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CHAPTER 56


It is Friday morning and we are at the airport. We are waiting for Zah and Aria who are coming with my dress. Also Danny has not arrived yet. I am not even sure that he is coming or not. Lee is the one who is holding my phone because she feels like I am stressing and I keep on calling the others who have not arrived. 


Zah and Aria finally arrive. Now the only person who is not here is Danny. I am going to kill him. Dad keeps on looking at Kuhle and shaking his head. I know he wants to say something but he won’t talk now as I am still stressed. Finally the queen shows up. He is looking all kinds of glam you’d swear he is going to a fashion show. 


Danny: “Blue babes I am sorry I am late. I had a…”

Me: “save it.” I raise my hand to stop him from speaking. “Kuhle please lead the way.” 


Kuhle: “please follow me.” we follow him to where the jet is and we climb inside. We settle in and then the plane takes off. Danny comes and sit next to me. 

Danny: “are you seriously going to ignore me for 15 hours?” I chuckle. 

Me: “I don’t want your excuse Danny. I am just happy that you are here.”


Danny: “are you?” he asks tilting his head to the side. 

Me: “I will be once I have a cocktail in my hand.” 

Danny: “drunkard.” I laugh. I look at my parents. 


Me: “mom and dad this is Daniel a friend I made at Limpopo and that is Aria my employee and you know Kuhle the prince. He is my friend and business associate and dad stop looking at him like that. You are making him uncomfortable.” Dad chuckles. 


Dad: “apologies for that son. I didn’t mean to. It’s just that I get uncomfortable when a man looks at my daughter like that.” 

Me: “like what dad?”

Dad: “he knows. What does a man have to do to get a beer around here?” 


Kuhle: “let me go and tell the waiter to prepare refreshments for you.” 

Me: “and breakfast for me.” he smiles. 

Kuhle: “as you wish my queen.” He quickly dashes off. 


Dad: “my queen huh? Sithule siyabuka.” 

Noma: “yes dad sithule siyabuka.” She says giving me a smirk. I mouth a ‘Fuck off’ and she laughs.

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We land after hours of travelling and to say my butt is sore will be an understatement. Kuhle’s jet is comfortable but I hate sitting for long hours. I am happy that we are all going to the Radisson Blue hotel. Somehow Kuhle’s assistant managed to get space for everyone. We drive there and check in. I actually got a presidential suite but I am not sharing with anyone. I get to my room take a shower first and the drift to sleep. 

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The following morning I am woken up by movements inside the suite. I sit up from the bed and look around. I see a helper who is moving around the room. 


Me: “can I help you?”

Helper: “you’re awake? Good morning and welcome to Radisson Blu hotel. I was sent by Prince Kuhle to give you a light breakfast and to wish you all the best for today.” I smile. Her accent when mentioning Kuhle’s name is very amusing. 

Me: “thank you. Let me brush my teeth first.” 


I get up from the bed and head to the bathroom. I brush my teeth and then decide to take a quick shower. When I am done I wrap a towel around my waist and go back to the bedroom. I find the bed already made and the helper gone. I go to the balcony and smile when I see a plate of food with juice and a blue flower. The prince is romantic. The sea view is so beautiful and actually refreshing. I sit down and eat my light breakfast. It’s two toasted slices of break an egg 2 strips of bacon and tomatoes. 


When I am done eating I lotion my body and get dressed in white drop shoulder top and split side skirt set with white Hibacci sneakers. I comb my hair and let it fall down. I have to find a salon here so that I can do something about my hair. I wanna change the colour I have been Blue for far too long now. I pack my things in my handbag and head out. I just shake my head when I find my guards at the door. We go to the Al mina restaurant.


My family and friends are already sitting at a table. We join them and breakfast is brought to our table. I guess they had already ordered. The food here is delicious. Ayy the review I will be giving when I leave this hotel will be good.


Danny: “no fire ants this time around?” he asks drinking his juice and I burst out laugh. 

Lee: “what is he talking about?”


