Nana: “9, 10!”
Femi: “Wait! Wait”
Nana: “Are you ready to make the transfer now?”
Femi: “Can we modify the condition?”
Nana: “What is that supposed to mean?”
Femi: “I will give you ten million today and then pay you the remaining ten million in 3 months time”.
Nana: “No, way. I don’t trust you at all. You can’t keep promises, if you do, you will not abandon your wife whom you promised on the altar to take care of”.
Nana: “You are getting me angry, Femi. Make that transfer now!” her eyes were fiery red and Femi knew that he had to do what he want or risk getting consumed by the fire in her eyes. He also wanted a taste of her body that night, she had seduced him and he was willing to do anything to mount and pound the hell out of her.
Femi: “Fine!” he brought out his cell phone and made the transfer into her account. She received the alert and smiled.
Nana: “You are such a sweet man, Femi” she hugged him. He held close to her but she drew away.
Femi: “You know I will do anything for you. Now, can we get down to business?”
Nana: “Which business?”
Femi: “Our bed business of course”.
Nana: “Oh please, are you too stupid to see that this whole thing between us is over?”
Femi: “What! I mean what are you saying?”
Nana: “I am saying that we can’t tango anymore. You are a pathetic cheat, because God has placed you in an exalted position in life, you think people’s hearts are toys you can play with. You deceive people into thinking you love them and then you end up dumping them. You can’t go far in life with that kind of attitude, you may progress but trust me your crash is not far away”.
Nana: “But what? The little position God has placed you, you are misusing it, you think God is stupid to entrust you with something bigger? Ask great men who made marks in the world, they stayed away from women, that is called discipline. Ask those men who ended up failures after tasting success, they underestimated the powers of young ladies who took them by surprise, surprise can beat even the bravest. You think you can go far in life by using peoples head and heart? Whatever you are banking on will fail you, mark my words. And for your information, I have resigned from the bank, I intend to walk far away to a place where you can’t find me. Thank God for the money you gave me, I will use that to establish myself”.
Femi: “You are kidding right?”
Nana: “Get out of my house, money miss road like you.If you don’t leave now, I will frame you for rape and drag you to Women Center, they are more than interested in addressing cases that involve men taking advantage of young girls, that will ruin the little reputation you have left. And watch it, your doom is close at hand, cheap dog!”
Femi: “But you lured me into this? I never wanted you in the first place”.
Nana: “Shut up! You womanizer!”
Femi: “You gave me the green light Nana. You are a complete Deceit. You are the complete player here I must say. I would have used same money I’ve spent on you on other ladies looking for mere relationship by the way. You are a COMPLETE DECEIT AND CHEAT Nana. You must pay dearly for this. Trust me!”
Nana: “Bye Femi. It’s over between us!”
Femi was tensed when he got home, it was all together a new experience for him because he always thought that he was ahead of his game. Being played by Nana was terrible because he had underestimated her abilities because of her small frame and innocent looks. Immediately he got to the sitting room, Licia was waiting for him with her hands akimbo.
Licia: “And where are you coming from by this time of the day?”
Femi: “Please, I don’t have strength for any argument today, I had a long day. Just allow me go in and sleep”.
Licia: “You are not going in anywhere and don’t give me that silly and outdated busy at work excuse. I called someone at the bank and they told me you left hours ago”. She barricaded the door to the bedroom and wouldn’t allow him in.
Femi: “Oh, so you now have snitches in the bank that you use to monitor my movements? Then why don’t you call them to tell you where I went?”
Licia: “Self defense, that is all you are good at. Can’t you come up with something better? Mr Randy bank manager”.
Femi: “What do you want? I want to go in and sleep”.
Licia: “Five million naira and a shopping trip to Paris”.
Femi: “What? You must be out of your mind. I know how many millions of naira I have given you this year. You have travelled to more than 12 different countries of Europe and America this year alone. For the past ten years that we have been living together, you have milked me dry. In fact, I had to practically steal peoples’ money from their accounts just to satisfy you. I didn’t spend one tenth of that money on my wife who got pregnant for me twice, how much more a barren witch like you!”
Licia: “Ewo o! you call me witch? You this impotent half man that can’t even get a woman pregnant? Do you know how many times I got pregnant and terminated before I met you? Oh, you think I am happy living with you? When all we know how to do is fight and break things in this house? You are a shameless good for nothing man!” she spat out.
Femi grew angry, flung his briefcase on the floor and slapped her hard. “I curse the day I met you, I regret ever sending my wife away just to be with you”.
Licia: “You slapped me, Femi? Do you think I am Shana that you used to beat anyhow? I will show you how strong an Akwa Ibom girl is today”, she slapped him hard across his face too and a fight ensued between them. Soon Licia had shattered the plasma television, dining table and glass center table in the living room. Femi was going mad, the animal in him unleashed by sight of his properties that were being destroyed coupled with the fact that he had been rendered bankrupt by Nana.
