The presentation was on point. I had a field day today doing what I know how to do best.
The round of applause which travelled round the hall at the end of it all actually boosted my confidence. My several hours of hard work paid off tremendously.
I was still reliving this experience when I heard a rude knock at my door.
‘Who is it?’ I jolted from my chain of thoughts.
‘Open up immediately!’ a husky male voice thundered.
That voice was unmistakably that of Satan, my arch enemy. I opened the iron door and before I could utter anything, he pushed his way into my room.
‘Ha! Ha!! Ha!!!’ I know something lady.’ He flaunted a piece of paper in the air.
‘Old fool,’ I shivered. ‘What do you know?’
Then he revealed the picture of my past.
‘I will announce to the world the kind of woman you are,’ he continued, ‘you are about to face the biggest disgrace of your life.’
‘Oh my God,’ I almost fainted. ‘Please, don’t do this to me, I beg you.’
‘That is only if you are ready to dance to my tune. Are you ready?’
I fell on my knees with hot tears dripping freely from my eyes like a tap out of control.
‘Name your price, please; name it,’ I pleaded, ‘I will pay you.’
‘A million naira,’ He announced without blushing.
‘Only?’ I quickly raised the cheque and threw it at his feet. He collected it and dashed away.
A week later, he came calling again.
‘I know something woman.’
I was already fed up with the old fool.
‘What do you know?’ I screamed at him. ‘Haven’t I settled you?’
Then he revealed another awful exhibit of what I did in the past.
‘W..What..do… you want?’ I stammered completely at my wits end.
‘I want your joy,’ He thundered. ‘The whole of it; give it to me or else this will get to the press before tomorrow.’
With deep anguish in my heart I gave up my joy to the old fool.
‘What else do I have? I’m doomed!’
That painful trend continued until I became I spent, miserable woman.
Then it dawned on me that I have a father.
‘Daddy!’ I cried immediately I entered his court. ‘Daddy, please help me, I’m finished!’
‘Why are you crying like an orphan?’ he scolded me. ‘What is the matter?’
‘Daddy,’ I blinked back the tears. ‘My arch enemy, in fact your enemy had been tormenting me with my past; so in exchange for keeping quiet, he has robbed me of virtually everything I have. Please daddy, help me. I don’t know what to do?’
‘You don’t know what to do?’ My daddy was very furious. ‘So you kept quiet and allowed the old fool to torment you? Don’t you know your kingdom is that which makes decrees?’
‘When next he reminds you of your past, remind him of his future doom.’
I went back to my room with a full resolve to face my adversary.
‘I know something.’ The fool was at it again the following morning. ‘I know something woman. In the year 1960, you did…’
‘Keep quiet!’ I charged at him. ‘If a man is in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.’
‘Na today?’ The adamant fool sniggered. ‘na me and you today?’
‘Hold it right there!’ I commanded. ‘Me too, I know something. I know about your future doom. For It is written:
‘ And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day.’
‘No!’ The old fool blocked his ears and took to his heels immediately only to return shortly with ALL that he had stolen from me.
Knowledge indeed is power!