Kunle, stop it. Kunle! I said stop it now!

Stop kinni? Sade, stop kinni! What are we stopping now? Ahahn! For goodness sake, I’m your husband. We were joined in holy matrimony before God and man a week ago.

I know nau.

So you know? We were both tired after the reception, so nothing happened. But these past few days ehn, they have been difficult for me o. While we were preparing for the wedding, I kept praying and asking God for grace to keep ourselves from sexual immorality. My dear, God answered the prayers o. He did. But the timeline for the prayer has expired. We are married now o! There is no immorality between the two of us o! Haba!

Sade moved over to Kunle who was now seated at the edge of the bed and began to stroke his back gently.

My dear, I understand. I truly do. One of the things that endeared you to me initially was the self control that you exhibited. Even when I could see it in your eyes that you wanted to hold me, you kept yourself from doing so. Do you remember that night at the mall when you were folding your hands and clapping uncomfortably without any rhythm?

😂😂😂 I remember! That day ehn! It was only grace. My dear! If not for grace, it’s not what we are saying that we will be saying o. But now, we have the license. Why are you pushing me away?

My dear, it’s not that I want to. Honestly. I’ve also looked forward to this time.

So what’s the problem?

The problem is that whenever we are about to go ahead, I get flashbacks.

Ohh. That.

Yes, Kunle mi. That. That night. 23rd of February, 2017.

I remember you told me about it. You also told me that you have prayed about it and forgiven the guy who raped you.

Yes I have, my dear. But I can’t get the image away from my mind. As I see you, I see his face. I don’t know what to do…


Scene 2

Daniel, let us pray.


Daniel!!!! I said let us pray! Can’t you hear me? Are you deaf? When you will be pressing phone every time, how will you be able to hear.

Mummy, I actually heard you the first time. I just didn’t want to respond.

Ahahn. You are getting spoilt o. Your mother is calling you and you are ignoring her. Is that what is expected of a child of God.

Mummy, I’m sorry. But then, I have questions. Why are we spending so much time praying? Are we sure God answers? Really. Are we sure He is not in Heaven angry with us?

Daniel, why are you talking like this!

Mummy, this is the third year I have been seeking admission, yet there has been no offer. I’ve prayed and fasted several times. I even promised God that I will serve Him all my life if He grants me admission to study the course I applied for. Yet, nothing. Is God angry with me? Is He?

Scene 3

Bisi, I’m going for evangelism.

Journey mercies. God will go with you and grant you utterance in Jesus name.

Bisi, you know what I mean. It’s time to go for evangelism, and we are meant to go together.

My dear, I know. It’s just that the location for this week’s evangelism is Mushin.

Oh. I get you now.

Ehen. You can understand.


Chidera, you can go for the evangelism. I’m not joining you. How can I go to the same streets that I used to terrorize at night? What if I run into one of the several customers I had?

Bisi, it doesn’t matter. You are a new creature in Christ.

My friend, forget all that one. Would you be comfortable going to a place where you were a prostitute for six years? Would you be eager to preach the message of Christ in a gathering where most of the men have slept with you? Would you be bold to look into the eyes of the women whose homes you destabilized? Would you?


Kunle is staring out the window at the honeymoon suite with his wife, Simi, holding him from behind and sobbing.

Mummy Daniel is confused about how to respond as her son questions the ability of God to answer prayers.

Chidera needs the right words to speak to her friend Bisi who is now a Christian but who lived a rotten life.

They want to hear from you. What would be your advice to them?

Author: Iremide Akinsola

I am a Christian. I enjoy reading, writing, listening to music and watching football.

3 thoughts on “SHACKLES”

  1. Hmmm.

    Simi should let go of her past. She should tell the Lord to help her heal her of her past.

    . . .

    Mummy Daniel’s son should not worry. God always answers us according to His will and perfect timing for our lives. To us, the answer to a prayer might seem taking a long time to come but He plans the answers for them to fall within the perfect will for our lives. He shouldn’t worry. He should just keep trusting God and holding on to Him.

    Chidera’s friend is now a new creation. Old things have passed away and everything is now new. Her old life shouldn’t hinder her from preaching the gospel. The Holy Spirit gives us boldness to face things we can’t face. She should ask for grace from God to share His word. Her courage plus her declaring how God could change her who lived a bad life would inspire others who have also been doing what she used to do to come to the saving grace of Christ.

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    1. Thank you so much for this, Benedicta.

      Truly, it’s only God that can heal the wounds of the past.

      Also, God is always on time. Not our time but His. Isaiah 55:8 talks about how his ways and ours are different.

      Everyone who is now in Christ is a new creation. It is important to embrace that identity.

      Thank you once again for this insightful comment 😃


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