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.
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".