Queen: “mama, please talk to me, I need to know everything that is happening” she said suddenly sweating.
Mama Kelvin: “the truth is that we have not seen nor heard from Kelvin for months now but I know that he is fine, my heart tells me so. If something terrible had happened to him, I would have felt it in my spirit”
Queen: “I don’t understand you. If this is true, why did you ask me to keep the pregnancy when I told you about it some months ago? Why did you come and marry me for a son whose whereabouts you do not even know?”
Mama Kelvin: “because the child you are carrying is my grandchild and I will not allow you abort him or her just like that. My son left without telling me anything. I came here and the domestic staff told me that he travelled the next day after you had a quarrel with him. He left without leaving any money behind. I had to pay the salaries of the domestic staff and other bills with my money. When I couldn’t pay after two months, they all resigned to go in search of greener pastures. My business which has been my source of livelihood is suffering, the past few months have been the toughest months of my life, I cannot explain how I have lost all that I have, and it is mysterious. In fact, I used the last money I have in my account to do your traditional wedding; I didn’t want to give you or your people the impression that anything had gone wrong. Few weeks ago, a bank came here and took away all my son’s cars because he used his exotic cars as collateral to get loan for a business that I am sure crashed. Even this house we live in, we have been issued a letter that it will be confiscated in a few months time if he doesn’t pay up the loan he got from another bank”
Queen: “what!” she screamed in disbelief.
Mama Kelvin: “you are a part of this family now and there is no need hiding anything from you. All the cars my people and I drove to your village for your traditional wedding were borrowed. Even this one that I drove her was borrowed; I have to return it back in a few hour’s time”
Queen: “no, this is not happening to me. No I must ne dreaming” she said slapping herself.
Mama Kelvin: “it is a trying time for all of us but then you have calm down and to be strong” she consoled her bewildered daughter in law.
Queen: “don’t tell me to calm down”, she said suddenly losing her cool.” How can you be this wicked to another person’s child? How dare you deceive me into marriage with your son?” she asked anger building up in her throat.
Mama Kelvin: “because you were already pregnant. I know how you young women of nowadays behave. If I had not begged you to keep the pregnancy, the next thing I would hear is that you have aborted it” she defended herself.
Queen: “don’t give me that crap, woman. You were the one who told me to get pregnant for your son. As a matter of fact, you begged me to get pregnant for him. This was never my idea. You said you will get your son to marry me once I take in for him”
Mama Kelvin: “haven’t I done that? Have you not done your traditional marriage” she asked trying to control her anger.
Queen: “this was not the life I was promised. The man I got pregnant for is very rich not this Kelvin that has disappeared into thin air with all his properties getting confiscated” she said.
Mama Kelvin: “all I know is that I have done my part by marrying you as promised. You have to stay in this house and manage till your husband returns. My prayer is that he returns before the bank comes back here. This N5, 000, that is all I can afford for now. Use it to feed until I return. I guess we have to sell off the electronics to raise money for your antenatal and other expenses. PHCN has disconnected the electricity here because we have been owing for months so electronics have no use here”
Queen: “Oh my God. N5, 000 mama. What do I do with N5, 000?” she asked rhetorically.
The woman excused herself and left the house which reminded her so much of her son and how things have fallen apart in few months.
Queen picked her phone and sent Asha a message which read.
“Asha, I don enter one chance” she sent the message and began to weep aloud, not minding that her voice was echoing in the room.
Queen’s pregnancy continued to grow with her looking like a shadow of herself. She barely had enough to eat and drink and the strain from the pregnancy was already telling on her. She had gone to live with Asha in their house but the agency that managed the property had kicked them out for failure to pay their fees. Queen couldn’t go back to her parents’ house for shame and Asha, used to her extravagant lifestyle took to prostituting with different men every night. She lived in a cheap hotel in town and walked the streets of Abuja half naked and waiting for men to pick her. Seeing that Queen was nothing but a burden to her, she had abandoned her and told her never to call her for anything again. Queen felt alone and deserted. Even her mother in law could not help much for the woman was struggling to feed herself.
Queen was in the house thinking of how she had fallen from grace to grass when she heard someone banging on the main gate. She was surprised, because she had no friends or relations who visited her. The only person that would visit her was her mother in law and the woman never banged on the door that violently. Suddenly, she thought of the bank that had said they will come and confiscate the property if Kelvin didn’t pay up the loan he took from them and her heart flew to her mouth. She got up and went to the door and almost screamed when she saw an unkempt man with beards and tattered clothes standing before her.
