THE OUTCOME OF VERITY – (ELIJAH ONYENMERIOGU – 2016/2017)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: [_ Elijah Onyenmeriogu, is A Playwrights, A Musician & A _]
*Petitioner. Born in May 14, 1988. From Onicha Ngwa, in Obingwa of Abia state, *
[*Nigeria. He attended at “Kingfredson Nursery & Primary school, Aba” and *]
*“Livingstone Model College in Lagos, where he got two consecutive double *
*promotions, with several awards in school debates.” Onyenmeriogu later *
*peregrinated to Ghana to consummate his course for English Literature and *
*Audio Production. He got admission into the “University Of Ghana” There he *
*studied and graduated with “Diplomatic beneficial certificate, associate’s *
*degree,” in 2006. *
[_* _][*REFERENCE: _ The bible verbally expresses “You shall know the truth, and the _]
*truth shall set you free” but if you stand for the truth, you will always *
*stand alone, evil doers around you will always find a away to take your life, *
*but God never forsakes his children, his words never transmute, he has *
*promised the virtuous long life and prosperity, consequently, we should always *
*bear it in mind that the outcome of verity is long life. *
The Pedestrious “Ogidi” was wel known as the poorest and oldest man ever lived
during his stage, In Obingwa. However, he was very vigorous that he could
peregrinate a distance by foot, solving family quandaries, tel ing the histories of the
past and inheritance, in order to get some foods to victual.. He was born in a
minuscule vil age cal ed “Umuokereke Ngwa” amongst the one hundred and thirty
eight vil ages in the Obingwa local regime area of Abia state, Nigeria.
Ogidi was very short and thin with little bowlegs by nature, albeit, he was trepidacious
by his look, for he has grey ocular perceivers, whoever child he consistently visual y
examines becomes trepidacious, he ambulates very expeditious and never looks up,
lest he fal s.
His parents died when he was a teenager, meanwhile, he never got married. No wife,
no child, no relatives, no job, no home until he became so old and began to perceived
what was not real y there, hal ucinating like a dog, and having some il usions.
Al he does was to peregrinate around seeking for obstinate children to deal with,
tel ing people the histories of their forefathers and their traditions. During his
peregrinations, he carries along with a calabash fil ed with imbibing dihydrogen
monoxide, and a diminutive basket of aliment stuffs dashed to him by people.
Wherever he is and gets exhausted of plodding, or finds the day dark, there he
As of then, there was a trepidacious ruler cal ed “Ike Nwosu” this man was very
rigorous and tough that he was dealing with the malevolent people and adamant
children remorselessly, those who go tardy to school and those who reluct to go to
school at al , nor comply with their parents. Therefore, Mazi Ogidi exploited the ruler’s
influence to threaten the children, notwithstanding he was a geriatric man, he was
able to carry a child on his shoulder, claiming he was taking him to the ruler’s prison
yard where he would be penalized, whosoever he does this to wil cry so acerbical y
until the parents come to rescue. Al these japes were performed just to make the
children more earnest and utilizable. But then, the children didn’t optical y discern it
as jests, they became so trepidacious of him that they conventional y run to
obnubilate whenever they optical y discerned him emanating from far away. Through
this act, Ogidi became so famous that whichever road he passes people wave hands at
him, shouting.. “Mazi Ogidi, please come to our home today” but he has in mind
where he’s going for the day.
Ogidi was seen as an angel by the people of Obingwa during those days, so, he was
welcomed with plenty of foods and attire by every family he visits, because they know
that he has come with fun, caution and inspiritment to their families. His missions
wasn’t only to convert obstinate children to docile, he was a very good man, historical
and a peacemaker, he never fortified evil. But the notification of his visits was
lamentable news to the auditory perceivers of the malevolents and the obstinate ones
in the community. Then later on, the children discovered his impuissance that
whenever he looks up he must fal , so, they utilizes this act to torment him as wel by
asking him “Mazi Ogidi, look up and see something fal ing on you” and immediately he
does that, he fal s, then children begin to laugh at him.
One day, Ogidi went to a vil age cal ed “Umulelu” this vil age united as one by six
autonomous communities, including “Umuachara, Umunkpor, Umunkalonu,
Umuedena, Umuokpaku and Umusolo, together they were cal ed “Umulelu”. Among
al , Umusolo was the smal est part, from which was where their king “Eze Onuoha”
came from. While Umuachara was the largest part which has about seventy-four
So, Ogidi arrived at Umuachara and went into the biggest courtyard where
there are fourteen families of different consanguinity, “Ejiofor, Enyereibe, Ugwuaku,
Nwankpa, Anele, Nmaduforo, Njoku, Aguwamba, Acho, Oguzie, Ukonna, Ubani,
Ugwueze and Orjinta. These families were living in peace and harmony, except
Oguzie’s and Ugwueze’s family who have been in conflicts for a long time over a piece
of land. Oguzie was a farmer, he had two wives with nine children. Ugwueze was a
loaner, he lends money to people with interests and conditions that whenever one
fails to pay back in the appropriate time as bargained, he would take over his wife. He
had two owned wives with eleven children, then later had another three wives which
he coveted from men who borrowed and were unable to pay back on time. Ekeoma,
the hunter from Umusolo who borrowed two hundred silver coins when he was about
taking a wife, Nkata the tailor from Umuokpaku, and Ahamba the town-cryer from the
same Umuachara but different courtyard. These people’s wives were coveted for had
failed to returned their loans to Ugwueze within the date assigned.
The dragging land was genuinely Oguzie’s own inherited from his late
grandfather ”Ogwugwu” whom was a very proximate friend to Mazi Ogidi during their
50s. His opponent Ugwueze was a very malignant man who goes about coveting other
people’s properties, he was performing some charms furtively, al his debtors were
under spel to never meet up in paying back, then he would take over whichever
property he wants. The elders were speechless towards his malignity because he was
hazardous and the richest man in Umuachara as of then, nobody dares him.
When the children visual y perceived Ogidi coming inward, some absquatulated
to obnubilate as customary, while some commenced to shout his name jubilantly..
“Mazi Ogidi! Mazi Ogidi! Mazi Ogidi!” running forward to meet him.
“Hahaha! How are you my children?” Asked Ogidi. “We’re fine, thank you. How
are you too?” replied the children in merriment.
“Ooh! I am stil strong and healthy as you al can see, hahaha! Where are your
parents? Go and let them know that i am here” said Ogidi.
