“Ojadili was supposed to be the last child, but when the gods saw the revolt of the present time, they brought her back to give birth to you. In your case, a lot was done differently which shall be revealed to you in due time. Because of the enormity of your task, she was not allowed to live a full life. She sacrificed her life for you and so did your father. When I told you that someone heard your cry and sent me, it was she who sent me.
Now do you see why you must focus on Ojadili and not on Ala Upah?” Obinze lay on the mat and pressed his head against the mat. His head was spinning very fast. He had heard so much than he could process in one time. “Obinze tonight, when you have fully recovered, you will wrestle me. I shall teach you how to hold Ojadili off until the battle begins”.
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In the kingdom above, there were several meetings by the council of the gods over the things that were happening in the river world and in Ukeh. After so many meetings the council of the gods decided an army would be sent down to fight.
But that would be only when Obiakor had engaged Ojadili so the gods by that decision hung the fate of Ukeh on the shoulders of a boy, whose mother had captured and taken to Ala Upah.
The decision did not sit well with Adaure, Obinze’s mother and Ugorji, her husband. They were feisty in their argument with the gods to do much more than they had done. “This very council snatched my life before I had the chance to nurse my baby, Obinze, to a boy. You asked for my life that he might be great and I willingly gave it. You demanded my husband’s and he gave it without questions. All these we did because of our faith in you. Now look at what is happening. Is this how you intend to keep your word?!”
“The gods have made the best decision in this situation; you have to accept that our decision is the best?” the council of gods answered her. “My lords, the choice of wife for my son many years ago was Ntani why then did the gods change it and chose Urenma? We feared it would come to this when the callous, ruthless, wicked god queen was made my son’s wife. We somehow knew she would get her memory back and it would lead to this. Ntani was a better choice! We feel the gods should have considered the sacrifices we made before making such decisions”, said, Ugorji. “Urenma has a good heart and was shown it since she repented from the wickedness Nshaa led her to commit. None of what is happening now is her fault. Did she not resist Nahaa when he brought her memories back and sort to have her join him in his new atrucities? Ntani on the other hand is a good spirit, yes. But she is better at being a warrior than a wife. Her heart is too vilotile and for that the gods chose Urenma. Trust us all these shall end well”.
“But my lords, is Urenma not the goddess of war? Has she not attacked and taken her hair from Obinze? Has she not kidnapped my grandchildren and taken them to Ala Upah where no one, spirit or mortal can follow her to? But look how Ntani fights selflessly and leads bravely. She has not abandoned anyone at such a time. She would have made a better wife of Obinze”. Adaure said bitterly. “Adaure! The gods understand your feelings fully. But you must trust us. Urenma is under a powerful spell which you know of.
Her mind has been taken over by the abominable charm of the damned spirits. She would never leave Obinze in her clear mind. I know you judge her harshly because of her past, but before this battle is over she shall make you smile”. “My lords I humbly request that I and my husband be granted leave to go help our son. Ojadili must go back to his rest.
His time has passed. As I speak Nshaa leads an innumerable company of damned spirits and the army of the river world to Ukeh. Obinze has no help, how much can Ijele really do for him? Please send us to go provide him some cover or send us to Ala Upah to rescue our grandchildren. Perhaps, we might save the wicked queen you gave him as wife from the abomination struck to her back”. “Urenma is no longer a wicked queen Adaure! And mind you, Ijele can do a lot! None of your request shall be granted. Trust the gods and all this shall come to pass as we have planned”.
Immediately Adaure and her husband were led away from the presence of the council of gods.
To Be Continued…..