Episode 21

Obi and Ibe stormed out of the palace reigning insults on Odogwu, causing and swearing for him as they left. Chimamanda who was leaving the palace saw them and shook her head. She knew the King’s enemies was increasing by the day. She listened to them as they were talking.

Ibe: who the hell does he think he is, just because he travelled from the country and back he thinks he can begin to claim peoples land anyhow.

Obi: is he the one you blame? If our king has not given him that leg, he won’t be able to do the rubbish he is about doing.

Ibe: He has grown wings in this village.

Obi: am not even sure he wants to build any school. I believe he just wants to claim our land and so he is lying to the igwe and using him to achieve his aims.

Ibe: is the igwe a fool, is he so dsft not to see that this man is evil and out to destroy our land?

Obi: The igwe is not a fool, he is just wicked. He knows what he is doing. Odogwu cannot go back in his words if he does that the igwe will have his head. Igwe wants him to build that school and then claim it from him. He knows what he is doing.

Ibe: why is there so much wickedness in AZAZA. He was not like this before o. How did he suddenly become this cold hearted.

Obi: there is a saying that evil communication corrupts good manners, the moment he identified with that traitor Odogwu I knew our land was finished.

Ibe: whatever Odogwu and the king is planning it will definitely not work.

Obi: do you know it was this same Odogwu that came to tell the igwe of the plots to attack our land by EKEH, he was the one who sold out their land and then ran abroad by the help of our own igwe. He sacrificed his entire village for his greed.

It was the first time the princess was hearing about this, she became anxious to see this traitor.

Obi: am beginning to have doubts if EKEH was really planning an attack on us. Am beginning to feel that ODOGWU told lies against their king and village so as to achieve his selfish desires.

Ibe: I believe you too. This Odogwu can do and undo.

Obi: and our kung has made himself a tool in his hands. He used our king to destroy hundreds of lives. The gods will definitely punish them. I will jot sit and watch them take away my only inheritance and what I plan to leave for my children.

Ibe: But what can we do? The king has spoken.

Obi: I will not sit o, if he likes he speaks or sings, this is oppression and the gods of our land i s agianst oppression. I will not sit and leave them to oppress me. I will go to Ezemoi, the gods will fight for me.

Ibe: oooih, his I wish the wicked reign if Azaz will come to an end while his kind hearted son prince Nnamdi takes over the throne.

Obi: the Prince is so nice. How I wish he were the king and not the wicked AZAZA.

Ibe: I heard he is about to force a young girl to be his wife.

Obi: another life to be ruined, the gods will visit him soon. Come let’s go to Ezemoi.

(As they left, chimamanda took another look at them. She had a plan but first she must find her brother the Prince of EKEH, she went back into the palace to look for Prince Nnamdi, she met him in the garden staring into the skies. He was startled when he saw her).

Chimamanda: Am sorry I frightened you.

Prince Nnamdi: No , I was not frightened , was just suorised to see you, I wasn’t expecting anyone, I usually dont have visitors.

Chimamanda: and why is that?

Prince Nnamdi: My dad has always been very strict, and so he scared all my friends away. And now I am just alone here…

Chimamanda: sorry about that

Prince Nnamdi: enough of me, why are you here? Is Nina sick again?

Chimamanda: (smiles), no she’s not

Prince Nnamdi: Then what is it? Did my father harass you?

Chimamanda: No ooo, relax. You are so forward, you won’t let me talk.

Prince Nnamdi: And you are so real. You are very very young yet so bold and courageous. You are not even afraid to talk to me the Prince.

Chimamanda: And why should I be afraid. Are you a monster? ( the prince started laughing), besides am not so young like you think.

Prince Nnamdi: How old are you?

Chimamanda: How old are you Prince?

Prince Nnamdi: ( he starts laughing again) well since you asked, I am 33years old

Chimamanda: yet you talk as if you are one very old man. I am 19.

Prince Nnamdi: 19? You are a baby naaaa

Chimamanda: Na you sabi. Please the reason I came is because Nina sent me.(when the Prince heard Nina, his face lit up)

Prince Nnamdi: Nina, Nina sent you? Is she okay? What does she want? What did she tell you? (Chimamanda stood and observed the prince for a while before talking)

Chimamanda: prince, prince, you are a suspect o, uhm, uhm, she only told me to ask you about her mom. Ajuwe, and her brother.

Prince Nnamdi: is that all? Didnt she say anything again?

Chimamanda: (staring at him funnily) no Prince she didnt say anything else.

Prince Nnamdi: (disappointed) what is it you wanna ask about Ajuwe and the boy.

Chimamanda: she sent me to them, but I don’t know where they stay.

