What I am

I am a beautiful bird, no a butterfly, no a flower. Oh, I can’t decide! Anyway, I am beautiful. I am the like the radiance of the morning sun, the glory of a sunflower in  full bloom, my supple dark skin glows like melted chocolate, my body is the shape of an hour glass, my dove eyes call out “love me!”, my lips are pink perfection. I walk down the road and I can feel men’s eyes on me, they summon up the courage to approach me and ask for my number. I am loved; every girl wants to be me and every boy wants my arm in his.

But I’m beyond beautiful; I am many other things. I am intelligent, bold, friendly, kind, rich, graceful, generous, insightful, calculative, and a leader. Yes, I am all these things now, no longer who I used to be and now I am happy…

A slam on my table jolts me out of my reverie and I raise my eyes to the disapproving, cold ones of my lecturer. Not again!

“Yes, young lady we’re glad to have you back on earth, hope your trip was enjoyable?” He asks with mock seriousness and all around me I hear my colleagues giggling, it’s showtime, a comic relief from the boring lecture.

“S…sir?” I ask with trepidation.


“Stand up when I’m talking to you!” He commands and I bolt out of my chair awkwardly. What am I going to say this time around?

“I think it’s time you shared the tales of your journey with us. I mean, they must be so delightful because you were grinning so widely. I am willing to hand over the lecture to you, it would be an honour to be inspired by your wonderful insights!” He says gleefully, his eyes twinkling like those of an animal that has found its prey. My hands are cold with fear and I want so much for the ground to open up and swallow me right now. My colleagues are laughing out loud now and making their own contributions to my public disgrace.

“I can quickly come up with slides to help in the facilitation of the lecture!” one says.

“No we don’t need slides, I’m sure we’ll understand. Our lecturer is a world renowned speaker” another says and the class bursts into an uproarious laughter.

“So Miss… I don’t even know your name but that’s irrelevant. Go up to the platform and give us your lecture.” He says, sitting down on an empty chair. “Ladies and gentlemen please put your hands together for our guest lecturer Miss… Josephine!” He says in a loud voice as the class claps excitedly, watching me expectantly. What do I say? “What am I?” I ask myself as I stare at my table waiting for this tide of shame to pass.

I’ve come to a conclusion, what I am now is ashamed… and stupid.

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  1. Omobolanle Adeosun
    Jul 2, 2014 Reply

    Hmmmmmm nice read. Weldone

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  2. Dipo Adeosun
    Jul 2, 2014 Reply

    Beautiful write-up. However, when I was adjusting my chair to be more comfortable reading on, then comes your FULL STOP.

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  3. Ella Emma
    Jul 21, 2014 Reply

    Well, he wants to hear the tales of the journey innit, so why not? What has she got to lose? She's already up there and already has an audience so… 🙂

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  4. olubunmi
    Aug 10, 2016 Reply

    This is so funny! Reminds me of the day a lecturer caught me day dreaming and he called me a witch! I felt totally “ashamed and stupid”. I was in my 3rd year and my friends laughed the hardest.

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