Femi: “You are destroying my properties after all I did for you, I will kill you today”. He grabbed her hair and dragged her into the kitchen and began to jam her head against the wall. Licia felt life slipping out of her and in one swift move, she reached for the kitchen knife on the shell and waved it at him. “Leave me alone or I swear I will stab you”, Femi was afraid and drew back. “I am done with you, Femi. I got enough money and possession from you to last me a life time. I am leaving for good”, she dropped the knife and went into the bedroom to pack her things but Femi caught up with her and began to rain punches on her. She ran out to the kitchen but Femi had already locked the door for fear that she may threaten him with the knife again. She ran to the balcony, Femi followed her there and pinned her to the wall. She began to plead for help and neighbours who were attracted by her cry gathered in the compound and were pleading with Femi to leave her alone. They were not surprised because they knew Femi with the habit of beating her. Licia was choking, she made one swift mood and began to run but Femi caught her. “You want to run away after ruining my life right? He pinned her against the wall of the balcony and pushed her down. She fell from the third flow upstairs where their flat was located. She landed on Femi’s car and broke her neck and died.
Femi was driven in a black Maria to court and pleaded not guilty to the murder charges against him. However, when his neighbours who had witnessed how he pushed her down from the balcony testified that he was used to beating Licia and Shana when they were living together, the judge sentenced him to death by hanging on the grounds that his pushing her off the balcony was premeditated. His parents came to sympathize with him in cell while he was awaiting execution.
Mr Johnson: “Look what you got yourself into, Femi. I warned you that any man who wants to go far in life should beware of women and alcohol. Look at what your lust after women has done to you”.
Femi: “I am sorry I didn’t listen to you. I thought I was enjoying my life. Life has been miserable ever since Shana left me. Are you still in touch with her? I want to at least apologize to her for all the pain and trauma I caused her. And the pregnancy she was carrying when she left my house, what happened to it?”
Ayomide: “You are my elder brother Femi but I am so disappointed at you. For more than ten years, you never asked of Shana and the children she had after you kicked her out of your house. I am ashamed”.
Femi: “Children? My children?”
Ayomide: “She had twins, a boy and a girl, then she relocated to London to live with her brother. She got married to the only son of Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the UK 3 years ago and exactly nine months after, she had another set of twins boy and girl for her husband. Your own twins are about eleven years now and their step father adopted them and they bear his name. They are so intelligent and they are topping in their classes, your children do not even know you exist”.
Femi: “Oh Lord, see what I have brought upon myself. If only I was patient enough”.
Ayomide: “Well, I spoke to Shana and her husband agreed that she brings the children to Nigeria to meet their biological father. Count yourself lucky, man”.
Femi: “I can’t wait to see her, oh my children, I thought I would die childless”, he began to weep.
Femi was led to the execution arena, a pastor was called to pray for him and Femi asked for few minutes to say a word.
Femi: “I have made lots of mistakes in my life because I got carried away by the pleasures of the world, women specifically. I sent out my wife because I felt that she couldn’t give me what other women were giving me. When she left, I remember vividly that she placed a curse on me but I took it for granted thinking that God will forgive me. It is important that we don’t joke with curses that people place on us especially when they are right. I abandoned my wife with her pregnancy because I thought other women can give me children but I was wrong. What I was looking for in Sokoto was already in my shokoto. Now, my children are bearing another man’s name and I will be killed without meeting them. I hope this serves as a deterrent to all men who maltreat their wives and lure women to their bed and try to outsmart them. I pray that God forgives me”.
The hangman’s rope was thrown over his head and immediately they removed the stool he was standing on, Shana and the children arrived but it was too late for Femi had already given up the ghost after being choked by the rope on his neck.
Shana: “Oh no, look what you have brought upon yourself, Femi. God knows that I loved you and I was willing to stand by you through thick and thin but you pushed me to the wall”, she was crying as she shielded her children’s face from the hanging image of their father.
Ayomide: “Why did it take you so long to arrive? He had hopes that he would see you and the kids before he dies”.
Shana: “The weather was bad and our flight was delayed. Marriage should not be 50-50, Divorce is 50-50. Marriage has to be 100-100. Marriage shouldn’t be dividing everything in half, but giving everything you’ve got. I gave you my all Femi, I gave you my 100/100 …but you took it and dashed it against the wall and gave me 50 – 50. I forgive him for whatever he has done to me and may his soul rest in peace”.
The dubious transaction of 20million naira by Femi into Nana’s account caused her bank to alert the EFCC who carried out thorough investigation that indicted her and Femi of gross financial crimes. She was arrested and jailed with her properties and cash including all that Femi had confiscated since they couldn’t persecute him because he had been hanged before his involvement in the financial crime was unveiled.
Shana returned to London with her children after the burial. Today, she lives happily with her husband and 6 kids and she has an NGO that fights for women experiencing domestic violence in their homes.
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