SHORT STORY: I ALMOST GOT MARRIED!
–WRITTEN BY EMMANUEL IKOROMASOMA
One faithful night, after sleeping on the bed of my parents thoughts, I was beclouded like a wield fire. I thought of all they said and realized, a wife is to me as the faeces is to the buttocks. The next morning, felt relieved with smiles upon my cheek like a man whose wife just gave birth. I whispered to mama’ ears “I am ready” the euphoria was nothing my household have experienced before.
While confused, the cool breeze of March brought to our doorsteps the rains of April which clothed the naked sun. It was time and so we zoomed off to Anambra but my mind got there before we could. We were received and welcomed like no strangers in the Abode of Amaka.
- As we were all seated, the eldest of the family strolled in, majestically in the footsteps of a cat, Amaka’s father shouted ” the great Iroko is here, the Ogirigirikainabukosai” those chants came with the quietness of the grave. Soon Kola nut was brought, the old man was asked to bless it. In his words he said, ” the kola nut does not hear English neither does it speak as such “ana masigi nnoo my people, Ihe di mma onye n’acho, o ga-afu ya” whatever you are looking for, you will find. The kola was broken and shared as our eyes cling, we all smiled to success.
- Mazi Nkemu, I am not a party to this oo..this Man is a Rivers man, they love women and polygamy, are you sure our daughter can cope? Mazi, don’t worry Amaka’s father responded. My son, I like your height but our people would say ” ogologo abughi na nwa m etola” the tallness is not maturity, how old are you? I am 22! Arueme, may the gods forbid. The boy is not mature for our daughter, our daughter needs a strong man not those that would be tying wrapper until the wrestling is over.
We would get back to you was the handkerchief Amaka’s parents used to clean our faces while we came home without the wife I almost got married to.
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