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The Witch And The Baobaotree (A True Life Event) by gbokukueba(m): 6:10am On Jan 09, 2019
Growing up in the barracks there were some spooky stories and one readily comes to mind. It was a rainy Saturday morning and we all woke up to screams and shouts of, witch, witch witch…, everyone rushed towards the screaming to find out what was happening.

There’s a girl not more than 13 wailing and crying and begging and “confessing” that she belongs to a convent and she mentioned all the atrocious things you could imagine. Prior to that a child had died in some unusual circumstance and this girl says she and her fellow witches are responsible for the death of the child. We believed!

The girl went on to make some more astonishing confession and one of them made virtually everyone sick when they heard it… in those days there were women that sold bean cake (akara) in different blocks and she mentioned a particular seller that she uses blood to fry her akara… all of us that had eaten that akara went bonkers! We believed!

In addition to frying with blood (how possible is that sef), they hold their meetings under the large tree between Blocks Q15 & Q16. She made some outrageous claims that they have mansions on the tree and even latest cars (this was in the late 80s)… We believed!

We have always wondered about that tree as it towered above the 2 story blocks of flats and some even told us it was bewitched that’s why there seem not to be any fruits from the tree and you must not be caught under the tree at 12 midnight… you might just never be found. We believed!

There’s a saying that government never believes in superstitious claims, but the authorities of the Barracks were only humans and they not only believed but they took actions. First, they sent the akara seller and her family out of the barracks is the most embarrassing way where women sweep the ground after them as they were going away.

Secondly, they tasked some people to cut down the tree, we heard while cutting the tree blood was coming out and the tree was healing itself and finally they had to go get a real ‘juju’ man to come do some incantations and eventually they cut the tree down… and everyone lived happily ever after… for a while…

Years later probably about 10 years after the incidence, we learnt the girl that confessed had mental health issues and had falsely accused the akara seller. The tree was a Baobao tree and the family moved back to the barracks and your truly was glad I didn’t eat akara with blood…

This is the end of the story.



Re: The Witch And The Baobaotree (A True Life Event) by MANNABBQGRILLS: 6:16am On Jan 09, 2019
Very interesting story......

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Re: The Witch And The Baobaotree (A True Life Event) by chiommy123(f): 7:17am On Jan 09, 2019
Na wa oh. Things dey happen. Op hope you people apologized to the family

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Re: The Witch And The Baobaotree (A True Life Event) by gbokukueba(m): 7:20am On Jan 09, 2019
Na wa oh. Things dey happen. Op hope you people apologized to the family

"You People" keh... its a hard life... unfortunately

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