Abúlé Ètàn: Act One Scene Four by Jodekss Gloatkenf

[Enters]

Oracle.

[Chuckles]
You, you too…? And you all too…?
Abba ah ah… abi… bones of these days are as irresponsible as fart
Yes na… fart from a lousy lazy lass’s bottom in precision
I say in precision… who’d only shout making mouth wey no get action.
Wo… Iwo… Iwo oya……….. e fara hàn nísìsiyìí here…

[Appeared]
Opéejíje, Oba Jagunlabi.

So… I don’t even know
No I know
I am the oracle
The source of all wisdom here – Abúlé Ètàn – ehn…
Exactly…
Look here… the two of you ehn… what or who do you think you both are huh?
Okay, come here…

Opéejíje:
[Exclaims sharply]

Yeh!
A knock on my…

Oracle:
[Shushes]
Shhhhh….
Old your lips nay lest I cut them for my pigs to crush.
Now, you come over here too.

Oba Jagunlabi:
Ah are…
[Swallows a lump of spittle]
Are… ehm… you talking to him abi?

Oracle:
Before I count two…

2.

Oba Jagunlabi:

[Paces fast]

Here I am o…

Oracle:

Ole òle…

[Paces closer]

Oba Jagunlabi:

[Screams out loud]

Yeh… agagagagagaragah… osi ma ta mi o…!

I am the king na… Oracle, I am the king na…!
Ah, slap on my face… ah!

Oracle:

Ehn, you are the king for now…
Leave… wait jo…
Go and stay over there
Let me summon the rest of my sleeping powers

[Rushes of winds sequel]

Yay… welcome. Welcome, welcome and welcome.
You may have your seats.
Common, sit all of you…
Eh… where you heading ni ti e…!

Oba Jagunlabi:

I… thought you… asked us all to… si…

Oracle:

Common… pa enue mon. Iwo, you have no values no more. The people of this village voted for you so that you would make the difference
But the sun that shun on us never changed to set for the East.
Shio… oya… sit on the ground.
Oya oya… a o ri ojò mu so lokun o… kia kia… ehn ehn. Káre.
You nitie, remain standing.
No, sit on the ground too… and now now kia kia…
Ehn ehn… okay.

Now, powerful powers o…

[Awon agbara]

[answered in unison of eerie sounds]

Ooooooooooo…!

Ma se lo… You are doing great.

Oracle:

Okay… thanks for that.
Now, bring out your scripts. Act them.

Opéejíje:

I have not been transparent enough I know
In deeds
I am such a stupid akápó
I know
No — I know
I never merited my seat but seat in the pit.
Pardon me
Hence, now that I have made it back here
For the time being maybe
I shall before the end of this week visit the Oracle himself
With the rest sacks of cowry left in my care to show I mean my words.
Thanks o e je ebure.

Awon Agbara:

[Murmur]

[Murmur continues]

Oracle:

Decorum please …
E jo… one house na…
Please, please, please, one house.
Thank you.

We still have one more script to listen to.

Oya…

ObaJagunlabi:

I… I am so sorry for not considering procedural avenues before you all
And most importantly,
The villagers interest which I am and we at the EC are representing.
Forgive.
Forgive me. Put the whole blame on me…
Besides, I am glad competent hands are already looking into the ókó we bought with the cowry.
If they found out there was any sort of misuse or looting or…
I shall happily open the calabash.

Awon Agbara:

[Murmur]

[Murmur continues….]

Oracle:

One house…
Thanks…
I… yes, I… the Oracle, the wisest here sha remember and have you… ehm ehm…
What is your full name again ehn?

Oba Jagunlabi:

Oba Jagunlabi Atetejaye 1 ni.

Oracle:

Ehn ehn… thank you. I shall remember the said name said he would do what he has just said.

[Exit]

All.

[Enter]

Awon Alakori, two villagers…

Leader of the Awon Alakori:

Has your neighbour released your opón?

1st villager:

Yes o…
He said he was just trying to prank me ni o…
Abi o…
He added he stole it because I was always careless of keeping it right.

Another of the Awon Alakori:

You wanted to say ‘kept’ abi, in the stead of ‘stole’ ehn?

1st Villager:

Okay…
He returned it when it was close to the time of the day you gave to release it.

He…

Another of the Awon Alakori:

If truly you are careless with your opón. If you lose it for real eventually and your neighbours say your levity over it caused it. We shall not attempt to attend.
How much did you buy it?

1st Villager:
I don’t know. They bought it for me ni!

The leader of the Awon Alakori:

Ah… abalajo… òkú ò moye wòn ra okò.
Bye-bye…

[Exit]
All.

To be continued …

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