The thing with Beatrice is that she and her father are the only living members of the nuclear family. She was half way through with university when ASUU went on strike and paused her university education. Before school could resume her father died.
The thing with Beatrice is that all her family members where too preoccupied with the “preparations and activities” of her fathers burial that none of them remembered or even wanted to pay her fees especially since they had been increased by the school.
Beatrice had to dropout and lie to all her friends because she couldn’t tell them that she had no money to come to school. It’s not like any of them could assist her she thought to herself. “I travelled and deferred” she told them.
The thing with Beatrice is that she had been sexually abused. No one knew till she died of AIDS. What do you expect when she had no place to call home.
There was no pom and pageantry at her burial because there was nothing of hers that could interest the elders and the age groups. There was no mourning no crying because Beatrice died penniless.
The Thing with Beatrice is that she could have been you…
Don’t live in a hole stuff goes on around you
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