20 MISTAKES YOU DESPERATELY NEED TO AVOID IN YOUR 20’s

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Your 20s compose undoubtedly the most pivotal time in your life. While there are plenty of temptations and distractions, the decisions you make here are truly what dictate your future, as the weak fail and only the strong survive.

Do you have what it takes to become a monumental success? Or will you live out a life of mediocrity? The choice is up to you. While many think they have all the answers and the keys to success, we have seen those people make the same pitfalls too many times before.

This is the time for you to hustle, scrap and fight for the life that you want for yourself. You manifest your own destiny during these crucial years.

Every move you make is a test. Don’t mess it up. Here are the 20 Mistakes You Don’t Want To Make In Your 20s.

20. Working for money, not for building your dreams
Never do anything just because it’s convenient for you. Look to challenge yourself and build your own dream instead of building someone else’s. Even if it doesn’t exactly make sense now, create something with great value so you can cash out big.

Always look to the future and never for immediate compensation. What are you going to do with those weekly wages anyways? Stop being so entitled and pretending like you deserve cash, prizes and vacations just yet. You will soon realize once you’ve made it that making money doesn’t make you happy. It’s the journey.

19. Thinking that this is the right time to fall in love

While all of your friends might be doing it, don’t fall into the trap of a relationship. Sure it seems like the right thing to do, but your 20s are entirely too crucial for your personal growth for you to be focusing on fulfilling the wishes of another individual.

Not only does it make you complacent with where you are in life, but it makes you boring. When your business is at stake and your future is resting on your shoulders, the last thing you need is to be bogged down by an insecure lover rushing you home.

Get out there, meet new people, test the limits and have fun. It will take you to the places you’ve only dreamed of going.

18. Trying to act like the man rather than learning how to become one
Instead of going overboard on the Gucci monogram and bottles in the club, as if you just signed to Rocnation, spend that time focusing on your career.

Every second counts and if more time is spent pretending to be the person you want to be instead of becoming that man, then you’ll sink in quick sand without even knowing it.

A real man is willing to make sacrifices. If you aren’t down to put in the work, then please don’t act like you are. You can enjoy the success when you actually attain it.

17. Making friends instead of earning trust
The in-crowd may be tempting, but you’ll probably fall victim to surrounding yourself with social climbers. We know you feel entitled to celebrate, but please relax. It’s never attractive when you act as though this is the last time you’ll ever see this in life.

Make connections with people based on trial and error, not presuppositions and drunk ranting about what they can do for your business.

If you ever want people to take you seriously, then you have to take them seriously. Just because you think you trust someone doesn’t always mean you can. Heed any red flags in the past before jumping into any kind of venture with them.

16. Not caring because you only live once — that’s for fools
We all are guilty of irrational decision-making in our 20s. Fast people and fast times with money in your pocket always lead to over-extending yourself.

A life of partying, heavy drugs and pretty much having that YOLO attitude will leave you flat on your ass. Get focused and lock into what you’re supposed to be doing. If you don’t know what that is, then you better figure it out ASAP.

15. Making all your wants, needs
Expensive women and cheap thrills coupled with the expensive sneakers should not be on the list of your needs. Setting the foundation for your business and team is far more important than updating your wardrobe and chasing sex.

Distinguish between what you want and what you actually need. Make sure your priorities are in tact or you will lose your track.

14. Forgetting that family comes first
Those who supported you before anything deserve to be taken care of when you reach your success. If you aren’t doing this for the ones you love, then you’re not doing it right. Family comes first, no matter what happens. If you work for whom you love instead of just yourself, you will get far.

13. Blaming anyone else but yourself for anything in life
Hold yourself accountable for everything. At the end of the day, all you have in the world is yourself — so go hard. Don’t look to anyone for answers and instead of making problems, create solutions.

Whether it was that job you wanted, the funding you needed or the love you think you can’t live without, there is no one that can be held accountable in this universe except for you.

12. Getting comfortable like you actually deserve down time
Unless you’re chilling with Victoria’s Secret models in Monaco this weekend, you shouldn’t even be thinking about taking a break anytime soon. You need a vacation?

What have you accomplished? Mark Cuban spent seven years building out his first business before he even took a break. Don’t get lazy now.

11. Sticking with jobs that didn’t teach you anything
A bad job is like an unhealthy relationship. Truthfully, the only reason you’re there is because it is the safest and easiest thing you know.

Any job or relationship that allows for you to get comfortable should be avoided at all costs. The last scenario you could ever want is becoming like the rest of those miserable 40-somethings faced with weekends of minivans and soccer practice.

