ABIKE THE ORPHAN AND HER WICKED STEP MOTHER PART 1

Abike The Orphan and Her Wicked Stepmother.
Long time ago, in a village called Kajola, there lived an orphan called Abike.
Abike’s parents died when she was ten years old.Her parents died as a result of snake bites while working in the farm.
Because Abike’s parents are dead, she lives with her stepmother. That is, her father’s second wife called Mojoyin.
Abike is a kind, and hardworking girl. She is also very respectful.
Because Abike’s parents are dead, her stepmother, Mojoyin Maltreats her. Abike wakes up early every day to sweep the home surroundings, wash plates, clothes and other necessary things in the home. While Abike does all the chores, Mojoyin pampers her own children who are Abike’s half sisters. They engage in no household chores.
There are times Abike goes to bed without dinner because Mojoyin would refuse to give her food. While Abike’s stepmother buys clothes and other goodies for her children, She does not express any form of care or affection towards Abike.
Abike usually wears tattered clothes. Anytime she falls sick and could not wake up early as usual to do the household chores, Mojoyin beats her badly.
There are times Abike sleeps outside the family hut as a form of punishment.
Abike is always unhappy.
So, Whenever Abike is alone, she usually sing in memory of her parents, wishing that they were alive to take good care of her.
Oh my mom, oh my dad
How I wished you were alive to take care of me
Mojoyin, my stepmother is treating me badly
How I wished you were alive to take care of me
Mom, Dad, come and take care me.
One day, Abike went to the river to fetch water for the family. Because it was a raining season, the water level of the river was high. This also made the river to flow with force.
As Abike dipped her water pot in the river to fetch water, the wave of the river took the pot forcefully from her, and washed it away. Abike was so unhappy and busted into tears.She called for help, but there was no one around the river bank to help her.
She started singing, asking the river to bring back her stepmother’s clay water pot.
Ah! my stepmother’s water pot
Ah! my stepmother’s water pot
Ojuoro River, please give me my water pot back
My stepmother will kill me if I don’t return home with this water pot
My stepmother will kill me if she realises the pot is lost
Please Ojuoro River, bring my water pot back.
And so, Abike cried, and cried. But the river did not bring the water pot back neither did anyone come around the river at the time because it was already getting late into the evening.
In frustration and in more tears, Abike went back home and explained what happened to her stepmother, Mojoyin.
Mojoyin was so angry at hearing that her water pot had been taken away by the river. She smacked Abike seriously and sent her back to Ojuoro river to go and look for the water pot. Warning Abike not to return home until she sees the pot.
So, Abike went back to the river in tears as she sings along
Ah! my stepmother’s water pot
Ah! my stepmother’s water pot
Ojuoro River, please give me my water pot back
My stepmother will kill me if I don’t return home with this water pot
My stepmother will kill me if she realises the pot is lost
Please Ojuoro River, bring my water pot back.
Getting to the river, Abike continued to sing and cry as she sits by the river.
After about thirty-minutes, an haggard old woman with a walking stick and a stinking sore on the leg appeared to
Abike where she sat by the river. The old woman asked her what she was doing by the river at such late hour of the night. Abike narrated her story to the old woman, who pitied her greatly.
The old woman however, asked Abike to please help her clean her wound as the wound hurts her badly. Out of compassion, Abike led the old woman to the river bank and helped her to wash her wound.
Immediately Abike finished washing the wound, the woman changed to a young pretty woman. Abike became very much afraid at the change in the old woman’s appearance.

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