Is It Worth It?

Hey! Hey!! Hey!!! Todays post may sound a little controversial but try and take in some deep breaths then you will understand it clearly. Coming up with the name ‘MickyReacts’ gives me that kind of free range to talk about everything going on around us. I’m going to react to one of the most cherished moments in our lives. Regardless of where you find yourself, weddings are the most increasing events in todays era be it public or private. Notice how I didn’t say marriage but rather weddings because these are two complete different things.

All we see is not all there is. It takes discernment and an ordered step to make right choices.

a wise man

As at 2018, 47% and 57% of males and females in Ghana were married respectively or were living in a union. Lets talk about how white wedding came about and how far its spread all over the globe.

White wedding is said to have originated from the Great Britain and the term stems from the color of the wedding dress obviously and it first became popular when Queen Victoria wore a white lace at her wedding ceremony. Thinking about this, would it have been called black wedding, green wedding, pink wedding, etc if she had worn any of these colors to the ceremony? Surprisingly, Americans during this period wore a plethora of colors during weddings. Victoria’s wedding spread across parts of the globe especially the Atlantic and throughout Europe and after that the Elites adopted this wedding style. Etiquette books begun to turn the event into a traditional activity and the white gown became a popular symbol of status which also carries a connotation of innocence and virginal purity. This form of wedding in the UK is known as the traditional wedding.

Let’s now shift the focus to our local setting as to know how it’s done here in Ghana. The traditional wedding here varies due to the different tribes existing in the country. As a result of this, the dress code is varies but the most typical is the brightly colored Kente which is worn by both the men and the women and it’s also adorned with gold jewelries and a regalia. One question I have always asked over and over again is, ‘if both are traditional weddings, why do we opt for both and not just go for one?’ If you have any answers kindly share them in the comment section, Thank you. I believe we are all aware of the cost factor involved as well and this is one of the many reasons why some people are held down when they want to get married.

I believe one problem we have as humans is the power of choice. Though a great blessing, it can also be a curse in the sense of choosing to go out of your means to have something grand only to please people then later reap the consequences. Our focus is mostly on what others will think when they attend our ceremonies whereas most people don’t even care how you funded the event. We find people having expensive weddings only for them to divorce after a few months if not a few years. Why waste so much money only to end up divorcing? By the way lemme emphatically state that, a huge wedding is not the reason for divorce. This is not to talk you out of having a grand wedding or buying the most expensive gown. You can do that if you can afford that.

Recently, there was a trending news on a married woman who got beaten up by her husband (actually, it was a two way beating with the guy ending up in the hospital. In no way should you start what you can’t finish 😅) and upon further investigations, it was brought to light that they borrowed 40 or 400 million cedis (it wasn’t specified whether it was the new or old currency) which is equivalent to 6,750,471 or 67,504,715 USD respectively for their wedding. Outrageous right? After their calculations before the wedding, the expectation was to get huge returns from well wishers but things didn’t go as planned so they were left in DEBT. Fast forward, they are getting a divorce after 2 years of marriage. Then again I ask, ‘are people living according to their means, or they are trying to impress people who don’t care?’

What we forget is, after the wedding you are left alone with your spouse to either enjoy the marriage or bear the pain. Under no circumstance am I saying don’t spend lavishly to have a white wedding. Even the traditional weddings in Ghana can also be expensive. This is to bring to our awareness that, living according to our means should be the most important priority. In all happiness, know that a good marriage stems from a strong foundation, knowledge and the grace of God. Why do you want to spend your lifetime with him/her? Is she interested in your vision? Is he ready to support you in your career? Can you still accept him/her after 5,10 or 20 years? A few of the questions should be asked before making that lifetime decision. God bless us all and give us the grace to make the best decision. Lemme know what you think about this.

Shalom✌🏽

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©Micky Amankwah 2021

HIS FRIEND, HER CONSISTENCY


A sacrifice to be real must cost, must hurt, must empty ourselves.

