The Foreign Wife – Friday Fiction in Five Sentences.

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Mrs. Kamanu could barely hide her disappointment and displeasure.

Jude’s return to the village after many years of sojourn in Holland with an ‘oyinbo‘ wife was least expected and a foreign wife was not the daughter-in-law that she had prayed for, for her son.

Her eyes were set on Okeofia’s first daughter Nkemdilim whom she had been calling ‘my wife’ for quite a while now.

A hard working, pretty and a well-mannered girl whose ample child-bearing hips would give her the grandchildren that she wanted.

Seated on her three-legged kitchen stool, with lips pursed like someone who had sucked on an unripe star fruit, she wondered how she would communicate with a daughter-in-law whose nasal language was beyond her comprehension.

© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

Quick glossary:

Oyinbo – White

Okeofia – An Igbo name which means Big Forest.

Nkemdilim – An Igbo name which means ‘May my own stay with me.’

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11 thoughts on “The Foreign Wife – Friday Fiction in Five Sentences.

  1. Hi Jackie,

    How are you?

    This well-written story feels like an excerpt from a Chinua Achebe or Elechi Amadi novel. I really enjoyed reading. 🙂

    Lol @ “unripe star fruit”. Ah! Udara can be so sour.

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