🎲 📄 TEJUMOLA. 🎲🎲
I explained everything to Lina, but Akpan denied it all.
He told her I attacked him after he refused to succumb to my
I gaped at him, bruises and swells all over his face, his forehead was bleeding. He would never forget Tejumola all through his
“Tejumola, I’m suprised at you.”Lina began
“How could you come so low?”
“Ma, you believed him?”my lips quivered “of course i do!”she snapped.
My eyes almost popped out.
“I’ve been living with Akpan for ten years now, i don’t think Akpan can do such. He is well-brought up…”she began
I swallowed hard and exhaled.
“Its in my interest to protect my gate-man, you nearly killed him!”she emphasised the ‘kill’
“In that case, I’m gonna pay you off.”she said carelessly.
I bit my tongue, I stopped myself from apologising.
Tejumola isn’t that cheap.
“here’s fifty thousand naira, you have to lNATH_ INFLUENCE:
mmy Eniola, one car hit your pikin today”Tola informed me gulping down some water.
“Tatafo.ofofo Tola”Eniola giggled.
“Sharrap!”I chided her
“Tell me my dear.”I told Tola.
“The driver even dash us money, but we didn’t collect.”she said with a mouth full of food
“I wan hold her hand before o, but she refused o”Tola shrugged
“Eniola? Is that true?”I asked
she giggled softly
“is that a laughing matter?”I glared at her
She bent her head in remorse
“sorry but I was learning how cross the road”her voice was low.
Stubborn girl! I thought.
Well I’m not suprised, she took well after me. She was a real Tejumola offspring, I was tempted to laugh but kept a straight
“Never try that again”I said sternly
“Eat your food”I told her, before rising to attend to a customer…
eave now, you can go elsewhere, where they can gulp down your attitude”.
She concluded opening her handbag.
I collected the money, murmured a thank you, and made to go out with Eniola on my shoulder, I stoped at the exit on impulse
“Ma, I really want to appreciate you for what you’ve done so far, you’ve tried…”I sighed.
“Its just that, Tejumola won’t sit back and watch some slum prey on her daughter…”I shook my head.
“May God bless you, for all you’ve done,
may he reward you abundantly.”I concluded with tears streaming down my cheeks.
Lina’s lips moved but no words came out,
she was full of pity and regrets. I didn’t wait to hear what she’d say, I walked out.
“Mummy sorry”Eniola sniffed as I packed our few belongings together.
“Eniola, can you do mummy a favour?”I asked without looking up.
“Mummy wants you to stop crying, okay?
Please my one!”I pleaded with her.
“But you’re crying too..”she said amidst tears.
“Okay, mummy won’t cry again.”I turned to her wiping my tears.
“Now do the same.”I forced a smile wiping her tears.
“I won’t cry again.”she smiled reassuringly.
I shook my head gently.
“I love you mum”she said throwing her arms round me.
“I love you my one and only.”I patted her
“We need to leave now.”I rose from my squatting position.
I’ve already made my plans.
I’ve made few friends, so I’d go to them now, I’d get an apartment before the week runs out, I’d get a shop and start selling provisions.
At least two hundred thousand naira would do, I assured myself as I and Eniola walked towards Bola’s place. I and Bola have
become so close within those few months.
Bola welcomed us, she was homely in her one room self contained apartment. She promised to help us get an apartment
within a few days time.
I glanced at Eniola, she looked calm. For once i never regretted my actions, I would do even more than that to protect my child.
That’s why my name is Tejumola now. I smiled inspite of myself.
Eniola smiled too, she was watching me. I hugged her, our bond was too strong.
we got a one room self-contained within four days, not up to four streets from Bola’s place. I also got a shop in the market, I
started selling provisions and soup ingredients. Eniola enrolled in a school close to the market, so she could come to
me after closing from school.
Business went on fine, at least we didn’t lack anything.
Eniola was trekking back from school withher schoolmates. They walked in groups,-in three’s and in four’s.
“Eniola hold my hand lets cross the road.”A neighbours daughter called Tola,told her.
She was older than Eniola, I had begged her to help my baby cross the road always.
“No”Eniola said defiantly.
“C’mon give me your hand.”tola said again.
“Nooooo”Eniola said again.
“Eniola, your mummy will beat you o”Tola
“I am a princess, my mummy won’t beat me.”Eniola said laughingly.
“I’l beat you o”Tola was getting worked up.
“Ehn? Me? Don’t o! My father is a king!”Eniola was enjoying the whole game.
“Stubborn geh!”Tola snapped.
“Yes o!”Eniola replied before running into the road.
“Eniola!”Tola tried to hold her but she was far gone.
An on-coming car screeched loudly before coming to a halt, almost banging into her.
She fell down due to fear. It’s occupant ran
“Are you alright?”David asked picking her up.
“Did you hit me?”she asked
“No, I don’t think so, I almost did… Errm, sorry.”
“I’m fine”Eniola laughed,
Tola ran to where they are.
“Sorry Eni..”she held Eniola.
“Next time you should hold her.hands”David cautioned Tola.
“She refused”Tola explained.
“I want to learn how to cross the road”Eniola said pouting.
“not now baby !”
“you should go home now.”he dipped his hands into his pocket and produced some naira notes
“here take this”he gave Eniola
“No thanks.”she smiled before running off.
“Mummy Eniola, good afternoon”Tola flexed
her knees as they got to my shop.
“Tola, bawo? Hows school today?”I replied hugging them both.
I placed a flask before them both
“Tola eat before going home.”I instructed