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Hey! Hey!! Hey!!! It’s been a long while guys and I believe all is well? Was caught up in some undivided attention making it quite a challenge to post some content. Today is an exception as I feel bound to scribble down some truth so we soak ourselves in them like the dew of the heaven. By the way, I still owe y’all the final part of the verdict and I promise to bring it your way soon. The production team is having some technical challenges now so please bear with us.

Coming up with this theme was quite a challenge as always and I’m still not convinced whether it fits the narrative perfectly but I am certain the picture will be crystal clear as we delve into His Friend, Her Consistency. Huge respect to every writer out there who breathes in and out themes to fit their writings. You are the real MVP’s. A few days ago, I had a conversation with a friend and she voiced out her concerns about how inconsistent her friends are and how they don’t contribute to the friendship as much as she does. Obviously she’s expecting a reciprocation of the affection, care and sacrifice she invests and a lack of that is making her bound on not investing into those relationships any longer. This has been the anthem on the mouths of many, especially, women. This is not to backlash the female gender or highly praise the male gender but it’s been proven that men have more fulfilling friendships than that of women. Having that conversation with my friend made me ponder over it as to why it’s not so easy for us to stay consistent in situations like these. I am convinced, not everybody has the knowledge that relationship is one the fastest ways, if not the only way for one to rise in this kingdom
be it through God or men. I have been friends with one or two persons for more than 8 years and others as well for less than 5 years and others months, and I must say, it takes more than years to remain consistent. It takes a heart of genuineness and a heart of sacrifice to stay consistent in maintaining a relationship. The
narrative has always been, “I was not cared for when I was friends with A, B, or C so I find it stressful to make friends now.” It is quite disturbing when you find Christians fall short in the affair of sacrificing for their neighbors. One of the basic truths in our walk is, the zenith of our transformation as Christians is love, and love as we know is never a feeling but a sacrifice –In John 3:16, God sent His only begotten son to die in the most disrespectful way for our sake. Looking through the Bible, we also find an instance where God demanded the son of Abraham from him and without hesitation, Abraham obeyed God. Amazingly and surprisingly, God made a profound statement which I find quite unfair, in the sense that, this man left his home to an unknown place commanded by God but it was after this act of sacrifice that the Lord said, “now I know that you fear me.”

The relationship journey is one to be seen as giving and not receiving. Those who frivolously enter relationships with the mindset of receiving only end up collapsing it (might not be the only reason though). In the place of sacrifice, your ego doesn’t matter, your knowledge doesn’t matter, your academic excellence does not matter also. Always forebear knowing that this friend of yours is human and has flaws so you have forgiven him or her in advance. Sacrifice is and will always be costly just as David said in 2 Samuel 24:24 so, you must be feeble-minded to keep that friend. That being said, don’t go about your daily activities throwing what is
precious to swines lest they trample on them and destroy you. I believe we have read the recent post of Chimamanda which is in three parts – It is Obscene. So many lessons to pick from that piece. Allow me to climax this with my own experience so we get a much clearer understanding of all that’s been said. Let’s call this amazing friend X, shall we? X and I have been friends for more than 8 years and still counting. It started as a casual relationship but with time we became closer and this was all thanks to how consistent we used to see each other. You may not entirely understand or appreciate how well a relationship meant until it’s been tested by some means and what you should know is, that test is overcome by both persons. Tests in relationships are inevitable. X and I were tested with distance and surprisingly, we both made sacrifices consciously and unconsciously to keep the relationship going. Many of you in a long distance relationships can tell how difficult this can be. To be honest, I have discerned the value and worth of X several times and I believe X has also done same. I believe this has constituted to how long we’ve been together as friends. I made a vow to X that, no matter what happens, I will pay the price to keep this
relationship going till the end of eternity. Until you have discerned the honor one accords you, don’t go around throwing your valuables on the streets.

Maintaining a consistent relationship requires a massive amount of sacrifice and pain. It’s not convenient. Have I been angry at X before? Yes, but I don’t see it as a means of coming between what we have built over the years. I pray we all get filled with the spirit of discernment today. Build quality relationships and pay the price to keep them. Make a conscious effort to check on that friend today and make that relationship worthwhile.

