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ONUS SHIFT. - Chimezie Ogenna Nwodo.






A childhood friend of mine has just impregnated his girlfriend. His mother called me on the telephone. She was sobbing. "Your friend has killed me", she whimpered.

"What did he do?", I was quick to ask, my heart violently leaping in parallel directions.

"This is not what we should discuss over the telephone".

"Ok", I said, in almost a whisper.

That ended my distant conversation with my friend's mother.

When I got to their place, the house wore a mournful atmosphere as if someone just died. My friend's mother seemed lost in thought until my presence startled her back to the present.

"Nnaa, I biago? Nnoo".

"Dalu mama", I returned sitting down.

I sat opposite my friend who was sitting with his hands between his thighs in a way that seemed to be telling his 'john-thomas'- "Only if you had been imprisoned!". He looked down cast.

The silence lingered, weighty and palpable. Breaking it seemed like acting against a pressure that kept pushing back at me. I felt it telling me, "Bia nwoke m, mind your business" in a feat of arrogant stubbornness. But finally, I won. Or rather, it conceded. Reluctantly.

"Biko, can someone tell me what happened" I managed to say. As each word came out, I felt like a child who was swallowing a morsel bigger for his throat.

"Juu ya. Ask him", commanded the old teacher.

I turned to my friend who had avoided my eyes since I walked into the house.

"Guy, what is it?".

He raised his head and looked at me from the corner of his eyes, then put his head down again.

After a while he said, "Uju di ime". Uju is pregnant.

As if waiting for the words to get off his lips, his mother leapt like a hungry lioness and pounced on him. As she sobbed.

"Nwa a egbu go m!" This child has killed me.

"Why???!!!", she kept asking. "Why?!".

In his confused state, my friend blurted, "Oo Ekwensu!" It's the devil!

I'm not going to chastise my friend. No. Not in any way. For results are the natural outcome of actions. I only fault his answer to the question -"Why?".

Now, I'll help him answer.

Q: "Why?"

A: Because we had sex!

Then again, I've been wondering. Since when did the expectation of a baby become abominable and attributable to Ekwensu? And a lot of people seem to forget the fact that the parties have proven themselves "FRUITFULL".


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#writtenwhilevisitingthewhiteman


Comments

  1. Hmmmmmmmm,devils hand work,the devil has suffered he is always blamed for every of our misdeeds. Biko wat else is the outcome of sex without a CD??? Sex -CD=PREGGY.

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  2. Lool, its an abomination because the timing doesn't seem right, i assume the two persons involved are not married, parents can be very dramatic because they don't want us to make "mistakes". Nice article

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  3. They truly hav proven themselves Fruitful
    Parents can be dramatic ehen

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  4. I haff laff tire....looooolzzzz....mama shud calm down biko but then again who knows whats on ground already and the effect of the 'goodnews of fruitfulness' on the plans they already hav for the young man!....i hope the writer keeps us updated on what follows next.....#JoyDaNuGirl

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  5. Oo Ekwensu cracked me up, na so! The things we heap on Ekwensu sef.

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  6. When pple lock themselves in a room n do what they shd not do, d devil wd not be called then.

    When the result come to d open, then devil is in trouble. When u're not ready for marriage why toy/smell/touch/play with what is meant for only d married people.

    Pls now dt d girl is pregnant, what is mama sobbing for, let marriage follow now.

    Every mistake is put on d devil. At d end of age d devil will stand in front of many and ask them where n when they met dt he tempted or asked dem to do what he's been accused of.

    Guys zip up if u're not ready for married. Ladies, don't let down ur guard too. Keep urself n FLEE frm all appearances of evil.

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  7. Our Parents take such mistakes like it's the end of the world. Since they've both been proven fruitful, they should go ahead and seal d union naa..lol

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  8. A friend recently got his gf pregnant, removing it is not an option after two very scary previous D&Cs in the past. He doesn't know how to break the news to anybody, I couldn't advise as I'm no expert in such issues

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    1. He should propose na, or what is he waiting for?

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    2. Its easier said than done, he's going to marry her in the future though, after the baby has come

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  9. Lmao! Gbege!

    I don't think the problem is the pregnancy, I think the problem is the plans his parents have for him and the thought that the pregnancy and or marriage might foil or derail their plans hence mama's wailing.

    The boy tho, everything is the devil. Its the devil that pulled of his pants and his boxers and drove him into the babe abi? Ekwensu my bum bum

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  10. His parents had all the right plans except planning to "jail" his kini.

    Biko be should Carry his load. Who was there when they were awwwing, hmmmmming & arrrhing?

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