Fiction (Signed) DEBO KOTUN Abiku

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Abiku

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Winner of the 1995 Phi Kappa Phi Prize for Fiction, USC

" . . . One that puts a stone in a basket of eggs must walk ever so gently." Yoruba Proverb

Abiku, a Yoruba word which means "born to die," is an allegorical satire couched within the complex and often convoluted environment of Nigeria's social, traditional and military cultures. It is more than a book about Yoruba mythological beliefs. It extends beyond a clash of modernity and traditional beliefs, treachery, deception, or savage display of brutality among members of Nigeria's military ruling class. It is all of these and more. Above all, it is an interwoven belief of religion and spirituality, about power and its vulnerability, about a misunderstood phenomenon that is universal in scope. -Ayo Akingbemi, Ph.D.

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Debo Kotun was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He studied at Johns Hopkins University, Yale, the New School for Social Research, and the Masters of Professional Writing Program of the University of Southern California.

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For a moment the afternoon promised a day of vision with the sky looking as though it had been prepared for a wedding. It wore a blue suit perfect for a gentleman with a white carnation, in this case the gathering cloud on high, on its lapel. The golden sun blazed.

Major Segun Sakara sat to the right of his driver in the back seat of a black Peugeot 505 sedan. As the car neared the end of the bridge which connected the island of Lagos to the rest of the most populous black nation in the world, Sakara turned to the driver. "You told Lieutenant Achibong to expect us, didn't you?"

The driver nodded. "Idid, sir."

Sakara heard a din and turned back to the windshield. There was rumbling, the sound of a tin drum rolling on a bed of pebbles. A lone bright thread lacerated the sky and its head split to become a mouth with the jagged teeth of a silver flying crocodile. It roared as it crashed through the sky. Then it started to drizzle. Rain drops splattered the hood of the car. It rained harder, each drop the size of a coffee bean, faster. It turned torrential. The sun yawned; its wind lent force to the thunder crackling across the sky. The traffic slowed to a crawl. Sakara rubbed his temples as he felt a cyclone of irritation throbbing inside his head. His mind became filled with riddles as an inner voice said to him, "The battle between the scorching sun and the thirst-quenching rain has erupted. A lioness is giving birth. But why now?" demanded the voice before it lapsed into silence.

Sakara took a deep breath and rolled down the window. The dank, rancid stench of swamp mud mixed with rotten fish assaulted his nose. Then the car was invaded by the foul odor of chemicals that failed to neutralize the smell of tons of human waste dumped nightly into the lagoon. He quickly rolled the window back up. His nose twitched as though he was about to let out a copious sneeze. He didn't, however, though the sensation remained. Furrows of annoyance creased his forehead as he said to the driver, "One does not ask, 'Do you see something?' when an elephant charges by." Then becoming silent for a while, he focused on the task ahead. There was fury, not pity, in his eyes. He took another deep breath as the rain ceased and the car surged forward, gathering speed.

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