Sikiru of Oniru: The Making of A Drug Lord (Season 1) by Ajewole Bejide
Sikiru sits majestically on a big stool somewhere in Oniru flanked on both sides by 2 beautiful girls who takes turn to rub his big tummy. He occasionally takes a puff from his cigar and with a big bottle of Odeku and assorted meat in a plate in front of him, life definitely is good for this big drug lord.
Who would believe that 5 years ago, this same man considered suicide to escape the harsh conditions life threw at him? Who would believe that a graduate like Sikiru who almost thought of ending it all now gave ‘life’ to many youngmen.
As he took another sip from his glass of Odeku, Sikiru thought back to the beginning and how it all started, he thought back to the dusty street of Agege where he was born and grew, he thought back to how it all came to this.
Born some 30 years ago in Agege, Sikiru was the 2nd in a family of 4. 3 boys and a girl and Sikiru was the second boy followed by the only girl Sakirat. As early as 3 years old, Sikiru showed signs of brilliance and his father a bricklayer who understands the importance of education enrolled him in a private school.
After 2 double promotions, Sikiru soon completed his primary education and proceeded to a secondary school where he continued from where he stopped. He made the first position his birthright and by the time he got to SS 1, girls were lining to date him despite his young age and stature.
Sikiru remained focused and ignored any distractions including the girls. He attempted GCE when he was in SS2 and cleared his papers. He made 8 As and a B in the 9 subjects he enrolled for.
He still went ahead to take his school’s SSCE since he had been on scholarship since SS1 and also passed that in flying colours gathering 9 straight A. He took Jamb and passed but could not proceed to the University due to lack of funds.
He joined his father in his bricklaying business, helping out as a casual laborer while he gathered money to go to the university. It took him 3 years of savings and hardwork before he finally got an admission into the University, by this time he was 19 years old.
He went through University as has been his style, facing his studies squarely except for Bimpe who was his girlfriend. Bimpe was the envy of all girls as they wanted Sikiru due to his brilliance but he only wanted her.
They both went through school and graduated with a 2:1 a result that Sikiru was disappointed in as he had wanted to make a first class. Bimpe consoled him and always told him it was just a temporary setback.
They both did NYSC in different states, while Bimpe served in Rivers state, Sikiru was posted to Kebbi state to serve his fatherland. This was the first separation these two will be having since they started dating in from 100 level.
The distance notwithstanding, they kept in touch via calls and chats on the internet. From the little allowance Sikiru collects monthly, he saves and also teaches in a private secondary school to make extra income.
6 months into their service year, Sikiru decided to pay Bimpe an impromptu visit. He did not tell her he was coming, he got her some things and set out on the journey to Port Harcourt to see his sweetheart.
He got to her PPA and got directions to the corpers lodge, it was very late around 9pm. He located Bimpe’s room and knocked on the door which was locked from inside. Bimpe answered the door and was surprised to see Sikiru at the door. She stood fixed like she has seen a ghost while Sikiru pushed the door open grabbed her and gave her a big hug.
He let her go when he discovered she was not hugging him back and it was only then he saw the guy on the bed. He was in boxers and sweating despite the fan on, Sikiru looked from the guy to Bimpe who looked away.
The two men exchanged pleasantries but Bimpe did not make any introductions but instead excused Sikiru and went outside with him. She asked why he decided to come all the way from Kebbi without telling her and asked what he had come to do? This infuriated Sikiru who asked if he cannot come to see his girlfriend without an invitation.
They had a very big argument and Bimpe told Sikiru he cannot sleep over as the guy in the room Suraj is her new boyfriend, one with a job in an Oil company and she cannot jeopardize a great future for him. She left Sikiru standing and brought his bag to him outside locking her door.
Sikiru cried and wondered where to pass the night, he was rescued by a male corps member who allowed him pass the night in his room. The next morning, he got up early and left for Kebbi knowing his relationship with Bimpe has hit a very huge rock.
To be Continued…
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(This is a work of fiction, Sikiru and other characters in this piece are purely the creation of the writer, any resemblance in name or description is purely co-incidental and regretted by the writer)
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