Thursday, 3 December 2015



Later that day, after work when they had both gotten home, Tomide and Dieko had a discussion with Vicky and James. Vicky had worked with their family for a long time, precisely since the first year of their marriage. Few months into their marriage after Dieko had experienced a miscarriage, Tomides mother had brought Vicky to be of help to Dieko. Her hard work and sincerity made the couple like her and treat her like a relative. She was a indeed a good girl who seemed like she had a life plan and all these factors aggravated Dieko's disappointment in her. She was caught between relieving Vicky of her job or letting her stay at the expense of her homes security. The couple decided to give her another chance after she had pleaded and promised never to repeat the act again. James on the other hand was forgiven but relieved of his job.


It felt wet and sticky and it was coming down in a gush. She didnt know what it was but she knew one thing .... this was very painful and it gave her severe back pain. She knew it felt like menstrual cramps but it wasnt. She was whimpering and crying out in pain. It was 5:00 am and she had to get to the hospital. The only person she could call was her best friend because her husband was not home but it was still too early. She was soaked in her own blood. With no choice but to call Tolu, she struggled to pick her phone and dial her number.

‘’Hello’’ Tolu said. She heard her friend whimpering and sat up straight. ‘’Dieko what is it? What is wrong with you?’’

‘’Tolu.please.I need your help..I need you to the hospital. Im sorry to disturb you’’Dieko moaned. 

‘’What!’’ Tolu screamed.‘’Jesus! Dont worry Im coming right away, just stay calm Ill be there in a jiffy.’’

Forty minutes later, Tolu and her husband Biola were at Dieko's house to take her to the hospital but it was too late. She had lost the baby.


Dieko was weeping silently by her side of the bed because she didnt want her husband to know she was crying or thinking about the incident. She had lost her 9 week old pregnancy and the pain was still fresh in her memory even though this happened four years ago. She could still recall everything she went through; the emotional trauma and the pain of the Dilation & Evacuation she had to undergo to take out the remains of her baby which was rudely termed "just a foetus".

Since then, Dieko had not gotten pregnant again. She had gotten tired of visiting different fertility specialists and eventually stopped. Tomide blamed himself for the miscarriage. He felt if he had been at home the day it happened, the baby would have been saved one way or the other. The guilt pushed him to employ an assistant who could handle any of his businesses outside their base; Abuja. At least he would be able to stay home more often and be there for his wife. 

She was tired of people who knew when she got married and were counting the running years. She was fed up of people who didnt know she had no children but would ask how the "children are doing"  based on their hasty assumptions. She was tired of her mother-in-law calling her every time and asking her how she was feeling in a bid to stylishly know if she was pregnant yet. It was only her husband and her bestfriend that understood her feelings. Yet, she couldn't bring herself to become a burden to either of them.

Tomide heard her sniffing and he instantly knew she was crying again. He didnt know whether to let her be or talk to her about it. He knew Vickys issue was going to unravel another bout of emotions. At first he thought she had gotten over the miscarriage incident but obviously she hadnt. 

He remembered they were super elated when it was first confirmed that Dieko was pregnant. They had made several plans for the arrival of the baby and Tomide has insisted that she would deliver of the baby in the UK. In fact ,they already had names for their child and whenever they talked about the baby, they referred to names. It was a shock to them when the miscarriage happened and more saddening that Dieko has been unable to conceive after the miscarriage. The doctors assured them that everything was fine and they should allow nature to take its course and be patient.

They had been patient for the past four years and had never for once doubted God. They were both believers and they believed in the word of God and had faith. He loved his wife but whenever she was in her moody state he wasnt sure of the best thing to say to calm her down. He knew he had to be strong for her. He moved closer to her on the bed even if he didnt really know what to say so he held her tight to himself and kept assuring her of Gods promises to them.

In their silence that night and her troubled spirit, Dieko received these words from God:

"For still the vision awaits its time, it hastens to the end- it will not lie. If it seem slow, wait for it, it will surely come, it will not delay’’ and

"Sing, O barren one, who did not bear; break forth into singing and cry aloud, you who have not been in travail! For the children of the desolate one will be more than the children of her that is married, says the Lord."


