Story: Adesewa

    Episode 1

    My name is *Adesewa*. I was raised by God-fearing parents who
    were blessed with six girl’s. My parents were deacon and
    deaconess in a pentecostal church. I happened to be their third
    daughter,with three younger ones.
    I had my HND at Yaba college of technology and was posted to
    Kwara state for my youth service.
    I had given my life to Christ since my secondary school
    days,and I used to sing a lot, sometimes I even compose my own
    song. I joined the church choir when I was just nine years old.
    After the 3 weeks orientation programme of the NYSC,I was posted
    to a secondary school at Oyan for the one year service. I was
    given a room on the school compound at the Corpers quarters.
    On getting to Oyan,I started looking for a pentecostal church
    where I could be worshipping,and soon I was able to find one.
    Shortly after I started worshipping in the church,I joined the
    choir. Fortunately,it was at the time when the choir leader just left
    the church,and there was nobody to coordinate the
    membersbefore I knew it,I was made the choir leader after
    being interviewed by the pastor,Pastor Williams.
    I was loved by everybody in the church,especially the
    chorister’s,because of my unique voice. Whenever I sing or lead a
    song,the whole congregation has a way of murmuring
    “Huuuuunnnnn!” with a sigh of satisfaction when they hear my
    voice.
    Most of the choir members were younger than me,so they call me
    “aunty” or “Sister Sewa”.
    One of them was Bode,who used to play keyboard for us in the
    church. He was so gifted when it comes to instruments,there
    was no instrument he could not play. I always felt the presence of
    God whenever he was on keyboard.
    I was named Adesewa after my late grandmother, who passed
    away shortly before I was born. My dad loved his mum so
    much,and hence transferred the love to me, believing that his late
    mother was the one who came back,more so,according to him,I was
    the mama’s carbon copy. It was after he became saved, that he
    knew he was wrong. My second name was Yetunde.
    My dad saw me as perfect. Anything I did or said was
    right, even when I myself knew I was wrong. In a nutshell, I was
    his favourite.
    When my mum noticed I was treating me like the apple of
    his eyes,she wasn’t taking things easy with me at all. She spank
    me at every slight mistake I made,mostly when my dad wasn’t
    at home.
    Sometimes she would lament”you this spoilt brat!. your father has
    spoilt you. See,I will make sure I deal with you before maggots start
    coming out of your body”
    My two elder sisters too,also made life miserable for me,
    especially, the first born,sister Temi. She would never tolerate
    any nonsense from me,she took after mummy,but her own was
    just took much.
    By the time I was serving,sister Temi and sister Tiwa have
    married, but I have been tamed already.

    Episode 3

    Daddy did not give me money that day. He was so crossed with
    me,it was mummy that gave me transport fare and a stipend
    which I managed till January allowance was paid.
    Thank God for the foodstuff I took with me from home,I would
    have learnt a wonderful lesson from “Mr Hunger”. On getting back to Oyan, Bode was still around because there was no
    money for him to return to school. I told him what I went
    through because of him, and even then, I wasn’t sure if my dad would
    send me money again as usual,so I couldn’t give him money.
    He felt sorry for me, and told me he would source for money
    elsewhere.
    I didn’t know how he did it,but he went back to school
    the following week.
    Soon there was a rumour among the choir members that something
    was going on between Bode and I. Before I knew it,it became viral
    among church members.
    One Sunday morning,Pastor Mrs Williams sent somebody to tell
    me she would like to see me after service. I wasn’t myself
    throughout the service. I kept thinking “what did I do?,why does
    she want to see me?Anyway,I said to myself,if it’s because of
    Bode,there’s nothing between us,and that is just what I will tell
    herPeriod!.
    I didn’t hear anything in church that day,I was already
    devastated by the rumour going on,and this?
    Finally,the service was over. I found myself sitting next to Pastor
    Mrs Williams on a three seaters sofa inside the pastor’s office.
    Good afternoon ma.
    How are you my dear?.
    I’m fine ma.
    “I know you would be wondering why I wanted to see yousaid Mrs
    Williams”. “Yes ma”.I answered.
    She continuedIt’s about a rumour going on in the church. Can you
    please shed more light on the relationship between you and Bode?.
    “Ma, Bode is like a younger brother to me,nothing more.
    Believe
    me ma. I only render assistance to him whenever he’s in
    need,and that has even stopped now.” I told her.
    Anyway,I’ve denied it on your behalf,I only wanted to confirm
    from you, because the very first day I set my eyes on you,I knew you came
    from a christian home,and I have no doubt in my spirit that you are well trained
    but then,I want you to be very careful because there is
    power in tongues. Don’t give the devil any chance at all,and don’t
    trust yourselfif you see or hear a child of God saying “I trust
    myself,I can never commit fornication”then,you have heard or
    seen someone at the verge of falling. Remember 1 Cor 10 v.12.
    So,please be very careful and the Lord shall help you IJN.
    I said “Thank you ma”,and left the office.
    As I was going home,I was telling myself “Now, I really need to
    be very carefulthough there was nothing between us
    really,but how could anybody think I could be dating a boy
    about the same age with Oyindamola
    our second to the last
    born?,not even the one next to me!Well,I just need to be
    careful,help me Oh Lord!”.
    So,what happened next?.
    Watch out!!!

    Episode 2

    …Soon,we were on Christmas break. I didn’t want to travel, but my
    dad insisted I should come to Lagos.
    After the break, I was supposed to return to Oyan in
    January, daddy couldn’t give me enough money as he had spent a
    lot during the festive season. He expected me to still have some
    money in my bank account, he was taken aback when he asked
    me how much I had with me and I answered “Nothing sir”.
    “You don’t mean it!. What are you using money for?. Are you feeding
    more than your mouth?. What did you do with the money I sent to your
    account last month?Hun?.Tell me …Mummy and sis Temi heard him as he was talking to me in
    annoyance.
    Sis Temi came with her husband and daughter to visit our
    parents. She was busy chatting with mum when they heard
    daddy raising his voice.
    The moment she heard that dad was sending money to me, she said
    “Da-dd-y!.So you’ve been sending money to Sewa every
    month!!
    I was the first person to go for youth service in this house, I
    remember if I didn’t ask you for money, you wouldn’t give me, and I
    would have to give you the details of what I needed the money
    for, before you would give it.” “And you (turning to me) what are you spending money on?.Have you
    bought a plot of land?.Oh!you want to build a house in Oyan?.Is
    that not so?”.

