OYEYEMI THE JEALOUS ONE
Oyeyemi The Jealous One
By Morak Tade.
Oyeyemi is walking up to meet Antonia She is on the way to the market with her friend and neighbor Antonia. They are both 15 years old.
Antonia said, “You and this your little brother sef, I can see how much he wanted to go with you when we were setting out. He was crying to follow you and you ignored him, that’s the third time I have seen you do that. He clearly likes your company and likes to go out with you but you are not interested. I find him adorable and cute. Why are you like that to him?”
Oyeyemi said, ”My brother, hmmmph!“
“What do mean by that ? He is your brother whether you like it or not, just because you have different fathers it doesn’t make him any thing other than that you know, besides look at him, he is a kind soul, he is helpful he is fun and obedient. You don’t know how lucky you are. Brothers can be a nightmare, look at my own brothers see how they treat me! I told you about my mum didn’t I? Her brother treated her like a piece of moping rag. I can give you more examples,” said Antonia.
“This ones still a child you are talking about men. How do you know what he’s going to be when he grows older? He is already getting preferential treatment and growing spoilt. In a few years now you will see his true colors. They always grow up to feel superior,” Oyeyemi said.
“So you are going to be nasty to him in readiness for when he grows up? Listen to yourself, you’re talking rubbish,” replied Antonia.
“Rubbish eh? I tell you what’s rubbish,” she frowned, “my mother was traveling to her village when she had an accident but when my father heard about it he was so anxious and troubled he was in a rush to go see her in the hospital. He was advised to wait till the morning and take a good bus to get to her but he chose to go on a dangerous night bus and he was killed in a robbery attack on the way,”
“Only for me to lose my dad while my mum was ok, she came back to a home with her husband gone, she was traumatized and was worried that the man who was providing for us is no more. Now she became desperate to find another man. She then met this rubbish man who was only interested in himself and nothing else. Well, except to get a male child!”
“When Gideon was born he got what he wanted, and my mum was happy too but see what happened to me! I have been left on the shelf like I am expired!”
“They now pamper the boy to no end. I was taken to a rubbish school and life just changed for me just because my mum wanted to please that man. Look, I have no good clothes. But Gideon gets all the nice attires. When he is sick he gets treatment like a prince. Come and see them all running around spending money here and there. When I get sick I get to sleep it off!”
“You are being unfair Oyeyemi the boy is not to blame,” Antonia said.
“So who is to blame -me? What did I do to be abandoned like this?” cried Oyeyemi.
When the two girls get to the market they start to shop for stew and other foods as they had been sent. “Look at that, I am buying fish and snails and they are going to be served to Gideon and his father rice and fried plantain eggs and all that. Me, I will be eating garri and the remnants. Is that fair?”
“When my dad was alive I used to get pocket money every week and now I only get to have what is essential and no money for me to get anything I like,” wailed Oyeyemi.
“You don’t have a case jooo. Whatever is happening right now is just for a while and you cannot put the blame on Gideon.” Said Antonia.
“ While they sleep I am cooking and washing up. Now you know why I hate this society and the stupid tradition that favors boys and men all the time. I want to go abroad and leave this hell of a place my friend!”
“No, forget it there is nothing out there that will change things, if you want change you will have to change yourself and your attitude. You are going to grow up and have a good career like any man anywhere. You must not let darkness cloak your mind it will cloak your future if you are not careful,” said Antonia.
They finish at the market and head home and Oyeyemi kept talking about her unfortunate life. She couldn’t stop moaning at the change of her life since she lost her dad. She even has plans to run away from home as soon as she gets the chance.
Antonia has a different view, “Look at the shops we bought the chicken from, the one we got the ingredients and the one I got the tin tomatoes plus the stuff to make our salad, those shops are owned by women. That one over there, the one that they have sold out their tin tomatoes is owned by my friends mum, she is doing very well and she is building a house of her own, look around you, see all those women drivers in nice cars and jeeps. Why are they not all running abroad, why are they not being discriminated against for being women?”
“Just don’t let these feeling poison your mind my friend. Look on the bright side. At home you have a type of shelter you are not appreciating. I know you feel bad because you are not enjoying as much of your mums attention like you used to but take it easy, take heart, things will change,” assured Antonia.
“What about my mum, she only has eyes for that fat man, makes me wonder if she ever loved me!” Oyeyemi said.
“You better stop this nonsense. I don’t want to hear it anymore, do you know you can end up hurting that innocent boy if you carry on like this? You may not know it, but one day something will happen. You will do something straight out of spite and a great damage could occur. You will end up creating a huge disaster and you will end up being the one everyone will look at as the villain. By that time it will be too late to change things. Then you will start on another road! From road of spite to road of regret!” Antonia puts her foot down.
Oyeyemi rolls her eyes with a muffled hiss. She tries to get her fare out of her little purse but it is slightly uncomfortable as there was another passenger in the tricycle and they had some shopping bags to adjust. Since they are soon to alight and she had the money to pay the driver. As she got some money out of the purse something falls out of it unto the floor of the vehicle and rolls to one corner and she yells, “Oh my God, that’s my ring!”
“What’s the matter with you children, where is my money?” the driver shouts.
“Here’s your money,” Antonia said, collecting the cash from Oyeyemi and passing them over to the rude driver. “Oyeyemi what’s wrong, what happened?”
Oyeyemi franticly looking at the base of the cabin they are seated in. She is searching for something. The other passenger calmly pointed to a little gap in the floor and said, “What you’re looking for has fallen into that gap,”
“Oh no!” Oyeyemi cried, “I have to get it, I have to get it!” almost in tears. Pushing her hand between the metal plates with no progress. “Oh my goodness I can’t reach it the gaps too small!”
“Is it that ring you told me about?” Antonia asked. “The one were given to you by your grand mum?”
Nodding rapidly Oyeyemi said, “Yes yes! It fell out of my purse just now,”
The whole situation was getting very clumsy. Oyeyemi almost on her knees in the cramped cabinet the passenger looking frustrated and angry. Goods from shopping bags look like they are about to spill out in any minute, Antonia sharing her friend’s grief, “How are we going to get it now?”
The young girls arrive at their bus stop, which is right ahead of their home. The driver orders them off. “Get off now, I don’t have time for your silliness, I have work to do here!”
They alight, set the shopping bags down on the roadside and as the driver is about to drive off Antonia grabs the driver by his shoulder, “You can’t go yet, please give me two minutes to get our ring that’s lodged in your cab,”
The driver looked like he was about to punch the young lady in the face, “How dare you, am I your mate? I will blow your face now!”
The other passenger interjects, “Driver listen to her now, can’t you see how serious this is to them? Look at her friend. She is shaking with fright,”
With that the driver stops the tricycle and steps to the back to see for himself what was going on. As they all stand looking helplessly at he sight of the signet ring sitting in a gap of the cabs base a child’s words come thorough.
“Sister Antonia, sister Yemi welcome,” the words from little Gideon were a great reprieve to Antonia’s ears, she said, “Gideon, can you take out that ring for us?”
In an instant the boy puts his little hand in the gap and produces the ring, he held it up to the young ladies. “You mean this one?”
“Yes yes yes!” Oyeyemi answered and he picked her brother up and hugged him, “Yes thank you Gideon,”
And that became the beginning of a great relationship between Oyeyemi and his brother Gideon much to the delight of Antonia.
Lesson to learn from
Very good leason to learn,peolple should stop been jalouse because we have different destinies as God want it.