Thursday, 3 May 2018

AFFLICTED Episode 7-8

Episode 7
It is a Friday night at Golgotha Heights International Church.
It is a half-night power programme themed THE HOLY SPIRIT REVIVAL NIGHT OF RICHES AND ASTOUNDING PROSPERITIES.
The Church auditorium is filled, with all terraces taken.
This is an unprecedented phenomenon.
It is a huge church, and can take a great number of people, but it has never been filled like this before.
Reverend Ebow Obuobi’s fame has spread, and many people have come to experience the awesome powers of the man of God.
Bishop Osuanyi had given a spirit-filled talk earlier, but the congregation had been dull, barely receptive of him, and this now bothers him very much.
He had quickly ended his talk and invited Reverend Ebow Obuobi to begin the revival, and the grounds had been shaken with the roar of appreciation, adoration and worship for Ebow Obuobi.
Ebow, wearing an all-white flowing gown, takes the microphone and struts on the podium, relishing the deep awe he brings on the people.
They scream and applaud and get into a frenzy.
Cameras click and camcorders roll as many in the congregation try to capture an image of him, or to record his session.
REV. OBUOBI
Before I begin my sermon this night, I’ll like to call on Sister Kesewaa to give us a song ministration. I really love that Liberian song of worship you sang two days ago, my dear Kesewaa. Please, give me a rendition of that song!
Kesewaa, sitting with her parents in the front row, stands up.
Wearing a stunning blue-black evening dress that Akoto has bought for her several months ago, she looks like an angel as she mounts the podium and receives the microphone from the pastor.
She turns, faces the crowd, and smiles.
The bandsmen begin the slow, melodious rhythm that goes with the song, and Kesewaa raises the microphone to begin singing.
That is when she sees Akoto walking down the aisle towards her.
Kesewaa gasps, her breath catching with trepidation.
She has not seen him in a week since that incident in his house.
She had not picked his calls.
He had used other numbers to call her, and she had picked, but the moment she heard his voice she had cut the call.
Akoto had come around the house, and although she had been around her parents had told him she was not in.
He had come to her workplace, but she had instructed the security men not to allow him inside.
As he walks towards her now she looks around desperately but there is no escape.
She can see from the angle of his head and from his gait that he is very angry indeed.
Her terrified eyes watch him approaching, and she seems lost, but just then the Reverend Obuobi comes to stand by her side.
All eyes are on Akoto now as he pushes his way to the front.
Mr. Nyantakyi stands up to stop him, but Akoto shoves him aside and climbs the podium.
Kesewaa looks down, and then she switches off the microphone so that her words will not carry to the other members of the congregation.
Akoto is wearing black trousers and a beautiful batakari.
He stands glaring down at them.
KESEWAA
(warily)
Akoto, please, don’t make a scene. I’m sorry, but it is over between us. You have to accept that and move on.
Akoto points a finger at her, and she can see the terrible pain in his eyes.
He looks so shattered, and tears shimmer in his eyes.
AKOTO
Kes! So what Amina told me is true? You allowed the lies of this fraud to come between us?
KESEWAA
Stop it, Akoto! Don’t insult the man of God and bring curses on yourself!
AKOTO
(wrathfully)
Man of God? You think he’s a man of God because of the cheap miracles he’s been performing?
Bishop Osuanyi is now close to them, and he utters a cry of agitation.
BISHOP OSUANYI
(perplexed)
Hey, young man, don’t insult God’s anointed or you’ll bring curses on yourself!
KESEWAA
(weeping)
Akoto! It is over! Can’t you understand it? It is over! I love you, but I can’t be with a man who deals in the occult, a man who consults demons and the powers of darkness for money!
AKOTO
(bitterly)
You believe that crap, Kes? You know I’ve always been a Christian! My father was a pastor, and I grew up under the feet of God! I’ve worshipped my God in truth and in spirit all my life! Everything I have, is a blessing from God! You think this pastor is the real deal? He’s a fraud, I tell you, a hungry fraud! He has the powers of evil, and leading all of you astray!
REV. OBUOBI
You better keep that mouth of yours shut, young man. You don’t know who you’re insulting. I can make your life miserable in just a second! I see the shadow of death following you, and unless you humble yourself and allow me to lift it off you, it will soon break you to pieces!
Akoto turns on him fiercely, and his eyes drill into the man of God with relentless wrath.
AKOTO
(hissing)
Did you all hear that? Did you hear that, Bishop? The Bible says we should test the spirits, and I ask you, have you tested the spirit behind this man? Did you hear him saying HE can make my life miserable, that HE sees the shadow of death around me, that HE can lift death off me?
The fury in his eyes was absolutely dreadful now.
AKOTO
Are you people blind? This man doesn’t use the name of Jesus Christ! It’s all about him, him, HIM!! He wants you to believe he’s powerful, and not the power of God in him, because he doesn’t have the spirit of God in him! Remember, God punished Moses for leading the Israelites astray and not telling them God was responsible for giving them water from the rocks! This man wants you to believe the power comes from him, and yes indeed, it does, because it is he rather who deals with the occult powers to deceive you blind Christians!
KESEWAA
(shouting)
Shut up, Akoto! Just shut up! It is over between us! Why can’t you understand that? God saved me from a terrible future! I hear your mother is still in hospital, blind and paralysed! It could’ve been me! Please, if you want the house and the cars and everything you gave me you can have them back! But please, leave me alone!
The tears suddenly spurt out of Akoto’s eyes as he looks at Kesewaa dazedly, shaking his head numbly as if she has physically struck him.

