It was environmental sanitation Saturday, which meant the whole street came out to jointly clean our environs.
On this day, Mama Tutu asked Onyinye, one of Mama Ngozi’s daughters to watch her shovel as she pulled a sack of refuse to the edge of the street.
“Onyinye give me that shovel, I go return am na na.” Said Mama Wale,
“Na Mama Tutu shovel ma. I no fit give you, she never pack the dirty finish” Onyinye said, securing her position as guardian of the shovel.
“My friend will you give me that shovel! Tell Mama Tutu say na me take am,” She snatched the shovel from Onyinye who looked on helplessly and in fear.
“Excuse me ma,”Onyinye called Mama Tutu’s attention as she walked past us.
“Yes?” She responded, she seemed to be in a hurry. I noticed Onyinye had gone mute.
“Ahn! Ahn! She did what? Why is this woman such a trouble maker?” Mama Tutu turned around towards Mama Wale’s house and off she went, screaming Mama Wale’s name,
“Mama Wale… Mama Wale…” the rest of Mama Tutu’s words had become inaudible but we could see both adults pointing fingers at each other in anger.
Soon, Mama Tutu waved at us to come over.
‘WAWU! This is news. First of all, Baba Wale was nice, so his wife bullies him? Na wa!’ I thought to myself.
“Ah!“ Mama Wale scoffs at Mama Tutu,
Me in my mind, ‘But she didn’t insult your husband now. Abi?’
Onyinye and I looked on, ready to pounce if Mama Tutu was losing the battle.
Mama Tutu had on knicker burger, she was good to go.
“And I go make sure say I no give you that shovel today, oya come collect am now… “
Onyinye and I took over,we grabbed Mama Wale by the waist, held on tight, she tried to shake us off but we refused to let go.
“Ife, Onyinye, run inside, now!” Mama Tutu instructed us as she held the shovel up, ready for war.
We released Mama Wale and made a run for it, scared but happy and
As it was the tradition, after environmental sanitation, we would play competitive football in the compound, Boys vs Girls.
On this day, as we played, I noticed all the mothers in the compound sat by their balcony, all four of them.
Us children paused, it was like we were watching Voltron in real life.
Our mothers watched her leave and only then, did they leave their positions at the balconies.
I knew then, Mama Wale was a wise woman because how could you not be afraid of such force?!
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