I thought about so many things. What will I
tell my father? And to think that its the same
Raymond that made him beat me some time
This time,he’ll disown me. What will I tell my
sister? My mother? My siblings?
I told Raymond about my condition. He was
bothered. I for one knew that his mother will
hate me to hell if she found out. I agreed not
to mention him if eventually my people finds
out(my teenage mind deceiving me again).
I stopped going home during breaks,my mum
whined and complained but I kept giving her
excuses. My sister also wasn’t left out. The
differences started appearing; pimples on my
face,I started being plumpy and eating more
than necessary. My girlfriend that I moved in
with pleaded with me to abort the baby but I
was scared. She later told me about a
motherless baby where I can sell the baby
when its finally born and we agreed to that.
She really tried her best to make me
Trouble came when my sister finally gave
birth and mum was to come for omugwo
Everyone insisted that I go over to help them
To lessen the trouble,my girlfriend and I went
shopping for big clothes at uwa mgbede(any
Enugu inhabitant will know this place). We
bought lots of clothes that would hide my
6months pregnancy. Truth be told,if you had
seen me that time,you’ll never imagine that I
The only time you’ll know is if I get to
UnCloth,then you’ll see the heavy pregnant
line that ran down from my stomach to my
private part. My friend warned me never to
try and UnCloth in front of my mum.
Two days before I was to go to my sister’s
house,the ASUU six months strike began. My
mum was the first to call me. She insisted
that I must stay with them for the greater
part of that strike.
The day I went there,it was with a heavy
heart as I didn’t know what to expect. Mum
saw me and she started complaining; ”look
how fat you’ve become”,”see how rough your
face is”,”you no longer take care of
yourself”. She talked and talked and talked
and finally asked the question, ”or,are you
I jumped in fright but had to cover up
Me: Haba. Mummy! Pregnant kwa?
Mum: Its possible nau. You think I don’t
know you have a boyfriend? If you’re
pregnant better tell us now o.
The whole issue was forgotten immediately
my sister started laughing. We followed her
gaze and we all joined too. Her baby had
peed inside the plate of yam porridge that
was for me. My mum just turned it and ate it
and we ended up laughing and discussing
Nobody mentioned about my plumpiness
again but I was worried. Its true we had
agreed to sell the baby but my annoyance
was that Raymond stopped replying my
Even when I explained to him that I was
covering up for him because of the quarrel
both families had already. That was when I
knew I was on my own.
One month later,we were to travel home for
dedication of the child. I refused to travel
with them but my sister pleaded saying that
I’ll come back once the dedication was over.
Going home,my trouble began. Family friends
that kept coming all said I looked pregnant
but my dad and mum denied it(do I blame
They told people that I was fat from eating
the new baby’s food.
I kept getting stares whenever I passed but I
tried not to brood over it. I stopped going
out. When the celebration died down,mum
and dad refused that I travel with the reason
that the strike was still on.
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