Funke’s Uncle: “I was jealous, how can Funke be successful when my own daughter isn’t ? how? Who was Funke to go to US before my daughter?” he confesses and collapses
The Old man raises his hands up in the sky, the wet sponge returns to his hands,
Old Man: “you’ve been wet for 23 years. I command you to dry up and let good fortune return back to her,“ immediately the sponge dries up and is destroyed.
Funke breaks down in tears; […]
Funke wakes up early the next morning, she had slept very little all through the night and she couldn’t wait for the marriage ceremony to be performed so that she can join her man in the city.
Funke: “Why did I even allow an elaborate ceremony, I should have just done everything quietly with just few family members around, afterall I am pregnant already, who am I doing all these for?”, she thought to herself while she was tossing on the […]
Funke gets a bike and is heading to Wahidi’s house when her phone starts ringing. She imagines that it is Wahidi calling to inform her that Kenny has been killed. In her fright,she screams at the bike man.
Funke: “Stop! I say stop this bike now!”
Bike man: “Ah-ah, kilode now? No be Aremu street you say make I carry you go? We never reach now abi you no know where you dey go?”
Funke: “Stop the bike and stop talking, you dummy.”
Kenny and his parents arrive early afternoon the next day. Funke’s father welcomes them as they make themselves comfortable in the old sofa in his sitting room.
Funke’s Father: “You are welcome to my house. This is not the first time you are coming to my house but you are yet to state your intentions, may what happened during your last visit never happen again.”
They all gigle as chorus ‘Amen’ as Kenny’s father gets up to speak.
Kennys father: “We come in […]
All through the drive from the hospital to the house, Funke’s mother does not say a word to her. The passengers in the commercial bus recognise her and her mother as the girl who brought another man home on the day of her Introduction to another man. Funke is buried in thoughts as she dreads her father’s reaction when he finds out that she is pregnant outside wedlock.
Funke repeats dialing Kenny’s number but he still doesn’t pick. She knows that […]
Kenny and his parents manage to run out of the room and drive away as Wahidi is cursing and threatening to commit murder. Kenny’s mother is visibly scared and angry. She vents her anger on her son.
Kenny’s mother: “So, of all the Nigerian girls in America, it is this one that is engaged to a mad man that you want to marry. This is how we would have died for nothing, my God will not allow that happen”.
Kenny: “Mum, you […]
All through the drive to the village, Funke is quiet as lots of things run through her mind ranging from how her parents will react when they see her and how her inlaws will react to the situation on ground. Kenny notices that she is unnecessarily quiet and sober.
Kenny: “Baby, are you okay?” he asks, touching her cheeks
Funke: “Yes, love. I am fine, just a little bit excited.”
Kenny’s Mother: “Leave my daughter in law alone, jare. Can’t you see she […]
Crying, Funke falls into a deep slumber, finds herself in an orchard, sitting under an apple tree. As she wonders, where she is, an old man appears with beards like wool, tall and handsome but walks in a slightly bent gait with a strong but calm voice.
Old Man: “Funke,” he smiles at her.
Funke: “Who are you, baba and how did you know my name?”
Old Man: “I knew you before you were born and I am that friend who has kept […]
Funke gets dressed and sits on the chair in the sitting room waiting for Kenny. While she awaits his arrival, she begins to doze and she falls into a trance. An Angel whom she doesn’t recognise stands before her, staring:
Angel: “Get up and pray, pray at all season without ceasing. The battles against you are great but with prayers you shall overcome! Get up and pray, pray at all season without ceasing. The battles against you are great but with […]
It is 3am back in Nigeria, a man in a white vest and wrapper comes out into the open field of his compound, checks around to see that no one is watching and brings out his idol and a human-like wooden image.
Man: “Funke, the daughter of Aderibigbe, you cannot be successful while I’m alive in this world, HELL NO! There is no way that will happen. You think you can go to America, complete your studies, come back and be […]
In short, after hesitation, Funke finally agreed to spend one of Kenny’s bags for hers. Let me quickly please throw a special warning to all AdeLove Readers (ALF), a little reminder of the safety rules comes like this: “Do not accept any luggage or packages of a third party, whatever the motive.”
Funke comes out of the airport and sees that Kenny has already stopped a taxi and was waiting for her. He looks pensive and was like one who is afraid that […]