Mrs.Yewi Yaro lived in Foncha Street, Nkwen in the city of Bamenda with her husband and their five children. Mr. Yaro was an army officer. The Yaro family was a very calm one. All the children attended Government High School Ntahsen, Nkwen. Mrs. Yaro was a full-time housewife. When Mr. Yaro went to work, she stayed at home and did the housework. They lived happily as a family and looked forward to even better days.
Out of the blues, a problem emerged and things took a different turn. It began one day when she got word that the female teacher in the Government High School who was giving extra classes to her children was having an affair with her husband.
At first, she did not believe all the stories that came to her because she trusted her husband. They had been married for many years and he had always been a good and faithful spouse. There was no reason for her to suspect him. Hence, she decided that she would wait and actually catch them red-handed before taking any action.
Her friends continued to stuff her with stories of her husband’s dealings with the girl in question.
“We are not telling you what we have heard but what we have seen,” Mrs. Amina said to her. “If you sit here and do nothing, your husband will be snatched away from you. Do not say we did not warn you.”
Mrs. Amina was a close friend of hers. They had been together for many years and had done many things together. She trusted Amina and often confided in her not knowing that she was not as honest as she appeared.
“I am only giving them a long rope to draw’, she responded to Amina. “She will be sorry for herself when the time comes. Do not be in the least worried. I will teach her that there are women and there are women. No woman crosses my path and goes free.”
The girl was called Manka’a. Mrs. Amina and her friends wanted Mrs. Yewi to send her to the guillotine. She was a young graduate from the Higher Teachers’ Training College, in Bambili. She was beautiful and full of life. She taught English Language in Government High school Ntahsen, Nkwen – the same school that Mr. and Mrs. Yaro’s children attended. She had taught there for four years and was admired and loved by almost all her students. As a young and hard working girl, her future looked very promising.
Mr. and Mrs. Yaro’s children were weak in English in school. Hence, Mr. Yaro wanted an English language teacher to help them catch up. Manka’a was recommended to him as the best person for the job.
“She is the best teacher in that school; and will give you full satisfaction,” he was told.
Mr. Yaro was happy, That was how he came to know Manka’a. Immediately they stroke a deal, she began to offer his two boys private classes after school.
The boys loved her. This pleased Mr. Yaro who came to like her as well and they became very good friends. However, there was nothing fishy about their friendship. It was ordinary friendship. It ended in school and had nothing special and nothing to hide. Unfortunately, when Mrs. Yaro’s friends saw them talking and laughing heartily one day when the man came to pick up the children from school, they at once concluded that they were having an affair. Hurriedly, they took the news to Mrs. Yaro and every day they added more to what they had already told her.
MRS YARO GOES TO A SOOTHSAYER
When the same stories were told repeatedly, Mrs. Yaro became jealous, worried and angry. But instead of asking her husband about it, she rushed to her village and consulted a soothsayer.
“Yes, a girl is dating your husband,” the soothsayer told her, as he peered into his ‘medicine pot’ after questioning her at length on the matter. “She is a beautiful girl; fair in complexion; a teacher by profession. She lives not far from your house. I am sure you know her.”
“I know her,” shouted Mrs. Yaro. “That must be the girl who is giving extra classes to my children. She is fair in complexion.”
“That is the girl,” said the soothsayer. “That is the girl who is going out with your husband. She has charmed him. She has stolen his heart. You are finished; completely finished. He hears only from her. He no longer hears from you. He looks at you now to be nothing because of this very girl.”
Mrs. Yaro started crying. “I am dead; I am finished,” she shouted.”
“Crying will not help,” said the man. “Action is what you need now. You have to do something before it’s too late. If you don’t act fast, your husband will throw you out and take her in.”
Within seconds, Mrs. Yaro’s eyes turned red. Her neck puffed with anger. Jealousy ate her up from inside. She began to sweat. She could pounce on somebody. The soothsayer did not make things easy for her. He asked her to bring the sum of two million francs for him to solve the problem for her once and for all.
“If you bring that amount, I will help you,” he said. “I will solve the problem right in front of you. Time is running out. If you do not act fast, it will be too late.”
AN EVIL PLAN
Two million francs was not a small amount of money to throw away just like that. Mrs. Yaro wondered why she should spend such an amount of money to get back what was hers. She did not even know where to get that huge sum of money. Feeling desperate, she left the soothsayer, burning with the desire for a fight making up her mind to face the bull by the horns.
At that time, her husband was away on mission for one week. She thanked God for is absence. Without him at home, she knew she would easily do whatever she liked. It did not take her long to cook up a plan. First, she ground pepper that filled a bowl. The next day, she invited Manka’a to her house.
Being the children’s teacher, Manka’a had no reason to suspect anything. She believed the invitation had to do with the children’s studies. So, innocently, she hurried over to see Madam.
Her shock was beyond imagination when it was rather a furious Mrs. Yaro who received her. Before she understood what was coming, the pepper in the bowl had been poured on her body. She screamed so loudly that the children rushed to the scene to see what was going on. Bewildered, they tried to stop their mother from doing more harm.
“That will teach you how to date my husband,” shouted Mrs. Yaro. “You think you can cross my path and go free?”
Manka’a was shocked and scared. She was dying of pain.That was not what she had expected. As the woman struggled to undress her and rub more pepper on her body, she screamed so loudly that the whole neighborhood shook. Mrs. Yaro boasted that she would put Manka’a once and for all out of business and out of her way. The children, who were equally shocked by what their mother had done and was doing to their teacher, were also screaming and saying that she was innocent. However, this did not stop the woman from trying to cause more damage. Thanks to the intervention of neighbors, Manka’a was rescued.
She was hospitalized for six months. Although her face was slightly deformed, she maintained her beauty. Later on, she returned to school and continued with her job. When the case went to court, Mrs. Yaro was found guilty of attempted homicide and sentenced to fifteen years in prison. It was then that she understood what jealousy had done to her. After two years in prison, she got word that her husband had taken in a new wife who was called Manka’a – the innocent girl on whom she had poured pepper two years earlier.
Mr. Yaro had taken great offence when he came back and was told what his wife had done. He was angry because Manka’a was innocent and had been made to suffer for nothing. He swore that he was going to teach his wife that jealousy was not good. When she went to prison, he stayed behind and fell in love with Manka’a. She was happy to marry him and teach Mrs. Yaro an unforgettable lesson.