Anna tries to explain to Ken but he walks out in anger. She makes to run after him but the landlord grabs her hand.
Landlord: “I know that your boyfriend is angry at you because he met us together. I am also supposed to be angry because you told me that you are at the verge of breaking up with him, but, when you told me about your mother’s health challenge, it got at me. I remember when I was a young boy of about 7 years old. My mother having lost her husband, my father was saddled with the responsibilities of bringing us up single handedly. My father’s relatives accused her of killing my father so that she could inherit his land and livestock. After his burial, they chased my mother and my other 5 siblings out of my father’s house. We had nothing and nowhere to go. My mother did all sort of menial jobs to feed her children. Most times, she would lie to us that she is not hungry so we her children can eat the little food we have. As the first child, I saw my mother go through hell just to put food on my table. Because of the health hazards she exposed herself to just to feed her children, when I was 17 years old, she became ill. We rushed her to the hospital and the doctors refused to treat her because we had no money. I had to run to a construction site, do jobs, including fetching water, carrying cement and sand etc. When I got back to the hospital, my mother was already dead. I lost the woman who stood by us because of money”. He pauses and draws a deep breath.” Since that day, I cannot watch another person’s mother die because of money because I know how precious mother’s are and I know how fragile life is; one can easily die anytime”. He goes to his room and brings out a brown envelop which he hands over to Anna. “Here, N100, 000 take it and treat your mother. When you come back from the village, we shall continue our discussion”.
Anna touched by his kind works and generosity thanks him and rushes back to her room where Ken is impatiently waiting for her.
Ken: “What the hell did I catch you doing with the landlord, you whore”.
Anna: “Kenneth, you will mind the names that you call me. What the hell did you see us doing when you came in?”
Ken lets out a heartless laughter. “Oh, I see that the landlord has opened your eyes. You now call my full name and shout back at me”.
Anna: “Leave the landlord out of this, he is an innocent man”.
Ken: “Oh, I should leave the landlord out of this. You want me to leave an old man who is sharing you with me out of this. Tell me, is he better than I in bed? Does he make you scream the way I do? How strong is he? How many rounds can he go before he begins to gasp for air? How long does he last?”
Anna: “Ken! Will you just stop this? What is wrong with you?”
Ken: “You are the one who is wrong with me. The day you decided to start cheating on a young blood like me is the day everything started getting wrong with me. What do I not do for you in bed? I make sure I satisfy you well, I give you every style that you want, I’m always there for you anytime you want it. Yet, you go cheating behind my back? You want me to give it to you harder? Why didn’t you just tell me? You want to scream more in bed? I can make you cry your eyes out. What does that old cow have that I don’t have more?”
Anna: “Common sense, Ken. Common sense! That old man has common sense, he has experience, he has human sympathy, he has money which you and I obviously don’t have. Yes, the man may be a notorious womanizer but he is not forcing me to do anything with him. I was with him crying my eyes out just to get the money for your mother’s treatment. He didn’t touch me, he didn’t even kiss me and yet he gave me the money because human life is involved. Now look at yourself, I feed you, accommodate you in my house, I sleep with you and yet what do I get in return? You suspect my every moves, call me names and you are always nowhere to be found anytime I need you most. That man that you are insulting gave me N100, 000 cash for your mother’s treatment. I lied to him that my mother is sick and dying and he gave me the money without reservations”.
Ken: “What! Are you serious? Landlord gave you the money cash?” he runs to her and hugs her tight. “I love you baby, you are the best thing that can ever happen to me”.
Anna softens at his hug and releases the money to him. “You need to trust me, darling. How can you even think that I can cheat on you? You are pushing me to the wall and I will have no option than to retaliate someday”.
Ken: “Sorry, now. Person no fit joke with you again? It’s because I love you that’s why I am always getting jealous. You harsh o, see as you just give me the history of my life now now”, he kisses her and pulls her down to the bed. Another ACTION begins!
Ken having collected the money from Anna waits for Tiana all day. There’s no sign of her. “But she said she will give me the money as soon as she leaves her uncle’s place, now. Let me call her o, before she comes here. Anna is inside the room sleeping, I don’t want another wahala again o”.
Tiana: “Hello, who is this?”
Ken: “It’s me. Don’t you have my number again?”
Tiana: “You who? Na ‘Who’ be the name wey your papa give you?”
Ken: “It’s me Ken. Haba, Tiana baby, you said you were going to bring the money to me and I haven’t seen you. I have been waiting for you all day, baby”.
Tiana: “Who is your baby? At your age do you think you can have a daughter as old as I? Which money are you talking about? I’m I owing you or did you give me any money to keep for you? Be there waiting for me to give you money to treat your mother, don’t go and hustle like your mates are doing. No be only missing me, you think you can sweet talk me abi? Yeye child, small boy like you”, She ends the call on him.
Ken and Anna set out early the next day to Ken’s village. Anna had insisted the previous night that she must follow him to his village despite his objections. “You don’t have to bother yourself coming with me, baby. My village is very far and I am not a baby, I can find my way”, he had told her. “I have to bother myself o, I bothered myself to look for the money to give you, so we shall go and see her together”, she replied him.
