Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Office Politics: It's complicated Fabulo-la

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“Cucku-roo-koo!” 6 am, and the cock had barely finished crowing as Iphey walked into the bank premises. ‘Click-click-click’ as her heels hit the concrete.

Truth is, Iphey was nervous about meeting with her boss Funmi again, which is why she was at the office early to take a closer look at her work. She had no idea what she could have done. Funmi had called her ‘unprofessional’. Why? She couldn’t think of a reason. Since she started at this bank, she has consciously been professional about everything.

She hurried to her desk in the common office and began shuffling through files and to-do lists making sure she had left no stones unturned. As she began to work, she turned on some music to keep her company. She had another hour or so to herself before the first set of bankers began to arrive. The crooning voice of Michael Buble will work wonders to calm her nerves.

“..Somehow I know that it’ll all turn out, You'll make me work so we can work to work it out, And promise you kid, I'll give so much more than I get, mmmm....I just haven't met you yet..” she sang to herself, bobbing her head to the music.

“Well I have certainly met you.” A voice said behind her. Startled she dropped the file she was holding.

“Oh I didn’t mean to startle you” It was the bank manager. Her bosses’ boss, Ayo.

“Oh its not problem sir. I wasn’t expecting anyone to be here. I’ll just turn the music off”. She replied. She was a little uncomfortable being in the same room with him.

“Ah, but I didn’t ask you to turn it off.”

“No, its ok. I will turn it off. I have to run to the basement anyways."

“Why are you avoiding me eh Iphey?”

"Ah no its nothing sir." She got up to put the files away. As she walked by him, he grabbed her by the waist and held her close to him.

"I don’t bite." he whispered in her ear.

"Ahem!" A voice said behind them. It was Tunde, her colleague. She hurriedly released herself from Ayo's grip.

"I will see you later ok Iphey?" He smiled at them both. "Good morning Tunde."

"Good morning sir," Tunde eyed their boss as he strolled out.

"There is nothing going on, before you start to accuse me abeg!" Iphey began defending herself.

"Have I said anything?" Tunde laughed in her face. He ran a finger down Iphey’s arm and caught her palm in a lingering handshake.

"Now if only you will agree my own…." He let the words hang and then turned away. "See you at lunch?"

He smiled on his way to his office on the other side of the hall. He was in marketing where as she was in clearing operations. Oh lawd. Why did she attract all these men? Chinedu, Ayo and now Tunde. The latter was her friend but he would get her in trouble soon if he didn't stop.

Tunde had just gotten engaged but would not stop his flirting with all the girls in the bank especially her. Other staff began to arrive including those who shared her office and they all settled down to the day's grind.

Knock knock! She spun on her seat. It was Funmi. "Meet me in my office in 10”.

Great the day just got worse, Iphey muttered under her breath. She tidied her desk, as she got ready to head over to Funmi’s office. What could I have done? She wondered to herself trying to figure out what it was. As she approached Funmi’s office, she heard voices, so she stood outside waiting.

“Why did you call this meeting Funmi?”

“This girl is not doing her work Ayo! Her work is sub standard, not up to par. She needs to be taught a lesson.”

“But you know this is not the company policy. You need to tell her privately first before bringing me into this.” Pause. “ Are you doing this because we are not sleeping together anymore Funmi?" He queried her.

"What we had was more than sleeping together Ayo and you know it!" Funmi yelled.

"You're married now Funmi. YOU went and got married but decided NOT to tell me..."

"Did you tell me when you got married three years ago? And did that stop us?"

There as silence in the room and the sound of Funmi's heavy breathing.

"Funmi, I believe you're being harsh on your staff because you're frustrated more than anything else. So leave the girl, she has done nothing wrong. You know, the transfer offer to be with your husband is still open. I think you should consider it. Me and you are finished."

The door swung open and Ayo nearly ran over Iphey in the doorway. Iphey avoided meeting his eyes. He smiled at her.

“I’m guessing you heard all that then?” he asked her. She looked everywhere but at him.

“It was bound to come out sooner or later,” he muttered, almost to himself. "But you should keep it to yourself." Ayo gave her a look-over, with a knowing twinkle in his eyes as he walked away.

Iphey rubbed the back of her neck feeling very uncomfortable. Just then, a visibly shaken Funmi opened the door.

“What are you standing there for?” she snapped.

“ asked me to come and see you?’ Iphey answered.

“Forget it. Let me just warn you that I will not take kindly to any silly mistakes from you again. You hear me?”

“Yess ma,” Iphey answered sheepishly.

“Now get back to work, before I change my mind”. She spat at her.

Iphey spun on her heels and raced back to her desk. Its wasn’t yet 10am and the day was already off to a rocky start. She still had to call her mother when she got home that evening. Thoughts of Chinedu had chased it from her mind last night...

