I love gist! I have loved it since I was a child. I love to listen to exaggerated stories. The more outrageous, the better. Which is why I love fiction; short stories, novels etc. I also love the spoken word; tales by moonlight or by fluorescent light.
I love listening to two young ladies I know. World wise 18 and 19 year olds. No pun intended. They are students of a most interesting private University in Nigeria, where the stock in trade is to assume the status of a miniature representation of a ‘perfect’ society.
About a month ago, I heard that one of their school mates and a family friend of ours was shot to death by armed robbers when she left school for a party; without an exeat if I might add. Yes, you need an exeat to leave College!
We were very sad and angry at what sort of people these ‘robbers’ were. Until last week!
And here’s the gist. She was not killed by robbers but by assassins sent after her by a fellow student she had offended. Not bizarre enough? Please stay with me....
This deceased girl; we’ll call her Zizi, had previously offended this murderer ; we’ll call her Mimi. Mimi had for all these months nursed her hate in her heart and had been known to have said something along the lines of “I’ll show you” with that unique snapping of the fingers, roughing of the neck, narrowing of the eyes and the proper degree of evil in them eyes. Mimi is known by all the other students as a weird young lady who says “You know I don’t forgive!” To make it worse, she had been using Zizi’s name as a password on all her accounts. Laptop, Facebook, Twitter etc probably as a reminder of what she was about to do.
Mimi now thought the time had come to ‘show’ herself and proceeded to invite Zizi for a party in Lagos. On getting there, after a few stops at other joints, Zizi was shot to death beyond recognition by armed boys along with an unfortunate friend who tagged along. And it doesn’t stop there...
After some extreme twist of fate, phone conversations between Mimi and the assassins were traced and Mimi; seeing that the game was up attempted to commit suicide in the school clinic. Don’t ask me the details; I’m not sure it was slashing of the wrist though (that is sooo white!)
Mimi has since been taken to jail and is awaiting some sort of trial. Mimi is not up to 20 of course.
And there my friends is my gist ... Sounds like fiction, right?
This is a school in Nigeria oh, not America.
I am sad. I lost a young friend. But I am afraid. The world is changing. Nigeria is changing. Young people are attempting suicide. Young people are sending assassins after others and killing them because they are offended and they don’t like to forgive. And of course I've told my two friends, "Be careful oh, try not to offend anybody!" :D
As an aside, the single story of African literature must change. We do not only wear goatskins and climb Iroko trees to pluck rotten fruit and tap wine off palm trees or trek three miles to school (It’s always three miles, never four, never two), but we are using Twitter, Facebook and Blackberry and sending text messages to killers to finish off our friends. We need to reflect that in our prose and poetry.
I may just be first! But back to the issue, I’m still very sad... I lost a young friend.
OMG! OMG!...pls tell me it's not true?!!...a fiction right?...JEEZZZZ!...am short of words...blabbing...i mean...it's not a nolly wood movie?...in 9ja?...becox she offended her?...i hope she rots in jail!!!!!...idiot!ReplyDelete
am sorry about your friends..may their souls rest in peace...indeed! whats the world coming into?
lol @is always 3 miles, not four or two..but 3!...who ever writes such blatant rubbish about Africa again!...but seriously, MImi needs to see a shrink while awaiting trial ooo...i know she would become born-again while in jail if she did not succeed in killing herself by then! i mean seriouslllly?????
Really, this is bizarre!ReplyDelete
So sorry about the deceased girl(s). This just shows that you can't really cage a 'determined' human being... It's a totally sad story and it's shocking! I'm short of words at this point! :(
lol@ "...tales by moonlight or by fluorescent light."
wow!..i'm shocked beyond words!.. i hope that witch is sentenced to life imprisonment with no hope of parole!ReplyDelete
what is nigeria turning into, i'm so disappointed. jst recently i heard there was a shooting at unilag that left some people dead.. God help us
hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, what a sad story?ReplyDelete
and to think of the ages of those involved
we really live in an odd world
..this is super story...really, a world where fish drowns or dies of thirst
God help our youth to know that "forgiveness is truly divine".........
Funny thing is that I am not even shocked.ReplyDelete
If you ever come across the typical 'sharp' Naija young girl, you'll understand why I'm not shocked.
I find most of them hard-hearted, cynical and cold. It's all money, money, money!
Sad but true
I'm shocked to be honest. If not that texts were found, and all, I'd almost insist it was a fabrication. But WTH? What are they teaching them in those gated colleges? Maybe they think they're in gossip girls or what? OMG?ReplyDelete
Yes o, we need more stories.
@Ibhade N.g.. It is true.. the girl who was killed is my family friend.. She did car pool with our family for years when she was in high school.ReplyDelete
As for Mimi, yes, she does need psychiatric evaluation..
Thank you ...indeed..their souls will rest in peace..
@Gbenga... Very shocking indeed.. You really cannot cage anyone oh! But they won't just hear.. you don't allow phones, you don't allow cooking...*sigh*ReplyDelete
@Kitkat..Nigerians and the funny thing is ..it's almost like the more affluent you are, the weaker your ability to manage emotions..
That's why someone can send assassins after a fried..psheew!
@Omo-oba.. Yes, our youth is becoming something else.. 'we' have a lot of work to do..ReplyDelete
@Naijamum... Girls are turning into something else..the influences are so many that people lose themselves.. God help us..
@Myne..I thought it was a joke initially but it has been confirmed over and over.. Mimi's dad came to the school to pack her load wearing a sad , long face..ReplyDelete
as for our stories, I believe they should reflect all these things.. that's why genre abroad does so well because they encompass all that their society involves...
While over here in our Africa, literary fiction though very important is hyped because that is all we seem to hold dear..
HOLY MOLLY>....I need to come back after i recoup my thoughts!ReplyDelete
SMH... nothing surprises one anymore these days. *sigh*ReplyDelete
@P.E.T... Yeah, things have really changed..
When i heard dis i was more dan shocked cos i happen to b an alumni of dat skl. stuff like dat neva happened in my time bt its so sad. May deir souls RIP. I hope dat girl deserves d right punishment she deserves.ReplyDelete
So errbody always hears different variations of the outrageous things that happen at my alma mater, and this one is no exception.ReplyDelete