There are some people you meet in life that you just click with. You see the person and he/she is sooooo like you, its hard to believe. I met Tamo in our first year in the university and I knew we were going to be friends. We talked, walked and dressed alike. People even we say we had the same mannerisms. I had a lot of people accuse me of snubbing them because they thought I was Tamo and she was me.
In science, like poles repel and that was no different with Tamo and I (at least in the beginning). I thought she was phony because there was no way that 2 people could be so alike. I mean, we were both tomboys, had strong personalities, both wore bowler hats and bandanas (I wore mine everyday) and both had monostrap knapsacks. But I liked her and we soon became great friends. Its important for you to know this because I don’t easily make female friends.
Tamo is now a doctor and I’m a recent ex-corporate banker turned soon-to-be investment banker and I haven’t seen her in over 8 years. We don’t talk very often, but whenever we talk on phone or chat on BBM, we carry on our conversation like we saw each other just yesterday. We were having one of such conversations this morning and it took me so far down memory lane, I just had to share. She used one of the covers of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five as her display picture (dp) this morning (we are both book lovers) and the following conversation ensued (verbatim);
Omo: (seeing the book cover) Yay!!! I remember that one
Tamo: (laughs) old mama
Omo: You sef. But it was so interesting. I used to get lost in all those books
Tamo: As in…EVERY. SINGLE. ONE men. Even Secret Seven….. Three Golliwogs…
Tamo: Enid Blyton was VERY instrumental to my upbringing men.
Omo: I was just thinking the same thing o. Honestly
Tamo: Can u remember Mallory Towers? St Clairs…. The Enchanted Woods?
Omo: Wow! Your memory men. I’m almost emotional
Tamo: Em….Amelia Jane series!!! Infact, at a point my Dad got scared that we were getting too enthralled in “foreign” books.
Tamo: He started buying all them…Chike and The River, African Night Entertainment….PACESETTERS!!!!
Omo: Hahahhhahaha. I used to read any and everything. My parents stared screening my books.
Omo: Ahh. Pacesetters were crazy good o. Forget. My dad had a whole collection.
Tamo: Na Pacesetters open the door to them romance novels for me.=)). But I could never bring them home.
Omo: I didn’t know how interesting they were until I’d exhausted my ‘foreign’ books.
Omo: You could never bring Pacesetters home? Why?
Tamo: No, I mean the romance novels na? All them M & B (Mills & Boons)
Omo: Yes na, that’s part of why my parents started screening
Tamo: I once brought home a JHC book from a classmate in primary 5….my mother beat me within an inch of my life! I NEVER read one of his books again..till date.
Omo: JHC??? :s
Tamo: James Hardley Chase. U remember the racey covers na?
Omo: Oh! Yeah, that’s true o
Tamo: Naked girl and a gun..etc, etc
Omo: LOL. I read many of his books o.
Tamo: Men! My Mumsy went all yoruba gangsta on my bumbum that day eh??? Choi!!! I say even if I see a JHC book today my first instinct is the flinch.=D
Omo: Lol=D. Pele o. Then Sweet Valley High
Tamo: Yaaaaay!!! SVH!!!
Omo: And Sweet Valley University
Tamo: Its no wonder we were friends in abraks.
Tamo: Then my “dark” days (according to my mom)…GREEK MYTHOLOGY.
Omo: Haa. That one was from primary school
Tamo: Of course!! All these ones I’m saying is primary school na
Omo: We had (and still have) these set of encyclopaedias that had greek myths in the last book
Tamo: My Mom lost “hold” over me as soon as I stepped into Fed Govt boarding house and seniors cut my tail and toughened my skin men.
Omo: Lol! I read all sorts of myth books o
Omo: Some of them contained astral travel, witch burning and the likes. Then my parents said its enough
Tamo: Oh! U see? Ur folks acted up too.
Tamo: Mumsy na Yoruba na..u know how yoruba women are. Then my “dark” days (according to my mom)…GREEK MYTHOLOGY.
Tamo: I guess she was scared of a 7/8year old spending more time with Hercules and Achilles instead of John and Paul.
Omo: Hahhahahha @ John and Paul
Tamo: U gotta admit, its kinda weird for a kid.
Omo: Ah, my parents acted up oo!! Thank God they did. Do you know the kind of influence books had on us back then?
Tamo: Abi ooo! Maybe by now you would be in Aphrodites temple in Greece
Omo: Hahhahahahhaha=)) =)). You’re not alright
Tamo: My dear, I ordered Kore Samson to “kiss me at once!” in primary 4.
Omo: :O. Hahahhahahha. Why na?
Tamo: Poor boy..I was acting on “Evbu my love” (pacesatter)
Tamo: Kiss me or I deck him!>:/
Tamo: Poor dude didn’t stand a chance=))
Omo: *holding my stomach and rolling on the floor* Hahhahahaha=))
Tamo: Kissed me on my cheek and ran away crying.
Tamo: Smh (shaking my head)
Omo: Hahhahahaha=)) =)) =))
Omo: I’ve got tears running down my cheeks right now
Omo: Tamo, I couldn’t eat or sleep until I’d finished a book
Omo: When I went to the toilet, I’d spend about 2 hours in there. My mum would complain all the time.
Omo: She used to stand in front of the toilet door waiting for me to come out. Then she’d sieze my book and land me one hot slap.
Omo: So I started hiding it under my dress before coming out. Then I’d use my pant to support it. X_X
Omo: When she found that out one, I started hiding the books in the toilet. I would climb on the bath tub, stretch my hand on to the heater tank and hide my book on top of it.
Tamo: I once used crayons to paint both heels of my feet cos I was SURE if an ant bit me there, I would die. #Achilles.
Omo: Oh my God =)) =)) , Tamo!!!
Omo: There’s no way I’m not blogging about this
Tamo: Berra not mention my name oooo!
Omo: Please naaaaa
Omo: I’ve had so much fun this morning
Omo: Oblige me na
Tamo: U could say a “close friend of mine”
But no names>:/
Omo: 😥 😥 😥 Pls na. It’ll make it so much better
Tamo: Omo? No names.
Tamo: U can use Omorinola.
Omo: Why? I’m not using your surname na
Omo: Omorinola is not natural to me
Tamo: Omo,everyone that knows u and I would know its me na. Omorinola is my 3rd name..that’s cool enuff.
Omo: Please na
Tamo: I say No o..hian! Ngwanu.
Omo: 😥 😥 😥
Tamo: Lolz! Chic! U forget I’m a last born.
Whining is my stock in trade. I’m immune to your whining. =))
Name or no name the story wd be still as interesting na?
I’ll use Tee. Is that fine?
Tamo: Tee is okay.
Tamo: But not any of the names people know me by
Omo: Ok, I’ll use Tamo. Hehehehhe
As you’ve already guessed, I had to change her name to something close enough but I hope you enjoyed the conversation as much as I did. Its the beginning of a fun day and I’m off to dance rehearsals.
Enjoy your Saturday