They arrive his local government around 6pm even though they had left Abuja very early in the morning with the first bus. It takes them another 2hours of drive on a bad road before they get to his house. His parents and siblings welcome them and they settle for introductions in the sitting room.
Mama Ken: “Welcome, nwam. How una journey?”
Ken: “It was fine, mama”.
Mama Ken: “Chukwu da’alu o”.
Anna: “How is your health, mama?”
Mama Ken: “I dey fine, na only hunger dey kill us”.
Anna: “I thought we would come and meet you in the hospital”
Mama Ken: “Hospital kwa” turning to Ken she asked “Is she praying for me to fall sick?”
Ken: “No, Mama. I told her that you are sick and she gave me some money to treat you”.
Baba Ken: “Really? Who is she to you?”
Ken: “She is my friend, erm, the person I want to marry anytime I am ready to marry”
Baba Ken: “My daughter, tell us about yourself”.
Anna: “My name is Anna, Ken and I love each other so much and we intend to get married. I am 36 years old. I am from…”
Mama Ken: “Isi gini, 30 gini?”
Baba Ken: “What! Mbanu!”
Anna: “Baby, what is wrong? What are your parents saying?”
Mama Ken: “She dey even call you her pikin. Kenneth, where you go carry this old woman from? You wan marry woman wey senior you so that she go come dey control you for house? Mbanu, you no go fit marry her”.
Baba Ken: “My son, in our kindred, we don’t marry women who are older than us. It is an abomination. A woman that has started spending her money on you before marriage will control you when you marry her. She will make you the woman while she will be the man. Tufiakwa!
Mama Ken: “You say she give you money. Where she get the money from if no be from men? That kind thing fit kill woman husband. Aunty, abeg, pack your things leave my house. You no fit marry my pikin, you even senior the person wey him dey follow”
Baba Ken: “Yes, I support my wife. You have to go and to think that you are not even from our state. Chai! Arlu!”
Anna with tears in her eyes beings to shiver. “Baby, say something, tell your parents that we have come a long way” she addresses Ken.
Ken: “Well my parents have spoken, I don’t have anything different to say”.
Anna wanted to leave the house while holding her bag with both hands; She felt like one with leprosy that suffers rejection. The glint she had on turned a scarlet red eyes, muddled lipstick, when they first arrived, washed away by the sobbing.
A lot of things creep into her mind-evil thoughts. She feels like running into the racing vehicle and gets crushed but the noise produced by fast pacing-trailer outside scare her.
Her mind travels to a very torturous experience with she had months back with three spiritualists – Babalawo, Alfa Cleric and a Pastor. The memoir of that with the Babalawo creeps in..
Jimoke: “See,Annie, I don’t know why you’re killing yourself cos you’re unmarried. I know where you can get solutions.”
Jumoke tell her “He has helped a lot I know!” but Jumoke is unmarried too and they are of same age but frustration distorts Anna’s sense of reasoning.
Jumoke takes her into the heart of a forest somewhere at Abeokuta to a Babalawo, who calls himself the voice of the gods,
Babalawo: “I know your problem! You are troubled! Stay where you are!” her yells as they pause at the door of the generation. They exchange glances, “You were born with bad luck! A relative of yours planted an evil seed of bad luck in you as a baby!”
The Babalawo tells her that she needs to bring a peculiar sacrifice and she is given some charms to go home with, “Be drinking this concoction and after three days you’d come and be cleansed in the river located in the heart of this forest at midnight.”
On the third day, she goes to the shrine all alone and is taking into the heart of the forest and bathed in the river after then Babalawo tells her he needs to sleep with her to finally remove that cloak of ill luck. He orders her to remove the white wrapper she has on and mounts her sliding into her dryly. The pains she feels is like a knife tearing into her skin. She cries and cries as the Babalawo mourns with glee and almost choking her with a foul smell produced from his unwashed body.
The ringing of her phone brings her back to life, brings out the phone, she hisses. It is her network providers that are calling to market their exploitative services as usual. Her hands supports her chin as tears drops into the food that lays well garnished before her.
Anna kneels down and pleads with Ken’s parents and they allowed her to spend the night there on the condition that she will leave their house very early the next day and never leave their son’s house. That night is the worst night of her life as she could barely sleep. Ken’s mother had given her a mat to spread on the hard sitting room floor as she had insisted that it is a taboo for Anna and Ken to sleep together on the same bed. Her thoughts keeps racing through all the men she had rejected in the past and how Ken’s parents have warned her to stay away from their child because she is older than him.
Anna: “How will I cope, now? Ken’s parents have made me promise never to come close to their child again, I have resigned from my job and madam Shine will not accept me back again. How do I cope? Where will I see another job? I know what I went through before I got that job. Or should I just accept my landlord’s offer and become his mistress?
Questions: Guess Anna’s experience with Alfa Cleric and a Pastor aside Babalawo stated in this Episode? Will Ken’s parents change their mind about Anna? What will her landlord do when he discovers that she lied to him about her mother’s health?
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