SHALOM

Editor In Chief – Mimi Amankwah

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©Micky Amankwah 2021

Final moments

Yours is a lonely love;

The finest wine to inebriate the heart
but I cannot be the cup chalice that will hold you

Oh God i pray that another chalice appears that can embrace that love

Though gone, my mind will still wander in our steps and moments

Gone for good but not forgotten for good.

© Micky Amankwah 2021

il legame di ieri

My heart will cling to yours as we embrace ourselves in an everlasting memory

Where the only thing between us will be the breath of life

And the only thing separating us will never be in existence

Interlocking and entangling will keep the flow

©Micky Amankwah 2021

The Cycle of bullying

Hey! Hey!! Hey!!! Howdy guys?  A big thank you and God bless to y’all who’ve been sharing my write-ups, you’re the best!  I’ll acknowledge y’all in the open so just chillax and keep the support flowing. I think I should dedicate one post for a shout-out and that time will come just before you know it☺️…

I write this post with a saddened heart because of what I saw on the internet a few days ago, and I couldn’t understand it at all. It felt surreal but unfortunately that wasn’t the case. This story was about a girl who was bullied by her fellow female friends for reasons my mind couldn’t comprehend. Reason was, she was more brilliant and answered lots of questions in class and they also saw her as “ugly.” This was something that went on daily, both in class and on facebook. The start of this bully was verbal but the straw that broke the camels back for her to commit suicide was when they took it to the next inhumane step, by physically abusing her after school (silly right?). What actually happened was, she was slapped countless times infront of some students and they just stood there to cheer the bullies on. I wish I could attach the video but it’s so heartbreaking to do so.

Bullies are simply people who intimidate others mentally, emotionally, verbally and sometimes physically. Charity they say begins at home is one statement I strongly believe in. Aside some children being influenced by their friends, whether negative or positive, majority of the upbringing of children is what they see and learn at home. How do the parents behave when the kids are around? Do they use foul languages? Is there physical abuse? These are all things children pick up as they grow and it paints a mental image in their minds.

Proverbs 22:6 that, "train up a child the way he should go, and when he grows, he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 13:24 " Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them."

One thing is for sure and that is, bullying not only happens in schools. Bullies can be found in every stage of life. In the family, workplace and even on the streets. While it is common for some children who are bullies to learn their lessons and grow out of this behavior, others become adults and continue in the same inappropriate way. God made a very remarkable statement after Cain killed his brother. This was something I was drawn towards by God’s mercies and my new Bible study partner, “sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” And this was as a result of his anger which took control over his life. Paul told the people in Ephesus that,

 "in your anger, do not sin and do not let the sun go down while you're still angry."

The problem here is, it’s difficult to separate sin from anger that’s why Paul said here in:

Romans 12:18 that, "if it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone."

Those who bully tend to prey on those who are weaker than them. They somehow feel intimidated and insecure about how their failures are being exposed and brought to light. We all need to stand against bullies regardless of their age. Having a support group could also be effective and help you not to walk alone (YNWA☺️) and be exposed to bullies. Also, let’s normalize not keeping secrets about bullies to ourselves. It becomes more difficult when it takes longer to open up to a higher authority. Parents in the upbringing of their children must teach them what love is and how they can show love to others, since it’s a word of action. They should as well create a room where kids can easily share their worries from school and elsewhere.

P.S. To acquiesce with bullying can take a toll on you and the effects may damaging

To those who are yet to give birth. You have some years ahead of you to lay your hands on your belly daily to form whatever child you want in prayers. To the guys, your loins will not shoot any bogus sperm😅 (as funny as it may sound, life is spiritual. It’s ok if you don’t believe). No child is a mistake and they are as a result of our negligence or our deliberate actions. Say No to Bullying and educate your children, friends and loved ones to be the best they can be in the society. Rest in Peace dear Lufano and may your soul find rest. Gone but not forgotten.

