Tade n Nkechi “8” – Isaacola AA

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Chichi was lulled to sleep as mama rocked her and kept on with the Ijesha dialect for some minutes more.

“Time to pack my things, bishe o ba peni, enikan oo peshe” mama said talking to herself.


Tade went to the motor park to pick his mother in-law immediately she notified Nkechi of her arrival in Lagos. Unfortunately, mama was delayed with some unexplainable situations just after calling Nkechi.

Tade had to wait extra thirty minutes at the garage which was not funny at all. He still needed to get to the bank to make some withdrawals (above what the automatic teller machine can handle) before the close of business for the day.

“Oh my God! What is keeping their bus again for goodness sake?” Tade exclaimed.

Finally when he was about giving up, the bus showed up spotting a busted hind tyre at the driver side. He sighed with a big relief when he saw the mother in-law waving frantically from within the bus.

“Good afternoon ma” Tade said curtly not sure either to shake hand or to prostrate. In a split second, the dilemma was solved as Mrs Onuah gave him a bear hug.

“Congratulations, my son! How is your mum? I hope she is still around? It’s been ages I saw her last…” Mrs Onuah was making him uncomfortable with questions – not necessarily waiting for him to answer them before chipping the next one in.

“Mama, sorry we need to get to bank before going home in order for me to meet up before the close of business” Tade pleaded with his in-law.

“No problem” mama replied with a smirk of disappointment across her face.

On getting to the hospital -after Tade had used up his in-law’s one whole gruesome hour-, they got to the hospital. Mama Onuah couldn’t hide her joy as she jumped up and down praising the Lord for sparing the life of her only daughter.

Mrs Onuah immediately forgot about everyone present and addressed Nkechi oblivious to the fact that Tade and those present do not understand Igbo.

“Ada m nwanyi, kedu ka imee? A na m eche ka m nwee kwado ofuma tupu m puta ba. Kedu maka nwa m nwanyi Chichi? Auyi ga ebido laba n’oge na-adighi anya biko. Ano m ya, uche atula gi”. Mrs Onuah bombarded with satisfaction.

She examined Nkechi’s eye balls, palms and fingernails before looking up to Tade with a glint of approval at what he has been doing to take care of her daughter.

” You tried my son, at least for a first timer. Where is Chichi and mama? Abi they are at home?” She asked.

“They are in the next ward, Ma” Tade replied sounding irritated.

Just as Tade was answering, Mrs Ajayi walked in….

“Welcome my in-law, how is Papa and the boys? How was your journey?” Before she could ask another question the joyous Mrs Onuah knelt down in traditional Yoruba greeting which surprised even Nkechi.

Mrs Ajayi embraced her in-law and held tight in a show of love.

Her heart melted. All the animosity and acrimony held against her in-law disappeared. She cried out of joy –and probably elation- nodding repeatedly to take it all in. Mrs Onuah will never understand how that singular act of kneeling down broke down a whole wall between herself and her in-law.

Culture, cultural differences and values…….

To be continued

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What Mrs Onuah was saying is : sorry my daughter, am around now. We will soon be going home.

Mrs Ajayi was saying “its time to work and no dilly dally”.

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