10. Following the crowd instead of forging against it
You can be aware of the trends, but never follow them. If all your time is spent trying to adjust to your surroundings, you’ll get lost in the crowd all the more easily.

Success and greatness are constructed by trendsetters themselves, not those who latched on to what’s currently trending. We hope that you don’t have any aspirations to look like your favorite rapper. Temptation to be influenced by those who you aspire to be like is easy, but no one finds his or her calling while following in the footsteps of another.

9. Failing to energize those around you
Although you may sometimes think there is a lack of talent in your networks — this is never the case. It is your sole responsibility to inspire, encourage and drive those around you to succeed.

Failing to do so only confirms that you fall victim to that which you accuse others of. Change and greatness can be sparked everywhere, but bring it upon yourself to trigger it.

8. Thinking you need to stop learning and growing
You have more zeros at the end of your bank statement and stamps in your passport than you had ever imagined. Don’t consider this your victory lap, but rather as a taste of greatness. Do you live to enjoy the moments you dreamed of or a lifetime of unimaginable success?

The common misconception that once things are in your favor, you no longer have to put in the 3:00AM work hours is a dangerous problem. The fewer nights that you’re willing to put in the work, the fewer opportunities you will have to celebrate your achievements in the future.

7. Thinking that anyone will ever pay you back
Your 20s will be accompanied with a slew of poor investments by both you and those around you. Whether rich or poor, there will always be someone in your circle that will need a helping hand. If you ever think you’re going to see that money again, you’re sorely mistaken.

If there were a plan of action and re-investment, then the truth is that you will not see $1 back. Times are tough, especially in your 20s and finding a route back to financial freedom is often seen only when winning the lotto or signing your first deal with Ca$h Money Records.

Of course miracles do happen, but the probabilities that you’ve essentially given the money away are far too high.

6. Investing in relationships with the wrong values
Your love life is an investment — and the smarter the deals you execute, the savvier of an investor you become. Instead of navigating through an ambiguous investment in which you shower your lover with cash and prizes for existing, make sure he or she will demonstrate positive returns. Your love life should have a solid ROI.

5. Holding on to friends that waste your time and add no value to your life
You’ll be sucked down into the abyss right with them if you don’t cut the fat of the group. Family and friends could have been great to you as a child, but if they no longer hold the value and inspiration that is needed for you to thrive in life, then cut them loose.

The only individuals you should be surrounding yourself with are those that challenge your ideas and motivate you to find the next solution to your problems. No, not the pessimistic assh*les who shoot down your ideas with their negativity, but rather the ones who genuinely want to see you succeed no matter what you do in life.

4. Forgetting about the piggy bank and spending every dollar you have
If our check is for $9, then we’re most likely spending $30. Between credit cards, school loans and every other avenue for attaining a quick dollar, our need for immediate gratification is worse than ever.

The truth is it’s about making more money, not saving it. But at the same time, if you have no means for expanding your revenue channels, then you must be able to save a few dollars here and there. No one likes to have to walk to work because he blew every dollar at LAVO.

3. Not wrapping it before tapping it
If you don’t want to have a child then you better limit your excuses. As vulgar as it may sound, sometimes there are only a few options in life, so you must avoid all potential margins of error.

The road to success is not paved with having responsibilities of children and your future wife to be. This is a somewhat lonely journey that you must take by yourself and those you love will be able to celebrate with you after.

2. Dating unstable people with mommy and daddy issues
We need to control the invincibility we all feel when it comes to both men and women. Whether she’s a stripper or he’s a frat bro, we feel the need to be the knight in shining armor for our lovers.

As chivalrous as this may seem, we hate to break it to you, but you will never be able to change anyone. By setting yourself up for a losing battle, you’ve only ensured your misery for the next few months. She’s clingy for a reason, don’t be her Dr. Phil. And if he doesn’t have ambition now, he never will.

1. Forgetting that karma is a huge b*tch
Whether it’s burning bridges with people you loved, stealing your friend’s girlfriend or plotting against an ex-partner, we must always remember that karma is the biggest b*tch we’ve ever met.

There is nothing more true than the fact that whatever goes around comes around, and you are not immune to the cosmic forces that be. We’re not asking you to go on your Mother Teresa pilgrimage, but don’t be surprised when reality catches back up with you and brings you to your knees. Be a good person. You’ll get further in life.

