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May 14, 2021

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Isokene Episode 1 to 4

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ISOKENE (I DON’T WANT MY WIFE SMILING)

Episode 1

 

I was at my family house for the Christmas festivities, that was the only time I literally saw my parents and relatives, it was always a beautiful Reunion.
As a marriage counselor God was helping, my traveling itinerary for the year was always filled, ministering from one Women’s program to the other, From one marriage seminar to the other, and my message was simple…

”No matter how terrible your marriage could be, it was WORKABLE….”

but my encounter with Isokene and her husband got me thinking if this was true…

A fair skinned lady walked up to me at the Family Reunion, she looked a bit familiar but couldn’t place the face. She greeted me like a well cultured lady, and I replied her, asking about her sister as she looked like one of my old friends.

I obviously was mixing her up with someone else. She called my attention to that, and told me her real identity, she was one of those extended extended younger cousins of mine…

I noticed she had a sparkling wedding ring on, I made a compliment about that, but her smile was not impressive enough, but I couldn’t help but admire her dimples.

“I wish I had one of those dimples” I said, trying to make her smile…and that she did…Her smile was beautiful, her smile could make anyone who was sad become happy, her smile

was like light, I had never seen a smile as pure, interesting and beautiful as her smile, I wish my smile could have that kind of Effect….

”This smile could be a ministry you know”

I thought to myself, Her smile could give hope to a dying person…Her voice brought me back to reality…

” Thank you ma, You just made me smile for real for the first time in two months”… She said…

” What’s your name again?” I asked wanting to connect to her…

“Isoken”…. Almost immediately, I heard another voice…,but this time a male voice…

” Isokene, my beautiful wife I call her Isokene to personalize her name, the world can call her Isoken , but I added “E” to customize her name….Ma, do you know the meaning of Isoken, It means “Contented with my destiny”…She is my ISOKEN, I am content having her as my destined wife”

I turned to see who was speaking, it was a lanky dark skinned young man who was an opposite of his wife in terms of complexion and composure…

” Oh, Young man, How are you?” I said with a smile

“I am not a young man, I am an old man in a young body” he said jokingly

” Ok, old man, how are you?” I also replied smiling…

” Very fine ma, it is a pleasure meeting you, when Isokene told me you were related, I didn’t believe her, I agreed to come with her to this party, just to see you and ask you for a favour”…

” Ok,

what is the favour?” I asked

” Before, I ask for the favour, I want you to say a word into our lives”… He knelt down pulling his wife with him

” Isokene will be a great wife to you in Jesus name and you will also be a Super husband to her in Jesus name, You both will always make each other smile in Jesus name ”

” Jesus!” He exclaimed… ” You are a real woman of God, How did you know about my wife’s smile, Isokene, did you tell her anything?”

Isokene shook her head in the negative…

” Ma’am please I need you to help me tell Isokene to stop smiling, I only want her to smile for me, when she is outside, she should maintain a straight look”…

I was shocked to my bones, I was not sure if I was hearing correctly, the young old man continued…

” Because, her smile is really seductive, it was her smile that attracted me to her, her smile can make a man have a hard on…You understand ma, so now that she is married to me and me alone, she should stop smiling in public but reserve the smile only for me in the bedroom”

“Jesus!” was all that came out of my mouth, in all my years of marriage counseling, I had never heard this….He wanted his wife to stop smiling…

Before I go on, Please what advice was I suppose to give this couple who just got married two months ago…?

 

Episode 2

 

Isoken and I never saw after that day again, although Ibidolo( her husband ) got me laughing that day…I jokingly told Isoken to reduce her smile if that was going to make her husband happy… Ibidolo was excited I had granted his wish…but ever since that day my mind had no peace…

I kept asking myself was it right for a man or woman to give up what made him or her smile, because the other spouse was not comfortable with it….

I looked inward and asked myself, what if my Husband asked me to stop my counselling and homebuilding ministry, because he was not confortable with it, Would I give it up ,just the way I told Isoken to reduce or give up her smiles…

I picked up my phone and made some calls to some of my cousins who knew Isoken better, to have her contact…

**********
“Her name is not Isoken, it was her husband that gave her that name when they got married, You know he is Edo, Her name is Mobolaji..” Aunty Lara said

” I was wondering how the Edo blood entered our lineage” I said jokingly to one of my favorite aunts…

” From the look of things, Betty, that girl is not happy, because before marriage she used to smile a lot but at this years’ Reunion ,she was a bit reserved and since that is your specialty, help her”

“I will try… by the Grace of God” I assured my aunt…

***********
“Mobolaji, good morning” I said when she picked up the call

” Oh my God!, I can’t believe this, I can’t believe you actually called my phone ”

“Do you know who is speaking” I said trying to be mischievous…

“Of course ma, I have your number, I just never had the boldness to call you” She said with so much excitement , I could feel her smile, it was so tangible,

“My goodness, this girl was made to put smiles on people’s faces” I thought to myself as her energy and sound of laughter was fueling me for a good laugh, I felt I was speaking with an angel…Now how can someone want to stop this kind of smile….?

“Who are you smiling with, who is calling you?”

I overheard her Husband Ibidolo shouting. It seem like he grabbed the phone or something but the next thing I heard was the beeping sound…

What would be going on in their house ? was what I was thinking through out that day…Isoken’s phone had been switched off, I tried over fifty times but unreachable…

“I just hope this man is not beating up this girl” was the phrase playing in my head all day…

Hmm…in this case, What was I suppose to do to help Isoken because Fortunately for me Isoken picked up her call very late at night and guess what I heard her say…

“Aunty, I am ready to give up smiling if that would keep my marriage” I unbelievably heard Isoken telling me over the phone amidst sobs, it was obvious she was crying…At that point, I didn’t know why, but I found myself crying….

