I have thanked many men in my 24 years of living.
I was 4 when I thanked the baker for the fresh, warm tapalapa delivered for breakfast.
I was 6 when I thanked Uncle Sofie for inviting me into his bedroom, he complimented my pink starry panties as he pulled them down after I
won the dance competition he organized for us girls.
I was 9 when I thanked Uncle Hakim and Ousman when they referred to me as their beautiful wife and pulled me to sit in between them at the naming ceremony, resting a palm on my bony thigh.
Yesterday I thanked the dealer who
handed me my new passport when he wiped off the 2000 Dalasi charge after he forced his erected penis into my mouth.
A sheepish laugh parted his lips when I said “jerejeff” after spitting the remnants of his climax out of my mouth.
I got home around 6pm,ran into the free bathroom
stall in the compound and grabbed any visible toothbrush and toothpaste to clean up any remnants I couldn’t spit out.
I had to cleanse myself of him.
40 minutes and half a tube of toothpaste later, I wiped my eyes dry, splashed some water on my face and prepared dinner.
Alim was playing football with his boys and briefly waved as I hurriedly went past him earlier on.
I slipped the note under his pillow, he will be too tired and slump into a deep sleep after eating; he will probably see the note when making his bed at dawn before fajr prayers.
I did not leave a note for Aunty Amina, Alim is the only person that deserved an explanation from me.
I threw my note book, my new passport, a couple of t shirts and a jean into my “popo bag” and crawled out of the window. Going past the gate of the compound, I anxiously hurried
down the quiet road to the junction where the 50-year-old neem tree stood. Two headlights flashed at me. I got into the car with the shabby looking man and left.
The chatter from vendors, fishermen and children crying seeped through my headphones and jolted me awake. We were
disembarking the bus and being transferred onto a boat which was the size of a sardine tin. After being divided into two groups, my group which included a confused toddler holding on to her mother’s hand were squeezed on to one of the sardine tins with two blankets for the
anticipated rough weather.
The boat slowly paddled out of its dock. The golden circle was rising ahead of us; a warm salty scent engulfed the air.
We paddled further out... drowning out the noise of busy port. We paddled further. Until there was only sea, a rising sun and hope.

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