TIMI SANGANA - Episode 13

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Nigeria's leading fictional story blog - doctors at the Imperial Hospital, his legal family, Egyptian father and a Nigerian mother, Microbiology in UK, to crash his wedding party with celebration, wedding, the newlywed couple, “La Isla Bonita” by Madonna, ‘When the Going Is Smooth & Good’ by William Onyeabor, “Taxi driver” by Bobby Benson, “Baby Kilode” by Dizzy K, Hong Kong School of Medicine.

After doctors at the Imperial Hospital were satisfied with Timi’s recovery, he was discharged from the hospital. Mr. and Mrs. Kelvin kept to their word of reacquiring Timi as their son, and therefore asked him to come home with them. However, he wanted to move into a place where he and Esther would not constitute a nuisance to the Kelvins, so he moved into Esther’s one-room apartment. That decision did not sit very well with the kelvins or Amanda. All Timi wanted was a place he could have some privacy to think and sort out what he had to do next. Esther had told him about the little rift between Amanda and the Kelvins concerning which of the families he should identify with. Amanda had in fact spoken to her lawyers to assess the matter for her, to know if she could win the case if she chose to take the matter to court.

Sadly, her bubbles burst when the lawyers informed her that Mr. and Mrs. Kelvin were as a matter of fact Timi’s legal parents even though his biological parents had surfaced. The Only way Timi could get to live with the Igiebors was for him to exercise his right as an adult. He was no longer a minor and could choose which of the families he wished to adopt as his legal family. Amanda was not sure if Timi would choose her, they had only met a few weeks back. As for the Kelvins, she knew they have been there for him since his tenth birthday. She was so distraught about it that she wanted Timi to make his choice as soon as he left the hospital, but when she thought through it, she realized she was being selfish and decided to let the matter be.

Mr. and Mrs. Kelvin couldn’t bear to see Timi living with Esther in the rabbit hutch which they called an apartment, so they sprang a surprise on him by renting a two-bedroom flat for him in a private estate. Amanda did not like the idea of not being informed before the accommodation was rented for her brother. She picked up quarrel with Mrs. Kelvin, accusing her of carefully shutting her out of her brother’s life. Amanda liked very much to emphasize the fact that Timi was her ‘brother’. Timi could tell that the little rift between Amanda and the Kelvin might blow out of proportion if he did nothing about it, so he set up a meeting with Amanda.

“I know it is hard for you to bear all that has happened. Our mother’s sickness, the death of your brother and sister, and also the prospect of having me move away with the Kelvins…” Timi pointed out. “Not my brother and sister, but our brother and sister. Mike and Evelyn are as much your brother and sister as they are to me. Don’t forget we have the same father and mother,” Amanda interjected. “Yes, you are right, but I hardly knew Mike and Evelyn. I have lived all my life not knowing any blood relative of mine. The only relatives I have had are the Kelvins and even that was taken away from me until they found me again recently at the risk of their lives,” Timi explained. “I brought you Mike and Evelyn’s pictures.” Timi took the pictures from her and studied them carefully. “Would you like to know anything about them?” she asked. “Yes,” replied Timi out of courtesy than interest. “Evelyn was pregnant when she died. Her husband, Nadin, has an Egyptian father and a Nigerian mother. They were in East Town to help mum out with a building project when the accident occurred,” Amanda narrated. “Where is Nadin now?” “He has gone back to Egypt.” “It is going to take a lot for him to recover from Evelyn’s death. He loved her a lot”, added Amanda.

“Tell me about Mike,” Timi requested. “Mike has a family, they are living in London. He has two children, a boy and a girl. His wife is a medical doctor; her name is Monica. Mike was in East Town for the same project that brought Nadin and Evelyn here. Mike and Evelyn were more than brother and sister; they were friends, a team. Mike came down from UK because Evelyn invited him. He was the oldest of us all. He studied computer science in America.” “I don’t remember what you said Evelyn studied.” “She studied Civil Engineering in UK.” “And you, what did you study?” “I read Microbiology in UK as well.” “And I Timi Sangana, I studied Prison Experience for five years at the maximum security prison in East Town and graduated top of my class,” Timi said sarcastically. “No, you shouldn’t sound like that, all that is going to change now that you are out. And why do you bear the name Timi Sangana, what does it mean? Have you thought of changing it for something better?”

“Amanda you are wrong, all that I have been through are not going to change now. The knowledge of my pain and rejection is not going to disappear; it will be with me till death. And frankly I do not think we have anything in common except our parents. We are worlds apart; I am never going to fit into this family of yours which you desperately want me to be a part of. I will stick with the Kelvins; they are the only family I know. As for you, what we are to each other, brother and sister, can never change. You will forever be my sister. My name Timi Sangana was given to me at the orphanage. The name was found on bottle crates, and the nun who gave it to me thought I liked. I intend to keep the name. What would you have called a baby abandoned on a refuse dump and half eaten by ants?” “Stop! Timi stop! I don’t want to hear the ant part. Esther told me a bit of it at the hospital and for days I had nightmares.” “For days you had nightmares… huh? Nightmares… those are what my whole life has been. Amanda, see you around,” Timi said as he stood up to leave.