The Purity Of Kids

Hey! Hey!! Hey!!! Howdy guys? The pandemic has been one hell of an intruder but let’s know that in Christ Jesus we are more than conquerors. Yesterday, I was on the phone with a friend and she asked me to choose between taking the covid vaccine or taking the covid test because I kept on ranting about how uncomfortable they both are. I was silent for a while and I said “none”😂😂. I have not done any of them but I have heard of how uncomfortable the test is and how people even shed tears. Can you imagine😂?

I don’t have fears but just from looking at this, my bones itch. My question is, if you want to do this, why don’t I blow my nose for you instead😂. That’s much safer and more polite for us all.

Ok that was just btw. so lets focus on today’s post. From the title, I’m pretty sure most of us have already deduced what this post is all about. Kids are the most purest beings and this post is about some kids who were asked to write a letter to God. Though funny, let’s take note of how sincere these kids were and this is how God expects us to approach him. Ponder over each letter and see how detailed they are because God wants us to talk to Him without withholding anything from Him. Enjoy these 15 amazingly funny letters 😂

Shalom guys and I hope this blessed someone and don’t forget to approach the throne of God in all boldness and sincerity.

©Micky Amankwah 2021

The Verdict 3

Hey! Hey!! Hey!!! What’s up guys to another episode of the verdict. Thanks to y’all for always reading and sharing. The numbers are amazing and i appreciate y’all. If you haven’t read the The Verdict 2 do check it out. Enjoy the read and share with me your thoughts in the comment section 😉…

The moment the skype meeting connected, Annie looked at her mom and thanked her for the prayers last night. ‘I had this kind of tingly feeling which can’t be explained but I really enjoyed the sleep and for once in a very long while, no thought flooded my mind as I slept.’ As she kept on talking about the peace she had in her sleep, the others were a little bit confused as to what was going on. ‘Which peace are these two talking about? Who did she pray to?’ Annie jokingly asked, ‘Mummy, when were you ordained as Pastor and you didn’t tell us😅?’. ‘Young lady will you keep mute and not bring jokes to the table😏,’ Mr. Nagisa snapped at her. That was when the thoughts of what happened in the shack started flowing into her mind so much that she could only blush and smile inwardly☺️.

‘What did Hinata mean by the things he said? He was so calm and gentle with his words in the sense that I walked close to him even without knowing what I was doing. I have never been the one to get attracted by words but there was something about his words that night which broke all my defense mechanisms (Nami’s defense mechanisms were like the walls of Jericho btw). I’ve always been complimented by guys and I never gave them much attention because their motives were as clear as the skies which made me rubbish their compliments though I knew how beautiful I was. With my well rounded breasts and curvy hips, I knew how tempting that was for some guys that’s why words were meaningless to me but Hinata’s was different.’ ‘I am always happy to see you around Nami, your thoughts and the moments we share together can’t be traded for anything and I’m pretty sure you feel the same as I do. You becoming my friend is one of the best things that has ever happened to me and if I am to choose you again in the afterlife, I will sacrifice anything for that’ (ei Kwame Hinata wo papa da wase😂).

Hinata really poured out his heart that night. He could have even emptied it that night but he needs to walk back home. ‘Oh waaaiiiit a minute, waaiiit a minute😕!! was I feeling all that because of the rumours surrounding that old shack😬?’ Nami was brought back to the moment when she heard her sister say she should have listened to the advice of Franky. As inquisitive and curious as she can be at times, she cut her sister, ‘who is Franky and what did he say🤭?’ With a stern look from Mr Nagisa, Nami laid back and said in her mind, ‘I need not to draw attention to myself because my case is still pending.’ ‘Franky and I have been close friends for the past 12 years and I was never shy of opening up to him. His patience around me couldn’t be compared to that of anyone in my life and he was never too busy to hear me out with my outbursts. Though a Christian who tried so many times to make me join his faith, and me declining so many times never pushed me away. I found that trust and comfort in him because he never took advantage of me but was ready to help me out whenever I needed one.’