The children jubilantly ran to their parents for notification. Ogidi went straight to
Orjinta whose house was the most proximate to the main ingression. Orjinta was a
very proximate friend of Ubani, both of them were palm-wine tappers, they weren’t
opulent, and in fact, Ubani was one of the debtors in the creditor’s list of Ugwueze
that had yet to paid, but they were good men.
When Orjinta saw Ogidi, he emerged and greeted him traditional y.
“Haa! Mazi Ogidi, you’re highly welcome, please have a sit.” Said Orjinta. “thank
you my son, how is your family?” Asked Ogidi.
“We’re fine, how are you too, and how was your journey? It has been a lo..ng time
you came last to see us.” replied Orjinta. “The both laughed.”
After Orjinta had introduced his new wife and children to the old man, they
served him a good meal prepared with “Okporoko, (stockfish)” also with a palm-wine.
Subsequently, they took him to the visitor’s room, and there he stayed for some
weeks, until his missions were over.
As the day was getting more tenebrous, the news of Ogidi’s present keeps
spreading within Umuachara, and afore the day got tenebrous, the elders were then
aware of his present. A meeting was summoned by Ogidi to hold a place in Ugwueze’s
compound the next morning, albeit, he had nothing in mind against Ugwueze, for he
knew not the soi-disant malevolent men in Umuachara, he preferred Ugwueze’s
house because he had a profoundly and immensely colossal and pulchritudinous
It was Orjinta whom Ogidi sent to notify his neighbours about the meeting.
Then, Orjinta went first to his friend “Ubani”. lastly, he went to Ugwueze and met him
“Nna anyi Ugwueze! I greet you.”
“You’re welcome! This one that you came to my house today, I hope al is wel ?
“Yes, Nna anyi, al is wel . I only came to inform you that Mazi Ogidi is here in
“Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! Was that why I was aural y perceiving the children making
much noise earlier today? So, that old man is stil alive? That’s good. Where is he
“He is in my house. He came to pay us a visit, you know it has been long he came
“O yes, it has been long indeed.”
“Wel , Nna anyi, he said that every elders of this courtyard should amass here in
your house tomorrow morning at eight o clock. He said he has some matters to
discuss with us.”
“Some matters to discuss with us. Real y? But why must it be in my house?
“Nna anyi, I don’t real y know why, but I conjecture it may be because you have a
sizably voluminous compound.”
“I see. Anyway, no problem, no problem. Til tomorrow then.”
“Thank you. In that case, let me be on my way.”
But Ugwueze wasn’t blissful about the meeting, for he knew what was going to be
discussed, but because of the veneration they had for the old Ogidi, he couldn’t
After the dawn, children hurried off to school. Men walks consecutively to the
meeting at Ugwueze’s house. When they had gathered, they wore smiles on their
faces knowing that things would change for good thenceforth.
Palm-wine and Kola nuts were brought by Ugwueze’s fourth wife “Urenma” whom he
coveted from Nkata, the tailor from Umuokpaku. During her present in their midst,
the elder’s moods were changed, they began to look at themselves in anger and
But the old Ogidi whom was perceivable and sensitive, therefore grasped what was
Ejiofor, the oldest exclude Ogidi, he stood up and blessed the kola traditional y with
(Salutation; “Umunna Kwenu! Kwenu! Kwenu! Kwezuenu oo!) Wel , our people
says “he who brings kola brings life” in this case, we are going to masticate this kola
with the confidence knowing that more life, strengths and mystical enchantments
shal be integrated in our lives according to our forefathers. “Iseeee” (Amen). Replied
“But afore we masticate this kola, I optate us to understand that a kola nut is
diminutive, but it is more paramount that it goes round to each person and not that it
fil s the stomach”.
Ejiofor sat down, and the kola was passed to everyone one after the other until
it got to the hand of Ogidi the oldest. He was about standing up, but they preferred
him verbalizing while sitting, as he was a geriatric man, and so he did.
(Salutation; “Umunna Kwenu! Umuachara Kwenu! Ndi nwe Obodo Kwezuenu!”)
“The happy moments of a man in life is not only when he is making love with his wife
on the bed, neither is it when a good food is set for him on the table. But a man
equal y becomes happy when he realises how honoured and respected he is in their
community, that is why you can see smile on my face today. Without wasting much
time, let us go ahead with this drink and kola, then we shal look into the matter that
brought us here today. Orjinta my son, break these kola nuts and share the drink.”
Orjinta was the youngest among the elders, he stood up and sliced the kola nuts,
he performed a libation as tradition by pouring a little wine on the ground as an
honour to their forefathers. After al that, they drank and chewed kola nuts. But
Oguzie refused to take anything because he was in a great enmity with Ugwueze, he
(Salutation; Umunna Kwenu! Kwenu! Kwenu! Kwezuenu!) Our gathering here
today brought joy into my heart because our people said, “A bullfrog that refuses to
sleep, when it dies, it must sleep whether it likes it or not”. I know that after this
meeting, that bullfrog which had refused to sleep wil eventual y sleep, and forever,
The elders agreed with him by smiling with nods of heads.
After Enyereibe had said this, Ugwueze stared at him annoyously, for he knew that
the proverbs were referring to him, but he said nothing yet, he was only shaking his
legs, while his face was on the ground.
Wel , I think it is time for us to welcome our beloved and only surviving
grandfather who has never forgotten his grandchildren, whether in the rainy season
or in dry season. Mazi Ogidi, you are highly welcome to Umuachara!
Al the elders welcomed him as wel .
Thank you very much my children, wel , I am equal y happy to be here in
Umuachara today. Not because I wished to come, as a matter of fact, there are other
vil ages which i hadn’t visited for longer than this Umuachara, but i came because of
the ongoing persecutions that i have been hearing about in this community,
particularly in this courtyard of yours. Can someone tel me exactly what is going on?
The elders were afraid of what Ugwueze’s reactions might be to the person who
brings out the matter, they were looking at themselves and waited for some seconds
until Nwankpa stood up. Nwankpa was somehow stubborn and fearless, but because
of poverty, he had no power to triumph over Ugwueze.
(Salutation; Umunna Kwenu! Kwenu! Kwenu! Kwezuenu!) “ We do not use our bare
feet to search for hidden thorns which we have seen in day time.” The ant that bites a
man is right there in his clothes. My fel ow elders, our problems are here with us.
