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  • PART 6
    “ISOKENE”
    (STOP MY WIFE FROM SMILING)
    ©๏ธOpeyemi Ojerinde Akintunde
    “Isoken, Are you mad or something has gone wrong with your senses?”
    Speechless, agitated, mad, going bunkers, terribly infuriated are some of the words to
    describe what I felt when I saw Isoken after 2 weeks of complete silence and
    disappearance. I had tried her number several times, but her line was unavailable, and
    neither did she call for two weeks.
    My security man had told me I had a Strange Visitor and he wanted me to come see her
    first before He could allow her come in. Mathew, our security man was a very security
    conscious person, he was so security conscious that at times when my husband and I
    were driving in, he would make sure he checked if we were bringing in strangers and if
    we had strangers, He would ask the strangers to get down to be checked and screened.
    Although, I found it strange, my husband was fine with it.
    Therefore, For Matthew to have tagged this person a strange visitor, something must
    definitely be wrong.
    When I got out of the house, I saw a lady figure dressed in a beautiful pink gown, but what
    was strange about her was that she had a black and grey covering Like the Muslim
    Purdah on her head that covered everywhere; the only thing visible was her eyes.... The
    eyes looked familiar...
    “Good Afternoon ma, please can I help you?” I asked moving close in caution
    The lady in Question burst into outrageous laughter and unveiled herself to be Isoken. I
    literally wet my pants....
    ********
    “Isoken, What do you mean you are doing this to keep your marriage, this is wrong? And
    besides are you denying your Christian faith to become a Muslim by dressing like one of
    them to keep your marriage....This is wrong. I mean dressing like a Muslim is wrong when
    you are not one, assuming Ibidolo is a Muslim it would have been understandable...” I
    said
    “Aunty Betty, I know Wrong can never give birth to right, but I am trying to be the right
    person in my marriage, two wrongs can never make a right. Now I realize Ibidolo is selfish,
    uncompromising, and not a Christian I thought he was, but do you expect me Ma to also
    do what is wrong by running out of the marriage, No! I am going to be right and I know
    Right gives birth to right...And may I add, my dressing this way has nothing to do with my
    religion, I don’t think there is anywhere in the Bible where you are told you can’t dress thisway, It is a choice I have made, Let’s think about this, What if I had a massive scar on my
    face, and I decided to do this, Would you have frowned at it?” Isoken said with all
    seriousness. It was obvious wherever she must have gone for those two weeks had done
    a lot of mindset restructuring....
    “I guess this is Ibidolo idea?” Asking just for confirmation sake...
    “ No....100 percent me, Ibidolo is yet to see me, he went on a work trip to set up a Studio
    in Abakaliki ...Aunty I had two weeks of reflection to myself and this is what I came up
    with....Self-denial that will give birth to love “
    I was speechlessly speechless but I asked a simple question after a long break
    “So you are ready to sacrifice your smile for your marriage”
    “Love is sacrifice, For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son....Aunty,
    God let go of his only son to gain the whole world....Aunty I have a plan”
    “Isoken what plan? Your smile is a message to people, your smile heals a lot people” I
    said as I could wrap my head around what was happening
    “I don’t want to heal a lot of people, I want to heal my husband, Of what value is my
    ministry of smile to the world, If my smile doesn’t win My husband, For instance Aunty
    take a look at you and your husband, You know it will be a great failure if after repairing
    other people’s marriages with your powerful marriage ministry and we suddenly hear your
    marriage failed, Of what value was your message...?”she said.
    At that point, Isoken had hit me on a sore spot....My husband and I were having it rough
    in marriage , We were not fighting in the sense of physical abuse or emotional, we were
    just drawn apart. We had not had intercourse for over 9 months and none of us
    bothered...And yet I go around preaching about how compulsory it was to have
    intercourse in marriage....The truth is I hardly have time for it myself because of how busy
    I had been, jumping from one state to the other preaching to women on them keeping
