Episode 2: Tinuke and I got along so well, we understood each other so much, I couldn’t have wanted for a better roommate.
People including our course mates do reveal to us that we resemble the other alike. Perhaps in light of the fact that we are of similar stature, normal tallness, thin, dim skin and beautiful oval molded face. I can’t tell who is more beautiful, people can pass judgment on that.
I was occupied with my assignment while Tinuke was doing the dishes.
“Anike, How far with the assignment Dr. Chuks gave us?” Tinuke asked.
“I’m almost through. But come to think of it, some lecturers are so mean, how can he tell us to write 100 names of microorganisms and submit it under 24hours, all this stress for just 5 marks.”
She left the dishes apeeped at what I was writing.
“You’ve written 80 already, I only got 48 from the text books I borrowed from the library.”
“You can’t get the whole 100 from the text book, I got mine from the internet. Thank God for the internet and who ever invented copy and paste.”
“Amen Anike, You are very funny” she said laughing.
“Jokes apart, Tinuke I’m hungry.”
“OK, I’ll fix us dinner.”
“Thanks you are a darling” she said smiling.
“You are welcome” I smiled back at her.
The next day, we submitted the MCB101 assignment to the course rep.
“Let’s call it a day, see you next week” the Lecturer said and left the class.
Tinuke and I packed our books and left the class.
On our way to the hostel, we met a very fine guy, tall, fair and looked buttish.
“Hi ladies” he said, all smiles.
“Hi” we both chorused.
“I do see you girls around, are you twins, you two look alike?” he asked.
“No, we are friends, but people do take us for twins and I wish we were” Tinuke answered, smiling with the guy.
“My name is Olamilekan, he said, shaking our hands one after the other.
“I’m Tinuke and she’s Anike.”
“Nice meeting you guys” he said.
“Same here” we chorused.
“I just like you girls, you are beautiful, smart and you dress decently and I also like your names, Anike and Tinuke, you could really pass for twins.”
“Thanks for the compliments Lekan” Tinuke said with a smile.
“I’m sorry Tinuke, I prefer you call my name in full.”
“Oh! Olamilekan, noted” she said playfully.
“Thanks,” he said with a smile. Anyway, I’m a 400L Electrical engineering student.
“100L microbiology,” Tinuke said.
“And you?” he asked me.
“The same department” I replied.
“That’s cool, see you guys some other time, enjoy the rest of the day.”
“You too” we chorused.
I ran into the same guy the following week in front of a complex in the school area.
“See who I ran into, Anike right?” he said.
“Yea, I’m good, you still remember my name?
“Of course I do, how on earth will I forget your name and that of Tinuke,” he said jokingly.
“You remember my friend’s name too! that’s cool?”
“Do you remember my name?” he asked.
“No, I don’t” I replied.
“Oh, that’s so unfair.”
“Yea, so so unfair, Olamilekan” I said.
“So you actually remember my name” he smiled.
Anike: (Episode 3)
It was a sunny Saturday morning, I and my
room mate were busy doing our chores.
She already promised Olamilekan we’ll visit
him on Saturday. Tinuke reminded me
“When are we leaving for his place” I asked
“We can leave for 2pm” she replied
“You and who? Inside this sun! I’m not
going anywhere until the sun goes down o”
I said frowning.
“If we have lectures for 2pm, won’t you
attend” she queried
“Sure I will, I will attend lectures under the
sun or in the rain, that is different and the
good news is that I don’t have lectures
“ I don’t know why you are even
complaining sef, you are sounding like you
want to trek to the place, are we not taking
cab to the place”
“Will cab carry us from this room down to
“OK o, we’ll leave by 4pm then” Tinuke said
“Carry your bed along nau, we are leaving
by 5pm” I concluded
“5pm! Don’t go at all” Tinuke hissed
“I can decide to stay back o”
“Anike jokes apart, you know we owe him
this visit, he had visited twice fa” she said
“You really like this guy o and I seriously
pity you, because you are playing with fire”
“You pity me? She said laughing
“It’s not funny, I just don’t want this guy to
come between you and your guy, what if he
calls you when we get there, you’ll have to
explain to him what you’re doing in a guy’s
“Don’t worry about me, I will switch off my
“Eh! That’s even worse, see, you are on
your own. We are leaving by 5pm, agreed?”
