Though angry and pained, Tari still loves her husband but cannot help but wonder if this man is the same one she fell in love with 11 years ago. She married him when he was still hustling, but she saw his potential. He was ambitious, and that was appealing to her. She was sure he would make it and encouraged him to go for a Master’s program to better qualify him for the dream job. Tari worked long hours while trying to run a small business, so Timi would not be overburdened with providing for the home while schooling. It was not easy combining work with being a mother, but she was willing to make sacrifices for the future she knew they would have. Timi had promised that one day, she would live in the lap of luxury and enjoy the fruit of her labor. Is that not what it is supposed to be?
Eventually, Timi finishes the program and lands a job, just like they prayed and things began to look great. At first, Timi was a grateful and kind husband, appreciating all of Tari’s efforts and lavishing her with gifts and praises. He even invested funds in her small business and started encouraging her to leave her job. Soon, he gets promoted to a higher position in a department with perks. With her support, he later starts a freighting (cargo) business on the side; it is an immediate success. It was a source of pride for Tari until she noticed that every time Timi was not home, he was at the ‘business’ and spent more time there. Is this not what she had prayed for?
Tari had to eventually resign from work, because of a second difficult pregnancy. She had suffered a miscarriage and was advised to ‘take things easy’. However, while she journeys between home and the hospital battling for their unborn child, Timi begins to ignore her and spends most of his evenings with Bunmi, the pretty Marketing Manager of his thriving business. He even tells her that Bunmi is the reason the business is doing well enough for him to take care of her and that she should be grateful. Tari is devastated.
Tari later finds out that Bunmi is 6 months pregnant and lives in a house paid for by her husband. Tari does not have access to the company accounts anymore and notices she is not the ‘madam’ the office staff are referring to when she goes to her husband’s office. Timi has thrown all decorum to the wind and moved in with Bunmi. Family, friends, and Clergy wade in but he insists he wants a divorce. He insists Tari dimmed his star, but Bunmi has brought him luck. He has agreed he will take care of the children but wants Tari out. Tari has been counseled to leave by family and friends, as Timi has even turned physical with her.
However, her decision shocked all who heard it… “I WILL NOT LEAVE. I’ve decided I’m going to stay and run his business to the ground. I helped start it, and I can bring it down.” Tari is privy to certain damning documents.
Is this a good decision? Is Tari about to do something she’ll regret? Is it possible for Tari to make Timi’s life a living hell or is it just an empty threat? Should Tari cut her losses and run? Is it not going to have a ripple effect on her children? Is there anything Tari could have done differently to prevent this from happening?