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Saturday, June 25, 2016

DEYEMI'S DREAM(a flash fiction by Sunsampaul Egwu)

     Eluwor, is a small village in Kwara State, a village where hustlers
and hardworking people reside yet they're barely rich. They've poor
roads and hospitals as many of their children always die due to
untreated sicknesses like malaria, typhoid and cholera.

       Deyemi is a lad, dark in complexion, tall and handsome, he has
charming eye balls, awesome accent, and a captivating smile. Amidst
the poverty in his village he always assured his mates he'll strive to
become a legend in his village. He always say this words to even his
parents. In his father's hut he made an inscription on a slate that he
nailed to the wall like a mirror to look at every morning. it read
'Deyemi's dream is to be the stronghold of his village, to be a legend
with great reputation, to be a medical doctor, and to be the best
among the rest.'

    Deyemi is the only begotten son of Baba, as the old and feeble man
is mostly called. Deyemi lost his mum during one of her encounters
with appendix which herbs didn't cure. Baba, Deyemi's father begot
Deyemi at old age though Baba is feeble, but he still never seize to
fill his son Deyemi with words of wisdom.

     Times past, one fateful night; there was a rumbling on the roof
of the huts in many villages around them including theirs, the cloud
changed and many roofs began to leave their positions. It was going to
rain heavily and this rain is going to take a long time to water the
earth. Eluwor village is known for her bad soil that barely get dry
when rain falls. After it rained heavily that day, Eluwor was filled
with flood. Many huts were carried away by the flood, Deyemi was busy
bailing water out of their hut which made him came to a conclusion
that he mustn't sit and wish his dream come true. "I must get up, go
to Lagos and seek for help with my little knowledge, I'll convince my
Uncle in Lagos to enrol me even in public school" he said to himself.

     Two days later, he journeyed to Lagos after receiving his
father's blessings and the only penny left with his father. Baba told
him, to go in peace that he'll be alright. On getting to Lagos, it was
a new world for Deyemi as the whole place was very busy with crowd of
different people. Locating his Uncle; Uncle Ajani, was a tug of war
for him. He eventually found the address on the paper given to him by
uncle Ajani, the last time he visited. He used the address on the
paper and later located the place.

    Uncle Ajani was very happy, he enrolled Deyemi the following week
as promised in a public school. Deyemi being 19 years old was enrolled
in Ikorodu Government College. He was placed in SS1 class, Science
department. Deyemi was hardworking, industrious, brilliant, obedient
and truthful. These virtues guided him in the right part. And made
many teachers loved him and he was coming out with good grades till
SS3. When the School had scholarship for her 3 best SS3 students to
study in Harvard University overseas. Deyemi was fortunate to qualify
in the Scholarship exam and was chosen among others.

      It was a long period of study for Deyemi, who after five years,
graduated as a Medical Doctor in Harvard. He got a good job as the
leading doctor in LUTH; Lagos State University Teaching Hospital,
after receiving several best doctor awards from hospital overseas. He
travelled down to his village to fulfill his dream as he desired.
Before now he always send money to his father to enable him keep body
and soul together, right from his secondary school days. Baba sighted
a jeep entering the road that led to his hut. Deyemi came out
majestically and ran to embrace Baba who wept joyfully  " Omo mi ti
dey ooo" Baba stammered in happiness. A crowd of villagers clustered
their hut to see the transformed  Doctor Deyemi.

     Two days later, Work Began in Eluwor village, before now, Deyemi
had already made arrangement for the construction of bole holes, good
roads; building of good hospitals, school, and homes for the aged. All
these was hastened by the Foreign Civil Engineers who were sent by
their government to assist Deyemi because of the love he showed to
them and his hard work that wob him several awards as the leading and
dedicated Doctor in their country.

     Few months later all the works were completed and the whole
villages rejoiced with Deyemi, they sang songs of appreciation to him
that indeed he's a God sent to their village. Baba smiled and said to
himself " Indeed I've just one child, but he's more than many children
for indeed he's Adeyemi which means the crown fits me" Indeed the
crown fit Deyemi for he was celebrated as a king in the Eluwor village
and the Oba and Oloyes of Eluwor village gave him a great title which
was respected by even the Oba and everyone in Eluwor and the
neighbouring villages.

#Sunsampaul Egwu Philosopher~SEP

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