(Salutation; Umunna Kwenu! Kwenu! Kwezuenu!) “Someone who fel into a pit
does not hesitate to scream out loud, in order to be heard by people that pass along
the road. We have had enough proverbs as tradition, so, I think it is time for us to hit
the nail on the head, and stop beating about the bush. Ugwueze here, is our problems
in this community. Mazi Ogidi, ask him why he has chosen to be this wicked, al he
does is to go about claiming people’s properties, even the only land that my late
grandfather handed over to me before he died, Ugwueze woke up one morning and
told me that the land now belongs to him. “Please my elders of Umuachara, help me
to ask Ugwueze how the land managed to be his.
(Cleared his throat) I greet you my fel ow elders of Umuachara. You see, the Gods
of our land gave us wisdom to utilize knowledge and experience with common sense,
having this Wisdom, you wil be able to live your life without problems, being able to
get out of situations that seem to be difficult or embarrassing, mostly, understanding
and tolerance. I cannot pretend to be ignorant of those proverbs which you al had
said earlier, but from this wisdom given to me by the Gods, I was able to tolerate. You
see, without knowing a person too wel , we must not hate him. I Ugwueze have never
done wrong to anyone, nor claimed anybody’s property before.
(The elders looked at themselves).
But our people of Umulelu as a whole see me as a wicked man today, why? Because I
am a loaner, I lends money to people in order to solve their problems, with an
agreement of paying back with little interest on a given date, and if eventual y the
person fails to pay back within the date, whatever he or she had brought as a
col ateral wil then belong to me. How is that a wickedness? Oguzie was stupidly and
carelessly unaware when his late father “Ikpeama” borrowed seven hundred silver
coins from me, with which accomplished him in taken the chieftaincy title which he
took when he was alive, unfortunately, he died before the date we had agreed he
would pay back, so, the only thing I had to do was to take over that piece of land
which he presented to me as a col ateral, that’s al .
Ugwueze you are a liar, you are a devilish liar. My father would have told me if he
had borrowed any money from you, and moreover, that land was personal y handed
over to me by my grandfather “Ogwugwu” and not to my father “Ikpeama”. So,
whatever business you had with my father when he was alive, keep that for pending,
whenever you join him in the grave, both of you shal continue the business over
there. Leave my land alone for me, please..
My children, it is of no use to fight over unanimated issues. Oguzie’s father
“Ikpeama” is no more, Oguzie’s grandfather “Ogwugwu” whom was a very good friend
of mine is also no more. But there is one thing that can never be hidden nor die, and
that thing is “truth”.
No matter how far a man urinate, the last drop always fal s at his feet.
“Seventy years ago, I was stronger than I am today, and my late friend “Ogwugwu”
was also as strong as I was, both of us were very hilarious that we do joke with family
issues without a quarrel. When joking, he normal y laughs at me for didn’t get married
and bear a child like him. I normal y laugh at him for having a wife with only one son
“Ikpeama” whom was addicted to alcoholic. He would say to me that it is better to
have a drunken son than none. I replied to him and said, what if you get old and die,
who wil then manage your properties? And he answered, as soon as his grandson
grows up to teenage, he would hand over his properties to him, believing that his
lineage wil continue, unlike me. You see, from those funny conversations we had, I
now realised it’s possible that Ogwugwu’s properties might have been later handed
over to his grandson “Oguzie, and not to his father, Ikpeama whom was a drunkard.”
After Ogidi’s story, the elders were smiling in a surprise mood. But Ugwueze was
disconsolate and in fact, he stoop up and pointed his finger at the old man.
This is rubbish! Mazi Ogidi or whatever you cal yourself, if you don’t know what
to say, you better shut up your mouth, rather than vomiting none sense words.
The elders, stood up with annoyance.
Ugwueze shut up this abominable mouth of yours, are you drunk? Don’t you
realise that it is Mazi Ogidi you’re talking to?
Nwankpa, is it me you are talking to this way? Have you forgotten who I am?
“Who are you?
“Now let me warn you,”
The less opportunity given to a monkey to wear cloths does not guarantee it to join
the dining table, and the monkey who tries to see the hunter clearly col ects bullets in
And the sparrow said that since the hunter has learnt how to shoot without
missing, it has equal y learnt to fly without perching.
Then, you forgot that, no matter how far an eagle flies up the sky, it wil definitely
come down to look for food. We shal see..
The exchange of words keeps multiplying. Then, Ogidi stood up and said the last
It was a human being who taught a leopard how to eat people. “Our forefathers
say that the leopard wanted to eat people but did not know how to kil them until it
overheard someone tel ing another that if the leopard was clever, it would jump on
someone and prick its claws into the person’s neck.
A child can play with its mother’s breasts, but definitely not its father’s testicles.
Ugwueze my son, step your feet out of that land, it belongs to Oguzie. I have spoken..
If one were to remove every smoking wood from a fire and condemns it as bad,
one would be kil ing the fire itself. We shal see then.
The elders took their leave, and that was when the war began between “Light
and Darkness” involved with the two neighbouring vil ages in Obingwa cal ed
“Umulelu and Onicha ngwa”
Onicha ngwa is a diminutive but the most popular vil age in Obingwa.
It additional y has six vil ages inside of it, with immensely colossal courtyards. But they
had no king as of then. Therefore, no constitution, its citizens were living like sheep
without a shepherd, committing lots of atrocities. They had fought with several
vil ages and had always subjugated al , which made them so popular today. In Onicha
ngwa, every courtyard had a native shrine where the non Christians worship and
prepare some charms which they use to tie up the destined ones in order not to
progress, they were few who believed in Christianity.
During those days, Onicha ngwa had a group of non Christian old men cal ed
“Umummiri”, some of these people were native Doctors, their members were not
only from Onicha ngwa, in fact, The soi-disant Ugwueze from Umulelu was a member.
“Umummiri” their ways were to dance round the vil ages on every “Nkwọ market
days”, wearing white tops, green trousers and white canvases with long fresh palm-
leaf on their shoulders, Matching in “Ekpete band” with their ritual musical
compositions. They offer human sacrifices to their idols at each junction of the vil age.
On these “Nkwọ market days” Christians are not sanctioned to go out, otherwise
they would be kil ed by the “Umummiri”.
They had blood covenants to always stand for each other in time of trouble, and to
never expose their secrets to a non member. Their auxiliary act towards each other
was to kil anyone that makes case with their member, which affected Ogidi, Oguzie,
Nwankpa, Enyereibe and many other elders that have had quarrels with “Ugwueze”
whom was their member.
Immediately the elders left Ugwueze’s house, Mazi Ogidi selected four elders
included him, they went straight to the king “Eze Onuoha” and repined to him what
was transpiring in Umuachara. Already, the king was cognizant of Ugwueze’s
malignity, for he had received lots of complaints from numerous people within
Umulelu. Mostly from “Ekeoma, Nkata and Ahamba” whom their wives were coveted
When the elders got to the king’s palace, they greeted him traditional y.
