Few years back Dad lost his job as a banker, he was a honest man, the only honest man I have known all my life.
Colleagues at his work place tried to lure him into embezzling some of the company's fund which he vehemently refused, one was because he was a Christian and sees that as a sin, and two because of the trust and love his wife and daughter have for him.
Dad was honest in everything he does, some of the workers framed him up, accused him of lavishing the company's money and although the manager had a record of his honestly did not arrest him, but told him to leave the company.
That was how dad lost his job.
Dad was positive he would get another job soonest, seeing he has good grades and a very good working experience.
All hope to get another job became fruitless even as he tried harder, and things started getting worse gradually and the economy of the country too was not helping atall.
Dad couldn't keep up with taking care of the bills and he started entering into debts.
Mum was a strong woman whom I admire alot, she tried her best as a wife and mother to make sure we have something on the table as a family.
Never had she complained or disturb my dad for the upkeep of the family.
Mum was a Christian too.
We believe so much for a change, but it was taking long.
Years passed, and dad saw there was no hope anymore, no job, no food, no friends to help out and I was just done with my junior secondary school preparing to sit for my waec .
There was no money to register for the exam and the deadline was fast approaching.
I was very worried, dad too was. There was no hope of getting money anywhere, not when his brother who is the only relative and siblings he had in Lagos Nigeria after the death of their parents refused to help because he never supported him marrying my mum.
He accused mum of bewitching my dad to marry her, He called her all sort of names, dad stood to his ground and married her even without the support of his only brother.
' This so called woman you call wife, will be the end of you, I never for once have a good feeling about her' dad's elder brother said one morning when he visited us.
"Send her away, I don't like her as my sister inlaw"
"I will never send my wife away, our marriage is for better for worse", dad replied, refusing the advice of his elder brother vehemently.
"Please leave my house, I don't want my wife to come back here and see us arguing about our marriage" dad said, opening the door for his elder brother to leave.
"Don't come and meet me for anything atall when it's too late. And as from today I have no hands in your marriage to that woman", my uncle said and walked away.
Dad was very sad, that's the only brother he has.
He had no one to run to for help, not his brother, not his friends who left him now that he needed them.
We started selling some of our properties and mum had to sell her clothing shop just to get money for me to be able to sit for my exam, despite the hunger at home, I never relent in studying.
Because I've always wanted to be a science student and a medical doctor.
I was 15 when I sat for my junior waec, Dad was there to help me out with difficult questions while mum was away to do menial jobs.
I was young, inexperienced I never knew sadness and depression were eating deeply into dad, he masked all the sadness and pains with fake smiles whenever mum and I are around.
The support,love and encouragement from mum wasn't enough for dad that he died in his sleep, the D-Day to my exam.
I left very early for the venue, dad was still sleeping as we thought, and mum saw me off.
When I was coming back in the afternoon after my first paper, I could hear cries of people from a far distance.
I was wondering what was going on, I double my step even though I was weak due to the fact that I didn't eat anything in the morning before leaving.
As I came nearer to the house, I saw mum crying and rolling on the floor,
"what's wrong"? I asked with a worried face, looking at no one in particular.
"Mum, where is daddy?"
Her cries increased, I was speeches, it finally Dawn on me.
Dad is dead!
I cried uncontrolably, I rolled on the floor screaming. Nobody could hold me, no one could console me.
We mourned dad for some weeks, until gradually we started living without dad.
One morning, a loud bang on the gate woke us up from sleep.
"Who is this early this morning?" Mum asked standing up from the bed.
"Open the gate woman!" We could hear my Dad elder brother shouting
"Good morning uncle"! We greeted when I opened the gate, we wondering why he was here this Early morning.
"Keep your greetings to yourself, after you have killed my brother, you think his property are yours?"
"You must be joking, before I open my eyes go in there pack your load and leave now"! Dad elder brother told with no trace of emotion.
Mum looked at me shocked and surprised.
" Ah! Uncle don't do this to us, dad just died few weeks ago, and we are yet to stand on our feet again", mum pleaded.
"Please Don't send us out of my husband house", she begged crying.
Uncle looked at mum with disgust, "who is your husband?"
"I told my brother not to marry you, because I know you are evil, but he didn't listen, now he's in his grave" he face showed sadness.
"Uncle please" I pleaded with him on my knees.
"Don't send us away, we don't have anywhere to go".
When Dad brother saw that we were wasting time begging him, he called some boys to throw out properties outside the gate and locked it.
I winched in pain as to Why my uncle was so heartless.