The service was power-packed, both the sermon and the praise session was awesome she had always thought no other praise team could beat the one of her church but she was proved wrong by this particular one. She had her share of a good dance, She was known for dancing since she was a child. Even her mother told her that she had started leaping and kicking right from when she was in the womb whenever there was music or singing. When she was a toddler she would twist her tiny body to any song that was being played and if the music is stopped she would cry until she was pacified with something else. 
She was in the church for her friends child dedication and she was the god-mother of the baby.

She saw him in the midst of the crowd but she wasnt sure if he was really the one or it was her imagination. Since the time she met him she has not been able to get him off her mind. With the little time they spent together, she knew he was going to be someone fun to be with. There was just a kind of flow between them that she couldnt explain. She couldnt say she liked him already but there was that possibility of her having a thing for him perhaps if they got to know eachother a little better.

He had the physical attributes she admired in men; TDH (Tall, Dark and Handsome), well-built, deep voice and of course he spoke well too. He had dimples deep enough to take the tip of her pinky finger and he was obviously intelligent. She wasnt hoping for anything. She just liked what she saw in the man that day at the store. Although she was disappointed he didnt ask for her telephone number, she had to admit that she was impressed when he asked to pay for the item she bought even if she declined his offer.

She secretly wished he was the one she had just seen inside the church. But what could he be doing there? Maybe that was his church or he knew her bestie, Tolu or her Husband. But if it was Tolu he knew, she knew that her bestie would have tried hooking them up. Her friend has been on her case for a long time, always trying to hook her up with someone and that was why she didnt tell her about the guy in the store, she was sure to blow it out of proportion. 


Dieko was seated in her office smiling at her thought. She had woken up that morning feeling down, Tomide knew better than to chat her up so he had let her be. 

Tolu was expecting her second baby. Dieko wasn't exactly jealous. She was just tired of being childless. She believed in the word she received from the Lord the previous night and she was going to hold unto it. She was going to wait for the vision to be fulfilled, though it wasn't easy but she had no choice than to trust God. God had always been her rock since she became born again.

Few minutes later, Tolu was in Dieko's office. She knew that whenever Dieko didn't call her phone so they could go for lunch together, then Dieko was not in the best of moods. She was tired of the situation too and she had prayed and was tired of praying. She couldnt help but feel uncomfortable whenever she was with Dieko, pushing her bulging belly around her friend. Though she knew Dieko would never feel jealous or threatened by her pregnancy but she had been married for just five years and was expecting her second baby and her friend who has been married for four years didnt have a child yet. There and then she got a reply from the Holy Spirit in a still small voice, It was clear and audible and she couldnt deny it was Him.

You dont have to understand, just tell her to be still for I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make for her a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.’’

Isaiah 54:1
Sing, O barren one, who did not bear; break forth into singing and cry aloud, you who have not been in travail! For the children of the desolate one will be more than the children of her that is married, says the Lord.’’

I just love this our God!’’ Tolu spoke out.

Dieko was confused.  What her friend just said didnt make sense to her. She knew Tolu was aware of her sober mood because she hadnt said anything since she came into her office. She stood there for about a minute before blurting out that she loved God. Of course! Dieko loved God too.

Yes I love God too and Im sure youre not in my office to tell me that’’Dieko snapped.

Im sorry darling, please dont mind the way I blurted out. I am just too in love with this our God. Let me explain to you’’ She said pulling out the chair in front of Diekos desk.

What has He done this time around?’’ she said rolling her eyes. She wasnt in the mood for any chit chat, including Tolu's testimonies.

You wont believe I got a message for you just now while standing there. Immediately I stepped into your office and saw your face, I knew you were thinking again and I just thought of how I was going to comfort you if I dont understand what you are going through. Right there I got a reply from the Holy Spirit and he said, I quote: You dont have to understand, just tell her to be still for I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make for her a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.’’ And He dropped a scripture too. Isaiah 54:1 Im sure you know what is there and if you cant remember please open your Bible for confirmation’’


That was all Dieko could say and of course she couldn't remember what was written in the scripture Tolu had just said. She wasn't a super hero. 

Please bring out your Bible I want you to read it out yourself or should I help you bring it? Where did you put it?’’ Tolu was struggling to stand up from the chair.

Dont worry Ill get it, its in my bag here.’’Dieko said.

She was pulling her Bible out of her bag and trying to open to the passage. She opened the part and started to read out when she opened her mouth with her eyes popping out. She couldnt scream.  

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*Written and submitted by contributor; Fisayo Akanbi.

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