluwas mom noticed he wasnt flowing with the children at the party knowing his love for kids. She asked him but he couldnt tell her what the whole thing was all about, not just yet even if he was going to tell her.

He wondered if his sister would be of any help if he told her.. He didnt tell his best friend, Olumide, too. He had to find out what this thing was about her. Tomide decided what he was going to do. He had no power of his own, he would take it to the Lord in prayer. Lol. 

PING! PING!! The vibration of his phone cut rudely into his thoughts. He hissed. He picked up the phone and checked the BBM message that just came in, It was from mystery lady’herself.  Diekolooreoluwasimi his darling wife. She had sent some messages to him before the two pings that alerted him came in. He smiled while reading the message:

Hello my prince charming,
How is work going and hope youre good? You dont need to reply if youre busy just checking on my love. See you at home. Love you to the moon and back.

He couldnt help but smile again, thinking how she was the best thing that had ever happened to him. He replied her message:

Thanks my love. I love you to bits...

and ended it with the hug and kiss smiley too.

He thought about how things had changed for him real good since he met his wife and remembered the scripture that says He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favour from the Lord.
 Indeed he had found a good thing from the Lord and he was still obtaining favour from him. He would never take that for granted. Never!

Tomide has always been a lover of God and his family. He never joked with the things of God. However, lately, he had been questioning his faith in God. These doubts about his spirituality started when he started having what seemed like attractions that were not harmful at first to his long-time friend Adesola whom he just met few weeks ago.

Tomide and Adesola were very close right from their secondary school days till they got to the University. They were branded the best couple in school despite the fact that they had nothing going on between them. They were best of friends. They however lost each others contacts when Tomide traveled out of the country for his Masters degree until they met again through one of Tomide's clients recently. He couldnt say his meeting with her again was for good. He knew he had to avoid her by all means! This was the time he had to take heed to the scripture that says "And by the fear of the Lord a man avoids evil." 


Seated in her office, Dieko was still thinking about the whole scenario of Vicky and James. She still felt bad about the way she concluded it was her husband. Maybe if she hadnt behaved like someone whose husband was kidnapped in the middle of the night she wouldnt be having the silly thought.

She had just sent a message to her husband and was still fiddling with her phone when her best friend Tolu entered into her office and crashed her very pregnant self into the chair in front of Diekos desk. Tolu was expecting her second child.

With a grin on her swollen face and rolling her eyes, she asked, "Arent you going for lunch? Lets go o, Im so hungry and Im tired of sitting I need to stretch my legs.’’ 

She noticed Dieko was not looking her usual self 

"Dieko, whats wrong?" Tolu asked. 

"I dont just feel happy today" answered Dieko

"What is it about?"

Tolu was not someone Dieko would keep anything away from, They'd been friends from childhood days. Dieko sat upstraight and then narrated everything to her.

"So what is your stress in all what youve told me now? Because I dont seem to understand the reason behind the headache youre giving yourself.’’ Tolu hissed.

You dont understand. I just told you Im feeling guilty for thinking it was my husband

And I am telling you too that I dont see the reason why you should be feeling guilty. The thought you had was very normal, no matter who your husband is even if he is a pastor, The thought will still creep in because he is the only man in the main house and it doesn't mean you don't trust him. So baby girl cheer up. Please stop making yourself guilty over nothing. As for those two without any shame, you should deal with them, Im sure thats not their first time. Only God knows what they do when youre not home.

Abi o! God save us from all these things o

So are you cool now? Tolu asked trying to stand up from the chair

Yes I am, Thanks to you I would have killed myself with guilt. She said smiling Careful o iya ibeji I no fit carry you if you fall because youre already ten times bigger than me’’

Haba ten times ke pity me now’’ Tolu laughed. "Are we good to go for lunch now?

Yes we are. You too like food sef I dont blame you sha, Its like you are eating for extra two people

Abeg o which kain two people, Na only one o. They both laughed and left Diekos office.

Dieko felt more relieved and she knew one of the blessings she had in addition to a best friend was a good husband...

*Episode 2


*Written by Fisayo Akanbi

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Saturday, 7 November 2015

RIBS Episode 1

Hi guys! I apologize for the long time no see. So I have finished reviewing one of the stories submitted. I did enjoy it and I hope you do too.

From Fisayo Akanbi.

(Yeah, I know. My namesake. Lol!)


After tossing and turning on her side of the bed, Dieko finally woke up looking dishevelled, her hair scattered and the hair net she wore to sleep almost dropping off her head. She turned to the other side of the bed trying to reach for her husband like she usually did but he wasn't beside her. She got up and then sat at the edge of the bed, frowning in a mix of worry and confusion, looking around the room like something was amiss.

"Honey!" she called out with a stifled yawn, and finally standing from the bed.

"Honey!" she called again, opening the bathroom door and peeping to check if her husband was inside but he wasn't.

She went to the side table and checked the time on her BlackBerry phone. The phone was one of the birthday gifts she had gotten from her husband a few weeks ago. The time was 3:00 am and her husband was not in bed.

"Where is Mide at this time of the night, why is he still awake?" Dieko whispered as she turned to leave the room.

Walking down the corridor leading to the staircase she paused and smiled at the large wedding picture frame of her and Mide hanging on a side of the lobby. She was wrapped lovingly in the arms of her husband, they were both looking into each other's eyes and Dieko had a big happy smile on her face revealing her gap teeth, Mide on the other hand was looking handsome with his big and deep dimples. Standing there, Dieko couldn't help but flashback to how they met and how far they'come.

