“EMEKA AND THE WARRIOR PRINCESS ADAOBI” (PART 1)
painting credit – Kendy Joseph (Chevelin illustration )
story written by: Chibuike Francis Duru
- Once up a time in UMUAHIA, a small village in eastern NIGERIA, there lived a warrior princess ADAOBI by name, she had a pet named DIKE.
ADAOBI was a very beautiful princess who loved playing games,she would always go hunting with her dog dike and each day they always come home with a kill.
Umuahia and the neighboring village had a unique lifestyle and dress style. A typical Umuahite would have series of tribal marks and paintings drawn on their body for identification and to easily distinguish them from indegenes/citizens of the next community.
Their men and women always had their chest exposed, although covered with some paintings. this culture has been passed down from generation to generation as the gods of their ancestors had instructed.
it’s a beautiful morning, and ADA sets out for hunting. She was accompanied by her only partner in crime dike…
DIKE had earlier on suggested they should go fishing and ADAOBI agreed to that, so they went to the river to fish. dike was a very smart and field-trained dog.
The day was a very rewarding one because they caught a lot of fishes and by noon they started going back home.
Something happened on the way.
DIKE the smart dog could sense danger, he quickly knocked the warrior down and passed ADAOBI‘s bow to her, ADA stood up quickly and almost got the warrior killed ….“i surrender, i mean no harm, my name is EMEKA” said the warrior. ADAOBI tied EMEKA up and took him to her village , the people of Umuahia wondered about what the princess was up to…“who is the stranger and what has the princess got to do with him” they all murmured while Ada head straight to the palace.
ADA had a friend CHISOM. She was intelligent and beautiful.
CHISOM watched from a distance while ADA tied EMEKA up to a tree.
ADA was very hungry, so she went into the royal kitchen to prepare something to eat.
CHISOM was interested in knowing more about EMEKA, she got close and started to ask series of questions which EMEKA never hesitated to answer in a brilliant and interesting manner, she liked him already.
DIKE never agreed to her decision and tried to stop her, before they both knew it EMEKA had untied himself.
ADA noticed someone walking close to her from behind, she tried to reach to her dagger for self defense.
EZENWANYI secretly sent two guards to confirm EMEKA’s death by returning the royal dagger with the stranger’s blood on it. unfortunately they were disappointed because ADA could not kill the young man.
ADA broke the law of the land, she disobeyed the queen whose command was supreme and final. She had cut EMEKA lose.
The guards seized her, the superior guard gave the dagger to EMEKA and asked him to kill ADAOBI
…to be continued.