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Once upon a time, in a dilapidated area, a village in the east called Nkpe in Isi-uzo South Local Government Area in Enugu state, there lived a young handsome man called Udoka. Udoka had two handsome brothers and three beautiful sisters. His first brother has four sons and two daughters, his second had three sons and one daughter. While Udoka and his siblings were growing, his two sisters died of leukaemia. Leaving behind just only one sister named Oluchi.

Oluchi is a damsel that became the center of attraction in the village of Npke.Touts in the village wooed her but she refused. Many plotted evil to strip her naked forcefully and eject their erected manhood in female sex organ. All these devilish thoughts run through the mind of four Npke local champion as well who planned to carry out the rape in the bush at ozala stream, where Oluchi always went to fetch water. Subsequently, they tried carrying their devilish plan, but it was unfortunate for them because Oluchi always go to the stream with her friends. Out of fear of the heartless crime they were about to commit and the girls that never leave the sight of Oluchi while going to stream, they change strategy of plans to rape her forcefully in the bush any night they set eyes on her.

Time waits for no man. In the subsequent days, they failed in their plan for oluchi is not an out door type. It is unfortunate that oluchi is the last girl in their family and still the last child ever since their father died of snake bite in the farm. Udoka the first son and first issue of Ibe’s family, has been the father of his siblings and husband to his mother. Their mother, who had leukemia running in her blood, couldn’t bear the pain of the cancerous illness and the sudden demise of her husband, kissed the dust one fateful night. She died without telling the children about her illness.

Times pass. Winds blows, clocks tick, things change. Oluchi’s nieces, the daughters of her elder brothers died. The family was between the devil and dark blue sea. They didn’t know why their females die of the same illness. They went to several native doctors to find out but all of them have no clear interpretation of their familiar death.

As time went on, Oluchi had stopped schooling ever since her mum died. She is now growing fast three years later, when she clocked 15 years of age. The battle between her and village boys became higher, the more her puberty refuse to end. Her boobs get larger and her hip became wider. The boys’ ego increase in acceleration one melancholic night. Nobody is at home. The children of her two brothers didn’t come to sleep with her as usual and Udoka who had no child, due to his only wife died without an issue.

It was 8:02 pm and the owls sang along with the Npke’s Nightingale. While others mimicked their song, four shadows tiptoed into the hut where oluchi was sleeping with her short wrapper tied from her burst to her knee. Indeed, she wasn’t putting on a bra and pant. It has been her habit due to the fact that poverty has raped the mind of Ibe’s family that they couldn’t afford bra and pant for a teenager like oluchi. Oluchi who always sleep reluctantly like a pig , didn’t know when she was raped by the four heartless village local champions. The four lads were hungry enough to please their sexual need that they had to do a quickie. The little girl’s private part was ravaged and forcefully ejected with their manhood as big as cucumber.

When Udoka came back, it was 8:46pm and the innocent girl oluchi was still sleeping like someone that has been drugged. Udoka stumbled on her feet due to the darkness of the room smelling of blood shed. The odour of the room which has suddenly changed from the junked hut udoka used to know has become a hut smelling of fresh blood shed. He decided to find out what has happened. He lit an old Npke’s atupka , a dwarf shaped lamp. He moved the atupka to different corners of the room until he get to the spot oluchi was busy sleeping like a decayed corpse. Seeing blood dripping from oluchi’s part underneath the wrapper, he checked and discovered her sex organ is now scraggy. He cried out with a loud voice “who did this evil deed”?

He quickly woke Oluchi up and scrutinize her, after which it was dawned on oluchi that her testis is scraggy and has been tampered with. Oluchi was in trauma due to the pains that persisted after that sinful deed of the evil boys, accompanied by her unknown leukemia that has been killing all the female in Ibe’s lineage. She was lamenting and soliloquizing. She asked “God is this how my destiny will be?”, hoping for an answer. Heavy tears rolled down her chin to the floor. She wailed and wailed but Udoka was confused on how to face the situation. He went to the village leaders and reported the melancholic story to them. They listen as said they could do nothing since Udoka and Oluchi don’t know the boys. However, they will inform all the youth to beware that if something like that should happen again, the whole youth leaders will pay for it.

Times pass, winds blows it now six months after that incident. Oluchi stomach is as big an old woman carry two matures youth in her stomach. A young girl of seventeen years with this suffering. Udoka didn’t leave her alone. He was with her all through the experience. Their other brothers and their families held the news and sympathize with Oluchi. Oluchi became ill and her skin began to deteriorate like a person with HIV/AIDS. She was taken to different native doctor, but all of them said they couldn’t cure her. She was told that it is the same sickness that killed her mum that was eating her up. The pregnancy was just seven month and Oluchi was about to give up her ghost. Udoka was in a dilemma as he ran helter skater looking for solution to either save oluchi or her baby.

He took Oluchi to a powerful Dibia in Ulordimiri; a village two miles from Nkpe. They embarked on the journey by night but oluchi seems to be strong. She believed she will die soon so she decided to use her last strength to get to the Dibia’s place. Fortunately, they got there. The dibia said she can deliver if she will be strong enough to push because the baby is alive but premature. Oluchi pushed and wailed for three hours but no positive results. It was when she was loosing hope that the baby leaped in her womb. It was as if the baby was flogged in her womb.

