“Abeg tell me say you don get alert, say my own na network dey delay am”. SEUN was talking to his friend Ben on the phone.
“Guy no dey deceive yourself, dem never pay oo. We just dey carry our CORPER uniform dey knack everyday, dey shine. Na scam! Government never find money pay us our small salary” Ben replied.
“Ah God! “, Seun exclaimed and dropped the call.
Lying on a long 3-sitter tattered couch, He stares at the roof of the small rented apartment he could manage to afford after trying to get connections in the unknown area he was posted too but to no avail. He is putting on a white singlet and a faded blue short with his CALVIN KNLIEN boxers peering out. He shakes his head and picks up his phone.
He turned on his data, opened his Instagram app and started scrolling and liking flaunty curvy pictures of different ladies. He switches to his gallery and reached inside his boxers as he started watching porn…
“Quickly. Remove your uniform, soak the garri and groundnut there and drink then go sell those oranges”.
“I wanted to quickly wash my uniform before I go”TOLANI replied.
“Don’t worry I will ask TUNDE to wash it for you when he and Tolu gets back from grinding the beans” Mama TOLANI said as she added more groundnuts into the nylon she was tying for sale.
Tolani is 19yrs old and in SS2. Few years back her father left she and her younger ones with her mum. Tolu was just 2years old then. And Tunde 7. She started helping her mum wash people’s cloth and do other things to make ends meet since she was 9. She missed 3 academic years before her mum could finally bounce back and send her to school again. And the tough days still aren’t over till date.
Tolani squeezed her face and soliloquizes ‘When will I stop this hawking of a thing? It’s become more embarrassing for me with my classmates and if i tell mum now she won’t get it’. She puts on a trouser and a tank top, ties a scarf, puts her OSUKA and as she was about to put the tray on her head, Mama Tolani walks in and told her to change the top: She knows what her mum meant; she reluctantly oblige and left the house…
Seun yells in frustration; drops his phone and stood up, he walked to the stove, opened a cabinet peers in looking for something to eat but slams it back in annoyance.
‘Stupid Government! When will they pay us and this deserted area is not even making things fair. What will I eat now, na to go steal? This useless government don’t even know shit’. He soliloquizes.
“BUY ORANGES. Buy oranges!” Tolani looks around as she calls for customers. She sees a friend of hers and waved stylishly back.
SEUN who was pacing around in his house stops when he heard the approaching female voice. He peeped from He is window and stared at Tolani as she approaches.
“This girl hot oo and e be like say no be the first time wey I dey see her for this area be this…I dey feel this girl, she no go resist, fine boy like me, make I go try her and her oranges.” SEUN scratches his head as he stepped outside.
“Buy Oranges!” Tolani stopped walking then continued. “Why is the Sun always ah and I have only sold one shade of the oranges: I can’t go back home now;I’m sure mummy needs the money. God I have not even done the assignment that Mr Lawal gave us, what kind of…”
“This girl!” Seun calls her.
Tolani turned and went to him.
“Drop your oranges, are they sweet?”
“Yes sir”. Tolani begins to bring out a black nylon bag.
“How you dey sell am?”
“Each shaded one is N100 sir” She points at them.
“Oya bring it inside I wan by all”
“All?” Tolani asked excitedly.
“Yes. Yes hurry up”
Tolani swiftly picked up her big tray, excited that the stress of the day is over she surged forward to the opened door but paused immediately and started looking backwards.”Uncle bring bucket let me put them all for you”.
SEUN who was standing behind her pushed her in and slams the door shut.
THIS SERIES IS FICTION AND WRITTEN IN ORDER TO HELP TELL THE STORIES OF THE ONES WHO COULDN’T SAY, THE ONES WHO WERE SILENCED FOREVER. IT IS WRITTEN IN ORDER TO FIND SOLUTION TO RAPE CASES AND SHUN ALL THE RAPIST MINDS MAKING IT CLEAR THAT THEY SHOULDN’T THINK ABOUT IT AND IF THEY DO THEY WILL BE FOUND.
IT IS ALSO A WAY OF STATING SOME MAIN SOCIETAL PROBLEMS SO WE ALL AS A NATION CAN WORK AGAINST IT.
STORY BY – @GOOD_TOXIN & YOLO POWELLA @_la_powel
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