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Thursday, 5 April 2018

Episode 3

Then something happened.
Bode lost his dad.It was then i got to know that the old man had
more one wife,as a matter of fact,he had four,one was late
already,and Bode’s mum was d last and d only one living with
him until he passed away.
Among d children from d other wives,only few of them were
educated,others were either bricklayers,drivers, carpenters,
tailors or petty traders.It was only Bode’s mum that was
struggling to send her children to school.

She had three of them for d late farmer,Bode was d firstborn
with two kid sisters who were still in high school. D one next to
him was preparing to write WAEC when their dad passed away.
It was announced in d church n we (choir members) decided to
go n register our condolence with Bode n other members of d
On getting there,i was so touched by d way i saw d widows
sitting down on a mat,wearing black attire with bowls before
each of them where people who came to sympathise with them
put money.

I said within me “if ds kind of a thing should happen in my
lifetime,i will NEVER allow my mum to be treated ds way.Ds is
humiliation in d highest order..Did these women conspire to kill
d man?
Well,we greeted them.I didnt even know what to say,as i never
experienced such before.As d leader,i summoned courage,knelt
down beside Bode’s mum and whispered into her ear “God will
uphold u ma,He will send help to u from where u least

Pls,be strong”.
She said “Thanks my child.I really appreciate u”.
I gave her an amount of money on behalf of d choir.
She accepted it,appreciated us,n we left.
When i got home,i couldnt stop thinking about d woman. Oh!.She
was so young. Why did she marry a polygamist?,a man old
enough to be her father?.
There must be a reason.
Whatever d reason may be,i felt for her.She’s such a beautiful
young woman!.
Never!.I can never go for dt kind of a man,i will never allow
any stupid love to blind-fold me.
I can not even marry anybody
from dt kind of a family,see their house,d moment i stepped
into d compound,i could vividly smell poverty. Where would i tell
my dad i found dt kind of a man?
.Me?.I even trust myself..i’m
more than that
Then my mind went to what Pastor Mrs Williams told me d day
she said she heard a rumour about Bode n i.
1Cor 10:12…..wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take
heed lest he fall.
Fall?.Fall for where?.Falling is only meant for those who dont
stand well.Me,i cant fall, i trust myself.
I’ve been keeping
myself since n i will continue to keep myself,i’ve determined dt
no man shall see my nakedness except my husband,n dt wont
happen until after marriage. That is it! While talking to myself in ds manner. I slept off. Then something came up.

It was Bode dt woke me up d following morning.
He told me his dad’s burial had been fixed for d next
weekend,n there’s no money. He told me how his dad’s family members started blaming his
mum for not giving them adequate information about his dad’s
illness before d old man eventually passed away.
All these stories made me love d woman more. At last,he decided to go. I saw him off to d door,n he suddenly
turned back,hugged me n gave me a peck.

I came back to d room,n started thinking of how i could help
Bode n his mum concerning d burial. D only source i had was my dad,but i wasn’t sure he would even
send money again ds month ending as i was having a feeling he
sent d last one bcs of my birthday. But then,i wouldnt be able to wait till d end of d month,to know
if he would send money or not,as d burial was fixed for 29th
So,then what can i do oooo?. “Oh Yes!..I have an idea.I will call my dad dt i need money. But what if he asked what i need it for,what will i say?..
I will tell him somebody is sick n dt d doctor said he needs
surgery,but there’s no money,so,i wish i could render any little
assistance within my reach …Can u be of help sir?”.
Dt was exactly what i did.
He said “Who is ds sick person?”.
“It’s one of d corpers sir”.I lied.
“Ok.Since it’s something dt has to do with life,i will try n send
any amount i can between now n tomorrow. My regards to him.
We’ll remember him in our prayers”.
“Thank u dad.Love u sir.” I hung up.

Then,my conscience pricked me gently “U just told a lie!.. How
disappointed would ur dad be if he found out!.”
I felt bad,but i quickly consoled myself by a thought “what
could i have done?. How would he know?.Who will tell him?..he
cant know!.”
Almost immediately,i was relieved. I expected an alert from d bank throughout dt day,to no
avail,d following day too,no alert,but on d third day,i received
an alert of K50,000.
Wow!. I quickly called Bode after withdrawing d money,to come
n meet me at home after school hours,by then,it was just 2
days to d burial,27th April.

When he got to my room,i said “how much have u been able to
get now for d burial?.”
He said nothing..dt his mum’s sister who promised to send an
amount of money last week failed,but just received a message
from her dt morning dt she would see what she can do by
tomorrow. I opened my bag n gave him d K50,000 my dad sent.
He opened his mouth n couldnt shut it.
He held me very tightly,kissed me….and before we both knew
it..we did it!

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