I got to the office on Monday morning with the hope of hashing everything out and coming to a conclusion that could work for all. I did not plan to give up my love and life for silly traditions and I was ready to fight for what I believed in.
I got to the office just in time for the usual Monday morning meetings. Most of the staff was seated already including Dapo but I was not able to exchange words with anyone before our boss came in.
As I sat demurely in my seat, listening to and watching what was happening around me, I could barely suppress the urge to jump on Dapo and hold him tightly. His eyes caught mine a few seconds into the meeting and he didn’t let go. Every time my eyes went back to him, his were still glued to my face. I was so self-conscious of his scrutiny, I was sure others noticed too.
As soon as the meeting was over, I saw him headed straight towards me. He was detained by people wanting to say hello to him but he quickly brushed them off and kept coming. Then, I was surrounded by people who wanted to ask how I was faring after my loss. I received condolence messages one after the other, smiling and nodding and looking grave whenever it was needed but my mind was on the handsome man moving towards me with such determination etched on his face.
He finally reached me and took my hand. I guessed he couldn’t wait to touch me. “How are you doing Leona? Sorry about your loss. Who died anyway?”
I couldn’t believe him. Was he trying to be funny? Of course, he knew nobody had died. I decided to play his game. “Oh, someone very special.”
“Really?” he squeezed my hand. “Who? I hope the person was old?”
“Oh no. Quite young actually. It was such a big loss. It was devastating and it broke my heart. He had such a full life ahead of him.”
“He, uh?” his eyes sparkled. I could tell he was enjoying himself.
“Yes. A cousin very dear to my heart.” I batted my eyes and smiled impishly.
“Eyah. So sorry for your loss. Accept my condolences.” Adesuwa, an intern in the firm said, patted my back and left.
One by one those who surrounded us left until it remained just me and Dapo. “Now, I have you all to myself and there is nowhere to run.” His words sounded like both a promise and a threat.
He dragged me by the hand and headed straight in the direction of his office. On getting into the privacy of his office, he didn’t even give me time to utter a single word before crushing me to him and kissing me deeply. I was momentarily caught off guard before I caught on and kissed him back with everything I’ve got.
A little while later, I pulled back and he released me reluctantly. We wouldn’t want someone to walk in on us in this position; after all we were in the work place.
“I’ve really missed you.” He murmured, still holding on to me.
“I missed you too.”
“I don’t understand though. Why did you shut me out?”
“I just needed to work some things out, okay? I hope you understand?”
“I thought as much but I was hurt all the same.”
“I’m sorry for putting you through all that.” I led him in and sat down pulling him into a chair opposite me, still holding on to his hand. “But you do understand why I had to do it?”
“Yes, I do. So, what’s the plan now?”
I sighed. “While coming to the office this morning, I actually thought of a plan that might work.”
That got his attention. “Okay, I’m listening.”
“I thought of my aunt that resides in Enugu. She’s my dad’s elder sister and she has a great influence on him. I think she might be able to sway him.”
He looked deep in thought. “What makes you think she’ll sway him towards you? Isn’t she a great believer in tradition too? After all, she’s older and probably more rooted than he is.”
I waved his concern aside. “Oh, my aunt is not all that. She’s very forward thinking. In fact, I’m surprised by my parents; they never gave any indication of believing in this tradition stuff. I don’t know what came over them.”
“Precisely my point. What if your aunt turns out the same way?”
“Hmm good point, but I don’t think so. Anyway, we’ll never know till we try, right?”
“Okay. Let’s try it your way. How will you see her? It’s too important a matter to talk over on phone.”
“True. I’ll have to travel down to Enugu to see her. She’s elderly and I can’t ask that big a favor of her on phone.”
“When will you go?”
“Why not this weekend? I won’t rest until I know this matter is settled.”
“Neither will I. Although, no love is as sweet as forbidden love.” he winked
I laughed. “True that. Forbidden love is so sweet.”
He winked again and got serious. “I’ll book your flight for you later in the day. Return ticket right?”
“Definitely. I have to be back by Sunday. I can’t take any more time off work.”
“Okay. So it’s a plan?”
“It’s a plan. Let’s hope it works.”
Deeper Life School Saga: Accused Student Shares His Side Of The Story
The Trending Deeper Life School Saga, Shalom Omoniyi, one of the students who allegedly bullied Don-Davis Archibong at the Deeper Life High School, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, has spoken up about the incident.
Recall, Don-Davis alleged on Facebook Live that senior students of the school, including Shalom and one Ola, assaulted him severally while he was in their hostel.
He also claimed that he couldn’t report to the school authorities because the senior students threatened to kill him if he reported them.