Soaking her throw pillow in tears 😭, she took a breather and drunk some water. She needed fresh water in her system to cry some more lol (after all, water is life). She continued, ‘I opened up to Franky about Ben’s abuse even when we were not married.’ Mrs Nagisa didn’t know when she started shedding tears alongside but she just couldn’t believe what she was hearing. ‘Why couldn’t you have told us about what was gong on Annie? Why did you have to hide that part of him from us that whole time? As stubborn as your dad was, he never raised a finger at me and that’s something you know so why couldn’t you tell us as your parents? You know…’ she didn’t finish this statement when Sabrina wrapped her hands around her mom as she broke down in a second wave of premium tears😩. ‘He always promised to never repeat it again and always compensated with gifts which he knew was my weak spot🤦🏽‍♀️. He just knew how to take advantage of that side of me. I always convinced myself that things will change (We can’t just take the place of the Holy Spirit). I told him about Ben’s lust for other women and how he became so defensive anaytime I tried to stand up for myself. He told me to walk out off that relationship but I always thought it was because he liked me that was why he told me to walk away🙄. Though the red flags were right in front of me, I decided to wave them instead.’ They all laughed because that was a silly joke😂. ‘I remember when he said we ladies are always fixated on something when we are in love so much that God Himself will have a hard time convincing us. With that behaviour of his, it will only intesify and magnify when you two get married🤷🏾‍♂️.’

I just should have listened to him. I really should have lisened to him that day😢. Now look what has become of me, a daily punching bag. Mr Nagisa was quiet throughut and when asked why he was silent, he lifted his eyes from the ground and his ex wife could see the the burning anger in his eyes😠 though he was acting all calm. ‘Don’t even try to do anything silly Mr Nagisa. Let’s think this through together and come up with a solution that will help our daughter.’ She was actually the only one who could actually read the aura surrounding her ex husband whiles her sense screamed, ‘incoming danger😨!!!!’ ‘will you guys excuse me for a moment!’ Immediately, he left the room but Mrs Nagisa screamed at the children to try and stop their dad from going out because something bad might happen😯…


What exactly is Mr. Nagisa planning and why did Annie not accept the proposal of Franky though he appeared to be a better person?

©Micky Amankwah 2021

“wo papa da wase” – Your dad thanks you


	

The Verdict 2

Hey! Hey!! Hey!!! Howdy guys and how’s everything going? Thank you for the support always. Sorry for the late post. Something beyond my editor and I came up. It was basically my fault though🤒… Enjoy the second part part of The Verdict🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁

If you missed the first part, check it out The Verdict 1

‘You’re looking so beautiful my dear!’ were the words that came out of Mrs Nagisa’s mouth as she hugged Annie who was getting ready for the wonderful occasion they took weeks to set up. It was one of the occasions ladies don’t joke and dilly dally around at all😬. With a smile, she hugged her mom and said, ‘thank you for giving birth to a beautiful woman like myself.’ As Mrs Nagisa dug up these memories from her archives, she wondered to herself what might have gone wrong. ‘Ben appeared to be a nice and responsible man who knew what he was about’ she thought to herself for a while. Not knowing exactly what to say to calm her daughter down amidst the tears and confusion, she made this statement out of the blue to their amazement. ‘Let’s pray my dear.’ Prayer wasn’t something they believed or knew how to do.

Mrs Nagisa certainly knew she couldn’t solve this problem with money and that only God could calm her down and give her the peace she needed for that night (Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.- Philippians 4:7). The mind has a really funny way of reminding you about God’s existence in difficult and trying times. A public vehicle sways off its lane and only then will you hear people shouting the name of Jesus when the journey may not have even started with him😂😂.

Although hesitant, Annie had no choice but to agree to the prayer request of her mother. ‘Mummy are you sure about this?’ ‘Can you please keep quiet for a minute?’ Mrs.Nagisa called her out! Before the prayer commenced, she had deep thoughts inwardly not knowing what to say or ask God. ‘Mummy can you please hurry up, please🤦🏽‍♀️!!!!’ ‘Just shut up already Annie and let me think of what to say to God ok!! We are in a bind here and I need to be circumspect and specific as to what to say so I’d appreciate if you keep quiet and allow me to think.’ Mrs. Nagisa started with, ‘Good morning God, eerrrm please are you here ? Please help my daughter find peace tonight and please calm her down as she sleeps, thank you.’ Annie smiled as her mom concluded the prayers and they both said their goodbyes.

