… thinking Yewande was mad, mama fainted, dashing her head against the wooden window of the family hut like the tree that has just been hewed down. Yewande came to her senses and put on her clothes shouting;
“Mama! Mama!! Mama!!!”
It was late and dark; nobody to help again. To worsen the case, Baba Yewande was wicked by nature and wasn’t ready to peep through the window, let alone helping his own wife. Yewande’s tears was now full; for it gushed like the spilled water from the cup in the hands of a nervous child. She managed to take mama to Baba ‘Peju that night, but praise be to Yewande’s stars that Baba’Peju worked twenty-four hours a day. Not that he doesn’t sleep or rest, but anytime one gets to his shrine, he will be there to answer. Quickly, Baba ‘Peju began his divination practise, dialogging with Yewande.
“What happened to her?”
“I don’t know Baba.”
“You don’t know?”
“Baba I don’t know. Please do something.”
“How did you notice this?”
“Baba, I was dancing, only to see her fall behind me.”
“This night? To whose rhythm?”
“Baba, mama is dying. Please, do something.”
Hitting his chest and standing on his toes, he boasted.
“Shut up! Females don’t challenge the only one that knows the tomorrow of Ile Oluji – Orisapeju Of Ile Oluji. Not in his own shrine at night.”
“I’m sorry Baba. I think it was mama Dedewe’s pestle against it’s mortar.”
Baba ‘Peju shook his head, shrugged his shoulders and went into the heart of his shrine, brought out a feather and one of the strands of a lion’s whiskers and continued his divination. Few minutes later, mama woke up, but in great pain.
“Yewande” Baba ‘Peju called.
“Wise one” Yewande answered.
“You have to leave mama and come back for her in three days time.”
Yewande got confused and wanted to talk, but Baba silenced her.
“Three days time? Baba, but…”
“Shut up” Baba ‘Peju nagged. “Go now!” Yewande still didn’t wanted to leave until Baba insisted.
“I say leave!”
Yewande perceived something strange and hidden with mama’s staying in Baba ‘Peju’s shrine, but absolutely, there was nothing she could do.
Yewande got home that night and Her father asked;
“Where is mama? Why didn’t you come with her?”
“Oh, so now you know you have a wife? I was calling for help, but your wickedness blocked your ears from hearing and tied your hands from helping your own wife.” Yewande said running away as the shameless baba tried to chase her.
Yes! That was Little Yewande talking to her father in an ill manner.
Yewande was known for that. She had abused many elders and had insulted town criers countless times. Once, she spoke rudely to their family helper and he went away. Maybe Yewande’s family would’ve been the richest in Ile Oluji. Who knows? As little as Yewande was, there was nothing her father had not beaten her with due to her ill mannerism. Therefore, it is understandable that Yewande was bad-mouthed, but her father too was shameless and categorically irresponsible. I think that was what warranted her to talk to her father that way and her father dealt with her:
“Keep running o! Spoilt child. You are your mother’s character. Don’t come back to this house, else, I will separate your soul from your body. Fool!”
Baba Yewande spoke in annoyance as he banged and locked the barrier to his ancient hut.
If Yewande slept outside, what will happen to her? What is Baba ‘Peju up to? What is Baba Yewande up to? What will happen to mama in Baba ‘Peju’s shrine?
Find out in Episode 3.