    Episode 4

    Finally,it was 1st of April, my birthday. Bisi n some of d sisters of NCCF
    came to my house to help in d cooking. The birthday was fixed for
    12pm,since we would be having choir practise by 5pm.
    We ate,drank n made merry,in fact,it was indeed a memorable
    occasion.
    I really enjoyed myself. Pastor Mrs Williams gave a
    short exhortation. She titled d message Unique Grace,citing
    practical examples from her own life experiences. We were all
    blessed.
    Despite d short notice,i was so surprised to see that some people
    still came with gifts. D most surprising one was d one sent to
    me from Bode’s mum.
    When Bode gave me d gift,i asked him how she knew bcs i
    remembered i didnt tell her when i saw her in d market d
    previous day,he said he was d one dt told her,n she said “no
    wonder she came to buy many ingredients yesterday!”. She
    then rushed inside her room n came out with a pack of 4 glass
    cups.
    “Help me to wrap ds n give it to her,tell her i wish her long life
    n prosperity”.
    On hearing ds,i automatically fell in love with d woman. I
    collected it from him with thanks n after d birthday,we went
    to church for d choir practise. We ended d practise around 7pm.
    Everybody left for their houses. Bode was discussing with one
    of d brothers when i left d church.
    I got to my room around 7.15pm,d sisters dt stayed to clean d
    plates n utensils we used for d birthday did a thorough
    job, they tidied up everywhere,including my room,n set
    everything in place.
    I laid on my bed,closed my eyes,thanking God for d day n
    everyone He used to make d day a lovely one,when i heard a
    knock on d door.
    “Who is dt?”. I asked as i quickly came out of my thought.
    “It’s Bode o”.
    Of course,i could recognise his voice.
    “Come in,d door is not locked” i answered.
    Before he could enter,i quickly got up n sat on d bed,i adjusted
    my dress n brushed my hair backwards with my right hand. I
    wondered why he came back,after all he’s been in my house
    since morning.
    When he entered,he sat down on a plastic chair in d room. He
    said his mum told him i came to buy ingredients from her d
    previous day,n dt she loves my simplicity,n all those stuff. He
    said some other things,n upon all,i could get dt he really didn’t
    have anything important to discuss with me,he only wanted to
    see my face again.
    When d time was moving to few minutes before 9pm,i told him
    to be going,as its getting too late, more so, his mum had been
    calling.
    Finally,he got up n said “OK, Sis Sewa, good night”.
    He came over to where i was,n gave me a very tight n warm
    hug.
    I could sense a feeling from dt hug,but i ignored it.
    Anyway,he left dt night.

    Episode 6

    It was Bode dt woke me up d following morning.
    He told me his dad’s burial had been fixed for d next
    weekend,n there’s no money. He told me how his dad’s family members started blaming his
    mum for not giving them adequate information about his dad’s
    illness before d old man eventually passed away.
    All these stories made me love d woman more. At last,he decided to go. I saw him off to d door,n he suddenly
    turned back,hugged me n gave me a peck.
    I came back to d room,n started thinking of how i could help
    Bode n his mum concerning d burial. D only source i had was my dad,but i wasn’t sure he would even
    send money again ds month ending as i was having a feeling he
    sent d last one bcs of my birthday. But then,i wouldnt be able to wait till d end of d month,to know
    if he would send money or not,as d burial was fixed for 29th
    April.
    So,then what can i do oooo?. “Oh Yes!I have an idea.I will call my dad dt i need money. But what if he asked what i need it for,what will i say?
    I will tell him somebody is sick n dt d doctor said he needs
    surgery,but there’s no money,so,i wish i could render any little
    assistance within my reach …Can u be of help sir?”.
    Dt was exactly what i did.
    He said “Who is ds sick person?”.
    “It’s one of d corpers sir”.I lied.
    “Ok.Since it’s something dt has to do with life,i will try n send
    any amount i can between now n tomorrow. My regards to him.
    We’ll remember him in our prayers”.
    “Thank u dad.Love u sir.” I hung up.
    Then,my conscience pricked me gently “U just told a lie! How
    disappointed would ur dad be if he found out!.”
    I felt bad,but i quickly consoled myself by a thought “what
    could i have done?. How would he know?.Who will tell him?he
    cant know!.”
    Almost immediately,i was relieved. I expected an alert from d bank throughout dt day,to no
    avail,d following day too,no alert,but on d third day,i received
    an alert of K50,000.
    Wow!. I quickly called Bode after withdrawing d money,to come
    n meet me at home after school hours,by then,it was just 2
    days to d burial,27th April.
    When he got to my room,i said “how much have u been able to
    get now for d burial?.”
    He said nothingdt his mum’s sister who promised to send an
    amount of money last week failed,but just received a message
    from her dt morning dt she would see what she can do by
    tomorrow. I opened my bag n gave him d K50,000 my dad sent.
    He opened his mouth n couldnt shut it.
    He held me very tightly,kissed meand before we both knew
    itwe did it!