Surprisingly, Annie had a sound and peaceful sleep, with Ben not being around to argue with her as they usually did every night and mom’s prayers kicked in steadily. Mr and Mrs Nagisa stayed up throughout the night talking about how Ben and Annie were all lovey dovey before they got married. They even talked about numerous times when Ben surprised the family with groceries reducing the stress of Mrs Nagisa. But for their daughter’s situation,  Mr and Mrs Nagisa had not spoken like this in a long while but there seemed to be this reconnection, sort of. ‘Can you imagine Nami sneaked out last night and is still not back home?’ ‘Which Nami are you talking about🙄? My cute, little innocent Nami or there’s another Nami somewhere that I don’t know about, Mrs Nagisa asked?

‘Hmmmm, your daughter went out last night and I have been trying to reach her but she hasn’t been picking up her phone… Oh her message just came through.’ ‘What did she say?’ Daddy please I will be home soon, I went to visit Robin and I lost track of time…’ Mr Nagisa refused to reply and didn’t want to sound angry at mummy’s little pet, lol. ‘Now that we know where Nami is, let’s not worry so much about her and focus on the lady upstairs. What is the way forward now and do you really think she’s serious about what she told you about quitting the marriage? To be honest, if that’s what she wants, I am in full support. You can’t hit my daughter and expect me to smile and accept you back with an apology. No way!’ ‘Let’s not get ahead of ourselves and draw any conclusions yet, Mrs. Nagisa said. Let her wake up first so we hear what she has to say. She had so many things on her mind that’s why she must have said that.’ ‘Ok if you say so. By the way, you are looking as beautiful as ever, Nagi.’ Mr. Nagisa complimented. The convo ended with a blush☺️ on Mrs Nagisa’s face and she literally acted like she heard nothing.

Not long after, Nami found herself standing in front of her dad’s bed trying to cook up stories that couldn’t add up. The holes were too big to fill so her dad just told her to go to bed and expect a family meeting later in the morning. Nami left the room wondering what was going to be discussed about her with her mom even being involved. To her surprise, she found her sister comfortably sleeping in her bed. Though confused, she was too tired to engage in another conversation so she quietly lay beside her sister and slept. Later that day, after everyone had freshened up, they had a skype meeting with everyone present for the first time after the separation of the couple. Strangely, some situations have a way of bringing people together. After exchanging pleasantries, Mr Nagisa asked Annie “what happened between you and your husband?”. The other kids were confused as to what had happened and were so eager to hear what she had to say. Crying😭😭 like a baby, she remembered all that had happened in the past. ‘Before I say anything, I really should have listened to Franky when he advised me about getting married to Ben.’ At this moment, they were all in a state of confusion😕.’ What exactly did you two discuss that we didn’t know anything about? They all thought to themselves……

©Micky Amankwah 2021

Editor In Chief – Mimi

Read The Verdict 3

The Verdict

It was on the night of the full moon when Nami secretly smuggled herself to meet Hinata in an old shack in the neighborhood. The two have been friends for 2yrs and meeting each other was always challenging
due to the different schools they attended. Madonna and Pentecost school has that kind of rivalry ish between them and having just a friend from either of these schools was a big deal charley. They managed to keep things between them pretty well without anyone noticing. They both had a thing for each other but assumptions had no real place in Nami’s life so she wanted to hear it from Hinata’s mouth. That night, Hinata was going to confess whatever he felt for this girl. It actually took him a year to gather this Joshua courage to even meet up with her that night. Standing in front of him was the ever-beautiful Nami. Due to Covid-19 protocols, they were standing far apart from each other, masked up obviously.
Before we continue with what Hinata had to tell Nami, let’s do a few background checks and why Nami couldn’t be seen outside with a guy especially at that hour of the night (I know you are angry with this decision I’m taking but regardless we meeoooovvve).

