Beware of women


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Beware of women
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Njoku, Nathan
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by Nathan Njoku ; editor, Okenwa Olisah.
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"Why women are not trusted"--Cover.

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When you, travel to other :cr:ntrlncs :; i' the 'vorld you
will see that women ,:ir ttht p.l:. behave better and rmonre
lovely than our mn:.nigetrih Allcan W'".:.n er. Our .women
know nothing than to pretend. to talk hes, to trick jnd
say, "give me monei if .:. don't giv.'e them the monev
your word will be ignored They don't Ln,:rw- l0ow'. to
.serve, to obey, te i .:, pe~t and to: nlk the truth. The,
are rather licensed lars. Only very few are aiir.

In order Lo dispine their. this little but e tTctive book-
let, has been produced. For vyour infurnimtirn, t0e letter-
contained in this booklet and the investigation conducted
are imaginary, real names c:.f persons are not inte..ded to be
mentioned,, but if by accident an'; one mentioned in this
booklet happens to be sour name. Flease accept mry incer-

I must be greatful to Mr. OKENWA OLISAH whose
valuable advice and correction, have entirely helped to give
,this work its position before the reading public.

NATHAN NJOKU the Author, and also sole DiQ-
tributor of the following Books:-

(1) "No Condition is Permanent" by 0. Olisah.
(2) "A Guide to Marriage ,by N. Njoku.
(3) "Man Suffers bj 0. Olisah.
(4) "The Half Educated Court Messenger by O)liah.
(5) "The Prize of Love. ( A Drama)
(6) "The Romance of Love. (A Novel)

SAll orders lo Nathan N..J.:,,
No. i7 Nnewi Street,
SOntr shaNi! ecrna.


Those who have been Iiquidated, poisoned
and disgraced by women would agree. with tnme
that this booklet is a first class booklet for mon.
I read it in'manuscript and take this opportu iitr,
to appreciate its. excellent contents. The author,
Mr, Nathan Njoku, a young but experienced
writer, isn eitherr a hater nor antagonist ot women,
but lover of his fellow men, a bold and an impa-
rtial observer.

To my own understanding, this booklet is
never telling yoU not to talk to any woman, 6r tell-
ing you to hate them or make them enemy. No,
it is telling you to beware of them, that is to be
on your own guide. :
I must congratulate Mr. Njoku for producing /
this fine work, and I recommend it, for read-
ing, to you, your family, your .relatives and

SRead on,
The Editor.




Beware of Women 5
Who is That? 6
No Money, You are Talking for Nothing 8
My Wife Wants to Rule My House i
Myi Wife Ran Away From Me ,
Stopping Twins For Maintanance Sake 1i
My Adivce to Men Against Women 1.
A'Ran-Away Wife 14
My Wife is Taking All My Money To Her Family Ty
My" Husband Wants To Leave Me 16
My (Lover Wants to Commit Suicide 17
Question For Every Body 18
The Woman Who Ran Four-Forty 19
My Enemy got me Through my Girl's Friend zz
I Called my Dog 24
I Went IBack to That My Friend
She Paid Me Another Visit z2
She Took An Offence
Passers-Bye Separated Us 26
My Dog Came Out
My Enemy Heard Every Thing 27
Another Doctor Called a8
No Money Again 9,
I Had A Friend 29
Still In Love Secretly 35
Author's Comment 34



Beware of women, because they can receive
poison from vyour enemy and Qive you and you may
die for it. If you are now in love with any of
them, take time, be very careful otherwise your
enemy who has been finding a way with which tT"
kill you, gets youv through her. Nev-r give them
your body entirely, know yourself. Don't trust
them too much. The majority of them are bad and
dangerous, and if you don't take time they kill you
straight ahead. The.. can also liquidate you and
-run "four-fourtv". They have caused :tome of our
--oung men to liquidate inanciall,-. Some of these
men are no:'. hi.peles.. Some ramble about, jobless.
Soime have started life afresh, and some -had left for
their re-pective home towns to follows the mocking
home people do farm-iineg 'vork.

What d:, you think th:a these men wouldd tel!
theii people that happened to their money ? I am
saying with absolute certainty that they have nothing
to tell ihan lies, if you hear lies. not small ones but the
ones that "aould, evc\n make people be sorry for
them,. I know that some wouldoul d say that they ,.ere
If you have ear. to, hear, eyes: to see and facilty
to think, beware of women, especially street on-s,
but if you can't listen, I am afraid, you ''.'ill go like
the young men I have mentioned.

Women like to engineer .vord(, -;s don't believe
all the things your wife tells \ou. Somebody can


abuse her and she tells you that, she was beaten up
by the man. They like to say things in a way that it
will hurt one's feelings, if you follow them, you
make mistakes, or do bad things. He whio is not
deceived by a woman, will be very hard to
be deceived.


