” You can come and see her now”
A young nurse said. We followed her
into the hospital room. She told us not
to disturb her patient and went out of
the room. Ify was so pale but her eyes
were shinning brightly. I leaned in and
kissed her softly on her mouth. I looked
back just in time to see her dad look
away, a certain confused look on his
face. He wouldn’t understand the love i
had for his daughter, she was like my
child. I would starve myself for her, i
would go to the end of the world for her
if it would make her alright.
I stepped out to give her some private
time with her dad. I suddenly
remembered someone else, an
important person in Ify’ s life. i dialed
the number like my life depended on it.
” Hello. What’s up” He said.
” Am sorry to call you this late but i just
thought you might want to know Ify is
in the hospital”
I heard a femininely intimate laughter in
the background, he whispered
something to her and my ears caught
the word ‘ baby’, my heart sank.
” Thank you. I will come see her
tomorrow ” Chiboy said.
” It will mean a lot to her Chiboy”
I paced the hospital corridor thinking
about how unjust life was. My life was
a mess begging to be sorted out, Ify
was laying on an hospital bed on a day
that was supposed to be her wedding
day. That lovely white gown which had
been purchased in Italy was in her
wardrobe never to be worn. A foreign
number showed on the screen of my
” Hello ”
” Hi Cherie! ”
My heart leapt up with joy. ” Kofi! ”
He gave a hearty laugh. ” Today was my
daughter’ s wedding! thank you! thank
you for giving me this wonderful gift!”
” Am glad it worked Kofi.
I had taken an HIV test and filled in
Kofi’ s name at the top left of the result
sheet. I had also done a fever
vaccination test and used his name.
Doctor Debola did both of the tests.
Kofi went across the border ( border
between Benin Republic and Togo)
without any hassle.
” Thank you! how is Ify? sorry am
calling this late”
” She’s in the hospital, PCP”
He groaned. ” Awww, how’s she holding
” She’s OK now”.
” There’s an herbalist in Lome. He has
cure for AIDS, my daughter told me
about him. Can you come?”
” Yes, yes, yes. When should i come?
have you tried it out?”
” Have stopped fighting it a long time
ago but Ify is still so young so come
but i must warn you it would be very
dangerous to cross the border with the
” I will come. I will come next tomorrow,
will give you a call tomorrow. Thank
” Ah! i should thank you. Goodnight and
” Good night ”
I sank to my knees in sheer happiness.