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
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
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
No Tamono, (Sniffs as her tears flow
down faster) I don’t think we need to
change the hospital.
What do you suggest then Bae?
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
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
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
Tamono moves closer to her face, raising his voice
You put them there! You put them there
the day you decided to marry me
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?
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
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
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
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
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
Take your brother in! Go in! We will be
Tamono continues to hit her
Even if you make more money than I do,
that still doesn’t mean I am not your
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.
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
Don’t come near me Tamono, don’t make me
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
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
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Original story by Opeyemi Emoruwa
Written by Ayokunle Olagoke
INT. TITILADE’S SITTING ROOM. DAYTIME
Gboyega (35) is sitting on the brown cushion chair, rubs his palm nervously continuously on the handle of the chair, he has a white envelope in his other hand. Titilade (33) walks in on phone.
It’s in one week and the beads are not ready? Listen, by now, I…
Another call comes in, she checks the caller
Let me answer this call… hello sir, yes sir, we have the tests results now sir, yes sir… we will bring them this evening sir… amen sir…
She bends down to hug Gboyega. He manages to smile
Are you okay? Why did you insist on coming to tell me face to face?
He hands over the white envelope to her. She opens it hurriedly and glances through.
Hmmm! We need to decide on how to inform pastor… I know he might want to… to… but we will tell him we have faith
Gboyega is looking down, he shakes his head in disagreement
Hmmm… well… I’m not sure I…
He sighs deeply. Titilade looks confused
(stammering), I’ve… em… I’ve seen my neighbor lose two out of three kids to sickle cell…
But that is not our portion Gboye, that is why we are Christians, we will believe God for a miracle
Gboyega appears restless, shakes his head
I take responsibility for my fault… I should have done this test way back
Look, that does not matter now, wedding is in a week, we have spent money, told people… I’m thirty-three. The only way for us on this issue is forward. Gboye talk to me!
Gboyega’s eyes are misty. He slides two palms down his face
Ah… God, the doctor I met said he will like to meet with both of us
What for? To advise us not to proceed? Look, Gboye you are even pissing me off the way you are handling this
She gets up angrily, walks into her room and slams the door.
INT. DOCTOR’S CONSULTING ROOM. DAYTIME
Dr. Fred (56) sits opposite the couples.
I won’t take much of your time. I know how hard this moment is
Titilade shakes her head in disagreement and cuts in
I believe in miracles, as for me, I serve a living God who can do anything… I am resolute
That’s okay… I will like us to do a simple exercise okay? Have you decided on how many kids you will like to have?
Three, 2 boys, 1 girl
He brings out a white sheet of paper, writes on it “AS AS” crosses them to produce: AA, AS, AS, SS.
DR FRED (CONTD)
Now take a look, what this means is, for each pregnancy you have, there is 25% chance of the child being an AA, 50% chance of that same child being an AS and 25% chance of that same child being an SS. So the child can be any of these. Do you understand?
They both nod their heads
DR FRED (CONTD)
So, I will wrap these four likelihoods into individual papers.
He writes AA in a paper, he writes AS in another paper, AS again in another paper and SS in another paper. He wraps and shuffles them.
DR FRED (CONTD)
Now let us assume you are about to have your first child, these paper represent the likely genotypes, pick one.
Gboyeba reaches out, picks one, opens it and finds AS written on it.
Okay. So let’s say that is the first child. Now you are about to have your second child, pick again
I think she should pick, she is more saint than I am
Titilade stretches her hand, picks, it’s an SS paper. She sighs as she sees it
Okay. So that is the second child.
Dr. Fred wraps them all again, shuffles and stretches towards Titilade. She pauses for some seconds, stares deeply at the papers. She reaches out and picks; opens it and its SS. She sighs deeply
2 MONTHS LATER
INT. TITILADE’S TOILET. DAYTIME
Titilade is pooing, her phone beeps.
ASABI GOWN’S TEXT MESSAGE
We usually don’t accept them back but you have a genuine reason.
Around four million Nigerians are estimated to suffer from sickle cell disease, while 25 million others carry the genes which they pass to their offspring.
From available statistics, 100,000 infants die from sickle-cell disease in Nigeria annually
Based on World Health Organization [WHO] indices, Nigeria accounts for 75 percent of infant sickle-cell cases in Africa and almost 80 percent of infant deaths from the disease in the continent
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Written by Ayokunle Olagoke
INT. MRS TINTO’S BEDROOM.DAYTIME
Mrs. Tinto is sitting in front of the dressing mirror, making herself up for the outing while Tofunmi stands right behind her with her reading glasses on her face alongside its attached black ropes
Mummy, our teacher said we should pay 500 Naira towards the inter-house sports competition tomorrow, for Junior and me, it’s 1000 Naira because we are 2
Mrs. Tinto keeps rubbing her powder on her face as if she did not hear her
Where is Junior?
(Looking unhappy now)
He’s playing ball outside
Mummy, I said our teacher said we should…
(cuts in angrily)
Tofunmi I am not deaf, you are just telling me now,
I told daddy last week before he traveled and he said he will give me
Ehen, am I your daddy?
(looking really sad)
our teacher said our parents can call her if they can’t give us the money tomorrow
Just leave me alone Tofunmi, em…Uncle Julius I’m going to church for Bible study, please make sure they do their assignments and Tofunmi tell your brother, if Uncle Julius reports any of you to me when I return, I will deal with you.
Tofunmi angrily enters her room and slams the door
20 minutes later
Uncle Julius walks to Tofunmi’s room, knocks at the door and there is no response, he opens the door quietly, the poor little girl is lying on her bed with her pillow partly soaked with tears.
Are you crying?
I don’t want to be the only person who won’t have the money
Uncle Julius brings out 1000 naira note from his pocket with a broad smile. Tofunmi is brightened and overwhelmed, she stretches out her hand to grab it with excitement but he quickly swipes his hand backward.
Not like that, before I give you we will play,
(with a suspicious smile)
(She is booming with excitement and ready to do anything to make that 1000 Naira hers)
What kind of play, is it hide and seek?
No, it’s called “ere agba” I will teach you
Ok. But will you give me the money after we play?
Sure! This is it
(he puts the money under her pillow)
Thank you! Thank you!
Alright, this is how to do the play, you must never tell anyone, you will take off your clothes now, oya remove it…
(She removes her top hastily)
Wow! You are a big girl, and you are only in primary 3. Okay now your pants, I will also take off mine
(he hurriedly starts to undress himself)
Now lie down, don’t worry it won’t pain you ok? I will be gentle.
As he is about putting her head to the pillow, Junior pushes the door open, sees the two of them in an awkward posture, looking confused. Uncle Julius jumps himself up, grabs his boxers and quickly puts it on
Junior shhh (putting his finger to his lips)
What are you doing? I will tell mummy
Junior look, I will give you your inter-house sport money
Junior dashes out of the house
The highest prevalence rate of child sexual abuse geographically was found in Africa (34.4 %.)
One in 20 children (4.8%) has experienced contact sexual abuse.
Over 90% of children, who experienced sexual abuse, were abused by someone they knew.
More than one in three children (34%) who experienced contact sexual abuse by an adult did not tell anyone else about it.
Four out of five children (82.7%) who experienced contact sexual abuse from a peer did not tell anyone else about it.
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