Do I look ridiculous!?
In my village, if you get done with your primary school education that’s all you ever need in your life. Thereafter you go start looking for a job. The grades don’t even matter even if you get a Z in each subject you studied. One who went through primary school education until class eight is better than one who dropped out and one who went past primary education is like a god.
People from my home place are hilarious. We all need help from time to time with things we don’t have or things we are unable to do. Everyone is needy even the rich will need help with some things. People from my place will never assist you genuinely. They will come to your place tell you their problems and you help them with all you are able to do. But when it’s your turn to need help, good thing they won’t turn you down, but they will make you pay for their help.
I tell people about my home place and the first thing they say to me are things like, ‘I heard there are plenty of witches over there.’ Sad as it sounds but I don’t know.
In my village whatever happens to you, don’t matter whether it’s good or bad it’s for a reason, Witchcraft. Do anything crazy or out of the norm like, wake up happy and walk to the shop humming to some song because u can’t hide your joy, and there you are, bewitched, as they’ll say. As a child and even now there are some homes where I can’t eat food whenever I visit them because I was warned that I’ll be charmed. I have no real friends from my area because I was stopped from hanging out with some few simply because they live In a ‘witchcraftdom’.
What’s more is that, there are those you are not supposed to meet on your way to some place coz they are just bad omen. As I type this right now some guy is screaming really hard, he is possesed. Apparently, he got a job and nope, he never set his foot in a classroom let alone a school compound.
Can you imagine not knowing how a school bell looks like or what they call a book or a pen. Not his wish, and I’m not here to judge. He however worked for his uncle in a far town and came back like that. Nobody knows what happened, he screams from time to time and everyone of course says he was charmed by his uncle. If you find people in my village talking about charms or witchcraft you’ll feel like you also breath it, you feel it. You may even start feeling charmed already for no reason, just because of the weight given to the subject.
Of course the boy’s uncle is rich, had mercy on the boy and asked him to go stay with him and support him at home, do some chores for him and earn himself something, just so he couldn’t be so idle at home. What he gets from his own people is that he wasted their child. Here you can’t just seem like you are rich because you will be with charms. Funny part is that these people call you a witch but come for your help from time to time forgetting the magic you could perform on them. Others will come for your help but when something crazy happens to them, which is normal in life, it’s you who will be the cause. You don’t give up doing good though to others that need your help because you can’t get everyone to understand you.
Yesterday, I came from work a bit late. It was a little bit dark. On the path to my home I met a lady all covered from head to toe. She didn’t look up so I didn’t see her face. We just walked past each other without a word. It was nothing unusual because, it’s too cold here and I thought she covered herself to keep warm. It’s a normal thing for me to walk past people I don’t know without saying a word so this was nothing new.
So, later my uncle came to our house to say hi know how we’re doing then later just before he left warned us that there’s a witch around. That a neighbor had brought a witch to ‘treat’ her family to be safe from being charmed by other witches. Isn’t this just all weird though?! I mean, who knows, she could be planting her charms in them. Last time I checked my neighbor’s two kids were possessed, and every time they would call a pastor to pray for them and now a witch to treat them from charms? Isn’t this what they call playing with God? My uncle described her and I realized that she was heading to my neighbors when she walked past me on my way home.
Every time I’m home, another one walks by the road, with her goat shouting and cursing so bad you would hide in a hole so you won’t hear. She’s just crazy, ran away from her home claiming that the evil spirits of her children could not contain her because she doesn’t bathe. Not my words, she always shouts that to everyone on the road where she sits all day and goes to sleep at some miraa boy’s house. A boy too young to be her grandson. Ain’t judging I’m just telling you about my village.
I’d tell my friends stories like these. It’s all I hear but as for me, I don’t know anything about this much hyped Witchcraft in my village. I’ve never seen one neither believe that people get charmed and made to act in certain ways to justify Witchcraft. Maybe it’s their illiteracy that makes them like this, I don’t know. I’m just thinking out loud.