Dieko was walking through the aisle where mother care products was shelved. She hated doing what she was in the store to do picking out gifts, she just wasn't good at it because she always picked odd gifts for different occasions. It was her bestie's baby shower and she had to choose the best and right gift for the baby since she was going to be her god-mother,

Yes, Her because left to Dieko, Tolu, the bestie by the way,  was going to have a baby girl whether she liked it or not. She laughed at what she had just whispered to herself.

Dieko and Tolu were always arguing about the sex of the baby she was having.

"Tolu lets bet it youre going to have a baby girl." Dieko would argue.

"No! Dieko mind yourself o, if you so want a baby girl wait till you have yours, then you can have a dozen of baby girls but as for me Tolulope Adeoti, the baby i'm carrying in here is a big boy." Tolu would respond,  patting her very huge baby bump.

"I dont know why you dont want to know the babys sex sef Dieko had said rolling her eyes.

"Hmmm abegi! I dont believe in checking the babys sex before the birth jare, it doesnt change the fact that am expecting and by the way, a boy or a girl, they're both children jooor."

Dieko laughed again as she remembered the last baby talk she had with her friend. She was looking at a playpen when a young man approached her,

"Excuse me ma'am" he'd said with a smile, revealing his deep dimples

"Yes can I help you sir?" replied Dieko trying to cover up her irritation with a smile. Not only did his height and body structure startle her, his deep baritone voice also intruded her thoughts.

"Ehyes please, am sorry if I startled you" said the man, a smile twitching at the side of his mouth, obviously Dieko was not able to hide her irritation as she intended.

"I noticed youve been standing here for some minutes, it seems were in the same situation..."

Dieko cut in, not trying to hide her irritation now  

"what can I do for you sir?"

"I would have called one of the staff members to help me out but since you are a woman I thought it best to seek your help. I know your judgement will be good" He said.

Dieko couldnt help but smile at the way he intruded her thoughts again, She had been wondering why he hadn't just called a staff for help. She noticed he was holding two dresses in a hand and a miniature Barbie doll on the other hand. He was raising the items up for her to see.

"So which one is best to pick?" He asked.

She didnt hear the beginning of his statement. She was looking at his deep dimples. She had always had a thing for guys with dimples.

"Er.Im sorry what did you say? She was totally embarrassed at the way she was looking at the guy from head to toe.

"No problem maam" He said laughing now  "I was saying Im caught up between these two items, I dont know what to pick for my little niece.  Her birthday is tomorrow’’

"Okay, hmmmm…" she was looking intently at the items trying to figure out what to say

"How old is she by the way?" she asked

 "Shell be four tomorrow"

"Okay. I think the Barbie doll will be the best gift for her and shell appreciate it real big since its coming from her big uncle" she added laughing  "and Im sure shes got more than enough dresses, so the doll will do the trick."

He laughed too "It should do the trick, Im trying to win her love back because were actually not on talking terms" they both laughed.

"Can I help you too, it seems youre finding it difficult to pick something." he gave a big smile revealing his dimples again.

Dieko took a deep breath before answering him "yes I am, I dont know what to pick for my friends baby. Tomorrow is her baby showerI dont know if this playpen is okay" She said, pointing to the item on the shelf.

He turned to take a look at what she was pointing at. 

"I love this! Its a very unique gift and Im sure your friend will love it too, But its colour pink. Is the baby a girl?"

Rolling her eyes and laughing, she responded. "We dont know yet, but Im hoping its a girl"

With his brows raised , he said"Thats funny though, you dont know the babys sex yet and you want to buy a pink coloured giftI think its better to get a unisex coloured gift. Lets check if theres another colour"

"Okay I can see blue, cream and wine here. Which one is better?" Dieko said, pointing to the items.

"I believe the cream one is cute, because blue is for baby boys and the wine is out of it."

"Okay I get,..anyways thats true. Ill pick the cream one then" she said smiling. "You have been of great help to me more than I was to you because this is one thing I hate doing. Thank you very much."

"Thank you very much too and Im happy we were both of help to each other" He said, stretching out his hand to shake her "Pardon my manners please, Im Tomide Williams, Mide for short."

 Dieko was still laughing. "Youre pardoned, Im Dieko Folawiyo and its a pleasure meeting you."

She was expecting him to raise an eyebrow about her name, she always got that attitude from people whenever she told them her name and she was right because he asked for the meaning of the name.

"Hmmm……Dieko, whats the meaning?"

"Dieko short for Diekolooreoluwasimi meaning…" he interjected and they both said the meaning in unison

"Gods favour to me is not limited" they laughed together.


Dieko was jerked back to the present, still smiling at the picture frame. She whispered her name and the meaning to herself.  "Diekolooreoluwasimi. Gods favour to me is not limited."

She continued walking down the lobby when she began to hear soft moaning. As she approached the end of it, the sounds became louder and she could tell they were sexual noises. She wasnt sure where it was coming from but as she got downstairs, she was certain the noise was coming from the housemaids room. She had goose bumps all over her body suddenly. Her feet became stone cold and her heart was pumping fast like it was going to jump out of her chest. Immediately she got to the door leading to the room she couldn't open it. It was as though her strength was drained by the noise and the whispers she was hearing from the room.

Leaning against the wall she silently prayed "Lord Jesus please help me, Let this not be what I think it is."

Immediately she summoned the courage, pulled the door knob and swung it open. 

She stood still with her mouth opened wide and her jaw dropping to the floor at the sight she beheld. 

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Written by a Akanbi Fisayo. 

Edited by Fisayo Talabi. 

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