“Igwe eee!” (A titled name used to address a king)
“You’re welcome my people. Haa! Who am I seeing? Mazi Ogidi!”
“Igwe” replied Ogidi.
Hahahaha, laughed the king. “After many years, you recol ect your grandchildren in
Umulelu today? That’s good. Please, you al should sit down.” Em, “Lolo” the king
cal ed his queen. When she came, she greeted the elders. “go and bring some Kola for
us” said the king.
After they have chewed and drunken some wines.
“Mazi Ogidi, how are you?”
“Igwe, I am fine.” replied Ogidi.
“It has been a long time, it seems like you have forgotten your grandchildren?” asked
“Igwe, it is not that I have forgotten you people, but you know, the more older I
am getting, the lesser distance i travel. And off cause you know that Umulelu is very
far from Umuokereke ngwa where I was born. So, that is why it seemed as if I have
forgotten you people. In fact, Igwe, I came to this Umulelu yesterday, but i was in
Orjinta’s house in Umuachara. The evil i witnessed in this Vil age prevented me from
leaving today, because we decided to see you in order to find some solutions to these
“You’re highly welcome once again my people. Let me hear your petitions.”
(Cleared his throat) “Igwe,
Our people say; One does not tel a deaf person that war has broken out. And if we
don’t stand for something, we wil fal for something. When a son of the land does
something bad, he is forcibly dragged through his father’s courtyard.
(Smiled) “Nwankpa, you know I don’t like proverbs when it comes to a serious
matter. Please, hit the nail on the head.
“Wel , Igwe, al trees grows in the forest, but the ora tree singled itself out.
Ugwueze is the terrorist which Umuachara have, in fact, Umulelu as a whole.
“Haa, Ugwueze again.” Said the king.
No one drinks water and drops the cup. Igwe, we have come to seek for solutions,
what do we do?
“My people, I cannot pretend that i am not cognizant of Ugwueze’s posture in
this Umulelu, It is not by staring hard that one optical y discerns the road or
understands what is going on. I have received an abundance of complaints about
Ugwueze several y, and I cerebrate it is time for us to do something about it.
One who does not concur, concurs on the death mat. No one can elude penalization
for his maleficent deeds.”
“Igwe, thank you very much.” Said the elders.
“We had a meeting at Ugwueze’s house earlier this morning, and he pointed his
fingers at me, forgotten that an incipient-born child does not throw its father up.
Igwe, we must do something.”
“I have heard your petitions, we must do something immediately. Today is
already gone, but tomorrow, every elders of Umulelu shal accumulate here to
present their matters one after the other, in front of Ugwueze. Then, we shal know
what to do.”
“That’s a good conception. Wel , Igwe, we shal be taking our leave now, and we
al shal be here tomorrow as you verbalized. Thank you very much.”
“You’re welcome! The town cryer wil go round the vil age this night to notify al
“Igwe, you shal live long” said the elders. “And you additional y, go wel ”
replied the king.
Then, the elders left. But during their present in the palace with the king, the
princess herself was conscientiously heedfully listening their discussions through the
window. Meanwhile, the princess and Ugwueze’s son of his first wife, were
confidential y seeing each other as lovers. So, when the princess had amassed the
information, she then went and apprised her lover “Ejike” Ugwueze’s son. Ejike withal
went and apprised his father Ugwueze.
But Ugwueze wasn’t trepidacious, rather, he told his son not to worry, that everything
is under his control.
At that night, Ikoro was beaten by Ahamba, the town cryer.
“Kon kon kon kon kon kon kon kon.
The elders of Umulelu, the king has summoned a meeting to hold a place in the palace
tomorrow morning at nine O clock, every elders must attend to this meeting, but
whoever misses to come for any reason wil be filed. He that heard should apprise his
“Kon kon kon kon kon kon kon”
Ahamba circumnavigated the six components of the vil age with the same
message. Two adolescent ladies who was passing when Ahamba was messaging, they
greeted him and had some gossips immediately he passed.
“Hmm, Nna anyi Ahamba is real y trying oo! Few months ago, that wicked
Ugwueze forcibly took his wife from him, yet he has the mind to serve this vil age
“And so what, is that not his job? And besides, haven’t you heard that Mazi Ogidi
came to this vil age yesterday?
“What? That old man that normal y scares us when were children?
“Yes, and I heard he is in Umuachara. That is the main reason our king is
summoning this meeting.”
“Wow! I’m happy about this. That man is old but fearless. Al the elders in this
vil age including our king himself are afraid of taking any action towards Ugwueze’s
evil, but I trust Mazi Ogidi, he never supports evil.”
“Yes my dear, please let us go, tomorrow we wil hear the scores.
The dawn broke. Al the elders took a walk to the palace. When they had
gathered, they greeted their king.
“Igwe eee. (His highness)
“I greet you al the elders of Umulelu, you’re welcome to my palace. I evoked this
meeting to hold a place in this palace this morning, which was promulgated last night
by Ahamba. I hope everyone is here?
The elders commenced to look around to know if one was missing. Haplessly,
Ugwueze was stil on his way to the main ingression. But immediately his most
proximate neighbour “Aguwamba” stood up to promulgate his absence, Ugwueze
arrived. They were al short of words, despite his tardy peregrinated. Ugwueze was
evil, he never obeys laws. But the people of Umulelu feared him a lot that no one
could open his mouth to say the truth about him, not even their king.
“Wel , I am happy that everyone is here now. The reason I cal ed this meeting is
not for us to celebrate nor to quarrel with each other, but for us to have it in our
minds that we are Kindred and not strangers. The things that are happening in this
Umulelu have proven itself that love is no longer existing between us. Last month, we
buried five salubrious young men who died one after another without being sick, last
two months, a woman and her daughter were found lying coldblooded on their
farmland, nobody knows who kil ed them, but the worst of al was the little student
whom was beheaded last week on his way to school, a boy who knows nothing, who
washes his body only on his stomach. Al these sacrileges were not happening in
Umulelu before, so I ask, what is wrong? Who is behind al these devilish acts? Wel , i
have not mentioned anybody’s name, neither do i have anyone in mind for saying this.
As our people say “al Lizards lie on their stomachs, but we cannot tel which has a
“Igwe eee. My fel ow elders. I greet you al . “An old woman said that if she had
revealed the details about how she trampled the Chick to death, It’s mother would
also be caught and given to her out of misplaced pity.” We should not talk too much
about the things we see or the troubles we suffer. Let us bear al our worries and
sorrows in silence, hoping that one day, God wil hear the cry of his children.”
