SUMMARY OF CHAPTER TEN:
Yaremi had grown like a man. She became restive and short tempered. Woye her grandson was even confused about her grandma. Yaremi’s hands were hard, arid and dry. She held the hand of another woman of the village in a friendly embrace, the woman screamed in pain. She was referred to as a man by her colleagues. Yaremi swore on oaths and shouted at men whom she referred to as wife snatchers of the village who will not leave her alone. She claimed to have a stiffed waist and told Ayanwale that his drum cannot seduce her anymore. She advised Ayanwale to seduce those that eyes at him. Yaremi told Olonade that she cannot be carved like soft wood with axes, knives and chisels. She further told Olonade that all wood craved by him would be consumed by termites and the images carved cannot protect the villager from external aggressors. She advised Lanwa to stop preaching the sermon of automatic tradition. She also said that the story of half-brother connection to Ajumobi make her like a deer in a snare. She concluded to live her own way of life. It was also reported that Ajumobi visited Yaremi and spoke to her in dreams. He told Yaremi that he did not abandon her and his children. Yaremi was to be taken out of widow’s realm. It was time for her purification but the elders delayed it and suggested “choosing a new cap’’ to replace the old tradition.
SUMMARY OF CHAPTER ELEVEN:
Rogba, the village flute player played on the ‘’cap-picking day’’. A day set aside for widows to choose new husbands to replace the dead ones. The last took place ten years back. Rogba blew the flute to invite the dead heroes to witness and bless the proceedings of the day. The minstrels sang songs of battles won and lost and that of man’s follies. Dedewe, Fayoyin and Radeke sat among the crowd. It was a period of reconciliation, a period to pardon those that shaved their hair to its root and to forgive people who forced them to confess to the sins they never committed. They picked new caps and remarried. During Yaremi’s time, Dedewe, Fayoyin and Radeke visited Yaremi to advise her to play according to the tradition. The flute man reechoed the qualities of every suitor to Yaremi. For Ayanwale’s cap; it was described as everlasting happiness. The cap was in Ayan-shaped and looks like the ‘’kongo’’ of a talking drum. The second cap on the bench was the cap of an artist, decorated on the edges with the cowrie images and embroidered on the fringe with fine golden threads. It was Olonade’s cap. The cap means wealth and prosperity. The third cap was ‘’gobi’’ cap. It was shaped like the cap of on married to farm work. The cap means abundance and self-sufficient. It was Lanwa’s cap. Yaremi walked passed the three caps bowed to the elders and walked to her house without picking any cap. The crow murmured at her disobedience to tradition.
SUMMARY OF CHAPTER TWELVE:
Yaremi refusal to pick a new husband added more to her problems. Everybody in Kufi village sanctioned her. She planned to relocate to Olode, Apon and Ibadan where her children live and to Laniyan the village of her friend. Her enemies increased, she saw shadows of unperceived enemies following her everywhere she went. She resulted to sitting on her husband grave very early in the morning and late in the evening to discuss all her problems. She also thought of Adeyipo, her parent’s home. Adeyipo was a village that had kindness and favour on all her children.
SUMMARY OF CHAPTER THIRTEEN.
Segi visited Kufi to console her mother. She was against the idea of second marriage, had good rapport with her mother as the first child. Yaremi discussed her life with Segi and the treatment meted out to her in Kufi. Segi was skeptical about second marriage. She was not sure of the receptivity of the family of the new husband. After much deliberation, Segi and Yaremi voted against second marriage or levirate. Woye never bothered about the issues at stake. His main concerned was to get involved in whuile-time-away activities. He was fully prepared for formal education. Woye learnt counting of numbers up to one hundred, a skill he acquired through taffeta number game. He gave a good account of grandma to Segi. Woye wanted to go with his mother to Olode; her husband village. Yaremi was surprised as Woye planned to go with his mother. It was a challenge to her and she knew the implications of Woye leaving her behind.
SUMMARY OF CHAPTER FOURTEEN:
Alani visited his mother in Kufi village. It was a relief to her after Woye left with his mother. Uncle Deyo, Ajumobi’s bosom friend scolded Alani for keeping away from his mother. He took Alani to Ajumobi’s farm for on the spot assessment of land mass of Ajumobi’s farm and encourage him to take over the control of his father’s properties. Alani explained his success to his mother and his plan to go to city, complete his new building, finalize preparations for his proposed marriage to his city girl who was pregnant. He said his father’s farm land could be sublet or be leased out. Yaremi became unconscious because of the decisions taken by Alani. The village elders announced a number of punitive measures against Yaremi. The villagers concluded ostracise Yaremi, her husband’s property was to be confisticated. Yaremi knew it was going to be an easy task. It was a continuation of her lonely days and new challenges in the days ahead.
CHAPTERS 10-14 OF LONELY DAYS