Friday, February 1, 2019

the beauty of a lovely family

In the evening my mother, decided to visit her friend mama Aka, when she got there, she met mama Aka at home
MAMA AKA : you are welcome my friend, I was about to get ready and come and see you
MAMA RITA : what do you expect me to do, I did not see you yesterday at our women meeting
MAMA AKA : hmm, I was planning to come to the meeting but I did not finish what I was doing on time yesterday
MAMA RITA : dont go and kill yourself with work oo
MAMA AKA : what do I do now, my son ebuka call me that he will be coming home on Sunday, you know all this our children in school, when ever they come home, is because of money
MAMA RITA : I know, but you have to take it easy on yourself oh
MAMA AKA : I have heared you
MAMA RITA : so talk to me, you said you wanted to come and see me, I hope all is well
MAMA AKA : Yes all is well, and all is not also well
MAMA RITA : I dont understand mama Aka
MAMA AKA : I heard that Rita has gotten admission to the university
MAMA RITA : oh, you have heard, it is true
MAMA AKA : I hope you have not forgotten that, this is the third time, your daughter Rita has been getting admission to the university
MAMA RITA : Yes I know, she have been waiting because there is no money to send her to school
MAMA AKA : hmm I know, I hope you are ready now
MAMA RITA : hmm, my friend let me be truthful to you, I am not ready at all oo
MAMA AKA : you are not ready again, this is the third time oo, she got admission to the university, the same time with ifeoma her friend, ifeoma is in her third year na, so she is still going to wait till next year again
MAMA RITA : she is not waiting anymore, I have told her already to forget about school, I can’t start what I cannot finish
MAMA AKA : so is true, I thought Rita is lying oo
MAMA RITA : ohhhhh, so Rita ran to you complaining abi, me I cannot oo, I can’t
MAMA AKA : you cannot, you know you can’t, why have you been deceiving her all this year’s, why did you not tell her, she would have go and start learning how to make hair or clothes
MAMA RITA : it is not too late my friend, there is still time, let her go and learn other work
MAMA AKA : so tell me, why can’t you train her in school, only one of your child oo, what about me that have three children in the university, am I dead, two of us don’t have husband
MAMA RITA : please don’t compare the two of us together, because I know very well it is not this farm work alone, you are using to train your children through school
MAMA AKA : then what I am using
MAMA RITA : are you asking me, please let us not start, I am going home? I only came to check on you, if you are fine, and as I can see, you are looking very very fine, I am going ehn
MAMA AKA : am still talking to you
MAMA RITA : I dont want to listen again, I have already told you, I cannot start what I cannot finish , bye bye
(My mother went home, when she arrived home, she called me out with so much anger on her voice)
MAMA RITA : Rita, Rita
RITA : mama, mama I am here
MAMA RITA : what did you go and tell mama Aka
RITA : (silence )
CHARITY : mama is asking you question oo
MAMA RITA : no leave her, she has gone deaf
RITA : mama I only went to tell her that, she should talk to you for me(before I could finish explaining my mother landed a slap on my self)
MAMA RITA : how dare you, I am asking you, why will you take our family issues outside
CHARITY : ehen, so you have the guts to go and tell mama Aka our issue, you are very stupid oo
RITA : did you just say that to me
CHARITY : Yes I did, you are stupid
MAMA RITA : so because I told you I cannot see you through school, you have to start narrating me in this village
CHARITY : I tire oo
RITA : you call it narration, I have not started, because you have to tell me why you can’t train me, just only me oo, your friend mama Aka, has three children in the university, she is trying her best, why can’t you, and we are leaving fine more than her and her family
MAMA RITA : exactly, that is the more reason, I am very sure, that it is not farm work she is using, I am sure she is selling her body for making money
RITA : mama
MAMA RITA : Yes, she is my very capable of doing it, she is my childhood friend, me I cannot do it oo, because my child want to go to university
RITA : just listen to yourself talk, go and do it also, go and do it, because I believe mama Aka is your very good friend, right from childhood, and there is a saying that say bird of the same feather flock together
CHARITY : Rita, what is the meaning of that
RITA : ask your mother
Why is mother doing this to me, why does she want to stop me from going to school, I have pleaded with her so many times, but it look as if she has taken her decision, tommorow is the last day for the payment of the school acceptance fees, what do I do now, let me go and talk to her again, she might change her mind this time
RITA : mama
MAMA RITA : Yes Rita, are you awake
RITA : Yes mama, I have not slept, I am just inside the room relaxing
RITA : mama
MAMA RITA : Yes, what is it
RITA : I want to tell you something
MAMA RITA : what is it, talk to me, I am hearing you
RITA : mama, tommorow is the last day of the payment for the acceptance fees
CHARITY : ohhhhh, what again nah, you want to start again abi
RITA : charity, I am not talking to you, please, mama after tomorrow the payment will be over, that means I have lost the admission
RITA : mama
MAMA RITA : why are you making me look like a wicked mother to you, I am not wicked oo, the truth is that, I dont have money to train you in school, I would have love to, but no money, believe me my daughter, please, bikonu try and understand your mother
RITA : mama but I want to go to school
MAMA RITA : I know, but I can’t afford to train you in school, I dont have money
RITA : (I started crying )
CHARITY : you are crying, is school by force
MAMA RITA : Rita please stop crying, believe your mother ehn, ene stop crying ehn
(My mother console me, I have to forget about going to school and face another future. Two months later, I started learning how to make hair, my mother paid all the agreement fees, before I could start learning. My friend ify has returned from school and she visited me)
RITA : ify baby
IFY : na wah for you o, I have been coming here to look for you, did your mother not tell you
RITA : Yes she told me, you know I dont normally close on time, that’s why
IFY: na wah, so you are now learning work
RITA : Yes oo, what do I do, I have to acquire skills nah
IFY: so your mother, stand by her word, that she cannot send you to school
RITA : Yes
IFY: why can’t she send you to school, what kind of mother is she
RITA : I believe she dont have money that’s why
IFY : Yes there is no money, let her borrow to make you achieve your dream, a good mother does that for her child
RITA : ify you are shouting, my mother is inside oo
IFY : leave me jor, let her hear, let her go and borrow money to send you to school, when you become somebody, you will pay all these debt
RITA : I wish my mother could do that, my dear, I have forgotten about the dream of going to school, I have started pursing another life now
IFY : me I dont like this your new life oo
RITA : ify what do I do now, I have to get myself busy nah
IFY : I understand my dear
RITA : that’s it
IFY : so tell me, have you heared from Andy
RITA : Andy, no oo, this is the eight month, Andy travelled to south Africa, he have not called me
IFY : why na, are you not bothered about it
RITA : I was bothered oo, until when ada told me, Andy have already called them
IFY : Andy have been communicating with is parents
RITA : na today, from the very first day, he entered south Africa
IFY : what about you
RITA : you funny oo, who dash me, village girl like me
IFY : hahahaha, so una love just end like that
RITA : na so na, na village boy dey go after village girl na, everyone with is level
IFY : hahahaha
RITA : abeg, forget Andy jor, him na old story
IFY : really, who come dey on point
RITA : as how, abeg oo, I dont have time for relationship now
IFY : if I hear

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