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Saturday, 8 October 2016

#WriteRight. Odera: The Good Wife




A thought of setting it to flames creeps into my head, as I stare at our wedding  album that laid on the dressing table. A chuckle escapes my mouth, as I stroke it gently and reminisce about the other night.

"Woman, you think I married you for fancy? I didn't give you permission to associate with your colleagues after working hours? You dare to defy me?"
And, I embrace another session of tongue-lashing and savage beatings.

Mama said it was a woman's responsibillity to keep the home together, regardless of whatever happened. Sipping my hot cup of tea, I nodded. She'd be proud of my endurance level.

A voice screams within. Its elastic limit is gradually been stretched to the last straw.  I ignore it, as I wear make-up over my black eyes.
"Hush little baby, don't you cry..."

I hear the echoes of his rant as he climbed the stairs, shouting my name. I take a deep breath, as he twists the doorknob. Its gonna be alright, babe. Its only for a while.

Any moment from now, any second from now...


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Don't you just love flash fiction...



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58 comments:

  1. Awww.....



    *QuirkyMoi*

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  2. This reminds me of an incident I witnessed last year. We heard a woman screaming for help in the next building. As if on cue, everyone ran to the building.On getting there, we met the gate ajar but the door to the main house was locked and we could still hear her screaming,so we ran to a window where a child was shouting "my daddy is beating my mummy".peeping through the small opening, we saw him right there,flogging the woman with an electric cable,she lay helpless on the floor NAKED! With their little baby screaming her lungs out on the sofa,apparently feeling her mother's pain.We tried to break in but it was an iron door and the man refused to open it even though we threatened to bring in the police.The gate man finally came and said "Ah,make una go has go sleep o because na so this man dey beat am everytime. We asked if she had no relatives and he replied "She kuku get like say she nor get because anytime she run go, na dem dey bring her back. Ano go kukuma dey hia wen e go kill am"
    I was so upset because we were all leaving for lagos that day and none of us was familiar with the town as we only came for a wedding.
    I felt like breaking into that room and shooting that man in his groins. Electric cable on a woman you married? OMG. The TONDA that will fire that man will be like hurricane Nkechi......direct from his village.

    #Saynotodomesticviolence

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    1. Though it's not funny, I had to laugh at the thunder part. 😂😂😂😂
      @HurricaneNkechi

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    2. Kikikikiki Hurricane Nkechi, d younger sister of Catherina? I'm guilty too.
      But seriously, Wat cud be d way forward from all ds domestic violence?

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    3. I think the way forward is enlightenment. For male and female children. Teach them to manage their anger. Teach them self respect. Teach them tolerance. Teach them to love.

      When we focus on the value system of our children and the society, where a man wouldn't see his wife as a property and vice versa, I believe there would be a drastic change.

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  3. Mehn!!!!! Yes, I love flash fiction. But this is truly very sad. Very very sad.
    #SayNoToDomesticViolence

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  4. Mehn!!!!! Yes, I love flash fiction. But this is truly very sad. Very very sad.
    #SayNoToDomesticViolence

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  5. Aww! Such a beautiful piece Odera...

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  6. Good Piece... What inspired this story, Odera?

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    1. Her boyfriend used to beat her up......maybe

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    2. The one you gave me ba?

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  7. Much needs to be said and done about domestic violence...
    I think you wrote well, Odera.

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  8. Oh my! Ds kinda stories dat make me wanna stay single forever, dat make me doubt angel(s). God help us, ds marriage institution very unpredictable.

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  9. #SayNoToDomesticViolence

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  10. I wonder why people stay in such marriages. Even if your family encourages you to stay, can't you stay on your own or file for a divorce?

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  11. Every human with a pussy screams DV.
    I keep hearing what the husband/wife did to the victim.

    Is it just me???

    I honestly think that she must have done something to warrant the beating. Something horrible like tricking a man into marriage with a pregnancy that never existed.

    Let's tell ourselves the truth. Nobody will beat you if you didn't do something to deserve it.

    #dropsmic

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    1. May God bless you with sense. Amen!

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    2. You sure are a piece of work
      No words to describe you
      Just look at yourself in the mirror.

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    3. You sure are a piece of work
      No words to describe you
      Just look at yourself in the mirror.

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    4. @Justin, did you just write the first thing that came to your mind?
      You are pathetic.
      Teewah...

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  12. Fine piece Odera.

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  13. Domestic violence is a major cause of psychological trauma in children

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  14. Nice one dear...#no to domestic violence

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  15. Nice one dear...#no to domestic violence

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  16. Nice one dear.#notodomesticviolence

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  17. This is definitely from a brilliant mind. It's precise... Good one Odera!

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  18. ...a look at Domestic Violence from the Victim's perspective... wonderful!

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  19. Flash fiction at its best!

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  20. Fine piece Odera

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  21. Kudos more power to ur elbow

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  22. #Creativity!!!

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  23. Wow..... A lot of women go through this daily.... I wish we can have a voice, to stand up to this kind of violence, to not feel intimidated, we are women not punching bags. .. God bless you, Odera!

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    1. #IStandWithTheGirlChild

      We are not punching bags!

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  24. Nice piece Odera. It's a really sad phenomena.

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  25. Why didn't you complete it Na... My heart in my mouth

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  26. Love the piece dear. In my opinion, being a good wife does not entail taking any abuse from one you call husband. It's high time we stop ✋ on us. We are also humans. We do all we can to keep the home and what we get is abuse and yet some ladies say it's love and back up their man. That's insane. I take my decision never to be rough handled by any man born of a woman.....and so should ladies..... You deserve the best not the worse!!!

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    1. True that...we women need to learn to stand up for ourselves

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    2. True that...we women need to learn to stand up for ourselves

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  27. The way the story went. Unhindered. I loved it!!!

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  28. #WriteRight.

    Ok o

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  29. This story has lots of inspiration in it...I think the campaign against domestic violence needs be taken more seriously now than before.
    #saynotodomesticviolence

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  30. Wheneva i see family in dis form of crisis.... All i wonder "is this man in his right senses" ofcus d ansa is no... He nid serious help..... For the woman... . A man strike u... U claim u saving ur marriage and u kip endurin..... UR own problem is higher than the man owns....

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  31. Thanks guys for the support. Domestic violence is something that should be fought in our society. We need to preach the gospel and make sure no one suffers it.

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