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    Episode 1

    “…Igwe!! Igwe eeh!!,the worst has happened to
    me?? Your highness oh!!”Maazi Uchendu’s voie
    was heard from the entrance of the Palace as
    Igwe Ebubedike stood before his throne
    thinking and lamenting of what has befallen the
    land of Umuanyanwu. Maazi Uchendu and his
    wife ran to the palace carrying their dead male
    child that was just 3 weeks old. They got to the
    entrance of the Palace but was blocked by two
    hefty guards who held spears in their hands
    “I want to see the Igwe”Maazi Uchendu said as
    he struggled with the guards. His wife did
    nothing but rather cry bitterly looking at her
    dead Son in her arms
    “The Igwe is not in the mood to see
    anyone”One of the guards said
    “Akuko n’egwu (Folktales), I must see the Igwe
    today ooh,it has gotten to my neck”He
    struggled with the guards.
    “Who is that??”Igwe Ebubedike’s voice was
    heard from within as he heard the noise
    “Let them in”He ordered without waiting for
    their reply to the first question. The guards
    paved way and Mrs. Uchendu ran and knelt
    before the king followed by Mr. Uchendu who
    walked in fastly hitting his walking stick very
    hard on the ground
    “Maazi Uchendu,what is this and why is your
    wife crying??”Igwe Ebubedike asked Uchendu
    “Your Highness,you are asking me as if you
    don’t know”Mr. Uchendu started
    “You claim to be a great king but you are
    watching Umuanyanwu suffer and
    cry!!”Uchendu added which made the igwe to
    place his hands on his waist looking above in
    more confusion.Mrs. Uchendu was still busy
    crying on the floor
    “Babies and children die everyday and you are
    here drinking palm wine!! What sort of a King
    are you. This is the third time my child is dying.
    Igwe!! Chaii!! Aru emee m (Calamity has
    befallen me)”Uchendu weeped looking up
    “Maazi,please calm down, were ya nwayoo
    (Take it easy). The gods are yet to speak of what
    ha…”The Igwe tried to say but Uchendu rudely
    “What kind of gods!!! gods mmuo ka o bu gods
    mmadu. Nke a bu nke ato (This is the third
    one). Owutere m ya wee buru nwoke (It pains
    me it is a male child)”Uchendu weeped the
    more. Lolo Nwaaku hearing the cries from
    inside the house came out with Prince Azuka
    looking at them piteously.
    “Maazi Uchendu daalu kwa (Good Morning)”Lolo
    “Mba Lolo jide ekele gi (Hold your greetings)
    and as for you Igwe lee nwa m rie ya (Eat my
    child) Since you refused to do anything about
    this!!”Uchendu concluded,collected the child
    from his wife and kept it at the feet of the
    “Woman let’s go!!”He ordered his wife who
    bitterly followed him and the Igwe shook his
    head not knowing what to do. He went and sat
    on his throne with his hand on his jaw
    “What is all this eeeh, gini n’eme (What is
    happening?)”The Igwe asked himself as his wife
    and son came closer to him
    “Nna anyi (Our Father), you have to take it
    eas…”Lolo tried to encourage the Igwe
    “Woman leave me alone”The Igwe said waving
    his hand in a low tone
    “But Igwe…”She tried to say again
    “I said leave me alone let me think!!”Igwe
    yelled at his wife and she sighed and left with
    his son who the pain of the Land didn’t bother
