SMARTPHONE LOVE AFFAIR

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Adenike stood at a bus stop in Isolo, Lagos. She was sparkling like morning flower. Her face glowed immaculately, exuding radiant energy. She could not resist an opportunity to flaunt her new acquisition. Behind her was a crowd of men and women waiting eagerly for a bus to their destinations. The young man standing next to her dug out an iPhone6 from his pocket to take a call. He carried it meticulously, making sure it was safe and that anyone who cared to look saw what phone he was using. “No, I am at the bust stop. My car is at the mechanic. I will come and pick you up later when I get my car from my mechanic,” the man said loudly into the phone. Adenike could no longer restrain herself. With pride, she dug her hand into her purse and pulled out her Samsung Galaxy S7. She was grinning from ear to ear as she flashed it flamboyantly. As if on cue, her phone beeped giving her a reason to play around with it to the entertainment of the crowd. She swiped it and glared at the screen smugly. The previous night after her boyfriend, Makinde had given her the phone as a gift to cement their new relationship; she had attempted to download WhatsApp. Now, the app was beeping, eagerly seeking her attention. With a smile she poked at her screen, swiped, poked again and stared as she followed the instructions of the app to complete the download. “To complete your download, press ‘any key’,” a female voice instructed her. 

She peered at her phone screen with a mild frown on her face. The frown grew stronger and uglier with each passing minute. She poked harder at the screen, and each time she did, the female voice from the app repeated the same sentence as if to dare her. Soon, she forgot that she was at her bus stop. The need to flash her brand new Samsung Galaxy S7 no longer mattered. She had been drawn into an outright war with the voice from WhatsApp. She was not technologically savvy. She delved into the world of Samsung Galaxy S7 and WhatsApp because all her friends were into it and they had been bombing her verbally for not measuring up. Thanks to Makinde, now she is right up there, except for this voice that is giving her an instruction that made no sense whatsoever! Overcome with anger, she spoke out loudly in defiance of the female voice. “What is your problem? There is no key labelled ‘any key’ on my phone screen!!!” She yelled at the phone, fuming. She kept her eyes on the screen still searching for the ‘any key’ button in case she had missed it. Noticing her frustration and ignorance, the young man who had been on the phone earlier leaned over and said, “That means any of the keys. There is no key called any key. Just press this key, or this one, or even that one.” He pointed as he spoke, explaining carefully, yet pompously to her. All of a sudden, her ignorance sunk in. With a plastic smile on her face she replied, “Yes, I know. I was about to do that.” Everyone behind her had a hand over their mouth as they repressed the raucous laughter that bolted with zest and passion out of them.

REWIND TO 9 YEARS EARLIER…
Adenike had been dying to lay her hands on a mobile phone. As a teenager, she was about the only one amongst her friends who was yet to acquire a mobile phone. She was saving up for one. She labored tirelessly, putting away every penny of her meager pocket money as she sought to buy her first cell phone. One afternoon, she needed to talk to her boyfriend who was late for a date. “Toyin, please can I use your phone to flash (to give a missed call to) Segun? He is late again.” The term ‘flash’ had been coined to describe giving someone a missed call, as a signal for them to ring you back. Not fully understanding the meaning, Adenike knew flashing did not cost the caller money/phone credit. “Yes, that is fine by me,” Toyin answered. Grabbing Toyin’s phone, Adenike quickly dialed Segun’s number. She waited impatiently as Segun’s phone rang. The next thing Toyin heard was, “Segun it is me Adenike. I am not calling you. I am just flashing you. Please where are you?” “You are using up my last credit!!!” Toyin yelled. “Really? I thought flashing was free?” She asked innocently. Needless to say that Toyin was mad. 

Soon, Adenike bought herself a Samsung Trueye. Her elation was beyond description. She could not sleep. She stayed up all night admiring her phone, peering intently into the blue screen and messing around with the settings. She did not know when she altered the ring/alert setting. The next day, she had her phone in the pocket of her jean trousers as she chatted with her friends. All of a sudden, she felt a strong vibration around her right thigh. Like a person pursued by vicious demons, she took to her heels, running away from the vibration. Her friends watched in confusion, yelling, “What it is Adenike?” The harder she ran, the harder the vibration. Then she stopped on realizing that the evil force would not let go. It was still going strong in her pocket. Shaken up, she rummaged through her pocket with fear sweeping through her. Then, she saw her Samsung Trueye smiling at her as it vibrated energetically to the tune composed by the caller. On her screen was the inscription, “Call from Segun”. She felt stupid as she answered the call, finally relieved as she breathed hard from her marathon race. 

THE END

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