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THE HOUSEWIVES’ TALE (Episode 51)

I groggily drag myself out of bed. It is Monday morning, and Gabby’s school is resuming today. The routine of waking up every week day at 5:30 am begins once more. The fact that EEDC hasn’t given us power for the past three days is going to make my work ...

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THE HOUSEWIVES’ TALE (Episode 50)

I stumble out of bed at 3:25am to go to the bathroom for the umpteenth time. I have forgotten this annoying part of being pregnant, until now. And this is the exact part that almost put me in trouble back at Mercy’s boyfriend’s place. I sigh. Using my phone to ...

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THE HOUSEWIVES’ TALE (Episode 49)

My gasp miraculously does not attract the men’s attention, so passionate is their smooch. When I gently close the door, the jamb connects with a soft but audible click that makes me wince. “Who’s there?” Chidubem calls hoarsely from the other side of the door. No doubt, they have been ...

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THE HOUSEWIVES’ TALE (Episode 48)

“What is this one?” I grimace, looking up at Nneamaka. “Toasted bread in chili sauce,” she throws back at me, bustling over her cooker in a bid to finish up the main course and serve before the expiration of her time. I pick up a piece of the tiny squares ...

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THE HOUSEWIVES’ TALE (Episode 47)

Bearing in mind what I heard last night, I watch Leticia and Uncle Donatus very closely in the morning. Their demeanor gives away absolutely nothing. It makes me wonder if I imagined the conversation last night. If these two are perpetrators of anything untoward, they are doing a good job ...

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THE HOUSEWIVES’ TALE (Episode 46)

“Aahh! Oohh! Ooohohohohoho! This is painful o! What is the meaning of this now, eh? Who did I offend? What have I done? Oh God! Take this pain away from me please! Aahh!” Chinwe cries out, delirious with pain. “Sorry now,” I console. “It was just an accident. Ozugo!”  I ...

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THE HOUSEWIVES’ TALE (Episode 45)

“Is this not that you people’s this thing?” my husband says to me. “Which people’s which thing?” I ask, stretching myself on the bed and cursing the fact that he has to wake up this early on a public holiday. “This thing,” he says again. “Doesn’t ‘this thing’ have a ...

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THE HOUSEWIVES’ TALE (Episode 44)

I ring the doorbell and listen to the monophonic tune sound from inside Nkaiso’s house. This is the fourth time I am ringing the doorbell, and the fact that no one has come to the door yet is beginning to annoy me. Heaving a sigh, I decide to leave, wondering ...

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THE HOUSEWIVES’ TALE (Episode 43)

Mimi hesitates visibly, dividing an unsure look between my husband and me. I urge her on with a look of my own. “Uhm… Ok…” she falters. “Chio – I mean, Leticia was never a student at UNEC. Someone that knew her told me that she was just lying to everybody ...

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THE HOUSEWIVES’ TALE (Episode 42)

I already have my plans in place as I lock my car door. Getting your husband to your side isn’t such a difficult task, especially if you know the exact buttons to push. As it happens, I know the buttons to push, and I am prepared. I step into the ...

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