    at all..Just then, Onowu Udemba walked in
    tying a wrapper around his waist,a red cap on
    his head and topless just crossing a piece of
    cloth around his neck. He walked in looking
    behind intervally.
    “Igwe..May your reign never end”He greeted as
    he sat down. The Igwe only waved at him but
    did not say anything
    “Your highness,I feel your pains. But you won’t
    have to kill yourself Igwe”Udemba said and the
    Igwe looked at him
    “You feel my pains?? What nonsense feeling is
    that!!”The Igwe yelled at Udemba standing up
    “You feel the fact that I am being blamed for
    the calamity befalling this community??”Igwe
    Ebubedike added walking around
    “Just take a look at this!!”Igwe said pointing at
    the dead child in front of the throne
    “Aru!! (Abomination). Who did this
    Igwe??”Udemba asked
    “Uchendu told me Igwe Ebubedike the first of
    Umuanyanwu to eat his dead child!”Igwe said
    hitting his hand on his thighs and tears flowed
    down his eyes
    “Igwe,it’s alright. The Great Elephant does not
    cry.. Cheii!! Aru. Was that why I saw him
    walking like something who wants to hit down a
    rock?? Hei!! Uchendu”Udemba lamented
    “Well, I don’t blame any of them at all. I blame
    the gods who kept silent seeing all these
    calamities befalling Us. Firstly was just twins
    now male single child has joined. Who knows
    what is going to be next. Gods of our
    Land!!”Igwe cried bitterly as he went and sat on
    his throne in concordance of the consolation of
    “Get me the Priestess now!!”Igwe ordered and
    a guard ran,knelt down before the Igwe and ran
    out immediately to the Shrine
    “Gods of our land,why do you silence us to this
    mysery that has befallen us”The Priestess
    complained sitting on a wretched stool,wearing
    a read and black gown,eyes painted with white
    chalk..The environment was scary as red, white
    and black clothes was seen everywhere and
    moulded images of different kinds
    “Nwa adighi eje nna ya si ya eje na (A child
    does not run an errand else sent by his father
    *Adage*)..gods of our land,Umuanyanwu is
    suffering!!..Will we endure in this forever”She
    complained to the gods beating her gong and
    spreading cowries on a white mat shaking her
    head negatively. Few moments later she heard
    running footsteps from coming closer
    “Stop there!!”She ordered the guard without
    looking at him
    “Greetings the Great Priestess of
    Umuanyanwu”The Guard greeted
    “Greetings to you,but greetings and greatness
    are not important when it can’t solve a bit of
    the happenings in Umuanyanwu..Tell the Igwe
    that the gods are still silent to our cries”She
    said and hit her iron staff on the floor
    “But he said…”The guward treis to say
    “No buts…Tell him what I said”Priestess
    concluded and stood up yet not looking at him
    “Ok Priestess”The Guard said and ran out then
    the Priestess turned around
    “Chaii!!. Chim egbuo nu m ooo (My ancestors
    has killed me)”Mrs. Uchendu cried as other
    women held her and consoled her
    “My only male child”Uchendu weeped bitterly
    as elders surrounded him also
    “What is really happening to Us in this
    Land”Maazi Ukanna asked not throwing the
    question to anyone
    “Cheii. May the gods save us ooo”Maazi Akabue
    said lifting his hands above….

