Ode to a Phoenix 

I woke up on the 20th day of March 2017 and looked around the room we shared for about four years. There was a lady with red hair on the bed. I know she is not wearing a red hair, so who is this? Oh! This is my baby sis. 

It all started coming back. She is married now. The inevitable tinge of loneliness crept in, lagos will never be the same for me without her. However great joy also filled my heart, finally!!! They are legal. I am so happy for them, rest assured that she is well taken care of and happy. 

I arrived the University of Lagos, Akoka and my first set of roommates would not stop talking about an amazing lady. One day, shouts of “she is back” filled the air. I had to see her, so I found a reason to go to the house. She answered the door and her eyes made me stagger. Pure light brown and strokes of green. Did I say a word?  Did I walk or run to my room? I cannot tell. I just wanted to hide from the eyes that seemed to look into my soul. And God!  She was beautiful. 

Over time, we bonded. And she became everything I prayed for and more. 

She is a God lover, one who will go the extra mile to seek God and do his will. A hardworker, one who puts her very soul into any task at hand she has to do. A chef indeed, I think I am still under the spell of her jollof rice 😁. She is a ‘Faither’ I had to coin that word for her. She is one of the most optimistic persons I know who would find solution to almost any problem and believe until it comes to pass. She is beautiful inside out; not just for her flawless skin, captivating eyes and shape that screams ‘hawt’ but also beauty that shines from inside that makes basically everything she touches turn to gold.

 She is a lover to a fault. When she loves you, she loves you and will do almost anything for you as long as it lies within her. 
But then, she is human and not perfect. She has a mind of her own and operates at a very high level of intelligence which is a good thing if you can flow with her and please do not be slow and dull 😁 

She has had her fair share of ups and downs. She has cried many times and had her heart broken mostly by the ‘Brutus” she trusted,  since she is a very open and trusting person. She has gone through pain and rejection. But like gold, she comes out refined 

She allows God help her heal and forgive,  not holding grudges and hurt but loving even more,  which gives her the peace she has today. 

Like the Phoenix, she rises. 

In the few years we were together, I have learned a lot; to love without holding back, to trust and hold God to his word without relenting, to give when there is genuine need, to be a lady and be strong, to have fun and still be Christian, to stand up for myself and what I believe even in the face of opposition,  to go for the best and not settle for less and to help as many as I can especially young ladies who are struggling with issues most people do not care about. 

Some people said I would not go far associating with you, see how far God has brought us and made me. 

God blessed you with a wonderful man, your “dioma”. The children have an amazing mother. 

To my sister, my friend, my cousin, my mother, my brother, my body guard 😁, my girlfriend, my fitness trainer, my support, and gist partner and my prayer partner Jane Uloma Mac Job-Ujah; I love you without wax https://www.quora.com/Whats-the-meaning-for-the-expression-I-love-you-without-wax

Happy married life 

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Meet Tells Awani 

My name is Intellect Oritselaju Awani, you can call me Tells Awani. 

I studied Political science in Delta state University. I am a model and an actor. 
My journey into modeling started with peeps appreciating my height and fine face. I did not like to workout before, popsy used to tell me then that a time will come when I will love workout and the time eventually came,  I became an addict. 

Someone saw me one certain year and asked me for a shoot. I was reluctant at first until I fared down to the location. I was given a hotel room and paid 30k. It was a wow! I am like ‘just for my photos? I’m getting all of these?’ It really made me look into the modeling world and I saw that there is actually something good in it, so I took it more seriously. 

As per the acting part, a friend asked me to help him because the aunt was directing an interview session. I went there to help with the lightnings and microphone because of my height. It happened that one of the actors was absent and I ended up acting. I played the part well. Then later I was invited for an audition, I went and it was no stress. 

I got my first role, I read the script and made some corrections. I let the directors know I am a critic for naija movies. It happens that whenever I am given a script, I will just read a part of it, smile and tell them what happens next or close to it. Some say I have seen it before, others just envy. 

So far, It has been challenging. I once missed an international  job sometime in 2016 because of international passport issues. Also, most of the job owners are married women and they wanna get laid first. I am never doing that s***

Five years from now, you should meet me having a firm of my own, happily married and putting smiles on  faces. 

I think I have got plans already for the future. It is just to put them to work. 

Shoutout to my late dad. Hey dad,we all miss you.Wish you are here. I took after you dad, I’ve got mad love for Mercedes!

My late dad, mom, siblings+ everything I want is expensive so I need to afford them. This is what keeps me going.