You know those stories that you read and feel all sorts of emotions at once? This is that kind of story…..
This happened to someone I know so I decided to share.
Nneka, like many women her age, had a successful career and marriage. She had two beautiful kids (a girl and a boy) with her husband of seven years and even though little problems arose once in a while, they got fixed and life moved on.
One day, she had the idea to bring one of her sisters from the village to the city so she could attend school. Being the third out of fifteen children, she wanted to do the best she could to make life better for her other siblings. So she conferred with her husband, Olatunde, who was a lecturer in another state and they came to a conclusion; her sister Chizoba would apply to the university where her husband worked and stay at their family house during the holidays.
Having worked out the finer details of the arrangement, Nneka spoke to her mother about the plan before proceeding to let her sister know. Chizoba, who always hoped to leave the village someday, was excited when she heard the news. She wouldn’t just be visiting the city, she would be attending school as well.
When Chizoba got to the city, Nneka and Tunde(as he was fondly called) helped her with all the necessary arrangements needed to get into the university then she gained the admission and started school afterwards. A short time later, Nneka had a work conference to attend in Lagos so she had to leave her kids, who were still really young, at home. But she was not disturbed because she felt they were in good hands with her sister and husband looking after them. Unknown to her, Tunde and Chizoba had other plans.
On getting to Lagos, she called her family to find out how they were doing and if there was any problem. Her children who were eager to talk to their mother, tried to tell her something but they were hushed before they could say anything. As Nneka would find out later, her kids were trying to tell her that husband and sister had been sleeping in the same room since she left for Lagos.
Life went on normally until a few years later when Nneka found out that her husband had been having extramarital affairs. What made it worse was the fact that the it was with her younger sister,Chizoba. To add insult to the injury, the evidence of their affair was two children. It further turned out that Tunde had rented an apartment for Chizoba close to her school, where their sexual activities had continued over the last few years. So whenever Tunde was not at home on the pretext of going to lecture his students, he would go to Chizoba’s apartment and stay for days. Nneka was torn beyond words, her entire world had fallen apart and she had no idea what to do.
With so much pain in her heart, she turned to their mother for solace but the older woman did not see anything wrong in what her sister did. Nneka was shocked beyond imagination. Not only had her younger sister betrayed her, but their own mother was saying Chizoba had no fault.
After some time passed, her husband apologized and for the sake of her kids, Nneka decided to accept his apology and save her marriage. But such an event is like an open wound that never heals, even with time.
Nneka vowed not to let any of her siblings stay with her anymore and only gave financial assistance whenever she could. She also refused to accept the children her husband had with Chizoba and said she would have nothing to do with them.
At this point, you all are probably wondering how Nneka never found out her sister was pregnant during all those years. Well, Chizoba always lied to her sister that she was in the village during the holidays and Nneka, being the trusting woman she was, never doubted it. I mean, how could she have known that something this terrible was going on right under her nose?
Years have passed. Nneka’s children (all grown up now), are aware of what happened and hate their father for it, Tunde is trying to be the best father he can be and Nneka still refuses to have anything to do with her sister’s kids.
As for Chizoba, things had gone awry before she could complete her education so she dropped out of school to raise her kids. Her kids are all grown now but they have no relationship with Nneka’s children. And as for the relationship between she and her sister? Well.. let’s just say things will never be the same again between them.
If it were you in Nneka’s shoes, what would you do ? Would you decide to stay with your husband or would you walk away? Can you ever forgive your sister and your mother? And would you accept your sister’s children as part of your family?
–STORY NARRATED BY ANONYMOUS AND WRITTEN BY CASSY