‘THE CHOKE’

‘THE CHOKE’ – By Dean O. Arutoghor

All day at work, Chidi had been daydreaming about what he would have for dinner. During his lunch break, he had rang his second wife, Nkechi, whose turn it was to cook, to prepare his favourite dish, Ogbono soup and pounded yam.

That evening, as he sat down at the dinner table, he loosened his tie, rolled up his sleeves, scooped up some pounded yam with his fingers and dipped it into the bowl of hot Ogbono soup.

A few seconds after swallowing though, his eyes started to bulge. He was struggling to breathe and clutched desperately at his throat. He pushed over his tray from the table to attract attention. It clattered onto the wooden floor.

Nkechi came running out of the kitchen at the same time as his first wife, Ada, who had been napping in the bedroom. Nkechi realised what was happening straightaway and tried to help Chidi but Ada suddenly grabbed her by the arm and held her back. Taken aback, Nkechi stared at the older wife. With a cold stare, Ada slowly shook her head at Nkechi. Nkechi hesitated for a few seconds before suddenly dropping her shoulders. Without saying a word and with undisguised hatred in their eyes, both women took a step back and watched their husband continue to choke.

Storried The Choke

Chidi glared at them as he thrashed about wildly, knocking over chairs and plates. Just then, his third wife, Obiageli, who had been out shopping, walked through the front door and without hesitation, barged past both women to save her husband with a Heimlich manoeuvre.

The following day, as custom dictated, Chidi sent his two shamed wives packing back to their respective villages: Ada, by herself as she was without child and Nkechi with her eleven-year-old daughter. The week after that, Chidi renewed his life insurance policy which both women knew would have paid out generously on his death. Two weeks after that, he wrote both Ada and Nkechi out of his will for good. He made his third wife and her two sons the sole benefactors of his entire estate. Seven months later, Obiageli stood by and did nothing as her persistently abusive and violent husband choked to death with a piece of meat from his favourite dish lodged stubbornly in his throat.

Storried is Now on DreamAfrica

Discover DreamAfrica - Voices, animations and films from Africa and around the world.


Advertisement

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

‘THE CHOKE’

By Dean O. Arutoghor

All day at work, Chidi had been daydreaming about what he would have for dinner. During his lunch break, he had rang his second wife, Nkechi, whose turn it was to cook, to prepare his favourite dish, Ogbono soup and pounded yam.

Newsletter

Subscribe to our emailing list and get notified of the top stories on the web.

Scroll to top