Maami was cooking in the kitchen one afternoon when she saw a snake at the entrance of the kitchen that leads to the back yard. She quickly closed the door. She told us that day to always close the kitchen door whenever…
I looked up to see the fire that seems to be getting close to the school. I could feel the heat emanating from the fire.I saw some male students helping others jump over the fence; I left the gate to join them that was when I saw…
I felt weak and almost out of breath when someone’s hand held on to my neck, I shouted at him to leave my neck, but he refused.He finally released my neck when I bit at his hand.
We slept in our different rooms in the house for the first time. I had a dream that night where I was at the back seat of a car, that was driving through a town and all I kept seeing were burial grounds.
He would have finished the house and much more if Baami hadn’t had issues with the pension money he was expecting from the government.It was his turn to collect his cheque when he was told it has been collected already.
Since Baami died, things have not been easy for us. Maami have been looking tired. She will hold Baami’s picture and cries most times.She has lost so much weight. Her robust body was now slim.
I looked at Maami; she had her eyes closed and her mouth pushed forward, the way she does whenever she is thinking. Maami sat in the front with uncle Lanre who was driving.
Tinuola next book was dedicated to Bolanle’s memory with her picture on it and was based on his true-life story. The book got international recognition. He is now a professor of English in one of the prestigious schools in the country.
He sat back on the cushion, his head bent “I’m sorry, ma. It was a mistake at first.” he couldn’t control the tears streaming down his eyes. “I tried to correct it but it was beyond me. I was driven by greed.
He went for Bolanle’s burial. Afterwards, the book was published. He got too busy to remember her or give her any credit in the book. He tried forgetting his meeting with her ever happened.