”… Hello Lady!
I got your number from Yemi your friend. She said you would need my help. Want to know who I am? then ask Yemi #smiles. Please meet me at Chicken Delight, Baleko Road, by 2pm tomorrow , so we could discuss. Thanks…”

That was the text that marked a new dawn in my life.
I am Mrs. Carol Segun. I had been job hunting for 6 years and had decided out of fustration to start a buisness. But unfortunately, I did not have enough money as the buisness was a Capital intensive one. In seeking for help, I decided to tell  Yemi about my plan. .

Yemi was my good friend who had been of great help to me. In fact, I practically depended on her for all my financial needs. She didn’t mind. She had it all; a rich family, a good job, a rich boy friend etc.
On several attempts she had tried to get me a job  but it seemed as though I was born without Luck.

Well, I went for the meeting! Sir Segun appeared to be a young, good looking, calm, serious minded and a very rich and influential dude.

”… I am Mr. Segun. Yemi spoke with me 2 weeks ago about you. She told me about your intended buisness. She also told me she would have loved to help, but for the huge amount of capital required and the risk involved. She does not want to risk such amount of money, should incase, the buisness fails. I have given your buisness a thought and I have seen it’s a very lucrative one. I’ll help you with the cash and coach you till the buisness succeeds…”

….those were his exact words.  I sat in front of him dumbfounded. Indeed, I was very grateful and of course, gave in my all to see that the buisness works out.

2 years later, as I sat at the balcony, just enjoying the view, I saw a new, expensive looking car driving into  my compound. Well,  My buisness was growing . It was not easy at first but thanks to Mr. Segun’s help.

I was still staring at the car to know who this unexpected and unfamiliar vistor was, when I screamed with amazement…” Mr. Segun!!!”.
I opened the door to welcome him, but he refused to come in and insisted that we went out together to celebrate his new ride. How could I say No?

‘…Carol,..” …he said with a bold and lovely voice as he dropped his glass of wine on the table,
‘I want you to marry me!..’ he added. I was so confused, I was like, is this not supposed to be an outing to celeberate his new ride? I had barely concluded that thought when Mr. Segun knelt down, and Opened a fanciful but expensive-looking ring box infront of me. I felt a little shy seeing him kneel before me, in a public place. Immediately I looked into the ring box, my shyness disappeared suddenly, as I saw the exact keys to this new car lying inside that box. I jumped up immediately. I was panting……….

YOUNG COUNSELEE : Wow, madam…. that was romantic. wow….
MRS. CAROL: (smiling) …. hhhhmmm (sighs) my dear. I felt that way too. But not all that glitters are gold. Let me continue my dear…

After about a minute, I calmed down. Then I told him…….

After about a minute, I calmed down. Then I told him to stand up, and that I’ll think about it and get back to him. He just smiled. We enjoyed the rest of the evening pretending like nothing had happened.

2 months later, I told him YES. I did not say Yes., because I loved him, but, I did because I had a strong desire to succeed and be like Yemi. So, I felt marrying Mr. Segun would be a bonus to my buisness, my reputation and a step up in my social status. ” Love grows right?” I concluded. “Perhaps, I’ll love him with time” … I felt.

We married in a grandstyle 4 months after. I tried bonding with him on those 4 months but he rather spent all his time and attention focusing on the wedding preparations. At a time, I felt like he did not love me. But, I assumed that he was just too busy. You know how it is with these rich folks and trying to impress the public.

4 years after we got married, Segun began to pressurize me to transfer every official and formal details of my business/company to his name. He claimed that as my husband, he was supposed to claim full ownership of everything I had, including the company.
Days passed, and months passed, and the pressure from him grew worse. So, I decided to give in for peace to reign. But, I kept wondering why as rich and influential Segun was, he was still interested in my assets. ‘ …well, they would do best with him and its still to my benefit anyways…’, I concluded within me.

However, It took me a whole year to discover the skeleton in Segun’s cupboard.
One Saturday Afternoon I returned home without my car because I dropped it at the mechanic. So he obviously didn’t know I was in the house. As I went close to our bedroom, I stepped back a little on hearing what Segun had just said on his phone conversation.

“Oh nooooooo…… This is the worst thing that has happened to me…. Please tell me its not true…. You mean everything?” were the exact statements that prompted my pause. In other not to allow him notice my presence, I went down stairs immediately. I kept pondering about those statements for days and in 6 months the cat in the bag was uncovered.

Segun had been duped and had lost everything he had except my company. At that time my company had grown real big and was well known.

As if the loss was not enough, I discovered Segun took a huge loan from the bank and used the house as collateral. It was at that time I started, for the first time, to investigate Segun. All the while, I just felt I married a Buisness Tycoon. How foolish and desperate I was (sobs)