(Episode 17) The Thorn In My Flesh… A Heart Touching Story!

Toke contemplated poisoning herself with the rat poison in the kitchen but after some thoughts, she thought of her mother and how disappointed she would be watching her commit suicide from the spiritual realm. She thought of her mother’s dream of getting her educated and she decided to give life a chance just perhaps there may be light at the end of the tunnel for her.

“No matter what life throws at me, I will be successful and make it in this world. At least if not for anything, to make my mother proud even though I dont know why I find it difficult to believe that my mother is dead” she said.


Mama Gift closed her shop and went to chief Oko’s shop after she had sent Toke back home.

His sales assistant told her that chief Oko had gone out and was yet to return and she sat on the desk to wait for him.

He returned less than 30 minutes later and mama Gift imagined how such a huge man could force his way into a girl like Toke when he could pay and have any girl that he wanted.

Chief Oko’s heart skipped a beat when he saw mama Gift waiting for him at the entrance of the shop.

Chief Oko: “this one that you are waiting for me outside like this, do you want to buy soft drinks?”

Chief Oko was one of the most popular wholesalers in the community and mama Gift bought the things she sold in her shop from him.

Mama Gift: “I didn’t come to buy anything from you. I have not finished selling the ones I bought the last time I was here” she said.

Her tone revealed to chief Oko that all was not well because she never spoke that way to him since he sold crates and cartons of soft drinks to her at affordable prices.

Chief Oko: “hope there is no problem, madam” he said stepping into the shop and acknowledging greetings from his sales assistants.

Mama Gift: “there is problem o, Toke said…”

Chief Oko: “ah ah, come into my office and let us talk” he said shutting her down because he didn’t want his sales assistants to hear what it was that she had to say about Toke.

Mama Gift followed him into the office and he instructed his sales assistant to get her a can of chilled Maltina and biscuits.

Chief Oko: “so, what brought you here?” he said shutting the door after the sales assistant had served her the drink and biscuits.

Mama Gift: “Toke came back to the shop not too long ago looking all messed up with blood stains on her dress. When I asked her what happened, she said that you raped her when she went to collect money for what she sold to you in your house. I said let me come here and find out the truth from you” she said without opening the drink. She had the intention of taking it away to her shop and selling it to her customers.

Chief Oko: “me, rape Toke? Am I mad or something? How can I do such a thing? A girl whose father was my best friend is the person you believe I can rape?”

Mama Gift: “it is not like I believe her but I know that she would not lie about a thing like that and the evidence of the blood on her dress and the way she was walking, I don’t know what to say”

Chief Oko: “that girl must be a very pathetic liar. How have you been coping with her? She came to me and started telling me tales of how you have been maltreating her, beating her and allowing her to do all the domestic chores after hawking for you and that you will not allow you own daughter do anything in the house. I told her you were only trying to bring her up in the right way a girl should be brought up so that she would be able to take care of her home in the future. The next thing, this girl said she wants me to be sleeping with her and be giving her money so that she can use it to take care of herself since you were not giving her any money to buy the things she needed. I refused and when she insisted, I chased her out of the house after threatening to report to you if she ever did that again”

Mama Gift: “are you serious?” she asked falling for his lies because of the hatred that she was harboring in her heart against Toke.

Chief Oko: “I am very serious. After I chased her out of my house, I drove off to see one of my clients who was owing me. Do you know that I saw this girl with one criminal looking boy going into the bush? I called her and told her that I will report her to you if she didn’t return home immediately. This girl behaved as if I wasn’t talking to her and followed the boy to the uncompleted building in the bush. I didn’t know that she will come to you and implicate me”

Mama Gift: “I said it that she is up to no good. That is how she lied against my daughter, if not that my daughter was smart enough to defend herself, only God knows what I would have done to my daughter because of her that day”

Chief Oko: “I am shocked at her lies myself. Look at me now, cant I afford to get any woman that I want myself? What do I need a girl like Toke for?”

Mama Gift thanked him and apologized for accusing me unjustly.

Chief ordered his boys to pack up a nylon full of provisions and they gave it to mama Gift with a thousand naira that he asked her to use to take a cab back to her shop even though they bought knew that the distance was not far.

Somewhere deep in her heart, mama Gift knew that the man was lying but she didn’t care. It was not her daughter that was raped and besides she couldn’t afford to make chief Oko an enemy because of Toke.


Toke had no option than to drop out of school after her junior secondary school because her foster parents refused to pay her fees. The principal who could not adopt her because of his wife had tabled her file to the chairman of their local government for scholarship consideration but the request had had been turned down because there was friction between the state government and the local government and as such they were not receiving allocation thereby finding it difficult to pay staff and carry out other projects.