“Taaaa! Keep quiet if you don’t know what to say, what do you know about
worries and sorrows? Wel , Igwe eee, my elders, I greet you. “If the pestle misses the
mortar, it pounds the ground. Let us not depart from the truth, lest we meet with
“You’re right Onowu, but I think Apollos was most right. Let us endure trouble
courageously because there is nothing that has not been experienced before. One
must face difficulties boldly.”
“Nna anyi Mark, If you were not my elder, I would have shut your mouth up for
saying such a thing. How can we fold our hands sitting and watching evil growing day
by day in this vil age? No, just look around and tel me what you see. You wil see
nothing good about this Umulelu apart from; stealing people’s crops in the farm,
kil ing innocent youths, women and children, coveting people’s wives and properties.
Yet, you have the heart to open your mouth and said that “we must face difficulties
boldly” wel , Nna anyi Mark, I am disappointed in you of al people.”
“That’s enough Nwankpa. Like I said earlier, we have not come here to celebrate
nor to quarrel with each other. We have come to seek for solutions about the evil in
this vil age. It is said that an il ness is not a good thing, yet someone says that the one
who has a hydrocele should also have a distended stomach. Things should have their
limits. So now, my elders of Umulelu “the anus is available for flute, who can blow it?
“Igwe eee, the people of Umulelu, I greet you al . I am very happy because we
have had another great opportunity to express our feelings by gathering here today. It
is true that i am a stranger, I am not from Umulelu neither do i have relatives here,
but, one who goes to a land where they cut off ears should cut off his own ears and
contribute it. If I must tel you, I know Umulelu very wel , even more than any of you
here does. But if you doubt me, let me see your hand up. Now I ask again, is there
any of you here whom his grandfather is stil alive, let me also see your hand up? You
see? Nobody. That is to show you that I know Umulelu more than you do. I would
have told you the history of this vil age of yours, but that is not why we are here now.
I am an old man, and there is no how I wil see things going wrong and keep quiet, no!
“If you don’t spare a day to fix the door to your room, you wil waste three years
searching for money in your room, but wil never find it.” My children of Umulelu, how
long shal you continue living with the fear of your mankind? If the sun claims
superiority over the moon, let it shine at the night. If Ugwueze think that he is strong
enough to do everything, let him die and bury himself. He cannot. So my children,
stand up and tel us what Ugwueze has done to you which is not good. “When you see
an old woman eating chicken excrement, because of senility, take it away from her,
because when she gets a cough it wil spread to everyone. “It is not good to wink at
evil.” Speak my children! Speak..”
Ahamba, the town cryer. He stood up and spoke in bitterness, notwithstanding
he was afraid of Ugwueze’s present, he spoke with confidence from the moral he
exploited from Ogidi’s speech.
“Igwe eee, my elders, I greet you.” Our grandfathers said that “If a deceitful
person buries himself, one of his arms wil stick out.” That is to say “No matter how
wicked or brave a person may be, there are things which he cannot do.” In al , you
should do unto others as you would have them do unto you. I borrowed one thousand
silver coins from Ugwueze, a week before my father’s burial, with which accomplished
me in burying my father. We had an agreement to pay back after two months, but he
demanded nothing from me to present as a col ateral. But i was able to raise only
eight hundred silver coins within the two months he gave me. Ugwueze came to my
house with his boys and dragged my wife away, my only wife. I went to his house to
confront him, but he chased me away with a gun. For the past seven months now, he
has refused my wife to return.
“Wel , that is what we are passing through in this vil age, Ugwueze has created
enmity between himself and the entire Umulelu. Had it been I knew that he would
claim the wife which I borrowed money from him to marry, I wouldn’t have married
her in the first place. “Now look at me, just look at me.”
“Abomination! So, you mean that this kind of thing is happening in Umulelu, and
you people kept quiet, even you, Igwe?
“Mazi Ogidi, that is not al o! My wife was as wel taken from me by the same
Ugwueze, just because I could not afford to pay back the money he lent to me within
his date. We decided to remain silent since he is superior to us in everything. Our
people say that “Discretion is the greater part of valor.” Sometimes it is important to
know when to give up and run away, instead of always acting brave and maybe
getting hurt. We left everything for God to judge.
“Fortune favours the bold.” People who bravely go after what they want are more
successful than people who try to live more safely.
“Exactly, my son. Something must be done. Igwe, we need to do something.”
“What wil you do? I ask, what wil you do, this old Wizard? Do you think you can
do anything to me? I Ugwueze, (He was hitting his arm on his chest) the shel that no
weapon pierces on it. Look, a Hen does not expect warning to hide it’s chicks from the
kite. But let me warn you once again, stay away from me, mind your own businesses,
“Otherwise what wil happen? What wil happen Ugwueze? “You want to know
what wil happen?” Asked Ugwueze. “Yes, I want to know.” Answered Ogidi.
“Real y? I guess you are stubborn, right? But before you start going out with a
widow, make sure you ask her what kil ed her husband. Otherwise, the same thing
that kil ed her husband wil also kil you.”
“Ugwueze, you are a child, you cannot do anything to me. I know that you are a
murderer, but bear it in mind that, Ogidi is exceptional. The gentle strides of a tiger
does not indicate cowardice.
“Ogidi! Ogidi! Ogidi! How many times have I cal ed you? I wil swal ow you as the
Shark swal owed Joanna, but I wil not vomit you.”
“A wise fish should know that a beautiful earthworm that looks so easy to
swal ow, has a sharp hook attached to it.”
“Alright, we shal battle and see who wil be the winner.” “I am not afraid of you.”
Then, Ugwueze departed with anger. But the king was trying to persuade him.
“Let him go! Let him go!” Said Nwankpa and other elders. “Do we have to run away
from this vil age because of one man?” Asked Onowu.
“No, but it requires a lot of carefulness to kil the fly that perches on the scrotum.
We al know that Ugwueze is evil, and there is no how one can escape the punishment
for his evil deeds.
“When showing and knowing live together, harmony wil not be absent.” Igwe,
the way i am looking at things, I believed that Ugwueze has charmed al of you. Yes! If
not, how can a little rat of yesterday keeps terrorising the whole Umulelu? And you
people are there sitting and watching him doing al that. Somebody I knew even when
his father was born. No! I am ashamed of Umulelu.”
