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by Jace Ekeh

Commit or Quit

โ€˜Get out of my sonโ€™s house, girl!โ€™ Aunty Abey wailed.

It happened too fast. Aunty Abey was cursing from the other end of the phone. She had asked to speak with Temilade but Temilade was not interested. Pastor Tade seized Temiladeโ€™s phone because he said she was not paying attention to Aunty Abey. โ€˜Disrespectful idiot!โ€™ That was what he called her and snatched the phone from her. The phone dropped to the ground.

โ€˜My love, you would get me a new phone if that one gets bad!โ€™ standing up to get back her phone from him in a rush. In anger, Pastor Tade smashed the phone twice against the wall of the bedroom.

โ€˜You think I donโ€™t know what youโ€™re doing?โ€™ he asked as he picked the dismantled black Nokia 6208 classic. He pulled out the sim and memory card from the phone and chewed both of them to Temiladeโ€™s amazement. โ€˜Go and ask people about me, I was aย dada!โ€™ he announced with anger in his eyes. Temilade could only laugh. You sure know when someone laughs out of frustration but pretends they know what to do when in reality they have no clue, right? That was the case here. She could not hold back herself when she thought of her family and friends who would try to reach out to her.

โ€˜Tade, you really need help,โ€™ she called out and walked back to the bed. She laid down, pretending to be asleep. She wanted to end it all. The fights were becoming a daily occurrence, getting under her skin and she was beginning to consider fighting back. Her heart raced as she laid mute on the bed, praying that she could sleep off immediately and not hear all the very hurtful things he was saying.

A call came through for him. At least, that got him quiet for a few seconds. โ€˜She dey tell me say I need help o!โ€™ย he told the caller and Temilade knew it was Aunty Abey. She lived in the United Kingdom but was in charge of their every move in West Africa. He put the phone on hands-free and Temilade could hear her.

โ€˜E dey pain me say she still get mouth, motherfucker!โ€™ she cursed. She spoke about how shameless she thought Temilade was and what a mistake Tade made to have married her. โ€˜Give her the phone make I talk to herโ€™, she asked but Pastor Tade would not. He told her Temilade could hear and that she was not going to take the phone. However, the reality was that he was worried over what Temilade could do to his phone given the circumstances at hand. โ€˜Temilade, I regret allowing Tade get married to you. It is so sad because I warned him about women from your place. You have given us no child but troubleโ€ฆโ€™ To her surprise, Temilade was not quiet as usual.

โ€˜It is your son that has the problem not me andโ€ฆโ€™

โ€˜Shut up!โ€™ Pastor Tade and Aunty Abey roared simultaneously.

โ€˜My aunt is talking and you are talking, shameless thing!โ€™ he interjected.

โ€˜Thatโ€™s how she was trained!ย E mother no train am well!โ€™ She said hurting things and Temilade could only listen in silence. Pastor Tade spoke about how he caught Temilade recording their conversation.

โ€˜I was not recordโ€ฆโ€™ they would not let her speak and soon, Pastor Tade was holding Temilade by the mouth to keep quiet. She fought to be free from his grip but he was stronger. He held her too tightly as she tried to break free. The harder she tried, the firmer his grip became. Now he was holding her hands with one hand and his other hand covered her mouth and nostril. Temilade struggled for air. She bit his hand and immediately, he let her go and let out a loud moan.

โ€˜Tade, wetin?โ€™ Aunty Abey called.

โ€˜Aunty, she bite me o!โ€™

โ€˜Oti di aja!โ€˜ That is, โ€˜she has become a dogโ€™ in Yoruba.ย โ€˜Itโ€™s okay, please leave my son! Tade, drive her commot for that house, abeg. E don do!โ€™ย she commanded and Pastor Tade walked to Temilade. She ran to the corner of the room where she could defend herself, holding on to anything she could lay hold on as he dragged her. โ€˜Drag her out like the dog she is!โ€™ Aunty Abey yelled.

Pastor Tade didnโ€™t believe Temilade could fight back that fierce. She screamed, cried, used her fingernails, feet and teeth. โ€˜I built this house, Tade. What youโ€™re doing is wrong, Jesus!โ€™ She fought like a mad woman. Aunty Abey was still talking, asking Pastor Tade to kick her out. โ€˜So because you have no husband Aunty Abey, you want to make him like you, abi? My love, wake up!โ€™ He dragged her down the stairs. This time, she followed carefully for she feared what might happen if she fought down the stairs and she saw Kunle, the teenager, looking at her.

โ€˜Kunle, open the door for this girl!โ€™ he called. Kunle ran and unlocked the door.

She put both hands on the different sides of the door. โ€˜My love, please allow me say something,โ€™ she was shaking violently and she began to cry. But Pastor Tadeโ€™s mind was made up and Aunty Abey was still encouraging him to kick her out.

โ€˜Temilade, Iโ€™m done!โ€™ She could see bitterness in his eyes. He pushed her out of the house and secured the locks immediately.

โ€˜No! Tade, open this door,โ€™ she screamed hitting the door hard but there was no response. Bathed in pain and frustration, she raised her eyes to the heavens and muttered, โ€˜God, why me? I cannot end like this!โ€™ She thought about her family, the church and the women who looked up to her for counsel. A mosquito bit her on her left arm and then she realized she was almost naked. Her pink net nightie was torn and her upper body was exposed. โ€˜God, Kunle saw my nakedness!โ€™ she sat down on the rocky floor and wept. This tears were not for the physical pain she felt. They were for the humiliation he took her through.