SQuestion: Who is that woman inside the black taxi?
Answer: She is a married woman, by name
Paulina. Her wedlock took place last
Saturday at the Cathedral Church.
Question: \\hat is the number of the taxi ?

Answer: The number is OY 940
Questioner: Th-an! you very nuch my informant, I
have written down the number of the
taxi in myr d nry. Iwill try hard to find
out the husband of that woman, and tell him whar I
saw. Don't go away yet mv inftr-manr, I am still
investigating, you know I am now at WA\R with
African women. I first began it, because they are too
pretentious, it any one of them wll be bold enough
to, come out and challenge me, I will like it. Fhe e,
.who is that womn-arn wvho is quietly w.ilklng al,:,n_,
the b.ick yard ?

Answer: She is a married woman. She frequently
visits that place, and I believe she is living
it the inland town.
Question: May I challenge her ;


Answer. You can do so.
Questioner Come here this woman, who are \ou
fndindg there ? (the woman runs awavi. So
you have ran '.vav, alright I .will hold ',ou
another da:.

Question \Who is that pretender ?
Answver- She is Nlis Victoria..
Questioner: Nonesence, slhe is nowv prretendine as
if she never talks to bovs, but she likes
bovs too much. Who is thit, thit is prou-
ding ?
Answer: She is as lad, by name, Elizabeth.
Questioner: I am -orr for her. That Elizabeth
thinks that she is beautiful, not knowing
that no one admires her, Let us call her
and kno- what she will do.
An swer: If we call her, she i.'ill think that we are
interested in her, thus thinking ? that she is
Question ner Oh,' yes, it I; true. Who is that walk-
in. allon that street with shanipoo head ?
.Ans'.ver: She is a woman, by name, Licv.
Questioner 1 don't like her shampoo, very rough.
Let us citll her and criticise her.
Answer She '.lill disgrace us. Let her go with her
bad head.
Question \\ho j:s ritat lady speaking to a man in
white and white
answerr She is Chrlstiana.
Question What is she telling the man ?
Answer She is telling the man to dash her the sum


5 before the', fall in love.
Questioner: Oh! what are.rhese nonesenses? Whar
are these Chaiacterisrics of African women ? \Wih
are they too much after money.? What caused all
these? What time would all these deplorable things
come ro an end. Let me warn all African girls,
ladies and x omen, that I will continue to bombshell
rhem, unless they stop-'being after muney, and purely
show "natural love" on their boy friends. Mv fel-
I w men the title of my action against women is-


To fall in love with an African lady or woman
is not an easy, thing. You have got to spend a lot.
If your pocket is not heavy, you are talking tor
nothing, none will listen to you. They will- disgrace
you when you approach them.

It seems like there is no e-:.stence of "natural
love" in Africa. African women pay lip service to
natural love, but none purely loves her bo,.v friend.
The ugly situation is that they only love the wealth
of a man and hate his life.
I know quite alright that not all women love
money badly or are not sincere to men, but the bad
ones are greater in number.
Question: Who is the woman that is crying?
Answer: She is a married woman by name Ogacha.


Question \hat is she crying for?
Answer She is crying because her husband married
a new w jife. She wished her husband to
marry her alone.
Question Who is that lady running four fourth?
Answer She is my girl friend. She has eaten up my
money and when she sees that I cannot
maintain her again, she runs four fourty.
Question Who is that big man ?
Answer He is a eell known man in our town. He
is finding a native Doctor who will cure
his diseases which he got from his girl
friend. If care is not taken he will soon
die. Now, hc has seen a native Doctor.
And here are the doctor's questions and
the man reply.
Dr. Yes, what is the matter with 'ou
Sickman Please I want you to examine me well
because I am sick.
Dr. Wheredoes it trouble you much?
Sickman I have waist pain and there is a big boil
on my bottom and I feel pain when ever I
Dr. Did you meet a lad' ?
Sickman Yes, I meet a bar girl four days ago.
Dr. You have been attacked by a disease, called
(Orla Ukwu) I will charge you Lt5 to cure it.
Sickman Th-ere is no objection, Hence you can cure
it. I will be happy to give you any amount
just try to cure me as quickly as possible.


Mv dear readers I am still warning you to
beware of women mostly bar ones. For many kinds
of diseases are spread by them. Look at the story
of the sickman you have just read and it can teach
you a lesson.

Infact men are flowers and women are butterfl-
ies, when a butterfly sees a ripe seed on the flower it
will go and enijo the flower -and when the flower
fades naway the butterfly will go away.

Please, my fellow men, is it good for an educated
man to marry an illiterate woman ? No sir, educa-
ted man should marry an educated- lady and an
illiterate man to marry an illiterate lady. Because
birds of the same feather flock toceether in the near-
ness proximiry.