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Who is Fabulo-la, our latest contributor? She had this to say on her BLOG. Click on the link and go show her some love.

"Its amazing.
Barely 4 months ago all Brokeass wanted to do was bare her thoughts
and just release all the mental tension suffocating her.
But she got more than that. With all the encouragement she got,
Fabulo-la was born. And I can honestly say it has been pleasant
I am not going away"


  1. First! so do i qualify for the ebook?
    off to read.

  2. Hmn interesting but i'd do some work on the tensing.

  3. Thanks for the comments Neo.

    YES you've just won the eBook. Send me your email address and I'll mail it to you.

    Please check back and remember to vote for the next chapter...

  4. good job, it was definitely a fun reading. Any ebook for moi?

  5. was so trying to be first! sniff! oh well... iv voted sha

  6. see? i saaaw 5 comments and was like well, just relax and read, no e-book for you only to open here and Neo had commented twice and you too which doesn't count

    so i'l say,i like the drama but she'd better not start some office romance,not to mention that the guy's married.

    Nice one,Fabulola..

  7. I love it!
    great job Fabulola
    Myne will def be stopping by here more often!

  8. Lovely read. I like the story because of the office politics going on, it opens up so many possibilities for conflict between the characters.

    Well done Fabulola, and Myne keep up the good work!

  9. loving the twist with Tunde and Funmi... Fabu-lola did a fabulous job with this

  10. Fabulola this was awesome! well done. I really enjoyed this story, gripping from beginning to the end. there should be an option to continue from the office :( all this half and half stories :(

  11. I trust my girl fabulola....:D. This was awesome...keep it coming people

  12. dangggggg my stalking slacked!!!!!*sigh* oh well, off to read!

  13. fabuloladid not disappoint me!! i lovedit

    p.s please ignoremy spacebar, itsacting up

  14. nice. i trust like to contribute anytime you want me to.
    off to vote.

  15. This is a really good one, I enjoyed reading it.

  16. Why can't we all get the ebook? :(
    There is no way i am gonna make it first on any post at this rate.
    Some stalkerazzi skills chayoma!

    Nice one. enjoying thess reads :)

    Vote Chinedu or Mama Convo peoples...Make it happen!

  17. Thumbs up fabulola,it was a great read.

  18. Ok oo nice one,Ayo is a player,Funmi is just being jealous and iphey is confused ,thats my conclusion,off to vote

  19. aha! Good job fabulola. You did good

  20. Lol.. ddnt know my stalking skills were this bad. sheesh!

    Great one fabulola..really enjoyed this

  21. I was like lemme come and see how close I am to the top three... LOL.

  22. you write beautifully well, are u working on a story?

  23. I've given up hope on winning anything! Dark Neo I'm eyeing you with my 'jealousy' eye. Nice write up! That her boss is a rather jealous lady isn't she? She's married but she wont let go of this guy. See me see wahala o!

  24. That was a very good read Fabulola. I like were this story is going. I want to contribute later on too.

  25. Fabulo-la writes well. kudos! i would read older posts then vote

  26. Brilliant post :) I could feel the tension in the air,it was so well written

  27. Yes! Thanks mine. Hit me up at
    @Lady X, ur eyeing the wrong person with ur jealousy eye o!

  28. Haha!! nice twist to the funmi/iphey story. Silly heffa!!

    Good Job, Fab!

  29. Good job Fabulo-la. Is this what ladies go through in offices? Na waoooo!! I feel for Iphey - her boss is a pain, all the guys pursing her, ee yaaa that's too much for the poor young girl.

  30. Please can anyone spare a second to vote for my girl Zoe as a next generation face of NEXT finalist? Only facebookers can vote though and please tell a friend to vote too. this is the link below.thanks

    sorry for the off topic!

  31. Very nice read Miss Fabulo-la..You'd me glued the entire time..
    You should do this more often..

  32. @ neo - me am eyeing u in a sweet way o, battling my eyelashes,its very sexy, what do u say, pass the gift to me? is it working?

    fabulo-la and myne, great job! well done.

  33. Good job, Fabulo-la!

    Nice story line, good plot and the twists are in quite early.

    Work on the tenses though.

    Well done.

  34. Omotee! I've been waiting for you. Na you be our next contributor oo.

  35. Thanks a lot for dropping in on mine. A collaborative story, just like the old days. I'll be back for more.

  36. and this leaves me to 41. owwwwwwwwwwww. baby sitting is killing me here. i miss u guys jo. but i'll be back. sighs.....................

  37. I guess I was late to win an e-book. Far too late but to be honest I would prefer a hard copy. Congratulations!!!

  38. I love it!!!...wohoo, its def gettin better

  39. Two Words: Fab Fabulo-la! Gurlfriend, you nailed it...

    @Myne...I finally did.

  40. I wish I was not so late to this story....catching up and the chapters are all engrossing!


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