Wednesday, March 14, 2007
After a meeting of cast members of “Anatomy of a Woman” at the office, Bolaji Alonge (Mohammed in the drama) and laspapi walked to the car park where we met Malik and his mother, Zainab. (in the picture, Bolaji carries Malik in his hands).
Zainab (seated in picture) is a 19 year old Malian who had Malik out of wedlock for her boyfriend (now missing in action) who comes from the Republic of Niger. Her parents live in Togo but she’s now “holidaying” with her Uncle who sells sweets and ’wosi-wosi’ outside my office building.
I wondered at life and how it sets some on one side of the fence and others behind the bars. If Zainab had driven past in a nice car, we’d probably have craned our necks till we ran into a lamp post. I pray for a good future for her and the playful little runt, Malik, a future that’s kind to him and allows him to be all he can be.