(Episode 7) The Travails Of A Woman… a Breathtaking Story

Adaku entered the hut and saw the child; the child looked at her and held her in her dark gaze.

Adaku: “Mother, nne’m  abia oh” she said in a loud voice and carried the child to her breast. Then she began to wash the child, of the blood and goo on her body. After the child was clean, she saw a new wrapper that was meant for the child and wrapped the child in it.

By this time, the king had been captured and locked up in a room. He was kept in his hut and locked up. Azagba began rallying support, calling on the council members and the Ezemmuo to coronate him. He took wine and numerous farm produce to the Ezemmuo, accompanied by some of his loyal people.

Azagba: “Wisdom of the gods, we have come to seek your wisdom” he said sweetly. The Ezemmuo just looked at him, with side eyes, and did not say a word.

Azagba: “Our land has been thrown into a dark phase, such as she has not seen since her creation. We have a mad king who has no heir. A king who was not meant to be king in the first place”

Ezemmuo: “Azagba, blood of royals, we know, but we have a king making council which I head as the Ezemmuo. Of course you know this because; you have brought me all these gifts which you could have given to the villagers who are suffering the brunt of this drought. My question is, why are you interested in the throne”

Azagba: “I am a royal blood, you said it yourself. I am meant to be king, and since the gods have taken care of the supplanter, what is keeping me from ascending the throne?”

Ezemmuo: “We have to go through the normal process. We will consult the gods and hear what they have to say, if you are chosen, you will be King.” He said and began to write on the floor. Azagba stood up and left the place in anger. His followers followed him, but now their faith in him was shaken. Wouldn’t it be better if they heard from the gods? Why was he against it? After all, the gods were never wrong. They decided they would wait and follow the Ezemmuo’s leading. So that, when Azagba gathered them for his usual night meeting, to tell them to support him, in his bid to become King, one of them, who was the famous village palm wine tapper stood up to object.

Palmwine Tapper: “Azagba, the one that is with royal blood. We have followed you all these years because we were sympathetic to your cause; your brother had betrayed you and double-crossed you. But now your supplanter brother has gone mad and lost the throne, it is time to follow the Ezemmuo’s leading, if you are destined to be king, you will be king” he said and got appreciative nods from the others. Azagba was deep in thoughts, he had thought, his road to the palace was free, since his brother had gone mad, but here was his followers telling him nonsense. It was all Ezemmuo’s doing. That old man that wouldn’t die, who gave him right to decide who would rule Igbundu; it was he, Azagba, whose ancestors conquered Igbundu and developed it to how it was today. Who else should rule Igbundu if not him, Azagba? He pondered all these, and in his mind, Ezemmuo was the enemy.

Adaku took care of the child that her stepmother had given birth to, who looked like her mother. She remembered what her mother had told her father before she died. She had said, she would return to his house, not as his wife, but as his daughter. That is why she had named the child Nneka. But the child did not come to stay; she had come to destroy the woman who destroyed her in the former life. So, one day, Adaku had bathe the child and kept her in her mother’s hut which she now occupied since her father went mad, and had gone out to the kitchen to make watery pap for the child. When she came back, the child was sleeping, so she thought, until later.

Adaku: “Nneka, is it just now you slept? Wait oh, let me cool the food for you, my sister that is my mother” she said with a smile. Since she had started taking care of Nneka, she had become lively, and more in love with life, it was like her mother had come back to her. Even her father, she didn’t hate him, she went to the room where he was kept to look on him. Sometimes, she sang to him, and when she did, he was calmer.

Adaku: “Nneka, this kind sleep, how will you eat your food now?” she said and carried her up, with the intent to rouse her from her slumber. But Nneka’s little head fell away like there was no bone in it. Adaku stared at the child in confusion, and then she put her ears close to her nostrils, behold she was not breathing. She calmly keep the child down, she did not cry, she realized that the child had not come to stay; her mother had come to avenge the wrong done to her. She quietly stood up and walked all the way from the palace to the Ezemmuo’s house, as the Ezemmuo was member of the caretaker committee.

Adaku: “Wisdom of the gods, I greet you” she said calmly.

Ezemmuo: “Daughter, what have you come to do, hope nobody has died, is your father alive?”

Adaku: “My father is still mad, but my mother has gone again. Nneka is dead” she said. Ezemmuo looked at her deeply and shook his head.

Ezemmuo: “If only you had come as a boy, we wouldn’t be where we are today. You would have made a great king. I will alert the village” he said and Adaku genuflected before leaving his presence.

The Ezemmuo called the king making council, it was time to decide who would rule them, the chief priest was called, and he was expected to convey the will of the gods.

Ezemmuo: “Eyes of the gods, who do the gods want to rule over us” he shouted as soon as he heard the clang of the bells attached to the chief priest’s clothes. The chief priest walked slowly, leaning on his walking stick, with his protégée by his side.

Chief Priest: “The queen who was killed unjustly must be appeased. Her daughter, Adaku will rule Igbundu” he said. The chiefs in council began to shrug their shoulders in rejection. The gods truly have gone mad, never in the history of Igbundu had a woman ruled them. A woman that urinated while bending down, someone that would lie under her husband during copulation, a woman that has an opening between her leg, to rule over able bodied men who stood while urinating. Mba nu, they shook their heads, rejecting the idea.

