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1 Jun 2017

THE KEY WAHALA (Episode 6)


My Dad’s cell phone rang again. He looked at the caller ID, it was a strange number. He
picked the call.


“Good morning Sir, am I speaking with Mr.Ikedi?”

“Yes, who is this please?” Dad asked.

“I am the principal of Wisdom Child Academy and your son is my pupil. I am calling to inform you that he has not been in
school yet.”

“Yes, em… he might come late; there are some unforeseen circumstances that arose at home,” Dad replied.

“I hope everything is alright Sir.” The principal inquired.
“Everything is okay, thank you very much. I assure that he will soon be in school.”

“Alright, but Sir I want to use this
opportunity to inform you that I have been getting reports that John’s behavior in school has not been impressive lately.”

Dad somehow became alert, “What do you mean by that?”
“Yes he has been constantly missing classes, he sometimes leave before school
dismisses for the day, his performance is very poor which I am sure you have seen in
his last result. In fact he has already been marked as one of the students that will be
repeating class this year. I think it will be very necessary for you to come around and
hear what the teachers have to say about your son Sir so that together we can come
up with a possible solution.”

Dad didn’t see John’s last term’s result.
What the principal was saying was strange
to him. He didn’t know what to say.

“Okay, I will try and make it to the school before the end of the week. Thank you for
this information. I very much appreciate it.”

“Thank you sir,” the principal replied and the line went dead.
He went into the bedroom to talk to Mum about the principal’s call.
“John’s principal just called me. He told me
that his results are poor and he could repeat
class this year. Is there anything going on
with him that I don’t know?”
Mum smiled, it was a rude smile, “there are a lot of things going on in this house that
you don’t know. Well I saw his last term result and spoke to him about it and he
promised that he would do better this time around.”

“And you didn’t bother to tell me about it?”
“When last did you and I have a meaningful conversation? I am even surprised that you
are reacting to the principal’s call.” She replied.

“What do you mean by that? Well I am going to talk to him about it right now, how am I
not sure that he does not have anything to do with the lost key.”
Dad was not happy with this news. He angrily and quickly walked int John’s room.
John was surprised. He couldn’t remember the last time Dad walked into his room. He
sprang up from the bed, dropping his cell
phone, which Dad didn’t know he had. Ada was the only child in the house that freely
flaunts her cell phone.
“I can see that you are not even worried that you might be missing classes today.”
Dad said.

John didn’t reply. He wasn’t sure of what to say.
“I got a call from your principal, what was he saying about you missing classes and
having poor result? Where do you go during
school hours?” Dad interrogated him.
John continues to look at him in fear. He was really surprised, he didn’t expect Dad to
barge into his room asking him all sort of
questions. How did he get this information
about his school activities?
“I can see that you have gone dumb. Did
you purposely hide the key so that you
would miss school? What are you running
“I am not with the key, I am not running
from anything.” He defended.
Dad felt John was hiding something. He
began to search his closet while he
continued interrogating John.
“You leave my house every morning yet you
miss classes, where do you go?” He was
searching through one of John’s school trousers when his fingers felt something. He
dipped his hand and brought out a sachet of condom.
He stopped. The room was silent for a few seconds.

“What are you doing with a sachet of condom in your pocket?”

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