The “Ding Dongs” as the young men are known, stand in queues, wearing gun shaped protectors around their waists to accentuate their goods. Their shea buttered shiny skins, well combed Afro hair and powdered chests with their neck beads, make them the perfect “pick me” princes. The sexually hungry women stand by, devouring the goods with their eyes, each making a choice or two from the lot. In Fair City, women are the goddesses, the leaders, the power in charge. They can marry as many as seven husbands and can choose not to work, in some areas of the nation, relying on the men to fend for them, take care of the children, do all house chores and satisfy them well in bed. The boys, or men, must work to cater to their every need. No boy or man can reject a woman’s advances in Fair Nation. It is tantamount to 400 strokes of the cane. History has it that no man has ever survived the strokes, so you accept the advances of a woman or girl, no matter who she is once you’ve not been chosen by another.
The women on the other hand take good care of the men they desire, that is, the wealthy ones. They can discard any man who displeases them in any way. When that happens, the men become second hand goods and struggle to get wives. It is in this wise that families of boys train them in house chores, appropriate mannerisms etc… and the boys themselves, mostly from the ages of ten to fifteen, pray to get the best wives to pick them for husbands. Abiola stands and watches as the women pick their choices from the parade. Some clash but settle the clashes amicably with their catch idiom “more fishes in the sea”, and the analogy “they’re like tomatoes on a dying market, why must sisters fight over these?”. Most of the women stink. Most have unkempt hair, big bellies, rotten teeth and are poorly dressed. Few are so well dressed and look great for the occasion.
Abiola can swear the boys are praying for the beautiful women to choose them. Some even pray to his hearing for the daughters of some beautiful women to choose them. But the meaner women get the most boys because the gentle ones are slow to pick. He has been told stories of women being in positions of power and had been trained to worship women, respect them and be kind to them so he can have a good wife in future despite his ill health. Some women mostly go as far as abusing some of the men they marry, and he hears stories about such people daily. Some lose their arms when they’re accused of stealing, some are castrated when they’re caught cheating, many are whipped on daily basis by their fellow men, who for favours, act stooges for the heads of their homes: women. Fear creeps into the boy who is barely nine years old. He falls, convulses and is carried home in a frenzy by his elder sisters as others look on, scandalized.
Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © February 2020. Photo Credit: Google Pics
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