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Abowu District Episode 17

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Mama and Baba Abegunde sat outside their mud house, enjoying the cool breeze, their stomachs full from stretchy pounded yam and flavourful egusi soup. It really should have been a pleasant morning, but they were both worried about their son, Toye. The matriarch had given an unexaggerated account of all that had happened in Abowu and caused the old man to worry.

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Abowu District Episode 16

Becky hadn’t seen Toye in almost a week. She wasn’t anxious, rather she simmered with anger, wondering why he hadn’t come home and why his mother seemed to be content with her son’s behaviour. She considered going to his office to make a scene but these days, she was too heavy to go and make trouble anywhere. She spent her days getting as comfortable as possible, even as her stomach got bigger. She didn’t have any more money to buy the prayer candles.

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Abowu District Episode 15

Babatunde waited for Sewa to return from the children’s room after she had put them to bed, before he began to tell her what was on his mind.

“There’s another opportunity to cater for the Ministry of Agriculture. I overheard someone talking about it at the local government and went to ask her what it was about. They are planning a get-together for about fifty people and they want jollof rice and pounded yam with vegetable soup and a lot of meat. I told the woman that you can do it.”

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Abowu District Episode 12

Sewa and her neighbour, Simbi sat side by side in the small overcrowded hall. There were about a hundred women listening to the matronly woman who was holding a small pamphlet. Behind her, three other women and a man sat fanning themselves with hand fans made out of raffia. They looked disinterested and irritable, the heat in the room was overwhelming.

“So, we must clean our environment, no stagnant water or dirty gutters, because mosquitoes live in them. And when mosquitoes bite your young children what happens?”

“Malaria!!!” the women chorused.

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Abowu District Episode 11

Sewa couldn’t stop thinking about what had happened in Mr Olasehinde’s office. She led her children home on the way back from church and wished that Babatunde had never brought up the idea of catering. Her lips still throbbed from the assault and she felt nauseated, despite the fact that she had cleaned her mouth with water and soap upon her return from the Ministry.

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