She pushed for the next thirty minutes and delivered a beautiful girls. She named her OLUCHI. She smiled at the baby and said to her. “Continue my life and achieve my dreams for my destiny is great”. Three minutes after this touching words from mother to daughter, Oluchi gave a long sigh and died. The new born girl named oluchi was a talk of the town that the demise oluchi could have the strength to still deliver. Many snapped their feet that the child will end up like her mother because she is a bastard while few came to Udoka’s hut to visit the beautiful baby with lots of gift.

Six years later, a widow with no child after been married for more than thirty five years before her husband died two years ago, decided to visit Udoka to help train oluchi the baby of the dead oluchi. The widow is a very rich woman. She inherited her husband’s wealth. Her husband’s family is also wealthy so she has no one to compete with her for the wealth. She came all the way from Abuja to see Udoka in Npke, isi-uzo Local Government Area in Enugu State. Udoka accepted to give her the little oluchi. After she had explain how she got to hear about the mother’s misfortune and that of Ibe’s family. She also promised to train oluchi in the best school and take Udoka to Abuja. Where she lives alone in a big mansion. It was as if Udoka Ibe the widower with no child and Mrs. Susan Danladi the widow with no child will become the parent of oluchi. They both decided on that plan. But not to re-marry each other. The matter was discussed with Udoka’s brother and they all accepted and appreciated the kind gesture of Mrs. Susan Danladi.

Years past, things changes. It as if God has opened the flood gate of Udoka and oluchi. Oluchi grow big and more beautiful than her mum. She is the apple of Mrs. Susan Danladi and Udoka’s eye. She loves writing. So that zeal made her won the best youngest international article writer. She was in the TV stations of the entire nation. Britain, England, Iraq, Korea, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, China, Nigeria all Africa countries and countries in other continents watch her in TV. The journalist in Britain where all over her. To get more information about her. It was like Udoka was dreaming when he saw oluchi in TV.

Time past, Oluchi became the centre of attraction in all the continent. She was given the title of child activist of the whole nation for winning the international short story article hosted by Great Britain. She became a child hero at age twelve. When she clock fifteen she was given a scholarship to study in any university abroad. She decided to study in Cambridge. She was the top in the class and the only African in the class bought with light complexion more beautiful than the white lasses over there. She graduated with a first class degree in Medicine. She loves treating people and saving lives. She practices her medicine in the British World Hospital and was crowned the Leading doctor after she was able to deliver a woman with five babies at a time via caesarian section with both the five babies and their mother safe. She always called Mrs. Susan Danladi her mum and Mr. Udoka Ibe her dad.

Not knowing they her not her biological parent. They decided to tell her the story of her mum when she clocks twenty four years of age.

On the night before her twenty fourth birthday, Udoka and Mrs Susan are thinking of who to tell her while the other console her. Because they her certain she won’t be able to bear the shock of the sad story of her real mother. When the D-day came. Everyone was happy. She celebrated her twenty fourth birthday in one of the biggest stadium been the child activist of the world and leading doctor of the world, two great titles. They all came back home. She was tired. They decided to the her so after wailing she will dose off.

Mr Udoka narrated the whole story of oluchi’s mum bit by bit to her. From her mum’s birth to her death. And how oluchi herself was born. How her mum fought for life during her race of leukemia been the cancer that runs in the blood of all the female children. wailed and wailing over again. It was like a dream to her. Then she remembered the word Mr Udoka told her in the course of the story of her child birth. When her mum said. “I named you oluchi to continue my life for me. For I know my destiny is great”. At that moment. She decided to be left alone. She wailed in her big room alone until she slept off.

The next morning. She decided she want to see her mother’s grave. She was taken there by Udoka and Mrs Susan. She dropped a flower on the grave and a note that read “mum you are a strong woman”. I will never let you down. I have continued your life and I am a destiny child. Farewell mum”. They went home the subsequent day. After lodging in a hotel, Oluchi decided to build a hospital of her and mansion in her village which she named after her mother. It read “Destiny Hospital – in memory of Oluchi Ibe”.

Many people who were sick got treated in the hospital free of charge, even pregnant women delivery were free. It was a charity hospital and a renowned one that made the people on the nation who are poor to migrate all the way from their place to Npke just to receive the best quality treatment from the best hospital free of charge. Oluchi began to have more followers and friends and she became an idol whose pictures were made a billboard. She sponsored the education of most of the children of Npke and developed the community to better standards by constructing roads, building more clinics, schools and borehole water on every community in Npke. She was the talk of the town and most people that gave birth to female children give them the name OLUCHI.

Sunsampaul

Goodluck sunsampaul Egwu ! :D

JUDGE’S REVIEWS

Good effort!

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Good effort. The writer needs to work on tenses and sentence structuring.

Numerous errors, too gruesome...

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1 5 1
Long Nollywood story; good effort though. A brazen raw tale with numerous errors, too gruesome and suggest forgery to the mind of the reader considering the poor arrangement; veered off the theme of the contest.

Indiscriminate use of tenses...

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Watch tenses and punctuation marks and spellings. Watch the indiscriminate use of past and present events as it doesn't carry your reader along if there's a disconnect. It throws them off balance.
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