Wanda Arrington Akorede - Author
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About Wanda Arrington Akorede - Author
Wanda Arrington-Akorede is the author of The Other Wife, Difficult Choices, The Diplomat’s Wife, Charm Bracelet, Jamaica Blue, Aisha & Kari, The Closet, and several other works in progress. Wanda was born in Chicago, Illinois and is married with children. She holds a MS in Counseling/Psychology. A world traveler, Wanda has had the opportunity to visit, Europe, the Middle East and several African Countries. She lived and worked in Nigeria for ten years and from that experience came her trilogy that begins with The Other Wife. These novels are based on the author’s true-life experience.
I write about the importance of trust and honesty in relationships.
“Difficult Choices” is a novel that continues with the story of Olufemi, Janice and Lola. Janice falls in love with Olufemi a Nigerian who is already married. Janice wishes she had investigated his culture before getting married to Femi. Difficult Choices is the story of an unusual love triangle.
In ”Difficult Choices” Janice has left Nigeria for America. Lola and Femi find it difficult to live together with the memory of Janice. Janice is pregnant and will soon give birth, moves in with her mother in New Orleans. Femi wants to be with his wife and is haunted by the fact that she is carrying his child. He wants to be with Janice when she gives birth. Lola is happy that she now has the opportunity to show Olufemi how much she loves him. Her mother enlists the services of Lola’s maid to plant some Juju (witchcraft) to ensure that Olufemi forgets about his other wife Janice.
But that does not work, because Femi awakes from his slumber and decides to travel to America. Lola no intention of letting him go to America alone again, but Olufemi forbids her to travel with him. She is distraught and confides in her brother Segun, who is, now engaged to Aduke, Janice’s friend who is studying in America. Segun tells Lola she can travel to America with him when he goes to visit his fiancé. Meanwhile, Lola’s boss, Alhaji Yaro is in love with her. Alhaji is a polygamist who would do anything to make Lola his forth wife. He seizes his chance when Lola asks him for time off to go to America. He knows she is vulnerable and they have an affair.
In America, Janice gives birth to a son; this makes Olufemi choose between the women. His “Difficult Choice” is over. He chose Janice the mother of his son. Lola cannot face Femi’s abandonment of her and becomes ill. It is during this illness that she is diagnosed as being pregnant. But who is the father?
The announcement of Lola’s pregnancy puts another damper on Janice’s happiness. They all return to Nigeria. Janice is afraid that when Lola has her child, she will have to begin their polygamous arrangement again. Olufemi discretely sees Lola. He does not want Janice to become angry and leave Nigeria again. Lola goes through changes to hide the true length of her pregnancy. She confides in her friend, Kemi that she had an affair with Alhaji. Kemi advises her to tell the truth, but Lola does not want to jeopardize her chances of winning Olufemi back. Janice and Alhaji build an unlikely friendship. Janice wants Lola out of her life and Alhaji wants Lola into his.
When Lola gives birth early. Janice remarks to Alhaji that Lola was not due for several more months. This arouses Alhaji’s suspicion as well. But all that is put aside when Lola gives birth to twins. She proudly proclaims that Olufemi is the father. Again Janice is devastated, and to her surprise so is Alhaji. She is determined to find out what his role is in this. But for now she is faced with the prospect of having to share Femi again.
At the christening of the twins, one of Alhaji’s wives notices the resemblance of the babies to her own children. She shares this news with her husband. He solicits Janice’s help in finding out the truth, but in the end it is Alhaji who discovers the truth. He confronts Lola and she is forced to admit that he is the father of the twins.
Even though Lola has revealed the truth to Alhaji, she continues on with her deception to Olufemi, still deeply in love with him and afraid he will leave her. Janice finds out the truth, taking matters into her own hands goes to Lola to confront her. But to her dismay, she arrives at Lola’s house and Olufemi is there. The two women fight and finally Lola comes clean. This is the final blow for Olufemi who states that he is finished with Lola.
The Adegoke family divorces their son from Lola. She is thrown out of the house and has to find a new job to support her children and mother. It is at this new job that she meets Alhaji again. He loves her and wants to marry her. Lola agrees for the children’s sake, but she makes an arrangement with him to live separate from the other wives.
Olufemi and Janice are then able to go on with their lives. Janice no longer has to share her husband with Lola. But she’s always living with the fear that he may take another wife.