    Episode 5

    Then something happened.
    Bode lost his dad.It was then i got to know dt d old man had
    more one wife,as a matter of fact,he had four,one was late
    already,and Bode’s mum was d last and d only one living with
    him until he passed away.
    Among d children from d other wives,only few of them were
    educated,others were either bricklayers,drivers, carpenters,
    tailors or petty traders.It was only Bode’s mum dt was
    struggling to send her children to school.
    She had three of them for d late farmer,Bode was d firstborn
    with two kid sisters who were still in high school. D one next to
    him was preparing to write WAEC when their dad passed away.
    It was announced in d church n we (choir members) decided to
    go n register our condolence with Bode n other members of d
    family.
    On getting there,i was so touched by d way i saw d widows
    sitting down on a mat,wearing black attire with bowls before
    each of them where people who came to sympathise with them
    put money.
    I said within me “if ds kind of a thing should happen in my
    lifetime,i will NEVER allow my mum to be treated ds way.Ds is
    humiliation in d highest orderDid these women conspire to kill
    d man?
    Well,we greeted them.I didnt even know what to say,as i never
    experienced such before.As d leader,i summoned courage,knelt
    down beside Bode’s mum and whispered into her ear “God will
    uphold u ma,He will send help to u from where u least
    expected.
    Pls,be strong”.
    She said “Thanks my child.I really appreciate u”.
    I gave her an amount of money on behalf of d choir.
    She accepted it,appreciated us,n we left.
    When i got home,i couldnt stop thinking about d woman. Oh!.She
    was so young. Why did she marry a polygamist?,a man old
    enough to be her father?.
    There must be a reason.
    Whatever d reason may be,i felt for her.She’s such a beautiful
    young woman!.
    Never!.I can never go for dt kind of a man,i will never allow
    any stupid love to blind-fold me.
    I can not even marry anybody
    from dt kind of a family,see their house,d moment i stepped
    into d compound,i could vividly smell poverty. Where would i tell
    my dad i found dt kind of a man?
    .Me?.I even trust myselfi’m
    more than dt.
    Then my mind went to what Pastor Mrs Williams told me d day
    she said she heard a rumour about Bode n i.
    1Cor 10:12…wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take
    heed lest he fall.
    Fall?.Fall for where?.Falling is only meant for those who dont
    stand well.Me,i cant fall, i trust myself.
    I’ve been keeping
    myself since n i will continue to keep myself,i’ve determined dt
    no man shall see my nakedness except my husband,n dt wont
    happen until after marriage. That is it! While talking to myself in ds manner. I slept off. Then something came up.

    Episode 8

    It was Pastor Mrs.She was on her way to school dt monday
    morning as she taught in a primary school at Oyan,but she
    quickly branched at my place to check on me.
    She came with a basket containing pepper soup,jollof
    rice,vegetable soup and obe ila alasepo (okro soup with stew
    ingredients) She said she didnt know d one i would love to eat,but i
    should try and take d pepper soup as it would deal with dt
    malaria fever.She told me to warm them as i could see she
    brought them out of d freezer dt morning,and couldnt wait
    to warm them before leaving d house to prevent her from
    getting late to school.
    I collected d basket from her,appreciated her and sat on
    my plastic chair.
    “Can i drop u at d health centre for ur injection?,since its
    on d same route to my school”.She asked.
    “I’m not ready yet ma,i will take a bike.Thank u ma”.
    “It’s a pleasure my dear.So,how are u feeling now?.”
    “I’m better today ma”.I answered.
    “Oh!.Thank God.My mind was with u throughout d night.I
    really couldnt sleep soundly.I started blaming myself for
    allowing u to stay here all alone,i should have forced u to
    come with us yesterday.But,hope u slept well,and”
    I switched off!I was hearing in my spirit “Open up to
    her!.Open up to her!!”.
    To be continue.

    Episode 9

    Daddy said he would be celebrating his 60th birthday on
    30th of May,and would want me to come and grace d
    occasion with him and other members of d family.
    I promised to come,but after d conversation,i started
    praying dt i would have gotten over d mood i was before
    going to Lagos,bcs i didnt want anybody in my family to
    have an idea of what i was going through.
    The next day i had an appointment with my pastor’s wife.I
    decided not to go as i didnt know how to tell her what was
    wrong with me.
    Fortunately for me,she called around 2.30pm to inform me
    dt we would have to postpone d meeting as she needed to
    attend to a matter urgently.I was very happy to hear dt.
    To avoid people coming to my house again,i decided to
    attend sunday service d following week,only to discover dt
    Bode was absent.I didnt even ask of him as i preferred not
    to see him,but i overheard someone telling d pastor he had
    gone back to school.
    Immediately after d service,Mrs Williams sent an ursher to
    tell me she was waiting for me at d church office.
    When i got there,she asked me what was bothering me.
    I was too scared to tell her d truth,so i said “It’s family
    matter ma,my dad and mum are not in good terms,and it’s
    seriously affecting me”
    She said “Are u sure?”
    “I said “Yes ma”.
    “Anyway,if dt is d case,dont let dt affect u.There’s no
    marriage without its own crises.
    God will be glorified in dt
    union,it doesnt have to bother u,afterall,u know how to
    pray,just pray for them,and everything will be well.”
    Then she paused,and looked at me “Sis Sewa,are u sure ds
    is what is bothering u?.I’m having a feeling u are not
    telling me d truth.”
    “Dt is it ma.”
    “Okay.Let’s pray.”
    She prayed with me,and i left.
    As i was going home,d Holyspirit came with his rod
    again.”Hunnnn!.U have just told another lie!!. Dt’s
    another blunderGo back and confess ur sins.”
    I refused to go back.
    How would i face her to tell her i told a lie,after asking me
    twice if i was sure i was telling d truth,and i said yes.?.
    About a week before my dad’s birthday,i fell sick .I was
    throwing up,nothing stayed in my tummy,in fact i couldnt
    eat.
    But i just treated malaria,why ds again?.I said to myself.
    I became very weak.
    I decided not to call anybody’s attentioni was fighting it
    alone.
    Then,very early one saturday morning,Pastor Mrs came to
    my house.I was so surprised to see her.
    “What’s wrong with u Sis Sewa?”.
    “Just a bit weak ma”.
    “Just a bit weak?,when did it start”.
    “About a week ago ma”
    She looked at me closely,and said “No,it cant be.Let me see
    ur eye and ur palm”
    She checked both.
    “U are pregnant!”.
    “No ma,i’m not,its malaria”.
    She sat on my bed,and was looking at me.
    “I said u are pregnant!.I knew it last sunday when i saw
    u,but i didnt want to be too fast.Okay,if u are not
    sure,let’s go to d clinic.”
    “No ma,i’m not pregnant,i’m sure i’m not”.
    “Now,tell me,what did u do?. Did u sleep with any man?”
    I didnt answer.
    “Oh my God!.U? Of all people!. I’ve been using u to counsel
    sisters in church,i saw u as a role model to them”
    She bursted into tears.
    I started weeping too.

