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"Copyright (c) 2010 This screenplaymay not be used or reproduced without the express written permission of the author." A COMEDY PLAY IRONY OF LOVE BY MUONEKE CHIDIEBERE ACT 1 SCENE ONE: The curtain rises up; Tunde is seen sitting on a chair located at the right side of the stage. He is writing down a letter on the table and on the table, there is also a little rose flower. He is a dark, round faced, broad-shoulder, handsome young man in his late twenties. Tunde is the butler of a district head's household. TUNDE (V/O) (V.O means we hear voice or thought of a actor without the actor actually moving his/her lips or mouth) (Aside; Writing a note) Jumoke, my love, Whose beauty is excess; Smiles are lovely bright And demeanor is always right. Your eyes reminds me of glittering stars--- Stars sprinkled in skies at night like diamonds. I love everything about you. Tunde smiles, stands up and walks to the left of the stage. He calls Lekan, who is lowest ranked worker in the household. TUNDE (Calls) Lekan! Lekan! MAN'S VOICE (Loudly) Sir! Yes, sir! Lekan appears quickly. LEKAN Yes, sir! You called for me! Lekan is tall, gaunt man, with tooth-brush moustache and hanger-like shoulders TUNDE (Jiggles his head) Please, I have told you a lot of times to stop calling me sir. Just call me by my first name; ‘Tunde' LEKAN (Nodding) I won't sir! TUNDE But you just did! LEKAN I won't again, sir! TUNDE (Wagging his finger; Droops his head) Please, stop including the sir! LEKAN (In a subdued voice) If I have wronged you, please forgive me, sir. TUNDE Okay. Never mind. I want you to call Bola. Please tell her, she should come straight away. LEKAN (Bows) Yes, sir! Lekan exits. Tunde takes a deep breath and ambles to the chair. He sits. Bola and Lekan enters and walks to the right of the side of the stage where Tunde is sitting. BOLA (Obese and puffy faced) I heard news and rumors about you! Gossips about you that would make you smile. TUNDE And what is it? BOLA (Smiling) Ladies are gossiping that you are very handsome. TUNDE Ah! Is that it? BOLA Umm-Hmmm! TUNDE (Turns to Lekan) Thank you, Lekan. You can now leave. LEKAN (Bows) Yes, sir. Lekan exits. BOLA (Sitting on the table; to Tunde) And some ladies— TUNDE (Glares at Bola sitting on the table) Bola, where are your manners? BOLA Ugh, Oh, I am tired of faking it! TUNDE (Defeated; Speaks weakly) You will never change. BOLA More importantly, some ladies said that you have olive-oil looks (Beat) And they love your chest… TUNDE My chest?— BOLA Yes, they said it is as broad as barrel. TUNDE It surprises me that you are talking about handsomeness. It seems like you have found a man? Have you? BOLA Why? No! TUNDE Aren't you thinking of getting married some day? BOLA Ugh…for that only the lord knows. TUNDE (Surprised with her response) But, it will be fine if you fall in love with someone Like connect with the person's soul and make mountains roll. BOLA But that's sorcery! TUNDE Love is like sorcery. It bond two persons together. They dream of each other. They want to be with each other And drench one another with kisses! BOLA (Warily) Are you in love with someone? TUNDE Yes, i am. BOLA (Gesticulates her arm) I hope the person it's not me! TUNDE (Wagging his finger) Oh, It is not you. BOLA Who? TUNDE (Speaks slowly) Jumoke. BOLA The district head's only daughter? TUNDE Yes. our master's daughter, Jumoke. BOLA (Look at Tunde. Nods her head respectfully) You definitely have high taste! How did you pull it off? TUNDE Don't worry about that. I am writing her a sonnet and I want you to please give it to her. BOLA Hmmmm…. Bola peeps into the sonnet on the table. BOLA (Reads a line aloud) "Your eyes reminds me of glittering stars--- Stars sprinkled in skies at night like diamonds." (Looks at Tunde; shaking her head) Seems, you do exceedingly well in this trade. (After an awkward beat) Can you write me a sonnet praising my inner virtues? Oh, I know I don't have eyes shaped like diamonds, but I have nice, amazing set of teeth so strong like chainsaw. TUNDE Maybe some other time. (He picks up little rose on the table and sniffs it) Little, beautiful rose flower, Blessed with amazing power, Beautiful from head to toe; Just like Jumoke, Splendid from head to toe! BOLA (Gazing at Tunde; Very amazed) Love is indeed like sorcery! TUNDE I told you. BOLA Is it actually possible to fall in love with anyone…..like connect with someone like how you just did? TUNDE Oh, yes! BOLA To anyone... ? TUNDE Anyone except our master. BOLA Oh, don't worry about that; his face scares me. His eyes could make cheetahs run slow most time, when he is talking to me my heart stops beating. TUNDE (Laughs softly) Ok. Please can you give the letter to Jumoke? It's a lot easy because you are her personal maid. BOLA No, problem. TUNDE Thanks. Please, don't let our master see the sonnet. BOLA Okay... SCENE TWO In Jumoke's room, Jumoke and her cousin, Bisi are lying on a bed. Jumoke is reading one of the sonnets Tunde wrote for her. Bisi is lying on the bed few inches from Jumoke and filing her nails. JUMOKE (Reads from the sonnet) "I love the way you tread softly when you walk, I adore your sweet voice when you talk; I love your teeth arranged like hybrid corns, And adore your lovely dark eyes like coals that burns….." Jumoke laughs. BISI What's the matter? JUMOKE Oh, sorry. BISI Tell me, what's the matter? You have been reading a poem, smiling and laughing habitually. And you look extremely happy. JUMOKE Is it obvious? BISI With your mouth giving out those rumbling laughs like a Hyena even a deaf person will know that you are obviously excited. so tell me what makes you so happy? JUMOKE This note— BISI Notes?! JUMOKE (Raises the note slightly high) Yes, this note— BISI (Scoffing) Ugh, note! Oh, please don't tell me madness runs in our bloodline! JUMOKE Note…..not this note exactly. I mean the writer of this note. BISI Are you fooling around with Shakespeare? JUMOKE No….. BISI Chimamanda? JUMOKE That's gay… BISI Soyinka? JUMOKE (Voice slightly louder) No……he has a big nose! BISI Then, who dead or alive on earth would touch your heart with the right words? JUMOKE Someone… BISI Who? JUMOKE A handsome man— BISI Is he rich? Is he— JUMOKE Rich? Cousin, love