    their homes at all cost, but was I keeping my home....???
    PART 6 “ISOKENE” (STOP MY WIFE FROM SMILING) ©๏ธOpeyemi Ojerinde Akintunde “Isoken, Are you mad or something has gone wrong with your senses?” Speechless, agitated, mad, going bunkers, terribly infuriated are some of the words to describe what I felt when I saw Isoken after 2 weeks of complete silence and disappearance. I had tried her number several times, but her line was unavailable, and neither did she call for two weeks. My security man had told me I had a Strange Visitor and he wanted me to come see her first before He could allow her come in. Mathew, our security man was a very security conscious person, he was so security conscious that at times when my husband and I were driving in, he would make sure he checked if we were bringing in strangers and if we had strangers, He would ask the strangers to get down to be checked and screened. Although, I found it strange, my husband was fine with it. Therefore, For Matthew to have tagged this person a strange visitor, something must definitely be wrong. When I got out of the house, I saw a lady figure dressed in a beautiful pink gown, but what was strange about her was that she had a black and grey covering Like the Muslim Purdah on her head that covered everywhere; the only thing visible was her eyes.... The eyes looked familiar... “Good Afternoon ma, please can I help you?” I asked moving close in caution The lady in Question burst into outrageous laughter and unveiled herself to be Isoken. I literally wet my pants.... ******** “Isoken, What do you mean you are doing this to keep your marriage, this is wrong? And besides are you denying your Christian faith to become a Muslim by dressing like one of them to keep your marriage....This is wrong. I mean dressing like a Muslim is wrong when you are not one, assuming Ibidolo is a Muslim it would have been understandable...” I said “Aunty Betty, I know Wrong can never give birth to right, but I am trying to be the right person in my marriage, two wrongs can never make a right. Now I realize Ibidolo is selfish, uncompromising, and not a Christian I thought he was, but do you expect me Ma to also do what is wrong by running out of the marriage, No! I am going to be right and I know Right gives birth to right...And may I add, my dressing this way has nothing to do with my religion, I don’t think there is anywhere in the Bible where you are told you can’t dress thisway, It is a choice I have made, Let’s think about this, What if I had a massive scar on my face, and I decided to do this, Would you have frowned at it?” Isoken said with all seriousness. It was obvious wherever she must have gone for those two weeks had done a lot of mindset restructuring.... “I guess this is Ibidolo idea?” Asking just for confirmation sake... “ No....100 percent me, Ibidolo is yet to see me, he went on a work trip to set up a Studio in Abakaliki ...Aunty I had two weeks of reflection to myself and this is what I came up with....Self-denial that will give birth to love “ I was speechlessly speechless but I asked a simple question after a long break “So you are ready to sacrifice your smile for your marriage” “Love is sacrifice, For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son....Aunty, God let go of his only son to gain the whole world....Aunty I have a plan” “Isoken what plan? Your smile is a message to people, your smile heals a lot people” I said as I could wrap my head around what was happening “I don’t want to heal a lot of people, I want to heal my husband, Of what value is my ministry of smile to the world, If my smile doesn’t win My husband, For instance Aunty take a look at you and your husband, You know it will be a great failure if after repairing other people’s marriages with your powerful marriage ministry and we suddenly hear your marriage failed, Of what value was your message...?”she said. At that point, Isoken had hit me on a sore spot....My husband and I were having it rough in marriage , We were not fighting in the sense of physical abuse or emotional, we were just drawn apart. We had not had intercourse for over 9 months and none of us bothered...And yet I go around preaching about how compulsory it was to have intercourse in marriage....The truth is I hardly have time for it myself because of how busy I had been, jumping from one state to the other preaching to women on them keeping their homes at all cost, but was I keeping my home....???
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  • PART 2 “ISOKENE” (STOP MY WIFE FROM SMILING) ©๏ธOpeyemi Ojerinde Akintunde

