The words wouldn’t fall. No.
Guests, in-laws and the kinsmen were patiently waiting for him to give the couple his blessings.
There was a lingering silence.
Suddenly, he burst out in a pool of tears, ” I love you. And I can’t let you go.”
“Papa!” Ejura screamed in shock. “We talked about this last night and you promised to let me go.”
“I thought I could. But I can’t.”
In the full glare of all present, he fell on his knees before the couple, looked straight into his daughter’s eyes and whispered in cold tongues, “will you marry me?”