Queen: “yes, how can I help you” she asked since she could not recognize him.
“It is me, Kelvin” he said.
As soon as Queen heard his voice, her head began to spin and she had to hold on to the gate for support. Kelvin entered the compound and walked past her into the room without saying a word.
Queen: “my God what happened to you, Kelvin? Why are you looking this unkept, are you sick” she asked all at once.
Kelvin: “don’t you dare come close to me, you daughter of Eve. How dare you talk to me when you were the one who got me into this mess? I hate you and I will forever hate you” he cursed.
Queen: “look at me, Kelvin. I am carrying your child and I have suffered so much ever since you went away” she said but Kelvin got up and grabbed her by the neck and began to choke her. “cursed be you and the cursed thing you have in your womb. I was enjoying my life until you came and ruined everything. I hate you so much” he barked. She tried to ease out of his hold as she was struggling for air but he held on to her tightly. She began to scream when she felt she was running out of air for his tight grip was choking her wind pipe. Just then, his mother who was coming to check on her entered the room.
Mama Kelvin: “who is this mad man that wants to kill the mother of my unborn grandchild?” she said and rushed at him. She stopped in her track when Kelvin released Queen and turned around.
“my..my son?” she asked, unable to believe her eyes.
Kelvin: “yes, it is me mum. Are you happy with the way you have made me now? I was on my own and you came around asking that I get married. I tried to explain to you that marriage is not for me but you wouldn’t listen, now see where it has landed me” he said tears streaming down his eyes.
Mama Kelvin: “I don’t understand what you mean by I am the cause of all that has happened to you. What is wrong with a woman advising her son to get married and have children? Is it not someone that gave birth to you?”
She was still speaking when Kelvin began to display elements of madness. He tore his shirt and began to tear at his beard. Then he removed his trousers and was about to remove his boxers when his mother held his tight he began to laugh hysterically and soon he was running round the sitting room with mother and wife trying to control him to no avail. His mother went close to him and when she tried to touch him, he dodged her and ran out of the house in a frantic lunatic display.
Queen and her mother in law got tired of moving from one psychiatric hospital to the other. They were also tired of trying out different traditional solution centers and herbalist. The search for a cure for Kelvin had eaten up the remaining money his mother had left and feeding became a problem for Queen who was almost more than due for delivery. She had no option than to open up to Mercy who had sent her some money and had advised that they take Kelvin to a Bible believing Church. Mercy had flown from Port Harcourt and together they had taken Kelvin to the Church she attended when she was living in Abuja. After seven days of prayers and fasting, the soft spoken Bible carrying man of God informed them that there was nothing that could be done since Kelvin was not willing to confess.
Pastor: “I hear a voice telling me that Kelvin needs to confess if he must regain his sanity. Until he confesses and asks God for forgiveness, I am afraid his healing will still be far away” he repeated the umpteenth time that day.
Queen: “pastor, what are you talking about? You said we should fast and pray for seven days, we have done that. Why is he still mad? Me I am already tired of all these things o, if not that I am pregnant, I would have gone away o. I know where my mates are enjoying themselves right now” she signed.
Pastor: “yes my daughter, remember that some of your mates are in the mortuary, awaiting burial. Some are in the grave rotting away, some are in the hospitals with one chronic ailment or the other while others, the worst category of all are in hell. This is your cross; you must carry it till the end”
Queen: “cross oshi wo ni yen? Am I Jesus Christ that I will carry my cross? Come and force me to carry my cross now” she remarked sarcastically.
Pastor: “The Lord tells us that if anyone wants to be His follower, he or she must take up his or her cross and follow Him. Do you believe in God? Are you a born again Christian?”
Queen: “wo, leave me alone jare. Which yeye believe in God? Where was God when the man I schemed to marry because I thought he was rich lost all his wealth? Where is God that He will allow me be in a condition where to feed is a problem? I have been carrying this pregnancy for the past two years and the doctors told me that they cannot operate me else I will lose my life, what kind of God allows that? If not for Mercy, we wouldn’t have even seen what to eat today. Don’t tell me about any God again”
Pastor: “kneel down and let me pray for you. The revelation I am seeing about the foetus in you womb is not pleasant at all. The enemy will not exchange the child in your womb for another thing, if only you will believe in God”
Kelvin: “they are coming for me, somebody help me” he screamed suddenly.
