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Though I knew he was dead, I still took him to
the hospital. I was met by the guys and it was a
sorry sight. Sparrow forced me out of the
hospital, back to the house. A lot of people were
waiting in the house, down casted and
threatening whoever they could. I walked into
the room and locked the door. Everywhere still
smelled like him. Everything was how we left it,
I was just so surreal that he wasn’t going to be
coming back home.
I couldn’t sleep; I couldn’t cry…I just stared.
There were things I had to do but my life had
just crumbled. It would have been nice if Toun
was around, but she was on her way to London.
I was running mad, his voice was in my head,
talking, laughing, joking..i probably shouldn’t
have allowed him drop me off..i was dying per
second..I called Timi, he was the only friend I
had close by..
Timi : Tana, is what I am hearing true?
That was when I started crying, I cried for
about a minute…
Me: yes o…they finally killed him..
Timi: I am so sorry…where are you now…how
did it happen?
Me: I don’t know…I can’t think…my heard
Timi: where are you, can I come and see you?
Me: no..i just want to be alone…thanks though…
I hung up..
Tears were choking me up but I had to stop, I
was sure Jafar would not want me to cry like
this..i braced myself up for the next call I had to
Me : hello
Me: is this Jafar’s father?
Me: Jafar is dead, died this morning..
Man: who are you?
Me: his girlfriend.
Man: how did he die?
Me: he was murdered…
He kept quiet for a while…
Me : he has to be buried today, if you don’t get
here soonest, we will bury him without you..
Man: But I am in Kano
Me: that’s your business!
I hung up…
Uche was still inside, guys had discussed that it
would be better I tell him…When I entered his
room, he was seated on the bed, his left hand
still on the sling but he looked way better..
Me: Uche, how are you?
Uche: Jafar is dead, you came to tell me Jafar is
Me: how….how did you know?
Uche: Orisa just called me, swore he had
nothing to do with it, him or his friends..
I walked up to face him, his eyes were red, he
had been crying. I hugged him, somehow my
floodgates opened…I started crying..
Uche : when I was in 100 Level, I used to go
around. Begging from guys, robbing girls at
Shokas…obtaining guys..There was this day I
went to a bar, Jafar was the only one there, he
was drinking…I walked up to him and started
threatening him, you see I didn’t know who he
was…He didn’t answer me so I punched him on
his face…as if on cue, the bar was flooded by his
brothers…more than seven guys carried me on
top of the table, my hands and legs were held.
The owner of the bar ran out as a dagger was
produced. I was to be slaughtered. Jafar was in
100level too then, but he pleaded on my
behalf.. though he was younger than most of
them, they respected him…I was left alone…a
few punches on my stomach didn’t count..
Uche started crying again..
Uche: He took me to a bar called “ A-Z” and
bought beer for me, afterwards we went to eat
Amala, he followed me to my house, where we
picked up my things and we moved to his
apartment close to Ita-merin. The guy cleaned
me up..See Tana, I no get mama and Papa,
confirm Jafar had been my father. He told me
about the group and thought they could use
someone like me…Tana, since then me and
Jafar had been homies…I could have taken a
bullet for that guy!
Guys knocked on the door, so he quickly
cleaned his eyes…they were in their multitude
to pay allegiance to him, I went back to Jafar’s
I pulled off my blood stained white gown, and
wore a black shirt of his, with one of his black
boxer shorts…I locked the door..and basked in
the memory of Jafar.
There was a knock on my door that I ignored as
usual; I didn’t want to talk to anybody. Then
Uche called my name name.. I staggered to the
door, my eyes were burning due to the amount
of tears I had cried. Standing in front of the
door was Uche and another man, seeing the
man made me cry. He was the carbon copy of
Man : Hello Tana
Me: good afternoon..
Man: I have picked up his body..
Me : I thought you said you were in Kano, how
did you get here so fast?
Man: I used a chopper.
Me: He must be buried today..
Man: Yes he would.
Man: I heard he was killed by way-ward cops
that have gone into hiding..
I didn’t answer him…
Man: Thank you for loving my son…
I slapped him a million times in my mind..
Me: you should have loved him yourself…
I turned to Uche…
Me: I don’t want to be disturbed again by
Uche : sir, time to go…
I went back to the bed Jafar and I had dwelled
in, made love in…
My phone rang some hours later, an unknown
Me : Hello..
Guy: its Orisa..
Orisa: Accept the sympathies of all of us down
here, we will hold an outing for him tonight. I
want you to know we had no hand in his
Orisa : Till you graduate, we promise never to
cause you any arm or slander. Whoever you
curse is cursed, whoever you bless is blessed.
Orisa: I had the highest respect for Jafar…you
will be accorded such…
Orisa: I hail you!
Me: Thank you..
I slept for a while when I got another call, I
wanted to ignore but I changed my mind…
Man: is this Ms Tana?
Man: This is Professor Adewole..
Me: good afternoon VC
VC : I heard about what happened today, my
people are carrying out the investigation. I
learnt you are his partner..
Me: Yes sir..
VC : we were thinking of resuming on Monday,
with this tragic incidence…do you want it
Me: you are the VC sir, I am just a student…
VC: our reports states otherwise.. Please meet
me for lunch on Saturday in my house..
Me: Okay sir..
VC : you can come with as many of your people
as possible…it’s just a meeting.
Me: Okay sir..
He hung up…
I didn’t intend going for any bullshit meeting…