doesn't have any criterion. Wealth isn't a criterion in falling in love with someone. Love is very unpredictable, you know. BISI But poverty is very predictable. Love doesn't just go alone with words or kisses. It also comes with goodies, too. (Dreamily) Nice robes, nice jewelries, lipsticks, and so on. JUMOKE (Scowling) Haven't you fallen in love before, have you... ? BISI ...No! JUMOKE (Compassionately) Sorry, but why? You look beautiful… BISI Because men in our district aren't rich enough and marrying a poor fellow is like living with a scarecrow…….impotent and toothless. JUMOKE (With a digusted look on her face) Eh… BISI Please worry less about me and tell who you're in love with? JUMOKE (Flicks a smile) Tunde…. BISI Tunde? Is he the son of the president of Nigeria or a legendary prince? JUMOKE (Jiggles her head) No! BISI (Sharply) Who's he? Oh, wait a minute; does he work under your father? The butler? JUMOKE (Proudly) Yes, Tunde…..the cute, handsome Tunde you know in the palace— BISI Please don't tell me that throughout your married life you want to have sweet nights but miserable mornings and sorrowful afternoon? JUMOKE I love him dearly. Moreover, love is blind, you know. BISI (Contemptuously) Oh, that's sad! Thank God, you still have eyes! JUMOKE Seriously, I do love him. BISI Please, Jumoke be realistic! You're supposed to know riches and poverty don't go in the same direction. Masters and slaves don't involve in romantic Mingling! This has been the basic rule since the beginning of life and this has always kept the world together. JUMOKE (Suddenly petulant) I think I have my life to live, and whosoever I decide to love is none of your business. BISI But uneven love on earth makes angels in heaven mad. JUMOKE Thank good lord; we are still on earth and not in heaven, are we? BISI …cousin I am trying to save you from future poverty occurrence or something close to that….. JUMOKE But this is what I want. Can you keep it a secret? Don't tell anyone not even the birds? BISI Just that? JUMOKE Yes. BISI Then consider my lips sealed! SCENE THREE: Tunde is alone on the stage; he looks at both sides of stage suspiciously at intervals. He murmurs words inaudibly to himself. Jumoke enters the stage. Tunde sees her and rushes to her. TUNDE (Cuddling her) My love! My bright sunflower! JUMOKE (Smiling) Did you miss me? TUNDE Greatly, dear. JUMOKE (Grinning) I miss you, too. TUNDE I miss you double. Most times I wonder what my life would be without you. Perhaps, without you I will be hopeless like a broken winged eagle… JUMOKE ...should get married? TUNDE (Surprised) Marriage? JUMOKE Yes. Speak to my dad I guess he would consider and allow us to be together, we both love each other. Don't we? TUNDE Yes, we do. But I am a slave— JUMOKE No, you are not! We are born equal. We eat, you eat, we walk, and you walk. We feel love, and you love. I love you and you love me. I guess above all that's the most important criterion TUNDE But your dad would reproach the whole idea now. JUMOKE What of if we elope? TUNDE Elope? I think that's not the best idea. Eloping stories don't end well. Most of the couples die of starvation or wild beasts. I don't think eloping is the best idea now. Jumoke is dejected. She walks to other end of stage, sits and droops her head TUNDE (Walks to her) I love you so much, love. JUMOKE I don't doubt you but you have to speak to my father. TUNDE (Drapes his hands around her body) I know, Jumoke. I am waiting for the perfect time. Rivers can't quench love, neither can seas drown it. Love is as strong as death. Just be a little patient. I will speak to your dad when the time is right. JUMOKE So you will talk to my father soon? TUNDE Yes, I promise. (He takes her hand and presses it to his chest) Feel my heart beats. They sing your name and will always sing melodies of you forever. (Jumoke looks into his eyes and smiles) Please just give me a little time. JUMOKE (Big breathe) I am scared……so scared I think my dad would marry me off to one of his friends to solidify their business ties— TUNDE No….he can't do that. Our love can stand any opposition. I am waiting for the perfect time to speak to your father……my master. JUMOKE (Nods) Okay, I will have to go now. May be my cousin or my dad are looking for me now. SCENE FOUR: On the stage; there are two chairs. Jumoke and Mama Yetunde are sitting on them. Her grandmother, Mama Yetunde, is an elderly beautiful woman, with tresses of her hair white as foams of seas. MAMA YETUNDE My child. I haven't seen you for awhile now. Hope all is well? JUMOKE I am fine. MAMA YETUNDE Look at you. You have grown immensely beautiful. Guess your father is feeding you well. So how is he doing? Your father? JUMOKE He is fine. MAMA YETUNDE I have planned to visit all of you, when everyone will be less busy. JUMOKE Grand mama, we will always have time for you. We have even missed you. MAMA JUMOKE Okay. (Looks at her carefully) Is something bordering you? Your eyes look distress? JUMOKE My eyes? MAMA JUMOKE Your eyes are gloomy like you spent last night crying, and your countenance tells me all isn't right. JUMOKE I am fine grandmother. MAMA YETUNDE (Softly) Are you sure? Sure? JUMOKE (Changes her tone) Not quite fine, grandmamma. MAMA JUMOKE What is it bordering you? Tell me, my child JUMOKE Can I ask you a question? MAMA YETUNDE (Listens with interest) Yes…. JUMOKE Grand maa (Stutters) Have yo-you bee-been MAMA YETUNDE Ask me no matter how nasty it appears? JUMOKE (Pulls her legs together; places her hands on her thighs) I am (Stutters) I-I MAMA YETUNDE Feel free to tell me that you are pregnant, are you? JUMOKE No, grandmamma!! I wanted to ask if you have been in love before. MAMA JUMOKE (Laughs) Ho-ho! Yes, but that was a long time ago. JUMOKE Do you recall how it feels... ? MAMA JUMOKE (Suddenly excited) Different! I felt slightly different from normal day-to-day feeling. My mind was at peace and my soul as ease. JUMOKE It felt good? MAMA YETUNDE It was exceptionally good. Never have felt myself in such blissful mood and it was good a real good feeling. JUMOKE So you can vividly remember how your first love felt? MAMA YETUNDE A man can forget his first love, but a woman will never. JUMOKE ...who is he? MAMA JUMOKE Your late grandfather of