Last Days Of Queen Amina – by Davi’O R. Seki (Chapter 3)

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“I do not remember inviting the feeble heart and the Prophet… Why spend so much energy to ride up these hills to disturb us? Or is it, last night had a full moon. Is it the vision you had, Tanko?”
“No, my Queen… I have a request to ask of you…”
Tanko was still speaking when five hefty men were seen charging up the hill towards them, shouting. They had no weapons with which to defend themselves should the attackers get to them. So the four — Tanko, Auta, the Idah man and Amina — mounted their horses and rode away from the seeming attackers. They were a small resistance group and the leftovers of the Idah soldiers that had been defeated. As the four tried to evade their pursuers, they were attacked from the front by another party that was part of the resistance. Although Amina was able to fight one of them to disarm him and use his weapon as they were brought down from their horses, she could not fight for long. She soon was overpowered and the four were captured. Ojono had fought too, but his efforts were futile. Auta and Tanko had already been tied up before Amina and her Idah lover were captured. They were taken to a camp by a riverside and were thrown into a cage made of bamboos. Tanko was struck again by fear on sighting the running waters. But he ignored it. The commander of this small regiment walked towards the cage and spoke in Yoruba to the Idah man,
“Ojono, you traitor, you will die first…”
looking to Amina, he said
“The northern witch! We will cut you open and feed your organs to our gods… Your wickedness has ended.”
Then he spat on her. Looking at Tanko and Auta, he said,
“They’re are not important to us…” he paused, and continued, “we’ll drown them in the river”.
He walked away. Tanko and Ojono could understand their words and they translated to the others what he had said.
The day began to fade away and the red sun could be seen going down the horizon. Auta broke the silence,
“This is how we die…” He said, without any show of emotion.
“There’s hope, anything can happen… The Zauzzau army could march here any moment…” Ojono spoke in the little Hausa he knew.
“Tanko, didn’t you see this was to happen today?” Auta asked, looking at Tanko.
“I have told you I was not shown anything in my sleep last night. I didn’t dream. If I did, we wouldn’t be here.” Tanko replied and adjusted his tagelmust.
“Who are you, and why did he call you traitor?” Auta asked, turning to Ojono.
They had been with him for two days, but did not seem to care about who he really was until now.
The man said in bad Hausa,
“My father was an Idah chief. He didn’t like the Attah’s plans to claim the farm lands of some poor men. He spoke against the Attah and was killed. I was seen as a traitor’s son and was put in prison so that I would not inherit my father’s seat. I wanted revenge. But you already conquered this place. I broke out of the prison while the war went on. As I ran into the bush,your soldiers caught sight of and chased me. I was captured… I was not scared of death anymore, for I was only living to avenge my father’s death and Amina did not scare me. I already heard many stories about her and how she never let a man live after mating him. All I expected from her at most was to kill me that night, but she didn’t. Instead, she put me to sleep and and did not touch me… You avenged my father’s death for me. I am grateful and I will ally with you in any matter. I have nothing left in Idah…”

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