As the days turned into weeks, the worry of whether she would marry began to live rent-free in Lola’s head. Barely every fortnight, Mrs. Ifelaja would call Lola to discuss one thing or another with her, which usually portends that one of her friends or Lola’s peers will get married sooner or later.
The concerns of men intimidated by the mere fact that she is independent sometimes lead her to leave her car at home and then take a taxi to and from work.
Lola has quickly become skinny due to the stress and worries she has been battling lately.
Luckily, it was almost time for her to go on a two-week break, and thoughts of how she was going to spend the eighteen days of extended break was just one of the excitements she couldn’t live without.
Night fell soon and it was already Friday, his last day of work before going on leave. She showed up at the office earlier than usual, so she could gather all the necessary files she needed to prepare Maryan who would be replacing her while she was away.
She bumped into Craig, a nice young man who had shown up for a presentation booked for the next hour. Lola almost screamed at the top of her lungs when she saw him in fear because he was all muscled, huge and of course unknown.
Craig soon noticed Lola’s fear and was quick to help calm her nerves by introducing himself and then exchanging pleasantries with her. Lola rushed to her desk to collect herself. She began to ruminate over what had happened and wondered if this was the first stopover. She chuckled and mumbled to herself. “It’s just one of those times. It’ll pass,” she reassured herself and went back to what she was doing. She spent most of the day thinking about the incident that happened. was produced in the early hours of the day.
On returning home, she had thought of going to church the following Sunday to make up for her absence.
At 7:15 a.m., Lola was about to move out when her mother’s call came in. She felt upset and assumed that her mother had once again called her to remind her of the problems. She ignored the call and resorted to returning the call after church. She joined the Sunday service just when it was time for the choristers to lead the praise and worship session. As she entered, the usher directed her to where she was to sit.
She soon noticed the arrangement and the celebratory aura emitted from the auditorium and was so curious that she was compelled to ask the person sitting next to her, all for her to tell him that c is a service to commemorate and encourage the empowerment of women.
She applauded the organizers of the event and lamented how society has downplayed the role and essence of women in society.
The keynote speakers of the event dealt well with the topics assigned to them, which centered on various areas where women have been discriminated against and somewhat locked up in society.
One of the speakers had dissected the concept of feminism at length, so much the term arouses so much controversy and disturbance, in particular because of the many misconceptions about it.
The speaker defined feminism as meaning the demand for women to be respected and duly recognized for their efforts as much as men. She drew on many of her experiences and cases where women often face discrimination. For example, she mentioned that in the medical profession, male doctors are paid much more than female doctors for the same area of specialization.
The speaker then concluded by admitting that some embittered women pollute the term, and that’s a norm because there are always “rotten eggs” in any human gathering. She has also advocated for the inclusion of women in politics and policy-making processes, attracting interference from developed countries where women are frontiers in several sectors, and even as national leaders.
Lola was happy with how things went during the service, hoping that more women and even men would lend their voices to fight the social threat.
She returned her mother’s call as soon as she got home, only for an unfamiliar voice to answer the phone, asking are you “Lola Ifelaja?” The question sent a chill through her bone marrow to which she stuttered in response.
“Yes. I am Lola Ifelaja.
She answered. And quickly asked, “Please who are you and why are you answering the call for my mother?” We continue next week…
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