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Legend of the hunchback – Part 2

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His wives worshipped him like a demigod and he in turn spoilt them silly with money.

Ajewole had mansions in rich neighbourhoods all over the country and even overseas. And his wives enjoyed the wealth and razzmatazz of marrying a stupendously rich man.

His wealth continued to grow in leaps and bounds to the surprise of people. Almighty God was indeed faithful.

Two years later, Ajewole called his three wives for a brief chat, one after the other.

“Wura, can you tell me the reason why you married me?” he asked, “because as an ugly man, I don’t think I’m worthy of being your husband.

“Oh, my dear husband,” the angelic Wura replied. “I married you because of the love I have for you. It’s for the sake of love and nothing more. You are my darling husband!”

Ajewole told her to excuse him, then called in his second wife.

“Munira, can you tell me the reason why you chose to marry me, despite the fact that I’m ugly and definitely not worthy of you?” he asked.

The seraphic lady smacked her ruddy lips in adoration and said with glee: “My wonderful husband, the only one that knows the true worth of a queen, I married you because of the deep love and affection I have for you. You can see how beautiful I am. I’m wonderfully sculptured by the creator; hence I must marry someone who can take good care of me. I’m married to you ‘cos of pure love and nothing more.”

Again, Ajewole told her to excuse him, then called in his first wife. He asked her the same question. “Oyin, can you tell me the reason why you married me, despite being ugly and unworthy of a beautiful woman as you?”

“My brave husband,” Oyin replied. “I married you because I want to support you and build a family. That’s all. The two kids I have for you are enough reasons to stay with you come rain and shine.”

Two hours later, Ajewole called the attention of Wura and Munira and told them point-blank of his intention to divorce them. “What have we done? What’s our sin?” they both asked for the umpteenth time, trembling and fidgety, with beads of sweat gathering on their foreheads.

“I have seen the true colour of love,” Ajewole replied, “and nothing is going to take that away from me. From this very moment, I disown both of you as my wives.”

Three days later, Ajewole filed a divorce suit against two of his charming wives, Wura and Munira. They cried their eyes out as the bespectacled elderly Judge separated them that fateful day. It became a big lesson to watchers of the life of the diminutive hunchback.

Oyin, his first wife, became more dedicated and loyal to her husband. Ajewole in turn showered her with love, affection and the good things of life.

Ajewole knew that his estranged wives married him simply because of his wealth and nothing more. There was once a seasoned spiritualist, well-versed in philosophy, who said: “To know the actual sex of the foetus of a pregnant woman, you don’t need a scan. Just put a sum of money in the palm of your hands, very close to the belly of a woman who is five months pregnant and shake the money very well. If it’s a girl, the foetus will turn and shake well enough, while it will remain still if it’s a boy. That’s the mystery of women.”

That was the saga and legend of Ajewole Onileola, the hunchback, who did great feats even able-bodied men couldn’t dare.


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