However, in an interview with Vanguard, Omoniyi, a 13-year-old Senior School 1 student from Ekiti State, said their boarding master, Nseabasi Joseph, only asked him and Ola to help Don-Davis learn how to keep himself clean.
Shalom said Joseph only gave him the task because Don-Davis was his bunkmate for two weeks.
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“Don-Davis was my bunkmate. I resumed at the school on November 1, 2020, to meet him as my bunkmate. But I was told that he was removed from the Junior Students Hostel and put in the Senior Students Hostel because the boarding master of junior school, Mr Akpan, was sick.
“We (Ola and I) did not bully him. I did not molest him. The boarding master, Joseph Nseabasi, asked us to make sure he was always clean because when he pooped or peed on himself, he didn’t clean up. And when he smelled, and we asked him if he defecated, he would say no.
“But when we asked him to pull down his boxers and bend down, we would discover that he defecated without cleaning his anus. We would now ask him to go and take his bath or clean himself. And when we noticed that his clothes were smelling, we would tell him to go and wash the clothes, but he would refuse. Instead, he would go and put the smelly clothes in his cupboard.”
The accused minor also said Don-Davis was moved back to the Junior Students Hostel when Akpan returned before the end of the term on December 19, 2020.
He also said that Don-Davis might have been angry that they (he and Ola) didn’t do the things the boarding master, Akpan, was doing for him before he fell ill, noting, “Mr Akpan used to wash his clothes, bathe him. He also helped him to brush his teeth.
“Mr Akpan returned to School before school closed on December 19, 2020. When he returned, Don-Davis was also moved back to his former hostel. He was moved to the Senior Students Hostel because when Mr Akpan was sick, the Junior Students Hostel did not have a boarding master. He was moved out of our hostel on November 15.”
Omoniyi also said a female nurse used to come at 6:30 am to give Don-Davis drugs every day on an empty stomach.
Asked if the School punished him and Ola for allegedly bullying and molesting Don-Davis, Omoniyi said he was never punished.
“Don-Davis reported us to the school principal, (Mrs Ndidi Solomon, already suspended) that Ola and I bullied him. The principal invited us to her office and told us that she was going to punish us. Even when we tried to explain things to her, she refused to listen. But she did not punish us.”
Father to the accused student, Olusegun Omoniyi, said his son has been admitted into the school from JSS1, and that he never received any bad report from the school about any misconduct on the part of his son.
He said he was therefore surprised when Don-Davis mentioned his son’s name in the matter.
He explained that even when the school principal, Ndidi Solomon, contacted him, saying she was going to punish his son, he was not given details of the offence he was said to have committed.
He said, “So, when I saw the story and the alleged involvement of my son, I decided to call my son and ask him why he bullied and molested the boy, but he said he did not do such a thing.
“I cannot force my son to tell a lie. And I also allowed him to make a statement to the police last Thursday.
“I am not worried about anything because I believe that my son is telling the truth and I know the truth will prevail, no matter how long it takes. In fact, the whole story is too shallow for me to believe.”
The Spiky Path (Joy And Her Wicked Dad) Episode 4
The two girls were panting heavily … John who is chioma little brother was peeping through the window, the girls were quietly waiting for his response ,at long last he signed and nodded his head negatively,the Look of relief and peace came over their stance and face immediately as they both sat on the tattered carpet.
“That your father will not kill you and your mother” , chioma retorted angrily after the long silence ,Jonny bring us water please,joy told John who quickly left for the kitchen … “have told you to stop saying words like kill in from to their little boy”joy replied her friend after the boy had left.
Chioma hissed and shouted in anger “but your father will end up killing you if you don’t implement our plan fast!”,joy was too tired and in pain to argue with her friend,she remembered her mother and got tears started rushing out of her eyes.
Chioma noticed and quickly stood up to hug her friend .. “am sorry for shouting at you,but I just feel the pain too
and I can’t take it anymore,it’s unbearable for me as well”,joy looked up at her loving friend and hugged her back, “I don’t know why you love me like this chioma,thank you for standing up and fighting for me everytime,one would think we are sisters”chioma froze at joys word but quickly smiled…. “let me get you food to eat and don’t even think of going to that house this night,okay!”.
Joy smiled and looked away because she knew she would be going home soon,she can’t leave her sweet mother in the hands of her beastlike father,he will use up all his anger and frustration on the poor woman , “I don’t know if being a doctor is by force,I already agreed to go to school,even up to university ooo,but I want to follow my dream of
being a dancer,why won’t he let me !” Joy lamented talking to no one in particular as chioma has left for the kitchen.
