Ogechi And I Episode 42


​“Cynthia is the girl I’ve chosen for you. I did that for the best reasons ever. Sometime ago she came to me to apologize for the things she said to me after she awoke from coma. She explained to me how you both got into an argument which led to your leaving her house. She’s told me about all that has happened between you both in the past two years. She also made me understand that you tricked her severally to avoid sexual intercourse with her because you didn’t want to use her when you weren’t actually sure to stay in love with her. She has taken care of your bills and done a whole lot of things for you. Those are not the points I’m driving at anyway. You see, Cynthia has told me how much she feels for you, and trust me, it is real. Coupled with the fact that you’ve been living with her for the past two years, who is better than her to be your girl? She’s a fellow Igbo girl and a renowned model, which has the necessary contacts that will aid the pursuit of your dreams. I know that you will indeed find happiness with her because she truly and sincerely loves you; permit me to say as much as I do. And since fate has denied us the opportunity to be together anymore, don’t deny this loving Cynthia the opportunity to be loved. I know you have love for her, no matter how small. You’ll learn to grow it with time. I hope you understand that I’m doing this for the sake of your happiness and mine, for nothing will gladden my heart than knowing that you’ve found lasting joy in the arms of a worthy woman. This is why I called you to Oklahoma, to propose joy everlasting to you. Thank God you’ve accepted.”
“Ogechi, what did Cynthia tell you that has made you vouch for her this much? Am I not the one who should tell you about her, being that I’ve been living with her for approximately two years? It’s quite amazing how the reverse happens to be the case here.”
“You can’t do or say anything to change things now. You already said you will.”
We spent more time talking about it all, and later reached the conclusion to have it her way. Not really her way per say, but that was the best option for me to take and move on with life happily. I thought Ogechi would think ill of me if I jumped to Cynthia without a waste of time just because we couldn’t be together anymore. It was a good thing Cynthia had gotten her to subscribe to the idea. Sincerely speaking, I had spent all my life after graduating from school with Cynthia, and like they say; the real life begins after graduation. So ending up with her wasn’t going to require much effort to cope because we had already become very good friends, and I loved her, but not as much as I loved Ogechi. Fact remains that I would choose Ogechi over and again between them both under any circumstances. But since Ogechi was out of the picture, there was none better than Cynthia to play the role; at least none that I know of.
Cynthia was overjoyed at the turn out of things, and she held Ogechi in such high regard that one would think she was aspiring to be like Ogechi. But that was far from it because Cynthia was far wealthier and more highly rated than Ogechi. Ogechi was a singer, and performing at different places in the world made it somewhat difficult to tell the difference between her and Cynthia. It was just a matter of time before she measured up with Cynthia.
Everything was concluded and it was such a happy ending for everyone, especially Cynthia. Then Cynthia reminded Ogechi about the song she (Cynthia) had proposed that she (Ogechi) does with me. It was agreed that the song should be done before I and Cynthia made for Regina, since Cynthia had joined us at Oklahoma after Ogechi convinced me to get together with her. All the while we were at Ogechi’s mansion in Oklahoma and were set to leave after I and Ogechi did a song together to honor the deal Cynthia and Ogechi had struck beforehand.
Ogechi suggested that we should do a copyright of ABBA’s breakup song, “KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU” in the album, “ARRIVAL”.
 In case you don’t know or haven’t heard about them before, “Arrival” is the fourth studio album by the Swedish pop group called ABBA. It was originally released in Sweden on 11 October 1976 by Polar Records. Recording sessions began in August 1975 and continued until September 1976 at Metronome and Glen studios in Stockholm, Sweden. It became ABBA’s most successful album to date, producing three of their biggest hits: “Dancing Queen”, “Money, Money, Money” and “KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU”. “Arrival” was the best-selling album of 1977 in the United Kingdom and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
“KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU” was one of the first ABBA songs to deal with the break-up of a relationship, though with an upbeat quality to the music. It predates the divorces of the ABBA members, as well as further break-up songs to come. Since I and Ogechi were to go apart from each other for life, we decided to make it official like the ABBA members did when they resolved to go their separate ways for reasons best known to them.
We got together and cracked our brains to come up with lyrics most suitable for the song. Lyrics more like that of ABBA in the track “KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU”. Let’s take a brief look at what the lyrics of the song was like;
No more carefree laughter
Silence ever after
Walking through an empty house, tears in my eyes
Here is where the story ends, this is goodbye
Knowing me, knowing you
There is nothing we can do
Knowing me, knowing you
We just have to face it, this time we’re through
Breaking up is never easy, I know but I have to go
Knowing me, knowing you
It’s the best I can do
Memories, good days, bad days
They’ll be, with me always
In these old familiar rooms children would play
Now there’s only emptiness, nothing to say
Knowing me, knowing you
There is nothing we can do
Knowing me, knowing you
We just have to face it, this time we’re through
Breaking up is never easy, I know but I have to go
Knowing me, knowing you
It’s the best I can do
Well, that’s the kind of song I and Ogechi did to officially pronounce our break up and get on with our lives happily. The song was a success and unimaginably trended on air and attracted so much thumbs up like it was done by demigods. Soon enough I and Ogechi began going for live performances of our break up song all over the world as we kept getting endless invitations. Ogechi was known by a good number of countries around the world, so when they heard the song, they concluded it was her’s alone. But instead of Ogechi telling them that we both owned the song, she told the world that the song belonged to me exclusively, stating that I only called on her to feature me. THAT WAS HOW I GOT INTO LIMELIGHT AND BECAME REALLY REALLY RICH AND FAMOUS. I couldn’t believe it. Finally, my dreams came true.
