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THE HOUSEWIVES’ TALE (Episode 70)

I sit with Gloria at the hospital waiting room while Chinwe takes charge, running around and getting Nkaiso attended to and ensuring that the doctor’s report is accurate. Left with nothing to do but sit and observe, I can’t help but notice how Gloria’s phone has been beeping incessantly, and ...

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THE HOUSEWIVES’ TALE (Episode 69)

Upon entering the house, after antenatal classes, I peel away all item of clothing from my body, and head straight for the bed. Lethargy has been quite the bitch for the past few days. I have two hours before Gabby’s school lets out for the day, and I am happy ...

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THE HOUSEWIVES’ TALE (Episode 68)

A knock on the front door rouses me from the novel I had been trying unsuccessfully to focus on due to the fact that I keep drifting in and out of sleep. I’d totally forgotten how lethargic I felt during the third trimester of my pregnancy with Gabby; the lethargy ...

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THE HOUSEWIVES’ TALE (Episode 67)

“I have a wedding to attend next month,” Ifeanyi says to me while we are in the middle of Sunday lunch. My husband and Gabby are seated with us at the dining table, but my husband is immersed in his interaction with Gabby as he shows him how to eat ...

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THE HOUSEWIVES’ TALE (Episode 66)

Previously on The Housewives’ Tale… * It has been weeks after the first day in court for Aunty Esther’s divorce case. I don’t even understand what happened in court. It all ended before I could really start paying attention. Chinwe says it’s called “mentioning”. Anyway, the matter is coming up ...

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THE HOUSEWIVES’ TALE (Episode 65)

“I don’t even know why I called you,” Ebuka says over the phone. “Chinwe told me everything. How are you?” I ask. “Just heartbroken. I really love your friend. And I know deep down, she cares about me too. But it seems something is stopping her from fully expressing the ...

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THE HOUSEWIVES’ TALE (Episode 64)

Previously on The Housewives’ Tale… * “So, what’s up? What about Aunty Esther’s case?” I ask Chinwe once we were well on our way out of the hospital. “Her case has already been filed and we dispatched to her husband just yesterday,” she replied. “Oh! Cool!”After a few minutes of ...

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THE HOUSEWIVES’ TALE (Episode 63)

“Are you guys staying longer? I don’t have any leftovers in my refrigerator, but I can cook up something real quick,” I say after a bit of silence. “Nah! I have to get going,” Chinwe says, tossing back the remaining wine in her cup and rising to her feet. “Let ...

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THE HOUSEWIVES’ TALE (Episode 62)

“What happened?” I ask again, hugging Aunty Esther tight as her body is wracked with sobs. “Sorry…sorry…it’s ok…sorry,” I console as I hold her, patiently waiting out her grief. Eventually, her sobs subside. Then she breaks away from my embrace and trains a red-rimmed gaze on me. “Is it true?” ...

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THE HOUSEWIVES’ TALE (Episode 61)

The silence that follows Mimi’s declaration is complete and awkward, and it lasts for about thirty seconds, before Chinwe decides to break it. “Mimi…” she begins falteringly, “you really shouldn’t talk like that. You have to speak positively. Positive confession…” She trails off, looking at me for help. “Are you ...

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