K•E•L•S•I::::"How can somebody this wicked exists?" I wonder with tears rushing out of my eyes and anger clouding my features.Shamefully We picked out bags and walked out of the house, our house.Mum and I were walking aimlessly on the way with people giving up the pity look, and some even whispering wondering what had happened to us.We went back to Dad's elder brother, Richard to accommodate us for the time being, until mum gets a job that would be able to cater for our well being.He refused, accusing mum of killing his brother that we should not step our foot on his doorstep again.Mum was broken, we were helpless.I was feeling sharp pains in my back and legs due ti walking for hours under the scorching sun, until I complained to mum and luckily for us we saw a shop closedby and we stood under the shade.We waited for sometime and suddenly the weather changed, and it started
K•E•L•S•I::::Mum had to do everything from laundry to cleaning the house, cooking..... Which we did not mind atall.I noticed Mrs Raphael wasn't happy with her husband generosity, but I ignored it because of how overjoyed we were.He showed us everywhere in the building and also show us where we will be staying.The room he gave us was small, but better and more comfortable than that shade we slept last night, with a bed that can accommodate two people, Chair and table well furnished, what more can we ask for?We quickly arranged our luggages, and mum went out to start her new job as a maid, leaving me alone in the room.I was grateful to God and Mr Raphael too.I got excited about the new school I will attend, questions kept popping in my head.' when will I start this new school?""How will I cope with the new school and the new environment?"I wish dad was still alive wi
K•E•L•S•I::::I used all my will power to focus my attention on the teacher as i overheard soft mumurs from every corner."Ah! There you are, can you please tell me and the class your name? He encouraged."My name is Kelsi Itohan" I tried to be audible as I could."I'm a new student here" my voice slightly shaking.He nodded "Welcome, Kelsi the teacher replied with a smile that soothe my feeling.Sit down please."Thank you", I replied sitting quietly while taking a quick glance at my classmates."Alright everyone today we will start a new topic on mathematics INDCES'Ugh!I hate mathematics even as a science student I love anything that does not involve calculation, but I have no choice than to sit and learn.The teacher taught for over two hours, another came in and the third all asking me to introduce myself, I almost wanted to
K•E•L•S•I::::The closing bell rang, I was the first to rush out of the class, I honestly don't belong here! I hasten my footsteps as i wanted to go home on time.Parents were coming to pick their children, flashy cars were everywhere it was noisy and that made me feel sick the more.I knew I had to trek home, i didn't waste a moment to start my journey home.I walked out of the gate eager to get home, cover myself with a duvet and forget about today.I started trekking under the hot sun, when I got to the junction where there was a pothole with water, I waited for some drivers to pass so I can continue, while trying to pass through the pothole avoiding the water, a vehicle from no where splashed the dirty water on my body, I suddenly became chill wet from head to toe including my school bag.I looked at there I saw the driver slowed down and Anita head came out of the car window laughing.I couldn't
K•E•L•S•I::::Few weeks later I started getting used to Anita and her crew, their constant disturbance and nusiance, pushing me out of the way, mocking my dress, pouring water on my school bag and all of that.I couldn't tell mum about what I've been going through in school, I know she has a lot too.I vowed to keep it to myself and hopefully stand up to the challenge.I had to balance both school and work with mum.later at night mum couldn't hold it anylonger she woke me up and told me everything going on at work, she told me all that Mrs Raphael has been doing to her, sometimes accusing her of stealing, threatening to kill her if she come close to her husband.I felt bad.Mr Raphael took us like his family, but his wife sees mum and I as slaves and nothing more.I was hurt again, even when we think everything is going on well, Life will always show us the bad side.I couldn't follow m
K•E•L•S•I::::The sport teacher asked him to introduce himself."My name is Lexy Ideh", his smooth voice came out"Ideh?" That Sounds familiar....... I thought sitting at the front row in other to watch the match properly.Well, alot of people bears that name, so there is nothing wrong with it being a coincidence.We had sport that morning, I watched the guys played football it was SS1 science department VS SS1 Commercial department that Friday, girls were cheering guys were whistling encouraging their various departments.Lexy and delvin were good player and everybody was cheering and encouraging them, I smiled watching him play with all seriousness dribbling his opponent.They were everybody's favourite, both the teachers and students, smart, handsome and energetic.What else?Few minutes into the match, Lexy kicked the ball flying straight into our rival goal post, a
K•E•L•S•I::::"Oh Well, seems like she saw us smilling at each other", I blurted out softly because I could see smoke coming out of her head and her eyes not leaving our direction."I need to start going" I told lexy quickly standing up from the seat.I really don't want any trouble with Anita, Not today.Lexy nodded and broke into a wide smile when Anita came over putting her arms across his shoulder.I walked passed Anita and heard her hissing like a snake.Friday was a one of the most memorable day for everyone in the school, most especially for the girls.I too was looking forward to seeing Lexy in school on monday.When I got home from school mum noticed I was in a happy mood, she eyed me suspiciously."Hmm.. what happened today Kelsi"? This one you are smilling like this, she teased."Nothing oh! Mummy", I replied smilling mischievously."Are you sur
K•E•L•S•I::::"Kelsi, What's happening here?"Who's that? Mum asked coming towards me with the things she bought, while looking at Anita departing figure."Uhm....She's just a friend", I smiled, taking the goods from my mum who look unconvinced about my reply, I knew she could see my unsettled body language."She is my Friend mum, ermm.... I mean my class mate, she was greeting me" I grinned, trying to reassure my mother."Alright", mum said. "let us start going it's getting late already"I was relieved, finally she reluctantly accepted.I was glad Anita didn't not meet mum,and mum didn't meet her.I hope they don't cross paths.I really hope so.***********We came back late and quickly make dinner for the Raphael's, while mum was still cooking I went outside to complete my assignment