After Timi had settled in and the choice of which of his families to stick with made, he announced his wedding plans. Timi and Esther wanted a quiet wedding, and did their best to persuade the Kelvins and Amanda that such a wedding was their wish. They didn’t want too much fanfare, pomp and pageantry. But somehow Timi’s old friends at the orphanage got wind of his wedding and without his or Esther’s permission, they styled the wedding “The sisters’ Bash” and all Timi’s plans of a quiet wedding were thrown through the window. Sister Gbemisola sent Timi a fax informing him that she was coming to the wedding with her Onyinbo (white) husband and friends. Sisters Ihuoma, Rose and even old sister Margaret, threatened Timi that they were all coming to crash his wedding party with celebration.

Amanda pulled all strings to give her brother a one-in-town wedding, like they said in those days. She got Nadin, Evelyn’s husband and Mike’s wife and Children to come for the wedding. She paid Daily Record, a Lagos based newspaper and a local tabloid, Eastern Star to cover the wedding. Amanda’s numerous friends had heard about Amanda’s exceptionally handsome brother and were not going to miss his wedding for anything. DJ Cosco, the host of the celebrated TV show, “Soul Train” was contracted to moderate and provide music for the after wedding party. Above all, Amanda and the Kelvins pulled off the grandest of all surprises and waited for Timi to discover it on his wedding day.

The church wedding was for most of Timi’s friends boring. They couldn’t wait to get over to the reception party to boogie. Timi’s wedding plans were changed several times that day, immediately the church service was over, the wedding turned into a giant happy circus. Esther did not give a hoot about their quiet wedding design, after the priest had pronounced them man and wife, she was visibly swept off her feet by the joyous spirit in the air. She did not care whom she had pictures with, in fact she would have posed for a photo shot with a mad man that day had any asked her for one. Timi was the more reserved of the newlywed couple, but no one knew that his iron clad mood was taking a beating, and would soon crack and then the Timi of tender years would spring to life again.

Timi was brought close to tears when his biological father, Mr. Igiebor, the former governor showed up at the wedding reception and brought the creme de la creme in the state with him. When it was time for Timi and Esther to dance, Timi’s old friends stole the floor and staged “The sisters’ Bash”. DJ Cosco slotted in the monster track ‘When the Going Is Smooth & Good’ by William Onyeabor and the roof went off as guests echoed the chorus ‘higher! higher! higher! higher! higher! higher!’. Esther didn’t waste time to show off her electric shock dance steps. The shock sensation moved from her to the dancers on the floor as they passed it from one person to another. At this point Timi emerged from his shell. After that hit song, Timi signaled for another one, “La Isla Bonita” by Madonna.

Timi surprised even himself, his long forgotten dance steps came flowing back and he finally got to show Esther what he could do on the dance floor. DJ Cosco hit them with another monster track as soon as the last one finished, “Taxi driver” by Bobby Benson. After the floor was cleared of the guests who invaded it, Esther informed Timi of her desire to mime him a song and asked for “Baby Kilode” by Dizzy K. Guests were moved to tears as Esther mimed the famed lines of the song…

“I will never let you go, baby kilode…”

As Esther mimed, an unexpected guest walked into the reception hall. Timi was frozen when he set his eyes on her. The guest was Mrs. Efe Igiebor, his biological mother. Timi wanted to run to her, but his feet could not move, he tried to shout, but his voice gave no sound; he was bewildered. His mother came down to the floor and joined him and Esther for a slow jig.  Timi’s mother, Mrs. Efe, was the surprise Amanda and the kelvins wanted Timi to discover for himself during his wedding.

Timi relocated with Esther to Hong Kong and later gained admission to study pharmacy at the Hong Kong school of medicine. Esther pursued a study in accountancy at another university in Hong Kong. Amanda on her part could not bear to live in Nigeria with Timi away in Hong Kong, so she left for London. Mrs. Igiebor recovered very well and was in constant touch with her children, especially Timi. One year after her recovery, Mrs. Igiebor filed a divorce and the court awarded her a huge alimony after the case. Mr. Martin Igiebor, found life too lonely and painful after his wife left him. On several occasions he attempted suicide, but was revived after each time. His life was no longer his to take. This he was reminded in some of the nightmares which had become a part of his life.

Having declared before the occult lords years ago that he was giving his life in exchange for Timi’s, he was told in those his dreams that he would live and suffer till he died. Slowly the nightmares took over Mr. Igiebor’s life and he had to be checked into a mental home. However, Mr. Igiebor was not mad as his doctors supposed, he was only being tortured by spirits from the underworld. Some years after his father was declared a full mental patient, Timi graduated with honours from the Hong Kong School of Medicine and went on to become one of the best in his field. At some point in his career, he was appointed by the Rockefeller Foundation to lead a research team for the development of an effective malaria drug for Africa. Esther on her part became satisfied with her BSc degree in Accountancy, and focused on raising their two children.


Written by:
Uzoma Ujor

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Nigeria's leading fictional story blog - doctors at the Imperial Hospital, his legal family, Egyptian father and a Nigerian mother, Microbiology in UK, to crash his wedding party with celebration, wedding, the newlywed couple, “La Isla Bonita” by Madonna, ‘When the Going Is Smooth & Good’ by William Onyeabor, “Taxi driver” by Bobby Benson, “Baby Kilode” by Dizzy K, Hong Kong School of Medicine.
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