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
Oyinbo – White
Okeofia – An Igbo name which means Big Forest.
Nkemdilim – An Igbo name which means ‘May my own stay with me.’