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Who did it?

Hey people, as promised, here’s my first giveaway here celebrating my first 50 posts. Below you’ll find a mystery written by a mentor of mine, which I’ve adapted for the blog. The rule is very simple:

Figure out “who did it” but in stating your answer in the comment box, you MUST go through all suspects stating why you didn’t pick them.

The Prize: A ticket to watch the Broadway success, Fela in Lagos.

Other Terms: The challenge is only open to participants who either reside in Lagos or will be in Lagos during the staging period. The ticket will go to the FIRST person who gets and states the answer correctly. Good luck.



Lola Shonibare: The gruff one

Ngozi Ikechukwu: The talkative one

Amina Ibrahim: The sweet one

Ekaete Effiong: The thoughtful one

Naomi Mark: The loud one

Jumoke Afolabi: The dead one.

Four elderly ladies sat at the dining room table in Lola Shonibare’s home. Lola was 90 years old but still lived alone with the assistance of her son who came over twice a week. Lola was clear minded but was failing physically. She could only move around slowly and with the aid of a cane. With difficulty, she joined the others. She always made it a point to make certain her guests were seated before joining them from the kitchen. Now there were five sitting around the old fashioned round cherry wood table. They sat in silence, all of them keenly aware that, at this time last week, there had been six of them. But, not now, for Jumoke Afolabi had died suddenly shortly after their last meeting. 75-year old Amina considered it a blessing that they had almost a week to recover from the shock.

But, not for long, for Lola had another shock for them. After settling in her chair, she looked straight at Naomi and said, bluntly. “One of us murdered Jumoke. I don’t appreciate that it was done in my home, right under our noses. One of us laced her tea with enough arsenic to drop a horse.”

It was no accident that she looked at Naomi as she said this, for Naomi, 80 years old and almost deaf, was the most obnoxious person in the group, the member of their unofficial club Lola had the least patience with.

The ladies sat in stunned silence. It was common practice upon arriving at Lola’s home to go to the kitchen and get your own tea. Lola, very much a person of old school social graces, was ashamed and embarrassed that she was so weak in her hands that she could not pour the tea in the dining room from a pitcher. Lola did not have to remind them of this as she observed the expressions on each of her friends’ faces.

Lola looked at Ekaete. She had distaste for how she dressed when visiting her home. Still trim and svelte at age 69, Ekaete always wore a tight fitting sweat suit, no different than the one she was wearing on this day. Lola thought her many years too old for this but said nothing, for all of them liked Ekaete for her kindness and thoughtfulness. Today, Ekaete had her purse with her, something she had left in her car last week.

Ekaete was the one that asked, “How do you know she was murdered? Has anyone spoken to the police?

Lola said, “There was a pool of pungent liquid on the kitchen counter. The killer must have been in a hurry and spilled it. It’s a good thing I suspected something and had it tested or I may be dead, too. As for the police, yes, they are waiting to arrest the murderer when our meeting is over.”

The high-strung Amina finally broke the silence. In a shaky voice, she said, “I didn’t have tea last week. I never entered the kitchen.” Amina was on the verge of tears. Lola merely nodded her head as she remembered that this was so. She hated it that the quiet, soft-spoken Amina had to endure this.

Lola thought briefly that she was surprised that Ngozi had so far said nothing. Normally she wouldn’t shut up. Before continuing that sour thought, Naomi said, shrilly as was her custom, “I don’t know why you looked at me like you did. I didn’t kill her!” Lola sat quietly for a long moment before answering. There wasn’t much about Naomi to like. Her loose clothes, over sized handbag and sun hat made her look like a down and out bag lady. She was not a well-coordinated person and advanced age had not helped this. She always seemed on the verge of stumbling and her jerky movements only accentuated her slovenly demeanour. Still, Lola and the others liked her in a condescending way. Lola said, “Nobody said you did, so just relax.

Facing Lola, Ngozi finally spoke up. “I poured your tea along with mine.” She added, wryly, “We’re both still alive.” Ngozi was 68 years old and very spry for her age. Lola considered that she observed all of Ngozi’s movements when in the kitchen with her last week. Indeed, watching others was something she was good at. It was her compensation for being old and mostly immobile. Ngozi was another person in the group that was hard to like, for she was brassy and too gossipy even for the standards of the Ladies at Table.

