Just how far can and should a woman go to protect her marriage? What are the limits when it comes to securing your property and C of O (certificate of ownership)? What is the worth of a relationship and what are the things women do to keep trespassers from their men?
Deola and Tunji had been married for 12 years and both were celebrities at the time. Deola was a successful business woman and Tunji a respected industrialist. They seemed the ideal couple and acted it. They had four children and things looked good. Now, everybody knew Tunji as a successful womanizer and deola was not his first wife. She was the fourth but somehow had managed to eclipse her predecessors and was determined to be the last. So she kept her eyes skinned. If any fly buzzed around Tunji’s head, she whipped out a shotgun because she was determined to keep Tunji, whatever the cost.
Then she heard of Ajoke, a civil servant Tunji was paying attention than a casual fling, he was eating in her house and travelling with her. Some of Deola’s friends told her that on a few occasions when Tunji had told her he was travelling out of town, he was actually holed up in Ajoke’s GRA Ikeja apartment. Where did a civil servant find money to buy a house, or even rent an apartment in the GRA? Deola and her friends wondered. They started holding meetings to do something about it.
Deola was agitated but she hid it well, she didn’t quarrel with him even though she was burning inside. One day, Ajoke was coming from a trip along Lagos/Ibadan Expressway, she was stopped by gun-totting men. The highway was not busy and it was getting dark, so nobody knew of the evil drama going on. She was driving and panicked so badly she almost drove into a ditch. She was convinced they were armed robbers but her worries were more for her life than for her car and the gold jewellery she had on. Still shaking in her seat, Ajoke begged the men to spare her life. She removed her earrings as they dragged her out of the car, sobbing. The masked ones threw her jewellery back at her and told her that their brief did not include Ajoke’s gold. The biggest one told her to get on her knees while he barked to the remaining three boys to get to work. Before Ajoke knew what the entire drama was all about, her fine car had been doused with petrol and set ablaze. If these armed robbers did not need her car, why did they stop her? To what god were they offering her car as burnt offering? What was the point to snatching a car and then making a bonfire with it?
Ajoke did not have to wonder for long. The masked men told her their mission in very short sentences. Ajoke should take her man-snatching claws from the man who bought her the burning car otherwise next time she would be part of the ingredients for the burnt offering. They gave her a couple of slaps and kicks for added effect and disappeared into the darkness.
Ajoke was stunned, scared witless. One thing at a time, she calmed herself. First, get out of the venue of the tragedy. She did, after trekking about a kilometre. Then, she left town for a week to sort out her swirling thoughts. She knew where the bullet came from. She knew only a woman who could kill without batting an eyelid would go to the extent that Deola went in warning a mistress. She got the message and moved on. She cut her losses and told Tunji that armed robbers snatched her car after which she started avoiding him. The affair eventually packed up.
That was a mean one, an extreme measure by Deola. She eventually acquired a reputation as a mean wife and that if you were not ready to fight dirty, do not go near her territory.
There was a story of another wife who told thugs to raid the home of her husband’s girlfriend. They took everything she had except the nightwear she had on and promised to return to rape if she did not leave a certain man alone.
Did you sigh and said Jehovah? You don’t want to hear the more gory ones i have heard. Women can be mean if their territories are threatened. Now, what they do to husbands who betray them is worse, but that is a story for another day.