Prince Nnamdi: no problem, I will call a guard to direct you to their house.( he turned away from chimamanda and continued with what he was doing, chimamanda turned to leave with a grin on her face but she suddenly turned and called the Prince.)

Chimamanda: If there is something you want to tell Nina, this is the time to tell her, for in two market days she will be married to your father. (She turned and walked away as the Prince started at her leaving)

To be continued!
Written and composed by Excelrhymez

Episode 22

Chimamanda got to Ajuwe’s house with the guard who prince Nnamdi sent to escort her. After he showed her the place, he turned and left. Chimamanda knocked on the small wooden door and a young lady in her mid 50s stepped out of the room.

Chimamanda: good evening ma, you must be Ajuwe?

Ajuwe: Bless you my child, yes I am Ajuwe, and you are the healer who cured my daughter the other day. Thank you so much.

Chimamanda: its my duty ma, there is no need to thank me.

Ajuwe: what brings you here child?

Chimamanda: I came to see you ma and the Prince.. ..ERM sorry and Ikenna.

Ajuwe was shocked to hear chimamanda refer to ikenna as the Prince. No other person knew ikenna was a prince except Nina and herself. She became scared as she stepped backwards.

Ajuwe: who are you? And why do you want to see my son?

Chimamanda: Ma, please don’t be afraid of me I mean no harm.

Ajuwe: why did you refer to ikenna as a prince, who are you and what do you want? Who sent you?

Chimamanda: Mama like I said I mean no harm, it was Nina who sent me to you.

Ajuwe: Nina sent you to me, and told you that Ikenna is a prince?

Chimamanda looked around to make sure no one was around and listening to them, then she drew closer to Ajuwe .

Chimamanda: mama, Nina didnt tell me anything, she didnt need to tell me anything. I know Ikenna is the Prince of EKEH because he is my brother, and I am a princess, the princess of EKEH. (Ajuwe was shocked, she moved back and stared at Chimamanda, wondering if to believe her or not. Just then Ikenna stepped in with his bow and arrows hunged on his neck)

Ikenna: What is going on here? (He rushes to Ajuwe and held her) step away from my mother he shouted, who are you and what do you want from my mother?(chimamanda drew close to him, staring deeply into his eyes, tears was already flowing from her eyes down her cheeks. Ikenna was confused he didnt understand why she was crying and trying to touch him)

Ikenna: young lady you are acting strange. Are you alright? What do you want from us.

Chimamanda: my brother, see my little brother has frown into a man, (the tears kept falling) look at how big you’ve become. The hods be praised. Oh my soul rejoices to see this day.

Ikenna: wait wait wait (he pushes her from him) I dont get you. You must have mistook me for someone else. Who are you again?

Chimamanda moved backward and pulled of the gloves in her hand revealing her finger that was cut off eleven years ago by Aguyi when he was ordered to GI and kill her.

Chimamanda: its me your sister, who was carried away to be killed by the wicked king AZAZA.

Ikenna could not believe his eyes, he threw down his bow and arrows and ran to Chimamanda, looking her from head to toe, turning her round, tears had filled his eyes as chimamanda kept in talking.

Chimamanda: mother asked us to return to EKEH, she told us to revenge. Father gave me his royal ring and gave you his staff of leadership. The guard who escorted us was killed while he asked us to run. We were separated when I went to get more water for us to drink and I was captured……

Ikenna could not wait for her to finish, he rushed to her and gave her a tight embrace.

Ikenna, its really you, you are alive, (turning to Ajuwe) my sister is alive, this is my sister. Oh my sister is alive, the gods be praised. I thought I was alone, I thought It was just me and Nina, but you are alive. You remember Nina? The maid? She carried me, she took care of me until we met Ajuwe, she accepted us…..(chimamanda hushed him not to speak anymore she hugged him tight and both of them wept like babies)

Ajuwe: she is the healer that healed your sister Nina. They’ve already met.

Chimamanda: yes dear, I’ve met Nina, and she has told me everything, she directed me to you.

Ikenna: Today is the happiest day of my life, I have so much to tell you.

Chimamanda: dear brother am glad to see that you are alive and happy. Ma , I thank you for accepting my brother and Nina as your own. The gods will surely reward you. Ikenna, remember the promise we made to our father and mother. It is time to fulfil that promise.

Ikenna: yes sister, am already on it, come let me show you. (He carried chimamanda and took her to a side of the house, he showed her the plenty bow and arrows that he and Ajuwe had carved. Chimamanda was glad that his brother still carried the vision of their parents. She took them inside and narrates to them how Aguyi rescued and saved her life, then she started discussing their next line of action in how to defeat the wicked king AZAZA.)

To be continued!
Written and composed by Excelrhymez

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