John came out with the water not quite long,joy quickly clean her tears face and faked a smile for the 5 years old boy,he is too young to see the brutality and sadness of life,joy would always tell chioma ….. “Jonny what took you so long” joy asked with her fake smile , “I was boiling the water for you,I will help you massage your body with it too,all your face and body are swollen”the little boy replied with a sad face and shakey voice.
Joy couldn’t hold back her tears this time she rushed to hug him and burst into tears,the boy also joined her in crying and they stayed like that until chioma cane to let them both,they ate and slept.
“You are time of sneaking around joy… where are you going to?”It was chioma that asked,she put on the lantern and caught joy by her sweaty and bloody gown,joy smiled and sat down back … “and you are tons of catching me whenever I want to sneak from your house,even my father doesn’t catch me like you do”the two girls burst into a long laughter at joys response.
“I need to go home,my father will not allow my mother to sleep if I don’t go home tonight,he will bully her and am scared,you know how her health is,chioma looked worried at once and stood up almost immediately,”I will escorting yo your gate,this is past 11 in the night” … joy smiled and hugged her friend or rather angel in human form.
The two girls walked side by side in the darkness to joys house,as they approach the house joy fear increased and chioma anger increased, “we really need to implement our plan as fast as possible”she said to joy with NG we visible in her voice ,joy oretended not to hear,chioma plan involve leaving her mum and she will not stand for it,she loves her mother too much to abandon her with her crazy father.
Chioma knew joy ignored her intentionally as she has always avoided the topic,she signed and kept quiet.
At last they got to the house and chioma said her goodbyes, “we will see in school tomorrow” chioma said to her friend ,joy smile sadly and responded sadly .. “that’s if am still alive and able to walk” and with that the two girls went their separate ways.
The Spiky Path (Joy And Her Wicked Dad) Episode 3
Joy couldn’t stand there to recieve any more whiplash,her father had been whipping her for the past ten minute and he doesn’t seems to be tired,infact the whipping was becoming tougher and firmer,she removed her slippers and took to her heels,immediately her father saw what was happening he also removed his slippers and started running after her,it was a sight to behold .
They were running like mad cat and rat and everyone was looking at them,chioma was also running after them shouting at the top of her voice for people to interfere but no one paid any attention to her , Joy was crying in pain and running and her father was running after her,delivering whiplash on her body anytime he gets the chance.
Joy looked back and saw chioma running after them and quickly remembered their plan B,plan A was to go home with him and recieve her usuals cane and plan B was to run to chioma house of plan A fails and now that plan A has failed because her father didn’t take her home as usual,he started beating her from the spot,it’s time to execute plan B.
Joy looked back again and made a funny sound,her friend quickly made a U turn and passed another road,to joy father he thought she had given up running after them, “bastard child… she want to influence my daughter negatively,always staying back to support her,run naw… I thought you can run,are you tired”,he shouted after chioma retreating figure.
Unknown to him that it was a mere distraction to help joy escape,he looked front to continue chasing his daughter home with the cane because he knows that she won’t go home easily without cane.
But to his astonishment and surprise he didn’t see her in front of him,his head almost exploded,after all the running and madness on the street,he had just destroyed a part of his reputation,everyone saw him when he was running like a mad goat on the street,he had never beaten joy in front of people apart from her mother and neighbors before but he decided to do that so as to instill fear in her heart just like he had done to her mother.
But at the end of the day she had made a fool and mockery of him all in the name of her stupid dance,joy father thought in pain and never to himself .
He stopped running and started walking home slowly,he would go and vent his anger in his wife that way he would be able to breathe and she would tell her daughter the story when she comes back home.
Joy mother was in the backyard peeling yam for dinner when she heard her husband voice,although he was shouting but she’s used to it already so she doesn’t see it as shouting,when does he talk with his normal voice,he is always roaring and shouting to make his point clear.
He was calling for her so she quickly dropped the knife and rushed to answer him,she almost stepped on the knife in a haste to get to him quickly.
As she turned to enter their small parlor she was met with a hot and blinding slap,she stumbled and fell on a nearby chair,she didn’t make any sound due to the fear of annoying him the more,she quickly jumped up and tied her wrapper very well,she already knows what is coming next and just like that he pounced on her and started throwing punches and blow on the poor woman.
She didn’t want to shout so the neighbors won’t hear their shout which will only intensify his anger so she took the beating like a good child and made only small noises whenever the pain was unbearable.
It went on like that for about twenty minute and when he was tired and spent he sludge to the chair beside him and sat down panting like a lion,get me my food stupid woman.
I will kill the both of you! He roared,joy mother was in pain but she quickly stood up and walked slowly to the kitchen to prepare his dinner,she knew he was venting his anger on her… she was scared for her daughter, “I wonder what he has done to the poor girl” she lamented to her self as she continue with her cooking.