he had grown up in. He stepped out of the car and opened the back door to carry
out Bobo who had been sleeping throughout the trip. By the time he had locked
the door of the car, he held onto Bobo in his arms and crossed to the other side
of the road where he quickly walked up to the gate of his father’s house. He
had given Bobo sleeping pills because he was careful not to draw attention to
What if he had driven past some policemen at the traffic light and
Bobo raised an alarm? Those and many more were the thoughts that went through
his mind last night as he had made the solemn resolve of setting things right. He
raised up his hand and knocked hard at the gate. The gate opened and Baba Aliyu,
the gateman he had known as a teenager started at him in shock.
your father would have given to see you come home, just the way you have done
now.” Baba Aliyu said. Then staring at the boy in his arms, he asked. “Yours?”
in…your mother is upstairs.” Baba Aliyu said.
pushed open the door to the interior of the house and felt a wave of nostalgia
hit him squarely in the face. Nothing had changed, the strong scent of the
house was still intact, he quietly carried Bobo to the sofa of the sitting room
and lay him down on it. The pictures of his childhood and young adult years
placed proudly on the walls made him want to cry. His parents had had such high
hopes for him and he had paid them back with ill. He was still staring around
when he heard his mother’s voice.
staircase to envelope him in a hug. “When you called me, I thought I was
boss said as he fell to his knees in tears.
heavenward in thanks.
mother’s hand, he led her to where Bobo lay on the sofa.
mother said quietly.
sat beside Bobo and conversed.
of excitement in her eyes.
tell you but here is one good that I have ever done in my life.” The boss said
pointing to Bobo. “He is the product of an affair I had as a young man in
mom. I want you to take him back to his mom…he knows his house address and
the phone number to reach his mother. I brought him here because I also want
him to know you as his grandmother. He bears our family name and I want him to
have a share in my inheritance, I want you to be a part of his life as much as
you can…” The boss said emotionally.
of your return and of your children….he was so hurt that you left and never
kept in touch. He had a stroke and soon after, had a heart attack, he missed
you Dapo.” His mother said.
when he needed me most.” The boss said.
boss and the elderly woman by his side.
bring you?” The boss said.
your grandmother.” The boss said.
boss’s mother said, indicating to the boss.
turned to stare at her son.
the kidnappers who took me from my mom…” Bobo started.
like this? What did we do to deserve this? My son? A kidnapper? My God!” His
but I am willing to change. The moment I took Bobo captive I knew that there is
something different about him and soon after, I realized that he’s my flesh and
blood. I feel so bad that my son knows me as the man who kidnapped him and I am
truly ashamed of what I have done.” The boss said in tears.
kidnapper! He is a hero! I know he is a hero and not a thief or kidnapper! You are
evil! You can’t be my dad….no you can’t!” Bobo shouted and ran out of the
sitting room and disappeared behind the staircase.
for money? Who is behind the innocent child’s kidnap?” His mother screamed at
was my son before I took him…I can’t give you the information on my client…”
The boss started.
soon as it hit his cheeks the boss began to cry.
Who?” His mother asked again.
mom…don’t say this to anyone, I could get implicated if you do…”
me, be assured that I will return him to his mother but you are no longer
welcome in this house until you turn a new leaf. I will not harbour a criminal
and neither will I be a mother to one. Go and come home when your slates have
been wiped clean!” His mother said to him in tears.
Grace been seen hanging down her fan than the news had reached the ears of Abu,
Isaac’s gateman. As soon as he heard the news, he hurried to the door of Isaac’s
house and started banging at it.
neighbour on her way but found that he couldn’t shut his eyes in sleep. The
face of Grace kept haunting his subconscious and he wondered if he should have
listened to the neighbour and gone to Grace’s house as she had suggested. As
soon as he heard the bang at the door, he ran out of his room and hurried downstairs
to the door, he unlocked it and pulled it open, staring at his gateman with
and ripped it off his chest.
she use rope hang her neck for fan.”