DOZ Issue 36 October 2018 - Page 36

DOZ Chronicles: RU K I An excerpt from the novel, DOZ Chronicles: RUKI, by Eturuvie Erebor. Available on Amazon. Eturuvie Erebor My name is Rukevwe Oteri. I am also known as Ruki. I was born and raised in a village called Ughelli, in Nigeria’s Delta State. I am the first of eight children and the only daughter of my mother. My father is a polygamist and has two other wives, besides my mother. One has six children with him, and the other five, bringing us to a total of nineteen children - or maybe I should say nineteen wild animals, considering that we are always at each other’s throats, day and night. I have been surrounded by poverty for a long time because my father is very poor, and what he earns is barely enough to take care of one wife, let alone three. My mother is the first wife, so she actually owns the husband and the home. The others …Ι”Ρ‘”₯ΉΡΙΥ‘•ΙΜΈQ‘”™₯ΙΝΠ)₯ΉΡΙΥ‘•Θ…΅”₯ΉΡΌΡ‘”™…΅₯±δέ‘•Έ)$έ…́„Ρ½‘‘±•Θ°…Ή₯Ё݅́½½‘‰ε”)ΡΌΑ•…”₯Έ½Υȁ‘½΅”™Ι½΄Ρ‘…Ё‘…δ)Ρ₯±°Ή½άΈQ‘”Ν•½Ή₯ΉΡΙΥ‘•Θ…ΙΙ₯Ω•)ΡέΌε•…Ί…™Ρ•ΘΡ‘”™₯ΙΝΠ°…Ήέ₯Ρ )‘•Θ…΅”΅½Ι”ΡΙ½Υ‰±”Έ)Q‘”έ₯ٕ́…Ι”½ΉΝΡ…ΉΡ±δ™₯‘Ρ₯Ήœ)•… ½Ρ‘•Θ…Ήέ‘•ΈΡ‘•ηŠeΙ”Ή½Π°)Ρ‘•ηŠeΙ”™₯‘Ρ₯ΉœΡ‘•₯ȁ‘ΥΝ‰…Ή™½Θ)™••‘₯Ήœ΅½Ή•δΈ!΅΄°΅δΑ½½Θ)™…Ρ‘•Θμ$‘½Α”Ρ‘•δ‘½»ŠeЁ­₯±°‘₯΄Έ) ΥЁ…ΉεΡ₯΅”$Ν…δΡ‘…ЁѼ΅δ΅½Ρ‘•Θ)Ν‘”Ι•Α±₯•Μ°ƒŠq½»ŠeЁ΅₯ΉΡ‘”ΥΝ•±•ΝΜ+ ¬€ΜΨ)=h5……ι₯Ή”=Ρ½‰•Θ€ΘΐΔΰ