“Mazi Ogidi, calm down. You don’t have to be ashamed of Umulelu. A hunter who
has only but one arrow does not shoot with careless aim. Ugwueze is not as that easy
to trample upon, we are making good plan against him, and I believe that something
wil soon be done. Let us take it easy.”
The meeting ended, then, al the elders departed. Ugwueze was very angry, he
then made up his mind to start kil ing them one after another. At that night,
Nwankpa’s wife was curious to know how the meeting went. She was a very good
woman who loved her husband and children so much. She never wanted anything to
happen to any of them. So, after she had served her husband’s dinner.
“Nna anyi, how did the meeting goes today?
“It went wel .” “Are you sure?” Asked the wife. “Yes, I am sure. Please woman, go
to bed and sleep, I don’t have the strength to answer al these your questions now.”
“Nna anyi, I want you to withdraw yourself from any matter concerning
Ugwueze. You and i know that Ugwueze is evil, and he was the one who kil ed your
only brother. Now, you are the only one left, and I cannot afford to lose you, please.. “
“My dear, do not worry yourself. Ugwueze cannot kil me the way he kil ed my
brother. “There is no how one can make an omelette without breaking few eggs.”
Trying to be good, you must provoke some people. But, instead of being blind, I rather
become a hunchback. I wil keep on doing what is good and saying the truth without
fearing anybody, not even Ugwueze.”
“Nna anyi, I know. But, I am saying al these because I over heard Ugwueze this
evening on his way back from the meeting, barking and hitting his palms on his chest,
saying that he wil deal with those who chal enge him in this vil age. And he
mentioned Mazi Ogidi, Nna anyi Enyereibe, Nna anyi Ejiofor, and your name.”
“What? You mean that Ugwueze said he wil deal with me? In this case, let me go
and meet him now, I want him to deal with me this night.”
Nwankpa stood up with anger, drawing away his body from the held of his wife,
in meeting Ugwueze that night. He was a very hot tempered man and never fears
anybody. But, her persuasive wife never al ows him to act whenever he wishes to. So,
that night, she persuaded him until he calmed down. Then, they went to sleep.
*CHAPTER THREE *
The dawn has broken again. The cocks crowed louder than ever, and never ceased.
Meanwhile, it was seen by the people of those days in Umulelu that whenever a cock
crows as that much, it was a sign of the evil that wants to transpire. Enyereibe was
perturbed by the crying of the cocks, for it sounded as if they were right there under
the bed which he was lying on. He aroused and wondered what was transpiring, he
took his knife and went at the back of his house where he has a little pottery. There
he saw a very large snake swal owing seven eggs one after another, after it has bitten
the Hen that laid them to death.
Enyereibe was shocked! And never knew what to do, he stood and watched, until the
seven eggs were devoured. The snake was trying to escape, but eventual y, Enyereibe
kil ed it.
It was Ugwueze who went into his shrine that very night after the meeting and
prepared some charms. During his incantations, he mentioned the names of the seven
people which he wanted to kil , but prospered in kil ing only five people amongst the
seven. The names of those he mentioned were; Ogidi, Nwankpa, Enyereibe, Onowu,
Oguzie, Ejiofor, and Ahamba, therefore, he sent the snake. After Enyereibe had kil ed
the snake, he went inside and never felt as healthy as before again. After some hours,
he descried that his body was swel ing up gradual y, and feeling pains al over it. While
he was on the bed, he was breathing heavily. His wife and children weren’t happy,
they were running up and down seeking for solution, but al to no avail. “Nna anyi,
what is the matter with you? You have refused to eat anything since morning. What is
wrong?” Asked the wife. “I don’t know, I don’t know. It was just that I woke up this
morning and heard the cocks crowing, I went at the back of our house and saw a big
snake swal owing some eggs, then, I kil ed the snake. After that, I began to feel pains
al over my body.” Said Enyereibe. “Nna anyi, this is getting more serious, what do we
do?” Asked the wife?” “Don’t worry yourself, I have already sent our son to go and cal
“Mazi Ogidi” and “Nna anyi Ejiofor” for me. This is nothing else but the hand work of
our enemies.” Said Enyereibe. His wife began to cry, she knelt down and faced up with
her two hands stretched up as wel , saying.. “Amadi ọha (God) what have we done to
our enemies to deserve this? Please Amadi ọha, save my husband from this il ness, he
is al I have, please..”
When the elders heard about it, Ogidi and Ejiofor went to Enyereibe’s house.
They met him lying on his bed, and had swol en up that he could no longer stand on
his feet. After Enyereibe had explicated everything to them, the elders then knew that
it was Ugwueze who is responsible for it. However, they consoled Enyereibe and
family that nothing was going to happen to him. The next day, other elders went and
saw him with consolations as wel , until it got to an extent that he could no longer
talk. Ogidi, Ejiofor and Nwankpa acceded to summon a Chief priest, in order to
foresee if something could be done for Enyereibe’s survival. They went to the
neighbouring vil age “Onicha ngwa” and brought a native chief priest. Meanwhile, the
chief priest that they had brought was a member of “Umummiri” in which Ugwueze
himself belonged to. When he came, he noticed that Enyereibe’s il ness was casted on
him by a co-member, but he never knew whom the member was, for he was not
aware that Ugwueze is from that same courtyard. However, in order not to fail their
rules, he decided not to provide a solution within his heart, he wanted him to die. So,
immediately he touched Enyereibe, he claimed to be so surprised, and he stared at
the elder’s faces one after another, then, he looked up and laughed. But the elders
were ignorant of what was happening. “The wise one, what is the solution to his
condition?” Asked Nwankpa. “My elders, I am afraid.” Said the Chief priest. “Afraid!
How?” Asked Nwankpa. “His condition is beyond my comprehension, I don’t think
anything can be done to save his life.” Said the Chief priest. “No! The wise one, we
believe that you can do something to save him. Please help us, we don’t want him to
die.” Said Ogidi. “I am sorry my elders, but he cannot survive it. Death is a cal of
nature, and it is inevitable. Let me take my leave now.” Said the Chief priest. Then, he
departed. The next two days, Enyereibe died. His family cried so bitterly, but there
was nothing they could do. He was buried after fourteen days, as their tradition.
A week after Enyereibe’s burial was “Nkwọ market day” in Onicha ngwa, in which
was the day of Umummiri’s parade. Ugwueze had to go as a member , and off course
he went with a testimony of succeeding in kil ing one of his enemies. Not only him,
when they had gathered in the shrine, they al testified and thanked their God one
after another for had given them the power to satisfy their heart’s desires, they also
requested for more powers to withstand, lest more troubles arise. After their
triumphant shouts, they emerged to their parade ground. Christians absquatulated to
obnubilate as customary, they danced right around the vil ages, making blood
sacrifices at every junction. But then, there was a strong Christian named
“Udochukwu”, this young man was total y against the Umummiri, he was therefore
planning on how to make Christianity stand stronger than it was in that community.
