Yes, rule number one. I breached it due to peer pressure and Ede. Peer pressure to have a boyfriend as a teenager, getting involved with Ede plus ignorance landed me into big trouble. I got pregnant, instant death is better punishment. Parents ostracized their kids in this situation because they do not want to be ostracized by friends and neighbours with their daughter.
But mama and Papa were different, they had hope on us. They knew my dream to be a graduate and they believed in me. They knew when I told them it was a mistake that indeed it was. They asked to see Ede, who at first did not deny like other young men.
“I don’t like this at all, sister. These people don’t like you, can’t you see. It’s not too late” says Beauty my younger sister but what do I do, few days to my traditional marriage.
Everyone would say I am cursed, so it’s better for me to go ahead than bring another shame on my family but then I didn’t know I had to put on fighting gloves to face “five witches” plus the little hellion. But thank God, I have developed thick skin to their attacks.
“A thousand thunder blast on your mouth, what did you just say?” thunders my mother-in –law.
“This family has no blood to waste, go back to where you are coming from.” She continues.
Blood, waste!! Whose blood, mine or whose blood? I have had miscarriage. Whose blood is wasting.
The evil bird cried last night and in the morning the child died, who killed the child? The night evil bird, of course!. This woman! God! indeed has surpassed all mothers, no one can marry her son. Who is drinking the blood of my unborn babies, me or who? Do l love the fact that l am having miscarriages, why is it or how is it my fault? This battle has started indeed, l hope l have the strength.
It’s my blood, she calls my enemy names not me when her son is not there. But sympathies and prays and cry when he is around. This woman, her navel was thrown into the evil forest when she was born