Please, when you want to marry a girl do not
aim to marry a moc:t beautiful girl, because it is dan-
gerous to her husband, boys and men will be attrac-
ted to follow. her and thereby bring about trouble to
the husband. And most of those beautiful cirls used
to sell their bodies to men and boys in order to get
money and dresses. You niust try to marry a girl
which is not too beautiful and not too u1lV. A tall
man should marry a short girl, and a short man
should try to marry a tall :irl.

Some men marry in- order to get children, if
not, most of our young men would like to remain


My Wife Wants to Rule My House

The letter reads: 1 have been married since a
\ear v ith out kno. in tl-.-t rte woman w'as rather
sturbon sort of woman. Tl-e worse thing is that, this .
woman does not vant to get children, because she' -
doe< not want me to enlov her.
V1 en cier I a preachedd her, she disgraced me.
When ever I pass an order to her she can not care
to obey it. S.he kept on wand'ering from place to
place. She .va.ited to rule t e lhcuse. I im now fed
up with her, must I sack her? Advice: Please
rather I-,er pep.-le first in her presence and tell them
rhe : .m'v, and v hat ler people will sav After
consultiinc her Fpeople. If slce keeps on disobeying,
.irl doe- nr;.t ,-r h \ou to enjoy her so as to get
hild. Yo u I;l.('.' hat she doesn't Ihove you.
Then v,.i ,-cn sack her, because a man marries
lust to ?et children.
Dr, \'vou" that some ','omen are the cause
of their husband's poCvernv ? Yes. ihev do it by tell-
inm thc:r husband to, buy beads, clothing and wear-
ine' costl- rhine- as ec- ld etc. When they see their
husband v. i.h aboit to10, they began to tell their
husband to buy this and that foir them.
Do not allow your 'vi e to cgo in compa iv with
blid "omen Ortherlaise she becomes bad also. You
klno' that rotten apple spoils others.


(Here com.:s a letter from :. man whose wife ran
away.' .


Myv wife and I recenrlv celebrated our second
wedding anniversary. The foll.'vin. day, after taken
children to bed.She and I 'ent to Cur own bed anid
covered, she questioned me.

The question reads: "Supposing vour mother
and I were walking d-own a street and were suddenly
chased by a lion, and you happened to arrive there.
Would you save your mother first or r rou fe lt
I told her that I '., ou!d rathel-ir ave. m mother
first. Then she became offended and departed from
me. I to!d -her "B;c-Bie".

Author comnients: NIl dear icadeis, in tis
question will -,:ou save four mother first or ,cur
wife ? As for me I will sa c nvm moct! r rstt rat'.er
than my ', ife. Because, it mf v.ifc dies I can rr,.rr;
anucther wife, but if my mother dies I can never .et
anolter mother in mv life.


Here con.cs a Icrrer fi..'n a wo -in an '. wan ts
to kno'v a '.\ ay to stop -ettin.L t.''ins.
I have been narrihd f. r the past ij monirks,
.,d ha-.e r.vo children t' ins, a ecd 10 mo, nrbs
Before then, 1 have been I'vinc- in ha.rnm 'n'. with m'
ihuband. He al'.vi-, buv, me w hat ever I oer:-d him n
He has al,\',,.s been very much in .love '-.irh me and
tearede me kindly. But, since I birth to the
t". ins. ie does nr..t maintain rre a'JiiAi When I
request for nmonev, he would say that there is no
money. Theref..,re. J '.il- to:, find l-iat I shall eat so

BL M Ar L c..I \\OMIN

that I can not give birth to twin babies again. I feel
th-at if I give another tw ij aoain, he can not have
money to feed me with the children.
(Miabel of Accrai.

Author ccn-n ents: l\v dear readers do you
Think that this wonarn o in way o inc a stop from
getting r s I a tCrd L.L.c' \ ife I do nrt think
because if cste sees CF(c.n sl e will pi\e to her bus-
band. There .re, "PFc-are rcf women".


i. Do not proniise a girl ,whom you will marry
that 'ou are a rich per-con, you ha\e a car, bicycle,
3ooo in the Bank, that you will give her manv
serva;tnT while you are as poor as a church rat.
Then, when vyou marr'.' her and she f.ils to see
under measured thinr gs \you prorijsed her that you
had. She will run rv.a from v,.-,u.

2. Don't ni m:rry a -treet rirl if vou .want to get
children. And to avoid disease to attack vc-,u.
Do not attempt to marry while \ou are very
young, because you ill become o:ld at once.
4. Do not attempt to m.rrv while you have nor
enough money to maintain her. It you win a girl by
lies, can you teed her by lies I have seen young
persons attempting to marry when they see that they
have got up to tloo, forgettingi2 that to marry is
1 iSV, but security or maintenance matters.

s. Do not m.irrv, because your mate has married,
because you do not kno..- how much Ie hha:.