course. Baba Akande. He was strikingly handsome. He had these large, beautiful eyes like a Siamese cat, and he wasn't fat…. JUMOKE Um… MAMA YETUNDE He was bold, hardworking and funny… JUMOKE ...funny? MAMA YETUNDE Yes, funny. Women hate dreadfully boring men. (Pauses and looks at Jumoke) I am little queer that you are asking me these questions. Are you in love with someone? JUMOKE (In soft, stuttering voice) Yes….no. no. MAMA YETUNDE (Softly) You can tell grandmother anything. JUMOKE (Still stuttering) Yes….but… don't worry grandmother. MAMA YETUNDE Aren't you proud of him? JUMOKE No. Just tha-that… MAMA JUMOKE ...please don't tell me you are in love with a woman? JUMOKE (Her voice slightly louder) No. No! MAMA YETUNDE Are you sure (Jumoke nods her head) It annoys me hearing and reading things like that. "Woman weds woman" or "man weds man" I wonder what the world is turning into. Those people want humans to be in extinction. JUMOKE Don't worry about that. Homosexuality doesn't run in my genes. MAMA YETUNDE So who is it then...? JUMOKE (Speaks slowly) Tunde. MAMA YETUNDE Tunde? (Thinks; Taps her jaw gently with her finger) Yes, I remember that young fellow. He works for your dad? JUMOKE Yes. MAMA YETUNDE Is it him? (Jumoke nods) I remember him clearly now. He is a very handsome fellow. JUMOKE He has an amazing face and eye brows, too. MAMA YETUNDE Hmmm, first love. Have you told your father? JUMOKE No, Grand maa. I don't know how to tell him. MAMA YETUNDE Listen, my child. You want to know what I have discovered about humans. JUMOKE What, grand maa... ? MAMA YETUNDE The happiest of humans are not those with money, but are people who are joyful and relaxed in their minds because they have made good decisions. These kind of people are like the easy wind; Nice and benevolent. JUMOKE But I am scared! MAMA JUMOKE Why...? JUMOKE Papa might rebuke the whole idea and even treat Tunde badly. MAMA JUMOKE Have courage my child. Summon courage and tell your dad. JUMOKE But daddy's face? MAMA JUMOKE (With great interest) What happened to my son's face? JUMOKE He looks so-so MAMA JUMOKE Did he have surgery I don't know of? JUMOKE (Jiggles her head) No! MAMA JUMOKE Fatal pimples? JUMOKE (Speaks slowly) No. He looks so mean---when he talks to everybody. MAMA JUMOKE You are different. Okay, I will talk to him. JUMOKE You will? MAMA JUMOKE (Nodding and smiling) Yes. Jumoke Stands up and hugs Mama Yetunde. SCENE FIVE In the District head's palace, Chief Adewole is sitting on an ostentatious couch. He is a heavy-set man, with a rotund stomach. His niece, Bisi, enters the palace and holding notes. Chief Adewole raises his gaze up and sees her. BISI Good morning, Uncle. CHIEF ADEWOLE (Gruffly) Morning. What brings you here? You're supposed to be in your room studying with Jumoke. You know education is the key to success these days. BISI I know, Uncle. CHIEF ADEWOLE So, what brings you here, then? BISI Jumoke, uncle CHIEF ADEWOLE Jumoke? I saw her this morning. What's wrong with her now? BISI She's going out of wheel... CHIEF ADEWOLE ....out of wheel? Is she kidnapped? BISI No, Uncle. Jumoke is going out of her mind? CHIEF ADEWOLE Then go and call a doctor immediately. BISI No, Uncle. Not literally out of her mind. CHIEF ADEWOLE What do you mean then? Tell me. I don't have all day to listen to your literature. BISI (Holding the note aloft) Jumoke and Tunde are courting and Tunde has been writing her sonnets……..erotic sonnets! CHIEF ADEWOLE (Deep gruffy voice) Erotic sonnets...?! BISI (Walks and sits on the couch) ...yes, erotic sonnets professing his love for her. Just like Romeo in the Romeo and Juliet story. CHIEF ADEWOLE (Baffled look) Is it the story that both lovers died? BISI Oh, yes! CHIEF ADEWOLE That's madness! Let me see the notes. BISI This is it, uncle. Bisi hands him the notes. CHIEF ADEWOLE (Clears his throat; reads from one of the notes) "Jumoke, your beauty could match those angels of the heavens And your cheeks soft like daffodils strewn in kingly gardens Your demeanors unique like nuns, Your skin brims like glistening sun…." (Tiny pause from Chief Adewole) What does this mean?....Does he watch my daughter when she takes her bath? BISI With him writing words like that I believe he has seen her naked. CHIEF ADEWOLE (Deep gruff voice) Naked?! BISI Or perhaps, they have had sex... CHIEF ADEWOLE (Surprise look) ...sex, have they? BISI Of course, slaves love sex a lot….a lot like horses, you know. CHIEF ADEWOLE Ugh! That brute has been coaxing my daughter! Bisi, you did well. Go and call Tunde, now! I have to put an end to this foolery. Bisi leaves satisfied and swaggering out of the palace. CHIEF ADEWOLE (Aside) Abomination! I have to put an end to these childish fantasies. TUNDE and BISI enter the palace's main room. TUNDE (Bowing) Good afternoon, my lord. CHIEF ADEWOLE (Fuming) Kneel on your both knees and bow your head properly. Gosh, shut your eyes….I hate seeing the eyes of traitors. They irritate me greatly, that I want to pluck them out! Have you been writing my daughter sonnets, have you? TUNDE Yes, my lord. CHIEF ADEWOLE So you neglect your duties to look at my daughter when she takes her bath…. TUNDE What? No, my lord. CHIEF ADEWOLE Speak the truth, hypocrite. Do you neglect your duties to peep at my daughter when she is taking her bath? TUNDE I am not that stupid, my lord. CHIEF ADEWOLE (Ironically) Eh, I guess there is a lot of wisdom acting like Romeo around my daughter. TUNDE Forgive me, if I have annoyed you greatly writing to Jumoke. But what we share is magical. CHIEF ADEWOLE ....Oh, that's the main reason I am putting an end to what's going on between two of you. (Points at Tunde's eyes) You have this dreadful pair of MAGICIAN-LOOKING EYES! TUNDE But we love each other, my lord. CHIEF ADEWOLE What nonsense! Your notes have annoyed me, but now your pride is tripling my anger. TUNDE I feel deep rooted affections toward her. CHIEF ADEWOLE You have gone mad. (Calls loudly) Guards! Guards...! The two muscular men enters, Bayo and Seun They are both men of immensely impressive physiques. CHIEF ADEWOLE (Shoots a finger at Tunde) Lock up this wretched fox in confiscated box or in a cage until he is old and aged! Jumoke runs into the stage. JUMOKE (Kneeling with Tunde) Papa, I love