Hey people. So the time has finally come. Time to answer the question that has been raging in our minds for the past week: Who did it?
Before I go on, let me state clearly that I did not write this story and even though I got the writer to write a different ending for it, I’m sure my over-processing mind would have probably come up with something else. (Yes, I would have probably solved it differently). Anyway, here we go:
1. Lola was clear minded but was failing physically
2. She always made it a point to make certain her guests were seated before joining them from the kitchen
3. 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.
4. 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
5. There was a pool of pungent liquid on the kitchen counter
NOTE: Who did it does not necessarily = who Lola Shonibare pointed at.
Jumoke Afolabi: The dead one
Well, obviously not her because she’s DEAD.
Amina Ibrahim: The sweet one
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.
Amina was the only person who didn’t go into the kitchen and as a result had no contact whatsoever with tea. This exonerates her.
Ekaete Effiong: The thoughtful one
For all of them liked Ekaete for her kindness and thoughtfulness.
Ekaete is 69. The only person younger than her is Ngozi who is 68. For her age, Ekaete is trim and svelte. This could justify her love for tight-fitting clothes. The story states that she drove her car to Lola’s house therefore leaving her purse in it could be she does from time to time. And the fact that she was the first to ask how Lola knew Jumoke was murdered can be as result of her “thoughtfulness” nature.
Naomi Mark: The loud one
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.
Naomi’s loose clothes coupled with her jerky movements give her away too easily as the culprit.
ANSWER 1: Lola pointed at Naomi.
WHO REALLY REALLY DID IT?
Ngozi Ikechukwu: The talkative one
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.
Lola Shonibare: The gruff one
Read through the clues and it’s very obvious that there’s no way the poisoning could have been done without Lola knowing about it because she was always the last to leave the kitchen. However, the clues also tell us Lola is failing physically and cannot pour tea from a pitcher. This doesn’t mean she can’t manipulate a tiny container of arsenic.
It’s very important to note that the killer could not have poured the poison directly into Jumoke’s cup. Only way she could have been poisoned is if the entire pitcher was poisoned. If this was the case and yet only Jumoke died, it simply means the content of the pitcher was changed after Jumoke poured her tea. Knowing Lola cannot pour from a pitcher, it was definitely done by someone else.
Whoelse could this have been? Ngozi. Ngozi poured Lola’s tea. The story tells us Ngozi is “brassy and too gossipy”. It wouldn’t have been too hard for Lola to get Ngozi to brew another pitcher of tea while engaging her in gossip. Better still, it would have been easier to let Ngozi in on the entire plot. Motive could have been arranged. Ngozi was much younger. Lola could have manipulated her. There’s a strong possibility that Naomi did spill some of her tea while she poured it as her result of her jerky movements but if the pitcher was poisoned then, not only would she have died, she would have perceived the pungent smell.
The question is, was Jumoke just an unfortunate accessory used to get to Naomi? Clue 3 gives some sort of motive here but we’ll never really know.
So, there you have it. Like I said, no one got the exact answer but I’ve got to give this ticket away. So, looking through the comments, the author of the story had to go with:
Congratulations. I’ll be emailing you shortly with details on how you’ll get your ticket. S/O to everyone who tried and watch out for more mysteries and giveaways here.
PS: I have one more surprise for you guys this week. 🙂