    Isoken (or better still Isokene pronounced as ee-so-kene as she is being called by her husband, though according to him, he was the only one who had the license to call her that) 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 comfortable 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 an Edo man, Her name is Mobolaji...” Aunty Lara said

    “I was wondering how the Edo blood entered our lineage" I said jokingly to my favorite aunt...

    “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? I asked myself

    "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 throughout that day...Isokene'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 meant 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 confines 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?

    To be continued
    PART 2 “ISOKENE” (STOP MY WIFE FROM SMILING) ©๏ธOpeyemi Ojerinde Akintunde Isoken (or better still Isokene pronounced as ee-so-kene as she is being called by her husband, though according to him, he was the only one who had the license to call her that) 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 comfortable 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 an Edo man, Her name is Mobolaji...” Aunty Lara said “I was wondering how the Edo blood entered our lineage" I said jokingly to my favorite aunt... “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? I asked myself "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 throughout that day...Isokene'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 meant 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 confines 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? To be continued
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  • * Welcome to the Generation of proud people

    A Generation that can afford to lose a 1-3 years relationship just because of, I AM SORRY !

    A Generation where a woman prefers to pack her belongings from her husband's house back to her parents house rather than say, I AM SORRY!

    A Generation where a man prefers to lose his marriage and keep his ego.

    * Welcome to the Generation where everyone is right.

    A generation that never accepts to be wrong, a generation that knows it all.

    A Generation that so much prides itself yet is full of ignorance of diplomatic ways to tolerate one another.

    A Generation that prefers to argue for years rather than uttering the word, I AM SORRY !!!

    * Welcome to the Generation of faults shifting.

    A Generation that claims right at all times and seek to judge others.

    A Generation that only sees the bad in others and nothing bad about themselves.

    A Generation that prefers to argue endlessly instead of saying, I AM SORRY!

    * Welcome to the Generation that celebrates selfishness.

    A Generation that wants people to always apologize to them.

    A Generation of self respect. They prefer to move on rather than sort out things with their partners and friends!

    A Generation that will rather part ways with their friends and divine helpers than say I AM SORRY LET'S FORGET MY WRONG DOINGS.

    A Generation so full of themselves.

    A Generation that feels too big to say, I AM SORRY!!

    * Listen to the news and see how many people are stabbing their partners to death. Marriage have crashed and once happy homes now become slaughter grounds all because we feel it is not worth saying, I AM SORRY !!!

    * Can you do me a favour by pronouncing, "I AM SORRY"

    * How did you feel when you pronounced it?

    * Did your name change?

    * Did your skin colour or height change?

    *Did you lose your wig or make up it?

    * Did your Bank credit deplete when you said it?

    * Did your blood reduce when you said it?

    * Or did you contract covid -19 when you said it!

    * Hmm, so why do you prefer to lose that beautiful lady /handsome guy because of pride?

    *Why do you prefer to lose that wonderful relationship, friendship and spiritual helper that God has given you?

    * Remember, pride goes before a fall.

    * Some of us have lost our real spouses because it is hard for us to say, I AM SORRY...

    Do you know "A SORRY CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOREVER"

    Just say it countless time ok
    And trust me nothing bad will happen when you say it rather, there will be RECONCILIATION.
    There will be peace and happiness again.
    Friendship will be restored and amazing things will start happening again.

    Pls share this with your contacts to save marriages, relationships etc and the blessings will go to you๐Ÿ™.
    * Welcome to the Generation of proud people A Generation that can afford to lose a 1-3 years relationship just because of, I AM SORRY ! A Generation where a woman prefers to pack her belongings from her husband's house back to her parents house rather than say, I AM SORRY! A Generation where a man prefers to lose his marriage and keep his ego. * Welcome to the Generation where everyone is right. A generation that never accepts to be wrong, a generation that knows it all. A Generation that so much prides itself yet is full of ignorance of diplomatic ways to tolerate one another. A Generation that prefers to argue for years rather than uttering the word, I AM SORRY !!! * Welcome to the Generation of faults shifting. A Generation that claims right at all times and seek to judge others. A Generation that only sees the bad in others and nothing bad about themselves. A Generation that prefers to argue endlessly instead of saying, I AM SORRY! * Welcome to the Generation that celebrates selfishness. A Generation that wants people to always apologize to them. A Generation of self respect. They prefer to move on rather than sort out things with their partners and friends! A Generation that will rather part ways with their friends and divine helpers than say I AM SORRY LET'S FORGET MY WRONG DOINGS. A Generation so full of themselves. A Generation that feels too big to say, I AM SORRY!! * Listen to the news and see how many people are stabbing their partners to death. Marriage have crashed and once happy homes now become slaughter grounds all because we feel it is not worth saying, I AM SORRY !!! * Can you do me a favour by pronouncing, "I AM SORRY" * How did you feel when you pronounced it? * Did your name change? * Did your skin colour or height change? *Did you lose your wig or make up it? * Did your Bank credit deplete when you said it? * Did your blood reduce when you said it? * Or did you contract covid -19 when you said it! * Hmm, so why do you prefer to lose that beautiful lady /handsome guy because of pride? *Why do you prefer to lose that wonderful relationship, friendship and spiritual helper that God has given you? * Remember, pride goes before a fall. * Some of us have lost our real spouses because it is hard for us to say, I AM SORRY... Do you know "A SORRY CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOREVER" Just say it countless time ok And trust me nothing bad will happen when you say it rather, there will be RECONCILIATION. There will be peace and happiness again. Friendship will be restored and amazing things will start happening again. Pls share this with your contacts to save marriages, relationships etc and the blessings will go to you๐Ÿ™.
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  • #TodayNews Headlines