Pastor: “my brother, confess your sins and be free again”
Kelvin nodded and began to talk.
Kelvin: “when I was 17 years old, I ran away from home and followed my friend who helped me secure Visa to India, my friend promised to get me a good job as soon as we got there. When we got there, he took me to a shaman who did some favour charms for me and gave me connection in exchange for my celibacy. He took away my erection and told me that I must remain single because there was no way the charm would be potent if I touch any woman. Queen had to drug me that day to turn me on, if I was in my right senses, I wouldn’t have been able to get erection. He told me that the day I make love to any woman or get married is the day I will begin to lose all my wealth, properties and connections mysteriously. After I discovered what happened that morning when I woke up, I ran back to India but the shaman told me there was nothing he could do about it unless I offer my mother as a sacrifice to appease the gods. I refused because I know how hard my mother struggled to raise me. My refusal made him to cause me untold poverty and hardship. After a while, I ran mad in India and had to be deported back. The shaman promised that I would die as soon as I make this confession and that my unborn child will be born with serious deformity and that Queen and my mother will live to suffer all the days of their lives. Can God forgive me and have mercy on my soul when I eventually die?”
Pastor: “the devil is a liar; you will not die young man. The shaman did not know when God formed you in your mother’s womb and so he has no right to determine when you will die. But to allow God help you, you need to acknowledge him as your Lord and savior. Do you believe in Him? Are you ready to give your life to Him and get baptized?”
Kelvin: “Yes, yes, I believe. I accept Jesus as my Lord and personal Saviour from this day henceforth”
Pastor: “is this coming from your heart or are you just saying it because you are afraid of dying?”
Kelvin: “I have always wanted to come to God but I was afraid that he would not accept me because of my many sins”
The pastor prayed for him alongside other prayer warriors.
Queen on seeing that giving her life to God was the solution to her problem also repented and surrendered all to God and was delivered of her baby there and then in the Church.
All attempts to get Asha to turn away from her prostituting ways proved abortive. Few months after Mercy’s last attempt to make her turn to the Lord, Asha went to abort a four months old pregnancy and got her womb damaged in the process. She was also having anal complications from the anal sex that she had been indulging in. After spending all the money she made from men on treatments, her new friends whom she prostituted with had to take her back to her parents’ house where she stays indoor with the smell of feaces and urine around her because her anus can no longer hold waste product and neither she nor her parents could afford the millions of naira needed for a corrective surgery.
Queen and her husband relocated to Port Harcourt after he regained his sanity. Mercy and her husband had to rent a one room apartment for them and feed them and their baby for month and out of pity for them, Mercy’s husband, Peter employed Kelvin as one of the sales agents in his gas plant so that he could earn some money for himself and his family. Queen seeing that getting a white collar job was not easy enrolled in Mercy’s fashion school so that she could learn how to sew and become self reliant.
Note: It pays to wait upon the Lord. Queen had no patience, she despised the days of little beginnings because she thought that Peter would remain the way he was forever, forgetting that change is the only constant thing in nature.
Kelvin on the other hand was deceived by the lures of materialism, forgetting that if the Devil gives you a shoe, he will take one of your legs as payment.
Asha continued in her immoral ways despite all warnings forgetting that whatsoever we sow, we shall reap.
The three people ended up empty and miserable with nothing to show for all their years of so called smartness and slaying.
I say to you today, for as many of you that are going through one challenge or the other and are holding on to God and waiting for Him rather than devising other worldly means to help yourself, God will not disappoint you. It doesn’t matter if you are a Christian or a Muslim, God will do for you what people think is impossible. Do not be discouraged because people are probably laughing at you or talking behind you because of your job or handwork. In due time, God will cause you to eat of the fruit of your labour and those people who laughed at you will come to you to seek for jobs. Do not envy your friends, family members, younger ones or school mates who are doing better than you. Remember it is not how fast but how well. When God has not spoken, every other speaker is a noise maker. He will uplift you and cause you greatness for the sake of the glory of His name. Hold on, cry no more for joy cometh in the morning.
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