HA'KAMARA - Episode 15

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Determined to find out how the warriors of Ubukwu land intend to attack them, Adam Cox tortured...


Determined to find out how the warriors of Ubukwu land intend to attack them, Adam Cox tortured Zaya to elicit some information from her. However Zaya gave him nothing; she was willing to die and feared nothing. While they inflicted pain on her to make her tell them what they wanted to know, Zaya prayed in her local tongue for death to take her life. Seeing that Zaya would not give them any information, Adam Cox instructed nurses to treat and bandage her wounds. Unaware of what Ha’Kamara and the warriors who invaded Selay were up to, Adam Cox schemed to use Zaya and some other warriors they captured to gain access to their ships. While Adam worked hard to come up with a means to save the British citizens whose lives were his responsibility to save, Felix Claxton kept himself busy blaming him for the death and destruction which came upon Selay and the various British business interests in Selay. “I pleaded with you Adam to wait for our ships to leave the shores of this land before attacking Bada, but you refused and continued with your planned attack against them and ended up inviting them here! Every British life lost here is your fault! If I make it out of here alive, I will make sure you face judgment for the lousy way you carried out your task in West Africa!”

“You speak not the truth Felix! I did not bring this war and death upon Selay. In my opinion you and your kind brought this upon us all by poaching on the young men and women of these lands as slaves and selling off to buyers at home, in West Indies, Brazil and America. You know my family’s stance on slave trade; my father is one of those in London fighting to abolish this evil trade. You and your fellow slave merchants brought the army outside these walls here. After they took Bada, the next place for them to attack was Selay because it crawled with the highest number of slaves taken from different lands around and beyond. Perhaps if you had allowed me to take our soldiers down to Bada, this war would have been fought there and not here.” “Adam, keep your defense to yourself until we get back to England. For now you must do everything you can to get us out of here alive!” “If everyone here is my responsibility to protect, you are not Felix. You came to Africa to buy slaves didn’t you? Now why are you running? Look outside, there is an army of able bodied men to be captured and forced into slavery; why don’t you go subdue them Mr. Slave buyer?!” “When we get back to England you will explain before a court these vulgarities you speak against my rights to deal in a legal trade like slavery.” “Mr. Felix, it is not ‘when’ but ‘if’ we get out of here alive!” Felix Claxton walked away, not responding to his jibe.

Having got rid of Felix Claxton’s incessant irritation, Adam Cox instructed his soldiers to unbind some warriors of Ubukwu lands who they had found out could speak smattering English and sent them to the commander of the warriors of Ubukwu with the message, “I have your highly valued warrior, Zaya, and many other warriors whom we took during your last charge against us. We want you to grant us passage to our ships and we will spare their lives.” When Ha’Kamara heard the message she laughed it off, and then sent back the warrior who brought the message with her own message, “Tell the white fox who sent you that he should give me three days to discuss his offer with my warriors, and after the three days we shall give him our reply.” Adam Cox did not like the reply he got, and so sent back the messengers to Ha’Kamara demanding that she give him her answer by morning of the next day. Ha’Kamara sent back the messengers with the message, “Tell the white skin-devil who sent you that it is our culture to deliberate matters of this kind for three full days; and that if he cannot wait for three days, he should go ahead and kill Zaya and the other warriors whom he captured. However he should know that killing them will destroy his only chance of getting out of Selay alive. We have many more fighting men on their way to Selay. We will fight till the last of his men are slain and we will take him alive and roast him as a sacrifice to our gods.”

Her words stunned Adam Cox. He had to admit that he was dealing with someone craftier than he had thought; so he decided to wait for the three days to elapse. Unknown to Adam, Ha’Kamara was only buying time for Inya and his men to bring Anne Cox and Reverend Jeremy Dudley to Selay. When they arrive she would then make her own offer to Adam Cox. She knew without doubt that her demands would weigh heavily on Adam Cox because he would most likely do anything to save his sister Anne Cox. When the warriors of Ubukwu realized the game Ha’Kamara was playing, their awe of her deepened and they acknowledged that indeed the guardians of the lands sent her to rid the lands of slavery. Back in the block buildings where British people took refuge, argument continued as to why Adam must grant Ha’Kamara and her people three days to decide how to reply them when they were the ones with the advantage in the negotiation – they had their high value warrior Zaya. Some angry British men threatened to drag Zaya out and shoot her in front of the warriors of Ubukwu if their offered was not considered and granted immediately. However, Adam Cox stopped them and insisted that they must wait for the three days to be fulfilled.

On the early hours of the third day, Inya and his men returned to Selay with Anne Cox and Reverend Jeremy. The sight of death and destruction which Anne Cox and Reverend Jeremy beheld drove fear into their hearts. There was never a time they thought that the warriors of Ubukwu lands would be able to rise against British people with machete and achieve any victory in battle. Anne Cox and Reverend Jeremy concluded that whatever happened in Selay was down to the diabolical powers which followed Ha’Kamara. All along they had seen her as a friend, but when they saw the number of dead white bodies all over Selay, it dawned on them that Ha’Kamara was an enemy and one whom they must lend their help to destroy. By mid-morning Ha’Kamara sent word to Adam Cox that they had arrived at an agreement concerning his offer. Her message to Adam Cox was, “We are giving you a full day to kill all British citizens under your protection. When you will have done that, we will let you return to your land with your sister Anne Cox and Reverend Jeremy Dudley. If however you fail to meet our demand, we will slaughter your sister and the reverend and then come after you and all the people in your company.”

Adam Cox was shocked when he heard that his sister was still alive. His fear of his enemy also grew. He could not believe that the slaves they thought to be a little better than monkeys could think deeply and scheme war tactics as he witnessed that day.  Quickly the news of Ha’Kamara’s demands to Adam spread through British camp. British men and women who all along had reposed their faith in Adam Cox became unsettled and feared that he might turn on them just to save his sister. So they selected some men to go meet Felix Claxton and convince him to lead them in battle against the warriors of Ubukwu lands. They assured him that if he would accept to lead them, they would kill his enemy Adam Cox. When Felix realized that many British people had turned against Adam Cox, he saw it as his opportunity to destroy him once and for all. He took some men and entered Adam’s room and shot him on the shoulder and thigh, and then had his men drag him out to Ha’Kamara to do with him as she wished. The sight of Adam Cox being dragged on the ground like an animal convinced Ha’Kamara that indeed their enemy was brutal and would do anything to save his life.

STORY CONTINUES...

Written by:
Uzoma Ujor


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Key words: British, Slavery, Warriors, Canons, Machete

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