So if you remember, I decided to become a doctor a couple of months ago, even though I am already 31, have a four-year old daughter. This decision is turning my world upside down. And recently, I changed from Status “It’s complicated”; to Status “divorcee“. I am having a sleep over with my friends from uni Lewa and Christina to help with my emotional storm.
I realised that none of you knows Lewa and Christina, so let me officially introduce them.
Lewa Mobo, the Rich and Fearless
13 years ago…
We met during the induction day at the London School of Economics. She sat next to me in the lecture room and said “cool, another black girl. Thank God, I won’t be alone.” Unfazed by my puzzling gaze, she took her phone out and continued “put your number down, we’ll need to have each other’s back.”
“I don’t even know your name.” I protested in a quiet tone. To be fair her confidence prevented me from saying no.
“I’m Lewa.” She laughed. I warmed up to her smile, her eyes threatened me. I immediately put my number down.
Lewa works as a portfolio manager in a well-regarded hedge fund in Mayfair. She earns a LOT of money (as I said rich and fearless) and she has been dating Thomas, a 25-year-old solicitor, for a year.
“He proposed… again!” She complains during our sleep over. Once they finished fighting over my divorce, Lewa drops the bomb.
“What’s wrong with him? He loves you so much… I don’t even understand why.” Christina adds, rolling her eyes. Lewa ignores the disapproval and continues her rant.
“I just want to focus on my career. I wouldn’t mind staying unmarried for the rest of my life.”
“unmarried? Come on Lewa, you can’t be serious.” Even I, am surprised by her willingness to stay single.
“Why is it so shocking to you?”
“Isn’t it what a priest does? Dedicating his life to his job and vowing to eternal celibacy?”
“Are you comparing yourself to a priest? A priest dedicates his life to help people.”
“I do help people, I make sure they will get a decent pension for retirement.”
She can’t be serious.
But in fact, she is. “How do you expect people to retire without a pension? How do you expect them to look after their grandchildren without a pension? My work is to make sure these people will end up with something. It’s a shame we (money managers) are not recognised for the good we bring to the population.”
Unfortunately for Thomas, he represents a distraction from her goal of bringing world peace through managing people’s money. Lewa is damn good at her job and she will not bear any obstacle between her and her ambition to become the very best.
She wants to remain rich and fearless.
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