6. Do not go to any woman while you have
a wife, because you are teaching your wife a
lesson in short, to do like wise, and is against the
7. Do not take your w;fe to be an ange!, by so
doing she will brain you, and you do what ever she
says with-out consideration.
8. Do not steal because you have no money to
maintain your wife. Do things for her as you can.
9. Do not love women more than money,-but
love money more than women.
to. Do not think for money and at the same
time think for woman, because the two can not arrive
at the same time. Think how to get money first.
Then, when you have got enough money, then you
can think of marriage, because it is natural disire,
that a person must think of a wife when he is up the

Please, when you see a run a'.vav wife do not
marry her. She doesn't believe in steady life. She
will run again.
_Actually, a wife who runs away is a kind -,f a thin(
which can happen to any person at any time. Inf.'ct,
it is a very strange thing that a wife can leave her
husband and go to another man or leave Independent
life. They forget that the best wolves on earth are
What is the reason of a run-a-way
wife Surel' there must be some reasons,
husband goi.ig in search of .lamourite .
Children not forrlhcoming ? In short, if a wonman-


feels that she is not getting what she hoped from her
husband.she might run away, escape for a while to
reconsider things, but perhaps the greatest reason for-
an African woman for running away is (Security),
that means money and things money can buy.
There are two types of run-away wives. That
is those who leave door open and those who shut it:
Those who leave door open are those who run to
their brothers, sisters or aunt (known to be of good
character). They wished to come back after settle-
ment. But, those who shut the door are those who
run to a girl living alone and to be very interesting
pursuers involving males. Those wish to have a
house of iteir own, a man of theirs and the most
important of all to gain some social status.
Dear readers, beware of such women because.
they are t;onders. If you marry them, they can
leave at any time and go to other person. :

"My Wife is taking all of my money,
to her Family".
i-ijre ,:,? Y a e:,r- trow a nr: n:'3os ae... 'e sends h's "c'nev
.'o her t' ,'v.
I have married for many years now, but there is
some thing my wife does, that I do not like at all,
she does not know that we have our own family to
care for. She continues to compel me to spend a
great deal of money on her family. And when she
sees that I spend small money for my family she
becomes offended. Please, I should like you to advise
me whether I should send away this woman.


I say-this -hence, I am not prepared to live with a
woman wholoves her own people more than she
loves my people.
(S. I. E. of Sapele.)

An Advise: Do not sack her. List out what :
you planed to do in future, that should show her the
light. But, if she continues spending your money
foolishly, you can sack her, if you have money to
marry another.

"MY Husband Wants to Leave me"
Here comes a letter from a woman whose husband wants to
eave. The !eIter reads:-

I got married to my husband six years ago.
Unfortunately I have not got any child by him. I
am so worried over if, because my husband loves me
and-has given all medical aid, but with out any fruit-
ful result. As a result my husband has become
annoyed and is now running after other girl. I' am
now afraid, because I may in the end lose my dear
husband. What must I do?
(Sarah of Zaria.)

An Advise: Both of you must seek for expert
medical advice. Examination can tell you whether
the fault lies with either one of you, or both of you.
The doctor can tell you what course you will take
Ifter the examination. Try to compel your husband
to agree to see doctor. The doctor can also tell your
husband not to attend to another girl again.


My Lover Wants To Commit Suicide

Here comrs a !.'t:er t'roin a .,:n h;-re /!,'-er wants to commit

A few months ano I fell in love with a married
woman of my age. I am a bachelor of 25 years.' The
woman is attractive and I find it very hard to depart
from her. We stay two miles away from each other
but we managed to visit frequently. She wanted to
leave her husband because of me. When I rejected
her idea of leaving her husband, she cried and told
me that she .would commit suicide. \Vhat will I do,
-will I run away from her or will I marry her?
COnvema of Lagos.

Answ-er: I advice -vou to leave her because she will
put you intotr-.uble. Bu.t, don't vou know that to
fall in love with a married woman is dangerous?
Therefore beware of her.
"Are w.-omen dangerous to, men'?"
Yet,, women are dangerous to men because they
s,)oak the lives and power of men. Therefore menido
not live longer their four fathers in olden
days. They toIok their hearts.
They confuse the life of young men, They stop
young men from making progress in their business.
They caused them to think of them instead of think-
ing for their business. They took awayv the littlee
monney a iyoun man could use to start life. Infact
they cause young men to be weak and useless to
the nation.


