THE MAN FOR THE SWORD.
EKENNA , UKADIKE’S KINSMAN CAME TO HIS HOUSE THAT MORNING.
-Uka nwannem oooo (uka my brother) we are in trouble o.
UKADIKE AND HIS WIFE NKIRU RAN OUT ON HEARING EKENNA’S VOICE.
-Eke, ukadike called, what is it? what happened ?
-My brother, I went to owerri and guess who I saw? Ezedinobi your son.
-chim ooooo (my God) Nkiru shouted.
-And you did not bundle him home? did he see you? why would he leave home like that without telling us for months now. We have been worried about him, thinking he must have died or something. What is he doing in owerri?
-my brother. My heart is very heavy. infact, it is broken. I was sitted in my usual bar o in owerri when one man walked up to me and shouted dede Ekenna. (dede is used to address an elder in some parts of igboland). I turned, it was obi. Obi was cracking laughter. I was shocked. Uka, if you see how slim he is eheee. I started scolding him. Do you know what this boy opened his mouth to say?
-what did he say ? Ukadike asked .
-The foolish boy did not even ask of home. He didn’t even ask of his parents and siblings. This boy had the effrontery to tell me “DEDE IM MARRIED. MY WIFE OWNS THIS PLACE”
-what??? Ukadike shouted. God forbid.
-osi ? (he said) married. how ? Nkiru asked. who followed him to marry the person?
-that is not even the issue. The issue is the woman is almost Nkiru’s age mate. A very diabolic human being.
-hey!!!! akwo m aka, tire okuko Aki. (I have washed my hands just to break palm kernels for fowl) Ukadike lamented.
NKIRU FELL TO THE GROUND AND WAS CRYING BITTERLY.
-Nkiru, Ekenna called, stop o. You will wound yourself. (to Ukadike) my brother, let us go to OMIMI (a diety). He will tell us what to do in the situation. I believe that woman charmed him. OMIMI will help us uncharm him.
NNADOZIE JOINED THE GROUP OF ARMED ROBBERS TERRORIZING THE VILLAGE AND THE WHOLE COMMUNITY. HE EARNED FIFTY THOUSAND NAIRA ON ONE OF THEIR SUCCESSFUL OPERATIONS. HE WENT CLUBBING IN TOWN. HE MET A GIRL IN THE CLUB WHO HAD KEEN INTEREST IN HIM. THE GIRL’S FATHER IS ACTUALLY THE OWNER OF THE CLUB. THEY STARTED DATING. NNADOZIE PLANNED WITH HIS GANG TO KIDNAP HER AND ASK FOR RANSOM.
-banger, Nnadozie called. You sure say this thing go work?
-nawa to you o. banger replied. Na you bring Job, na you dey ask if e go work. of course it has worked. See, to keep you on a very safe side, we will kidnap her when she is with you.
-hmmm, Nnadozie sighed and laughed. you be correct man. That’s a nice strategy. I don’t like that girl. She is too fat for my liking. Haba. When she sleeps, she snores like a pregnant pig. Gosh!!!!. Her security over money no he here o. I never see one naira collect for her body. She is always cashless. She uses her card and that card, I don’t know the pin. I have not even seen the card eyeball to eyeball.
-Are you serious? banger asked.
-I’m telling you. Nnadozie replied.
-This one we are about doing is more safer. The man will not want to loose his only daughter.
-you are right. So when are you guys sticking ? Nnadozie asked.
-emm, I will meet with other guys and then get back to you. banger replied.
-Alright. Then how much are we asking for?
-we will start with hundred million Naira.
NNADOZIE ALMOST FELL FROM THE CHAIR HE SAT ON.
-wait o, banger replied, na hundred million naira dey push you like this? hahahahahaha. bros abeg no make me laugh.
-it’s too much na. I was thinking it’s something like Two million.
-oga abeg think big. we will negotiate with him na. He can accept to pay 30 million last last.
-chai, see money. I hope you know I’m getting the lion share.
-no problem. Na normal thing. Na you carry parole come.
NNADOZIE AND DORIS WERE ON THIER WAY HOME WHEN A CAR DOUBLE CROSSED THEM. THE OPENED THE CAR AND TOOK BOTH OF THEM AT GUN POINT. NNADOZIE WAS CONFUSED. HE WASN’T SUPPOSED TO BE KIDNAPPED ALONG SIDE DORIS. THEY BLIND FOLDED THEM AND TIED THEIR MOUTH. THEY WERE TAKEN TO AN UKNOWN AREA. NNADOZIE STILL WASN’T UNDERSTANDING WHAT WAS GOING ON. FEW DAYS AFTER THE KIDNAP, DORIS RELEASED HER DAD’S NUMBER TO THEM. THEY CALLED HIM.
-hello chief atuegwu 1.
-who am I speaking with please ?
-the great philanthropist. I greet you sir.
-how can I help you? chief replied.
-nooo, we are the ones who wants to help you save your daughter’s life but it’s for a ransom.
CHIEF WAS SHOCKED.
