“Toyin… Toyin… la oju e!” [Open your eyes] Auntie Teniola exclaimed in panic
Samantha [Toyin] was found laying under a tree by the well helpless; she yearned for water. She lay there naked and weak and could not speak a word. She was found by her little cousin Folakemi, the little one who had walked her to the King’s palace. Folakemi didn’t know why she followed her cousin Samantha; she just felt a prompting to keep an eye on her when everyone’s attention was on Chief Gbenga as he was gradually drawing his last breath.
Three days had passed and Samantha hadn’t awoken. She was still breathing yet seemed to be in a sort of perpetual slumber. Her spirit, soul and body were drained as she lay down on her mother’s bed. Dark clouds had gathered. Chief Gbenga was finally…
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