Well well well!! It’s been quite a long time, hasn’t it? But hey, Dabar’s beloved little tribe is back for season 3!!!
So as you already know, season 2 had quite a crazy ending. The main arrows being that of Aki’s cancer diagnosis, and most of all, Aniyah brutally murdering that awful guy Adamtey (I doubt anyone shed a tear for him). Time for us to see what lies ahead now. If you’re coming across this for the first time, please, stop right now and go here and update yourself before you get super confused!
Let’s get into the first episode of this new season, y’all!
“Hmmmmm. The news really hurts me, Danny. I don’t know her that well; Kwame has let me speak to her just once. But it’s so painful to hear of such things. Young girl like this, stricken with cancer.”
“Hmmm, Clay. It’s very distressing. We’re at her house right now. Along with some other church members. Everyone is messed up about it. She’s such a bright and bubbly character, so it’s really disturbing.”
“Hmm, asem oo. How is Kwame?”
“Chale. I don’t think I can begin to describe how shaken up he is by this. He really is distraught right now.”
“Oh, God.” Clayton let out a sad sigh. “Why my dear Kwame? Losing Mary was horrible enough.”
“I know, chale,” Daniel said sympathetically as he paced in front of the gate of the residence of the Mwitas. A small, comfortable house with plenty of flowers to brighten the place up. “That was my concern once the news sprang up. I mean, the boy is pretty levelheaded and all, and I don’t think he’ll spazz out or anything at this stage. But definitely, it’ll have a heavy impact on him.”
“Hmmmm. Yeah, he’s come a long way. The impact Mary’s death had on him was so intense, I discovered him smoking cigarettes after a pretty bad break up.”
“Ei. Really? Wow. This is deeper than I thought. And he’s never brought it up.”
“Yeah, after the therapy and all, he just made it clear he never wanted to go back to that. It’s like that was his way of dealing with losing a dearly loved female figure, but of course, once I made it clear that wouldn’t help him, and would only cause damage to his system, he gave it up. I just hope this doesn’t push him back into it.”
“Don’t worry, Clayton. I’ll keep an extra eye on him now. This whole issue is distressing, but I believe she’ll make it through. She won’t die. So there’ll be no need for him to go back to it.”
“Amen ooo, Daniel, amen. Oh, speaking of death, the murder case that has rocked GH, what’s up?”
“Hmmm, that one too. The girl is in custody oo. The police said she turned herself in. Hacked the guy to death with a metal baseball bat. Reports are that the crime scene was horrific. Serious damage to him.”
“Wow! I know he was not the nicest man in the world, but… chale, such a horrible death di33, he didn’t deserve it.”
“Say it again ooo. Pure wickedness. I wonder what motivated her to do such an evil thing. Do you know I actually encountered her one time?”
“Yes! I was on a date with Larissa oo. Lari went to the washroom briefly, and this girl shows up, trying to make moves on me. Hmm! Only God knows what could have happened to me if I had been stupid enough to fall for her tricks.”
“Well, I dunno about that. There are whispers that she was hired by members of the ruling party to do that, so I doubt you’d be a victim per se.”
“Oh, of course. That’s what some of his party people will say. You should see the way they’re eulogizing him. As if he was Nkrumah incarnate.”
“No surprises there. I know his party people adored him to a T.”
“Yeah, they enjoyed all that nonsense he used to display. Some people too think she’s some prostitute who murdered him for non-payment. We dunno yet. You know Ghanaians and the way we can make up stuff. Well… the truth will have to come out eventually.”
“Oh yeah, definitely. And justice definitely ought to be served. She’ll have to pay for that gruesome act. By the way, I’m looking at coming back early next year. To settle back in good old GH and take charge of the airline operations here.”
“Oh great, great! It’ll be good to have you back home. Tired of Canada already?”
Yeah, chale. I honestly think coming back will help me. And of course, I want to be close to my son.”
“Oh, of course, that’s an essential. Well, let us know when you decide to come back. In the meantime, I need to get back in the house and see what’s going on.”
“Sure thing. Keep an eye on my boy for me, wai.”
“Most definitely, Clay. Talk to you later.”
“… Father, in the name of Jesus, let the healing virtue power run through Aki’s body and rid her of all those evil cells! In the name of Jesus, we speak against this cancer right now! We decree and declare the word of God that proclaims that by His stripes, we are healed…”
With a circle formed around her, Akinyi’s eyes, from which many tears had gushed out, were shut as she whispered hopeful Amens to the passionate prayer Adelaide spoke over her life, with Kwame and Oscar in agreement.
As Adelaide gave the final point of her prayer and rounded off with the usual ‘in Jesus’ mighty name’, the three responded with a big, resounding amen. Akinyi, who stood close to her bed during the prayer, took a seat and sighed. “Thank you guys so much. Honestly, thank you. God, this has been one of the hardest weeks of my life. I’ve been so scared. So terrified. I just…”
She trailed off as she began sobbing, the devastating effect of finding out about her diagnosis still a massive burden on her shoulders. Kwame joined her on the bed and hugged her tightly, shushing her.