    Episode 7

    After d action,Bode started begging me. I could see he
    actually regretted,but d deed had been done already. I
    told him to go,i just didn’t want to see him.
    He left. I locked d door behind him n started weeping. I wept till my
    eyeballs turned red n my head began to ache. I was confused,i didn’t know what to do,i was just
    weeping. I couldn’t even pray,i never thought i could do such a thing,i thought i was strong enough to stand. Oh my
    God!…How wrong i was!!! D next day was Friday,i couldn’t go to school. I had
    headache,so i called my HOD to inform her i would be
    absent. She promised to tell d Principal n wished me quick
    recovery. I couldn’t attend d burial nor singing practise on Saturday,i
    just locked myself up in my room n was weeping from time
    to time. On Sunday,i was unusually absent from church. Some choir
    members came to check on me after service.
    They met me under my blanket,shivering. Now i had
    developed emergency fever.
    One of them quickly called Pastor Williams who rushed down
    to my place with his wife. They took me to d health centre. I was treated against
    malaria, given some drugs n injections,and was told to come
    on Monday n Tuesday to complete d injection. The Williams brought me back home n asked if i wouldn’t mind
    to go with them to their place,so i wouldn’t be d only one at home, i said no, dt i would be fine. So,they left after praying
    for me. I slept off n woke up late in d night. Now i felt like eating
    something. I looked at my phone,it was 11.17pm. I got up,ate bread with fruit juice n went back to bed.
    I couldn’t sleep. I was turning from right to left,left to right
    on d bed. Again,i remembered “Let him that thinketh he standeth
    take heed lest he fall” 1 Cor 10:12.
    I started weeping again. I thought i was standing,now i have
    fallen. I so much trusted myself,i was so careless. I opened my mouth n began to pray “Lord Jesus,i have
    disappointed u,pls forgive me,have mercy on me. I am
    sorry. Now i know better. Help me Lord. Forgive me Lord. Have
    mercy on me” I didn’t even know when i slept off.
    When i woke up,i knew i had a dream in which i saw Pastor
    Mrs Williams talking to me,but i couldn’t remember a single
    word out of everything she said. As i was trying to recollect what she was telling me in d
    dream,i heard a gentle voice in my spirit “Go and open up
    to her” “Ahhhh!.How on earth would i be able to do dt?.I cant
    Lord!.I cant!!.”.
    we continue I didnt hear d voice again,at least at dt moment.D next
    thing i heard was a knock on my door.
    Who is dt?.I spoke softly.
    I didnt hear any response from d other end.
    I moved to d door,unlocked it n opened.
    Guess who was standing there

    Episode 8

    Then i heard another voice contrary to dt one saying “Dont
    try it!.U’ll disappoint her.U can see how she loves and
    cares for u,she’ll withdraw d gestureWhat if”
    Suddenly,i felt Pastor Mrs’ hand on my shoulder.
    She tapped me and said “Are u okay?.I’ve called u
    twice,but u didnt respond.
    What is bothering u?.What are u thinking of?.Feel free to
    share it with me,i’m a mother”
    Before she could finish her sentence,i cut in “Nothing ma”.
    “Hunhun!.Dont tell me there’s nothing when obviously
    there’s something.Dt’s a lie,and i dont expect u as a child
    of God to tell one,if u dont want to share it,just say u dont
    want to share it,instead of saying there’s nothing when
    there’s something.”
    I was dumbfounded.I didnt know when i said “Okay ma,i
    will tell u later”.
    “Dt’s better my dear.See u later then.Hurry up so u can go
    for ur injection on time.Make sure u eat before u go.” She
    said.
    “Okay ma.Thanks Mum.”
    She left.
    I got to d health centre dt morning and saw Bisi.She was
    surprised to see me,and also to hear dt i didnt attend d
    burial of Bode’s dad.
    When she asked “why?” i told her i was sick,but didnt tell
    her beyond dt.
    As i was getting back home,i met Bode coming out of d
    corpers’ quarters.
    I was a bit shy to look at his face,remembering what
    happened between us.
    I was no longer free with him.I wish i
    didnt see him.
    He gave me souvenirs of his dad’s burial,and said his mum
    sent her greetings,and dt she promised to come and visit
    me as soon as she could go out.
    I took those things from him and thanked him.
    Then he said “Sis Sewa,i’m indeed very sorry for what
    happened last week.Its d devil.Pls forgive me”
    He wanted to hold my hand,but i didnt allow him.
    I said “Its fine!,Its fine!!”.Just go.”
    Then what happened next?.

