She was born and bred a Muslim 53 years ago. Her name was Lateefah E. Musah. She later converted to Christianity and was Christened Letitia when she was 27. She’s now known as Letitia E. Musah. During her time in secondary school, she fell in and out of love several times in a year. She didn’t ever hang out with one man for more than six months. She says she was the most beautiful girl in her school and that she had a knack in engaging in hanky panky relationships and never slept with any man unless she was convinced the man really loved her. She’d date a man for a month or two and then dump him. This was particularly the case if a man insisted during the early period of their relationship on slipping between the sheets with her.
Her first encounter with a married man was that with her secondary school head master called Abudu. Although he was married, Abudu was amorous of every pretty woman he meets. She was 17 and he was 44 with a face like granite, and a short square body hardened by deadly exercise. He had three children and knew how to behave in any company and in any situation. On the other hand, she was young, unmarried and naïve. He looked younger than his age and was handsome. It was his won’t to give lengthy speeches that were often larded with obscure quotations. Lateefah considered him to be a messianic leader who showed his students the way to a better life. She would go to Abudu to seek advice on every thing, even including how to deal with guys who often harassed her because she wouldn’t go out on a date with them. Little did she realize she was being dragged into a spider’s web. Abudu took advantage of this young attractive and naïve girl. He vowed to make her fall in love with him, and sadly she did. Abudu was a womanizer, and he applied his skill to the minutiae of his craft. It all started when Lateefah had difficulty in adjusting to the new milieu at boarding school.
Although he was the head teacher in the school, he also taught French – a subject Lateefah hated most. And, although French was a required subject, she had failed in every French exam. Abudu made matters worse by making sure that she wouldn’t pass any of her French exams. Being the only French teacher in her school he called the shots. Grandpa got worried about Lateefah’s poor records in French and hired a private tutor. It didn’t work. Despite Grandpa’s efforts to help her get a passing grade in her French exams, she kept slipping on the banana peels of Abudu who frustrated all her efforts. Sometimes, all went well during the written examination until the oral part-which was always her nemesis. Since she considered Abudu a messianic figure, she never did suspect that he was the real cause of her problems.
It was one hot afternoon during the dry season when Lateefah came down with a severe headache after taking part in a volley ball competition, when Abudu finally got the golden opportunity to make her sit in his rickety 25 year-old sedan. The rest was history.