MY DATE EPISODES: My encounter with Ken

MY DATE EPISODES: My encounter with Ken

I walked up slowly down the road, exhausted and eager to see my building in sight. I heard a car horn and as I attempted to make way for it, adjusting to the left side of the road, the car stopped and the passenger alighted. I hissed, ‘so much for only alighting from a vehicle?’

I walked further ahead and the passenger who just alighted, a young boy shabbily dressed, looking quite unfed and unsure of himself walked up to me. ‘Ken said I should call you,’ he said.

‘Excuse me, I pretended not to hear’ ‘Ken said you should come’, he further reiterated. ‘Ken?’

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I looked at him strangely, ‘Who is Ken?’ he pointed towards the car which had pull over to a side of the road. I looked at him with bloodshot eyes and began walking faster. He could be a kidnapper or ritualist,I thought to myself. Just before I walked past the car, I was stopped by a hefty man who looked three times my age and five times my size; the typical Lagos ‘Baba Olowo’. He was well balanced behind the wheels and introduced himself as the ‘Ken’.

I now understood that the young lad was only an emissary and I was prepared that I would scream if anyone appeared from the backseat and tried to force me into the car. Those were the exact forms kidnappings occurred in many of the Nigerian movies I could remember.

I tried to be pleasant so I could walk away but he wouldn’t budge. He asked for a few of my details and it occurred to me that names were still used to call the victims for slaughter in the Nigerian movies I watched as well. I thought of the name my parents forgot to bear me, and almost not thinking of its meaning, I answered ‘Tijesunimi’,(I am the Lord’s) in my mind, the demons would find the name either too long to fathom or that the ‘Jesus’ in it, will send fire and brimstones from heaven on them. My mission was accomplished, my abductor (because he held me bound for almost five minutes) told me he couldn’t remember the name. I told him to try harder and left him to a game of guessing.

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