It was a cold harmattan morning but not cold enough to steal Kejiro’s excitement. He wore his Christmas dress and the only shoe he had, then he waited for Mrs Idiala to take him to his Canaan land. She drove into Kejiro’s compound in her Mercedes Benz 190 and he almost jumped into the car before it came to a halt. He said his brief good bye to his father and was ready to hit the road.

Kejiro’s Demon – Episode 6

They spent fourteen hours on the road , they had  left Anioma by 7:30 am with the expectation that they would take a late lunch in Abuja but alas, they arrived at 11pm – not good for a first timer especially one who had never travelled further than the boundary of his small community.  The inconveniences notwithstanding, Kejiro saw the trip as a refreshing one – a get-away from the life he had known, a fresh start.

Kejiro’s Demon – Episode 6

They reached Abuja and Kejiro was greeted by an unexcited husband – Mr Idiala – and their son, Kingsley.

Who is this?’ Kingsley asked in a tone of voice that could have been interpreted to mean

‘Where did you bring this garbage from?’

Mr Idiala was no better; he detested it when Kejiro sang. Sometimes he would send Kingsley to stop him.

“My daddy said I should tell you to stop singing.”

Kejiro’s Demon – Episode 6

Immediately, Kejiro would shush. Often, he forgot and started again – if not that same evening, on a subsequent one. Finally, Mr Idiala would lose his imperial cool, stomp over to where Kejiro was and yell.

“Village parrot, shut up!”

Kejiro’s hell began in his second week in Abuja; He was made to wake up before 5AM and would continue working until 1AM. Abandoned by humanity, but upheld by the grace of God, He reminded himself that it was necessary to endure the hardship so he wouldn’t end up like Chike.

Kejiro’s Demon – Episode 6

The only rest, in most cases, was when he followed his benefactors to the church on Sunday where they tend to behave normally to him. Kejiro rarely had his own privacy. He slept in the living room and was confined to the kitchen during the day.

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