DIKE THE GRAMMARIAN
Episode 22 (Semi Final)
Dike’s evil act affected her daughter, Chioma, to the
extent she had to cry in the presence of the elders and
the king in the palace. She didn’t mind coz Dike was the
only thing she had on earth thereby making her plead
hopelessly, but the elders weren’t smiling or showing
concern to her plead. Mr Kelechi said to her, “Your father
did not only cause thuggery in this village but also
insulted and confused us with his grammar. His
punishment is to rot in jail!”
“Please, temper justice with mercy” Chioma continued
pleading with her knees on the floor.
“Why should we temper justice with mercy? Did your
father also temper injustice with mercy?!”
Igwe Izumba cleared his throat. “Young lady” he began.
“Your father can only be released if he pays for the
damages and money he collected from people through
those young men” he said.
Hearing that, Chioma’s tears decreased. “Thank you your
highness. But how much are we talking about?” she
“We shall get back to you”
Chioma appreciated the king and went out while the
elders became surprise looking at him. They couldn’t
believe he made such statement after what Dike caused
them. So Mr Adaka said, “Igwe, why would you make
such statement knowing what our people passed through
in the hands of that man called Dike?”
“There was no lost of life, so i think we should task him
for all the stolen money and damaged properties which
will be given back to those whom the thuggery affected”
the king replied.
Mr Kelechi cleared his throat positioning his staff properly
on the floor. “You’ve spoken well your highness, but what
about our men, i mean the four young men? What will
happen to them?” he asked.
“They will face the full law of rape because I’m totally not
happy about what they did to that young girl. I thank God
she is okay and healthy according to the doctor. I also
thank God that the land it’s at peace now. Milk and honey
have different colours but they share the same house
peacefully. Let peace reign”
“Once again you’ve spoken well your highness. We are
strongly behind you. He who thinks he is leading and has
no one following him is only taking a walk. An army of
sheep led by a lion can defeat an army of lions led by a
sheep. We have agreed on what you’ve said. He who
refuses to obey cannot command” Mr Kelechi looked at
his fellow elders. “I hope I’ve spoken your minds”
“Yes!” the elders chorus.
The king thanked them and the meeting came to an end.
A huge amount of money was discovered in the residence
of the four criminals by the vigilante group and they
handed it to the king.
However, Ubiji had gone to his uncle’s house for an
apology. He carried a bottle of hot drink standing before
the entrance of the house. After he made himself known,
Dinta, the uncle, came out.
“Good evening, uncle”
“Ubiji, are we going for another marriage introduction?”
Dinta stared at the drink in his hand while Ubiji smiled.
“Then why the drink in your hands?”
“It’s for you. It’s just a way of saying ‘sorry’ for accusing u
Dinta spaced out for a moment with hands on his waist.
He averted his eyes from space and exhaled deeply. “Sit
down my son” both sat down on a long bench beside the
wall of the house. “Nothing can be hidden under the sun.
One day, the wind will blow and that which lies in the
buttocks of a fow will be seen. I don’t blame u coz i
would have done the same if i were in your shoes. But
don’t you think there’s someone who owns this apology
more than i do?”
Ubiji knew he was talking about Chioma but didn’t know
how to tell him the nature of their relationship recently. So
he remained mute.
“What’s the problem?” Dinta queried again.
“Uncle, Chioma broke-up with me”
“Why?” the uncle became surprise. Ubiji told him about
Adaku and everything that happened then he became
“Listen, son” Dinta began. “Women know themselves
better than you do. Chioma knows why she told you to
return the cheque, and her reason for saying that has
happened; Adaku has finally succeeded in talking you
from her. Chioma is the best woman a man would ever
have at home regardless her father’s misbehavior, so
losing her is like losing a happy family. Adaku gave you
the cheque because she has the money. Do you think
Chioma wouldn’t have done the same if she had the
money? I’m disappointed that your happiness can be
bought with money”
Ubiji realized his mistakes after listening to his uncle. Yes,
he never loved Adaku but wanted her money like every
other man who would be in his condition. So he asked his
uncle, “What must i do now?”
“Return the cheque to Adaku especially now that your
money will soon be recovered and run to Chioma before
it’s too late, if it’s not late already coz..” before Dinta
could finish, Ubiji hurried out to Chioma..