-oh yes. we have her in our custody. Very faaaaar from anywhere near you. We are eighteen abled body boys. We want to start from eating her first. She is looking so meaty and plenty.
-please please, I beg you, don’t hurt my daughter. please. How much? how much is your ransom please.
-Are you mad? oh ok because you have money? oya bye bye. (he dropped )
CHIEF WAS NO LONGER HIMSELF. A FORTNIGHT LATER, THEY DEMANDED FOR 100 MILLION NAIRA RANSOM. CHIEF SAID HE WILL PAY 50. THEY WARNED HIM NOT TO INVOLVE THE POLICE. THE FIFTY MILLION WAS PAID, RANSOM COLLECTED,AND THE DORIS AND NNADOZIE RELEASED. NNADOZIE WAS FILLED WITH RAGE. AFTER TWO DAYS, HE WENT TO THEIR HANG OUT. BANGER STOOD UP ON SIGHTING HIM.
-What are you doing here?
-Banger are you normal? what was that nonsense you did? why take me and the girl ?
Anyways I’m here for my money.
-as in unto monkey dey work, bamboo dey chop na. See mah tell you, shishi, you won’t get. When you were enjoying rich man picking, we follow you? atlist, we have helped create the impression that you love her so much and you can stand by her through thick and thin. So, congratulations, pick your stupid self and get out of here now.
-banger, arrrgh!!! na you dey talk like this ? you must be very stupid to say all the nonsense wey just commit for your mouth so. Give me my money now or….
-or what? or what?
IMMEDIATELY ALL THE OTHER BOYS GATHERED HIM. THEY STARTED BEATING HIM. THEY BEAT HIM AND LEFT HIM HALF DEAD. HE WAS BLEEDING FROM HIS EYES, MOUTH AND HEAD. GOOD SAMARITANS BROUGHT HIM HOME. NKIRU FAINTED. UKADIKE ALMOST HAD HEART ATTACK. CHUKWUDI, UZONNA AND CHINONSO, FINALLY CAME BACK TO THE VILLAGE. NNADOZIE LOST FIVE TEETH, HIS LEFT EYE, HAD ALOT OF INJURIES. THE WORST IS, THERE’S NO MONEY TO TAKE HIM TO THE HOSPITAL.
THE SUFFERING THE OKORONTAS ARE GOING THROUGH IS BEYOND TOO MUCH. UKADIKE SAID TO HIS WIFE….
-ugom, I SHOULDN’T have left that cult. I wanted to prove to the world that you can make it without rituals. See how I have endangered the life of my innocent children.
-Dim, you did the right thing. One day, it will be good.
when ? look at our children. Look at us. When?? (he broke into tears) when???.
CHINONSO THE LAST BORN HAS A FRIEND CALLED EMMANUEL. EMMANUEL IS A MEMBER OF A CHRISTIAN YOUTH GROUP. THEY ARE HAVEING THEIR DRAMA NIGHT. HE INVITED CHINONSO. CHINONSO IS 18YEARS OLD. HE FOLLOWED EMMANUEL TO THE DRAMA NIGHT AND THE TITLE OF THE DRAMA IS “MAN FOR THE SWORD”
UNTIL DAVID STOOD IN THE GAP BETWEEN GOLIATH AND HIS PEOPLE, HE COULDN’T HANDLE THE SWORD.
MAN FOR THE SWORD.
CHUKWUDI CALLED CHINONSO.
-bia (come) chinonso, what kind of nonsense friend do you even have? we are dying of hunger here and all your friend could think of is to drag you to watch drama. Not even party, where they will share rice. We have not eaten rice here for months now. You are dying of hunger and you want to go and watch drama. Nonsense.
-chukwudi, uzonna called. It’s as if you are in my mind o. That friend will go to where their sharing rice alone o, he will not invite chinonso. Now he is going to where they are not sharing anything, he is calling chinonso and this mumu is even going. After watching drama, your stomach will be full okwa ya ?(right?)
-ha, my brothers, as food no dey, I need to distract my stomach a little. The drama will keep me busy. Besides, I have been craving to watch film. I went to Arinze’s house because of film. If you see what that big head did to me. Hmmm, he said if I want to watch film (see movies) in his house, I must wash all the plate , keep the house clean o. I did all the chores in that house. As I was about to sit and enjoy the movie, They took the light.
-ewoooo, chukwudi shouted. chai, ubiam emegokwa anyi ihe oooo (poverty has dealt with us) so because you want to watch t.v you wash and clean?
-yes o brother .
-mana chere o (but wait o replied Uzonna) that boy must be very stupid o. Even you Chinonso, at your age you don’t have sense. God bless Ndi Nepa for taking the light. Why are you like this? falling so cheap for everything. Now another has come to carry you to drama. Chinonso, have sense.
-Brother, this drama own is not bad. I am watching it for free. Let us go na. let us just go. what are we doing here now? let us go, if it is not interesting, we come back home.
-chinonso, I am not going. chukwudi replied. Uzo, I na aga? (uzo are you going?)
