“Your father is looking for you, get up lets go”
Everyone were looking at me like the have never seen me before, even Idowu just turned his face so that my mother would not see him.
My mother held my ears as she dragged me home, when we reached home she told me to go down and do frog jump till i get upstairs.
“Your father said that where ever i saw you, you should start frog jump from there till you get home but i just leave you, oya start now”
I was suprised because my mother always protected us, even if we were wrong she still found good in us, am sure if it was my elder sister that saw me i would have done the frog jump till i get home.
I wondered how i would have looked like while i was frog jumping and one of my babe saw me.
She had never insulted any one of us in our lives, if we do her anything she would just say ‘You this boy, you are very wonderful’. And we would reply back, ‘You no know say we dey wonderful before’.
I loved my mother more because of that act, i bent down and started frog jumping upstairs.
If you have never frog jump upstairs in your life you wont understand, thats one of the baddest punishment you can give to someone.
Immediately i got upstairs, i saw four macho canes waiting for me, my father broke one on my head and began tantalizing my body with all manner of thrashing.
I ran, screamed, shouted, laughed, coughed, gagged e.t.c, infact that day was hell.
One thing that helped me was that my mother never told him that i went to a game house, that would have spelt my doom that day. She only told him that sje saw me outside.-sweet mother.
Lots of kunlu and miraculously appeared on my head, all the four sticks of cane had turned to shreds. I was then asked to sweep it all. And i was also tasled with night fasting. Chai, after removing every ounce of energy in my with his wonder cane and slap.
The visitor happened to be a man of God, but he was young and fair, an ibo man who we called pastor James but he prefers calling hinself Ambasador James.
He was in the bathroom when i was collecting my sweet beatings so when he came out and heard what i did he just laughed and went inside.
“Oya Uduak, have this, dont cry again”
He said while passing me a bottle of Tito yourghurt and a pack of plantain chips. Mehn my first full satchet of both of them. My tears automatically dried up and i gratefully stretched my hand to collect it when mr killjoy spoiled my show.
“Dont give him anything, he is under punishment” my dad said as he collected it and gave to my younger ones.
If that there was knife there i would have stabbed that man for making me lose that precious chips and yourghurt as my teats increased in multiful drops till i slept.
This is for una wey been wan hear about my beating experience, till date that remained my second worst beating experience after the one i got when i went for night vigil in Senior Evelyn’s house.
Now back to the matter…
My visit to the chemist….
“oya make we dey go chemist shop”
I followed him like a kwashiokor victim to the chemist shop, only to see the man arriving at that moment.
“Sir my son need injection for fever”
“Ok, make i give am with drugs?”
“Sir wait first abeg, i dey go school and my eye fit turn me, abeg i go fit take only drugs?”
“My friend shattap, if you dont take your injection now how would your sickness go, do you want to have a relaspe of your sickness?”
I watched as the chemist owner arrange the syrup into a sringe and press it alittle toi make sure the needle was not blocked.
The words sounded like ‘oya run’ in my ears so i grabbed my bag to run when my dad caught me back.
“You see the sickness had started again”.
I kept quiet as i resigned to my fate and collected the leg jamming injection.
“Yeah, my leg don paralyse” i screamed as the fake chemist started pressing my buttocks like that would stop the pains.
I was hopping to school like long John in the book ‘treasure island’.
“Guy wetin do you?”
“Na accident o”
“Nawao, toor come make i go buy something for market square for you”
This was too godd to be true, the dude actually wanted to spend money on me, i smiled as i followed Julian to the market square.
“Bros your leg don well o, oya make we dey go back”
In my hatse for enjoyment i started walking normally as Julian caught me but i wasnt ready to let him go.
“Ahhh, the pain don start again o”
“Oya make we dey go the market square”
After buying and eating the chewables i became healed-praise the lorrrrd, thank you Jesus.
The bell was rung as we gathered in our various houses, mine was wesley house which had the colour blue(my favourite colour with red). The house captain started speaking.
“Great wesley house!!!”
We scream back with all sincerity in us.
“Today we are starting our inter house competition, ihope you all have put your names down to represent this house in different games?”
“Yeeeessss” we chorused together.
“Oya Football to one side, basketball, ludo, handball…”
He kept on calling out games till i was the only standing alone.
“What are you doing sef?”
“Its scrabble” i replied timidly.
“Wetin be scrabble sef” the laughed at me but i promised myself to show them whose boss atlast.
I walked to the notice board in rage so that i would find my game center when a sweet voice brought solace to my aggrieved heart.
“Uduak, i watched your show yestaday, i wondered why you did not say anything throughout”
I turned to see my hausa babe who gave me a hug and asked about my useless program.
“Na so them say make i do, they cut out my voice”
“Ow, thats bad but atleast i showed you to my friends and they say you are cute”
I was seriously blushing as i tried to cover up before she notices it.
“So where are you off to?”
“Am playing scrabble, i want to check my center on the notice board”
“Ok i would follow you as your supporter”
I was glad as i walked with her to the notice board, saw my hall and went with my one and only supporter.
They looked at me from head to toes and i knew in thier minds they would be thinking how a small boy like me could win them.
We sat down together in group of fours and entered the first round. They were suprised how i construccted hefty words which increased my points.
At the end i lead by more than 20 points to my nearest opponent. The were shocked as they congratulated me and my fan base grew.
At last it was Day for the Finals, the other houses saw that there was a new champion in scrabble so they call their most brilliant students to some represent them.
I was the only ss two student, as my opponents were the library prefects, the head boy, health prefect and the senior prefect, the ovarall head of all the prefects in school.
People were piting my life as i took the insults and sympathy they gave to me personally.
I was fourth in the rankings when something spectacular happened.
A beautiful damsel walked in…
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