HAUSA ETHNIC GROUP FOUND IN MOST NORTHERN STATES LIKE BORNO, KADUNA, KANO, ETCETERA
Rukiyat had been crying since last night. The harmattan wind was blowing through the trees as she hastened to fetch more water from the well at the Imam’s compound in preparation for the occasion. She could feel the cold through her clothes. Her jab which kept slipping off her hair provided little succor from the cold. She wished for a good cardigan or thicker jab, but her Baba whose cobbler income could not feed his family of thirteen cannot afford that. Rukiyat wondered for the hundredth time why her father had married two wives when obviously he could not feed one. Anger at her parents, the coming visitors and life in general filled her as it often did these days.
“Ruky, you have to go prepare because our visitors will soon start arriving” her mother said as Rukiyat passed her and the other women in the backyard where they were preparing the tuwo and other dishes. Without uttering a word, she went to bathe and put on the new clothes ‘he’ bought her for the occasions. Her younger sister Hauwa assisted her, looking forlorn herself.
“Hauwa, I can hear noises, go and see if they have arrived” Hauwa ran off to check and rushed back as her sister was putting away a small dark bottle.
In no time, the ceremony was concluded and the guests made to leave with their amaria. However, all hell was let loose, the guests, including the groom began complaining of stomach aches and before you know it, corpses began littering Baba Rukiyat’s compound like flies.
It was when Rukiyat was caught fleeing the compound that she confessed to poisoning the guests’ food with rat poison for forcing her into marriage to that baba when she was barely ten years old.