Skip to main content

Ekwensu's Harvest

Episode 6

   Amadioha stooped as he sharpened his cutlass, it kissed the coarse stone and made shrieking sounds even as it emitted tiny sparks of fire. Each shrieking sound from the cutlass caused the goats to bleat,they both created a weird yet rhythmic melody. The weather was a bit dull, the birds seemed to be flying back to their nests though it was just afternoon. He was apparently deep in thoughts till Ekwensu walked in.

"Sharp enought to make a head roll with a single blow", Ekwensu remarked.

Amadioha chuckled, "You know this man kills only animals, you are insane o"

Ekwensu made himself comfortable by sitting on the huge stone close to Amadi, "Not till I tell you that Ogbunaabali harvested the long awaited crops fourteen market days ago and has planted another one on your land", he quipped.

"That was so not our agreement", Amadioha thundered.

"But has it not happened?", Ekwensu sneered.

"Ogbunaabali must kill me tonight or he would have to feel thunder severe his skin from his bones", Amadioha lashed out furiously.

He picked his sharp-edged cutlass and dashed out of his compound to Ogbunaabali's while Ekwensu followed him like a fly would follow cow dung.

He forcefully pushed Ogbunaabali's raffia gate nearly pulling it down.
"Ogbunaabali! Come out before my wrath consumes you", Amadioha roared.

"Who has no fear to come into my compound and vomit insolence", questioned Ogbunaabali as he emerged from his hut.

Amadioha beat his chest, tossed and turned like a possessed maniac while trembling in furiousity, "So you even have the guts to talk", he raved.

"Amadi, you lack respect for elders, has it not dawnwed on you that I am not your mate?", Ogbunaabali asked him effortlessly with hands akimbo.

"Then earn respect if you want it! How could you have harvested the crops and planted a new set", Amadioha spat.

Ogbunaabali chuckled, "A new set of crops! With which strenght?", he examined his arms as if to check his muscular capacity. "By the way, who told you?", he asked.

"Ekw....", Amadi stuttered as he turned around and didn't see Ekwensu, just then Anyanwu barged into the compound breathelessly.

"Ekwensu told me that in confidence", Amadioha completed his intended answer.

Anyanwu looked from his brother to Ogbunaabali, "And you believed him?", the old man shot at him.
"And where is your informant",he asked but Amadi could only mumble an answer.

"He saw me giving out yams to Mmiri and concluded that I had harvested the crops and planted a new set.....Hmmmm!", he explained and put his hands behind his back. "Amadi, if I didn't know you, I would have said you drank too much wine", Ogbunaabali concluded.

Amadioha bowed in embarassment. "Please forgive my brother, he acted without even finding out the truth", Anyanwu pleaded on his brother's behalf.

Ogbunaabali sighed, "Very well, then, I owe it to youthful exhuberance", he said with a shrug.

"I am really sorry, Ogbunaabali ", Amadi apologised.

"Your apology is well accepted but remember, you borrowed me that land and I do not repay good with evil", he clarified himself and left them.

The two brothers walked out of his compound soberly with Anyanwu holding his elder brother's cutlass.

"I am ashamed,Anyanwu", Amadi confessed.

"Honestly, you should, you always allow your anger take total control of you" Anyanwu told him blatantly.

"It was all Ekwensu's fault", Amadi said lamely with pouted lips and obviously sulking like a child.

Anyanwu stole a quick glance at him, then rubbed his lower lip down to his jaws, "No! It is your's........ You listened to him".

Amadioha raised his head to take a look at his brother's taut face, he nodded in agreement as the two brothers walked in silence to their compound.

Then Amadioha swore and growled, "Ekwensu must pay for this....."

©Andrew Ifeatu Jennifer, 2016
Twitter: @jennieifeatu


Popular posts from this blog


Heads up, people! 

Walking into a shop to purchase an item does not look appealing to me anymore. This is one of my decisions for the new year being that if something is not worth it then there is no point buying it especially trying to impress another fellow. 

I have chosen to stick to buying experiences rather 'things.' One of my observation is that experiences cannot be stolen or compromised. They stick like your gum sap sticks to a tree. 

So maybe before you buy that expensive Emporio Armani wristwatch or Jimmy Choo shoes, it might be imperative to checkmate if there are experiences that same amout can buy you. Don't get me wrong, it is as clear as crystal that you need to shop for clothings, food, phones or luxury from time to time but bear in mind that your happiness can't be tied to any item. That vibe you get is nothing but a fleeting one . 

“One of the enemies of  happiness is adaptation,” Thomas Gilovich reveals. “We buy things to make us happy, and we succeed. B…


Chioma was that child that will send you hiding your clothes and wrappers far away from her reach for the fear that she will tear them in shreds out of the zeal of designing and making clothes. Her first skirt was made at the age of twelve. 
"Nobody taught me to sew, nobody close to me sews, I didn't even know it was a 6 pieces skirt I sewed till I finally went to a fashion school," She says with an air of humour. 

"I also made bags and a pair of slippers from an old Jean material that happened to be my old skirt. My mum marveled at the thought of Jean slippers then but now we see Jean slippers everywhere." She continues. 
Chioma Vanessa who prefers to go by the alias 'God's favourite daughter' is a graduate of the Federal University of Technology Owerri, an entrepreneur and the present CEO of Nessa Design and Stitches (NDS). A young Fashion and Designing outfit that not only makes great outfits but also runs mini fashion tutorials.

Her motivation …


I watched Fisayo click away on his camera between flashes of light. It was at an event about promoting Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's).

I checked some boxes after our interaction. He is industrious, a supporter of social good and very efficient. Call me a stalker of amazing young people and you won't be far from the truth.

Olufisayo Giwa popularly known as African Jaguar and Shot On Target is currently an elite footballer at The Future Academy in Lagos and also a photographer. He is the Creative Director and creative mind behind Shot On Target Pictures.  He practically takes shots on the field and off the field as a photographer.

He identifies as an ardent lover of God with a knack for providing solutions and creating a support system towards developing our country, Nigeria.

"As a kid, one of my favourite toys was a round plastic ball, I grew up having passion for football,.I played it everywhere and was nicknamed after football legend 'Jay-Jay Okocha' for …