I was picking beans when Mazi Uche came to our house.
I quickly greeted him and continued what I was doing.
Mazi Uche: erm Idris, how are you?
Me: I am fine sir, any problem?
Mazi Uche: no, not at all, where is your father?
Me: he went to the farm so minutes ago.
Mazi Uche: and your mum?
Me: she went to visit her friend.
He watched me for a while as I was picking the beans.
Mazi Uche: let me help you.
Before I could said no, he has already carried a tray and poured some unpicked beans inside and started picking them.
Mazi Uche: *cleared his throat* Children of nowadays, they are always slow when doing their chores. During my time, we could select a whole bag of beans under hours.
I laughed at the greatest lie I have ever heard. Surely this man enh, I never knew he could be this jovial o.
Mazi Uche: your laughing enh? Stay their. Am telling you the truth.
Me: yes sir, I know.
We continued picking the beans in silence before he spoke out again.
Mazi Uche: erm, Idris.
Me: *looked at him* Yes?
Mazi Uche: Its about chioma. She is living in the city right?
Me: yes of course.
Mazi Uche: with her husband to be or she rented an apartment?
Me: with her husband to be.
Mazi Uche: very good. What is his name again.
Me: Daniel, his name is Daniel.
Mazi Uche: is he from our village?
Me: no, I don’t think so.
Mazi Uche: I thought as much.
We continued picking the beans with his help, I was very fast and soon, all the beans will be separated from their dirt.
Mazi Uche: chioma the big girl. Its been long o. I must have forgotten her face by now. Hope she have some picture here in the house.
Me: erm yes I think so.
Mazi Uche: can you help me with a copy of the picture. Let me see her beautiful face once more.
Me: no problem. Let me check inside.
I said as I stood up and entered inside the room. I later came back with the picture and gave it to him.
Mazi Uche: chaii, omaricha. Very beautiful.
Yes he is right. Just like my mother, she is very very beautiful. I don’t trust that mazi Uche at all so I kept looking at him every seconds that passes by.
He kept the picture very close to himself but I didn’t care as I stood up and demanded he give me the picture back.
Me: ok, I want to go and keep the picture inside please.
Mazi Uche: cool down Idris. Go and keep this beans inside and bring ludo lets play together.
I enter inside and dropped the beans, we have picked all the dirt in it. I brought out the ludo he asked of earlier.
Mazi Uche: lets play. I want to show you the power and sense of the old men against the young ones.
Me: hahaha, you really want to play this game with a champ like me?
I asked very surprised. I used to play ludo with my mum, dad and friends but never for once with my uncle, this is going to be fun.
Mazi Uche: yes, lets play.
Me: prepare to loose.
Mazi Uche: *scoffed and smiled*