Nami had a very strict dad whose No could never be turned into a Yes. You see that ‘old soldier never dies’ attitude? That was how this man acted as though he fought alongside Napoleon Bonaparte in one of his campaigns. To those who are not familiar with this name, Napoleon was a French-Political and military leader who is one of the most decorated commanders in history. His wars and campaigns are actually studied at military schools worldwide. Okay that’s enough of this boring history lesson. We can’t lose focus kraaa…

Mr. Nagisa was that kind of man who kept her 4 daughters indoors anytime they were home with the fear that boys will prey on his ‘innocent’ daughters. He’s well aware of his notoriety at his younger age and the damage he caused the girls who didn’t know their left from their right. Guys like them knew their way around ladies who appeared “vulnerable”. Ladies who were churchy were always a no-go area for him because he saw them to be ‘Crife’ and did not match his taste since he didn’t see the essence of Christianity. He was from a very wealthy family so hardship was erased from his vocabs.

Rumours had it that life was having its way with his family. Annie, who happens to be the first born was a divorcee and had to flee from her matrimonial home. Her ex-husband was so rough around the edges and was caught severally in their matrimonial bed with other women (girls to be precise). Her only mistake was when she stayed after he physically abused her for the first time. As strict as Mr. Nagisa was, he never laid hands on his daughter. ‘You actually slapped me Ben!!?’ with a black and swollen eye, Annie walked out on him crying her lungs out. ‘Come back here woman because we are not done talking,’ were the words that came out from Ben’s mouth. Annie threatened to report him to his dad though she didn’t have balls of steel but Ben apologized not to repeat that again. After that incident, he behaved very well and spent more time with his wife and this actually convinced Annie that Ben was now a changed man. What did Jesus say about wolves who appear in sheep clothing? You actually need a discerning spirit to strip that cloth off.

After 3 weeks, Ben went back to his old self and this time around, his intake of alcohol had sky rocketed to Neil Armstrong’s thoughts (eeermmm) and that was the turning point of the continuous abuse. Her sleepless nights were too much to handle so she had to run back home. ‘Commando’ as he was mockingly nicknamed by the town folks because of how he policed his daughters was awoken by 4 loud bangs on his front door. Checking the time made him furious and cuss under his breath. ‘Who is knocking at this time of the night?’ he asked himself. He saw a notification blink on his phone indicating a message. The message read, ‘daddy please I will be coming home soon.’ At that moment he had missed 6 of her calls.

Still fuming, he sluggishly dragged himself out of bed and went to open the door. The figure which stood in front of him gave him the chills, and there was a long pause of silence. The only thing that could be heard was Annie’s slow but erratic inhalation. He lifted her bag from the floor and helped her inside without saying a word. I guess you all must be wondering where Nami’s mom and 2 sisters are.

“Half of the properties are now in your possession; the court will ensure all documentations are made and what belongs to you is handed over”. This was the final rule passed by the judge to Mrs Nagisa 4 years ago after her divorce to Mr. Nagisa. Mrs. Nagisa moved to the States with the other 2 girls and paid a visit to Annie and Nami anytime she came down to do business which was mostly 2 or 3 times in a year. Likewise, Nami also got to visit them every summer so distance was not really a problem. Annie slammed herself in her bed, took in a deep breath and called her mom, when she picked up these were the words that came out of her mouth, ‘Mummy, I can’t continue this marriage….’ Then she broke down in uncontrollable tears unleashed from ten thousand emotions. Her dad heard the cries from his room so he called Nami’s phone who was in the shack with Hinata. Before the call came through, she was besides herself with joy but that smile faded within seconds. Staring at her phone, she knew she had messed up big time and that she needed to cook up some stories to tell her dad.

Mr. Nagisa walked to her room and found it empty. With so many questions in his mind, he called Nami on her phone once again and with no response he sent a voice message asking her to come home that instant… What exactly did Hinata tell Nami? What lies will Nami cook up when she gets home? How will Mrs. Nagisa react to her daughter’s failing marriage? What happens to the Nagisa family? Keep your fingers crossed for the next episode.

©Micky Amankwah 2021

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