Article Credit: Preston Waters for Elite Daily

Editor’s Note
As much as I agree with this article, hence it’s appearance on this blog, I also think that some of these mistakes serve as a learning curve for young people which exposes them to experiences that build character and may not be considered mistakes to some.

Some of the mistakes mentioned above are made from sheer stupidity of youth, and others just happen to us unintentionally. Either way, keep in mind that you have the power to change whatever you want in your life and if that will guarantee a successful, happy life in future, make that change.

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4 NIGHTTIME PRODUCTS YOU SHOULD BE USING

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When it comes to beauty sleep, I think we generally fall into two categories; those who have managed 8 hours of sleep a night and those who haven’t. For the ones who haven’t, they consequently have to do a darn good job faking it.

So, why does this happen? Simply put, sleep is an essential component to an effective skin care regimen, a time when our skin heals and repairs itself. Therefore, if you’re not getting enough sleep, your skin may start to suffer.

If you need help utilizing the small number of hours you do get or you want to ensure you are stretching your 8 hours as far as they can go, you need the right tools. There are specific night time products that can work in harmony with your skin’s renewal process. More than not, these products will be heavier and thicker consistencies. For this reason, washing your face in the morning is equally as important as washing it at night – you need to remove these heavy products or your skin may become congested.

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1. Begin With The Base
First, I always recommend using a serum. Facial serums are used to address specific problems such as wrinkles, aging and brightness. Apply a few drops to clean skin and using your hands press the serum into your skin.

2. Add The Primer
Especially in the colder months, you want to follow step one with a layer of oil for added hydration. Plus, you will wake up with beautiful and plump skin.

3. Don’t Forget To Moisturize!
Lastly, simply apply a moisturizer. My advice is to opt for a comforting and hydrating formula. I like to see it as a blanket; keeping in the goodness of the serum and oil.

4. Last But Not Least – Give Your Eyes Some Love
Don’t forget an eye cream! Try to use a powerful wrinkle reducing formula. Make sure you always use a very tiny amount; overloading the skin around your eyes with too much of a heavy product can cause puffiness and sometimes breakouts.

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For extra credit…
On days when you have little to no time or just want to fall into bed, try an overnight facial. Now this doesn’t mean you have to lie still with your face up to ensure you don’t cover your pillow in product. You can use facial creams that are highly concentrated and you use like a serum or moisturiser for a powerful whack of goodness.

What would your face say about your current night time routine?

Article Credit: Carly for HSN.COM

Editor’s Note:
It’s difficult to maintain a great nighttime routine especially on busy days and many women fall guilty to not taking off all traces if make up before bed, which can be detrimental to skin health in the long run.

Ensure to wash face with a foaming cleanser recommended for your skin type before incorporating the steps below. Make up remover wipes are never an option to washing.

Moisturizing is also a step that should never be missed and eye cream is a must when you are over 30.

Quick Tip
Store eye cream and face moisturizer in the fridge for increased effect against redness and puffiness.

To view more night and day time beauty products you’ll absolutely love, please visit the HSN product page HERE



CHEF 26 by Ojeiwa Ojeabu Omo- Episode 8

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The weather on the mainland was gloomy, the wind was cold, and the atmosphere showed signs of an incoming storm, yet Isolo was bubbling with a host of activities; football lovers were cheering their favorite English Premiership clubs at Tv viewing centers, hip-hop music was blasting from a bar across Damilare’s street, and Saturday was playing out its usual script in an exciting manner albeit indoors.

Damilare was among the football spectators, cheering with the other fans when a goal was scored by the team they were supporting and criticizing loudly about the referring style when it wasn’t in their favor. The evening was gradually giving way to night, he looked at the time and shook his head,

‘I need to be home now, I have to go over the details of the event for tomorrow that Kay gave to me today’ he said to himself.

Like a leaf falling from a tree in autumn, he quietly peeled away from the crowd and navigated his way across a street that lead to a shortcut which connected him to his apartment in five minutes. He stepped into his apartment, turning on the lights as he angled towards his reading table where a spiral-bound document lay, he sat down, and began reading it. After an hour, he had succeeded in reading the document from the first page to the last, three times; it was a five pager. He yawned, feeling surprisingly tired, abandoning his reading table, he edged towards the kitchen to prepare dinner.

Some hours later, Damilare had successfully crossed the hurdles of cooking, eating, and doing the dishes. The only hurdle he hadn’t crossed yet was sleep. He turned off the lights in his apartment then landed gingerly on his bed.

‘Dear God’ he prayed, ‘please permit tomorrow’s event to be a success’ he said.

