DO I JUST MIND MY OWN BUSINESS?

19:00 Elijah Ogidi-Olu 6 Comments


The story you’re about to read is Christian’s but not about Christian. Chris is 15, he stays in Victoria Island, Lagos and he's the last child in a family of 3 – He has an elder sister (or eldest, if you like), and an immediate elder brother; 21 and 19 respectively. They are from the eastern part of Nigeria and they are well-to-do. (You can rightly guess of course; Judging from the part of Lagos they chose to stay).

The family is a strictly nuclear family, without open doors to any uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, or nephews – oh except the house maid (don’t shift your eyebrows just yet). The said house help doesn’t stay in the premises though; Chris’s dad rented a small room self-contain for her, just down the street. Probably, because of stories he has heard about house helps and the children of their employers.

According Chris, he hoped the maid was living with them though, ‘cos at least, he probably would have someone to talk to and not bear the burden all alone ‘cos he’s indeed in a dilemma. Here’s where the story gets a little bit twisted.

Four years ago, precisely on the morning of Chris’s 10th birthday, around 5am, he had gone to ease himself and on his way back to his own room, an unusual sound from his brother’s room suddenly caught his attention. He shrugged and thought he was probably playing his video games or something.

But something stirred his curiosity and he turned, made his way into his brother’s room and switched on the light. Lo and Behold, Joseph and Emmanuella (his siblings) were stark naked, doing what he had only seen flashes of, on TV. They quickly covered themselves up and Joseph shouted at him to GET OUT! and close the door.

He was really confused and as he journeyed back to his bedroom, he kept trying to wrap his head around what he saw. He couldn’t quite confirm if it was his imagination or he indeed saw what he thought he saw. Joseph got him a PSP as his birthday present and confirmed it was not his imagination, by telling him not to tell anyone what he saw, or he’ll collect the PSP back.

Oh well, who cares what he saw? – Is he even sure what he saw? Please just leave matter for martyrs and let him enjoy his gaming device. Emmanuella on the other hand never said anything to him about it and even though on like 5 other occasions, spread over the space of 4 years, he’d heard similar noises from his brother’s room, he never gathered enough courage to walk towards the door, let alone opening it.

Last week was his 15th birthday and Joseph, who recently gained admission into University of Lagos had promised to wake him by pouring messy water on him. Hence, his plan was to wake up early and burst his elder bro's plans before he executes them. He woke up early as planned and quickly made his way to his brother’s room but just Like Déjà vu, he simply burst in to meet his siblings in the same shameful naked position, as four years ago, having a time of their lives.

This time, he didn't wait to be shouted on. He rushed back out immediately in tears. What he saw didn't only ruin his day, but it left him with a lot of unanswered questions. Questions like: “How come for all these years, his parents haven’t noticed anything?” “How long exactly have his siblings been this disgusting?” “Should he tell his parents?” “What if they don’t believe him?” “Should he just leave them and mind his own business?”

Right now, he’s really confused with no clear path to take about the matter in sight.

So dear reader, what would you suggest Chris does?


What do you think?


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6 comments:

  1. I'll advice he sees a pastor and tell the whole story to him so he can help put it down to his parent.As for the siblings they need serious deliverance

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  2. He should call his parents and let the cat out of the bag
    Jeez !

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  3. Hmmm ! Deep sigh
    Very intriguing
    Ofcourse he should mind his business, by calling his parents when his siblings are out and telling them every single thing he knows. Its not his fault it went that far because he was a kid but now that he is matured and knows exactly what they are doing thats the best thing to do. I believe their parents would take necessary measures to deal with the dirty situation. Its a pity !
    Times have condemmed morals and little children are often exposed to more licentous gatherings and vidoes. BBnaija for e.g
    In developing countries, all abominable sex acts have now become democratised. May God have mercy on this new sodom and Gomorrah the world is becoming

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  5. Hmmmmm. I'll advice he reach out to someone. Not really his parent (I'll give my reason for that) but he should speak to a trusted counselor or someone that's matured enough to give him a listening ear. And then the issue can be dealt with in a matured way.

    My reason for saying he shouldn't approach his parent directly is because of this:

    First, from the story, I can easily detect that their parents weren't close enough to them. So there's a big distance between them. I believe if he goes directly to his parent, they won't give him a listening ear or they might take up the issue in a rough way which will make the guy in question feel bad in the future. And he may even regretted telling his parent.

    Secondly, a trusted counselor can help him and he can also send the message to his parent in a reasonable manner. And through this act, his siblings can be helped also.

    There are a lot of things that will be presently going through this kid's mind, but I believe he knows what's best and he also want the best for his siblings also; that's why he's reaching out for help.

    Thank you.

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  6. Hmmmmm. I'll advice he reach out to someone. Not really his parent (I'll give my reason for that) but he should speak to a trusted counselor or someone that's matured enough to give him a listening ear. And then the issue can be dealt with in a matured way.

    My reason for saying he shouldn't approach his parent directly is because of this:

    First, from the story, I can easily detect that their parents weren't close enough to them. So there's a big distance between them. I believe if he goes directly to his parent, they won't give him a listening ear or they might take up the issue in a rough way which will make the guy in question feel bad in the future. And he may even regretted telling his parent.

    Secondly, a trusted counselor can help him and he can also send the message to his parent in a reasonable manner. And through this act, his siblings can be helped also.

    There are a lot of things that will be presently going through this kid's mind, but I believe he knows what's best and he also want the best for his siblings also; that's why he's reaching out for help.

    Thank you.

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