She visited Uncle Hamadi and debriefed him about the situation of Efy’ marriage.
“Ted lives at the Estate when you reach there you cannot miss his house his name is written in bold letters (Ted’ Estuary). He needs to see a fatherly figure to take us seriously.” She wanted to give him fare as town trip but Uncle Hamadi hesitated;
“You said he threatened you with gun what make you believe he’ll not do the same with me a poor wretched farmer? These heroin addicted boys have no respect or shame to embarrass anyone not to say someone below their class had Eku agreed to come with me I’ll be embolden but without his company I am helpless am sorry I cannot meet Ted.”
“But you did not refuse the brown envelop then what is your use of being a surrogate father you want the ‘akara’ and not the ‘kani’? I’ll handle it alone.” She left in a rage cursing Uncle Hamadi’ opportunism and cowardice.
“Do you want me to kill myself for the two of you? His father rejected the marriage who am I to risk my life for it? I don’t care you can say anything but I’ll never face that rude, ill-mannered chap after all I am just an uncle not a father and more or less my elder brother is still alive.”
She was inside and she heard everything as just human being she confronted her dad;
“Excuse me dad what you have done is not right you did not reject the brown envelop you should have been honest enough to go to Ted and confront him; my Uncle Eku is principled and not an opportunist he rejected Ted as well as his money therefore you who partake in the booty should have given Efy and Mama Aiye solidarity in their time of need.”
He threw his shoes at his daughter and she dodged them;
“Am I your mate? Should you disrespect me like this? I am the sole parent who brought you up when I lost your mother when you were two years I refuse to remarry until you are old enough to take care of yourself and now that you are grown up you treat me as trash? I’ll not accept any more rudeness from you my sisters are angry that you were not given to them to train you but I’ll now train you with iron fist.”
“I am very sorry dad but that is the truth and I don’t know how to say it without hurting you but that is not my intention I was just blunt calling spade a spade.” She stooped and beg for forgiveness.
When Bimbo left his conscience beat him;
“Why am I angry with my daughter? She was just saying the truth from hence forth I’ll be very careful in accepting money from questionable sources.”
She was crossed with everything swearing and cursing Ted;
“Ted has made me a laughing stock where have I done wrong? I wanted good life for my only daughter and did not want her to commit the same mistake as me in marrying into poverty and forgoing my fortune from rich suitors who are now doing well in life.”
“I am not rich but I wisely manage the resources God bless me with; I did not envy your rich suitors because I do not know how they’ve acquire their wealth I only pray not as your in-law Ted who have the world but loss his soul our daughter was hungry, thirsty, not cloth and in the process lost what is most available to a human being her pride, dignity, self-esteem and self–respect she regretted the marriage but is now trap dealing with the Law of Khmer and Nemesis the twin sisters she told Ted that her father was right to reject him and that her house never lack fish money even though Ted describe it as poverty stricken house. You are shameless but it is the ‘tainye’ that you see the ‘enn’ is on the way; I share what I have gave you my gratuity to start a village business but you squandered it and I’ve never lay a finger on you since our 30 years of marriage. You gave me one grain child, a daughter but I never question God and my family pressurized me to remarry for more children and in the process have a son but I rejected it what did they end up saying that you use black assurance on me but I don’t blame you I blame myself.” Papa went out to his village vous to play draught.
She is very frustrated and angry with her mother for misleading her to marry Ted she came out wearing a seductive dress just to provoke her parents with a suitcase she stood in front of her mother;
“Efy! Where are you going to wearing such a dress like a whore? Didn’t you realize you are still in the village where such clothes are abhor?”
“Yes mother I know I am in defiance I am going back to my matrimonial house and damn the consequences.”
“Matrimonial house! What matrimonial house? That is a dead house and I’ll be damn to allow my only daughter commit suicide. That is not a husband but a heroin junky he’ll kill you he took out a gun for me not to talk about you; Ted is not the only man on earth you are beautiful God will send another rich and responsible man just bear for a while.”
“Here you talk greedy woman! Didn’t you find out who Ted was before pushing me to him? You destroy a noble relationship and destroyed my marriage to my God send husband Tunde who did everything for us as dad and Bimbo rightly said the twin sisters Law of Khmer and nemesis have finally paid us a visit I never understand until now.”
To be Cont.