-going there to do what? biko hapu m. (please let me be)
CHINONSO WENT IN TO PREPARE. EMMANUEL HIS FRIEND CAME TO PICK HIM. HE MET CHINONSO’S ELDER BROTHERS OUTSIDE.
-Good afternoon sirs.
-good afternoon, they replied. who are you looking for?, uzo asked.
-chinonso. EMMANUEL replied.
-wait o, Are you the drama boy?
EMMANUEL LOOKED LOST WITH THAT QUESTION.
-ok, you are the one inviting my brother to come and watch drama?
-hmmm, ok. I want to ask you. Before now, have you attended wedding?
-yes sir, Emmanuel replied.
-ok. Have you attended parties?
-good. Did you invite my brother to any of the parties?
-brother, it’s not like that.
-you haven’t answered my question. Did you invite him to any?
-no sir but……
-don’t but me o. So you attend where they share rice, drinks ,meat, and so many things, you won’t call my brother but now you invited him for drama where they won’t share anything. You are very wicked. what kind of church are you even going sef? I don’t blame you. It’s my youngest brother I blame. He doesn’t have sense.
CHINONSO CAME OUT.
-EMMA, you are here. Don’t be offended o. I’m ready. let us go.
THEY GOT TO THE VENUE. THE PLACE WAS ALREADY FILLED WITH PEOPLE. AFTER THE PRAISE AND WORSHIP SECTION, A YOUNG MAN MOUNTED THE PODIUM.
-praise the Lord
-hallelujah the crowd replied.
– I welcome you all to this great program in Jesus name.
-Amen, they replied.
-Today is another wonderful day. THE KINGDOM SEED youth ministry is at it again. I know alot of you can bare witness that this ministry have saved alot of souls through their Holy Ghost filled drama. Today, another powerful one is about to emerge. Don’t allow anything distract you. I believe God is about to deliver somebody tonight. The title of tonight’s drama is “The man for the sword”.As you watch, pray along with whatever Rhema you catch. God bless us. Please put your hands together for the Lord as we declare the stage OPEN!!!
THERE WAS CLAPPING AND CHERRING. A FEARFUL MASQUERADE WORKED IN. HE WAS ROARING, RAGING, HE WAS MAKING FURIOUS NOISE. TWO MEN CAME INTO THE SCENE. ONE SAID TO THE OTHER.
-you see it ? that is my problem. He has been on my way for so long. I am ready to travel. I have my passport, I have my Visa but I can’t pass this fearful masquerade.
-hmmm, the other man replied. Don’t worry. You will need, native chalk, 6 white native cock, dry gin, alligator pepper, One white native goat. This is the spirit of your ancestors. It needs to be appeased.
-ok. but spirit man, can’t you confront it?
-confront it? aaagh!!! you must first bring all these items na. Then I can confront it.
THE MASQUERADE TURNED TO THEIR DIRECTION.
-Yeeeh!!! spirit man, it is coming towards our direction o. spirit man, spirit man, it is coming towards us o.
HE TURNED,ONLY TO SEE THAT SPIRIT MAN RAN AWAY . HE TURNED AGAIN AND SAW THE MASQUERADE STANDING FACE TO FACE. HE WAS FIDGETING.
-how dare youuuuu, the masquerade shouted. I have said it before and I am saying it again, No one in your family is allowed to walk on this path. This is the path of wealth. You will never walk pass this part.
THE YOUNG MAN WAS STILL FIDGETING. THE MASQUERADE BROUGHT OUT HIS WHIP.
-I have said it before and I will say it again. You will all die of affliction. hahahahahahaha.
THE MASQUERADE STARTED FLOGGING THIS YOUNG MAN. HE WAS SHOUTING AND CRYING. HE KEPT CALLING SPIRIT MAN TO COME AND SAVE HIM. THE MASQUERADE FLOGGED HIM TILL HE DIED.
-hahahahahahaha, it is your destiny, your fore father signed for it. Everyone of you will dieeeeeeee in poverty.
PEOPLE GATHERED. THEY WERE SAYING, AGAIN???? IN THIS FAMILY? THEY WERE SAYING THAT WAS HOW HIS ELDER BROTHER DIED AFTER WINNING A CONTRACT WITH FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THIS ONE IS ABOUT TO TRAVEL OUT. NOW HE IS DEAD.
A WOMAN WAS ROLLING ON THE FLOOR, PEOPLE SAID SHE IS HIS MOTHER . HIS SIBLINGS WERE CRYING. THE PAIN IS SO MUCH. WHO WILL SAVE THIS FAMILY??
THE THIRD SON CAME UP. HE WAS WALKING ALONG THE WAY ONE DAY WHEN SOMEONE GAVE HIM A TRACTS. THE TITLE OF THE MESSAGE ON THE TRACT IS “POWER TO BE FREE”
HE START DOWN AND STARTED READING. HE STARTED CRYING.
-This message is for me. I need this power. I need to be free.
To be CONTINUED
Man for the sword Episode 5 & 6