Thursday, June 4, 2009

Harry Potter inspired memories...

Update on my collection: 2 down, 5 to go. I found yet another hardback for 99c…dreams can come true. Yes we can baby! :-)

But this post isn’t about that…
Apart from the fact that I’m such a huge HP fan and I truly enjoy reading the books, Harry Potter is one of the things that makes me think of of Ken. I very vividly remember the day I started Uni in Naija, fresh and fly jambito I was. I was set with my hair looking good, a cute outfit and a hardback Harry Potter novel in my hand. You know how the first day of school be, no lecturer was going to be teaching anything for the first week or 2 but people went on campus to register and kiki it up with friends…which was pretty much what I was going to do.My sister who is like my second mommy and has always looked out for me, gave me the once over to ensure that her lil sis wasn’t going to go and disgrace her on campus and observed my Harry Potter book. She said ‘Aha, you have your Harry Potter…correct girl. Now any guy who asks you about it or says that he wants to read it after you is probably a correct guy who knows what’s up…’ Hehehehe, gotta love my sister o jare! She always brings it with the good advice. I took note of what she said, and I was off to school.

Like I anticipated, there were no classes and day #1 involved a whole lot of standing in line to register. When I was done, I hopped on an Okada and went to meet up with a friend of mine who was at her boyfriend’s house…and that is where I met Ken. One of the first things he said as soon as we were introduced was… ‘Oh you have that HP, can I read it after you?’ and I remembered my sister’s words of advice and smiled. But all wasn’t instantly gravy between Ken and I…I mean dude was kinda sweating me hard and I could tell, so me being the fronting, shakara making jambito that I was proceeded to make shakara for dear ol’ Ken.

When I was finished with the bubbling, I went home to gist my sister of how my first day of Uni was. The funny thing was that she happened to be at home with her really good friend Karen; who unknown to me was Ken’s sister. So I walked into my house and sister dearest and Karen wanted to know how school was, and which guys toasted me etc etc so you know I was in there running my mouth about this dude named Ken who was sweating me hard but I just wasn’t feeling him, I even added small jara for them sef…LMAO. After I don nack the tori finish, my sister and Karen looked at each other and burst out laughing. I was confused… ‘Did I say something wrong’, ‘what is so funny’ and in between giggles my sister told me that Ken was Karen’s brother. Jesu! I just wished that the floor would open up and swallow me…like dag. Talk about set up! I begged Karen not to tell Ken what I said and she promised not to, but na beans? Karen definitely told her brother because after that I would run into Ken on campus and he would seriously bone my side ehn! I mean, I felt kinda bad and even suddenly started to think he was kinda sexy but ah well, it was what it was. Ish happens…

Fastforward 2 years later
One day, I got a random call from a random area code and I picked up out of curiosity. It was Ken on the phone…he had just moved to this end and my sister gave him my #. It was so weird, yet funny…we really caught up on gist and even talked about our first encounter. He said he had written me off as one of those childish jambito babes. LMAO…
From that day on, we talked like almost every day and got to be very close. We even started to make plans to meet up, as we expressed a mutual interest in each other. I mean, Ken was like a comfort zone to me…I could talk about everything and anything and he was always willing to listen.
But seriously folk, is it that all good things must come to an end? Because, in this case…it did. You see, Ken had come to these parts for medical reasons and somewhere along the line when we all thought that all was well with him, and he was going to be okay, move on with his life and get started with his hopes, dreams and ambitions…things just went downhill in a serious way and just like that, my dearest Ken was gone.

It was a heartbreaking loss to everyone…his family, his friends, me…everyone! And the last thing that I could do out of respect to him was to go for his burial. How sad that we never quite got a chance to visit each other as planned and when I finally entered his hood, it was to wish him goodbye for the very last time…
I still think of him, and apart from Harry Potter, there are a bunch of very random little things that remind me of him. He was such a HUGE fan of the rapper Nas. When Nas and Jay-Z finally settled their beef, I thought ‘Dag! Ken would have loved to see this’ …just things like that.

He is truly missed and I pray that his soul continues to rest in perfect, perfect peace.
Amen.

38 comments:

Ada said...

dang
that is so sad..young with a whole lot of life ahead of himn and bam its all gone

naija shawty said...

that sad! yeah, the way pple luk at me whenever i am reading an Hp book. i can tell, they know i have levels.

BSNC said...

so so sad. May he gentle soul rest in perfect peace..

AnyaPosh said...

AWWW...OMIGOSH... that was so sad. Yeah, for real tho; good things really always come to an end yea. darn Ken. I thought you would say he had a girlfriend or something sketchy about the guy - but Death? that wasn't predictable.

I hope he is resting somewhere safe.

BUT ON THE HP LEVELZ:
*****Baby JULY 15th!!!*****

BBB said...

hmm
so sad that such a young life will be lost just like that....
he is def resting in peace
finally read hp and the deathly hallows loved loved it.......
cant believe the series is over....
wat a sad loss

Nice Anon said...

Wow. I didn't think it was death! This is very sad. He soul is definitely resting in peace. Na wa

chayoma said...

Just like that?
So sad!
May He rest in peace!
we should take whatever chance that comes our way, cuz it might be the one and only one we get!