Me: “heee I nearly died in Limpopo. We went to this lodge where we wanted to have breakfast and they didn’t wanna let us in because we were barefoot. Someone talked some sense to the hostess and they finally allowed us in only to put fire ants in our juice. I would’ve been 6 six feet under if it wasn’t for a healer that helped me.” 


Dad: “why didn’t you tell us this?”

Me: “I didn’t wanna bother you dad. Plus I survived.” 

Mom: “but we deserved to know and we should definitely sue that lodge.” 

Me: “mom you are exaggerating.” 


Noma: “actually I agree with her.” I look at her with begging eyes. 

Me: “Noma come on.” 

Noma: “I have booked the spa for us. We are heading there after we finish eating and after that we are going to the salon to our hair and nails.” 


Me: “you are dismissing me just like that?” 

Noma: “yep.” Kuhle chuckles. I give him a death stare and he just rolls his eyes. 

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We are now preparing for the awards ceremony. I have dyed my hair brown. I must admit I am going to miss being Billie Eilish. My dress is wow! I mean Simamiso Mthembu knows her stuff. It’s a beautiful Xhosa black and white mermaid dress with a peplum. I am also wearing neck beads and a black head wrap. I am also wearing black butterfly and rhinestone décor sandals. I feel like a Xhosa queen right now. 


The door to my suite opens and in enters my Zulu prince or should I say Xhosa prince because wow. He is wearing a nice black suit and white shirt with umbhaco cloth a Xhosa beaded tie and head band. He is also wearing black flowered print perforated dress shoes. He looks so handsome right now. Fuck I love you Kuhle. He smiles.


Kuhle: “I love you too.” I nearly faint. Did I just do what I think I did?

Me: “did I?”

Kuhle: “yes.” He comes closer to me. “I love you infinity times infinity my queen.” 


Me: “Kuhle stop. It just slipped.” I cover my face with my hands. “What did I just do?” he takes my hands off my face and places them in his chest. 


Kuhle: “this beats for you only. Plus you are ruining your make up by touching your face. You look so beautiful by the way. Like my true African Queen.” I just melt like butter. He kisses me and I just kiss him back. Someone knocks on the door and we quickly break the kiss. 


Me: “come in.” I say taking my clutch from the bed. 


Noma: “wow babes.” she says and I turn to look at her with a smile. “Did we miss the memo? Coz it looks like today is your wedding day both of you.” Kuhle laughs and I just giggle. She is looking beautiful in a beige spandex strapless sweetheart mermaid court train formal dress and gold stiletto heel slip-on pointed toe low-cut upper thin shoes.


Kuhle: “imagine how we would look like on our actually wedding day ke?” Noma laughs and I just blush rolling my eyes. The door opens and Lee walks in looking so beautiful in a hualong sexy deep V-neck cape emerald green jumpsuit and black wide fit Nova barely there heeled sandals. My eyes just water. 


Me: “guys why do you have to look so beautiful? You are stealing my spotlight.” They all laugh. 

Lee: “Kuhle please tell her that she looks absolutely stunning and she looks like a true queen that she is.” 

Me: “aww.”


Kuhle: “my queen you look wonderful beautiful sexy accomplished and successful. Like you are on top of the world and everyone bows to you. You are just perfect” 

Me: “stop talking or I am going to cry.” They laugh. 

Noma: “look at me crying like a fool.” She says wiping her eyes. I just giggle and look up to stop my tears from falling. When I finally calm down I look at all of them. 


Me: “okay let’s go get my award.” 

Lee: “that’s the spirit.” We head out and find the others at the corridor. 


Mabutho: “you look beautiful boss but this will complete your look.” He says handing me a black and white beaded knobkerrie which matches with my outfit. 

Me: “thank you very much.” I take it. 

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We are now seated at the front row of Tripoli Congress Centre. Well I am seating with Kuhle. I chose him to seat with me because Mom is with dad

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and successful. Like you are on top of the world and everyone bows to you. You are just perfect” 

Me: “stop talking or I am going to cry.” They laugh. 

Noma: “look at me crying like a fool.” She says wiping her eyes. I just giggle and look up to stop my tears from falling. When I finally calm down I look at all of them. 


