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MISUSED OPPORTUNITY (Act One)


CHARACTERS
Papa Kunle                     -        Kunle’s father
Mama Kunle                   -        Kunle’s mother
Kunle                             
Mr. Shedrach                   -        Kunle’s class teacher
Principal
Bosun                            
Laide                              -        Kunle’s friends
Samson
Amos                             
Landlord                         
Mr. Jude                         -        A wealth chief
Femi                              
Abdulqudus                     -        Kunle’s University friend
Maryam                
Mr. John                         -        Kunle’s lecturer
Mr. Oladipo                     -        Vice-chancellor of his University
Justice Rukayat
Karim (Barr.)                   -        Kunle’s lawyer
Clark
Police 1
Police 2
V.P Admin.


ACT 1

(IMMEDIATELY THE COCK CROWS AT SUNRISE PAPA KUNLE IS SEEN SHARPENING HIS CUTLASS, READY FOR FARM AT THE FRONT OF THEIR HUT. IT IS A SATURDAY HE CALLS KUNLE WHO WAS AT THE BACK OF THE HOUSE WASHING HIS FACE).

Papa Kunle:          Kunle ooo!!! (He calls)
Kunle:                   Sir, ekaro baba (he greets by prostrating)
Papa Kunle:          Good morning, how are you and how was your night?
Kunle:                   Fine ba mi
Papa Kunle:          We thank Eledumare. What of your mother, where is she?
Kunle:                   She is at the backyard preparing some breakfast.
Papa Kunle:          What is she even preparing?
Kunle:                   Yam and garden egg soup.
Papa Kunle:          Heheee! my best food. Ok call her for me ooo.

{KUNLE RAN TO THE BACK OF THE HOUSE TO CALL HIS MOTHER}

Kunle:                   (At the backyard) mama my daddy is calling you.
Mama Kunle:         Where is he?
Kunle:                   He is at the frontage sharpening his cutlass.
Mama Kunle:         Ok, tell him I’m coming.
Kunle:                   Ok Ma.

{KUNLE RUNS BACK TO HIS DADDY TO DELIVER THE MESSAGE}.

Kunle:                   Papa, she said she is coming.
Mama Kunle:         (She is seen approaching) Daddy Kunle ekaro sir, (she kneel down as a sign of respect).
Papa Kunle:          karo bawoni?
Mama Kunle:         Fine sir.
Papa Kunle:          I heard you are cooking my best food.
Mama Kunle:         Who told you? (suprised)
Papa Kunle:          It was Kunle of Cause.
Mama Kunle;         (Turns to Kunle) I know it will be you, see his mouth. I wanted to make it a surprise before.
Kunle:                   (Smiling) mama, I didn’t know. I am sorry.
Mama Kunle :       Accepted, go and wash the dishes we used the previous night.
Kunle:                   Ok ma.
Papa Kunle:          (turns to kunle) be fast, we are going to the farm immediately we see the sun. we are leaving, do you hear me?
Kunle:                   yes papa.
Papa Kunle:          That was what I wanted to tell you (speaking to Mama Kunle).
Mama Kunle:         Ok, no problem. Kosi wahala, will you eat before we go or how should I do it.
Papa Kunle:          Put them in the local warmer, we will take it to he farm.
Mama Kunle:         ok no problem (she returns).

{NOT UP TO 30 MINUTES THE SUN WAS OUT AND PAPA KUNLE CALLS KUNLE WHO WAS ALREADY WEARING HIS FARMING ATTIRE}

Papa Kunle:          Kunle! Kunle ooo!!!
Kunle:                   Yes papa (he runs).
Papa Kunle:          Are you all ready for the farm/ the sun has already risen.
Kunle:                   Yes Papa. I am already.
Papa Kunle:          Ok, call your mother let us pray before we live.
Kunle:                   Ok sir,

{KUNLE RAN INSIDE TO CALL HIS MOTHER WHO WAS ALREADY DESSED. HE HELPED HER TO CARRY A BASKET CONTAINING THE FOOD THEY WILL EAT ON TE FARM}.

Mama Kunle:         (Approaching) I am ready can we leave?
Papa Kunle:          No, have you forgotten that we haven’t prayed.
Mama Kunle:         Haaaa Eledumare forgive me ooooo I have forgotten.
Papa Kunle:          Ok, let knell down before our creator.

{THEY ALL KNELT DOWN TO PRAY}.

Our creator, we thank you for today, we thank you for helping us to see this day. Lord we are about to go to the farm, o Lord, be with us and protect us so that when we come back we shall have the cause to glorify your name in Jesus name.
                                                                         
{THEY ALL SAID “AMEN”}.

Papa Kunle:          Bring the key let us lock the door (as they go outside).
Kunle:                   Ok sir.

{THEY LOCKED THEIR DOOR AND WENT TOWARD THE DIRECTION OF THEIR FARM}.
LIGHT FADES.
ACT 1
SCENE 1

{ON MONDAY MORNING, A TEACHER, MR. SHEDRACH IS SEEN GOING TOWARDS KUNLE’S CLASS. THAT IS KUNLE’S CLASS TEACHER. KUNLE’S SCHOOL WAS THE ONLY SCHOOL IN THE VILLAGE}.

Class captain:       All stand greet (he hits the table in front of him).
All the class:         Good morning sir, you are welcome to SS3C.
Mr. Shedrach:        Morning. How are you all?
All the class:         We are fine, sir.