him! Please, papa. CHIEF ADEWOLE Ho, what kind of movie is this... SEUN (Unintelligently) ..I guess it is romantic comedy, sir. CHIEF ADEWOLE (Thundering to Seun and Bayo) I will slap both of you. I said lock him up. Are both of you deaf? Seun and Bayo seize Tunde and drag him of the stage. JUMOKE (Running after them) Please don't injure him. Take it easy with him. CHIEF ADEWOLE (Infuriated; To Jumoke) Come back here! What's wrong with you? JUMOKE Papa, I love him. CHIEF ADEWOLE ....stop acting like a child gone wild! It's annoying me. JUMOKE Papa I will die without him. CHIEF ADEWOLE What... ? BISI Don't worry Uncle I will be there to wake her up. JUMOKE Papa, I love him. CHIEF ADEWOLE Don't say that word again. JUMOKE Papa— BISI (To Jumoke) I think your father wants the best for you. Jumoke walks up to Bisi and embraces her. BISI (In stage whisper) Listen to your dad. I believe he wants the best for you. Bayo and Seun enters CHIEF ADEWOLE (To Bayo and Seun) Guide Jumoke to her room. BAYO Sir... ? CHIEF ADEWOLE Are both of you going deaf? I don't pay both of you to ask questions, Bayo and Seun seize Jumoke JUMOKE (Resisting) Get your hands off me! Don't you guys know how to treat a woman! BAYO No. We have never been in love before. BISI It's enough. I will lead her to her room. Seun and Bayo stops. Bisi leads Jumoke off the stage. CHIEF ADEWOLE (To Bayo and Seun) Hey, both of you should have taken it easy with her. She is not a wrestler. I asked you guys to guide her to her room and not force her into a container. SEUN We are sorry, sir. CHIEF ADEWOLE Tell bola to get me my favorite bottle of whiskey. SCENE FIVE On the stage, Chief Adewole, the district head, is sitting alone on a couch and soliloquizing. In front of the couch, there is a center table. CHIEF ADEWOLE (Aside) Abomination! A slave courting my daughter! A raven can never befriend a pigeon; because if they do cows would abandon hays or grass they eat and eat with men. But how did he pull it off? How? Oh, yes he is good-looking, but girls are not only attracted to good-looks. Females like money and he has none! Moreover, my daughter has all a girl wants. Bola enters the main room of the palace. She is carrying a saucer containing a bottle of whiskey and a glass. BOLA (Nervously) Good afternoon, my Lord. Bola bows her quickly. (Stuttering) S-s-sir, you ordered for-r a bottle of whiskey. CHIEF ADEWOLE Yes, drop it on the table. Bola strolls to the table and drops the saucer on the table. BOLA (Bowing) Can I go, sir? CHIEF ADEWOLE (Glaring) Why are you always bowing your head? Do you always get into fights, do you? BOLA (Stuttering) N-no….sir CHIEF ADEWOLE (Suddenly compassionate) Tell me why do you always bow your head? Is your neck always broken or something? BOLA (Still bowing) Your eyes! Your stare! Your head! CHIEF ADEWOLE How on earth does my face make you bow your neck? BOLA (Still bowing downwardly and doesn't look at the Chief) Just that when I am near you it feels like the sun is closer to me and if I raise or lift my head sun beams will hit my eyes. CHIEF ADEWOLE (Irritated) What? BOLA (Still bowing and doesn't look at the chief) And just yesterday when I served you your dinner, your face reminded me.....reminded me of...of CHIEF ADEWOLE Reminded you of what? BOLA (Speaks in an audible murmur) of an ex-convict now in Ogun state……..ex-convict with horns— CHIEF ADEWOLE (Face like thunder) What? Shut up! Shut up, before I help you do so! Shut up! BOLA Sorry, sir! CHIEF ADEWOLE ....leave! Bola is about to leave. CHIEF ADEWOLE (Makes a hand gesture) Yes, come back. I want you to go to my mother's house and Baba Tunji's house. Tell them to come urgently. BOLA Yes, my lord Bola doesn't move and still bowing her head. CHIEF ADEWOLE Move! Don't stand here bowing like a canopy go and call him! Bola flinches. Bola is exiting the main palace BOLA (Speaks in low tone) I wonder why the rich are mean, mean, mean….mean... Chief Adewole hears her response. CHIEF ADEWOLE ...oh, because we have common sense! Bola trembles. BOLA God, he heard me and they also have ears everywhere, too. Bola hurries off quickly. FX: (DRUMS AND FLUTES ARE HEARD) SCENE SEVEN: On the stage, there is a long couch and Eames chair. Chief Adewole and his mother, Mama Yetunde, are sitting on the long couch; while Baba Tunji is sitting complacently on the Eames chair with his head thrown backward. There is a table directly opposite them and on top of the table, is saucer which contains Kola nuts and drinks. CHIEF ADEWOLE (Clears his throat) Welcome, Mama [Glances at Baba Tunji] Baba Tunji, thank you so much for coming. I really needed your advice urgently on this matter I called both of you on….this matter has been bothering me for some time now. Mama Yetunde nods. BABA TUNJI Thank you very much, my son. Your father was very nice to me, but I can't remember his face, but can recall his voice and it's just like yours' MAMA YETUNDE Baba, it is okay. Let's listen to what my son called us for. CHIEF ADEWOLE (Clears his throat again) I got reports that my daughter is in love with a slave……my butler— MAMA YETUNDE Is it with Tunde? CHIEF ADEWOLE Mama, how do you know it was with Tunde? MAMA YETUNDE: Jumoke told me. CHIEF ADEWOLE I know you will always be against the whole idea. So I dealt with Tunde miserably. MAMA YETUNDE You did what...? CHIEF ADEWOLE (Proudly) ....I dealt with him. I locked him up for days without food and made him work in excruciating pains in my farms under blistering sun. MAMA YETUNDE What? CHIEF ADEWOLE (Gloats proudly) Yes, I even thought of hacking a hatchet through his head tomorrow morning, but needed advise from both of you whether breaking through his head or piercing the hole of his genital is more appropriate. MAMA YETUNDE Is this all you learnt from university? CHIEF ADEWOLE Me? No! (Speaks in different tone) I am trying to prevent atrocities from happening. I once heard that marriage of uncommon status bear weird children like sheep with human head or frogs with human eyes. MAMA YETUNDE Son, love has no boundary. CHIEF ADEWOLE Ho, mama, we are not travelling now. MAMA YETUNDE See, my son. What I am saying is that, love is an attraction. CHIEF ADEWOLE And then what? MAMA YETUNDE And good things in life appeals to both the rich and