What the ladies did not know was that Lola’s nephew, Sergeant. Daniel Shonibare of the Area F Police Division, waited silently in her bedroom with a uniformed officer, listening carefully for signs of trouble and waiting to arrest the murderer when his Aunt Lola pointed her out. Shonibare knew that, although Aunt Lola’s body may be failing, there was nothing wrong with her keen mind. He knew this would be over in a few minutes.

As if on cue, Lola pointed a shaky finger at the murderer and said, loud as she could, “Come out, Daniel.”

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19 thoughts on “Who did it?

  1. I think it was naomi, her jerky movements, and d person spilled the poison and she was acting all guilty too. Not ngozi, too loud she would have told someone and she poured lola’s tea too, not amina, she ddnt have tea and not ekaette she is too controlled to have spilled the poison.

    Posted by akibotobiloba | March 22, 2011, 1:32 pm
  2. It’s obviously not Lola, not only is she immobile but she’s the one doing the accusation

    Can’t be Jumoke since she’s dead

    Amina is too frail. Her heart would probably give out if she considered it plus she never went into the kitchen

    Isn’t Ngozi since Lola went in the kitchen with her when the tea was poured

    Ekaette left her bag in the car so unless the arsenic was already hidden in the house she would have no place to put it.

    That leaves Naomi apart from her jumpiness, Lola seems to have known this and gave it away by starring at her in the beginning

    Posted by vanity | March 22, 2011, 1:37 pm
  3. My money’s on Ngozi… When it comes to mysteries, the culprit’s never amongst the usual suspects.
    It can’t be lola cuz she’s the narrator and accuser of the brethren. Her nephew’s waiting for her to point out the killer.
    I doubt it is Ekaette cuz the killer would not want to appear too eager to speak. Its like when someone farts in a room, 90% of the time, the guilty party wnt smell it first.
    I doubt its Amina, she seems to weak, besides Lola sympathised with her. Considering she saw the killer, I doubt she would be that sympathetic if Amina was the killer.
    Naomi looks like the obvious choice, but the suspense would be lost and this would be a flat story if she were the killer. It is a wonderful write up, I doubt the author would kill the suspense like that.
    And we are left with Ngozi. She is IMO very calculating. For someone who talks a lot, she bidded her time, waited to hear every other person’s opinion on the matter. And she supposedly had an alibi. For all u know, it may have been part of her plan to be seen serving tea for Lola and herself. That way, she wouldn’t be suspected. Too bad tho, she’s busted. My money’s on her.

    Sorry for the lengthy post 🙂

    Posted by nengie | March 22, 2011, 2:45 pm
  4. Personally, I think Naomi,because she’s doing the accusation and she has a keen mind she may be part-immobile but its her house plus she comes out last before everyone goes to get their tea.

    I don’t think its Ngozi cos as talkative as she is she doesn’t seem very put together

    Amina would have been the perfect suspect but she never was in the kitchen:(

    Ekaete wasn’t carrying her purse the previous wk but then there are many ways to hide stuff

    Naomi can’t hear well it would be silly to try poisoning someone if you couldn’t hear approaching footsteps and although the spilt arsenic seems to point to her, it points to Lola as well.

    Can’t be Jumoke seing that she’s dead an all. But…. O well
    So there’s my analysis! Hope I’m right. Ps what book is this drawn from would just loooove to read it

    Posted by jAyajade | March 22, 2011, 2:47 pm
  5. sorry I meant is suspect Lola not Naomi

    Posted by jAyajade | March 22, 2011, 2:52 pm
  6. Oops I forgot Jumoke, of course she’s the dead one…

    Posted by nengie | March 22, 2011, 3:03 pm
  7. I think it was ekaette. Why else would she be asking if the police has been informed if not because she was afraid. She forgot her purse coincidentally..could be that she wanted everyone to remember that she didn’t have it with her so that they can assume she couldn’t have carried it in.

