Lonely Days By Bayo Adebowale


Lonely days by Bayo Adebowale begins with the death of Ajumobi, although it was painful because of the permanent separation that comes with it but his wife, Yeremi thanked God for a fulfilled life of her husband. He did not pass on like Aku firewood cutler, who committed suicide and was painfully buried at Iloro. At the time of her loss, people were there with her to console her although most come to humiliate her in line with their custom and tradition tailored with suspiciousness.

After the death of Ajumobi, Yaremi continued her job as taffeta cloths seller at Sagbe market, she was always assisted by her grandson, Woye. She trained Woye to be hardworking person and tells him that hard work does not kill but laziness. As she worked, she laced the work with series of songs to make job less cumbersome. Apart from going to Sagbe market, she was also a good farmer, for she refuses to allow the sudden death of her husband weigh her down. As usual, Yeremi, like others always cooked for her family. At least three meals a day : pottage or porridge in the morning, with cashing pepper soup, fried lobsters and crabs deeper in a red oil garment inside a black cooking pot. Amala or pounded yam in the afternoon, with the tasty Ebola vegetable soup, and the appetite whetting chicken stew. Boiled beans or fried plantain inside a flat griddle, for evening meal, with bush meat, snakes and snails, all dancing a sweet aroma dance in the frying pan. Saying is a way of life in Kufi. This is because woman of kufi were powerful singers. There were songs to express consent and dissent, intimidating rivals and veaing opponents. They sang to put children to sleep, and to rouse husband to action and to attract lovers attention and to seduce concubines. They sang to give praises to men for their wonderful earthly achievement, and to make men’s eye turn green with envy against imaginary contenders. 

Yemi’s life had become like fire, she had put to grappled with her daily itinerary and she hardly complaint. Apart from her husband death, Dedewe’s husband also passed on. The elders had ordered the village men to begin to beat the purification tune on the face of the sacred drum. 

As customary was made to confess to avoid the punishment of heaven. Dedewe was made to confess to avoid the punishment of heaven. Dedewe was locked up with the corpse of her husband inside a dimly-hot room. Faloyin, the second window, was given libation to lick when her own husband died. They held firmly to her lips, to purge her of all the sins they insisted she had committed. They also forcefully cut her hair and at the end she was looking like a mad woman and in the course of prolonged weeping she had lost her voice. So also Radeke’s husband died, she knelt before the dead body and strings if dirges ran out of her dry throat. She was also forced to sang the widow’s traditional song if innocence and lamentation. She was finally ridiculed in public places lijela lunatic. 

This novel paints the ugly pictures of widows, especially in Africa. They are different occasions in the market (Sagbe and Oyedeji) and at the backyard of his. The superstitious belief that the dead visit the living at times is common in Kufi. This is true of the situation when Ajumobi’s spirit came to cut Yeremi the night she dares for his caring companion in her dreams and on several occasions when she is depressed. It is believed that Ajumobi was not sleeping in heaven and this reassures Yeremi as he appeared to her in her dreams. He is ever there to protect and console her.

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