The Lottery of Birth (Stage Drama)

Finally, we at Health Disseminate get to translate the script The Lottery of Birth on Script It into a stage drama. Kindly watch here

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photo credit: Pau Myhill blog

When the innocence of a child is stolen…

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

TOFUNMI

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

MRS TINTO

Where is Junior?

TOFUNMI

(Looking unhappy now)

He’s playing ball outside

MRS TINTO

Okay

 TOFUNMI

Mummy, I said our teacher said we should…

MRS TINTO

(cuts in angrily)

Tofunmi I am not deaf, you are just telling me now,

TOFUNMI

I told daddy last week before he traveled and he said he will give me

MRS TINTO

Ehen, am I your daddy?

TOFUNMI

Mummy now

(looking really sad)

our teacher said our parents can call her if they can’t give us the money tomorrow

MRS TINTO

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.

UNCLE JULIUS

Are you crying?

TOFUNMI

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.

UNCLE JULIUS

Not like that, before I give you we will play,

(with a suspicious smile)

TOFUNMI

Ok… ok!

(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?

UNCLE JULIUS

No, it’s called “ere agba” I will teach you

TOFUNMI

Ok. But will you give me the money after we play?

UNCLE JULIUS

Sure! This is it

(he puts the money under her pillow)

TOFUNMI

Thank you! Thank you!

UNCLE JULIUS

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

UNCLE JULIUS

Junior shhh (putting his finger to his lips)

JUNIOR

What are you doing? I will tell mummy

UNCLE JULIUS

Junior look, I will give you your inter-house sport money

Junior dashes out of the house

THE END

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.

The way out: educate your children both male and female, parents should educate their children and not think they are too young. Avoid leaving them with strangers.

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