Friday, February 1, 2019

the forbidden fruit of eden

My name is Rita, I am 23 years old, my dad is dead, he died five years ago,  when I was about sitting for my West Africa examination,  my mum have been trying her best to raise me and my younger sister up, I love my family so much, that I have to do anything just to see them smiling,  but the question is,  do they also love me the way I love them, will they also do anything just to make me also smile, I dont know the answer to this question,  but we have to find out,  one afternoon,  I came back home so happy,  shouting
RITA: mother, mama,  mama (my mother came out running out with my sister charity)
MAMA RITA: Rita what is it,  why are you shouting my name
RITA: mama good news, I am so happy
CHARITY: Rita what is it,  you look happy
RITA:mama,  I have gotten admission again to study law
MAMA RITA: what, this is good new my daughter
CHARITY: Yes mama,  it is, I am happy for you my sister
RITA: thank you charity,  I can’t wait to go to school
MAMA RITA: I wish you could go to school to study this law, but my daughter you cannot
RITA: Mama,  what are you saying,  what are you telling me again, this year
MAMA RITA: that is the truth rita,  where will I see money,  do you want me to start what I cannot finish
RITA : mama please,  this is the third time,  I am getting admission to study in the university,  you keep telling me next year, this is the third time now
MAMA RITA : that is true my daughter,  I know I have been telling you next year,  but I have to tell you the truth now, I cannot,  I cannot train you in school,  how will I be paying your school fees
RITA : mama,  please,  charity is here,  he will be assiting you in farm work to see me through the university,  mama please
MAMA RITA: hahahaha,  which charity,  is it this one that is not strong,  please oo, please oo, you know how I managed to raise her up, because of her health, please I dont want to stress her at all
RITA : mama,  but charity is fine now, she was a kid then now
MAMA RITA : forget the dream of going to school,  because I can’t
CHARITY: mama you are right oo, me I’m dont have power to suffer for anyone at all
MAMA RITA : hahahaha I know you my daughter (my mother walk in,  then I cried out)
RITA : (crying)
CHARITY: Rita,  why are you crying now, please you better stop crying oo, you are making us to look like bad person, we cannot start what we cannot finish, that is just the true
I sat down outside our compound thinking about life, this is the third time, I am going to loose this opportunity again, why is mother been unfair to me, why is she denying me education, different thought kept running through my mind, then my younger sister charity walk in
CHARITY: Rita are you fine
RITA : (silence )
CHARITY: Rita, I am talking to you, are you alright
RITA : dont pretend to ask me that kind of question, because you know I am not fine and you know what my problem is, you know that
CHARITY: me, I dont know oo, how will I know what is wrong with you, I will still be asking you, am I a moron, I dont know oo
RITA : really, fine, charity, please help me out in this issue, I want to go to school, I want to fulfil my dream of becoming a lawyer, when I go to school and start working, I will see you through school also, even if you don’t want to study in nigeria, I am ready to see you through any university of your choice
CHARITY: hmm, you see what Rita, stop making fake promises you cannot fulfil oo
RITA : why won’t I fulfil my promise to you, even if I did not promise you that, I owe you education as your elder sister, since father is no more
CHARITY: wow, thank God you know that, and what make you believe that mum will listen to me
RITA: I know, mum always listen to you, there is nothing you will ask her, she will say no to
CHARITY : why are you been partial here, you saying this, it look as if mama don’t love you too
RITA : no I did not say that, mama love me but she listen to you more
CHARITY: Yes I know, I know that if I talk to mama for you, she will grant your admission to school, but I will not
RITA : you will not, why
CHARITY: because if you go to school, our farm work will increases, just to see you through school, me I cannot, you know my health status
RITA : I know but you are fine now, it was when you were a kid that you were always sick, but you are fine now, if you help me, i promise you that the time of happiness shall come
CHARITY: I dont want to hear that one, I have said my own, you are not going to any school, me I dont have strength to start working double work, Rita my sister, you have to forget about school, and look for another thing to do, me I cannot, also with mama, mama is no longer strong, me I am going inside to sleep oo, good night
RITA : good night(she walk out) what kind of family is this, why don’t they like to see me happy, this is the same thing they did when I wanted to also enrol for my waec, how wish not for mama Aka, I would not have enrolled waec too, I will go and see her tomorrow, my mother always listen to her (this idea relief me a little from the thinking) yes I will
(The next day I visited mama Aka, I met her at home, mama Aka three children are in the university, she has been the one sponsoring them in the university, her husband is dead)
MAMA AKA: Rita how are you, this one you came to my house on your own to visit me, I hope I am save o
RITA : but mama I always come here nah
MAMA AKA: that was when ify, was still around, the only time I always see now, is when ify is back for her holiday
RITA : mama
MAMA AKA: anyway congrat, ify said you have gotten admission
RITA: Yes mama
MAMA AKA: I am really happy for you, you have really tried enduring for your mother to gather enough resources to send you back to school
RITA : Yes mama, that is the reason I am here
MAMA AKA: I dont understand, do you want to plead with me, so that you can live with ify your friend, that is not my business, it is between you and your friend
RITA : mama is not that
MAMA AKA : then what is the problem, you are even crying
RITA : mama ify, my mother said I should forget the dream of going to school, and face farm work, she said she cannot start what she can’t finish

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