Consolation Opokua was the liveliest lady within the college; a pure selection for sophistication captain, and twice voted hottest lady in her 12 months. Maybe not essentially the most lovely, she was definitely essentially the most vivacious. Like many of the boys, Kwame was captivated, however felt he stood little probability of successful Consolation’s friendship. Considering of her saved different ideas at bay and calmed his thoughts for examine, however her informal greeting as they handed on the street may set his coronary heart pounding for an hour.
After leaving college, Kwame sought work in Suame Journal, Kumasi’s large casual industrial space. He established a enterprise promoting market trolleys which prospered for just a few years however declined within the mid-1970s. Sitting beneath a neem tree behind his neat row of smartly-painted trolleys, studying a newspaper, Kwame’s thoughts snapped to consideration when he heard a well-known feminine voice calling, ‘Hey Kwame, what are you doing right here?’ Trying up, he was amazed to see the imaginative and prescient that had enchanted his schoolboy goals: Consolation Opokua.
In February 1980, Consolation gave delivery to their daughter, Akosua, and a month later she married Kwame by conventional ceremony of their hometown, Konongo. Kwame gained an engineering diploma in June and was employed at Kumasi College whereas in search of a option to proceed his schooling. Getting into Warwick College in England in 1985, he earned somewhat extra cash as a translator for the UK authorities investigating a Kumasi-based medicine cartel. Though he began to construct a home in Kumasi, Consolation grew impatient for sooner materials progress and disliked Kwame serving to foreigners in opposition to their very own individuals. ‘Take a look at your self, Kwame Mainu! You are 31 years outdated and you continue to haven’t got a home or a superb job. You have no ambition for your loved ones. You’ll be able to by no means make up your thoughts about something. I am uninterested in making excuses for you. I have been speaking to your mom and he or she says you are similar to your father. She was pressured to surrender on such a ineffective individual and I need to do the identical.’
After leaving Kwame with Akosua, Consolation devoted herself to her shoe buying and selling enterprise and succeeded in buying a formidable residence within the trendy Backyard Metropolis suburb of Nhyiasu. That was the place Kwame got here to satisfy her once more eight years later and started to dream of a reconciliation. Someday, arriving early and ready for Consolation to return dwelling, Kwame began studying a shoe catalogue. ‘Which pair are you planning to purchase me?’ Consolation will need to have entered silently, and was leaning over his shoulder, enveloping him in her perfumed aura. She leaned additional ahead to level to her most well-liked shoe and Kwame felt electrified as her hair brushed his cheek and her smooth breast pressed on the again of his neck. ‘I like that fashion,’ she stated.
‘And no man may refuse you!’ he whispered in her ear.
‘Regular, Kwame Mainu, otherwise you’ll be asking me to return again.’
‘I by no means wished you to go away.’
‘It was a giant mistake and I am sorry.’