And that was the beginning of the boring love life Nkechi got herself into, it would have been better she never fell in love than falling in love with Gabriel, a girl like Nkechi deserves anyone else but Gabriel, she deserves a guy who would be proud of her. Gabriel wasn’t that kind of guy that loves public display of affection, as a matter of fact he thinks a relationship should be private and known just to the both of them. That was the kind of love life he enjoyed, did he actually enjoy it or he was simply shy to let people know about what was going on.
Nkechi was proud of him, who would not be proud to date the class most handsome guy, she wanted to show him off to the whole school that she was the lucky girl dating her class most handsome and brilliant guy. She prayed day and night for Gabriel to change, she wanted him to be a good lover boy but no, he wasn’t just clicking. She would boast to her friends about her dating Gabriel but who would believe her when even the Gabriel does not talk to her in class, he only calls to talk to her through phone, yes he was a good lover boy over the phone. She tried changing him but nothing she did was working, she tried talking him out of it but he wouldn’t just change. She endured it till they finished their secondary school and then of all the days in the world, she decided to break up on their graduation day, today.
“So let’s go straight to the event proper, the presentation of awards” the Mc shouted happily, he wasn’t really a mc, he was the school fine art teacher.
“Now, I will call on the school principal to call on the parent who will be presenting the awards to them” he continued. “Let us put our hands together for our own, our Mr. Principal, Mr. Femi Odukola”
The Mc shouted and the crowd with wild with shouts and claps as the principal came out of nowhere, he was in a white flowing Yoruba traditional attire, Agbada as they call it.
“Thank you Mr. Mc ” the principal appreciated and sat on one of the chairs around the high table, the rest were already occupied.
“ welcome sir, I will hand over from here” the Mc said and handed over the microphone to the principal.
“Once again, thank you Mc, the proprietor, the great staff…………..” the principal greeted the house as they will always do every year. “now, let me introduce to you the woman who has been given the honor to present the prizes to these students, she is a woman of virtue, good character and conduct” the principal praised, “I am very pleased to have been given the honor to introduce to you, our one and only Mrs. Helen Eugene” he called out and from a corner of the hall, a tall, fair woman could be seen standing, she is Mrs. Eugene, Gabriel’s mother.
She was wearing a long, blue gown, on her feet were way two high heels. She walked majestically to the stage accompanied by two male teachers who have been assigned the duties of security men for the event.
“ clap for your mom now” Israel turned to Gabriel,
“ why should I clap, I see her everyday” Gabriel answered him stealing a glance at Nkechi who was chatting happily with Pascal, the class most troublesome boy, “ what the hell is making her laugh so hard?” he asked himself, he was obviously jealous. He stared at his mom who was now climbing the platform, she is the exact replica of him, tall and gorgeous. She smiled at the principal as she shook hands with him,
“welcome Mrs. Eugene” the principal smiled,
“thank you so much Mr. Principal, it is my pleasure” came her sweet voice.
“I will let you do your thing, you have been granted the honor to present awards of excellence to our evergreen outstanding grandaunts” the principal informed her.
“The principal had always told us we were useless students, when did we become outstanding?” Israel asked his friend Gabriel whose attention was on Nkechi.
“Once again sir, it is my pleasure” Mrs. Eugene smiled.
“The proprietor, the principal……..” the normal protocol was observed. “In order not to waste our time, I will like to go into the prize giving proper” she said, “I know I should not forget to commend our graduating student, you all look outstanding today” she commended, the students clapped for themselves.
“The first prize here goes to the most gentle student of the year, it goes to the person of Chima” she said and the graduating students all busted into laughter as chima came from the back to receive his award. He wasn’t actually gentle, rather he always faked quietness whenever a teacher enters their class so as to avoid questions, he was actually the class dullest boy.
“Well done” Mrs. Eugene shook hands with him as she presented a wrapped gift to him.
“I never knew the dullest guy also gets an award” Gabriel laughed.
“The next award is for the most punctual prefect, it goes to senior James Dickson” she said, some of the graduating students still laughed, this time for his surname. She kept on calling names of students and the awards they were to receive, some of the awards were useless.
“The next award goes to the school’s best sportsman, this boy is like a son to me, well behaved and athletic” she said,
“ that is you” Gabriel said to Israel,
“ who else will it be?” Israel smiled.
“And it goes to MR. Israel Oluwafemi” she shouted, Israel got up slowly and first waved to the crowd who had gone mad shouting “Senior Israel!!!!!”
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He walked to Mrs. Eugene and hugged her, Gabriel for the first time got up and went towards the stage, he stood beside Israel and their both parents as the cameraman took a quick one. She called about two more names and then it came to the last, the whole place went calm and quiet, this was the moment they had been waiting for, the prize for the most intelligent student.
“Okay guys, kill the tension, this is the period we have been waiting for the biggest prize of the night, the most intelligent student” she said as she opened the envelope containing the name, a smile which she tried to hide formed on her lips.
“Am sure it is that wizard of a brother” Sandra smiled to Cecilia her sister, they were among the crowd, they were Gabriel sisters.
“And the prize of the most intelligent guy goes to, hmm, this guy is hardworking, handsome, cute…“She was saying when she suddenly she busted into laughter, the crowd joined her and shout of “Senior Gabriel “could now be heard from every corner of the crowd. Gabriel bent his head smiling, Israel also smiled.
“Go out now, everybody know say na you” Israel said in pidgin.
“Just wait make them call me first” Gabriel smiled,
“Okay, the prize goes to my angel, my only son, Gabriel Eugene” she shouted proudly, Gabriel took a deep breath and got up slowly, the moment was wow, no one was sitting, who haven’t heard of Gabriel, the one who had represented his school in about ten competitions and had come back home with the grand prize. He stared at the crowd, everyone was smiling, they all seem to love him, he stared at his mom and then to his dad who was coming from the crowd, his three sisters were also approaching the stage, this was what he had always wanted.
“Let’s go now” Israel pushed him from behind,
“Oh” he said and walked out of their corner towards the stage, the shouting increased. He climbed the stage and his mother quickly took him into her hands in a long embrace, his father took turn after her, it was like they planned to suffocate the young man that afternoon.
“Mumu, you don do am again” his eldest sister Sandra whispered into his ear as she hugged him, he laughed. He was handed over a well wrapped gift, the sight was captivating. The cameraman took another quick one, even the proprietor took one with him, Israel’s parent were not left out, they came out to celebrate with their son’s best friend.
Gabriel looked around like he was expecting to see someone among them, but there she was, in their corner still laughing with Pascal, she didn’t care about what was going on, Nkechi.