    Episode 10

    She wiped her tears,came to me and said “when last did u
    see ur menses?”.
    It was then i rememberd i saw it last in April,i’ve not seen
    it in May.
    I checked my calendar,with tears rolling down my cheeks,i
    said “April 11,ma”.
    “And what is today’s date?
    23rd May,u ought to have
    seen it before nowso,u didnt even know u’ve missed ur
    period!.Ok,let’s go to d clinic for confirmation.”
    I dressed up and followed her to d clinic.
    A pregnancy test was done,and d result was positive.
    When we left d clinic,Mrs Williams drove straight to d
    church.We entered d office,and she locked d door behind
    us.We were d only ones in d church premises.
    She said “Let’s pray”.
    She prayed.After d prayer,i couldnt lift up my head,i was
    just looking down,i didnt want to look at her face,bcs i
    knew what d next question would be,and dt was d last
    question i wanted to answer.
    Then she said “Sis Sewa,now dt we have confirmed dt u are
    pregnant,can u tell me who is responsible for d
    pregnancy?”.
    I didnt answer.I was just sobbing in tears.
    “I didnt ask u to weep,i said who is responsible for d
    pregnancy?”
    Now,i couldnt stand it any longer.I felt like throwing up,i
    was feeling dizzy,i was very weak.My tummy was turning up
    and down.
    I got up from where i was sitting,opposite her across d
    table,managed to get to where she was,leaned on her and
    fainted.
    By d time i would wake up,i saw her speaking in tongues,my
    dress was wet with water.She had a paper in her hands with
    which she was blowing air on my wet body.
    When i realised what had happened,i opened my mouth
    and said “Mummy,i’m sorry for putting u through ds”.
    “She said “Forget about dtAre u now okay?
    “Yes ma”.I answered.
    “Thank u Jesus”.She murmured.
    She quickly plugged an electric kettle which was in d
    office,got a mug,put a teabag in it,poured hot water and
    added sugar.
    She said “Now take ds.I didnt put milk,so it doesnt
    nauseate u”.
    I collected it from her,and said “Thank u ma”.I took
    it,and i felt better.
    She allowed me to relax very well,before she continued.
    “Now,tell me,who impregnated u?”.
    I bowed my head again.
    “Tell me now!”
    I couldnt talkbut i must tell her now,i had no choice.
    Then,a thought came to my mind,”Write it in a paper”.
    I saw a pen on d table,took a small piece of paper also
    from d table,i wrote “Bode”.
    I pushed it to her on d other side of d table where she sat
    gazing at me amazingly.
    I didnt know what to expect afterwards.
    After reading it,she shouted “Ahhhhh!. Lord Jesus!!”
    She held her head with her two hands,bowed down her head
    for about 5minutes,without saying anything.
    I also bowed my head,but i was peeping at her once in a
    while.
    By d time she lifted up her head,her eyes were filled with
    tears.I cant imagine how disappointed she was.
    She looked at me,and bowed her head again.
    I was just weeping.
    After about 10mins,she got up from her seat,came to
    me,pulled me up and gave me a very warm and tight
    hug.She said “I know how u are feeling.I was once in ur
    shoesbut hear ds,though u have fallen into sin,but dt is
    not d end of ur life,nor d end of ur christianity.Jesus The
    Merciful Saviour is still available to cleanse u.He still loves
    u.
    All He wants u to do is to repent,ask for forgiveness and
    sin no more.If He could have mercy on me,He will surely
    have mercy on u too.”

    Episode 11

    I was a bit relieved,at least,after hearing what Mrs
    Williams said.
    “Now,tell mehow did it happen?.” She asked.
    I told her everything i could remember without hiding
    anything intentionally.
    Whenever i said something she didnt understand,she would
    throw a question to me,and i would answer.
    After our discussion,she said “Do u know what?”
    I said “No ma”.
    She said “I will take u to ur house now,to go and pick some
    of ur dresses and things u’ll need for a few days after
    which u will come with me to our place.
    I agreed.In less than one hour,i found myself sitting in d
    small,beautiful living room of D Williams.
    I was taken to d visitor’s room,where i put my bag.
    What am i going to do next now?I had no idea.
    Thank God for d way everything happened,maybe i would
    have taught of abortion,but now,dt’s out of d way,except i
    wanted to offend God more.
    We didnt meet Pastor Williams at home when we got
    home,he was away to attend a meeting,i learnt.
    He came back around 8pm.
    He was surprised to see me in their house.
    I only greeted him,he answered me,and went straight into
    their room.
    His wife followed him immediately,i guess she was going to
    tell him why he saw me in their house.
    About one hour later,they both came out of d room.
    Pastor Williams was unusually silent,but i could read from
    his face he didnt like what he heardof course,i didnt
    expect him to like it.
    Then,Pastor Mrs came to my room after dinner and asked
    “Sis Sewa,what do u want to do now?”.
    “I dont even know ma.”
    “Have u informed Bode?”
    “No ma.I didnt even know i was pregnant.”
    “I learnt he has gone back to schoolSend a message to
    him to inform him,let’s hear what he will say.Dont let him
    know i’ve known about it o”.
    “Okay ma.I’ll do dt.”
    What was Bode’s response?.