Due to the popularity of that song, we began getting invitations for interviews every here and there. The lyrics of the song got some fans of Ogechi confused, and they required to know what exactly inspired the song. One of those days I was interviewed by the press, and this was our conversation.
“So Jesusboy, you just hit the walls of fame, and you hit it real big! What’s the experience like?” the press asked.
“Well, I had imagined and longed for this day to come, and now it’s here. It’s pretty cool. Getting to do the things I love doing just makes me feel fulfilled, coupled with the love I’m getting from the people. It’s a really wonderful experience I must say.”
“Alright. So how long have you been singing? And where was your first performance done?”
“I began singing in a group in church, which I and two other lads came together and formed at the age of 11. That didn’t last up to a year though. After then I hadn’t belonged to any musical group or did anything music till I turned 20 before hitting the studio to commence afresh. But before then I was an ardent listener of scorer of good music. So when I eventually started doing mine, I didn’t find it difficult.”
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“We know you have a couple of songs already which didn’t find their way to the top like this very one with Ogechi has. Our sources have it that those songs are cool too. I want to ask if you write your lyrics yourself or you have someone somewhere who does that for you like some singers do.”
“Actually, I do that myself. You see, besides being a singer and a sweet melody composer, I’m also a writer, an actor, an orator, and a poet. So writing musical lines is also a thing of passion to me.”
“Wow! How come we are just getting to know you now with all these gifts and talents of yours?”
“I guess this is just the set time for that. You know there is time for everything. And this is time for Jesusboy.”
“You’re right. Now let’s talk about your song with Ogechi. We gathered that you are the Prince Charming she had talked about severally on different occasions. No one ever knew or saw you all the while until you came together and did this song which entails your break up. That’s kind of weird. The world wants to know what exactly your relationship was like, and why you are breaking up. You guys even did a song in honor of that. Please satisfy our curiosity.”
“Ogechi is, and remains the love of my life. But you see, sometimes, our determination to excel in love can be outweighed by our willingness to accept our destiny. It is true we were in a relationship. But our relationship can’t continue anymore due to details too personal to share. I just want the people to understand that we are not breaking up because of a fight we had or something like that. It’s simply for a very good reason which will keep us both happy our entire lives.”
“Happier than you both would be if you stick together?” the press asked.
“Not exactly. But we will indeed be happy. Like I said; sometimes, our determination to excel in love can be outweighed by our willingness to accept our destiny. Let’s just say we’re accepting our destiny.”
The controversy continued, as fans of Ogechi and mine kicked against the idea of separation between us. For all they cared, I was her Prince Charming and should remain so. The fame thing increased by the day, and my name was spreading all over the world. Soon enough, I began getting calls from movie directors, asking for and appearance in their movies, and music producers, asking for a contract. Everything seemed to be happening at the same time, and the feeling was just so good, not to forget the millions of dollars that kept flooding in.
The only problem remained my relationship with Ogechi. No matter how we tried to wave that subject away, our fans just kept chewing it like chewing gum. And when I proposed to make Cynthia known to them as my lady, they called her names and passed judgment on her without even getting to see her. They called her a separator of close friends and a potential home breaker. 
Castigations kept going to her from the people who were bent on seeing Ogechi and I together. It got so bad that Cynthia couldn’t take curses anymore. She had gone through a similar thing before after a nude appearance of her on a Nigerian magazine, which led to her fleeing the country. She had made a good life for herself in the US and wasn’t prepared to go through the same thing again as she certainly would have if she had not taken a bold step to let me go. Yes she did. She resolved to let me and Ogechi be for good.
I had become a star like Cynthia and Ogechi, and it was obvious that the people had always known me to be Ogechi’s Prince Charming even without knowing me. So when they eventually got to know me, they weren’t ready to settle for anything else, be it better or worse. Their wishes wouldn’t influence our decision anyway, but the problem was that they all saw Cynthia to be the devil that had come to separate what God had supposedly joined together. She had two options; stick to me and risk her reputation or let me go and continue living without problems and a bad image. She chose to let me go because she didn’t want to be in a position where people will loath her again. 
Secondly, I barely had time to spend with her. It was always I and Ogechi going places to perform our break up song. And thirdly, she knew I and Ogechi were still very much madly in love. Finally, I and Ogechi had the chance to be together again and live the life we had always dreamed of. But we had something standing between us. “THE RENOUNCEMENT”