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How a cake maker refused to bake my wedding cake because she thought I was poor and lower class – Bianca Ojukwu

Each time I see the image of my wedding ceremony cake, the reasonably humorous however unhappy story of the marriage cake involves thoughts.

I used to be informed by an excellent pal throughout my wedding ceremony preparations that there’s a girl in Enugu who makes nice wedding ceremony desserts. The truth is, my pal, regardless of not understanding the girl, provided to take me to her.

Dressed reasonably casually I made a decision to park my very own Mercedes and I joined my pal in her personal automobile which was a cute trying however humble Volkswagen (then referred to as the Beetle) and she or he drove us to the pastry store.

Upon our arrival, the favored cake maker (whose identify I am withholding for apparent causes), who had utterly forgotten my identification, gave the automobile we arrived in a sneering look and wasn’t impressed. I informed her I wanted her to bake my wedding ceremony cake and she or he began making all types of excuses.

First she informed me that her desserts have been very costly and I undoubtedly could not afford them (25,000 naira on the time) and provided to direct me to a less expensive cake store, stressing that she solely bakes desserts for celebrities ( Me even went forward and identify names…like a union financial institution supervisor, a boutique proprietor, and so forth., who she thought have been “dignitaries”), however I informed her I might afford it.

She then requested the place the marriage was happening and I informed her it was in Abuja. She mentioned I must pay for her transport to Abuja to assemble the cake and that this extra value could be tough for me to bear as she solely travels by aircraft and never by automobile, to which I replied that I’d pay .

She raised the query of lodge lodging and I assured her that she would care for it.
My pal stored nudging me and whispering in my ear, “Inform this lady who you’re so she will cease asking these nonsensical questions,” to which I replied no. I used to be secretly amused, albeit at a loss in the meanwhile about human nature and the social climbers, which by her perspective this girl was clearly.

What stunned me was that the girl herself was undoubtedly not rich, her personal automobile was an outdated Corolla, her environment weren’t plush, and she or he was simply a kind of “I’ve to slot in” varieties, however she had the audacity , trying down on others, she thought-about not “wealthy”.

Lengthy story brief, nonetheless not satisfied I might afford her companies (judging by my informal apparel and the modest drive, which wasn’t even mine, that means I in all probability did not have my very own car), fired her each of us shortly informed me to drop my quantity and that she would name me.

I dropped my quantity on her underneath my Igbo identify Odinaka and we left. I by no means heard from her once more.

I then merely accepted a beneficiant supply from the Canadian chef on the Nicon Hilton Abuja, who was a grasp baker, and my gigantic multi-tiered wedding ceremony cake was made totally free, merely as PR to market and promote the lodge’s companies.

At some point, only a week earlier than the marriage, the Enugu cake maker noticed the tv broadcasts of our upcoming wedding ceremony, which was an enormous occasion on the time, and realized that it was I who had come to her for a marriage cake.

Panicking, she shortly managed to seek out her solution to my home and commenced begging for all types of bland explanations as to why I wasn’t introducing myself “appropriately” (by which she meant “VIP”), even providing to to bake the cake totally free, nevertheless it was too late.

On that day, an exquisite windy day in November 1994, it was a memorable wedding ceremony ceremony on the Nicon Noga Hilton (now the Transcorp Hilton), Abuja, the primary wedding ceremony occasion ever held there. And it was nice…

The life-size tiered cake, far bigger and extra elaborate than any conceivable Enugu cake maker might have ever provided, was donated by Hilton administration.

The Enugu Cake Maker missed an incredible alternative to showcase her abilities and product because the occasion was broadcast nationally on tv, radio, newspapers, magazines and each conceivable information media outlet, with the Hilton Grasp Baker taking up the cake credit.

This promotional feat gave an enormous enhance to Hilton Occasions’ internet hosting enterprise and has enabled numerous extra weddings to be held in the identical Hilton Conference Corridor. Final I heard, the pastry chef’s enterprise has since collapsed after she confronted some difficulties in her enterprise just a few years in the past.

The ethical of this true life expertise is: NEVER RATE A BOOK BY ITS IMPACT. We’re all human beings, created equal earlier than God, if not earlier than people, no matter our standing in life.

We must not ever relate to others primarily based solely on who or what they’re, what they’ve, what automobile they drive, or how costly or poorly dressed they’re… On a regular basis folks miss alternatives, treasured connections and lasting friendships due to their snobbish perspective to tie.
…..and better of all, when one door closes, by divine mercy one other larger one will open. I misplaced a molehill however gained a mountain.


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