    Episode 12

    I sent a message to Bode immediately Mrs Williams left my
    room,informing him about d pregnancy.
    I expected his reply throughout d night,but he didn’t.
    D next day was Sunday. I didn’t feel like going to church. I
    was too ashamed to see anybody’s face,though no one knew
    about it yet,besides The Williams. I imagined what would
    happen when d news went viral among church members dt i
    was carrying Bode’s baby.
    …having denied dt i was in a
    relationship with him earlierOh my God! How did i find
    myself in ds mess?.
    Then i thought of my dad.
    Eeeeh!.My dad!!.
    He trusted me so much.
    I was his pride,his angel,d apple of his eyes.
    How would he take it?.
    I have disappointed him.
    And my two elder sisters.
    None of them had a child before marriage,even Sis Tiwa
    was still trusting God for d fruit of d womb then,its only Sis
    Temi dt had a baby girl,expecting d second one.
    Oh!I’ve disappointed many people.
    And Bode’s mum?.Wouldn’t she think i lured her son to
    sleep with me?.Wont she see me as a cheap girl?.
    As i thought of these things,tears was flowing freely from
    my eyes.
    Mrs Williams came to tell me to get dressed for service.
    I told her i wasn’t feeling like going to church.
    She said “okay,its fine.
    Just make sure u seek d face of
    God for forgiveness,mercy n d way out.”
    I said thank u ma.
    They left.
    I switched off my phone.
    Then i started thinking again and again,weeping and
    asking God for forgiveness.
    I also prayed for His mercy and way out,as Mrs Williams
    told me.
    After d prayer,i put on my phone,and almost
    immediately,Bode’s message came in.
    I read d message which went like ds”I was devastated by
    ur message. I think d only solution is abortion.
    I thought
    about it tru out d night n dt i think is d only way out. I’m
    very sorry for any inconvenience ds might have caused u.”
    I threw d phone on d bed.
    I said to myself “how i wish it was dt easy.”
    As a matter of fact,maybe i would have agreed with him, if
    ds woman was not involved,but now,i just have to bear d
    consequences, d shame,reproach,rejection and anything
    dt comes from it.
    I threw myself on d bed,covered my mouth with a pillow n
    screamed into it.
    JESUS!.JESUS!!Pls have mercy on meds is too much for
    me.
    While doing ds,i heard d Pastor’s car moving into d
    compound. I quickly got up,wiped my face n pretended to
    be fine.
    Soon Pastor Mrs was in d room.
    “How was ur day my dear”.
    “I was praying ma”.
    “And weeping at d same time”. She said, smiling.
    I didnt answer.
    I showed her Bode’s message.
    She read it n said “i knew it. I knew dt would be his
    option.”
    Then she sat beside me on d bed,hugged me n said “Listen
    my darling,there’s nothing new under heaven. Many people
    have gone tru ds route before,and many will still go tru it.
    I’m sure if not for divine intervention,u could have
    considered abortion as Bode suggested. But sometimes we
    offend God while trying not to offend man. Dont use sin to
    cover sin. God is d Ultimate. Once He has forgiven u,it
    doesnt matter if anybody doesnt.
    Now,i will tell u d story of my own life.”
    What did she say?.
    What do you think is Pst Mrs story?

    Episode 13

    I lost my parents when i was very young n went into
    prostitution when i was in school,sleeping with anything in
    trouser just to get money n live fine.
    I aborted many
    pregnancies,n at a time i just get tired of dt kind of life n
    decided to opt out of prostitutionbut then,unknown to
    me,i was already carrying a pregnancy which i didnt know
    who was responsible for it.
    For a reason i couldnt really explain,i decided to have d
    baby.
    I had a baby girl,named Temidara n was taken care of her
    alone.
    Since i didnt know who her father was,i gave her a
    surname,Omoolorun which means a child of God.
    When Temi was 2yrs old,i gave my life to Jesus n i was
    seriously enjoying my new life in Christ.
    About a year n half later,i met a man who proposed to
    me.
    He was born again n feared d Lord.
    We got married about six months later,n we had one of d
    best marriages in d world.
    Though,i didnt have a child for him,
    d man loved me so
    much despite pressures from his friends n family members
    to leave me n find another lady,having known my past.
    We both continued to serve God with all of our
    hearts,trusting Him dt one day,He would shut up d mouths
    of our enemies n give us a child.
    Then,d unexpected happened.
    After 7yrs of marriage,my husband slumped n died in
    church one sunday morning.
    He was d one dt drove us to church dt day,he didnt
    complain of having any pain earlier.
    U wouldnt like to hear what i went tru in d hands of his
    family members afterwards.I was treated like an animal.
    Thank God for my pastor n church members dt came to my
    rescue.I was not allowed to take anything out of d
    house,not even my own belongings. It took my pastor’s
    intervention before i could be allowed to take my
    certificates.
    They said i was responsible for d death of dir
    son.
    Months later,i found myself sleeping around with men who
    were coming to render one assistance or d other.I knew it
    wasnt good,but i just couldnt help myself.
    I prayed n prayed for God to deliver me,but d more i
    prayed,d more i found myself in it.People in d church were
    seeing me as a strong woman,but i knew i was as weak n
    helpless as a worm.
    Then,one day we were having a special programme in
    church,n a guest minister was invited.
    As he was ministering,he paused n said “God is telling
    me,dt dir’s a woman here,who lost her husband sometime
    ago,n has since been sleeping with men,both married n
    single.
    U know its not good n has bn praying abt it,if only u
    can come out now,God wants to deliver u. Everybody close ur
    eyes”.
    It took me quite some time before i could come out.In
    fact,it was d Holyspirit dt pushed me out.
    D man prayed for me,n since dt day i was delivered.
    Some women picked quarell with me later,suspecting dir
    husbands were among d men i was sleeping with.How they
    knew i was d one dt came out,i wouldnt know. Afterall,d
    pastor told everybody to close dir eyes.
    About 3 months later,d same man of God dt ministered to
    me,sent my pastor to tell me dt God told him to marry me.
    I was surprised”but,doesnt he have a wife?”.I asked my
    pastor.
    “He lost his wife last year”.He answered.
    Dt man of God is Pastor Williams.
    We got married,and exactly a year later,we had a set of
    twinsa boy n a girl.
    Dt was why i told u d other time,dt if God could have mercy
    on me,He would surely have mercy on u too.
    Look at 1cor 10:13.God will provide an escape route
    for u if u are His child,when u fall into d enemy’s
    trap,provided u ask for forgiveness n obey His leading.
    Let’s see how things turn out in d next episode.

