In a small mud house, a widow Bola used to live with her seven years granddaughter Asi. Her son Megi was in government job as a clerk. Bola gave birth to six children but all of them died. When Bola was preparing food Asi was skipping outside. Suddenly Bola saw her son inside the house and became so much excited. But Meji made a promise to Bola not to tell about his arrival to anyone.
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Ola had given birth to six sons regularly every two years but all of them had died. Instead of doing so, she had only marked on the left buttock of the sixth baby. It was the event of 30 years ago.
At the beginning of the story, Bola was living with her granddaughter Asi in a small village Kumansenu. It was Friday. She was cooking food. Her son Meji was a clerk in an office. So he lived in the town. She was proud of him. When she went to bring pepper to put into the food, she was surprised to see Meji and asked about his arrival. Although she wanted to arrange a feast to let the villagers know about his arrival, Meji told his mother not to tell anyone about him.
He said that he was too much tired and he wanted to enjoy. With his mother and daughter because life was too short. He slept all the Time. The next, day was Saturday. He took his child to the hill and grave. At night Bola found Meji outside in the rain but he was not wet. When she called him to come into his house, he said that he arrived to thank her because she had given him a chance to live a sweet life. On Sunday afternoon, people gathered in her house. But Bola was not ready to accept it because he had arrived home on Friday and left on Sunday morning.
Then Mrs. Meji came with the news of Mr. She said that Meji had died at noon on Friday and had been buried on Saturday at sundown. He had died when the window glass cut his throat in the office. Nobody could open it but Ssi opened it. She claimed that her father had told her the method about how to open it although her mother told that Asi had seen that gold locket the first time.
After all the villagers had gone for prayer, Musa told Bola that it was the consequence of not following his suggestion. Then Bola replied that she was glad for giving him a chance to live a sweet life.
Interpretation The story might be trying to tell the power of love between son and mother in African culture. Meji came to visit his mother, Bola, even after death. The story might also be trying to show maternal love. In this way, the story has highlighted the concept of maternal love, true respect to mother and cultural practices in superstitious societies of Kumansenu, Nigeria. Meji died on Friday. If so, how can the dead body go to Kumansenu, speak with Bola and take to Asi up to hill?
Do we believe that the same child is born again and again from the same womb? Six children died as soon as they were born but a seventh child, Meji lived for 30 years. How was he able to live for so long? The readers are in confusion about that. Assimilation After reading this story, I came to know that even the Nigerian people believe in spirits, ghosts etc. It is also believed that a person goes and troubles to others being a ghost after death.
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Ola had given birth to six sons regularly every two years but all of them had died. Instead of doing so, she had only marked on the left buttock of the sixth baby. It was the event of 30 years ago. At the beginning of the story, Bola was living with her granddaughter Asi in a small village Kumansenu. It was Friday.
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