Friday, May 22, 2015

My Uncle: Uncle A.


Uncle A was born from the honorable Kingdom of Bachuo Ntai.  He was a very literate business owner living in Douala. He was married with two kids. There was not a single Manyu man who did not know him. He was a braggadocio but a kindhearted fellow who will give you the shirt off his back and the shoes off his feet. When he came to a party, he will dance and was always the last to leave not only the dance floor but the party house. People began to infer that his marriage had problems.  Perhaps due to his kindheartedness, God decided to visit him. A few days to his 65th birthday, he won the lottery. He thought to himself that he had suffered a lot, so it is was time for him to enjoy his manna from heaven.
He pondered about traveling, but Africa had become too small for him because he had visited most of those countries. He had a lady in every country he visited too. That is why, no matter how much money he made, it was difficult for anyone to see the fruits thereof. Consequently, he decide to travel to London where he had never been. His brother's son, Arrey was married to a white British. The wife and the kids knew that he was coming, but they did not know how long Uncle A was going to stay. Uncle A was the short form of his middle name. They showed him a room, and he put his paraphernalia there. They showed him where he could shower, and he did. After that, he went to the table.
The wife had cooked plantains and chicken. His nephew, Arrey Tabe Nkwai had two children. Both joined them as was their dinner tradition. The woman put six pieces of plantains in one large bowl and 5 pieces of chicken in a smaller one. The chicken soup was made of tomatoes and they called it stew. The nephew’s wife said the prayers and began to serve them. She took two drumsticks and put them in Uncle A’s plate. She took the rest and shared to each of them a piece each. Only Uncle A had two plantains. He looked around and thought that if he quickly ate his share, the nephew’s wife will add some more. He finished eating his but nothing came. He realized that his nephew was fooling around with his own plantain, so he picked it from his plate. The wife looked at him with an angry bemusement, but she said nothing. The kids were just talking, so he grasped their plantains each and even took the drumstick from one of the kids. She grasped it back and said, “No uncle, that is mine!” Uncle A retorted, "I am still hungry, and you all are here playing with food."
The woman politely told him that that was all they had. Uncle A told them that he did not come to London to starve himself to death. He could not understand why they were not feeding themselves well. He called home and explained how the nephew’s wife was starving their nephew, so he will die for her to inherit property. The whole place went crazy over properties the man did not even have. He had nothing. The home they were living in had a lien on it.The parents began to run from one witchdoctor to another, and they visited one fortune teller to another. The entire village was buzzing with anger and rumors. The wife had explained to him that they did not make much money, so they ate very little too. He still did not like the explanation. 
The next day, while the kids were at school and the couple had gone to work, Uncle A went out and stopped a taxi that took him to the grocery store. He chattered food with the lottery money. When the couple came home, they saw what he had bought. He explained to them that it was his usual way of eating.  They were eating and everybody was happy. His nephew explained to him that, if he bought food this way; the way he just bought, then him and his family would be homeless very soon because they did not make much money.
A few weeks later, he went back to Bachuo Ntai. He had chattered a lot of things and goodies that he shared to many friends and relatives. After some time, he was back to his old ways. He had burnt out his entire lottery money. When he was dying, he did not even have a mere 30,000 CFA to take him to the hospital so he could buy medicine. He died as if he was a man who had never touched money. If you live as if there is no tomorrow, there may be none for you. 

Until then, beware how you spend your money.

St Arrey of Ntenako




“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." (I Cor 15:19). "It is not how well you know a person; it is how well you treat them that they will live longer and happier with you." Hamilton Ayuk. Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

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