I woke up when Mama barged into our room.

With the dim light of the wall fan, I saw her look around searchingly at me and my younger brother, then shrug and left. She went towards the living room, and through the thin wall, I heard her and Daddy talking.

I heard voices and thought Seyi was having a crisis, who are you talking to at this time?

That woman whose husband is a Customs oga called me…

This night? Why not call you at dawn?

Big importing tomorrow, new cars from Cotonou..

All the talk of before has not led to anything, so what changed, ehn? what if you were on top of me?

The call was important…

Liar, you think I don’t know what is going on between the two of you that you are lieing about importing?

Going on how?

Why not talk to her husband directly, ehn? Why not, If not that you are sleeping with her

That’s crazy

Crazy, ehn? You are abusing me because of this witch you are fucking abi? stupid man!

Rushing footsteps.

What are you trying to do?

I heard a crash, groans, things falling.


Steps shuffled away to their bedroom, a dull thud came from the living room.


My brother did not wake up through this but I could not sleep.


At dawn, I rose, went on to wake Seyi from his adjacent bed and told him we had to prepare for school, he grunted groggily and gave me his sullen look of displeasure.

I thrusted a broom lying by the wall into his hands for his morning chore and I marched to the sitting room.

Daddy was lieing on the couch, and jolted awake as I came near.

His arm was wounded, seemed broken even; his left eye swollen . A blood-smeared pestle was on the floor.

Silence between us. I went to the kitchen to clean the dirty plates.

Mama came in later to make breakfast, unscarred, whole – guiltless.

21 thoughts on “Silence” by O-Money (@Omoniyi-Adeshola)

  1. Domestic abuse from woman to man is equally as bad as man to woman….totally unacceptable

    1. So true @schatzilein…domestic abuse from any of the partners if really appalling.

      A beautiful write @omoniyi-adeshola!

      1. O-Money (@Omoniyi-Adeshola)

        @innoalifa, oh, you always know how to say the nicest things, shey… Lol. You are spectacular, bro. Keep being that way.

        1. @Omoniyi-Adeshola, the way and manner of saying the nicest things is a way of sharing what joy life is in spite of the thorns around the roses of life. :)

    2. O-Money (@Omoniyi-Adeshola)

      @schatzilein, true. Though its not as common or even well-publicized, it does exist. I actually saw a very Old Punch newspaper cartoon about a very large-sized woman dominating her pint-sized husband, and I just thought…”why not write about it?”

      (Wonder if that comic strip still exists sha, stopped buying papers a while back. lol)

      Thank you for reading and commenting,

  2. Woah…… the wife… did that!!!

    Really nice short story.

    1. O-Money (@Omoniyi-Adeshola)

      @ufuomaotebele, Yes, the sodden wife did that o! But na the pikin I pity pass, sha. Thank you for your kind words and for always dropping by.

  3. Nice one, theme well tackled. Though, men suffer in silence.

    1. O-Money (@Omoniyi-Adeshola)

      @vincentdepaul, Yes, many men do. it’s not the easiest thing in the world to confess how emasculated one is in his home. It’s like loosing membership to the “Men’s club”. It’s hell, at least, women can still talk without being judged much by society, but men? Hian! Thanks for the insightful comment.

  4. mendel martha (@ihenyengladysusile)

    God help him because that is a serious matter.

    1. O-Money (@Omoniyi-Adeshola)

      @ihenyengladysusile, as Tuface sang: “No be small thing o”. Guy’s royally screwed, wish him the best of luck in dealing with the situation. As for you, I thank you for reading and commenting.

  5. Domestic abuse from a woman. Nice twist. Took me by surprise.

    1. O-Money (@Omoniyi-Adeshola)

      @uzywhyte, is that so? so delighted to surprise you; thanks for enjoying it, and commenting – I’m always at your literary service, milady. Lol

  6. Wife beating husband, nawa o!.
    The man be mumu.

    1. O-Money (@Omoniyi-Adeshola)

      @ameenaedrees, LMAO, oh boy. Na why men dey suffer in silence be this o. Maybe e don vow to hin God say e no go beat hin wife nko? Perseverance no be mumu o. Lol. I’m really glad you made the time to read and comment, thanks.

  7. Domestic abuse on both sides. The Woman abused emotionally, the man abused physically. Nyc!

    1. O-Money (@Omoniyi-Adeshola)

      @olutossen, exactly. The man did not handle the matter well, causing the woman to erupt. And the woman did much worse – hit him. I’m impressed you grasped the nuances of the situation. Thanks for reading and commenting.

    1. O-Money (@Omoniyi-Adeshola)

      @nalongo, huh. yes it is. Thanks for checking it out.

  8. Lol!! The woman caught him and gave him the beating of his life. Chaii, what a man can do, a woman can also do. Say no to domestic abuse!

    1. O-Money (@Omoniyi-Adeshola)

      @lone, yes o. Say No to violence…in all things. Thanks for reading, Texan…lol

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