After confusing them and see that they are ho
where again they run to any where. They keep on
hunting for men as a hunter hunting for animals.
What can it profit a woman if she gains the whole
world and lose her life ? where there is happiness,
there is danger.
"Women have spoilt the world" women have spoilt
the world by hunting after men who will give them
money, which they will use in buying what they like.

Men, women and children have lost the right
way of living the life. Men want money, money!
money! money they cry" "Children want money"
"Give me money, give me money, they shout".
'Women want men, men, men, men they cry"

If you go round the world, you will see that the
number,of harlots are greater than the number of the
married women. Now, the Eastern Government has
started to tax those harlots, I appeal to men to
:watch their wives well so that they may not be conf-
used by independent women who live alone.


Why do girls of nowadays do not grow tall like
the girls of ancient times ? Is it because the world
Shas changed, or is it because of their nature ?
When I was a boy, I saw that girls of that time
grow very tall.
But since about xo years ago, I saw -that most girls


do not grow tall again, you will see a girl of 8 years
bringing out breasts, when you look at her you see
her breasts pointing at you. Before two or three
months, what you will hear is that the girl is married
and has given birth to a male or female baby.

Infact, some times I used to ask my parents this
question. When I ask them they will only laugh at
me and tell me that they do not know the reason.
The only answers I can give in that my question are
as follows:-

Girls do not grow tall again because of their
wickedness. They do not care to respect their parents
as the girls of olden days. They keep on playing
with boys from that playing their minds changed.
Then what ever a boy tells them, they will tell the
boy to give them money. If the boy gives them few
pennies, they will agree what ever the boy tells them.
Therefore, I appeal to fathers and mothers to
take care of their children otherwise their names
would be spoilt.


Here comes a letter from one John Ibilo, who was entirely
lquiddted by a certain woman, he w'as ,n love with the woman
and his relatives strongly protested against his befriending woman,
but he (John Ibilo) never listened to them. At last, he
reretted but it war too late. third letter reads:


I use to hear people say that women did liqui-
date men but I never agreed it, but now no one tells
me to agree. I have seen every thing with my two
eyes. There was certain time I fell in love with one
: woman. The woman was beautiful on her body but
she was uglydfi her heart. She had small eyes but
she sees fare than the person, with bigger eyes. She
never talk too much but she was a slow poison. In
short, she was not a good person. But 1 never knew
that she hid all these bad qualities before 1 fell in
love with her. Some of my relatives knew that I was
in love with her and. they strong\ protested against
it, but I never listened to them. I thought that they
were trying to prevent me from enjoying my, youth.
i\\ hen we started to make the lo e,) the woman
pretended as if she was rich and needed no supporter.
She: told me that she loved me and not my m.-ney,
because according to her, she said that -he was richer
than me. She-began to buy petty things for nme,
.; hen I ask her: "What will I bu\ for you", she rep-
lied, "T'don't want you anything for me. I
don't want. Just be sincere to me in your w\crds, I
myself will do so to you".

ftert sometime this woman began to change
smil i mall, she stopped to bu\ things for me. She
began to beg me money trom small amount to big
.Amount. I started to I ive her, 'ii .h hope to recover,
then, because 1 thought that she wa s merely trying ir.'
One day 1 checked up wiar I had given her, it
a m,-i u n t e d to. k4' : 2: 4d. This
m:de my business cap i tal which


was zvo to reduce greatly. I got financial difficulty
and was unable to import articles steady as before.
Inspite of the shortage I had got, I continued to
give something to this woman, because she had
brained .me up. I loved her without comparism. At
any time this woman visited me, she complained to
me that boys were worrying her for friendship, and
she used to disgrace them so, when she said this,
I began to do things which would make her had
more interest in me, so that boys would not snatch
her from me. I began to do all these foolish things
and my money finished. One day the woman came
to my house and I informed her that my money had
finished. "Were you robbed" she asked me. I told
her that] was not robbed. She thought that I was
-trying to know .that what she will tell me. But when
she discovered that my money had finished, caused
by her, she ran "four-fourty". I never sa'. her again.
Five times I went to her house but when she saw
i coming, she ran inside the house and told her
house girl to tell me that she was not in, that she
was out.
This thing pained me a lot, nearly I got heart-
failure and die. 'I hen I -remembered the protest
made by my relatives which I ignored, and I regret-
red, but it was too late. I am now a motor boy.
When ever the insultive passengers insult me, I
remember my foolishness, and bad life I played.
John Ibilo of Abbaki.

Author's comment: If you are now
in love with any girl, lady or woman,
Beware, hear in m i n d that she can


liquidate you and run "fourty-fourrt". The story
of Mr. John Ibilo of Abbaki is a lesson to you, but
if you don't'want to learn something from it, I am
afraid, you may go like him.


Here ro e s anro/her tc,' r :r.'! u:!ti trah i'o a rf f/'i.-
yourng waan w'ose ,:r! r:end po:r.ned.

