CHOICES

Mr Nigeria launches surprising campaign against domestic violence

Written by: Ayokunle Olagoke

8:45p.m; April 29, 2016

EXT. NIGHT. BIG COMPOUND. DOWNSTAIRS

The neighbors gather outside, downstairs, in a mournful state. Health officials step out of the ambulance to carry the victim, Mimi (33), on a stretcher. Her body is covered with a white cloth. Two kids are noticeable as Sean (8), the elder screams uncontrollably. At the sight of the victim, he suddenly embraces Paul (4), the younger child. He covers Paul’s face to prevent him from seeing the victim. The policemen are on the scene, they walk down hastily from upstairs with Tamono (38) handcuffed; an innocently looking young man. They seal up the crime scene with a tape, observing it critically with their bright light. The detective wearing gloves, picks up a broken tooth, after further search, he picks up broken pieces of glass as well. The women at the scene embrace the two children and take them to one of the apartments downstairs.

8:02p.m; April 29, 2016

EXT. NIGHT. BIG COMPOUND. DOWNSTAIRS

The compound is lively. Some adults are downstairs in their singlets and boxers, some with wrappers. The only apartment with light is the one upstairs, the other apartments have lesser light sources. Suddenly, a huge sound is heard. A female body drops from the two-story building upstairs to the ground with a knife dropping from her hand as she falls.

7:28p.m; April 29, 2016

INT. EVENING. BEDROOM

Mimi is in front of the mirror, her face made up. She moves closer to the mirror to access the bruises on her face and hand. Tamono walks in carrying her bag for her. He appears remorseful. He stands behind her, she can see him from the mirror in front of her

TAMONO

Bae… you’re still not saying anything.

I think we need to change that hospital,

let’s get a new place, I don’t like the

way they stare at us whenever we go

there, the nurses look mischievous

Mimi shakes her head as tears roll down her face. Tamono quickly goes down on his knees, grabs her two hands

TAMONO (CONTD)

Bae… don’t cry again, please. Look, I

am deeply sorry, I don’t know how it

happens but trust me I am seriously

working on it, believe me when I say I

love you deeply

MIMI

No Tamono, (Sniffs as her tears flow

down faster) I don’t think we need to

change the hospital.

TAMONO

What do you suggest then Bae?

MIMI

I suggest you go see a therapist who

will take you through how to express

your anger in a healthy way, how to quit

beating your wife… Sean’s teacher

called me, she says Sean has been

sleeping in class all week, when he was

asked; guess what he told his teacher,

the boy is smart, he told the teacher he

doesn’t get to sleep at night. No, this

is our fault, we are responsible…

Tamono gets up on his knees at this point

TAMONO

Hold it! Look I am not a kid, I have 9

years experience as a lawyer (points his

finger at her face in anger) when people

say it is our fault, what they mean is

that it is your fault and it is not my

fault! okay? I will not take that!

By now, Mimi gets on her feet

MIMI

Tamono, this week has been hell for me.

I am getting tired Tamono, I am getting

tired! Look at my body, look at the

bruises… Tamono see my face, who put

them there?

Tamono moves closer to her face, raising his voice

TAMONO

You put them there! You put them there

the day you decided to marry me

MIMI

Tamono?

TAMONO

Yes! Did I pretend to you? I showed you

my real self before I married you. This

has been happening before we got

married. Tell me I had not raised my

hands against you before I married you

here. We make choices, you made a choice

to live with me and to the best of my

knowledge I am working on the damn anger

thing! Who the hell has nothing they are

working on anyway?

MIMI

Tamono, you are a shameless beast! You

bastard have the effrontery to say such

gibberish! Is it until you kill me? You

of all people should have an idea of

what human right means

He gives her a heavy slap with the back of his hand

TAMONO

I will teach you how to talk

respectfully to your husband

She makes her way to the sitting room, Tamono runs after her, she manages to lock the passage door to prevent him from getting to her before proceeding to the sitting room where the children are watching the TV

MIMI

Sean! (Panting heavily) take your

brother to the room now! Go!

Sean is looking confused. He carries the younger brother who looks unaware of what is happening

MIMI (CONTD)

Make sure you don’t come out until I ask you to

Suddenly, they hear a loud noise like the door has been forcefully opened. Tamono bursts into the sitting room sweating

TAMONO

You know you are dead right?

He approaches her in the presence of the children and punches her. She struggles to free herself. Sean covers his brother’s face

MIMI

Take your brother in! Go in! We will be

fine

Tamono continues to hit her

TAMONO

Even if you make more money than I do,

that still doesn’t mean I am not your

husband

MIMI

Tamono you are hurting me!

She finally breaks out, sights a knife on the dining table, makes her way there, picks the knife to defend herself.

TAMONO

That’s right! yes, come on now, come and

stab your husband

He moves closer to her as she walks back gradually towards the corridor outside the sitting room which is partially covered by a cracked glass

MIMI

Don’t come near me Tamono, don’t make me

do this

TAMONO

I want you to do it, I want your news to

be on the dailies- the woman with two

kids who murders her husband with a

knife

He approaches her speedily, struggles to take the knife from her, by now Sean is behind him with a big encyclopedia, he hits it on his father from behind. Tamono looks back and pushes him away. Mimi loses a tight grip on the knife at the sight of Sean stumbling. Tamono takes advantage of the moment, in an attempt to pull Mimi closer and snatch the knife off her hand, he pulls her too hard, her head hits the cracked glass at the corridor and she falls from the two story building to the ground floor with the knife falling alongside with her downstairs. Tamono is shocked to his bones, he finds it hard to believe his eyes. As she hits the ground with her mouth open, one of her tooth falls off

END

Thank you for reading.

This is a dissemination of the research work of Yusuf O.B, Arulogun O.S, and Oladepo. O, the full work can be downloaded here: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwixz_HoltDMAhVFQiYKHevNAT4QFggqMAI&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.academicjournals.org%2Fjournal%2FJPHE%2Farticle-full-text-pdf%2FDA713F41475&usg=AFQjCNGRy3Rma55LEykfxiklrd49gmGvdg&sig2=Md1nl39xQAuOezmmaP88RA

Examples of organizations that attempt to provide support for victims of domestic violencein Nigeria are:

Project Alert on Violence Against Women

Mirabel Center, Lagos

Women Action Organization

Women’s Centre for Peace and Development

Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative

 

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