Episode 8
AKOTO
(voice trembling)
Don’t do this to me, Kes, my love! I can’t live without you! You’re the only woman I love! Can’t you see what is happening here? This hypocrite is interested in you! He wants you, and that’s why he’s attacking and afflicting me! Don’t allow yourself to be swayed by this devil worshipper!
Reverend Obuobi’s hand is in his pocket, and he has unwrapped a candy in his pocket.
He removes his hand and quickly puts the toffee in his mouth, and rolls it between his molars.
REV. OBUOBI
(savagely)
Don’t listen to him, Kesewaa! Yes, it is true that God wants you to be my partner in His Vineyard! I’ve seen the vision many times, but I have been quiet because it disturbs me! But look, this man has blasphemed against me, a true vessel of God, and because of that the spirit in me is going to strike him down this very second! Look, he’s going to be struck down like a cripple, and his hands shall be like that of a leprous man, and he will become an imbecile until he confesses to his devil worship and the ritual he wanted to use to kill Kesewaa!
Reverend Obuobii then chomps down hard on the strange candy in his mouth, breaking it to pieces.
And then, amazingly, incredibly, Akoto’s mouth begins to twist to the left!
The people looking at him gasp with absolute shock!
Akoto’s fingers suddenly bend inwards until they resemble those of a leprous person!
Thick saliva drools from his mouth, and his legs suddenly shrivels into malformed trunks, and he falls down hard on the platform!
He begins to make strange gurgling sounds like a retarded person, and he begins to lick the platform!
There is absolute shock everywhere!
The auditorium is stunned into silence!
Akoto Nyameboame, one of the handsomest, wealthiest, God-fearing bachelors in the world, has suddenly been reduced to a grovelling fool!
Bishop Osuanyi stares at the boy, and suddenly he moves forward, his face filled with sudden fear and compassion.
BISHOP OSUANYI
(trembling)
Reverend Obuobi! This man is a powerful man in society! The law will descend on us for this!
REV. OBUOBI
I never touched him! Did anybody see me touching him? I’ve done no wrong! He insulted me, and got his just punishment! All he needs to do is confess that he uses occult powers, and he’ll be free!
Kesewaa, shocked, moves away from the flailing hands of Akoto as he tries to hold her legs.
AKOTO
(weeping, grovelling)
Keshiwap…Keshiiiwaaap! Pleassh helpsh meesh! Ohhhh, my lovesh Keshiiiwaaap! I begsh yoush helpsh meesh pleeeaaashh!
KESEWAA
Oh, Akoto, Akoto! I warned you, but you wouldn’t listen! See what has happened to you because of your devil worship!
REV. OBUOBI
Let this be a lesson to all of you who think you can insult or challenge me, an anointed man! Ushers, come and pick up this sinner and take him to the Miracle Room. Put a chain on him and tie him to a post! Let’s hope he confesses, and I will make him whole again!
About five ushers approach the pathetic, broken body of Akoto and pick him up.
They carry him through a door.
Kesewaa looks after them and shakes her head slowly.
How can Akoto deceive her like this?
He is nothing but a wicked, selfish man who dabbles with occultic powers!
She feels so thankful to God!
She picks the microphone, and soon begins to sing powerfully!
More voices join in!
They have just witnessed another incredible miracle of how God protects the anointed Reverend Obuobi, and they are all in the spirit!
AFTER SERVICE…
Bishop Osuanyi opens the Miracle Room and enters.
The programme is over and people are leaving, but he has come straight to the room to look at Akoto Nyameboame.
The Ushers have put a chain around his neck and padlocked it to one of the concrete pillars in the room.
Akoto is sitting in one corner, crippled and leprous, his mouth twisted and drooling saliva, his fingers curled terribly inward, his legs terrible malformed stumps.
Bishop Osuanyi begins to tremble, and tears of compassion come to his eyes.
Behind him the door opens slowly, and he turns.
Reverend Ebow Obuobi is standing in the doorway, smiling a very dangerous smile as he looks at the Bishop.
The Bishop walks unsteadily towards him.
BISHOP OSUANYI
(shattered)
The boy is right, isn’t he? He said we should test the spirits, and it is true. I have been so blind, Ebow. You’re my dead sister’s son! We never knew your father! I raised you as my son and sent you to England to learn the Bible, to become a great man of God, and to lead this church one day. But you didn’t only learn Biblical Theology when you went to England, did you? You learnt the Dark Arts too, didn’t you? You sold your soul to the Devil! You’re not of God! You’ve been using demonic powers all along! Oh, how blind I’ve been!
Ebow Obuobi enters the room fully and closes the door behind him.
He smiles slyly.
REV. OBUOBI
I’ve been where you would never dare go, Uncle. Yes, I learnt something much, much more powerful! Something that will bring me money, power and get me anything I want! I travelled to the far reaches of the Earth and gathered the mightiest powers on earth! This is my time, old man, and you better not stand in my way!
The Bishop sits down wearily on a chair and looks at his nephew with horror.
BISHOP OSUANYI
Dear Lord, Ebow! You’ve become a devil! And you’re going to cause havoc in my church! Akoto is right! You only attacked him because of Kesewaa, didn’t you? You want Kesewaa for yourself!
Ebow clasps his hands together and smiles evilly.
REV. OBUOBI
Ah! Kesewaa! The fairest lady of them all! Nobody is as sweet as she is! Mmmm, have you seen that incredible figure of hers? Shapely like figure like a bass guitar, and those shaking buttocks…. Aaaahhhhh, so delicious-looking! And she is greedy too, for money and power, just like me! Oh, yes, I need her! We’re going to get married and become powerful together! I can’t wait to screw that delicious butt on her!! Yummy!! My third leg is even stiff already thinking about all the different ‘one corner’ styles I’m going to give Kesewaa, hehehehee!
To be continued

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