Written by NNENNE UJU IZUANAGBARA.
The hospital could no longer condole KAMMA. Her illness is beginning to defile medical intervention. Therefore, the chief medical director of the hospital had to discharge them. He advised that kamma should be taken to the church or something because they have tried all they could.
Mama cried bitterly. She blamed herself for bringing this upon KAMMA. KAMMA has been brought home to her mother in-law’s house. Ugo doesn’t come at all to see her. Her siblings did not as well. Only mama. She stayed by her all through.
This made telling mama the truth so difficult for KAMMA. Mama did all she could to revive her but couldn’t.
One day, mama decided to tell kamma the truth. That same day, kamma dreamt where she died. She also decide to tell mama the truth before she dies.
Mama sat close to her. With tears in her eyes she started.
– MMA, I have a confession to make. This sickness is my fault. It’s as a result of what i did five years ago. (Mama narrated her story) uchechi’s curse has affected you. Please my baby, I’m so sorry. Please don’t die. I will fight for you to be alive.
Tomorrow, I will be traveling. A friend of mine is taking me to a native doctor. My dear daughter, (crying) you will not die, you get back to your feet and my son will marry you. I will leave you in the care of the nurse.
-MAMA, KAMMA called faintly. I also have something to say to you.
– don’t worry. Save your strength for me. When I return you can tell me.
—————-THE NEXT DAY————
Mama and her friend embarked on a journey. Lo and behold, the native doctor was AKPUDA.
Meanwhile, the nurse who was in care of KAMMA is a child of God.
Mama and her friend got to AKPUDA.
AKPUDA STEPPED OUT
-We meet again EZINNE.
Mama fainted when she set her eyes on AKPUDA.
Nurse Ella assured kamma that Jesus who could raise the dead, will certainly heal her. Kamma decided to open up to NURSE ELLA.
Nurse Ella led her to Christ. She pleaded to God for mercy. For hours all they prayed and asked the Lord for was mercy. Nurse Ella was crying so was KAMMA.
After the prayers, Kamma did what should could not do for months now. SLEEP. Kamma slept all through the night till 12 pm the next day. Nurse Ella stayed by her all through, praying and calling upon God.
Mama’s friend was confused. AKPUDA ordered her to leave and never mention she saw ezinne or brought her here if she doesn’t want to die.
When Mama regained consciousness, AKPUDA laughed hard at her.
-when one door closes, the gods in their wisdom opens another. We meet again my run away love. This time, I’m not letting you go. See how fresh you are. Looking so young at 60.
– (Mama was crying) Ugogbe she called , please I beg you, let me go. My daughter in-law is very sick. Please I know you won’t give me solutions but please, let me go back to her. Ugogbe please.
– shut-up, you ingrate. I gave you the life you are enjoying now only for you to pay me back with so much wickedness. I am no longer ugogbe as you can see. Your wickedness turned me to this. The gods showed me mercy by restoring my powers to me but could not get me back to myself as punishment for being careless. Because of you ezinne, I was banned from getting married by the gods. I paid such a huge price just to have my powers back. Ezinne, forget about township life. Welcome to the bush. Be rest assured that I will kill you. I WILL DEAL WITH YOU SLOWLY AND PAINFULLY. YOU WON’T LEAVE THIS PLACE ALIVE.
Mama cried and cried. She begged and begged. AKPUDA tied her up and threw her into a dark room.
AKPUDA who was once known as ugogbe was the son of enyimba, the great priest of ARUNSI.UBIRI. He was too handsome and tall. He fell in love with EZINNE. They later got married.
Hatred for ugogbe started when the gods chose another wife for him. He was to get married to the priestess of elu-iyi. Their son will take after him.
Ezinne got angry. Ugogbe taught Ezinne how to prepare a lot of charms. Words to use, what to say and how to say them. Ezinne used those against him. She Turned him into a dwarf because priestesses don’t marry dwarfs. She ran away to the city. In the city, she fell in love with a young man called uche. With ugogbe’s charms, she made him bastardly rich but killed him 10years later because he was planning to elope with her best friend Beatrice.
MEANWHILE, AT HOME, GOD HAS STARTED HIS WORK ON KAMMA.