I hesitated when I got to the string of wires
surrounding the pond, I wasn’t really sure I
wanted to die. The thought of hell was
scary. I knew it was a sin to commit
I took a quick glance around, the whole
place was empty except a Fulani man
sipping his tea. I wondered how he enjoyed
the tea, since the afternoon was hot.
The fulani man was staring at me, he got to
his feet and sauntered towards me. I felt
the urge to act fast, but each time I try,
some unseen forces pulled me back. I
started to wonder if the mammy waters
don’t like me.
“Ke! Wetin I dey do for diya?”the fulani man
I didn’t reply, I moved closer to the pond.
“Kai! I wan kill mysef koh?”he placed his
palm on his mouth.
I was already squeezing through the wire
when he pulled me back roughly.
“Leave me alone!”I glared at him.
“Wallahi I dey craze, I don’t have hankali
ne?”he gesticulated angrily.
I got to the wires again, he pulled me this
time before I could sq££ze through. I put up
a struggle but he threw me down.
“Ke! Stop flaying fa!”he warned.
I sized his tiny framed figure, I thought I
could break him into two parts.
“wallahi, zan beating you fa?”.
Beat who? Me? He should try stopping me
again if I don’t pull him into the pond with
He took hold of my hands and pulled me
away cursing loudly. I struggled with all my
might to free my self, but I couldn’t
A police van screeched to a halt beside us
as we got to the end of the street.
David got out giving us a questioning look
“This girl I want to kill herself o”the fulani
man told David.
“She wan pall inside zat water o”
David’s eyes grew larger
“Water? You wanted to drown yourself?”
I looked down, tears blurring my vision.
“Mummy!”I definitely heard that, but I
thought It was my imagination
“Mummy mi”Eniola said again
I turned swiftly and saw her standing beside
the van. Was I dreaming?
“Baby? Are you the one?”my voice was low.
“Uhm”Eniola nodded before running to give
me a hug.
I held her tightly like it was my last.
“Mummy don’t cry you hear.”
I wept whilst examining my daughter, I
missed her so much.
“I love you my princess”
“I love you too mummy”Eniola replied tears
streaking down her cheeks.
What if I had drowned, I wouldn’t be sharing
“It’s alright, thank God we found her, and
thank God you didn’t hurt yourself.”David
hugged us both.
“Will the nurse give me injections?”Eniola
David was driving us to the hospital, he had
insisted we took her for a check-up.
“Maybe.”David smiled at her.
She was sitting on his laps as he drove. I
became a spectator.
“No! I don’t like injections”she wanted to
“Please, you hear? Its painful o, please
“I’m not your uncle.”
“I’m your father.”David stole a glance at me
“You are my daddy?”Eniola’s jaw dropped
“Yea sweet heart.”David replied stopping
the car at the parkinglot.
I got out quitely, this guy is really looking
for my trouble.
“Wow!”Eniola squealed hugging David.
“So I now have a daddy? My daddy has a
car, my daddy likes me and my daddy looks
fine.”she was very excited.
I watched them both as they rejoiced.
“Can we go in now?”I sounded impatient.
“sure”David gave me a winning smile.
Doctor Raymond examined her for a while.
“Was she sexually abused?”he directed his
question at David, but Eniola answered first.
“Ehn now! They abuse me very well o,
Akpan called me an , Lois called me
naughty, You see?”Eniola quipped.
I rolled my eyes, this girl is a talkative.
“Baby, he meant, did they touch you?”David
was looking for the best way to explain to
I smiled to myself, I knew she’d give a funny
“Yes o! All of them touch me o! Even
madam Lina sef, she touch me too. All of
them touch me plenty times sef!”she
Doctor Raymond couldn’t help laughing.
“This your daughter is a case on its
own.”He told David.
“Yea, a big one!”David laughed
“Why are you laughing na? Didn’t I answer
the question?”Eniola frowned.
“Come baby.”I pulled her gently to my side.
“Did anyone of them do what Akpan tried to
do that day?”I whispered into her ears.
“No, they did not! Maybe Akpan is still
scared of your beatings o”she joined in the
“Well, Mr David..”Raymond tried to control
“I think there’s nothing wrong with your
daughter, no damages at all”
“Thank you Doctor, God bless you for the
injection o”Eniola squealed at him before