During the Umummiri’s parade, Udochukwu was coming from another community
where he normal y goes to preach the people about “Jesus Christ”, he was holding a
Bible in his hand. When he saw these people marching towards him, he quickly ran
into the bush nearby, for he knew what they could have done to him. While in the
bush, he said to himself “What type of thing is this, how long shal we continue
running from these evil men in this community? Look at how they have painted the
whole vil ages with bloods, how am I even sure that they are not the bloods of human
beings? No, something need to be done, we cannot continue living with fear in our
vil age, I am not comfortable with this culture at al , I must do something.” After they
have passed, he came out and quickly ran into his own courtyard.
The next day in Umulelu, Oguzie thought he should go to weed his piece of land
for the farming season was approaching, he then cal ed his wife “Oriaku! Oriaku!”
“Nna anyi!” Answered his wife. “Get me some water in a gal on, I want to go to clear
that land, you know that it is the only land we have, therefore, we need to start on
time in order to have something to harvest in the future. Said Oguzie. “Nna anyi, you
are right, let me go and bring the water for you.” Replied the wife. Then she went to
bring the water, while Oguzie was sharpening his knife. “Nna anyi, here is the water.”
Said the wife. “Alright, let me be going, I don’t think i wil come back soon, so, do not
worry even if I am not back after the noon, I want to make sure that I clear them al .”
Said Oguzie. “In this case I have to bring your food to you after cooking?” Asked the
wife. “Yes, you may bring. I have to leave now before the sunrise. Said Oguzie. “Alright
Nna anyi, please be careful.” Said the wife. Oguzie left to the farmland, he was
clearing the bush, unfortunately, Ugwueze was coming to clear that same land. When
he saw Oguzie working on the land, he became very angry, nevertheless that the land
was stil Oguzie’s own.
“Oguzie, what are you doing on that land? I am asking you, what are you doing on
“Nna anyi Ugwueze, what do you mean by “What am I doing on this land?” You
and i know that this land is mine, therefore, I have every rights to do whatever I desire
to do on it, and as you can see, I am clearing it up. Or, do you have any problem with
“You are asking me, right? Haven’t I warned you to step your foot out of this land,
that it is now belonged to me?”
“Nna anyi, the whole Umulelu know that this land belongs to me, inherited from
my grandfather “Ogwugwu” so, I don’t know what you are talking about.”
“Oh! You don’t know what i am talking about? Oguzie, you don’t know what i am
talking about? Alright, wait for me here, you wil soon know what I am talking about.”
Ugwueze departed in a hurry, going home to bring a gun. On his way he met
Oguzie’s wife going to that same farmland with a basket of food on her head which
she prepared for her husband, Oguzie. “Mazi Ugwueze, good morning!” She greeted
with fear, but Ugwueze did not reply, he expeditiously passed with anger and was
talking to himself “Today, I wil show you that nobody dares me in this vil age.” The
woman was wondering whom he was referring to, however, She continued to go. And
when she got to their farmland, she saw her husband standing with his two hands on
his waist, while facing up. “Nna anyi, what is the matter with you? You look worried,
who must have provoked you?” Asked the wife. “Who else wil it be apart from that
evil man, Ugwueze?” Replied Oguzie. “Mazi Ugwueze again? Oh my God!” Asked the
wife. “He came here and asked me to step my feet out of this land, that it belongs to
him. When I tried to chal enge him, he left and told me to wait for him. Fine, I am
waiting for him, let him go and come.” Said Oguzie. “Oh! Nna anyi, that must have
been the reason he was barking like a Dog going home, I even greeted him but he
ignored. Nna anyi, I think we should leave now, because the mood I saw him I think he
is up to something. Please.” Pleaded the wife. “No, I must wait for him today, how can
I abandon my own land because of one man? No way.” Replied Oguzie. “Nna anyi,
Mazi Ugwueze is evil, you and i know that. Please let us leave for now, you may stil
come back another day. I don’t want to lose you.” Pleaded the wife. “You mean that i
should abandon my land because of Ugwueze?” Asked Oguzie. “No Nna anyi, you wil
come back another day, obedient is better than sacrifice, please, we must leave now.”
Pleaded the wife. “Alright, let us go, but I am coming back here tomorrow to finish
what i have started.” They departed through another road. Ugwueze arrived with a
gun immediately they have left. “Where are you? No, you could have stayed and see
how i would have blasted your head this morning. Don’t worry, I know what to do, you
wil soon join those in the grave who proved to be stubborn. Very soon.”
At that night, Ugwueze went to his secret shrine inside one of his rooms and
evoked the evil spirits of Umummiri, he had a little incantation and then told the
Umummiri to kil Oguzie, when next he visit the farmland. The charm immediately
flew to the farmland and buried itself. Ugwueze was laughing, knowing that his Gods
has answered him. At that same night, Oguzie’s first wife had a terrible dream about
her husband, Oguzie. In that dream, a masquerade was chasing Oguzie with a knife,
while Oguzie was running and screaming, but at a point he fel down, and the
masquerade butchered him to death. Al the elders who came for comfort were
mourning in bitterness, while his two wives and children were rolling themselves on
the ground crying. When the Chief priest of that vil age came, he said “Oguzie’s death
is not ordinary, somebody from this courtyard has a hand in his death, oh! Amadi Oha,
do not hesitate to avenge. I am going.” After his prophetic sayings, he turned and left.
Then, the elders decided to go and bury him. Immediately he was about putting into
the grave, the wife arose from the sleep. Meanwhile, she was living in a separate hut
nearby Oguzie and the second wife “Oriaku”. She was worried but couldn’t go out, for
the night was stil . She waited patiently until the dawn broke. In the morning, Oguzie
was sharpening his knife again to go to the farm, but his first wife came out and
persuaded him not to go “I greet you Nna anyi, where are you going to this early
morning?” “To the farmland.” Replied Oguzie. “No, Nna anyi, I suggest you should not
go out today.” Said the first wife. “Why?” Asked Oguzie. “You see, I had a terrible
nightmare about you last night, and I am afraid.” Said the first wife. “You do not have
to be afraid of anything, besides, what have you dreamed about?” Asked Oguzie. “Nna
anyi, a masquerade was chasing you with a knife, and you fel down, then, he slashed
you to death.” Said the first wife. “Hahahaha, my dear, that was just an ordinary
dream, it cannot prevent me from going to the farmland, can’t you see that the
farming season is approaching? I need to go and clear it up so that it wil dry on time.”
