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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THE LOTTERY OF BIRTH (The science of prediction)

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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.

TITILADE

It’s in one week and the beads are not ready? Listen, by now, I…

Another call comes in, she checks the caller 

TITILADE (CONTD)
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

TITILADE
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.

TITILADE (CONTD)
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

GBOYEGA
Hmmm… well… I’m not sure I…

He sighs deeply. Titilade looks confused
GBOYEGA (CONTD)
(stammering), I’ve… em… I’ve seen my neighbor lose two out of three kids to sickle cell…
TITILADE
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
GBOYEGA
I take responsibility for my fault… I should have done this test way back
TITILADE
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
GBOYEGA
Ah… God, the doctor I met said he will like to meet with both of us
TITILADE
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.
DR FRED
I won’t take much of your time. I know how hard this moment is

Titilade shakes her head in disagreement and cuts in
TITILADE
I believe in miracles, as for me, I serve a living God who can do anything… I am resolute
DR FRED
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?
TITILADE
Three, 2 boys, 1 girl
DR FRED
Okay

He brings out a white sheet of paper, writes on it “AS AS” crosses them to produce: AA, AS, AS, SS.

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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.
DR FRED
Okay. So let’s say that is the first child. Now you are about to have your second child, pick again
GBOYEGA
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
DR FRED
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.

THE END

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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