Written by Nnenne uju izuanabgara.
Nurse Ella was still coughing. She managed to get to the bottle of olive oil and took a taste of it. The cough started subsiding.
Ugo c@m£ back to the scene and ran towards his mother. Kamma was still battling with thee sand in her eyes.
Nurse Ella helped her up, into the car. Ugo brou-ght his mum who is alre-ady very weak into the car. They noticed mama could no longer walk. One side of her b©dy is paralysed She was rushed to the hospital.
Mama, called ugo & kamma.
– my children, what ever you do in this life, No matter what, stay away from evil (crying) do not soil your hands with the blood of the innocent.
I had so many opportunities to give my life to Christ, but I didn’t. My reason was pastors come to UGOGBE then for power. If Jesus was that powerful, why are his followers looking for power else where.
(Crying) I never knew that the power in the name of Jesus is stronger than the strongest of f0rç£s. I never knew that no other power can be compared to his. I never knew.
Right there in UGOGBE’S Shrine, I encountered him, he showed me mercy and undeserved kindness. I could have died long ago. He kept me( crying) he kept this wretched sinner just for me to have a taste of his power I constantly mocked. I saw the Lord, he has been talking to me. Ugo my son, I killed UCHECHI. (crying) she was right. I gave the substance she put in my food. I killed your father. After all I did for him, he secretly planned to elope with my friend, my best friend. You were only 10years old then. I also killed Edna, my best friend.
Ugo and kamma could no longer hold their tears.
-Even if I’m experiencing this sweet love of Jesus for just a short time mama continued, I am happy. My name is written in the book of life. He showed me. (Smiles amidst tears) I see the joy in heaven over my soul. I look forward to the glorious ascension. I alre-ady hear heavenly melodies. plea-se call Nurse Ella for me.
Nurse Ella c@m£ into the ward.
-Mama, I’m here.
-child of God mama smiled. God bless you. You know I never wanted to employ you but your persuasion prevailed. I’m glad I did. Thank you for leading this war. Daughter, hold unto your faith. Great is your reward my child.
Ugo give me your hands,( ugo brou-ght forth his hand) Kamma you too. I bless your union. You shall ba-re children. You shall live peacefully. Above all, give your lives to JESUS CHRIST. I have tasted both sides, Satan’s kindness is his exhibition of wickedness. Jesus is the only route to freedom and peace of mind.
Ella, plea-se lead them throu-gh. Argh!!! What a peace I feel inside of me. Thank you Jesus. They are here.
They were looking around
– who mama? Who are they?
– (She smiled) IT IS TIME.
MAMA CLOSED HER EYES.
Crying filled the air.
KAMMA CRIED BITTERLY. she too wanted to confess to mama what she did. Ugo cried bitterly. Mama’s b©dy was deposited at the mortuary.
That night, kamma decided to confess to UGO what she did.
Kamma went on knees.
-ugo, i have a confession to make. My sister suffered so much in the hands of her mother inlaw. You know the whole story. Out of annoyance, i went to a native doctor directed by my friend. He was the same native doctor mama went to.
-what? Hmmm!! I’m listening.
– i told the native doctor that i want my wiuld be mother in-law dead, the moment I’m married into the family. Table turned when i met mama. She was an opposite of the picture of what i heard in my head for a mother in law.
I didn’t know what to do. I went back to akpuda. He told me the only remedy was to add fowl’s blood to mama’s meal. That was what will save her life.(crying) i did. I kept adding fowl’s blood to her meal. Trouble started for me the day i tasted the food with her. I never knew i wasn’t supposed to. That was how i feel sick. I’m sorry ugo. plea-se forgive me.
-you disgust me. Ugo replied crying) i can never spend the rest of my life with a heartless wicked person like you. For you to device this kind of thing, you can kill.
-ugo all i want is your forgiveness (crying). You have every right to act which ever way you want to. plea-se I’m sorry .
-get out of my way. I’m giving you one hour to pack out of this house. Forget about the car, and all the luxuries my mum gave you . You don’t deserve them. Wicked soul.
Nurse ella tried to intervene but ugo gave deaf ears. Kamma started packing her things. Nurse ella encouraged Kamma.
-dear, I’m so sorry about this. You did the right thing. God will fight for you. God has a way of turning the table for people like you. Believe me when i say you will laugh last. I’m also leaving. Mr ugo has paid me off. Let’s go.
-(crying) thanks dear. The Lord will lead me throu-gh. I strongly believe.
-good. That’s the spirit.
They met ugo at the door.
– sir, i still think you should reconsider ,ella said.
-shut-up, ugo replied.
Nurse ella was about leaving when he drew her back and said.
– Every man nee-ds a God fearing woman in his life. Not some poisonous, fetish, two timimg killer bit-ch. You are a wife material. MARRY ME ELLA.
Kamma tried to leave. Nurse ella st©pped her.