    Episode 14

    I called Bode,n put on d phone’s speaker so Mrs Williams
    could hear our conversation.
    Me:Hello Bode.
    Bode:Hello,how are u?.
    Me:I’m fine.
    Bode:What about dt thing?. Have u removed it?.
    Me:That’s why i’m calling u.
    Bode:Hun Hun?.
    Me:I cant do it,n i want u to come home so we can talk.
    Bode:What else do we want to talk about?Ehn?U know
    how things are with me?.Is it my mum who had not been
    able to continue with her trading dt will be taking care of a
    pregnant lady?.
    What if they got to know in church?,what do u think will
    happen?.Think of ur parents too,how will they take
    it?.Pls,let’s get rid of ds pregnancy n continue with our
    livesPlease,i beg of u.
    Me:Finebut we still need to sort out some things.When are
    u coming home?.
    Bode:Exam is fast approaching n i need to study,moreso,i
    have no transport fare.
    Me:I will take care of dt.Pls come on friday,u can get back
    to school on saturday if u so wish.How about dt?.
    Bode: Okay,let’s see how things will be during d week.
    But hear ds,if u refuse to remove dt thing,i will deny it
    o,bcs u know how i’ve been struggling since all these days,u
    know everything o.
    I hung up.
    Mrs Williams heard everything.
    Before i left for school on friday morning,Mrs Williams told
    me to go to my house after d school hours as Bode could
    come as promised.She however told me to send a text
    message to her as soon as he comes in.
    I went straight to d corper’s quarters after school,tidied up
    my room which was in a mess.I was expecting Bode tru out d
    afternoon,he didnt show up.I called his number but couldnt
    get tru to him,so i guessed he was on d way.
    Finally,around 6.40pm.He called me,informing me dt he
    was just getting to Oyan,but wanted to see his mum
    first,after which he’ll come n see me.
    I quickly sent an sms to my pastor’s wife telling her what he
    told me. Bode came in around 8pm.
    Few minutes after he came in,Pastor n Mrs Williams also
    came in.He was so surprised to see them.We both greeted
    them n sat down.Bode kept on wondering what d meeting
    was all about. Pastor Williams said “Well,Bode,there’s nothing new under
    heaven any longer.We’ve heard everything dt happened
    btw u n Sewa.I as a person,i’m not happy about it at all,n
    so is my wifebut in a situation like ds,we just have to
    leave everything to d hands of God. So,i want u to tell us now,who is responsible for ds
    pregnancy?.”
    After a long pause,he murmurmed “Its me sir”. “Dt’s good.I thought u’ll deny it,n i also learnt u are
    suggesting abortionNot ds one,n not here,so take ur mind
    off dt.Ds baby has come to stay.Is dt taken?.”
    “Ye-ye-yes sir”.He answered. “Now,let’s go to ur mum’s place.”
    We got into d car n left for Bode’s family house. When his mum heard what happened,she couldnt lift up her
    head.She just kept quiet.
    She didnt say anything tru out.
    After leaving d place,i felt so bad.I wondered what was
    going on in d mind of Bode’s mum.
    To be continued.

    Episode 15

    I was no longer active as i used to be in church.
    Soon,people began to suspect something was going on.Some
    came to ask me why i was living with d pastor’s family.Some
    would ask why i was no longer acting as d choir mistress
    Others asked why i was putting on weight,while many others
    did not come to me,they would rather backbite or gossip.
    With time,my tummy was protruding.
    Hun!Come n see sidetalk in church,even during service!!.
    Thank God for Pst Mrs,she has prepared me before
    everything started.
    Sometimes when i was so bothered n
    moved by what anybody did or said,i would tell her when we
    get home,she would encourage me n i would get over it
    immediately.I was discussing with her from time to
    time,without hiding anything.
    Many times,she would pray
    with me.She was d angel God sent to me at a time i really
    needed one.
    Then,one bright saturday morning,my mum called
    me,telling me dt she n my dad were in Oyan,dt i should
    describe where i was,as they wanted to see me.She said
    they’ve been at Ikirun since friday,to attend a
    programme.So,they decided to check on me before going
    back to Lagos dt day.
    Pastor Williams travelled,while mummy went to market to
    buy some groceries for d house.
    I quickly called her n told her dt my parents were in
    Oyan,n were on d way to their house.
    She rushed back from d market.By d time she would enter
    d living room,my parents were already seated,enjoying d
    cool breeze blowing from d fan my dad told me to swicth on.
    They exchanged greetings.
    My parents appreciated her n her husband,n told us dt he
    had forgiven men dt he was ready to meet Bode n his
    family.
    He asked about his parents. We told him he lost his dad of
    recent.
    He said he would like to go to their house to meet his mum.
    As much as i appreciated d fact dt my dad had forgiven
    me,yet i didnt want him to visit Bode’s family house,as i
    didnt know how he would feel,seeing d old,poverty-stricken
    building they were living.
    I was left with no choice anyway,so we went there together
    with Pst Mrs.
    Bode wasnt around,he was in school. His mum was in d
    market,facing her business.
    She had come to greet me once at my pastor’s house.
    Somebody quickly ran to d market to call her,dt some
    visitors from Lagos were waiting for her at home.
    She rushed home to meet us.
    My parents were just looking
    up n down d whole street n compound.
    They exchanged greetings,after which we went into d sitting
    room.
    Pst Mrs introduced them to each other.
    My dad asked about Bode n wanted to know when he would
    be around.
    His mum said she wasnt sure of when he would come home as
    he left not too long ago.
    Daddy said his mum should tell him to come n meet him in
    Lagos,as dir’s something he wanted to discuss with him.
    He gave her money to send to him for transportation, gave
    her n her daughters money too.
    We returned to pastor’s house,they ate,n left.
    Now,i could go to Lagos bcs d school was on long vacation,
    but i didnt want to go bcs of what i would encounter in d
    hands of Lagos people too, church people,neighbours,
    family n friends.
    So,i told dad n mum i would prefer to stay in Oyan till
    schools resume in september,n they agreed.
    Let’s see what happened next.