a common man. CHIEF ADEWOLE And what are you suggesting? MAMA YETUNDE Free Tunde. CHIEF ADEWOLE Why? MAMA YETUNDE Because he and Jumoke love each other. CHIEF ADEWOLE If that's love, then love is a terrible thing. MAMA YETUNDE Why? CHIEF ADEWOLE It's making my daughter reason like a swine. MAMA YETUNDE And so? CHIEF ADEWOLE (Making a hand gesture) It's like she's being controlled with a rein or something (To Baba Tunji is awfully quiet) What are you suggesting Baba Tunji? There is silent. Baba Tunji is asleep and snoring. CHIEF ADEWOLE (To his mother nearer to Baba Tunji) Please, mama wake him up. MAMA YETUNDE (Taps Baba Tunji on his thighs) Wake up! Baba, wake up! BABA TUNJI (Wakes and yawns) Yes! Yes. I was in a meeting in my dream and here also I am in a meeting. It's splendid being in two places at the same time. Growing old has many advantages and… (Sees Chief Adewole's mean, frowning face) Oh, your face truly reminds me of a soldier's face, who haven't had sex for a long time. CHIEF ADEWOLE (Frowning like a bull dog) What are you suggesting I should do after I found out my daughter is in love with a slave? Baba Tunji fully awake. BABA TUNJI (Half-wittedly) Chief, I have grown quiet old and I have seen many things because grey hair is very unique like gold. MAMA YETUNDE Yes……. BABA TUNJI And as I grew older I realized new things and I saw things differently— CHIEF ADEWOLE Which are? BABA TUNJI Now, I am older when I see bald headed men I think they are vanished white men. MAMA YETUNDE May be it is cataract affecting your sight. BABA TUNJI No. No— CHIEF ADEWOLE That's not important in this issue! I asked a simple question. "I found out that my daughter and my slave are secretly courting; and I called on you, Baba Tunji for advice." BABA TUNJI Is he a man? CHIEF ADEWOLE If having a moustache makes him so. Then, he is. BABA TUNJI Then if he is man……a Man and a woman courting has always been a blessing. CHIEF ADEWOLE Won't a slave and my daughter's relationship yield negative consequences? my daughter is of noble birth, you know? BABA TUNJI Noble birth? CHIEF ADEWOLE Yes…. BABA TUNJI Did she fall from skies? CHIEF ADEWOLE No! BABA TUNJI Did she come off a sea that ran out dry? CHIEF ADEWOLE No! BABA TUNJI Does she have a moustache and a penis? CHIEF ADEWOLE No….what? (Shrugging off the question) Please don't ask me that! BABA TUNJI Sorry about that. But I will tell the truth; a marriage between a man and a woman is always blessed by our ancestors. (Beat) The only affair that was despised, and will always be condemned is a man and a man marriage or a woman and a woman (Spits on the floor) I wonder how they enjoy that! Horses are taking over the world! MAMA YETUNDE Baba Tunji has said it all. Moreover, Tunde is like a holy saint. CHIEF ADEWOLE How? MAMA YETUNDE How he talks and the way he walks like it is written on his forehead,"I am an honest man." CHIEF ADEWOLE (Deep gruffly voice) Eh! MAMA YETUNDE And he is obedient and handsome like a rainbow. You know obedient, handsome men are difficult to come across these days. CHIEF ADEWOLE (Looks at his mother warily) Please, Mama don't tell me you want to make him my Step-son soon. MAMA YETUNDE No! I am trying to say I would be happy to have Tunde as a son-in-law if that will make Jumoke happy. CHIEF ADEWOLE But he doesn't have any money? BABA TUNJI Ha, my dad didn't have so much and my mom didn't ask much either. Mama Yetunde nods agreeably. CHIEF ADEWOLE And he doesn't have class, too? Or style? BABA TUNJI Style? Is that a new brand of alcohol sold in markets these days? If he doesn't drink at all I guess that is good. CHIEF ADEWOLE Ugh! No! I meant he doesn't have roots or prestige. BABA TUNJI Oh, don't worry about that he will buy it like they do these days. MAMA YETUNDE Is possible, Baba Tunji? BABA TUNJI Ha, he can buy it. Mama Yetunde nods agreeably again. MAMA YETUNDE [With admiration] Baba, you are indeed a wise man. BABA TUNJI Ho, wisdom comes into a man if he has died many times. MAMA YETUNDE [Baffled look] How? How did you die many times? BABA TUNJI Ho, every night I close my eyes to sleep. So 365 days times my Sixty-five years. Indeed, I have died lot………lot of times! Mama Yetunde Laughs. BABA TUNJI [To Chief Adewole] So call the man so I could see if he is a proper man or an apparition. CHIEF ADEWOLE [Shrugs his shoulders] Okay. [Calls loudly] Guards! Guards! Bayo and Seun enter. BAYO [Bowing] Sir, did you call us? CHIEF ADEWOLE Yes, that's why you are here! BAYO So we should come only when you call us and worry less about guarding your house at night and battling mosquitoes? CHIEF ADEWOLE I think you should worry more about getting fired, because if you ask me any irrelevant question I will fire both of you. SEUN [Winces; speaks in a stage whisper to the other] Please be quiet I don't want to be roasted like a chicken. CHIEF ADEWOLE Both of you should go and bring Tunde here. BAYO We should do what sir? CHIEF ADEWOLE [Irritably] Ugh! How on earth did I employ guards without brain? BAYO Brain? Don't worry we will acquire some. CHIEF ADEWOLE Oh, my God! You don't buy BRAINS! BAYO We will grow to them, then. CHIEF ADEWOLE May be until when both of you are Seventy-five! (Squeezing his brow) Hey, Orangutans I said both of you should go and bring T-U-N-D-E here! SEUN Should we bring him on a boat or a train? CHIEF ADEWOLE [Sarcastically] No, boats and trains are too cheap. Both of you should bring him on yacht or jet! SEUN That would be very expensive, sir. BAYO [Nods agreeably] Umm-Hmm! Very………..very expensive, sir. CHIEF ADEWOLE Fools! Will both of you leave and come back with Tunde? Bayo and Seun exit. MAMA YETUNDE (In a soft, comforting voice) Son, easy, easy. Too much shouting makes a man bald quickly. (To Baba Tunji) Isn't it, Baba Tunji? There is silent. Baba Tunji is asleep and snoring as usual. BABA TUNJI (Wakes) What did I miss? MAMA YETUNDE Nothing! BABA TUNJI Was I sleeping or closing my eyes and thinking? MAMA YETUNDE I guess you were sleeping unconsciously. BABA TUNJI Oh, please don't blame me because sleeping unconsciously is one of disadvantage of growing old. Bayo and Seun enter without Tunde. CHIEF ADEWOLE (To Bayo and Seun) Where is Tunde? BAYO Um, we, um….um…we lost him. CHIEF ADEWOLE (Makes a phone gesture