Chief 1: “Mba (No), the gods are mad” he said shaking his head vigorously.

Chief 2: “It is only in England that a woman rules, this is Igbundu, why should a woman be made King?” another asked.

Chief Priest: “Have we become so wise that we question the gods? The gods are wiser than we can ever be, they are forward, and perhaps it is time for us to be forward. The princess Adaku will rule over Igbundu, but she must marry a reputable son of the soil who will help her rule. He would be the king, and she will be a figure head queen. But the first son she has, will be to her father’s name and he will rule in his father’s stead” he said and hit his walking stick on the ground signaling finality.

While the chief priest walked away, the Ezemmuo was deep in thoughts. He had told Adaku that she would make a great King if she had been a boy, but he didn’t know that even as a girl she would be made to rule.

The news spread like wildfire in the whole village, and it got to Azagba even before the other villagers heard. His followers were divided, some felt the gods had gone mad, and they wouldn’t sit and watch a woman lead them. Some others believed the gods were wise, and their will was final. Azagba paced up and down his compound, grunting and hitting the wall. His wives were afraid to go to him, for they knew how he would be feeling, an offspring of Emelu was taking the crown away from him, just like her father.

Azagba: “As long as I live, Emelu’s offspring will not rule Igbundu, Igbundu is mine and mine alone” he thundered.

Question: What will Azagba do to stop Adaku from ruling Igbundu, Who will save Adaku from her uncle, Azagba?

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  1. The gods that chose Adaku will protect her. Azagba will try to kill her but he will not succed. Thumbs up Adelove and crew

  2. Really the Gods are wise and the Gods are not to blame…. And they can never be blame if anything happen to Adaku and the throne

  3. Azagba will go diabolical but the gods will protect Adaku since it is the will of the gods for her to rule lgbudu

  4. Adelove, indeed you are the best stories writer, am really happy that the death of Adaku’s mother is not in vain, because the mother spirit and the gods of the land will fight the battle and stand for her, because this is her destiny, and it can never be denied.

  5. Azagba can only bark but cannot bite except he wants to feel the wrath of the gods. The gods have spoken nd anyone who goes against the will of the gods will have him/herself to blame.

  6. His only option now will be to kill her but he will not succeed..since it is the will of the gods for her to rule the kingdom ,the gods will protect her

  7. He will try to kill her but she will be protected by the gods n the spirit of her dead mother.I said it that the perception of the girl child will change.

  8. Azbga will try to kill Adaku but he will not succeed cos d gods we be there to protect her since it is d wish of d gods

  9. He wld either want to get the throne by force, probably capture and and imprison adaku, he wld become king by force, he wld bring a lot of suffering and calamities upon the ppl, but d gods will wrestle him out at d end……

  10. Hmm… I don like Azagba before, but what he is planning of doing has made me to hate him, follow the gods of the land you guys believe him. I can see a misfortune for him

  11. Wow,so gr8. Adaku d king*smiles* so nneka only came to revenge and as gone back. Wise of udoka. I think azagba will try to harm adaku to claimed d throne bt d priest/ezemmuo will be @ her support and d gods of her mother.

  12. That Adaku will rule Igbundu is the message from the gods and that is her destiny. so the gods will protect her

  13. Azagbe will try his possible best to kill Adaku but since Adaku was destined to rule them in the village Azagbe plane on Adaku will go in vain

  14. Azagba will plan to kidnap her and take her far away never to return to the village but the gods has his own way.

  15. he will do everything in his power to kill Adaku but he won’t succeed. D gods will save Adaku and dose that support her ruling d kingdom.

  16. D gods dat choose her as d Queen & her mother’s spirit will protect her from any harm Azagbe may want to cause her

  17. Whom the gods wants to destroy he first makes mad.
    Azagbe is on the path of destruction.
    He has challenged his chi and he’ll surely die

  18. This story has taken another dimension. As you dey post, we go dey follow foot by foot. Thanks adelove for making my hectic day to sweeter.

  19. Azaggba will try to kill Adaku but he will not succeed bcause the god’s and spirit of adaku’s late mother will protect her.

  20. He will want to kill her, but the gods are not sleeping. The gods will use this Adaku to expose his evil doings.

  21. Women in olden days suffered a lots, imagine the description of a woman. Thank God for civilization. Anyway Adaku the girl child that was despised will rule them. Azagba will try to stop Adaku by all means but will not succeed.

  22. Hmmmmmmm! I pray no arm comes to her. Well if Azagba hv evil intentions againt her i’m sure it will backfire.

  23. Azagbe will try to stop and kill adaku but he will not succeed ,the spirit of her late mother and the ancestors Will protect her

  24. Azagba you better be careful cos the gods are not joking. I love this story line. Adelove you guys are the best

  25. Adelove you make me cry & you always make me smill adelove & crews I love you all I mean I love you.what ever we do in life We should always believe in law of (karma ) I give you five star for you words of inspiration

  26. Azagba will probably want to kill Adaku… It is only d gods of dia land dt can save her. Since she is meant to rule.

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