My name is Bernard B. Eke of P. O. Box [4
Guzo. I.fell in love with one lady in 1958, but I
never khew that this lady only loved my riches and
hated my life. In one of her flattering letter, she
wrote: Fine Bernard, bombastic Bernard, I don't
think that I can live in this world without you, she
used to called me "bombastic Bernard" because
she said that I loved to use high English. I wa;
impressed by this letter, and each time lhe wrote ne;
my love on her became stronger. To be frank, I
had a terrible love on this lady.
What happened ? I had one bitter enemy, who
was ready to give any amount of money to any body,
who could kill me. I cannot imagine how that rny
bitter enemy managed t.- know that I was in love
with the lady. He approached her and promised her
20o if she got my head. The lady under-took ti- kill
me with poison. She assured him that it was an easy
thing for her. She also told him that I liked to eat rice
'" th r e c much and that she would
cook that r i c e for me, put it

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poison and present it to me.
The lady charged that my enemy zo to do the
job. I he enemy -agreed without pursuing the
charge. He paid her io advance, balance on kill.

What happened? One evening, the lady came
to me in my house. After formal greetings, she
told me to give her 6d to go out and buy "Ovovo'
rice, hawked by Yoruba women. I was glad as she
was able to ask me to give her money. I gave her
I/- she went out and bought 6d rice and 6d mear,
and put it poison. She carried the rice and kept
on my dinning table, and ask me to come and eat.
God so kind, I was nor hugry that day. I told her
to begin to eat and remain small for me.
She refused to eat the rice and told me .that she
would not touch the rice utiless I first eat it, because
it, was in m, house. I told her that I was not hungry,
and that it was dangerous for one to overfeed

'ith amicable face, she begged me to taste the
soup of the rice, in order to assure her that I was
not annoyed. "Nothing like annoyance, annoyed for
-what" I said to her. She continued to force me to
taste the soup in spite of what I had told her, but
I resisted her.

With a found face, this dangerous lady called
me: "Bernard, Bernard" if you refuse to taste
this thing, I will leave it and go. "You can go", I
told her. She meant it and gone. "Bye Bye" I
said to her.



I called my dog, and it came, and ate the rice.
\\hat next did i do ? I went to one of my mate
friend and told him about the incident. He gave me
advice and warned me to "beware of women". He
also advice me to suppren the terrible love I hid
on that lady and sack her because she was after my
head. He suspected that there was poison in that
rice if not so the lady should have eaten the rice. 1
thanked him and returned to my house.


You see trouble, one Sunday evening, the eirl
came to my house again. But I never gave her face
as before. "\'hat is wrong ?" she asked me.
"Nothing", I replied -er. She brought me some
oranges. I accepted the oranges and put them on mn'
table. The oranges in the real sense were not oranges
but poisons I never took the oranges, I threw them
a 'av after the lady departed from me. I pre.enred
this lady with sweet biscuites, but sh, refused to
chew her share in mv house, ma\ be she was afraid.
Sl-.e told me: I will clTew [thenm in our hloue and
2iveC some 10 m\, junior sister". I macde ntr objectuon
"It is A.lrilght", I ',niv told her. A. ecr -omne pass-
time conversatjr-,n, .lhe departed .'tout both of us
referring t, tne -l.ash we had the first dav she visited


',', lr iLain did I do ? I went back to that m\ male

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friend and told him that she had come .aealn. He
was badl, annoyed tfot my allowing her to .enter my
house again, but I told him that I was not born to
treat people like that, no matter howl I was offenced
or tresspassed I told him also that I knew myself,
and that I had known that the lady was trying to get
my head. I a!o told that mc, good friend that if the
ladv, ventured to enter my house again. I would tell
her gently. not to visit mle ."gain, but if she tried
again she a't It very h:,t.


Not qLite two weeks, the devilish ladv visited me
pre'-ioulv, she paid me another visit, by evening.
"Goid Evening" she saluted me. "Good evening to
.',u" I rephlielA. .Any how I gave her seat. She biroa-
glht me another poisonous oranges I received the
oranges and kept them by my side. I called my boy
to get myi table knife. He brought the knife and I
in-k ,on orange and cut it into two 'and gave her
one to take. She refused and said that she had taken
a lot of oranges before coming. I told her to taste
small in order to assure me that she was not annoyed.
JI I an-i annoyed, wVill I come here, I am not anno\'ed,
'' Inam happy" she told me. I tried all I can to make
her taste the orange but she declined. B', that time I
knew more than I kne., that she wias badly after my

I called nim dog again and threw to .it the
orange I cut, which the ladv refused to take her share.


