It was valedictory service day,
the graduating students were all
dressed in white
They were brought back to school
for the service in all sorts of flashy cars
Food and drinks were brought's
Tents were set up
It was the end of a long six-year journey
through secondary school!
He decided to stay in the hostel.
He didn't have anything fancy to wear,
plus he joined the boarding school in SS1,
just a year before.
He wasn't familiar with most of the
seniors who were graduating and he
hated hanging around party venues
like an urchin just for the free food!
His roommates went for the party!
Some for the food, others to feed
their eyes and check out the designer
wears and flashy cars!
A debate would arise later in the night
about the best dressed and the one's
with the richest parents He wanted to
go but he steeled himself not to!
Two hours later one of the juniors
rushed into the room!
One of his friends was drunk and was
making a scene in school
He ran to the school premises and
found his friend, stumbling all over and
spewing profanities If discovered by
the school authority his friend would
He took his friend to the hostel!
Someone suggested that they give his
friend some soaked gaari!
(Cassava flour to neutralize the alcohol).
In a boarding house, gaari is a common
commodity! Most of the students have
some but he didn't! He went to the
hostel and got some!
His friend was given the gaari!
His friend calmed down!
Later in the evening the SS2 students
came into the hostel!
One of them said "We know you have an
eye infection and because of that you
don't bring gaari to school!
Where did you get the gaari you gave
He told them he took a cup from the
(The open locker was where things of
little or no value were kept in their
room for easy access)
They told him he was a thief, they
would baptize him! (Baptism is the
jungle justice meted out to thief's
caught in the boarding house
They took out their belts and flogged
him mercilessly for three hours until
he bled all over!
They would have continued if his friend
and bunkmate didn't rush to get the
They all patted themselves on the back
They had fun and boasted about their exploits
A week later they all had a curious
but similar dream!
The thirteen of them were handed
shovels and told to start digging their graves!
After digging, they were thrown in the
graves and buried alive!
It was real and scary One of them called
His mother went to a prophet
The next day, the student who
spearheaded the baptism exercise fell
into the fishing pond in the school farm
and drowned! It was an eerie death!
The other students saw it as an omen!
Their dreams were coming to pass!
They huddled together witlessly
whispering in low tones
The one who called his mother was bitten
by a snake in the hostel the following day
at dawn! He was rushed to the hospital
just in time! The others didn't need any
other sign! They came to his room and
fell on their faces! "We have offended
you, please forgive us" they begged
He didn't say a word! His body was still
sore from the beating and his eyes were
full of hate! The next day his mother came
to take him home!
She told the housemaster none of
those who attacked her son would
live beyond the week!
The housemaster begged and sent
for their parents
The housemaster, the principal and
the parents went to see his mother!
His mother explained that he was the
heir to a traditional stool being
groomed in secret!
All sorts of fetish charms had been
done on him to prevent his early
death through witchcraft and other means
Those who beat him had incurred the
wrath of many deities.
A sacrifice to appease the deities must
The parents were fined heavily for
the sacrifice! They did the needful.
The siege was over!
Life went on
The students graduated 15 years later,
one of the students fell ill
He was already married and working
with a bank
He started having the dream again
And his body was covered with welts
His wife called the brother in Jeans
and T-shirt "My husband is dying of a
curious affliction'' She cried
The husband explained what he
believed was happening
The Brother in Jeans and T-shirt led
him to Christ and prayed with the family
A week later the baptized student,
now a traditional ruler died!
He slipped in the bathroom and died!
Perhaps it was a coincidence,
but at the same moment,
the sick husband was completely healed!
PS: It is not about demons or morals
It has nothing to do with good and
evil God is not taking good people
Jesus did not die to punish evil people
It is about salvation!
Whosoever shall call upon the name
of the Lord shall be saved!
It is better to be saved than to be good!