The Famil Name – VI

“Becky will you open this door right now, how dare you?” screamed Uncle Dona as he repeatedly knocked on the door of Becky’s bedroom.

“Dona please don’t do this, let us go to bed, biko oh” pleaded Aunty Felicia, but all her pleas fell on deaf ears as Uncle Dona was too drunk for reason.

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The Family – V

Mr. and Mrs. Oge relocated to Abuja and Becky settled into life in Uncle Dona’s house; whilst all of her focus was on her preparing for her exams, she also ensured that she helped Aunt Felicia with house chores and caused no trouble. Uncle Dona remained warm and friendly with her while Aunt Felicia was indifferent and aloof. Uncle Dona was a businessman who was always on the road but whenever he came back from one of his trips, he always had gifts for her and hilarious stories he shared with her on the balcony of their house in the evenings when the power was out. She had really grown to like and respect Uncle Dona; she would never understand Ada’s hatred for him, she had tried to tell him what a good man he was but she insisted that he was anything but good and always said;

“A leopard can never rid itself of its spot, no matter how much he tries; it is a part of him”.

One day, Uncle Dona had just returned from one of his business trips and this time, he got her a pretty yellow dress which Becky loved immediately. The dress was made from chiffon material and had a little bow under the bust line with frills on the arm, Becky was so thrilled she ran to show Aunt Felicia the dress but when her aunt saw it, she looked at her with an expression she didn’t understand and then without a word, she continued what she was doing.  Becky shrugged it off to her aunt being her usual aloof self and went to keep her dress in her room.

Later that night, Becky and her uncle sat in the balcony of their house and as he sipped on his favorite brew of beer and he told her stories.  As the evening wore on, so did several bottles of beer and Uncle Dona’s stories were inexhaustible. When it was a few minutes after 10pm, Aunt Felicia came out and told Becky to go to bed, Uncle Dona protested and said she should go to bed instead and when Becky was ready she would go to, he also emphasized that the next day was a weekend but Aunt Felicia insisted saying;

“She has to attend tutorials tomorrow for her exams, so she is going to bed now.”

Becky decided that to avoid any tension, she would obey her aunt, so she bid her uncle goodnight and went straight to her room. As she was about to close the door, she discovered that her aunt had followed her then she told her;

“Don’t forget to lock the door, may God see you through this night.” Then she turned and left.

Becky closed the door and made sure she locked and secured it, she would never understand why her aunt and sister kept giving her ominous warnings but it wouldn’t hurt to obey.  She decided to call her sister Ada before drifting off and after 2 rings, she picked the call and they began to talk. While they were talking, all of a sudden someone began to bang the door of her room demanding that she open it, soon she realized it was a very drunk and angry Uncle Dona at her door;

“How dare you lock a door in my house, open this door right now!!!”

Amidst her uncle’s raucous, she could hear her aunt in a terrified voice begging her uncle to leave her alone and go to his own room but he refused.  Becky was still on the phone with Ada who had heard all the commotion going on, so she said to her;

“No matter what happens, do not open that door, stay in that room till I get there tomorrow; even if you have to pee, do it there in your room, do not go out of your room while that imbecile is drunk, he would not ruin your life the way he did mine.”

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The Family Name – IV

“Go and pack your things Becky, you are moving to Donatus’s house whether anybody likes it or not, no child of mine will bring shame to this family, not while I am still alive and that is final.”

Becky’s Father declared and stormed out of the living room. She looked at her mum’s crying form and asked her;

“Mummy what is going on, why would no one tell me anything?”

Her Mum looked up at her with her tear streaked face and replied;

“Why does your sister insist on kicking against a brick wall and bring shame to our family?”

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The Family Name – III

“What is going on in this family? Ada hates daddy and mummy yet no one will tell me why” Becky thought aloud. She was left confused and flustered by her sister’s sudden rage and outburst; not so much by the rage because it would seem Ada was always angry especially where their parents were concerned but by her words.

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The Family Name – II

After Ada left for the University, true to her words, she didn’t look back; she never went home, not even when the school was on break or during public holidays. Becky asked her Parents one more time about her sister’s weird behavior but all they told her was;

“Nne just continue praying for your sister biko, so that God can touch her heart”.

Becky didn’t understand why she should be praying for God’s touch on Ada’s heart when all she needed were answers to her questions. Even though the sisters kept in touch through calls, texts and phone messengers, Ada’s absence still left a huge void in Becky’s life.

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The Family Name.

I absolutely love watching crime solving, mind blowing series like “The Mentalist, NCIS,CSI and Criminal Minds” that give a huge dose of suspense and intrigue tinged with a mystery; I find it very exciting  and a few of my friends have called me weird because of this. I do appreciate a good love story but can’t stand those sappy ones they show on “Telemundo and Zee world”; I find them to be boring, predictable, unnecessarily prolonged and over exaggerated.

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KILLA: (Diary Of The Tempted)

This short poem was inspired when i read Proverbs 5:1-20. It is the story of someone who had been through a bitter experience, trying to warn another person about to make the same mistake. I have always found it intriguing that we try to help other people avoid the same mistakes we made and it has nothing to do with religion, ethnicity or color, it just being humane; this is all this poem is about.

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