What an annoyance! This dangerous lady was badly
annoyed for tHlis. She took an offence. She told me
straight to give her back the remaining oranges.
"What am I doing with your oranges ? I asked her.
I cave her the oranges. She told me to pay her tor
the one I avee to my dog. "You are talking none-
.ense" I replied her. She began to tell me bad "
words, and '.ve bcgan to quarrel, the qCuarrel deve.lo-
ped a fight. She tore my shirt into pieces, and I
slapped her twice. I never bo:ed her I knre'
.he could no.t resist it, she 'will die.


Passers-bye separated us. Both of us were asked
to ca what brought the ighti. She distoci d every
thing: :\ single word never came out oT rny nmoutb.
I '.- s m-te The pas ser:-b",e began to accuse me,
and ,Lave judgement in fatvour of that lad,. You
can decide any thing, I told them I never v anted
to tell them \whv '.e fi.ught c-cause I no longer
'wanted to reconcile ilth thl-.t ladv as she vwas seekin,
for my head.


The partial passers-bve dispersed 'ith run,
when ny, Jdeg which resembled tiger came out with
mouth opened. That my dog hated to licar noise.
The lad\ never followed the passers bye ran, because
my d6-u, hi;d known her and -he no longer feared
the dog. She left xwlth out run, but \, ith big shame.
\1-hen she .was -going, I told her that I no longer
\V.'.inted her in my house, abut if The ventured she took


what she wanted.


According to information, I heard that the lady
went to that my bitter enemy and told him every
thing that happened. Oral message to the enemy,
keeping him informed that I was aware that she was
trying to kill me. I got no reply.

For three months, I don't see the lady, so I
thought that every thing had ended, not knowing
that there was a bigger plan. One morning I woke
up but was unable to walk, sweat was all over my
bnby. I began to feel cool badly. Say by o1 a.m. I
could not hear again. Every thing was by writing.
If I wanted to tell something to a person I wrote it,
and if the por.-on wanted tr- reply, he wrote his. Believe
me, I was afraid and my people were afraid also. It
was a wonder to us. I have not seen such type of
My people went :Ind called a Doctor. The
Doctor examined me and called the sickness malaria
caused by heavy sun. He charged 4'2:21- (two
guineas to cure it. IMy people paid it. The Doctor
gave me some tablets and drug. The first tablet I
took made the thing more seriously. I nearly die.
Each time I took the tablet or the drug, the thing
became more seriously. Mv people reported this to
the Doctor but the Doctor said that it was the reac-
tion of medicine. He told them nrt rn fear, my
people believed him but I never believed him because I


knew tie re-action of medicine. I to!d them by
writing that I would no more take the tablets and
the drug. I told them also that I had no hope of
recovery and that I must die. They began to cry, as
I could niot withstand my own tears I joined to
weep. We stopped when we saw a visitor coming.


-- My people went and called another Doctor. The
Doctor examined me and claimed that it was nothing
but had blood. He gave his charge, 3:`1- (three
quine-as), and my people paid it. He gave me blood
tonic and blood purifier. None :of these worked arall.
My people called another Doctor when the sickness
began to change to many kinds of sickness. The
Doctor as the one already called \was unable to bring
a cure. My people called another seven Doctors, one
after the other bur there was standstill, no


No money again for further -treatment, so my
people had to borrow so with interest. Opinion,
invitated as to what way to follow next. These was
a unanimous agreement t. consult a native Doctor. My
people consulted one native Doctor, who was also .
soothsay (a person professing to tell the future). The


Native Doctor examined me and shouted: "They
d.,n miakan mad". The Native Doctor said it was
medicine buried by a lady in front of my house so
when I passed it over, I was affected. He said that
the medicine was the one that caused madness but
as God may like it, it change to .another kind of
sickness. The medicine he claimed, was done by a
Yoruba man. He charged 30 to cure it. we- agreed
and paid him half of the mon.-y, balance on recovery.
The Natve Doctor began his work but it was very
tough. He treued me, t-reated me, an] got tired, I
myself, w\:.s also tired of taking h:-rbs a-d with
medicinal'leaves. .:\s the Almighn- God may Like it,
I was cured in 18 months time, a year and six
months, calculating as from the date the Native
Doctor started to treat me. I never retaliated. I left
every' thing for Gbd. Nat up rt 5 month;, I re-
coverd, I heard that thunder killed that my bitter
-enemy. Not up to quite 6 months, I heard again
that that lady was claimed by a motor back ytre.
Motor killed her. Thus they lost their lives.

Authors comment: My readers I know that you
will derive sense from the story of Mr- Bernard B.
Eke, who was once called "Fine, Bombastic
Bernard" by his rirl friend, who later received money
and made him "'medicine". .If Mr Bernard was told
in the commencement of their friendship that, that
his girl friend, could seek for his head, I don't think
that he would agree the saver. but now see what
had happened.



