Happy to hear that he could be healed, he pressed Ijele. “Please get on with it, I want to go after my wife and children”. “No, you can’t do that! Even I Ijele would be mad to go after Urenma in a land such as Ala Upah. The land fountains with the worst form of evil known in creation and is habitat for beings like the damned spirits. Beside, your wife is no longer the person who left you for the river world, a lot has happened to her since then”. “What happened to Urenma?! Tell me Ijele? Before she attacked me and left with Obiakor and Olachi, I saw evil in her face!” “I have to heal you first!” Ijele stepped outside to fetch some herbs; in about a minutes time he was back. After he had blended the herbs into a perfect mix of liquid, he helped Obinze to gulp it down; and then placed his hands on his chest and shut his eyes.
In a flash Obinze’s open flesh closed up. Obinze hurried to get up, but fell back to his mat, “Obinze, you have to rest, Urenma took much more than her hair from you”. “But you haven’t told me what is wrong with Urenma”. “Urenma has been given her memory back”. “What memory Ijele?” “The memory of her ancient life as a ruthless, wicked queen amongst the gods”. “Urenma was a queen?”
“Yes she was; and a ruthless one at that. She was wife to Nshaa then, and the both of them committed so much evil that the council of gods sat and decided to strip them of their positions. Over time Urenma changed for good and showed she had a pure heart. Nshaa was also thought to have changed, but with what he has done, he never really did. He gave Urenma her memory back in the hope that she would join him in his evil quest.
For a moment it seemed like it worked, but the several mentioning of your name broke her free”. “My name broke her free? How?” “Obinze, there is much to you than anyone knows and the council of gods are counting on that in this time”. “So if Urenma successfully resisted Nshaa’s evil schemes, why then is she under an evil spell?” “She was on her way back to you when those abominations of the spirit world, the damned spirits attacked her with one of their magical abominations which took over her mind. Right now the magic controls her. It can be removed from her back and I think that is the reason it drove to Ala Upah where no one follow her to. I fear the gods are concerned too that if the evil on her back decides to drive back to Ukeh to join the battle, there will be unimaginable horrors in this land. Urenma must not team up with Nshaa. Since she got her memory back, she has grown in power. It was for this reason that the gods took the memory of her old life away and swore an oath never to give it back to her. Nshaa has spoilt all that. He has destroyed the balance of the river world by unleashing the damned spirits; he caused the princesses of the gods to turn on their fellow spirits and brought Ojadili back from his time and generation. And the worst still, he made Atari, a spirit under the curse of the gods to possess him”.
“Ijele, my concern is Urenma. Why don’t you let me try and help her, if she has as much power as you have just mentioned. Wouldn’t it be wise to have her fighting on our side?” “It would be good to have her on our side, but you can’t go to Ala Upah. Ala Upah is not the river world! Even if you could go there, tell me who would let you in?”
Obinze felt frustrated by his being not able to rescue his wife and children. Ijele continued. “You must focus on the task at hand. Tomorrow you will face Ojadili in a mortal combat and you know what he is and who is in him. You must not die! You must hold him off until Obiakor your son and his sister find their way out of Ala Upah”. “So you know they will make it out of the evil land after all?” “We only hope that they will make it. It has being written long ago that he shall fight in this battle alongside his sister. We hope the prophecy shall come to pass”. “So how is Obiakor going to make it out of Ala Upha”. “I don’t have the answer now Obinze. Like I said, you must focus on the task ahead, which is your fight with Ojadili.
You must not let him kill you. You must stay alive!”
“How am I meant to do that without Urenma’s hair or any spiritual power backing me up?” “There is a way you can do that, a knowledge which you must have………” “And what knowledge is that?” “Obinze, you and Ojadili are half-brothers…….” Ijele paused. Obinze jumped to his feet. His eyes widened in shock and he thought perhaps he was in a dream. “Ijele how could I and Ojadili be half-brothers? He lived many generations before I was born. Look at me, was I not born but yesterday? How can we be brothers? Was not Ojadili dead before even my father was born?” “Yes you are right, but the woman who gave birth to him is also your mother. She comes into life at certain times in the past to give birth to men of importance chosen by the gods to achieve great feats. Ojadili was supposed to be her last born child”.