April Contest

Iyi Uwa (The Earth Oath)

She took an oath to come and go repeatedly. Six times, she had come and gone! They called her ‘Ogbanje.’

Very sick now, the cycle was about to repeat itself, but the medicine man was at work.

A mystic stone buried by the spirit at the foot of an Iroko tree was dug up! It was the girl’s ‘iyi uwa.’

They arrived the river late in the night and threw the stone into it. A grotesque, girlish face emerged and gave out a shrieking cry that echoed in the quiet night! This death cycle had been nipped in the bud!

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