    Posted by oyinda adams | March 22, 2011, 5:28 pm
  8. Its not Amina cus she ‘had almost a week to recover from the shock’
    Its not Ngozi cus she poured hers n Lola’s tea. N Lola was watchn her closely.
    Its not Ekaette cus she left her bag in the car n she wears tight fitting jumpsuit so there no place to hide the arsenic
    Its not Naomi cuz she’s too obvious.
    Cant be Jumoke cus lola pointed @ the murderer.
    That leaves us with Lola. She is the owner of the house, she couldv poisoned their cups(maybe they all had special cups) she watched the others so she’s have seen sumtn. She seems to knw too much. I think she was pointing at herself.

    Posted by moji | March 22, 2011, 7:30 pm
  9. :s do i really have to give my reason 4 eliminating every1?? i’ll go 4 lola tho.

    Posted by zany | March 22, 2011, 8:04 pm
  10. Lola being the murderer will be too cliché.
    I think it’s ekaette, the thoughtful one…she could have hid the poison anywhere. She did need a purse
    It’s not lola cos she didn’t pour any tea and I said earilier, too cliche.
    It’s not amina cos she didn’t go into the kitchen last week
    It’s not ngozi cos she poured she n lola’s tea
    it’s not naomi cos she doesn’t fit the profile 😐
    It’s not jumoke cos she’s dead!

    Posted by minini | March 22, 2011, 8:52 pm
  11. I actually think it’s Amina!.I dnt knw why I’m pickn her but she just seems suspicious to me.

    Posted by mimi | March 22, 2011, 10:48 pm
  12. Sola Shonibare is the house owner, and the detector of the instrument used in the killing. She is one of the main suspect on my list because I believe she is the killer, and just trying to cover her way by bringing in the rest. If she did not bring the issue to the knowin of the people and trying to put the blame on another person, a post-motem will show that she was poisoned and sola shonibare will be apprehended. She is the killer, but she is smart to make the move so that the thought will not be on her.

    Amina Ibrahim is not the killer but looks like a suspect, but she is just emotional.

    Ngozi Ikechukwu is not the killer, she is a talkertive and a suspect, but definitely she is not the killer.

    Naomi Mark is not the killer, she is the loud type, and from the article, she is no where near my suspect list.

    Ekaete Effiong is not the killer, she is the talkative, and she wore the same cloth just to honour the dead I believe, and Sola Shonibare watched all her moves in the kitchen which removed her from the suspect list

    Posted by Olajide Anuoluwa Jeremiah | March 23, 2011, 8:34 am
  13. Sola shonibare is the killer because she own the house and she is also the one accusing the others, definitely she was trying to point to her self as the killer.

    Jumoke is dead, there is probility that jumoke commited a suicide, but yet still that’s not realy a fact, and I would say she did not kill her self, but was killed by Lola

    Posted by Olajide Anuoluwa Jeremiah | March 23, 2011, 8:49 am
  14. Errrrrm…uncle you should have picked up a copy of mastering english before you commented nau…..nothing spoil sha

    Posted by Spiffy | March 23, 2011, 8:39 pm
  15. Lol! Spiffy’s wickid!
    @tools when do we know the winner??

    Posted by nengie | March 24, 2011, 11:50 am
  16. Naomi

    Posted by Oladayo | March 24, 2011, 8:52 pm
  17. Ekaette is too composed to spill the poison.

    Ngozi has an Alibi

    Naomi is too disorganised to hatch such a plan!

    Lola would have been my suspect because she is the only one that would have spilled the poison while trying to lace the tea becos of her physical incapacity and moreso she made sure she didn’t serve herself tea(too neat)but I don’t think she will call the cops on herself except if she was thinking ‘she is too old to be locked up’

    Amina is my suspect because she was grateful they had a week to get over the shock and yet she was going all defensive without any attack or question directed at her!!!!!!Amina is the murderer!!!!!

    Posted by mabijo | March 28, 2011, 11:38 am
  18. jumoke

    Posted by afrosays | March 29, 2011, 6:53 am
  19. Sorry if I don’t follow the rules. I think it’s Lola’s son.

    Posted by NOTAPEOPLEPERSON | March 29, 2011, 1:30 pm

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