to his right ear) You lost him, and then redial his number. Seun and Bola guffaws. SEUN God, bless our master! Master is very comical. CHIEF ADEWOLE (Sarcastically) Fools! This is one of the reasons of raising kids today with cow milk is very detrimental. I guess your mothers nursed both of you with cow milk. BAYO (Dreamily) Cow milk! Delicious cow milk! I wonder what life will be without cows! I miss days I was a baby. Seun nods agreeably. CHIEF ADEWOLE (Fuming) Hush, idiots! I said go and bring Tunde! BAYO We, um, lost the k-key, sir. CHIEF ADEWOLE What? MAMA YETUNDE (Gentle voice) Easy. Easy, son. (To Bayo and Seun) Check your pockets, sons. They dip their hand into their pockets and one of them finds the key. SEUN (Happily) Eureka! I found it! A woman is naturally SMART! BAYO They are gift to mankind. I guess when they came to earth the air of the world became purer and lighter. [Sniffs the air] CHIEF ADEWOLE [Annoyed] Clap your hands, stand on your heads and sing a song "We have found it" Idiots, who lost the keys in the first place. SEUN [Unintelligently] We, sir! CHIEF ADEWOLE Then will both of you get out from here! And make sure you bring Tunde along, this time around! Seun and Bayo exit. MAMA YETUNDE Son, easy…easy. Bayo and Seun enter the stage, dragging Tunde. Tunde's hands are tied together. BAYO [Gloats proudly] Here he is, sir! Trodden and blue-beaten like he is from HELL! We made sure he was tortured and ridiculed. They both smile Tunde sees Chief Adewole, Mama Yetunde, and Baba Tunji. He bows. TUNDE [Lift his head] Good afternoon, sir. Welcome maa. Welcome Baba Tunji. Baba Tunji is listening attentively. His ears shoot up. BABA TUNJI Do I know you? TUNDE Not in person, sir. But everybody in Lagos knows about you, sir. BABA TUNJI [Walks to Tunde] Speak again? Your voice sound very familiar. Very persuasive and alluring, more like Oba Anikulapo! What's your name? TUNDE Tunde, sir. BABA TUNJI Say it again. TUNDE Tunde, sir. Everybody's eyes are fixed on Baba Tunji and Tunde. CHIEF ADEWOLE What's this MADNESS?! BABA TUNJI Madness? This is not madness; this young man has similar voice of Oba Anikulapo…. CHIEF ADEWOLE Is it Oba Anikulapo, the great elephant? BAYO Is it the great elephant that ate humans alive? CHIEF ADEWOLE [To Bayo] Shut up and don't say a word. [To Baba Tunji] Is it the great elephant that ate humans alive? BAYO But that's exactly what I said. CHIEF ADEWOLE Boy, shut up! [To Baba Tunji] Is it Oba Anikulapo, The Oba of all men? BABA TUNJI Yes, my chief. His voice so similar to Oba Anikulapo; You know blood and voice don't lie. MAMA YETUNDE Sure, they don't. BABA TUNJI I remember Oba Anikulapo's voice clearly. Those days when we fought wars against the Ijaws---those annoying land snatchers and when our men were demoralized, Oba Anikulapo was the one, who cheered us on with his inspiration words: "Brothers, let's move onward, Your eyes steady and forward; Don't flinch, shake or hide, The gods of our ancestors are on our side; And let's defend our children, wives and lands, Grains, fruits and sands….." Everybody gazed at Baba Tunji. MAMA YETUNDE [Highly interested] Was it the last war we fought with the Ijaws? BABA TUNJI We? No! It was only men and horses. During time of war, horses are braver than women. CHIEF ADEWOLE Tunde? Oba Anikulapo's son?! SEUN [Speaks to Bayo] I once heard he defeated hundreds of soldiers with his both hands tied to his back. BAYO [Nodding agreeably] Me, too. I heard he is a distant cousin of Sango! CHIEF ADEWOLE [To Tunde] Young man, who is your father? TUNDE I can't recall his name. BABA TUNJI [To chief Adewole] But how did he get here? CHIEF ADEWOLE I bought him from a caravan trader. Ten years ago. BABA TUNJI Exactly! Oba Anikulapo was looking for his lost son ten years ago. CHIEF ADEWOLE Are you sure? BABA TUNJI Yes. [To Tunde] Can't you remember anything ‘about him? TUNDE Oh, yes. I can recall one of his advices. He always said to me: "Son, be strong like a lion only bravery and self-belief can help you in your troubles and every passing day takes something away from you so learn to influence people around you positively." BABA TUNJI [Joins in completing the last lines] "So learn to influence people around you positively." I remember that speech, too. So how did you get here? TUNDE I came here ten years ago, sir. CHIEF ADEWOLE [Glance at Bayo and Seun] Untie him! BAYO We should do what, sir? CHIEF ADEWOLE I have to get rid of these MAROONS! SEUN Please don't sir. Please, my mom is a widow and she will starve. CHIEF ADEWOLE Don't worry about that. Just tell her to apply for your post. That's if she doesn't have any of your hearing deficiency. Untie Tunde before I lose my temper! SEUN Sorry, sir. Bayo and Seun men rushes to untie Tunde and bumps into each other. BABA TUNJI I suggest we should go to Oba Anikulapo's palace right away, because I think Tunde is his biologggiccaa…. CHIEF ADEWOLE Biological son? BABA TUNJI Yes, that what I was trying to say. [Shakes his head] Old age indeed has disadvantage of word pronunciation. SCENE EIGHT On the stage, Chief Adewole, Baba Tunji, Mama Yetunde, and Tunde are standing at the right side of the stage. Oba Anikulapo's linguist comes in with a guard from the left side of the stage to meet them. GUARD [Shooting a finger to Chief Adewole] This is the man, sir! He said he wanted to see his royal highness. He said the matter is very important sir. They both walk up to Chief Adewole. CHIEF ADEWOLE (To Chief Giwa) Good evening, sir. CHIEF GIWA Yes. CHIEF ADEWOLE My name is Chief Adewole Akande. I and my colleagues have travelled far and wide to see our royal highness. We have an urgent discussion with him CHIEF GIWA What's did you say your name is again? CHIEF GIWA Adewole Akande! I am the head of a district here in Lagos. CHIEF GIWA Adewole, if you want to discuss any matter with the king, then you have to tell me first. CHIEF ADEWOLE But this matter is so large like an ocean that it could swallow you from head to toe. CHIEF GIWA I don't have time for this insolence! CHIEF ADEWOLE Okay, I have come to see his royal monarch, because I have found who might be his missing son CHIEF GIWA His missing son?! CHIEF ADEWOLE Yes, his missing son. Chief Adewole points at Tunde standing behind Baba