Last Days Of Queen Amina – by Davi’O R. Seki (Chapter 1)

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Various other groups came and their performances awed the audience. One man came out with a hyena and made the animal dance in various steps. The people could not help bottle in the excitement as they watched the man control the animal. His magical dexterity was so thrilling that a man jumped into the scene to join the animal in the dance. Immediately the man got close, the hyena gave a growl, but the man did not take the warning. He drew closer with dancing steps. The audience kept clapping and some of them hailed the man who had joined the animal in the dance. Suddenly, the hyena dived at the man targeting his neck. The man fell on the ground and held his arm up making the animal bite his arm instead. The music continued still. Some people began to laugh. As the man struggled with the animal, the master of the hyena made chants. Some men with cutlasses and spears began to run towards the animal with the intention of killing it as the other man screamed for help. But before they could get there, the animal had already been put to sleep under its master’s spell. The one who had been attacked immediately removed his hand from the hyena’s jaw and began to take to his heels out of terror as he bled profusely. He was then carried away. The master made his animal get up from its sleep and led it out of the stage. It was as if nothing terrible had happened as another group came and did their performance and the audience continued to cheer.

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