 

When Damilare got to Cynthia’s family house on Sunday, he was awestruck. He had seen mansion’s in magazines and on TV, but today he was stepping into one. There was a private security team, an Olympic sized swimming pool which idled at the front of the mansion, and he could sight a stable from far-off which probably housed about 12 horses. He soon realized that he had stepped into the elusive kingdom of the ‘upper class’.

He got to the backyard where the cooking and reunion would take place which was as impressive as the front. It was large enough for 30 cars to fit in conveniently with ample space left. One half of the backyard was laced in lush green synthetic carpet grass, and the other with interlocking stones. There was a fountain at the point where the synthetic carpet grass and the interlocking stones met.

‘I really have to stop day dreaming’ he said to himself, as he fished for his cell phone from his trousers and promptly dialed Kaima’s number.

 

Everyone was talking about the food at the end of the event. Cynthia’s prissy Aunt named Cecilia made a bee line to where Cynthia and Kaima were standing and properly asked for a repeat menu at a sixty-person social event she was organizing in a few weeks.

‘Mail me all the feeding itinerary for the event, will you darling’, looking directly at Cynthia, ‘I’ll pay handsomely’, she drawled, turning her back away quickly before Cynthia could answer in the affirmative.

‘That lady makes me want to shoot myself in the face’, Cynthia told Kaima in a flustered tone.

‘No she doesn’t’ Kaima said with amusement. ‘It’s all in your head.’

Cynthia glared at her friend for a second or two and they both burst out laughing.

‘I seriously hope you are right’, Cynthia finally told Kaima.

 

Damilare was taking inventory of all the items that had been used and returned during the event. He looked up and saw Kaima, Cynthia and an elegant looking older woman chatting. He returned his attention to the inventory book, noticed that something was missing and in the process of noting it, he heard someone say,

‘Hello! Are you the chef that blessed us with the wonderful food that was served here today?’ The person asked.

Damilare tore his attention away from the inventory book as he looked up to see who had asked the question and what he saw left him speechless; a breathtakingly attractive woman with the most amazing body clad in a knee level purple gown and a smile as bright as the sun stood opposite him, eyes behind dark shades which gave her an air of seductive mystery.

‘Are you talking to t-t-t-to me?’ Damilare asked, stammering in the process.

She smiled. ‘Yes’ she said, ‘of course I am, you are the only one here’ she chuckled, taking off her shades. ‘My name is Lola,’ she stretched out her hands; he stretched out his slowly for a quick handshake. He couldn’t help but notice how soft her palms felt and perfectly manicured her nails looked. She probably hasn’t worked a day in her life. He told himself before speaking.

‘Hi, my name is Damilare’, he replied as sweat beads appeared on his forehead.

……..to be continued

Genre: Nigerian Romance/ Fiction

CHEF 26 by Ojeiwa Ojeabu Omo- Episode 7

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Damilare was exhausted when he got home. He was too tired to take off his clothes, let alone cook a meal that he could eat. He thanked God that he had decided to pack his lunch as a take-out instead of eating it at Kaima’s. He took his shoes off and turned on the lights. The lights didn’t come on.

‘Oh men!’ He exclaimed, ‘I was outside some minutes ago and there was electricity in the neighborhood, I step into my apartment and its gone, never expect power always,’ he said, shaking his head as he searched for a candle from his single room apartment that had a built in toilet and bathroom. He finally found one idling on his reading table and lit it.

Damilare sat on his bed and ate what was supposed to be his lunch which had grown cold and now served as his dinner. His hunger was ferocious, and within minutes the take-out pack was empty. He gulped some water, and then lay down on his bed. As he closed his eyes, he recollected the events that had taken place today, his face brightened when he remembered how Cynthia had tried to unsettle him at the door by asking him if he had come to see Ada. Some minutes later he was snoring gently as he drifted into a very deep, but much needed sleep.

The magic menu restaurant was demanding with a lot of activity; customers were busy with their meals, chefs were busy with preparing meals and waiters with taking meal orders. Damilare was preparing a meal order when his phone rang. Without looking at the caller identity, he picked up and said,

‘Hello! Please can I call you back? I’m preoccupied.’

‘What are you doing?’ The caller asked.

He recognized the caller’s voice immediately. ‘Kay!’ He exclaimed. ‘How are you?’ He asked.

‘I am fine,’ she replied. How are you?

‘I am alright, but very busy at the moment. What can I do for you?’, he asked.

‘Our first order of business will be this weekend. You’ll be cooking for a family reunion, can you come to my place on Saturday so I can fill you in on some details?’