    Episode 16

    After writing his exams,Bode came home.
    One sunday after service,i saw Pastor Williams holding his
    hand n they both entered d pastor’s office.
    When they wouldnt come out after about one hour thirty
    minutes,Pst Mrs said i should let us go home,dt she would
    come back to d church later to pick Pastor
    So we left to go n prepare lunch as d children were hungry.
    About one hour after we got home,Pastor Williams trekked
    home with Bode.
    I didnt need anybody to tell me he had been seriously
    scolded.He was looking like a kid whose mother didnt
    remember to drop d key of d cupboard where his lunch was
    kept before she left d house. Mummy n i were in d kitchen when they came in.
    Bode came to meet us there,greeted mummy,n then turned
    to me.
    “Pls,we need to talk privately, Pastor said i should come n
    meet u,so we can talk n sort things out.”
    I wondered why,but then i turned to mummy “Am i allowed
    ma?”.
    “Of course,my dear.Go to ur room”.She answered.
    We both went inside d room n left d door widely opened.
    Goodness and Mercy (Pastor’s five year old twins) ran
    after us to d room.
    I heard their mum shouting from d kitchen “Come here
    o,Mercy!, Goodness!!Aunty Sewa will soon come n join
    u,dont disturb them”.
    As soon as d children left, Bode said “Pls,i’m sorry for
    everything i’ve put u tru. Pastor have made me realise my
    mistake,he really spoke to me.He even asked if i’m born
    again.I told him i am.I only yielded to d call of d flesh.
    He made me to pray a prayer of forgiveness,n i believe u’ve
    done d same,i also believe God has forgiven us.I promise u
    n God,just as i’ve promised my Pastor,dt such will never
    happen again,not with u nor any other woman,except d one
    i eventually get married to.Pls,find a place in ur heart to
    forgive me.”
    He started shedding tears.
    I asked him if he wouldnt mind going to Lagos to meet my
    dad.
    He said he didnt want to go initially,but Pastor Williams
    told him to go,so he has decided to go.He said he would go
    during d week.I gave him my dad’s number n he called him
    right there.
    Daddy told him to come on thursday or friday,as he wont be
    in Lagos from monday to wednesday.
    When he left,i told mummy everything we discussed.
    She said “Thank God he’s able to realise his mistakes. Dont
    worry,God will surely perfect everything. Let’s just keep
    praying. He never fails.”
    Again,we prayed about Bode’s meeting with my dad,dt
    God’s perfect will should be done.
    She asked if i had an idea of what my dad wanted to
    discuss with Bode.
    I said i had no idea,dt my mum only told me dt she had
    been talking to daddy everyday about my case,n dt she
    really begged him before he could agree to come to Oyan to
    meet Bode’s mum.
    And as God would have it,they needed to
    attend dt programme at Ikirun which was just a few
    kilometers to Oyan.
    “Well,all shall be well”. She answered.
    Finally,thursday came.
    Bode called me very early in d morning,to inform me dt he
    was in d park,waiting for d bus to be full,n then,he would
    be on his way to Lagos.
    What happened in Lagos?.
    What did he come back with?

    Episode 17 (Final)

    Bode came back from Lagos on saturday.He passed two
    nights in our house.
    He was so surprised at how he was warmly received by my
    parents n siblings.
    He really didnt give me d details,but i knew he gave Pastor
    d full gist.
    With time,my dad became a loving dad to Bode.
    They were always talking of each other.
    Bode’s 21st birthday met him in Lagos,n according to him,
    my family marked it for him in a little way,which he really
    appreciated.
    He proposed to me,but i turned it down immediately. Not
    bcs i didnt have feelings for him,
    but bcos of d age
    difference.
    When i told mummy about it, her reply surprised me.”
    Go n
    pray about it my dear. Whatever God asks u to do,do it
    but
    about d issue of age difference,it has no meaning.
    “ButMa,even if God comes down to tell me to marry
    him,
    i dont think i can.How can i marry someone i’m 4yrs
    older than?.
    He’s just 21 n i’m 25
    She laughed n said “Is there anywhere it is written in d
    bible dt husband must be older than his wife?.D bible only
    says dt wives should be submissive to dir own husbands,n as
    a result of dt, we have programmed it in our minds dt d
    only person we could be submissive to, must be someone
    older than us.
    For ur information,i’m 3yrs older than my
    husband.If i didnt tell u now,how would u know?.Go n pray
    my dear,n let God’s will be done”.
    I prayed n didnt have any restriction in my spirit.
    I told my Pastor about it n they prayed for us.
    My parents also agreed with d union n we got married at
    Ikeja Registry in december,
    after which we went for
    marriage blessings at my parents’ church.
    I had a bouncing baby boy on d 17th of January,named
    Oluwadarasimi (Meaning God is good to me).
    I decided to
    stay with d Williams after i had d baby.
    When Bode graduated from school,
    my dad connected him
    with one of his friends who employed him in his company
    With time,he became d manager of d company,n we’ve been
    doing fine since.
    We celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary last
    december,n up till now,i’m still trusting God for another
    baby
    Sometimes in my thought,i would imagine what would have
    happened if i had aborted Darasimi’s pregnancy.
    I would have thought i couldn’t have another child due to d
    abortion.
    I would never recover from d guilt.
    Also,i would have remained barren up till now,not having
    any child at all.
    I would have been a hinderance to Bode’s destiny.
    Lastly,i would have attracted d wrath of God upon myself in a big way.
    Looking at Darasimi,who is Bode’s carbon copy,he has d gift of singing n playing instruments.
    He had been composing his
    own songs since age 5,dir’s no sentence he cant bring out a
    song from,just say it,n he would turn it to a song. And by
    now,he’s becoming a Guru in playing keyboard.
    I have no doubt God will still bless me with more children, He
    had assured me of dt,n i know He would never fail.
    My brethren,pls let us learn from ds story.
    It doesnt matter
    how tough what u are going tru is,
    one day,an end shall come to it.
    Even,if u have missed it in life, dir’s still Somebody u can
    turn to,
    He Is The Way,The Truth and The Life.
    He will
    surely show u d way out if u allow Him to lead u.
    Never cover ur sin with another sin.
    If u do,u are only sitting on a time bomb,
    it will explode sooner than expected.
    Remain blessed.
    THE END

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