During my service in Abakaliki , I was returning from an outing when my dad called me , I reached for the phone as I tried opening the gate, already my Abakaliki mama was already greeting me, Zander n borskar were already waggling tail welcoming their friend, then I picked and said hello
Dad: my princess how are you
Me: dad am fine and you, this one you calling me you must be missing me?
Dad: yes I am
Me: daddy are you okay you sound down
Dad: where are you now
Me: “hmmmm why is he asking” , am just entering the house , why?
Dad: I want to tell you something, take it well, just know God knows best
Me: confused 🤷🏼♀️ 🤷🏼♀️ okay I paused for a split second paused in the middle of the compound, the dogs kept dancing , my mind was like if only u know m not in the mood
Dad: Big Sigh!!!! My princess we lost Mama today.
Me: wow !!! Wow!!! Like I lost my breath , wow! Daddy are you serious, Buh you told me she was already better and she was discharged already, wow how come? Why her? Why?
Dad: my Princess no one questions God , she was old enough . Just wanted you to know , please take heart
Me: are you serious , my dark melanin old, baby was just 80, vibrant n happy,why? Tears rolling from my eyes, I lost control of holding back, I said okay and cut the phone .
As I approached Abakaliki’s mama shop, she noticed the huge smile by the gate was wiped off, she Nao asked what’s wrong my daughter, I just broke down n said , Mama is gone …….. okay trying so hard to control the tears Nao. Sorry sorry it’s hard to remember. So she hugged me well, and like I so needed that . I cried hard, she said my daughter am your mama Nao, anytime you need something I’ll always be here . I said thank you and I left to my room, as I opened my door the tears kept coming , I wasn’t done spoiling her wow, and to think the last time I saw her she asked for a particular purse I first said mama what do u need another purse for the old one is still good? She said “mo fe ” lol I got to Eko market , I first didn’t get it, on my way out f the market something said Buh that black purse for her, I did and when I got home I gave her and mama kept hugging n thanking me , if only I knew that was our last time I would hv gotten you more , in-fact a truck ……..
Mama my Margret, my one and only black melanin, a mother of all, a woman that kept singing praises and going to church even in her dying days, a woman that didn’t believe there is no God, a woman who’s faith is more than a mustard seed, you should have met my young melanin, Always happy, you can’t be in your room quiet, mama will come in and find something to say, she will look at me and say ” wo bo shey ri basu basu ” I’ll laugh n hug her .
Margret the only strong woman that walks miles and says it’s exercise , even if you give her money mama will and must walk, the money she will use it to buy slippers 😂 😂😂😂😂, your laugh keeps playing in my head, or is it how you watch Africa Magic Yoruba and laugh so hard , Buh just put wrestling mama will say “yo kuro o fe pa, Eleyi o da, kin shey omo jesu ” . Or is it that big stainless cup that must always have water, 😂 😂 or the shouting in the morning “Kemi” “Toyin” Shey mo ni jeun ni” . Or her big Yoruba bible, her hymn book and her big googles Lol. That mama won’t go to CAC, Ekwa.
Mama y did u go, I remember how u said you will dance on my wedding how you will have your CAC space, 😂😂😂 I remember our last conversation when I was braiding my hair outside , when you cried talking about your husband , how you said if the love is not real it will never work out, how u said true love is pure, how you said happiness matters but above all God must come first so the foundation can be solid.
I miss u everyday, and I love u more everyday. I remember your tattoo on your right arm that black one that you said during ur time u said did fashion so what do we know.
I’ll never forget you. I wish you stayed till the wedding. Buh God knows best. Till we meet again, I love you so much. Thanks for all the lessons I’ll never forget the major key , God first.