I n carried in 194-7 and vwed in 194(C. \\hat a
honey moon I and my .vife began to liv-e happily,
not a sni-.ll one, but a bil. one. She loved me Cluite
alright, and I mv-self al-...- loved her. \We don't hide
any thing f'-r each other. If any, body spoke to her
on strcer, v'hen she returned, she told me. She could
not oet without me. I myself could non alr) cat or
taste wi.vthout her. \Ve lived very good for complete
..-t o years, beft re devil came in.


What brought trouble i I had a man friend
,vho was very handsome. Each tin-e his my,' friend
citedtd me, m, \xi fe admired him. He attracted nmy
'wife veri Tmuch. To ralk the truth so that the devil
'.ill be ashamed, that mv friend never first chased
that my' wife. My \.\ie cave him all impression an;d
showed him likeness, before that my friend become
interested in her. After, I heard that -' ever I left
for n-v work, that my friend came and bean to: plad
wilh my \ ife. That mi' vjif had not taken her
mu,-nev and cooked fre-lh fi-h fc'r me, but I heard
that she used to bH~a frch fish nd cooked it fcr that
ni\ friend. I never took any- -action when I heard
this, because I don't do my things like that, I i.vanted
to witness every thing with mI eves.
One day when I returned wrk, I saw
my two tumblers broken into pieces, I
asked im v. ie who broke them


but she told me that it ivas our one-year baby. After,
I heard from my house boy that it was broken by
that my friend when he was playing with that my
wife, after both had taken two bottles of beer.
I counted this two. One day again, I returned
and saw peculiar thing." I counted it three, and
began to keep watch of them.

One day I !eft my house tfor my work, sa.
about io a.m. the very day, I told our Manager,
that I was attached by big headache, and that I
wanted to go home and retr for three hours, he
permitted me, because he wav a goodd man

I .went back to niv house, and met both parties
swallowing pounded vam with fic i fish. I looked
on my bed, it vwa; rough, nit aI- it %was in the morn-
ing, the very day. When that my friend saw me he
nearly ran imad. Shame was his lot. That my wife
herself could not know what to do. Only God
knew how she felt. I never showed them that I
was highly annywed and offended. I brought.l out
t",o bottles of beer from mv cupboard and prc enred
it to that my friend. He \as unable to fihnsh one
cup, before I drank up the beer. I left him .virh thrl
my wife and went back to my .wrk.

When I returned in the evening, i did not sce
that my wife she had packed her things and ran to
her pero ple. 1 waited her, waited her to return but I
could not see her. According to the native custom,
it was my business to go to my in-laws,
whom I was marrying their daughter, to


enquire why my wife ran and what was her anger.
LIpon all what she did to me, I carried two jars of
tombo wine and went to her parents, when I reached
to their house with some of my relatives, that my
wife saw us andrjan out.

\\e formally presented the two ]ars of tombo
wine to those my in-laws: After drinking the wine,-
I told tliem the purpose of our coming. Those my
in-la.s sent a"messenuer who called in that nmy w.ife-,
she greeted us with shame. b- rn-laws -sid that
there was no need for long talk, because they had
heard what they called "deplorable thing" it was the-
tresspas she committed made her to ran away they
told us. They begged us greatly to forgive her
because it ,.as her hfrst offence, They added that to
err is human, to forgive is divine.

I had earlier decided in my mind .that what
ever happened, I will not marry that my wife again.
But I surrendered v.hen an Irritible pressure was
brought and bear on me, by my relatives to receive
that my wife back once more. That my wife retur-
ned back to my house two days after we came to
their house. W\e bega-n to live again. Each time we
went to bed, she began to beg me to forgive her. I
told her that I have forgotten every thing, but I
added: "let another do not happen again". She
swore that she would not do that type of
thing again. -



After all these had happened, I thought that
that my wife and that my friend were no more in
love, that they had separated, but I soon heard that
they were still in love secretly. I investigated and it
was true. I went to one of my relative and told him.
He told me to prepare and sack that my wife. I was
in preparation, that my wife gave me poison that my
friend gave her to give me, so that if I die they would
be chanced quite alright to carry on with their love,
and married together.

The poison nearly killed me. It suffered me and
I spent 154 9s 8d to cure it. That my wife left
me during the time I was sicking because she was in-
formed that I had known that she was the person
who poisoned me. After I heard that she was living
with that my friend. They married for a year and
one day, they got big quarrel, and fought, and each
sustained injuries, and they parted. This is the end
of my story. My name is Paul P- O. Ebems,

Private Mail Bag 2819,



I am sure that you have read Mr. Ebems
carefully and \ith understanding. A word is.
enough for the wise, so beware of women.


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