As a marriage counselor,I was beginning to doubt my convictions, Should wanting to stay in marriage stop Isoken from smiling,Just like her name meant,Should she be content with this new destiny of not smiling outside her home….Her smile was only to be limited to the comfines of her house….

“Ibidolo( her husband) is definitely a devil” was my conclusion and even though I am against divorce ,Isoken should begin to consider it.

Was I wrong to have thought of this or should Isoken truly sacrifice her smile to keep her marriage?

Episode 3

 

“Aunty, I am ready to give up smiling if that would keep my marriage” I unbelievably heard Isoken telling me over the phone amidst sobs, it was obvious she was crying…At that point, I didn’t know why I was crying but I was crying…

“Isoken, you can’t stop smiling…” I said using my counselling voice…

“Aunty, I have all your messages back to back, and one of the things I have learnt from you is that every marriage can work…Is that not true?”

For the first time in my life I wanted to take back that comment…

“Yes…but your case is different… I mean your husband is literally asking you to kill yourself, whatever that wants to take your smile from you, wants to kill you” I tried persuading her to see sense in what I was saying at least if she wasn’t going to divorce her husband,she could threaten him with a separation

“No…Aunty…he can’t kill me, what he is asking of me is just a little sacrifice I need to undertake to keep my home…You have always said in your messages that Marriage is all about sacrifice…”

I became speechless and powerless, as words failed me and I didn’t know what else to say other than

“You are right” since she was just quoting all my messages back at me…

” But Aunty, you know my challenge, I just discovered of recent that Ibidolo has a lot of girlfriends… Aunty, why would he want me all to himself and yet he is not ready to give me all of himself…Isn’t that unfair?”

“Yes..very unfair and that is why I am not totally comfortable with your husband…How did you meet in the first place?”

When she told me how they met, my jaw literally dropped….

She had followed a friend to a pastor’s place….

“Aunty, I know I was tricked into marrying my husband because it was after our marriage that Ibidolo explained the whole process of him marrying me”

“ What was the Process?” I asked

“ My friend Kikelomo and I were getting tired of our single hood, although I was not desperate as Kikelomo being a Christian, but Kikelomo kept pressurizing me to go with her to a certain pastor who was good at telling people the exact location where they would meet their husband or wife to be…”

“Ok?”…This was getting interesting as I put the phone on speaker knowing this was going to be a very long talk….

“We attended the pastor’s programme but unfortunately we were unable to see him for Counselling or better still consultations, we were told we had to attend his program for a month before we had access to him” She said

“So you started attending his church and that was where you met Ibidolo “ I cut in as I obviously thought I knew where the story was heading….

“ No ma,it was more cleverly orchestrated than that….”

“ So how did ibidolo come into the picture”…..

And when she told me how, my mouth was wide open for some minutes….It was her continuous “ Hello Ma , Hello ma,Are you still there” that brought me back to life….

 

Episode 4

 

“You will meet your husband on a Thursday Evening at Alakashi bustop, He will have a red “V” neck top on, with blue jeans and white Tennis shoes on.You have to be at that Alakashi at exactly 5pm waiting for your bus,You both will bump into each other and instantly something will tell you both you are soulmates”

“Aunty, that was what the pastor told me during my consultation session with him and prior to that I had heard a lot of testimonies during the service of how “God” had connected people to their spouses…It was too real to be doubted. Even though the pastor told Kikelomo that her own husband was still far away in India and she needed to do 14 days marathon fasting or pay to have one of the church pastors do the fasting on her behalf….so…” I became lost in all Isoken was saying.I couldn’t believe how gullible she was, but I had not heard it all…

“ Aunty, you would not believe that it happened exactly as the pastor prophesied, I was at Alakashi bus stop at Exactly 5pm and suddenly a young man bumped into me, he was just the exact description .red V neck top,blue jean, white Tennis…..”

Hmmm….Was all I could say, but after a brief moment of silence I asked

“ But was this just coincidence or it was arranged?” I managed to ask

“ Aunty, Arranged ooo,big time ooo, Ibidolo confessed to me after marriage that he is a member of the pastor’s church but as the head of the technical Unit, he was always in the Technical room mixing the camera shots during service, he said it was on one of those services I attended he saw me on camera smiling… He said his heart melted at my smile and that very instant, he didn’t know how it came out of his mouth , but he heard himself say

“ That is my Wife”

“ You like her?” Ibidolo’ s colleague had said to him, “ If you like her, You better go and tell papa before he receives her for someone else”

Isoken continues her surprising “ How we met tale”….

“ Aunty, apparently in their church, it was a norm for the pastor to be the one to choose their partners for them and since I was not their member the pastor had to use that prophecy trick on me. Ibidolo told me he had shown the pastor my smiling footage and the pastor assured him I was going to be his wife, so Aunty that was how I entered into this marriage ooo”

I was on temporary mute with mouth wide open….I could hear the echo of her voice saying “ Hello ma…Hello…Are you there ma? But 1001 things were going on in my head. Can you guess any of these questions ? Let me ask you the first one ringing in my head so loud,” Was it right for the pastor to have done that matchmaking under spiritual deception ? Other questions kept flying around in my head. Questions like….

 

Tbc…

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