NYU Black Renaissance Noire Volume 18 Issue 1 - Winter 2018 - Page 56

S H O RT STO RY Auntie Nwakaego, who refused to get married, wore her bright eyeshadow, her purple lipstick, and unlike all the other women, her trousers were sewn from red and black wax prints. She wore a hat to cover her skin from the sun. She stepped out of her car with her sandals showing her neatly manicured toes. My mother’s only sister, a newly appointed manager at one of the recently merged banks in Lagos Island, had her hair neatly braided into two braids, finished at the end with a red ribbon, and her skin was covered from head to toe in her most stylish fashions, trousers she had made from wax prints instead of making skirts or wrappers like the other women in the party. She had albinism and was nicknamed, “onye ocha”, which made her laugh. White person. The irony. She hugged me tightly and gave me sweets, chocolates from her most recent trip to London. Mother is beautiful like those women in the magazines she buys once a month. She wore a yellow and blue wax print, opting for a flowing skirt and a blouse, which her favorite tailor, Mama Oge, had sewn for her, and she wore a matching head wrap, her black skin a contrast to the bright colors. Her red lipstick matched her red nail polish, a favorite color she buys from the old Yoruba woman who hawks in our street every Wednesday. My mother’s skin was moonless midnight, and she had a nose “like a period in a body of poems,” my father would say to )Mչ䁕ٕ̰ݡݽձ)ɕ́ٽɥє́ЁՐ)Ѽ̸q5ݥԁɔ)ɽ餁9չ啴݄)ԁ啴Յݴ݄ͅ)5䁝ݥԁݥѥՔѼ)ݥ͕ٕݽɱ́t)5䁙ѡȁݽձͅѡ́ݥѠ)ѱȁɅ͕!ٕ)̰ٕ%Ʌѥ)ݡ$݅́ɸɅ)䁝ɅѡȁѼѼѡ)ݡѼЁٕ̰%Եݼ)ѼЁݡ$݅́䁙ɵ)5䁙ѡȁ݅́ѽѡЁ$ѡ)ɕɹѥ́ѡȰ́9)$݅́ѕ啅́ݡѡȁ)ȁɥQЁ݅́Ё)䁙ѡˊéݡє͡Ё݅́ѥ)ݥѠɅѥQЁ)ѥȁ͡Ёѡ)݅́ݥѠ͕́ɕ)ɝեݥѠѡхPѡȁ)啐䁙ѡȁ)ѼՕ͍ɍ丁ȁ9ɥ)݅ѥѼٔ9ɥЁ݅)Ѽȁѡѡ䁩Ё݅ѕѼٔ)]Ёٔх)ȁȰȁͼЁ͕ݡݔ)ɐݽݥѠ)ѕѡ͕́Ʌ)ݥѠݽɑ́ͽչչ䁱ѡ͔)ѡɅ͡܁́ݡɕѕ)Ѽٔɕаѡ՝)ѡՑȁȁ啅)ѡչٕͥ丁M݅́չ)ѡЁѡ́ݕɔ܁Օ)5ѡȁЁ䁡͕)䁙ѡȰȁ̸́)$ٕȁ͕ѡаٕȁ͕)䁵ѡȁ́䁙ѡȸ$)͕Ёɕ٥̸)Q͔ɥ٥́ݡɔѡ)ݡєٕͅ她q$ٔ)׊tݥѠѡȁЁɕѠɔѡ)ͱյѼѡȁѠѡ)Ʌѥ͡]ٕȁѡͥ)͍ݽձѡ͍ɕ)ѡձ́ѡɽݽձѕ)Ѽ͔䁕͔́䁡́Ѽ)ٕȁѡ а$ݽձѡɽ՝)䁙̸Q́ѥѽ)Ѽ͔䁕̸)5䁵ѡȁЁձ)ɍɽȁͥЁѼ)ݥȁ̸M݅́她5)ѡȁЁݸѼ́ȁѽ)M݅́ݼѡ́ɕи+q5ͽ$ݥtͅͽѱ)ͥȁѽ!ٕ݅)Ѽ!ձ́ Ʌ)ѡٕͅЁѕ)啅́ѕȁ٥٥ѡ݅ȸ+q 奵䁑ɱݥ)ͽԁQɔ)䁙ȁeЁՉɸ)ԁt$ѽѡɔ)䁡她ЁѼ)Ё)Q݅́٥иMЁ݅)́ɸٔѡѽ)ȁ́Ёѽ́ݔձ)ٔ]ѕ݅䁙ɽѡ)ЁѡȁЁ݅ѽ݅ɑ́ѡ)ɅMѽѡɔɅ͙ᕐ)ݔ݅эͅȁѼѡ)ɽݐɔ݅݅)Qݽݕɔݕɥѡ)ɥЁ݅ɥ́ɕЁ̸ͥ)Q䁡ѡȁȁٕɕȁ)܁ɑ%Ё̰݅ѕȁٕ)ЁѼѡͅ)ѕȁɍѕȁѥ)չݥѠѡȁ̸)5䁵ѡȁ݅ɽչȁɕ)́эȁɕѥ݅)ѼՕЁͭѡ)ݕɔ她ѡȁѡɥ)Ё͡Ё́ѡ)ЁɔMЁѕѡ)͡Ё́ѡѡ)͕͡ЁѼɥѡѽѽ)ݸѡɕаѡЁ͡)ȁхєЁ͵́͡)Ʌ͕ȁ͡Ёͅ)ѡЁ͍͡ɕЁȁݡ)͡ѡ՝Ёѡɥ݅́ɹ)MЁѥ܁Ս)ȁѥЁѽѼ䁽и)MЁ͕݅͡)́Ё͕丁M՝ݥѠ)ȁɍٕȁȁѠ)Qݼ́ɔ)ѡȁЁȁɥ)ͽɥ́)ɕ́ѡɕ)͕́) %Uռ)Qх ݕ)1M