Toke was subjected to all sorts of humiliation by Gift and her parents and several times she contemplated running out of the house but for fear of what lied out there.

Five years after staying with her foster parents, Toke was lost, broken and crushed but determined to make it in life no matter the thorns that life threw on flesh. She knew that nothing good ever came easy and that even gold goes through fire to come out good. Although she had developed into a pretty and matured girl, her face bore marks of years of abuse and sorrow. Her life was shattered and everyday she went to bed with tears, hoping that she would not wake up to see the next day. Everyday brought different sorrows and the innocent girl wondered if she could ever find succor.

Less than a year after she had lost her virginity to chief Oko, she became her uncle’s sex slave and each time she wanted to report him to his wife, he would come around and threaten to kill her if she dared to do a thing like that.

On this particular day, she was in the kitchen when baba Gift came and ticked her from behind like he always did before forcing himself on her.  Toke turned sharply and shrank away from him like she had touched a snake.

Baba Gift: “my baby, my baby, come and give it to me”

Toke: “don’t you are come close to me again” she said with fear in her eyes.

Baba Gift: “You do not have a choice. I have always forced you to have my way with you and I will continue to do so for as long as I want. My wife is not around and I am in the mood” he said touching his groin.

Toke: “for more than three years, you have been assaulting and raping me because you know that I have no one to defend me and because you know that I have nowhere to go but right now if you come close to me, I will do something that the both of us will regret”

Baba Gift dismissed her threat as mere bluff and moved close to her. She raised the pestle she was using and gave him a blow on the head. Baba Gift yelled and fell on the ground.

Toke: “oh my God, I am in trouble. What have I done? What do I do?” she panicked.

Question: the truth is that even if a lamb is pushed to the wall, it will have no option but to fight back. Why does Toke find it difficult to believe that her mother is dead, could it be that her mother is still alive somewhere? I think the man deserve the treatment she gave him, if he dies, the world will actually be a better place.

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  1. She should have left the house long ago.
    Imagine her uncle raping her constantly for three years, the world is truly full of evil

  2. Oh my God not again oooooooo Toke am So Sorry for what u hv gone through pls run for ur dear life live that village for those witches and wizard called gift and her parent alot of opportunities are out there for u take ur destiny into ur hands

  3. It’s so pathetic what she’s going through, it’s such things that makes one doubt the existence of a God.
    But it doesn’t stop the fact that He’s real and alive.
    Toke, truly needs to give her life to God

  4. Mama toke is alive somewhere and will so up soon
    as for bala gift he got what he deserve but toke should have use that pistol to hit his blocos atleasst if one egg break for there e for good

  5. baba Gift deserve more than that, there is possibility that her mother us still alive because it was headless woman they brought to her

  6. Toke has done the right thing by hitting that devilish man. She did it out of anger and anguished. The law will be lenient to her.

  7. From the episode where they brought her body,the writer too did not confirm it is her mother’s body,the way it was put,I also doubt if the mother is dead.maybe she is in prison in neighboring village..
    Haaaaaaa na wa o..so Papa gift sleeps with his brother’s daughter,hummmmmmmm!!! aye buruku,aye osi,he pamper his own daughter but damage another Man’s daughter, iñfact karma will soon catch up with them both..the story is too pathetic…
    Who cares..let him die&go to hell for all I care.but don’t die Papa gift,because if you do you won’t witness evil that will befall you,your daughter ,your wife,&chief OkO. Get well soon..regrets is on the way for you both..

  8. OMG!!what kind of life is this…imagine the useless uncle raping Toke for Three good years…haba baba gift you’re wicked and heartless..don’t want you to die now..I want you to feel the pain of what will befall you and your family…cursed family…with the look of things I think mama toke is Alive.

  9. What a life! Is it not better to live on the street begging than staying in that hell of house? I still believe somehow that her mother is still alive

  10. Its likely is mother still alive somewhere but she should v cum 4 her all dis years knowing she has no one except her n God. Toke u r very dumb o, so u allowed him in after dis many years n now u r doing action. Anyway, just run away abi wat next.

  11. RIP baba gift the he-goat . What’s keeping her in the house anyways? She should have ran away along time ago instead of being subjected to this abuse

  12. Hmmmmm, this story is becoming something ooo!! Could toke mother still be alive, why is this toke so dumb like this seff? Papa gift not now you will die, just wake up to face the repercussion of your actions soon. Chief oko and mama gift you are weldone, your results of evil deeds is on the way now!!!!!#

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