Afi met Joojo a handsome well brought up Christian young man at the university. Afi was also a beautiful cultured Christian girl. The gentleman was interested in her but his body odour put her off to such an extent that she never wanted to ever get near him again.
For two years the gentleman persisted in the attempt to win her heart though getting close to talk to Afi was impossible. Unfortunately Joojo had a fixed time for his attempted visits. This made it easy for the young woman to look out for him and make a beeline for a safe hiding place in either the hall library or another student room.
On one occasion, Afi saw Joojo some distance behind her. Joojo saw Afi enter another room so he knocked on the door for permission to go inside the room. Afi was nowhere to be seen! She had quickly arranged for what Joojo should be told and speedily decked under a bed! The female occupants of that room told the poor man Afi had left the room through the other door.
Soon the academic year ended; Joojo graduated and Afi did not see him again for several years. They finally met at a big church function. They were both married and doing very well in life. But Joojo no longer had body odour!
Afi concluded her story with a belated advice she received from a well wisher years after her graduation. She was told she should have helped Joojo to rid himself of the odour so the two of them could get married.
Since I heard this story, I have sometimes wondered what any person, male or female would do in Afi’s situation. It is possible prayer, applying common sense and seeking appropriate counsel or medical advice could help make a sensible decision.
You never know if such a person would become your soulmate!
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up , never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NLT).
I had permission to tell this story provided I did not reveal identities. And I did not intend to make fun of anyone in this predicament. I rather wondered aloud what lessons could be learned from Afi’s experience.