Me and my friend Austin coming back from
school after a notorious exam.
Me: guy where them put you na i nor even
see your signboard OR breaklight self.
Austine: omo na ss3 class them carry us go
oh, and na that wicked chuks be our
Me: chai see punishment, that means no
show for una side be that oh.
Austine: no show at all the exam worse pass
jamb self, the thing really, na where you dey
Me: i dey multipurpose na.
Austine: see luck oh, there wey people many,
them nor go even know who dey do expo.
Me: na so oh, even me expo wey i write for
my sleepers all of them clean, na person
book i tear commot oh.
Austine: wicked boy, but you dey mumu oh,
you nor know say the thing go clean before?
Me: i nor reason go there at all, abeg make
we waka fast i get choir practice today.
Austine: that una choir wey una dey bleep
each other so.
Me: thunder fire that your mouth, which kind
bleeping talk be that.
Austine: hahaha even i hear say una choir
master dey bleep two of una girls.
Me: na lie joor, na rumous, all those people
wey dey carry fake fake rumous waka na
God go punish them.
We continue trekking, our school is very far
from our house, e take us 50 minutes from
our house to school, sometimes i do get free
bike base on say my mama na nurse and
they know her for that community well well,
meanwhile i be choir member for one
anglican church, and we get beautiful girls
with big hips
I got home exactly 4:00pm, our house dey
opposite hospital wey my mummy they work,
na primary health care government hospital, i
done enter house see my elder brother
cactus, im senior me with 3 years, i drop my
bag and check pot omo nothing dey pot, i
enter room carry 50 naira from container, i
went outside to buy head of fish, i came back
and use the fish to sama garri, after eating i
went straight to my bed to sleep at least i
have like one hour left before the choir
practice start, so i decided to sleep, as i they
put my head for pillow i see my brother they
carry cuttlass and bag.
Me: bros you wan enter farm this evening?
Cactus: which farm, i wan go river go kill fish.
Me: them don put chemical for river?
Cactus: they there dey sleep na.
Me: chai na im you nor tell me since only
you wan just go abi?
Cactus: na just now them call me self, na
frank call me say them don put gamali 20 for
Oboy no more choir practice again oh, i got
up quickly and prepare myself to go hunting i
took one fitter, one cuttlas and big bag,.
The river is not too far, na our backyard e
dey, infact na only we and our neighbour dey
go the river go baf because na only we they
that compound, na Jehovah Witneses them be,
as we reach there omo come see people,
some stand for bank of the river they watch
people wey they use cuttlass smash fish
head, so i leave my brother for there and
head straight to down of the river, they say
na the down side the fish they go pass, very
dark spot and also very deep, i crossed to
the other side and enter inside the river,
standing at the center of big sea, holding my
cuttlass, then i heard big smash at my back, i
turn around and saw my big neighbour Felix,
im senior me with 10 years, me i be small
pikin, im they put one small fish for bag.
bros felix: na you dey here?
Me: yes bros, good evening.
Felix: you nor dey fear oh see as only you
just stand for this rugged area.
Me: ha nothing to fear na, so far the
chemical they work nothing go happen.
So two of us stay middle of the river dey kill
fish, i saw one electric fish not too big, i cut
the head and use filter to put it inside my
bag, i caught alot of fish before the unusual
I heard big sound from our front.
Felix: wetin be that?
Me: e be like say na big fish oh.
Then i heard the sound again, this time closer
omo this fish go big oh, the thing they swim
come meet me self with boldness, i never still
know wether na fish or not and i don dey
Felix: commot for river, na big fish be that oh.
I ran out of the big river while felix stood at
the middle holding his matchet like matchete
with confidence like rambo.
Then i saw it from where i stand, a very
mighty fish like arrow head, swimming close
to felix, i started shouting.
Me: bros commot for river, that fish too big
oh, you nor go fit kill am.
Felix: that chemical don weak am so e no go
dey strong no worry my guy.
Omo make una come see action film, as the
fish swim closer to felix, felix rise his
matchet and hit the fish on the head, then
there was silent, no blood, nothing at all,
after a minute something took felix down the
river, then the thing start dragging felix to
the bottom of the river, i ran after it
shouting, make una help oh, make una help
The thing they drag felix to a very deep place
and na only God go help am if them enter the
Then from nowhere, i saw my brother and
other people running after me from my back,
e be like say them hear my voice.
Cactus: oz wetin they happen, why you they
shout and run,.
me still running after the fish, point at felix
as the fish continue dragging him, my brother
saw it see the way wey im take pass me like
Felix was struggling trying to free himself
from the grip and the fish was slowing down,
my bros took bamboo from the ground and
ran to the front, before the deepest part
there is one big tree that fell on the river
creating a crosspart, my brother quickly
climb the tree, i reach there omo i nor fit
climb this tree oh e dey too tiny, even the
other guys no climb am, maybe na boyscout
wey my brother join give am mind like this
my brother set the bamboo tree downward
as the fish approach, e be like say the fish
don tire because e don they slow down, so
as the fish approach the tree, felix rose his
hands up and grip the bamboo stick, the fish
still try to pull felix from the bamboo,
therefore making my brother to fall inside
the river, as my brother fell ontop the river,
i quickly look for another bamboo and throw
it to them, e be like the fish don go, because
i nor see am again, my brother drag felix
from the river as he grip the bamboo, while i
pull them from the deep blue sea with felix
We got home rush felix to my mum hospital, i
came back and look at the time, 6:30pm,
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