“Dai pasina Tendai wedu wainoroorwa gudo remugomo, mugomo here mugomo here”
The crowd kept on chanting as Chipo’s lobola negotiations had been finalised. Chipo could not hold her smile anymore, she was finally Mrs Mufambi.We gathered around to celebrate with her, had put a ring on it.
Beep beep!!! I look at my Whatsapp messages
Chipo created group “Chips Bridesmaids”
Chipo added Christine
Chipo added Paida
Chipo added Cynthia
Chipo added Andile
Chipo : Welcome ladies ,at long last . Bridal dance rehersals are starting tomorrow
Christine : It’s a wedding
Andile : Pfee finally
Me: Hello Beautiful Bride to Be
Cynthia : Paida we have waited for this from the beginning of time. See you tomorrow hunies.
I quickly glance at the time,I should probably go help the aunties serve our inlaws some food. I walk towards the cooking area but for some reason i just feel that someone is looking at me.“Ndiani aronga kudai ndi Mwari vakanaka ,ndiani aronga kudai ndiMwari vakanaka”, the aunties sing as they dish out food and they give me a tray to take to our vakwasha.As I walk towards our vakwasha I reflect on how our friendship had began with Chipo, we had met at varsity and had been inseparable ever since,friends are like diamonds rare to find and Chipo was one such friend.Chipo was highly temperamental,loving nonetheless and had a weakness for tall men.
I kneel in front of the vakwasha and our eyes meet with him .Yes him, I knew it was him who had been staring at me as I walked to the cooking area. Oh my where to begin!! Chocolate brown skin, deep voice and above all tall that is Tendai for you. Tendai was yummy yummy and every time I would see him with Chipo,my tummy would be in knots.
Ok snap! Back to reality come on Paida.I gently put the tray on the table and help the guys wash their hands.
“I did it Paida, your friend must be ectastic,” Tendai remarked.
His boys all join in to share their sentiments about the lobola negotiations but all I can hear is Tendai’s voice .He did it what? He is proud of himself for finally tying the knot, if only he knew.I smile politely and mumble some congratulatory message. I quickly need to go away and change my knickers,Tendai still has the same effect on me as during our varsity years.
“Boys catch you later .Will come collect the tray soon”, I remark as I stand up to leave
I look at my phone
Ten: I love the look.That headwrap suits you.
I look at him and shake my heard.