Hp series are kaboom! what do i get to read now?

Miss Natural said...

Aww I love HP as in now that I'm free going to reacquaint myself with all the books!
...that's a beautiful memory you have of him. May his soul RIP.

Funms-the rebirth said...

how very sad and unfortunate..... may his soul RIP... at least ull always hold good memories about him.... Life is definitely too short and we should always make best of every opportunity.,......

even tho i am a book addict,i have never read HP, maybe i will one day....just maybe

Tinu said...

may his sould rest in peace!!!

leggy said...

i love HP too...anyway,im sorry about ken..thats so bad.

justdoyin said...

I was getting really excited when u said u guys made plans to meet up...was expecting some brilliant love story to unfold, but death! n @ such a young age? sorry oh, must have hit u really hard...but God knows best...RIP Ken...

cheers

C C said...

awwww this is such a sad story but it is great that you remember not to forget him. keep him where u have him in your heart...



and about the HP thing,i keep asking you who this dude is and you still have not told me.to be quite frank unless he is the 5th in line to the throne of England, i can't even be bothered. moreover saying HP makes me think of my bipolar computer...so you and this Harry Potter person need to stop entering my line of thought. gorrit??......

juiceegal said...

@ Naija shawty: levels ko....see ur mouth...hiss
Original mgbeke,ur sista knos wts up meehn.....u gotta love a sis like urs.
Honestly like evry1 else i was xpectin one love story to unfold,certainly wsnt expectin death,but then things happen for a reason,may his soul rest in peace.
Speakin of HP, i'm so stale i need to buy the deathly hollows,i'm sure u have it already,no be u..lol

Miss Definitely Maybe said...

Life is so fragile,
people can be here one day
laughing and smiling
and in a blink they can be gone just like that
thats why its improtant to always live each day as if its the last

Brokeass said...

Oh wow!

........
That is really sad.
Kinda reminds u how fragile life is dsnt it?


And Harry Potter?
Somehow I can not just get into it..

sweetness said...

aww
may his soul rest in peace
i dint c dat coming
i just finishd dat parT and was scrolling to read bou how ur love blossomed just to see that...


HP: haha hows da collection goin?

Kemberly said...

omg! I read the whole thing thinking you were going to tell us that you and Ken were engaged! Please accept my heartfelt sympathies hun.

Ms Sula said...

Mayne. That's such a heartbrakingly sweet story.

I am so sorry for your loss darling. I hope he rests in peace... and that you grieve him properly.

Take care, God sis.

rayo said...

its sad, its sad in this sweet way.

UnderCover07 said...

That totally sucks! Life is so unpredictable...I guess thats why they say make the best of the moment.

Sorry about losing ur friend but am glad u have great memories to hold on to.

Easy dear.

Tay-mee said...

aww at least you went to his burial, though it kinda sucks that you guys never got to meet. Do take heart!

Repressed One said...

Eh ya. He will continue to RIP. Sorry for your loss.

mizchif said...

I'm not happy joo! I was waiting for you to end the story with how u guys eventually met and hit it off immediately.


This life really is such a fleeting thing.

mizchif said...

But i like the way your sister's predictaion concerning the book was right on the money.
And goodluck with ur collection, who knows, next time you might find all five :)

RocNaija said...

That's a sad tale..
On the flip side it's a good thing you still have fond memories of him..
I feel like saying something nice but I don't know what to say jare..
I'll be back when this block in my head dissipates..

life as i live it said...

Sad. but a well spent short life is better than a wasted long life.

I Luv Harry Potter. I remember reading socerers stone in my year one and i was hooked.

joicee said...

Eyah ..Im sorry for your loss
May he rest in peace

Afrobabe said...

Oh gosh the post started out all funny and had me laughing…the ending…girl the ending is very sad especially since a friend died today…

But on a light note….lmao @ ur sis teaching you how to spot correct guys...

*Diane* said...

such a sad story! i've yet to bury any of my age-mates, and i'm really glad.
Woo Harry Potter movie coming soon!! i just brought out my book to reread it so its fresh on mm mind for when the movie comes out

akaBaGucci said...

Touching -- You had the chance to be good friends at least -- Never got the hang of the Harry Potter thing.. Guess its due to agbacentricity

Severus Snape said...

Sorry about Ken. Did you guys get to go out at last?
Personally,I almost got a galfriend because I was a HP fan.
Glad to know you sha.
Potter for life, sha!

Severus Snape said...

Try and get over the loss.please.

Shubby Doo said...

RIP ken...don't think of it as a missed opportunity... He touch your life and thru u he touched us because we've read this...

Original Mgbeke said...

Thank you guys for the kind comments. Very much appreciated. I know that Ken's soul continues to rest in perfect perfect peace.

Once again, thanks guys. :-)

blogoratti said...

That's what life is all about-touching other people's lives in a special way.
He touched yours, and although the loss is painful-its the memories that will make you smile always*
Wishing his family great strength for today & always*

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Anonymous said...

I got teary eye after I read it. I was feeling all excited waiting for something genge.
So sorry about the loss.
I loooooooooooove your blog just found it yesterday and I am hooked. You got skills girl abi boy?