‘Is the event on Saturday?’ he asked.

‘No, no, no. It’s on Sunday.’ She replied.

‘Okay, I’ll be there, morning or afternoon?’

‘Morning will be perfect, so you can leave the island on time’ she said.

‘Why are you smiling?’ He asked

‘How did you know I was smiling?’

‘I just know’ he said.

‘Am glad we are finally doing this,’ she replied.

‘Okay. I’ll see you on Saturday’ he said. ‘Bye kay!’

‘Bye Dre!’

Damilare placed his phone back into his pocket and returned his attention to the meal order.

‘Who is handling Mr. Agbaje’s order?’ A waiter called from outside the kitchen.

‘On it!’ Damilare said, half yelling, half replying due to the frantic pace he was working.

‘Be quick about it, he is starting to look impatient.’

‘On Friday evening, Kaima was enjoying a bottle of red wine and peppered meat balls. She was reading a business magazine, when she realized she had not brokered an agreement with her first client for the job they were having that weekend. She traced her way to the couch and retrieved her cell phone, sashaying back to the dining; she punched in some numbers on her cell phone as she took a seat.

On the slightly cold Saturday morning, it wasn’t unusual to see joggers moving to and fro trying to keep fit. Gym centers filled with people trying to look fit and trim what was unusual was seeing Kaima and her side kick Cynthia in Kaima’s living room at 8am on Saturday morning.

‘Cynthia I am so sorry we can’t go to the gym today, we really need to sort out some details here about the family reunion we are having at yours. This is Dre’s first assignment and I need to make sure things go as planned.’

Cynthia did not respond, there was fire in her eyes and sadness on her cute face. A lot of questions were racing through her mind, the most important one was why Kaima chose to give her this info on Friday which had caused a change in the way they spent their weekends. She rolled her eyes at Kaima and folded her arms in defiance like a spoilt little child. Kaima sighed, took off her glasses and walked over to the couch where Cynthia was perched.

Kaima said softly, ‘I am sorry that it’s impromptu, but I had to start some where, you’re my friend and I thought you’ll understand. Cynthia shrugged, then gave her a stern look. Kaima pleaded non-verbally with her eyes and a smile. Cynthia sighed.

‘Okay, I’ll co-operate. But just so we are clear, you owe me and when the time is right, you’ll pay this debt’ she said, pointing a finger at Kaima.

Kaima’s phone rang some minutes later, she picked it up,

‘Hello’ she said, and listened for some seconds. ‘Okay’, that’s great! See you soon.’ She dropped her phone on the couch, turned to Cynthia and said, ‘he’ll be here soon.’

………………..to be continued

Genre: Nigerian Romance/ Fiction

PAUL FREDRICK LAUNCHES SUMMER 2014 COLLECTION

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Do you value distinctive style and authentic taste in fashion? Then you will love the 2014 summer collection from classic menswear designers, Paul Fredrick.

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The collection features a combination of sheer suits, sweaters, sport shirts unique ties , colorful dress shirts and pants made with natural breathable fabrics such as woven silk, cotton and linen as well as a collection of accessories such as cuff links, socks
and pocket squares guaranteed to make you appear and feel confident at work or play.

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Regardless of your size or preference, you will be sure to find a piece to suit your personal style.

To view more from this collection, please visit the Paul Fredrick Website.

8 WORK-INSPIRED LOOKS FIT FOR ROYALTY

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We are all a little obsessed with the Duchess of Cambridge’s amazing A-line dresses, belted suits and elegant yet accessible style. And who can forget her latest, most adorable accessory, Prince George.

Here is a rundown of our 8 most recent Kate Middleton inspired looks appropriate for looking stylish in your workplace.

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1. Kate wears a military inspired double button Red A-line coat from Catherine Walker.

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2. Kate in print wrap dress from DVF and Stuart Weitzman wedges.

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3. We are green with envy about Kate in this green zip up dress coat Erdem pre-fall 2013.

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4. Kate wearing red belted suit from Italian designer Luisa Spagnoli.

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5. Kate is the picture of perfection in this sky blue belted number from Alexander McQueen.

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6. Wearing a navy suit with ME+EM Breton striped top and Stuart Weitzman wedges.

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7. Dark blue tweed suit with flowery details from Rebecca Taylor.

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8. Kate is wearing a white Eyelet dress from Aussie designer Zimmermann.

CHEF 26 by OJEIWA OJEABU OMO -Episode 6

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Damilare switched his attention from the refreshment on the tray to Kaima.