Tunji. CHIEF GIWA (Sees Baba Tunji standing in front of Tunde) The old man, Good god, you should have told me you brought Oba Anikulapo's late father back to life. CHIEF ADEWOLE No, the old fellow is my adviser. I mean the young fellow standing behind the grey-haired man. CHIEF GIWA The ordinary-looking man, uh? CHIEF ADEWOLE No, the Anikulapo-looking man! Can we see Oba Anikulapo now? CHIEF GIWA Are you sure he's Oba Anikulapo's missing son? Because if he is not you will be crushed like a good-for-nothing mosquito. CHIEF ADEWOLE What if he is? CHIEF GIWA If he is, Oba will reward you CHIEF ADEWOLE Perhaps, by replacing you with me as his linguist, won't it be nice? CHIEF GIWA You're insane! CHIEF ADEWOLE I know. Can you let us in? Chief Adewole turns abruptly and waves his hand. CHIEF GIWA Follow me! They follow Chief Giwa in procession BABA TUNJI (Speaks slowly in awe) It's so different in here. MAMA YETUNDE Seem so. The sofa and throne looks Italian. Chief Giwa leads them to a white, large sofa which is directly opposite the throne BABA TUNJI I can't believe my eyes (Gazing at the throne with interest) We are truly in paradise! CHIEF GIWA Uhn! BABA TUNJI [To Chief Giwa] Does his highness sit here and command rains to fall, moon to shine and sun to heat up? Or does he sit here and make babies grow in women wombs? CHIEF ADEWOLE Please can you call Oba for us? CHIEF GIWA Sit and wait. They all sit. Chief Giwa exits. CHIEF ADEWOLE [To Tunde] Relax yourself. I have a feeling that you are Oba Anikulapo's son. I have always believed that there was something special ‘about you. TUNDE Are you sure, sir? CHIEF ADEWOLE Yes….. TUNDE Thank you, sir. BABA TUNJI [Gazing at the throne] I bet this is where he gets all his wisdom from. Oba Anikulapo, this is where you get your wisdom from! [Smiles] Chief Adewole jiggles his head in disgust and Mama Yetunde laughs. BABA TUNJI I guess this throne could cure madness and make the blind see! CHIEF ADEWOLE So why are there mad people and blind people in Lagos? BABA TUNJI I guess they are not Lagosians! Oba Anikulapo enters the stage, with Chief Giwa walking behind him and three immense burly body guards. He is a man of medium height of sixty, dressed in an extravagant robe of many colors. CHIEF ADEWOLE [Speaks quietly] Oba is here. Chief Adewole, Mama Yetunde and Tunde stand up, while Baba Tunji slumps on the ground with his face facing downward. CHIEF GIWA [Shoot a finger at them] These are the visitors, my lord. OBA ANIKULAPO [Walks calmly to the throne and sits] Sit down! Two of the three immensely burly body guards walks and stands behind Oba Anikulapo's throne. The other one and Chief Giwa stand behind the sofa which Chief Adewole and the rest are sitting. OBA ANIKULAPO [Sees Baba Tunji lying on the floor] And you lying on the floor stand up! Baba Tunji shoots up immediately. BABA TUNJI "My ruler whose wisdom is large as the sky, My ruler who hangs and floats above others' like a winged butterfly My lord who was dropped from a cloud And hummingbirds sing his name aloud..." We bring you news….good news— OBA ANIKULAPO [Waves his hand] It is okay. CHIEF GIWA My lord, I think that one is emotionally unstable. OBA ANIKULAPO [Looks at Chief Giwa meanly] Insult our guests no more! CHIEF GIWA [Bows his head] I am sorry, my lord. OBA ANIKULAPO [Looks at the guests closely and sees Tunde] You remind me of my son! Your face! You have my wife's face. Tunde? Is it really you? TUNDE Papa? OBA ANIKULAPO [Shooting up from the throne and walks to Tunde] Tunde? Come. Tunde stands up and walks to him. Oba Anikulapo practically got hold of Tunde, spins and slamms him to floor. He pinned him to floor in a hammerlock. Everybody is surprised and stunned. TUNDE [Whimpering] My neck……. OBA ANIKULAPO [Pinning Tunde to the ground] Be quiet and allow me to check your hand. I remember there is a leather bracelet you always wore as boy [He stretches out Tunde's hand, but didn't see any bracelet] It can't be! Where is the bracelet if you are my son? TUNDE [Whimpering on the floor] My mouth…. OBA ANIKULAPO Did you swallow the bracelet in your mouth? TUNDE [Whimpering] My mouth…. OBA ANIKULAPO Do you wear it inside your mouth? Do you? MAMA YETUNDE [Interrupting] His mouth is forced to floor. He can't speak. OBA ANIKULAPO Uh, yes [Lifts his hand from Tunde's head] Now speak! TUNDE [Breathing heavily] Thank you, papa. CHIEF ADEWOLE [Speaks aloud] Mama was right. Women can indeed see through things. BABA TUNJI [Lost; in awe] Did you see what Oba Anikulapo just did? He tossed Tunde down like he is a tornado! Oh, those are muscles of a god! Muscles strong like rod. OBA ANIKULAPO [To Tunde] Speak up now. If you are my son where is the leather bracelet! TUNDE [Still breathing heavily] I over…….. CHIEF ADEWOLE No. Don't say you threw the bracelet away. Please Tunde. Don't mention those words. TUNDE [Breathing slowly] I overgrown the bracelet. Bu-but I still carry it around with me in my pocket. Tunde dips his hand and brings out a bracelet CHIEF ADEWOLE [Gaily] That's the trophy. That's the key. OBA ANIKULAPO [Seeing the bracelet] Tunde! Tunde! Oba Anikulapo lets go of Tunde immediately and helps him on his feet. TUNDE [Ecstatically] Papa! Oba Anikulapo and Tunde hugs. OBA ANIKULAPO [To Chief Giwa. Joyfully] Go and tell everyone that I have found my lost son. My forefathers have smiled my way today. Chief Giwa exits. TUNDE Papa, where is mama? I missed her. OBA ANIKULAPO [Walks back to the throne and sits. Speaks sorrowfully] Your mother is dead. TUNDE Dead? OBA ANIKULAPO She is dead. She couldn't bear the agony when she heard you have been kidnapped. She died. [Wipes tears from his eyes] Tunde drops down and sit on the floor in grief and Mama Yetunde shakes her head in pity. BABA TUNJI Oh! OBA ANIKULAPO [Sorrowfully] Yes……she couldn't bear the agony when she heard you have been kidnapped. She fell ill and died. Oba Anikulapo wipes tears from his eyes. Tunde drops down and sit on the floor in grief. Oba Anikulapo walks to his son, sits on the floor beside him and cuddles him. OBA ANIKULAPO ( CONT'D; In comforting voice) I am sorry, son. I did all I could to save her life. I called the best herbal doctors to help restore her health, but they couldn't. And after that I decided not to