    The serving Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church (CGCC), Pastor Tunde Bakare, has warned against the reopening of churches as directed by the Lagos State Government.
    During his sermon on Sunday, the cleric urged Christians not to let any religious leader or government official, lead them like a sheep to the slaughterhouse.
    #TodayNews Headlines The serving Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church (CGCC), Pastor Tunde Bakare, has warned against the reopening of churches as directed by the Lagos State Government. During his sermon on Sunday, the cleric urged Christians not to let any religious leader or government official, lead them like a sheep to the slaughterhouse.
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  • Avoid missing, stolen or kidnapped Ram this Sallah. Get a Ram Tracking device for just N3,499.99k! Tested and trusted!
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    Avoid missing, stolen or kidnapped Ram this Sallah. Get a Ram Tracking device for just N3,499.99k! Tested and trusted! The device will not only track down anyone with intention of stealing your ram but the place he intends to slaughter it and those who will eat it. Even if it is slaughtered and fried, the device would detect it in the pot Buy one get three for free. Call me on my number to order yours now! now!. ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„ Happy sallah in advance.
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  • If a pastor and a prostitute are locked ๐Ÿ” in a room๐Ÿ  ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ‘€
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    If a pastor and a prostitute are locked ๐Ÿ” in a room๐Ÿ  ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ‘€ One of them will change ๐Ÿ’ฏ TRUE or FALSE #LMAO #laughter #joy
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  • My neighbor just bought a TV for 2.5M and her wife is here begging for onions. I've asked her to fry the remoteโœŒ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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  • Handbrakes
    It was raining cats and dogs – in December! As if the chill in Delhi wasn’t enough, the rain gods had decided to make it soggy as well. I couldn’t see very well, my glasses covered in furious drops of rain. It was times like this when I felt my wife Anu was right….   My shoes made a squelching, protesting sound every time I took a step forward; I would have walked...
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  • Missing My Sister And Best Friend
    One morning I found you in eternal sleep; I tried to wake you as I began to weep, But all my pleas you could not hear. Oh, if I could have only kept you near, Away from the voices of those who went before, Who beckoned you to come to that distant shore.   I find it so very hard to believe That you have gone and I must grieve; I call out your name -- you answer not, And I look for you in...
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  • Relinquished
    Her light is not extinguished                                Only her body is relinquished                                The sparkle she exhibited                        ...
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  • The meaning of love
    To love is to share life together, to build special plans just for two, to work side by side, and then smile with pride, as one by one, dreams all come true.   To love is to help and encourage with smiles and sincere words of praise, to take time to share, to listen and care in tender, affectionate ways.   To love is to have someone special, one on whom you can always depend to be...
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  • Until we meet again
    So short your time here with us. It's selfish to want you back, but we miss you so much. You lit up the world with your smile and laughter, and now you'll watch over us from heaven, ever after. You were on your way to being an amazing man, but God saw more for you. He had a greater plan. We will never forget you. You'll always live in our heart, and with you smiling down on us, we will never...
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  • What she is to me
    Look at the beauty in her eyes, a glow that shines like the sunrise.  Her smile opens up the cloudy skies, her laughter delights butterflies. The ocean greets her as she passes by. Her gorgeous toes leave their mark, saying goodbye.   Gentle breeze through her hair, she walks elegantly while astonished eyes all stare. Rosy cheeks cover her face. A flower-child blossoms, kindly...
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