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    episode 2

    “Nna anyi, what are you thinking that since
    yesterday you have not eaten anything”Mrs.
    Udemba asked onowu his husband who at the
    early hours of the morning came out with his
    hands on the jaw
    “Eeeh Nna anyi please talk to me”She inquired
    and Onowu hissed shaking his head
    “Nne,you won’t understand at all”He began
    “What won’t I understand”Mrs. Udemba asked
    sitting close to him
    “This village is dying graduall,male children are
    dying leaving just females. If our neighbouring
    villages hear of this they will declare war on us
    and overtake our land..Cheii!! Umuanyanwu
    eeh”He lamented and the wife just looked at
    him keeping quiet for words lacked in her
    “The Great Egwuatu”Ikenga called from the
    outside walking to Egwuatu, one of the able
    youth’s house
    “Onye ka m nuru olu ya (Who am I hearing his
    voice)”Egwuatu popularly known as the greatest
    wrestler in Umuanyanwu replied from within
    “Kedu onye iche n’obu (Who do you think it
    is)..It’s me”Ikenga said walking nearer to the
    door and Egwuatu came out. They greeted and
    sat down
    “This one you came to my house this hot
    afternoon,hope I am safe”Egwuatu questioned
    “Haaa!!..Can’t I visit my friend again??”Ikenga
    asked as a reply
    “Noo. It’s not like that but as we all know a frog
    does not run in the afternoon in vain,either it
    is after something or something is after
    it.”Egwuatu spoke in proverbs
    “Ehhee..So You are calling me a frog now okwa
    ya? Alright, let me come and start going (Kam
    bia laba)”Ikenga said and stood up to leave but
    Egwuatu held him back
    “Jiri ya nwayoo (Take it easy). Can’t someone
    play with you again afterall,it’s just a
    proverb”Egwuatu said laughing and Ikenga
    looked at him
    “But cherekwa oo (Wait ooh). I’m not
    lying,everybody in this village knows you as the
    news caster even the town Crier is no match to
    you”Egwuatu added and Ikenga disengaged his
    hands and started to leave
    “Ikenga come back now. You did not eat Kola
    nuts oo”He called Ikenga but he didn’t turn
    “Hahahahaha..Lee nu ka o di (Look at
    him)”Egwuatu mocked him,stood up dusting the
    little wrapper he tied around his waist in a
    typical village youth way and went inside..
    Noises and chirps of birds and different
    animals were heard from the side path bushes
    that led to the only stream in Umuanyanwu.
    Young girls and average aged women were
    seen carrying their calabashes on their head
    going to and fro..Moments by moments, the
    number decreased as the sun began to set,only
    three ladies were left at the stream,they
    dipped their calabashes into the stream as
    Adamma, the Village parrot (Gossip) vomitted
    all that was in her mouth
    “Ladies have you not heard?”Adamma began
    and Chimma and Adanna looked at her
    “Heard what?”Adanna asked taking her calabash
    out of the stream
    “Don’t tell me you are not in this
    village”Adamma said placing her hands Akimbo
    on her waist
    “Adamma,what is it this time”Chimma queried
    “Heee..So you have not heard that it is no
    longer twins that die in this village
    again”Adamma said fancying her eyes
    “What?”Adanna exclaimed
    “You don’t mean it”Chimma added as they
    walked out of the stream
    “Male children now die also my sisters
    ooo”Adamma said
    “Heyyyy!!”They exclaimed
    “Maazi Uchendu’s 3 weeks old male child died a
    day before yesterday”She added
    “Chi m oo (My God). What has befallen
    Umuanyanwu”Chimma pitied the village
    “But what might be the cause of all this
    because the gods are keeping silent”Adanna
    “Hmmm..I ka na-aju (You are still asking). It’s
    the Prince”Adamma said with a lowered voice
    looking around if someone saw her
    “Chineke m oooo”Chimma exclaimed
    “Adamma,you better keep your mouth
    shut!”Chimma barked at her as Adanna placed
    her hands in her mouth
    “See,it’s not a lie. Don’t you see what he does
    to the ladies of this land,molesting us as he
    likes and his father is doing nothing about
    it”Adamma said with all boldness
    “See eeh,I won’t stand here and listen to all
    this nonsense,Adanna I am going”Chimma said
    and walked away
    “Adamma jidekwa onu gi aka (Hold your
    mouth) hmmm”Adanaa warned and left also
    “I said it!!..The truth is always bitter. See them,
    mtcheew. Let me be going home before my
    mother begins to search for me”Adamma
    carried her calabash and walked home
    Little glows of light from the bush lamp placed
    on the wooden table was seen as Anochie (The
    flute Player) sat with his hands between his legs
    and his flute always on his neck,he was lost in
    thoughts that he did not recognise the
    presence of his mother who stood watching
    him for minutes. Later on, Anochie placed his
    flute in his mouth an began to play a sorrowful
    song with much melody..Little tears dropped
    down his eyes as he played,but he was
    interrupted by his mother who patted him on
    his back and he shivered
    “Haa..Mama,you have not slept”Anochie, a
    handsome young man with a bit fair
    complexion as his mother
    “How can I sleep my son when you have been
    out here for the past hours”Mrs.
    Nworie,Anochie’s mother asked him
    “Mama,it’s nothing”Anochie said
    “See,you are even crying and you are telling
    me that it is nothing”Mrs. Nworie said noticing
    the tears in Anochie’s eyes so Anochie quickly
    cleaned it adjusting his sitting position
    “Eeh Nwa m (My Child),do you want me to die
    premature? Since your father died,you have
    been behaving this way,staying alone playing
    flutes..Mere nu m ebere (Pity my condition).
    Biko,let’s go and sleep”Mrs. Nworie’s words
    touched the heart of Anochie so he held her
    mother and stood up
    “Let’s go and sleep Mama”Anochie said
    “But you have not told me what is wrong with
    you”Nworie adjusted looking at Anochie who
    was not looking at her
    “Pains are made for one to carry Mama,Sharing
    to two will break up three situations Mama.
    Let’s go to bed”Anochie said and his mother
    withered at the words of his and stood up to go
    with him. He placed his flute on his mouth with
    one hand,playing a melodious song and the
    other hand he used to hold his mother as they
    walked in..

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    Ibrahim abiodun
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    this going to taugh

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    @jummybabe thanks for the iv

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    hmm dead of children

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