Riposte: To Catch A Fly . . . Again



Ife Nihinlola’s article follows from last week’s dialogue. The question is: when it comes to romance, does age really matter?


Riposte: To Catch A Fly . . . Again

“Hey, someone did not sleep well today. So are we celebrating?”

“Celebrating what? See, we have work to do this morning, let’s just focus on that.”

“Wow. Did she curve you that badly?”

“No one curved anyone, okay? I’ve not even asked her anything yet.”

“Okay. This is becoming a problem. Talk to me. Is this psychological?”

“How do you feel about marrying someone older than you?”

“I see what is happening here. How old is she?”

“Answer my question first. Would you have married your wife if she was older than you?”

“Of course I would. She’s a great woman. Age is just a number, you know?”

“What if that number is thirty-five?”

“Ermmm, are we talking about the same person you showed me her picture on your phone?”

“Yes. And this universe is a cruel one. Just last week, I watched this thing on Al Jazeera about women who tried to get pregnant later in life . . .”

“Slow down, slow down. Now you’re thinking of kids.”

“My friend, focus. I’m talking about something I watched and how that was all I could think of when I heard her age. Do you know women are often advised to freeze their eggs when they’re young so they can have better chances of conception later in life?”

“What are you talking about? Who wants to freeze eggs in Nigeria? All I want to know is what went down between you two yesterday.”

“There’s actually nothing to know. All that happened is that I heard her age and my brain hasn’t stopped doing calculations ever since. Do you know she actually thought I was thirty-eight?”

“You’ll soon be thirty-eight and single at this rate. So what did you guys do when you found out your ages? This is actually good you know—knowing this early so you can get the awkwardness out-of-the-way?”

“How is this a good thing? I’m actually trying to move on right now. That’s the goal of the next two weeks.”

“But she has great genes sha o. That is how I want my wife to look at thirty-five. You know, one of my aunties gave birth to her first son at forty last year, and he’s a very healthy boy. Very healthy.”

“What are you saying, this man? You think I should go ahead?”

“I’m not saying anything, but at least take her out on a date, just one date to make up for all the seminars you’ve made her endure.”

“Isn’t that stringing her along? Because I don’t see how she is even interested in me anymore. You should have seen her face when she realized I was twenty-nine. It was like she wanted to faint.”

“Doesn’t mean she still won’t appreciate you making an effort. Let me tell you something about women: no matter how old they get, they still appreciate a guy treating them decently.”

“So you get married now and suddenly become a girl whisperer?”

“Trust me on this one. I know it because I read my wife’s WhatsApp. You should see how much they rate young men who know how old they are and still pay them attention like they’re twenty-one year olds.”

“It won’t be bad to take her out on a date sha. You know she likes Sade too.”

“What is my own with whether she likes Sade or Emile Sande. All I know is that you should call her now and ask her out on the way you should have done yesterday.”

“Okay Sensei.”

“And put it on speaker; there’s no one in this office yet.”

“Yes Sensei.”


 “Hello. Hello? Hello?”

“Hello, can you hear me? It’s me.”

“Of course Junior, I know it’s you. Ha ha ha! I hope you made it home before your curfew last ni—”


 “Why did you cut the call?”

“I . . .I—”

“Never mind, Did she just call you junior? My God. Wife this woman abeg.”

“I can’t do this.”

“Of course you can, and you will. You’re going to call her again and ask her out properly and live happily ever after. That’s a fact. I’m going to my cubicle.”


©Ife Nihinlola 2016 @ IfeOluwa’s Rambles


©Timi Yeseibo 2016

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38 thoughts on “Riposte: To Catch A Fly . . . Again

  1. Lmao!!! I’m dead. Ife’s “Junior” is a major case abeg. I like how seriously he is taking the whole thing, considering what might result from this one decision. That’s responsible. And I can forgive his quaking because of the age. But the guy is a case. He’s the kind I’d buddy up to help him get into the right relationship. And as soon as he relaxes and starts enjoying being Junior, he will so enjoy this relationship. Still not the same guy as the latest post. But maybe I’ll find him as I keep going.

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    1. Lol @ buddying him up to help him. So Odii is a ‘girl whisperer’ after all. But, isn’t the seriousness here owed to the friend and not him? And, I don’t quite understand what you mean by “still not the same guy”.

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      1. @girl whisperer, one has to have some kind of wisdom from all those heartbreaks ni. Lol.

        Seriousness. Junior’s trepidation comes from a recognition that he is dealing with a big decision. His friend is helping him deal with it.

        @”still not the same guy”, I can see and appreciate that you and Timi are weaving one story but your characters have a rather different psychology from hers. Hers are playful even though somewhat ponderous. Yours are considerably more erratic. Junior, for example, keeps living up to his reputation of seeming older than his age in Timi’s installments but in yours he is a lot more immature and hesitant and clumsy. It’s like two different people living the same life. That’s what I meant.



  2. The heart wants what the heart wants….not all relationships end in marriage. Most have an arc. Some longer than others. My experience has been age doesn’t matter when there is mutual attraction and chemistry is involved. Btw, I like Sade too.

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    1. Hmmm makes sense. I like to think that long-lasting relationships need more than mutual attraction and chemistry. I suppose if age doesn’t affect shared interests as well, the couple has a better chance …
      Ah, Sade 🙂

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      1. I agree. Shared interest are very important. In the end it is most important. I saw Sade live in Houston. One of my favorite concerts. She is quite personable as well as talented and beautiful. We all dressed up to see her. Her comment to the audience was that we had committed the unpardonable sin of looking better than the band. She was kidding of course. Great concert!

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  3. Hi Ife,

    A very interesting conversation.

    “Did she just call you junior? My God. Wife this woman abeg.” was my favourite bit. 😀

    I strongly suspect that the real reason some hold back when faced with the age-factor is the “What would people say?” dilemma, even when they genuinely like the other person.

    Self validation vs. Public validation….

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    1. I agree Nedu. What others who are close to us, feel and say, matter.
      But if you want something badly enough; if you can answer their doubting questions with certainty within, then you better find courage to reach for what you want.

      I guess the question is will he? This ‘junior’ boy who keeps asking what he should do…

      I liked that line too 🙂

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      1. Timi, that penultimate line of yours is making me wonder now what the other person thinks of the dithering brother. Easy to forget that she still has her own desires, her own doubts about him.

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  4. This is getting more interesting! LOL @ junior. Like his friend said he should try to see if they can build a meaningful relationship. Age like race, culture and other factors though important becomes a complicated issue only if we make it one. I eagerly await the next instalment

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    1. But isn’t the stance of saying age, race and culture issues only when we make it one a little like an ostrich burying its head under the sand? I’m thinking now of his friend who was quick to say ‘age is just a number’ but then took a pause when he head the particular number.

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