By Bunmi Sofola
RONKE is nobody’s wife. She has never been married and doesn’t want to get married. She always insists that she is not a wife material. She has her hands in several businesses including ordering items on her label abroad to be sold here in the country. She lives next door to a young couple and her two kids eventually brought the two families together.“Actually, her kids are a little bit older than mine,” explained Jemilat who is Ronke’s neighbour.“But they are cute and well behaved. Ronke is a caring mother and her children never want for anything. Naturally, my kids like the company of Ronke’s children because they have a lot of fun in their house. My husband and I aren’t so lucky, wealth-wise.
“Anyway, as soon as I saw some of the things Ronke had to sell, I approached her that I would be interested in taking a few items to my office to see if I could get buyers and made some pin money. She said she did mostly wholesale but agreed to give me bits and pieces. You will be amazed at the type of money people have to buy silly things. Expensive plates, coolers, and mugs were snapped up cash down when I took them to the office.
“I was making good money, more than my salary and happy with it. Last year my first child was ten and we had a party for her – we could now afford to Ronke was her generous self and gave her a big expensive cake. I was really happy during the party. I went to the kitchen to get a few things and Taju my husband and Ronke were conversing in the corridor. Taju playfully tweaked her nipple through her dress and she laughed mischievously. I was shocked.
“I left the kitchen without taking the things I went in there to take; I was still in shock. They never even noticed me and my first reaction was to challenge her but an inner voice called me to order when I saw the wonders in my daughter’s eyes as she looked at her cake. Then, I quickly reminded myself of all the good things we have enjoyed from Ronke. So what if my husband was screwing her? It was little price to pay for all the good things she has done for us. She is a successful woman and nearing fifty. My husband is not even forty yet. Marriage for both of them is just out of the question. He is so randy anyway that he needs another woman to satisfy him. He’s had a lot of casual flings, why not this one that should benefit all the family?