RUDE AWAKENING Afam and Nkechi Emecheta have been married for over a decade. The love and respect they have for each other is evident. They are planning to go on holiday with their three sons when disaster strikes. Afam is killed in a road traffic accident throwing Nkechi into early widowhood and grief that she is unprepared for. Afam is the sole breadwinner of the family and died without writing a will. Nkechi’s friend and neighbour, Uzoma, gives her support and encouragement. Nkechi expects her husband’s family to share in her grief, but they are more interested in a share of his property. No one cares to ask how she intends to take care of the children or pay their school fees - A Rude Awakening. Confused and devastated, Nkechi returns to Lagos after a trying time in the village participating in Afam’s burial to witness her brother- in- law, Chidi, brazenly looting her home. She files a complaint to the police to restrain him from taking further action. He relocates to Enugu to evade arrest. Nkechi picks up the pieces of her life by getting a job, getting cheaper schools for the children, and making wise investment decisions. She struggles to train her children in school with belated financial support from Afam’s company. The need to be strong and present for her children keeps her going. For twelve years, no member of the Emecheta family has reached out to Nkechi and the children. The only person she has a desire to talk to is her mother-in-law- Mama Omalicha. She hears nothing from Mama Omalicha for several years. Then suddenly, one day, Mama calls her on the phone. Mama’s health is failing, and she thinks her time is nearly up. She extracts a promise from Nkechi to attend her burial ceremony when she passes. Nkechi and Mama continue to talk for a few days until Mama dies. Nkechi fulfils her promise to Mama by attending the funeral. Unknown to her, Mama had instructed the priest to involve Nkechi in the funeral rites. Nkechi was shocked to find out that Mama had requested that she should partake in the dust-to-dust rites and also read the funeral oration. Nkechi gave the most inspirational speech the villagers had ever heard. In her address, she urges the men to give women better recognition in the town. She is able to forgive her father-in-law for the role he played in maltreating her after Afam’s death. She meets her brother-in-law Chidi for the first time in years since the looting incident. He is sombre and sorry, but Nkechi is at the burial to honour her mother-in-law and not for reconciliation. Rude Awakening is a story about betrayal, forgiveness, friendship and love.
Grandpa Ernest visits Eze and his twin sister Ebele in Lagos. He has an eye operation, and even though Eze wants to help by putting eye drops in Grandpa’s eye, he is not allowed to. Ebele entertains Grandpa with her ballet dance and exercise moves. The twins enjoy the stories Grandpa tells them about their mummy’s childhood. Mummy wasn’t always good when she was a little girl. Like them, she had her naughty days too. Grandpa travels home after recovering a bit from his operation, and the twins miss him very much. An opportunity comes for Eze and Ebele to visit Grandpa in the village with their parents. They are excited and happy that they will see Grandpa and Grandma again. They love the experience of travelling by air to another state in Nigeria. They enjoy the sights and sounds of the trip. Eze and Ebele enjoy eating Grandma’s food. They think her food tastes better than their mummy’s cooking, but Mummy doesn’t mind them saying so.
Funke craved acceptance from her peers. She finally got it. She naively believed all she was told and taught about social life and being a big girl...that was till she got pregnant. Exiled from home and living under the close watch of her grandmother, can Funke summon the courage to complete her education while struggling to raise her son? Is this the end of the road for her dreams?
A family’s past is haunting its members in Shadows From the Past and it’s Ada’s responsibility to help her siblings overcome the consequences of their past experience of domestic violence before it destroys their present
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