‘I’m ready’, he said to her.

‘Please come with me,’ she said leading him to the dining table.

They sat opposite each other; there was a blue satchel bag on the table, Kaima reached out to get it, pulling it by the handle, till it got to where she was.

She opened it and retrieved two things from the bag: a copy of the business proposal she had given Damilare at the restaurant, along with her tablet. She opened the proposal and went over it again with him. At first, Damilare looked bored because she hadn’t said anything new or anything that would change his mind. But when she powered on her tablet and showed him a PowerPoint presentation of how he fits into the business plus the time and energy he would be required to expend, boredom slowly gave way to interest. He adjusted the chair he was sitting on at one point in order not to miss the salient points she was highlighting on her tablet. Kaima noticed that Damilare was nodding at every point she was making during her PowerPoint presentation, she was glad it was having the desired effect; she had gotten the idea from Cynthia. Cynthia had advised her to treat the matter as if she were presenting the proposal to a board filled with wealthy businessmen.

According to Cynthia, she believed if Kaima wanted this business badly, then she should nail her target with a top notch presentation. Kaima was glad she had taken Cynthia’s advice. It took two hours and thirty minutes for Kaima to convince Damilare to take the deal. When he finally agreed, she brought out some documents for him to read and sign. He looked surprised, she addressed the issue quickly.

‘I can see you’re surprised, but this is a business and I intend to be professional about it in every way. Documentation is of utmost importance to me, I don’t joke with it.’

He swallowed some saliva and began reading the documents. When he started to sign without asking any questions, Kaima brightened inside, but she didn’t let it show. Not that the document contained anything shady, she was just glad that Damilare was joining her team and business. After signing the documents, he handed them back to Kaima.

At that moment, Cynthia joined them at the dining table, she walked gingerly towards Kaima whispered something into her ears before taking a seat at the dining table. Damilare stood up and stretched out his hands, Kaima wrapped it with hers, but she didn’t stand up.

‘I guess I can take my leave now,’ he said.

‘There is still one thing you have to do for me before you leave,’ she said, there was a mischievous smile on her face that made Damilare suspicious.

‘What do you want?’ The question screamed in his head, but instead he asked in a gentle tone. ‘Which is?’

‘Can you make us lunch?’, she asked.

‘No I can’t, I have to be on my way’, he replied politely.

‘Please, just this once, I want to see how you do it’, she said.

‘I don’t like an audience when am in the kitchen. I prefer the solo act.’

At that juncture, Cynthia jumped into the conversation.

‘Damilare’ she said, ‘It’ll be a grand honor if you cook for us, there’ll be no audience just you and the kitchen’, she said with a charming smile.

‘Cynthia!’, Kaima objected, ‘the reason why I want him to cook is so I can see how he handles the kitchen and does his magic.’

‘Well Kaima the only way we can taste his magic is not to see him making the magic’, Cynthia replied.

‘I like your friend’, Damilare said, ‘she seems to understand the word trade secret very well.’

‘Don’t lecture me about trade secret’, Kaima cut in, ‘I know all about it too. So you’re afraid I’ll find out your trade secret’, she said.

‘I’m not afraid of that’ he replied confidently. ‘I don’t want to be distracted that’s all.’

‘Distracted!’, Kaima exclaimed, ‘by who?’

‘You of course!’, Cynthia chipped in. ‘With your great curves! How ever do you expect the man to get the cooking right?’ she asked in rhetoric, while making a funny face at Kaima.

Damilare and Kaima laughed with abandon.

‘So what do you want to eat?’, he asked giving in to Kaima’s request

‘Surprise me’

‘Really! You want me to surprise you?’, Damilare asked, shaking his head. Kaima didn’t say a word, she just nodded. Cynthia looked at her, she was about to say something, but she let it go. There was a spark in Kaima’s eyes she hadn’t seen for quite some time now. The fact that it was there today meant only one thing. Cynthia decided she was going to find out when the time was right, but deep down, she hoped it wasn’t what she thought.

‘Where is the kitchen?’ Damilare asked.

‘Follow me,’ Kaima replied.

‘Okay boss,’ came his reply.

‘Don’t call me that,’ she said.

‘How about Miss. Audu?’ He teased.

‘Don’t call me that either, just call me Kay.’

As soon as Kaima and Damilare disappeared from the living room, it slowly dawned on Cynthia that her suspicion was spot on. She smiled, shaking her head a few times. She left the dining table and headed back to the couch.

………to be continued.

Genre: Nigerian Romance/Fiction