marry again. BABA TUNJI Only a god can stay without a woman for many years not even for one night. Oba Anikulapo walks to his son, sits on the floor beside him and cuddles him. TUNDE [Brushing away tears from his eyes] Papa, can I ask for a favor? OBA ANIKULAPO Ask anything? CHIEF ADEWOLE [speaks to himself silently] I hope he doesn't ask for my head. TUNDE I want to get married. OBA ANIKULAPO Have you found a lady? TUNDE Yes. OBA ANIKULAPO Then consider it done, son. MAMA YETUNDE [Smiling] I wish all men are like this. ACT TWO SCENE ONE: On the stage, there are troupe of ladies and Chief Adewole is leading a procession which includes Oba Anikulapo, Prince Tunde, Mama Yetunde, and Baba Tunji. CHIEF ADEWOLE (Leading them) Welcome. My highness and my prince, Tunde (Calls) Jumoke! Bisi! (To Oba Anikulapo) My highness, I shout only when I am overjoyed. OBA ANIKULAPO (Calmly) No problem. CHIEF ADEWOLE Today is the happiest day of my life. OBA ANIKULAPO I am happy for you. CHIEF ADEWOLE (Calls again) Jumoke! Bisi! (To Oba Anikulapo) My highness, I know my voice is loud, but my daughter's voice is sweet like music. You won't be disappointed. You can ask my prince Tunde. TUNDE Umm-hmm…. Bisi and Jumoke enter the stage. They are both surprised to see troupe of people and Tunde dressed in a robe. BISI [Sarcastically] What's this? Are we having a circus party? Jumoke gazes at Tunde with her eyes bulging out in awe. BABA TUNJI Circus party? BISI And who are these troupes of girls? Are they one of those poor-stricken girls that their parents are begging Uncle to marry? BABA TUNJI POOR STRICKEN? Chief Adewole and Mama Yetunde make gestures to Bisi to stop speaking. BISI [To Oba Anikulapo. Ignoring Chief Adewole's and Mama Yetunde gesture] And who is this BIG, BALLONED CLOWN standing beside Tunde? Is he-- CHIEF ADEWOLE [Hysterically] Shut up! I say shut up! I wish I could trade you for a bottle for whiskey right now. OBA ANIKULAPO [Dazed] Is this your daughter? CHIEF ADEWOLE [Shakes his head] God forbid! I never gave birth to a noisy chimpanzee! OBA ANIKULAPO Which between the two is? CHIEF ADEWOLE The other one……the shining rose is my daughter. OBA ANIKULAPO Are you sure? CHIEF ADEWOLE Yes, my highness. Anyone apart from her is a counterfeit. Tunde waves at Jumoke. OBA ANIKULAPO [Looks at Jumoke] She looks stunning beautiful. TUNDE she is really beautiful, papa. A rare beauty! BISI I don't understand. What is going on here? Baba Tunji, what is going on? BABA TUNJI (With reverence) Tunde is the son of the ruler of Lagos…..the son of a Demi-god BISI Please today is not 1st of April. She snickers. OBA ANIKULAPO Young woman, where are your manners? BISI I don't know who y-yo….. CHIEF ADEWOLE (To Oba Anikulapo) Please sir, forgive her. She had just been discharged from a correctional facility two nights ago. OBA ANIKULAPO Then, take her back there. She hasn't fully recovered. CHIEF ADEWOLE Sir, I have a better alternative now. [Calls] Guards! Guards! Bayo and Seun appears. BABA TUNJI Hmmmm, I guess the air will be better without her. SEUN Did you call sir? CHIEF ADEWOLE Oh, my God! Every time you ask me the same question you bunch of maroons with (Tiny pause as he notices Oba Anikulapo) with...with nice-looking faces just like macaronis! BAYO Macaronis? I love macaronis; Tasty and spicy. SEUN [Nodding agreeably] Life would have miserable without macaronis! CHIEF ADEWOLE [Forces a plastic smile] Ho, I love these entertaining clowns. BAYO [Speaks to his colleague] Master has confessed that he loves us and he will soon adopt us. SEUN Sweet, sweet master that thinks he knows all. CHIEF ADEWOLE [Still has the fake smile on his face] Oh, my birds! [Points at Bisi] Please take her away it seems like her mental problem is coming back. BISI [Surprised] What? CHIEF ADEWOLE Take her away! Mental headaches! Terrible headaches for a small brain! BAYO& SEUN [Jointly] Yes, sir! They seize Bisi and dragged her out CHIEF ADEWOLE [Bows to Tunde and Oba Anikulapo] Please forgive me for the inconvenience. OBA ANIKULAPO [Amazed] Ho, no problem. Wow that was a show. [To Chief Adewole] Are you always like that to your workers? Warm and nice? CHIEF ADEWOLE Most times, my highness. OBA ANIKULAPO Then you deserve to be my in-law. Oba Anikulapo stretches out and shakes Chief Adewole's hand. Then he shakes Baba Tunji's hands, too. BABA TUNJI [Looking at his hand] God, I am blessed. Mama Yetunde laughs. CHIEF ADEWOLE [Walks up to Jumoke and takes her hands in his] This is my daughter, your highness. JUMOKE [Surprised] Please wait a minute, papa. What's going on? CHIEF ADEWOLE [Points at Oba Anikulapo] They have come to marry you. JUMOKE Papa, please "no". I told you I am in love Tunde. I love him and I won't marry anybody else except him. OBA ANIKULAPO [Surprised] Er. JUMOKE If it is not him, I will marry no one else. Oba Anikulapo [Smiles] Ummm.. MAMA YETUNDE True love. CHIEF ADEWOLE Yes. Tunde and his father, Oba Anikulapo, are here and Tunde has asked for your hand in marriage. JUMOKE Tunde? CHIEF ADEWOLE Yes, he has asked for your hand in marriage and he is also a prince. JUMOKE A PRINCE? BABA TUNJI Prince of all princes! Prince above all princes! CHIEF ADEWOLE I won't decide for you. But I will ask you if you want to marry him? Jumoke is dazed and looked at Tunde and smiles JUMOKE Yes, I will. MAMA YETUNDE Good things and status appeals to everywoman. TUNDE [Smiles broadly at Jumoke] Thank you. OBA ANIKULAPO [Clears his throat] O.k. Now that my son has asked for your daughter's hand in marriage and she has also accepted him. They should both kneel and let me bless their marriage. Tunde and Jumoke kneel before Oba Anikulapo. OBA ANIKULAPO (CONT'D) My ancestors, I bless this marriage with the power bestowed on me. May their marriage be peaceful and bear children… BABA TUNJI I believe it will be filled with trailer full of boys! OBA ANIKULAPO (Nudges Tunde and Jumoke shoulders with his hand fan) I bless both of you. JUMOKE (Speaks between her teeth to Tunde) You never told me you were a prince. TUNDE I just found out. Should I renounce my status as prince and keep working under your dad? JUMOKE No, even my father will be mad with you. This is perfect. Tunde grins THE END
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