Me: “okay let’s go get my award.” 

Lee: “that’s the spirit.” We head out and find the others at the corridor. 


Mabutho: “you look beautiful boss but this will complete your look.” He says handing me a black and white beaded knobkerrie which matches with my outfit. 

Me: “thank you very much.” I take it. 

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We are now seated at the front row of Tripoli Congress Centre. Well I am seating with Kuhle. I chose him to seat with me because Mom is with dad Lee with Noma my guards together Danny Aria and Zah are bonding. The show is amazing really. There are African and international artists performing. The awards ceremony comes to an end and only one category is left. The Best Architect of the Year. The presenter starts speaking. I am so nervous right now. I’d do anything for a shot of whiskey. 


Presenter: “architecture should speak of its time and place but yearn for timelessness.” This is a quote by a famous architect Frank Gehry who designed the iconic Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. “Much like a painted masterpiece architecture is an art form that has the ability to delight inspire and transform. In pure architecture the smallest detail should have a meaning or serve a purpose.” 


“The following architects have been doing very good for themselves and have been giving their clients and followers unique and special designs. They are all special and talented. The nominees are Josephine Sheen from Oran Algeria; Kostadin Arrigo from Cape Coast Ghana; Mischa Prado from Juba South Sudan; Ntombifuthi Cele from Durban South Africa and Patrick Muonagor from Niamey Niger.” Wow all these nominated architects are amazing. I have seen their work. 


“And the winner who is also a recipient of $1 000 000 from the African Architecture Organization is Ntombifuthi Cele from South Africa.” I freeze. Like what the actual fuck. I am brought back by Kuhle shaking me. I look at him with my eyes popped out. 


Me: “they are calling me?” he laughs. 

Kuhle: “yes. Now stand up.” 


Me: “please hold me because I am shaking.” He stands up and helps me to stand up. We both walk to the stage. The presenter hands me the award the way I am shaking even this award feels heavy. I lean on the podium so that I won’t fall. I start being emotional and I know that this time around there is no stopping the tear works. I quickly wipe them and clear my throat. 


“Wow. Umm I am no church goer but I would first like to thank God because all this wouldn’t have been possible without Him. I wanna thank my parents Sijabulile and Siyabulela Cele for believing in me and my dreams ever since I was a teenager. Our industry is filled with successful men to such an extent that it might scare you to stand out and go independent. So I wanna thank my parents again for encouraging me to chase my dreams even though they seemed like just fairytale at first.” I stop and wipe my tears again which haven’t stopped falling. 


“I wanna thank my two best friends Dr. Lindelwa Nkosi and Miss Nomalanga Biyela who have been there for me for 12 years and still counting. They have been my pillars in all aspects of life and I thank them for that. I also wanna thank my second dad and mentor Dr. Lethukuthula Hlongwa for being there for me academically and for teaching me almost everything I know today. I wanna thank all my employees for keeping my vision for Dubandlela Construction Company alive till now.”


“I wanna thank every member of my family who has been there for me. I also wanna thank all my clients for believing on me and trusting me with their homes companies and all. I also wanna thank my dear friend Kuhle for all that he has done for me.” I turn to stare at him with a smile and then turn back to the audience again. “I also wanna thank all my friends for being honest and understanding with me. There is nothing we all need and deserve like true friends.”


“I also wanna thank myself.” Everyone laughs. “I wanna thank myself for believing in me I wanna thank myself for not giving up even when times were difficult I wanna thank myself for being goal driven and hungry for success. Lastly I wanna thank the African Architecture Organization for such a wonderful opportunity. Marty Neumeier once said ‘The most innovative designers consciously rejects the standard option box and cultivate an appetite for thinking wrong.’ Thank you very much.” I go back to my seat. I am still shaking but at least the tears have stopped. 


Kuhle: “that was amazing and congratulations.” He says smiling to me. 

Me: “thank you.” I smile back. 

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Mmathapelo 2021-01-30 09:06:17

Am i the only one who's impatiently waiting for the royal meeting 😭😂😂😂