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  • May 7, 2020
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My relationship back then in high school is the only reason why I agree that the ugliest guys get the most beautiful girls. Everyone was after my babe then, and I had to do everything to keep her. 

Everything she wanted, including watching gospel movies with her. As a Muslim, I had to read the bible because, according to her, I had to be Godly with the romance too;

-in the beginning, was the love and the love was you-
-let there be love, and there was us-

She would smile shyly, wink her left eye and say “That’s cute, brother Lukman”. And ‘Mumu’ me will spend the rest of the day blushing and feeling high. But I did ponder on some of the verses, and the story of creations was my favorite.

My babe liked to think that the light in that verse was also a figurative expression of our souls. She would say that even though we were formless and empty then, in the beginning, God created our souls when he said let there be light.

I have always imagined human beings as light since then; that no matter how dark everyone is or their situation is, in their soul still exists the light. There is a switch though, you need to believe in yourself before you can turn on your light.

Before you start thinking the love story was one-sided, my babe loved me too. At least, she used to pray for me and even made a worship song that had my Yoruba name in it. Plus, she gave me anointing oil to rub my ablution kettle at the mosque. 

She believed in the supernatural too and advised me to be careful with exploiting my potentials because of people that use to ‘steal’ glory (Oh yeah, she’s part of those people).

“It is the reductionist approach to life: if you keep it small, you will keep it under control” – Sophie Scholll

The first argument we ever had was because of this ideology. I loved keeping things loud and in my bid to convince her, I had stumbled upon a poem that I still read to myself till today.

It was written by Marianne Williamson, titled Our Greatest Fear

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us
Your playing small does not serve the world
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you
And as we let our light shine,
We unconsciously permit other people to do the same…

I had thought it was because of this slight argument that she had decided to break up with me a month later until I discovered there was a proper brother that was receiving the proper anointing of romance.

I think of people more as stars now though, that our lights don’t compete and that we should all shine together and brighten this dark world. Let there be light, let there be YOU. 

But then, what if you work in NEPA?

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