(Must Read) Romoke Episode 3
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I quickly got up from my bed and went to where my
clothes were and started packing my
sister was still staring at me then she stood up to go.
“well…. Romoke, just make sure you make the right
decision and follow your heart so you won’t end up
like me”. She tied her scarf to her waist and left the
room. Unlike me, sis Nike was not lucky, she was sold
out to a trader, I would say sold out because Maami
needed money as at then for her firewood business so
she sold her out at age 18. Sis Nike got m, arried to
the man and he used her anyhow he wanted, though
he already had 3 wives. Sis Nike sometimes gets
beaten by her husband, sometimes when her husband
comes home drunk she would be raped by him. Life
was so unbearable for her, even when she started
having kids, she would be beaten, starved. There was
a day she ran to Maami for money.
“I won’t even dare make such mistake”. I said,
tucking the last piece of cloth into my worn-out
traveling bag and zipped it carefully, I checked round
the room to make sure there was nothing left then I
closed the door and left.
***************** Babatope smiled to himself just the
mention of her name sent him sparks and blood
rushing fast and hot through his veins,. He wiggled
his legs again and smiling in anticipation for
Romoke’s grand entrance, at least those dangling
orange-sized bossom will be his forever he thought
this time around he laughed out causing his friend
Aremu to look at him, but where was his orange-
sized lover? He frowned his face it was taking forever
to wait for her, he whispered to his friend who in turn
cleared his throat and said
” ahemmm… Iya Romoke, time is going we want to go
with our bride” Babatope noded his head, Aremu is his
spokesman that was why he brought him over to
Romoke’s house so that if she gets too stubborn,
Aremu would help him bundle her out of their house.
“ahnahn Nike, Romoke is supposed to be here by
now, where is she “? Maami squeezed her face and
stared at her daughter. Her room is poorly lit from the
Lantern at the center of the room, there is also a
spring bed at the right side of the room, beside the
window is just a table and two cane chairs beside it
were piles of clothes neatly folded on the floor, then a
water pot is also at the farthest corner of the room.
Maami, Alake (maami’s first daughter and Nike sat on
the bed while Babatope and his friend sat on the cane
“please go and check her again ” Aremu said, while
Babatope shifted impatiently on the cane chair,. Alake
and Nike stood up to go and check for Romoke while
Maami tried to clear the tensed air
” ehmmm my inlaw ” she smiled revealing her
coloured teeth, Babatope did not smile he just grunted
and kept on staring at the door.
” Maami!!!….. We can’t find Romoke! “
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******************Maami rose up and started wailing,
while the other wives trooped in from different angles.
“ahhh!!…… Egba miii oooo (please help me), Romoke
has killed me ” she rolled on the ground while her
daughters and the other wives helped her to sit,
Babatope was already on his feet shaking his head
angrily this time around he spoke out, ” see! Iya
Romoke, if you don’t bring Romoke to my home
tomorrow then be ready to pay back my money! Tell
ur husband what I said! Aremu let’s go” with that
they left. Maami kept on shouting “ahhh Romoke has
killed me”. Some of her co-wives kept on mocking her
especially Iya Bisi. When the people trooping in were
too much, Nike got up to shut the door just then Baba
walked in. Baba is in his late 60s, hw is a very poor
farmer and a lover of women, his teeth were already
coloured as a result of the drinks and kolanut he took,
Baba cared less of his children, he doesn’t even know
all of them all he cared about was sampling women.
“what is happening here? ” he bent down to feel
maami’s body temperature then he sat on one of the
” Baba….. Romoke is no where to be found “
“….. Romoke?” he scratched his Grey head again and
squinted his eyes trying to remember who Romoke is.
Then Nike spoke up angrily, “Romoke is my younger
sister…….. The one Babatope paid her brideprice”
baba suddenly opened his eyes wide “ahhh… Romoke,
I remember now so where could she have gone to”
Maami sat up and stared at her husband
“my husband…. Huhmmm Babatope is so upset, he
said we should get ready to return all the foodstuffs
and money we took from him if we don’t find
Romoke…. “. She sniffed again whipping her eyes with
the edge of her wrapper.
“….. And that is the most painful part….. Don’t worry
we will find her” with that, he stood up and walked
out of the room.
***********************”am sure they would have been
looking for me by now”. I handed the cup back to Bola
and stood up to face the window, I felt tears on my
cheeks. “Romoke…… Stop thinking, u are here now
and we shall both leave this village by tomorrow”.
Bola has been my friend right from primary school,
she’s not from a polygamous home like me, her
parents are Christians but are separated, she lives
with her dad in Abuja and comes home to see her
mum in the village. Unlike me she already has a suitor
and she also works in Abuja. I cleaned my tears as I
struggled to talk “Bola…… Thank you, God bless you”
“oya,…. Come and help me pack my things Romoke “.
I smiled surely the future is going to be bright……..
To Be Continued
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