Who would come to save her now? She couldnโ€™t make a phone call for she had no phone. She couldnโ€™t go anywhere for she was naked and it was already dead in the night. Her bare feet reminded her that she was confined to the entrance of her home. The place she called home in the last 5 years. Soon, she heard arguments. Pastor Tade was in a heated argument with somebody. Maybe he had come to his senses and disagrees with Aunty Abey that they should leave her outside. She stood up.

โ€˜He would open the door soon and apologize for all the wrong and all would be well. He would go on his knees and beg for my forgiveness. God heard my cry and touched him. We would start all over without the interference of Aunty Abey. She would no longer have any power over him. Yes, I knew Tade was not a bad man. It must be the way I cried. He cannot imagine me, the wife of his youth, outside the house we built together, almost naked in the dead of the night. He would soon open up. I can hear him say something like, donโ€™t call me again! Good, she should not call him again! He is coming. I hear footstepsโ€ฆโ€™ A voice called from behind.

โ€˜Nwanyi Oma, wetin dey happen?โ€™ It was Rev. Ebuka.

***

โ€˜Man of God, please let her go with you tonight until she is willing to go back to her parents, period!โ€™ Bishop Tade gave his final submission. โ€˜I have spoken to her parents and they are expecting her. Abeg, marriage no be by force!โ€™ he stood up, walked upstairs with Kunle and came back with her bags.

โ€˜Mama, please just follow me,โ€™ Rev Ebuka persuaded Temilade who was not willing to leave.

โ€˜Abeg, beg her for me. Marriage no be by force oooo! I no dey do again,โ€™ laughing, Pastor Tade carefully moved the last box down. Rev. Ebukaโ€™s phone rang. It was Elder Bamiloye, Temiladeโ€™s father. He wanted Rev. Ebuka to take Temilade with him until she could travel home. He said that Pastor Tade had called and said he wanted Temilade out of his house. He was so hurt he was stuttering. He told Temilade that he still loved her and that he was not disappointed in her anymore. Rev. Ebuka pulled a cloth, hanging out of the bags Pastor Tade brought down and wrapped it around Temilade.

The emotions were so powerful they choked Temilade. Gasping for air, she muttered, โ€˜Iโ€™d go with you, sir.โ€™

As they drove to Rev Ebukaโ€™s residence, the silence in the car spoke of so many uncertainties. For Rev. Ebuka, he wondered what Mama Can Doโ€™s reaction was going to be when she sees Temilade in her house at 2am, how much time he was going to spend trying to make her understand and if she ever would. For Temilade, it was obvious; what was going to become of her. Was this the end to her lifeโ€™s greatest misfortune or the beginning of an unending emptiness?

To be continuedโ€ฆ

 

Commit or Quit

Sometimes, you have to give up to go up!ย Valorie Burton

As we bring Temilade Series โ€“ Friday Night Season 1 to an end, I would like to encourage you with just a few words.

Make your dream a priority and be intentional about putting in ALL it takes to get it! Commit to it. Donโ€™t be afraid to quit from whatever frustrates the commitment required to reach your dreams.

Let the Holy Spirit guide you.

If you ever feel like anything threatens your existence and you need help, please reach out to me. I’m sure God can use me to be of help.

Love

Jace

8 comments

Divine March 19, 2021 - 8:51 pm

Thank you Mama, I won’t allow anything kill my dream.

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Mfon March 20, 2021 - 5:37 am

This piece is suspense filled.
Thanks Jace for these encouraging words, I will be intentional with my commitments

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Celly March 20, 2021 - 6:47 am

Hello. I m yet to go through the previous episodes, so I dont know what has happened to Temilade from the start, but no woman should be treated like this. I believe her being thrown out is a big blessing in disguise. Her husband will surely regret putting her through all that.

Weldone dear. I promise to make out time this weekend to start the story from the beginning. Keep it up!๐Ÿ‘

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Ebeku Divinefavour Chigushemeh March 20, 2021 - 7:11 am

Life is so unfair, yes it has always been. Women should learn to brace themselves for anything that will their way in marriage. It’s more or less like hoping for the best and preparing for the worse. Marriage is not happiness guaranteed, happiness comes from within you don’t let anyone (husband or wife) Rob you off it.

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Stellamaris Ogar March 20, 2021 - 5:44 pm

I also decided to create time to read this particular series, saying to myself that if I continue waiting to read from the first series, I may wait till eternity…

Anyways, Temilade is a strong woman I must confess and for whatever reason she kept persevering hoping that things will get better, and that is the story of most marriages today,staying back and hoping things will get better until they end up seeing their greatest misfortune, that is if they even live to tell the story.

I must say that any man who can give a woman such inhumane treatment deserves to be castrated and I really opine that Temilade deserves justice!

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Hilda March 25, 2021 - 4:33 am

The lessons that are encapsulated in this series are enormous. Temiladeโ€™s submissive attitude amidst the challenges she went through over the years is very profound. Although, she didnโ€™t deserve the kind of treatment her husband gave her, she never lost sight of the position she had as a wife.
In life, sometimes, the experience a person goes through makes them lose the best part of them. But as Christians, weโ€™re admonished to project the image of Christ in all circumstances.
That is why I love the scripture in 2nd Corinthians 4:8.
Weโ€™re not crushed when hard pressed on every side because of the grace of God sustains us (paraphrased).
Thanks Jace for sharing this emotional but beautiful piece with your readers!

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Modestar April 2, 2021 - 10:13 am

Jace, I love this story! What women go through…. Seems I missed the other part of it.

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Joy April 10, 2022 - 4:01 pm

Woowwwww… Powerful take-home note. Thanks Mami.

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