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.
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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