sister Theresa that I could not place a finger on, whenever she prayed it was
like she was having an epileptic attack just as she did now.
I had followed
Solo and his girlfriend to their church where there was accommodation for me,
they said it was temporary but I was well fed, sheltered and clothed-even
though I detested most of the clothing, I wore them all the same. The unusual
thing that happened was that immediately I moved into the church quarters, the
so-called sister Theresa insisted on moving in with me, but I didn’t mind at first
that was before I knew about her round-the-clock prayers and the most annoying
thing was the way she involved me in her conversations with God. It was either
‘May God deliver Senorita’ or ‘I send out every evil spirit from the body of
Senorita into the bottomless pit of hell.’
awake, I stared at the clock, it was five thirty am, I hissed and turned to
face the wall. I found it hard sleeping again because I had already woken up.
When I finally made a resolve to shut my eyes tight and go to sleep, I felt a
warm hand over my head, it was Theresa’s and she was pushing my head back and
forth and mumbling some words, I could not take it anymore, I wrestled myself
out of her grip and stood up from the bed.
church jeje, before I fit talk jack, you don land for my room take possession, I
nor talk. You go wake up for night pray sotte seven go knack, I nor complain.
Now, de one wey you wan start be dis one, I go use teeth break dat ya hand if
you touch my head again.” I shout.
just praying for you and honestly, the pastor is definitely going to lay his
hands on you so, this is no big deal.” Sister Theresa said to me in a calm
that about anointed ministers of God. You should be grateful that we gave you
accommodation and we even feed you.” Sister Theresa said still in a calm voice.
me come church? I dey my house jeje dey wait for my parole with Onochie, na so
una show face. If una know say una nor go leave me jeje for dis
place ehn, tell me ooo…I go pack my load go Oga Solo place atleast him nor dey
wake pesin for night and even if him wake me for night, me I go wake because I
nor know if na jolly him wan do…”
are talking about?” Sister Theresa said to me in disbelief.
first everybody for dis una church know Solo, u hear me so.”
Solomon gave me details about your behavior so I shouldn’t be worried.” Sister
Theresa said, more to herself than to me.
Mtcheww abeg comot for my front jare make I go piss, abi you want make I piss
for inside room?”
I know I might have ruffled you and for that please receive my sincere
apology.” Sister Theresa said to me.
out of the room and headed to the bathroom. It was high time I emptied my
gifts, I was over the moon with joy. Sister Theresa stood at the side, smiling
and glancing at us, I could see the hatred in her eyes but, ‘who sigh?’ I knew
Solo first and I was determined to prove that to everyone I meet.
sorry that I haven’t been here to see you after dropping you off. You know that
I have quit the taxi business and have started working in a small company.”
ever fault you…na you be my all.” I say.
all my dear…”
nor like me again?”
am here to help you.” Solo said, and then turning to look at Theresa who still
stood at the side, he nodded at her and she walked up to meet us. “Theresa has
just given me a very good idea…you know that we hold classes during the week,
Adult evening classes to help people speak better and write better. We would
love you to be a part of it…” Solo said to me.
since…wetin I go dey do for dia? Abi you want make I teach? I fit try teach
in the school. Senorita you need to upgrade.”
na…shebi you don see my room? E fine ehn…if not for dis sister Theresa wey pack
her load come join me for dia sef..mtcheww. She nor get house?”
your best interests in mind…she is here to look after you.”
something.” I say as I move closer to whisper into his ear. “Dis Theresa ehn, e
be like say she sick ooo…if you see am for night ehn! She dey shake like paper
wey dey burn…”
that…just get ready to get some education. Many ladies can speak pidgin English
but their English is quite impeccable as well…”
materials and you’ll begin your classes…okay.” Solo said to me.
away. Solo stood up and walked to meet Theresa and hand in hand, they walked
out of sight. Hissing loudly I mutter under my breath;
Solo na my man and I must catch am by force by fire!”