She’s my friend, she’s my confidante, she has always had my back and she is a sharp shooter. She says it as it is and she doesn’t mince words. She loves her God passionately and she has such a wonderfully beautiful heart.
When I was sick unto admission in Ife, she bathe me, clothe me and wiped the vomit from my lips and mouth. She carried me to the hospital, she fed me and shouted at me when I couldn’t hold anything down. She hugged me and prayed for me. I remember those days in Ipetumudun(sp?), Ife where we were studying for our A’ levels. It was the first time I entered into a boarding house and shared rooms and toilets with other ladies apart from my sisters. It was also the first time I was in close, everyday contact with Edidiong, we shared a room. No be small thing oh! Edidiong is a power-house. Amazing personality, really. I watched the way she carried herself and how she related with the other students. She showed a maturity I had not seen in people twice our age. I was grateful for this because it kept me grounded.
Did I tell you that she is the best cook around? Meeehhnnn, you need to taste of her delicacies. You will never be the same again! 🙂
I am blessed to call her friend. I remember when I used to admire her from afar. I loved how tall she was/is (6 feet plus) and she carried herself so magnificently. A number of people have tried to bust her confidence but y’all ain’t succeeding, ya heard?!
If anyone had told me we would be friends, I would have laughed really hard but by God’s gracious hand, here we are today. I love my Edi and I know she loves me… even though she tries to form sometimes. Edidiong helped me get over my self-esteem issues and did not just settle for telling me I smelled bad but taught me how to overcome it.
That’s her mum; a very precious woman with an amazing story. One day, I will write about these things but I leave them be for now…
Happy birthday my beautiful, darling Edidiong Ibok. I love you 🙂