“It’s alright, baby girl. It’s alright,” he whispered to her, trying hard to conceal the fear that had refused to be evicted from his psyche since that evening Oscar broke the news to him. “We’re here for you. And we love you. So much.”
Adelaide and Oscar drew closer, echoing his words as they joined in the embrace.
“I’m scared, guys”, she whispered. “My grand aunt had this, and she didn’t make it…”
“I know, Aki. I know. It’s frightening. But let’s keep faith. You’ll overcome this. Once the surgery and chemo is done, that should be it,” Kwame whispered back into her ear. “Things will return to the way it used to be, the four of us hanging out, having fun together. I believe that.”
He tightened his grip on her as she silently whispered words of hope, trying hard to believe that it certainly would be so.
Neither of the three noticed the unease that appeared upon Adelaide’s face with that last statement. And it had nothing to do with Aki’s predicament.
“God, I wish this wasn’t happening,” Auntie Grace moaned as she sat in her chair, wiping her eyes. “I already lost my mother to cancer, and it was horrible. Now my sweet little niece Aki has it too?”
“Easy, Madam Grace,” Larissa cooed, rubbing her on the back. “It’s tough, I know. And it’s been so heavy a piece of info for all of us. But we need to be strong for her. She’s trying her best, but it’s so obvious how messed up she is by this. We need to be strong for her, and pray she makes it through.”
Wiping her eyes, Auntie Grace nodded. She sniffed before admitting, “At least they said it’s a stage 2 form of the cancer. Surgery and probably chemo will be needed. It’s just… my mother discovered hers at a low stage, got her surgery, and it still returned, and killed her…”
“Don’t worry, Madam Grace. Don’t let that dwell on your mind,” Diamond consoled, walking across to sit on the other arm of the chair. “Aki’s not gonna fall prey to this monster. I know it. That bubbly baby girl is a fighter. She won’t let it overcome her.”
Auntie Grace smiled lightly, a tear running down her cheek. “Oh yes, she is. She certainly is one hell of a fighter… oh, you have no idea how much of an encouragement it’s been having you here…”
“It’s the least we can do, Madam,” Larissa assured her, squeezing her hand gently. “Aki’s such a colourful character. It’s absolutely impossible not to love her. We all do. And at a time like this, we’ll stand by her…”
She was interrupted by the sound of her phone ringing. She looked to see a colleague calling. “Excuse me, Ma’am, lemme quickly answer to this,” she requested before stepping out of the room to answer the call.
As Diamond wrapped her arms around her and whispered words of encouragement into her ear, the rest of the younger Dolphynes and a few others sat in the couch nearby, their mere presence still a source of comfort to the deeply disturbed Kenyan lady.
“… ah, me, I don’t understand this… hmm, fine, fine, I’ll do it. Just pray I’m not in the mood to give her a piece of my mind when I meet her… hmm, okay. I’ve heard you. I’ll see you tomorrow, then. Bye.”
Ending the call, Larissa turned to see her husband coming in through the front door. “Just got off the phone with Clay?” she asked.
He nodded. “Yep. Very worried about Aki.”
“Hmmmm, I can imagine. Kwame did say something about telling his father a lot about her.”
“Yeah. He’s still in her room?”
She nodded. “With Oscar and Adelaide.”
“Chale. The way those four move together. It’ll be really hard on them. It’s crazy the stuff that’s suddenly popped up over these past few days.”
“Indeed, Danny. And speaking of which, you won’t believe what I just got. Barnie Mensah, one of my colleagues, just called me. Apparently, he’s representing that silly girl Aniyah Johnson, and in their recent meeting, she has requested to see me!”
Daniel’s eyes went wide. “Ah! Wait. You? For what?”
“Ask again, babe, ask again. I have no idea what business she has with me. Already, the way she tried to move to you still irritates my skin. And to find out she’s an alleged murderer on top. I still don’t get it. And apparently, she can’t talk till I come around, so Barnie has begged me to show up tomorrow.”
Daniel frowned and shook his head. “Lari, do you think it’s the right thing to do? I mean, with the rumours that she was hired to do it and all…”
“Hmmmm. You di33, lemme just see what she has to say. You can already tell that I’m not very enthusiastic about all this, but don’t like the fact that she’s delaying Barnie’s time with this nonsense threat. Whatever it is, trust me, the way I’ll give it to her when she’s done. Such rubbish!”
“Okayyyyy, honey,” Daniel said, putting his hands on her shoulders, “calm down a bit. I know you’re not a fan of hers, and neither am I, but relax a bit. If it was up to me, I’d definitely not let you see that killer. But you know your way around these things, so… just do what you gotta do, if you believe that’ll make things better.”
Larissa nodded. “Sure. Let’s see what happens tomorrow…”
So Mrs. Dolphyne is going to see Aniyah. I wonder what’s going to happen at that meeting. And just why does she wanna see her anyways? Oh well, episode two will tell all…