Is Beauty a Threat?
Once upon a time in a quiet town of Isokolo, there lived a beautiful damsel called Itohan. She was so pretty that eligible bachelors of the village were afraid to approach her. Her beauty sparkles like the diamond of Arabia. Rumours had it that she reincarnated the goddess of beauty, Avosimkwu in Isokolo.
Itohan desired to be loved by an able-bodied man of Isokolo, but none cared to come around her. Her beauty is like that of a mermaid from Kuramo beach in Lagos in the present day Nigeria in West Africa. I guess this beauty scares the men of Isokolo away from her.
The entire situation continued for years until she met a hunter along the road as she went to the village stream. Ikwuakor is a young handsome hunter who crisscrosses forests in search of exotic grass cutters. He kept on coming to that forest with a planned meeting place to see Itohan. They became familiar with each other as the day elapsed with lovely conversation spicing up each encounter. Ikwuakor desired to know Itohan more so as to tell her his intentions towards her.
“I am from Adaziukwu village, two villages away from Isokolo. I will sincerely say that I have never seen anyone as beautiful like you, Ikwuakor said as he gave his maiden that funny look of love jostling to burst forth.
“Kindly tell me, are you a princess?” He inquired further.
“Not at all,” Itohan responded with an alluring smile revealing her seductive gap tooth.
“I am just an ordinary villager in Isokolo who desires an able bodied man just like any other maiden in this village to love me and spend the rest of his life with me,” She added as she gesticulates with gusto.
With these words, Ikwuakor’s heart leaped for joy and he promised to see her again without hesitation before the next market day as he left for Adaziukwu village.
After the two lovebirds saw each other for four full moons, they were already in love with each other inseparable. He further promised to bring along his people to Isokolo for the payment of her bride price and take her for a wife.
It was all pomp and glee as the entire Isokolo was agog with personalities from within and outside the village who came to graze the occasion between Itohan and Ikwuakor, the ceremony that would make them one in the eyes of the gods in Isokolo. They were later joined according to the tradition of Isokolo in the presence of able-bodied men of Isokolo.
“Amidst the celebration of joy, there abound other side attractions that are always common in a celebration of such. My attention was drawn to a man who stood beside one of the canopies,” Okoro said as he narrated.
“Oh my God! I have fancied this Itohan from a distance, but lacked the needed courage to speak to her,” Isiaki said.
“She would have been my wife even as we speak,” Isiaki said as he speaks to Okoro who nodded in affirmative to console him.
The couple lived happily ever after in the land of Adaziukwu village.
Always be outspoken for words neatly spoken produce visible results than those concealed to be spoken at a perfect time that may never come. Express your love anytime, anywhere, every time and everywhere.
Opia-Enwemuche Maxwell Onyemaechi