Meaning? I asked
“I agree” she interpreted.
“Good, that’s my girl” I smiled.
From the look of things, I can say that
Olamilekan came from a rich family, he
could pass for someone who had everything
he wants at his disposal. I guessed he’s
doesn’t like an extravagant lifestyle. He
lives in a room and a parlour self contained
apartment that is tastefully furnished and
all electronic gadgets in place. He also has a
car parked in his compound, trust Tinuke,
she asked him who owns the car. I like this
about him, silent rich guy.
Tinuke and I are from rich families too and
we maintained our cool, but I doubt if my
own father can allow me have my own car,
maybe when I get to final year, he can
Olamilekan welcomed us, he was happy we
“Wow! You live in a palace Olamilekan”
Tinuke complimented still admiring the
“Nice apartment” I added
“Thanks” he said
He asked what us what we wanted for
refreshments. I told him I dont want
anything, Tinuke eyed me and told him him
she’s OK with any drink.
He entertained us with some nice music
video collection and served Tinuke juice and
assorted Biscuits. Tinuke was about to take
her refreshment when her phone rang.
“Why are you staring at your phone? Pick
your call nau” I said
“I thought you said you’ll switch off your
phone when we get here”
“I forgot” she said and the call
“Pick the call, if he calls back”. The phone
rang again and she took the call.
“What happened” I asked when the line
“He hung up on me” she replied
“What are you waiting for, let’s start going
or you want him to call back and know you
are still here”
“That won’t solve anything Anike, he’s
“What’s going on?” he asked
“We have to leave now, we’ll talk to you
later” I inform him.
“No problem as long as she’s OK, let me
see you off then” he said. He stopped a cab
for us that took us to the hostel. He also
paid the cab man.
We got back to the hostel. I tried to calm
my friend because she was worried.
“Tinuke let me talk to him, I think he will
listen to me”
“Don’t bother, trust me he won’t listen to
“Let me try if I can pacify him” she said and
dialed his number.
“Hello I’m listening” he answered rudely.
“Please, I just want to clear the air, the guy
we visited is a friend of ours and…..
“Anike can you please mind your business,
this is between my girlfriend and I. I’d
appreciate if you don’t meddle”
“Excuse me!” I was shocked at his
“You heard me right and I think you are a
bad influence on her so please stay away
from her” he said and ended the call.
“I warned you, I know he wouldn’t listen,
what did he say?” Tinuke asked
“Nothing” I said with teary eyes, I doubt if
I’ve ever been insulted like that all my life.
“Anike are you crying? What did he say to
you, did he insult you?”
“It’s nothing and you are crying” she took
her phone to call Sam but his call came in
and she picked it up and put it on speaker.
“Hello what did you say to her” she barked
“She didn’t tell you? Anyway I told her to
stay away from you, that she’s a bad
“You told a girl that doesn’t even have a
boyfriend, that she’s a bad influence? You
are unbelievable! congratulations you just
succeeded in making her cry, I can take
anything from you, even the jealousy but
you doing this to a good friend of mine…
this is the peak”
“And whose fault was that? You left your
hostel to visit a guy without even informing
“You know what I’m tired of you and your
monitoring spirit. I’m sick of this over
protectiveness of yours, see, it’s over
“Seriously! she said and hung up on him.
She broke down into tears.
“Tinuke please stop crying, you can’t end
your relationship with him because of me.
“I’m through with him, I won’t forgive him
for what he said to you”
“Seriously I’m fine, you can’t break up with
him because of me, try and resolve with
“That is my problem not yours. I’m very
sorry for putting you through this”
“Its OK” I said with a faint smile.
“Oya go and wash your face,” Tinuke said
“You mean we should wash our faces” I
And we both laughed…
To be continued…
Story by Toyin Taiwo