“She has dysgraphia.”
“What?! I don’t understand.”
“It’s a condition where someone who is considered normal intellectually, has difficulty writing although in some cases not all, it affects intellectual ability.”
Nifemi’s teacher grabbed her chest. “How expensive is the cure?”
“There is none. However……. ”
“What caused it?!”
“There is no known cause. Probably someone in her family was or is suffering from it. Just calm down. Once we meet her parents we can find a way to work around it.”
The teacher whispered in the doctor’s ear. The doctor looked at Nifemi and sighed.
Dysgraphia. That was what was wrong with her. Although she didn’t understand what it meant, bami will see there was no need for the rituals and they will use their little money for more important needs. She took the doctor to bami, only that she said she was a psychologist, not a doctor. She told bami how he would help her to improve. Somehow, she had given up. She wanted to do something that does not involve writing.
When she stopped talking, Nifemi walked into view. Nike and Tolani just stared at her. That was when the mother turned. “God forbid evil!” She placed her hands on her head, then picked up a broom using to sweep towards Nifemi. “Go o! Leave my children alone.”
Nifemi ran and continued running until she was tired. She flung herself on the ground. Tears would not come. She knew Nike and Tolani’s mother was not referring to her writing problem because she didn’t mind it. She wondered what she heard that could have caused her behaviour.