-Mr ugo, you nee-d Jesus. Do i look desperate to you? With this nas-ty attitude of yours, i put it to you sir, YOU DO NOT DESERVE THIS WOMAN (kamma) ATALL. Gosh, your attitude is more than disgusting. Your husband material is nothing but rags. Worthless!!!. If you are the only man on earth, i rather remain unmarried.
– imagine the low life I’m trying to give envible status.
-There is nothing envible about your status because it was borrowed. Not for your mum, you won’t know how to PRONOUNCE the word STATUS.
-Get out. Ugo shouted.
KAMMA GOT HOME. SHE WASN’T ALLOWED IN. Her brothers told her to go back to where she was coming from. Ada’s burden is enough.
-you better go back o, Araba her elder brother shouted. Is this place refuse dump for unwanted wives. Nne gakwuru di gi biko. (go back to your husband )
-brother plea-se, I’m begging you i have no where to go (crying)
– go back to ugo. You have no room here o.
KAMMA WAS PUSHED OUT BY HER BROTHERS. She sat by the gate and cried asking God to show her mercy. Ella’s call c@m£ in immediately.
-oh my.God, mma are you crying?. Are you ok? What is it? Where are you?
Mma could not speak. She was filled with tears.
-hello, mma, plea-se calm down and tell me where you are. I speak peace to your heart in Jesus name. plea-se tell me where you are.
-front of my gate.
-where do you stay?
-brooklyn avenue. House 14.
-I’m coming. plea-se just stay there.
Two hours later, nurse ella arrived in a lexus jeep. Kamma broke into heavy tears when she saw nurse ella.
-oh my God. (She ran towards her and embr@ced her) it’s ok. St©p crying dear. (She helped her into the car with her luaguages and drove off.)
Nurse ella brou-ght kamma into her father’s house. Nurse ella’s father is a very wealthy child of God. With her father’s permission, kamma was given a room in their mansion.
Kamma shared how she was thrown out by her own brothers.
-mma, believe me, it is for good. God is trying to place you in the right place for his blessings. It might look painful, soon it will be gainful. Be strong my dear friend. God who saved your life will see you throu-gh.
-Amen. Thanks so much.
In two months ugo met a lady in his church. Bibian by name. Choir director and as-sistant youth leader. They are alre-ady talking marriage.
Bibian is nurse ella’s cousin.
Ugo and Bibian finally got married. Kamma was pres£nt at the wedding. Ugo’s best man who c@m£ all the way from America couldn’t take his eyes off KAMMA.
There was after p@rty. Elvis walked up to Kamma.
-you are beautiful he said.
-thanks she replied smiling
-my name is Elvis chigoziri Nduka.
-I’m Nwakamma okoye
-nice meeting you.
-same here, kamma replied.
-Are you married ?
-(laughter) no i’m not. Do i look married?
-(laughter) just to be sure I’m not crushing on someb©dy’s wife.
-your acent,you don’t look or sound Nigerian. Not for the name, wouldnt have believed. Kamma replied.
-i live in America. Went there after secondary school. Ugo is my childhood friend.
-wow. Really? (Kamma was begining to feel uncomfortable )
-what do you do? Elvis asked.
-i’m an accountant with greenway pharmaciticals.
-what? (Laughter) that’s my dad’s company. What a coincidence !!!. I head the U.S conglomerate.
-oh my God. Nice to meet you sir. So, i have been talking to my boss.Thank God i was well behaved ( Laughter)
-can i have your contact ? Elvis asked.
-plea-se cut out the sir. Thank you. (Laughter)
Some days later, Elvis made his intentions known to his friend Ugo.
-what? Ugo screamed. You want to marry who? Don’t even try it. That girl knows all the babalawo in this country o. That’s the demon i would have married. She even attem-pted killing my mother o. She vowed never to marry any man who’s mother is still alive.
-what? you can’t be serious? What? I can’t believe this.
ugo narrated in details how it all happened.
Elvis was just looking at him.
-men, you teling me that lady confessed all these to you? By herself? Oh my God. She is a very sincere person. I perfer the devil i know, to the angel i do not know.
-what? Ugo asked are you ok?
-ugo, and you called it off with her because she was being sincere ? Boy you are no way wise bro. I was in love with her before this, right now, I’m madly in love with her. She will be my wife.
-you won’t do that bro, that’s my left over. You do leftovers ? Guy you are too expensive for such.
-(laughter) The woman you married, was someone’s LEFTOVER. You were someone’s leftover too. Grow up man. Ama put a ring on that woman’s f!nger nigga. She is real and true. And besides, she works in my father’s company.
-That was before. She has been sacked. Oh, she told you she still works there? (Laughter) that’s how sincere she is.
-yeah, she was sacked. But she’s been called back. Three weeks ago. The dep@rtment she left was suffering. Dad asked for her re-employment. Bro, i’ve found a wife at last. It’s Kamma okoye or no one else.
When the Lord turned again the captivity of zion, we were like men that dream. Don’t pl@ywith God.
To be continued.