Said Oguzie. They were both arguing over it until the second wife heard their voices
and then came out. “Nna anyi, you just have to listen to her, and besides, I am not
comfortable with the idea of going back to that farmland, have you forgotten what
happened there yesterday between you and Ugwueze?” Asked the second wife. “And
so what? What do you want me to do, you want me to leave our only piece of land for
Ugwueze because “Enyidiya” had a dream of masquerade or whatever she cal it?”
Asked Oguzie. “Nna anyi, I suggest that we should leave that land for Ugwueze.” Said
the second wife. “Over my dead body, please go and get me some water in a gal on,
let me leave before the sunrise, who is Ugwueze?” Asked Oguzie. “Nna anyi, I think I
support Oriaku, leave that land for that evil man, what shal it profit you to lose your
life over a common piece of land which Ugwueze wil stil take away from us when you
are gone? Remember how our neighbour “Enyereibe” whom was a friend of yours
died, and everybody in this community know that Ugwueze is responsible for his
death. Now you want to be his next target, right? Please Nna anyi, I don’t want to
become a widow o!” Said the first wife. They argued over the matter, yet, Oguzie
insisted on going to the farm. A gal on of water was brought to him by his second wife
“Oriaku”. Then, Oguzie left. Along his way were birds whispering, those birds also give
sign whenever something strange is about to happen in Umulelu, just like the crowing
cocks. But Oguzie was ignorant of those signs, rather, he guessed that the whispering
of the birds were the sign of their farming season, therefore, he laughed and walked
faster. When he got to the farm, he started working, within a short time, the charm
inside the ground unburied itself, flew and hit Oguzie on his head, he fel down
shouting and blood coming out from his mouth. A little boy who went for Bird hunting
heard his voice, he quickly ran to the area from which the voice is penetrating, there
he saw Oguzie lying helplessly, as a little boy, he could not lift him up, he therefore ran
home to notify Oguzie’s people. Before he got home he was very tired for had ran a
distance, he was breathing heavily and could not be able to talk clearly. “What is it my
son, why are you breathing like someone who has been chased by a Lion?” Asked
Enyidiya, Oguzie’s first wife. “It is Nna anyi Oguzie.” Said the boy in stammering. “Nna
anyi? What happened to him?” Asked Enyidiya, together with Oriaku the second wife,
she came out when she heard their voices. “I saw him lying on the farmland vomiting
blood, I don’t know what happened to him.” Said the boy. The wives and their children
were crying, running to the farm with the little boy, together with Nwankpa who came
out when he heard them screaming “Amadi Oha! Amadi Oha! Amadi Oha!” But
unfortunately, Oguzie has died before they got there.
The family and the entire community mourned him a lot, a day after his burial,
the Chief priest of Umulelu arrived with his message from the Gods. “Bad deeds affect
the doer, good deeds affect the doer. The evil that men do lives not only after them,
but also with them. The slave who laughs when he sees his companion’s grave being
dug should remember that his day is coming. If you speak proverbs to a wise person,
he wil understand, if you speak them to a fool, he wil head straight to the bush. The
Gods has sent me to come and inform you that every calamity that has been
happening in this Umulelu is from this very Courtyard, therefore, you must do
something to stop this evil, otherwise, the Gods wil visit Umulelu with anger. A smal
word is enough for the wise. The Gods have spoken.” Said the Chief priest.” Then he
left. The elders of that courtyard including Ogidi who were listening became surprised
and afraid of what the Priest had just said. They therefore, summoned a meeting
within the courtyard which held a place in Ejiofor’s house the next day.
In the morning, they have gathered in Ejiofor’s house. Ejiofor wanted to go and
bring Kolanuts, but the elders refused, for they weren’t happy.
“A woman who married two men knows which one is better for her. And when an
ant stings one’s buttocks, he learns to be careful. Nevertheless, the Crab says that he
has two heads so that death cannot kil him, but death comes in-between them and
kil s him. Therefore, no matter how a person is careful or watches out, what is going
to happen is bound to happen. We al heard what the Chief priest said yesterday
about this courtyard concerning the calamity that has been happening in this vil age,
and how the Gods may react on us, that is if something is not done to stop this evil in
Umulelu as soon as possible. Now my questions are; who is responsible for al these
calamities, and how do we stop him?”
“I greet you my fel ow elders. To me, I would say that we should leave
everything for the Gods of our land to judge. Our people say; the Chicken that
continual y nibbles wil one day be covered by the basket. If one keeps on doing bad
things, one day he receives the wages of his work.”
“You are right Ugwuaku, let us leave everything for the Gods of our land to
“I am not in support of your suggestions, we al heard what the Chief priest said.
The Gods of our land would discipline us in their hot displeasure if we do not cleans
this community soon. Because of this, we need to do something before it gets out of
hands. There is no way we can al ow one man to cause what would bring disaster to
everyone, no way!”
“So, what do we do?
“I greet you, my elders. Wel , I suggest we should go to the Chief priest, since he
knows of it, maybe he would tel us exactly whom the person is and how to stop him
in his evil ways. That’s the best thing to do.”
“You are right Ubani, that’s a good suggestion. Let us go to the chief priest, he
would tel us.”
Majority agreed, they decided to go in the next morning. During the night,
Ugwueze sent two boys to kil the chief priest, they went and succeeded. In the
morning, it was Ugwueze who first came and informed al other elders about going to
the priest for consultation. When they got there, they found the priest lying
coldblooded. Al the elders included Ugwueze wept and got confused of what next to
do. During the evening, Ogidi, Ejiofor and Nwankpa had another private meeting.
“Wonders shal never end, how can the chief priest of Umulelu died just like
that, in a twinkle of eyes,? Who do we run to in time of troubles like this? This is
“You see, I am suspecting that Ugwueze has a hand in the Priest’s death. What
he acted this morning about going for the consultation was so unusual of him, he has
never been so serious over such matters before.”
“I suspect him as wel . Imagine Ugwueze waking us up early this morning in
order to visit the priest’s shrine for the consultation, this is unbelievable.
The outcome of Verity, is a story of an old man called "Ogidi" who lived so long that he was even praying for death to come to take him. He tried to live a perfect life, and that earned him a lot of enemies in his community whose missions were to kill him, but they did not succeed. Ogidi died when God needed him.