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The Selection - July 27th 1942
SCENE : Ude’s father’s compound – Night time
A family of two, a man and his wife, was sleeping happily in a mud house. On a thin mat they stretchered themselves out and perhaps were dreaming away the night in a wonderland where all things were perfect. Outside, the moonlight was in its full strength and a gentle wind rustled the nearby trees and bush. It was a good time for tales, only that it was a bit too late. The compound was swept so clean that one could almost see the rays of the moon reflecting on its white sand. In the bush nearby, crickets chirped. The natives of the village held avidly that such hours of the night were for spirits and not for mortals. While the occupants of the two mud houses snored away; from the sky, a thick dark mist wafted into the compound and transformed into a wretched looking hag, clad in a shredded red piece of wear, and rested her chin on her walking stick. She did nothing, as though she had all the night for her mission, she waited patiently. A few minutes later a wisp of smoke blew into the compound and stood on two feet until it morphed into a complete human figure. The second visitor was no less a hag than the earlier one. Behind them a humongous snake slithered into the compound, coiled itself into a circular shape and raised its monstrous head as if to strike the two hags.
Modern day - Year: 2007
SCENE: Church Auditorium
Martha is sitting at the back of the church hall clutching her bible fervently and hanging her faith unto every word from the mouth of the preacher.
Preacher: “You must understand that when the devil takes away your pains and sorrows, he does so, only to multiply them ten folds. That is the reason the word of God says, ‘the thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly’. God is the only one who gives you blessings without evil strings attached to them. He says in his word, ‘the blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it’. I don’t know who you are sitting under the sound of my voice; I feel strongly that you are under the yoke of bondage. If you would humble yourself and seek the Lord, he shall deliver you. Do not let pride or shame deny you his mercy! Seek the Lord while he is near! Seek him while he may be found!”
As tears flowed down Martha’s cheek she whispered to herself, “Yes I am indeed under a yoke of bondage, and so is my family.”
Flashback - Year: November 7th 1967. Event: The Nigerian Civil War
SCENE: A Thick Bush. Night Time
Nigerian soldiers are chasing a wounded Biafran soldier through a bush in the night. The Biafran soldier has been running for long and is beginning to feel giddy. He sees the gleam of light in the bush and makes for it. When he reaches the source of light, what he sees is bloodcurdling. A man like a tree is dragging a native cow through the bush. When the Biafran soldier turns to sneak away from the horrifying sight, the tree man with light in its branches calls him by his name, “Ugonna!” Ugonna is shocked to hear his name on the lips of a monster tree. He still is speechless and wondering what to do. The tree man speaks again, “If you run, they will kill you”. Ugonna looks back and hears the sound of the feet of Nigerian soldiers coming his way. In fear he asks the tree man for help, “Help me please! I don’t want to die!” “I will help you if you agree to make me your guardian and the guardian of those who will come out of your groin”. In fear Ugonna said, “Yes you will be my guardian; please help me!” “No! Not like that Ugonna. Put your hand on your groin and swear by him who dwells in the sun that in this moment you make me your guardian spirit and the guardian of those who shall come from your groin”. Hurriedly Ugonna unzips his trouser, puts his hands on his groin and swears, “I Ugonna Chibueze swear by he that dwells in the sun that the spirit before me shall be my guardian and those of my unborn children”. The Nigerian soldiers are now closer to Ugonna. The tree man stretches one of his branches and touches Ugonna and he turns into a big pumpkin pod. The tree man freezes up like a tree natural tree.
Flashback Continues – February 19th 1970. Event: Visit of the Serpent
After the war ended on January 15, 1970, Ugonna got to his father’s house on February 19th of the same year. He was happy to hear that his younger brother who also took part in the war was alive. His brother Kelechi, did not see much blood bath during the war because he had a godfather in the army who kept him from being sent to dangerous war zones. Ugonna had simply explained his survival during the war as the act of God and reasoned that he who dwells in the sun spoken of by the tree man must be the Almighty God. He felt that perhaps the tree man may even have been an angel. He didn’t share his experience with the tree man with his parents or sibling. He decided that God having saved him during the war that he would serve him fervently. His godly transformation was explained by his parents as a consequence of the war. Three months after his return from war, his mother had an encounter with a certain snake which would coil itself early in the morning around the Oha tree near their compound wall. Ugonna’s mother, Ngbechi, like other women had the habit of rising very early in the morning; the first morning she saw the reptilian giant coiled around the Oha tree with its head raised like it would strike at the least provocation, she melted in fear…
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