{MR. SHEDRACH TAKES THEM CHEMISTRY}.

Mr. Shedrach:        What was our last topic?
All the class:         Carbon and its compounds.
Mr Shedrach:         So what is a carbon?

{IT WAS ONLY KUNLE THAT KNOWS THE ANSWER AND HE RAISED UP HIS HAND}.

                                                          Yes, Kunle, please help us out.
Kunle:                   Carbon is a non-metal which exist as charcoal and diamond.
Mr. Shedrach:        Yes clap for him.

{THE WHOLE CLASS CLAPS FOR HIM}.

                             Our topic today is Acids, Base and Alkalis. Say it after me.
All the class:         Acids, Bases and Alkalis.
Mr. Shedrach;        Ok class who knows the definition of Acid, what is Acid? (Kunle raised up his hand) you again what is happening to the rest of you, well Kunle help us.
Kunle:                   Acids is a compound which when dissolved in water forms protons as its only positive ion.
Mr. Shedrach:        class clap for him!

{THE WHOLE CLASS CLAPPED FOR HIM}

Mr. Shedrach:        Yes, Acid is a compound which when dissolved in water forms protons as its only positive ions.

{JUST THEN THE PRINCIPAL CAME IN, THEY STOOD UP AND GREETED HIM}.

All students:          Good morning sir,
Principal:               Good morning, how are you?
All students:          Fine sir.
Principal:               Where is Kunle Adegbenga?
Kunle:                   I’m here sir (he stood up).
Principal:               I want to see you in my office.
Kunle:                   (Suprised) sir, please what is my offence?
Principal:               Just come to my office, it is nothing serious.
Kunle:                   (feels relief) ok sir.
Principal:               (he leaves) be fast ooo!!!
Mr. Shedrach:        (continues) you see, you all have to be serious, you see he was just called and was ready to go where ever they want to take him to, so you have to be careful.
All students:          Ok sir.
Mr. Shedrach:        Is everybody present?
All students:          Yes sir.
Mr. Shedrach:        Class captain bring my books (he leaves the class).

{HE WENT TO HIS OFFICE}
LIGHT FADES.

ACTS 1
SCENE 2

{ON KUNLE’S WAY HOME HE IS SEEN DISCUSSING WITH HIS FRIENDS ABOUT HIS SCHOOL FEES BECAUSE IT IS NOT YET TIME FOR HARVEST}.

Kunle:                   How was class today Laide and Bosun?
Bosun:                  For me oo class was so so fantastic. What of you Laide?
Laide:                    (turns to both of them) it was not bad, it was ok (looking tired).
Kunle:                   I know you are tired and your house is still about 2 kilometers from here, we have to be fast.
Bosun:                  (turns to Kunle) there is something I wanted to ask you?
Kunle:                   What is it?
Bosun:                  Why did the bursar Mrs. Taju punish you because since my entire life I have never seen you because I was surprised?
Kunle:                   (took a deep breath) it is because of my school fees. This is the third time that she is behaving strange. Maybe she is not been paid regularly.
Laide:                    I was also surprise some one that always plays with you, she even call you to give you money to buy things any how.
Bosun:                  Na wa ooooo !!!!
Kunle:                   And it is because it is not yet time for harvest that is why things are like these because if it is time for harvest, we would have sold some produce and I would have paid. I pray Eledumare will help us ooo.

{JUST THEN THEY WERE APPROCHING LAIDE’S HOUSE}

Kunle:                   Laide, you are home now go and bathe and rest.
Laide:                    Ok good bye we will see in school tomorrow.
Kunle:                   Ok take care of yourself (bid him goodbye).

{BOSUN AND KUNLE ALSO SEPERATED AND WENT THEIR SEPARATE DIRECTION}.
LIGHT FADES.

ACT 1
SCENE 3

{KUNLE IS SEEN IN THE CLASS SOLVING SOME EXECISES IN HIS NEW GENERAL MATHEMATICS TEXT BOOK. IT WAS TIME FOR BREAK, SAMSOM AND AMOS WERE SEEN COMING TOWARDS HIM}.

Samson:                My man, how far man.
Kunle:                   Am fine.
Amos:                   Kunle how things na?
Kunle:                   (sill concentrating) fine ooo!
Samson:                (closes his book) guy, come make we go flex.
Kunle:                   I am busy, I can’t go anywhere now. As you can see I was doing something when you came in.
Amos:                   Why you dey do like dis na? You won kill your self with book. I beg make we go flex.
Kunle:                   (getting angry) I said I am not going, is it by force?
Samson:                Shut up! You be mumu, you won kill your self, nothing concern me with you. You no sabi life as for me ooo I wan go flex. You too dey do I too know.
Kunle:                   Enhnnn! Thank you. Are you through? If you are through, you can excuse me as you can see me I was busy.
Amos:                   Ok na, no probs, we go meet for town. I go make sure I wound you for this college (he used his index finger to push Kunle’s head) she you dey hear me ba?
{SAMSON AND AMOS LEFT THE PLACE IMMEDIATELY}

Kunle:                   Eledumare what type of humiliation is this? Well, you understand everything.

{KUNLE CONTINUED HIS WORK AND FORGOT EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED}.

LIGHT FADES.

About Author Mohamed Abu 'l-Gharaniq

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