Katenga

Table of Contents ACT BECOMING THE PROBLEM MYSTERY AN EDUCATION MORE SECRESTS BROTHER MÊLÉE FAMILY REBELS HISTORY COUNTDOWN FATHER AND SON PAGE 6 12 24 29 40 45 52 54 63 72 79 94

The King The Queen The Rebel Chief The Royal attaché The King’s father Bòla’s mother The oldest father Adé’s half brother

The cast

Adé Dëh Bòla O Kèh Baba Adé Mama Bòla Baba Ilé Ti täh

EXT.A CAMP DEEP IN THE JUNGLE. NIGHT

BECOMING

ELDERLY MAN

Boh Bo. Son of Ti A De are you ready to prove yourself worth. Are you ready to put aside childish things.

Two men and one woman are suiting up for a battle. The woman lines up a group of small leather pouches she looks over them with a serious nurturing. She pulls the draw string on each and begins loading them onto her belt. The first man is stretching his legs. He squats placing his hands on the floor then pushes off it jumping 15 feet high. The woman looks at him smugly unimpressed. The second man is leaning on a tree fully dressed. He stands with his back to the others, his eyes shut he appears to be thinking but in fact he is listening. Listening to the movements in the trees. He hears a beetle in a tree 30 metres away, the beetle is being stalked by a chameleon in the tree next to it. He opens his eyes, his eyes are blurry but when he squints a bit he sees deeper into the jungle. He watches the chameleon’s tongue lash out and grab the beetle into it’s mouth devouring it whole. Bòla walks towards the three and the all bow their heads in respect. He walks right up to them and looks at them closely.

The crowd of youths in the room cheer their support. The elderly man raises his hand and they instinctively become silent.

ELDERLY MAN YOUNG MAN

What is your answer?

(looks to his father who sits calm and observant in the crowd) Yes I am Suddenly the drumming stops and the drummer stands fully erect arms folded below his chest. CONTINOUS INT. COURT OF THE DEAD OPPOSITE DOOR.DAY Doors open towards the centre wrestling square and Adé comes in. Behind him are three men drumming as he approaches the youth. He takes slow deliberate steps that indicate his weight and strength. Adé joins the young man in the square. The drumming stops.

Bòla

Are you ready. This is a mission that cannot be taken lightly?

Young man

The three speak in unison We are ready

Looks up at his father who is seated in the position closest to the square, he then flexes and shows his muscle, determination and ability.

Bòla

Adé
Then I wish you well. Go forth and may god be with you.

He looks at the young man and his father, smirks and cracks his knuckles. The elderly man approaches them and gives each man a weapon (a long wooden stick with sharp spikes coming out of one of the ends). The four men all pick up their drums and the drumming start again, this time faster. The young man lunges at Adé. Adé knocks the attack away. The young man recoils and swipes the stick towards Adé feet. Adé steps on the edge with his foot and uses the other to kick the young man away. The young man rises and stands in an attack pose while Adé on the other side of the room drags his foot on the floor spreading his blood on the floor. He too poses to attack. Both men lunge for each other. Adé attacks fist first. The young man attacks with his feet and knocks away Adé fist. Adé however grabs the young man by the legs and drags him to the floor. Both men tousle and roll around on the floor. The young man wiggles out and escapes from the Adé’s clutches by digging his hands into Adé’s chest. Adés grip loosens and the young man kicks off of him to wards the ceiling where he grabs hold of another weapon. He falls to the floor in a ready to attack stance. Adé stomps towards him. The young man punches at him. Adé dodges the blade and slaps the young

He steps back and watches them pack their final bags with a grave and solemn look in his eyes. The three of them walk into the Jungle. The second man leaps up into the air and grabs hold of closest tree branch disappearing quickly into foliage. The other two briefly look at each other and jump onto braches after him. The trees rustle as they push their way through the thick Jungle vegetation. EXT. ABOVE THE JUNGLE.DAY We follow the trees till we get to a clearing where a young man is waking towards a building. The young continues walking trough the open doors. INT. THE COURT OF THE DEAD.DAY The young man enters the court of the dead. A group of youths, twelve in number rise in cheers as he enters. A Man stands within the room drumming a slow repetitive beat.

man under his chin with his forearm. The disoriented youth still tries to hit Adé across the face but Adé grabs the hand and twists it behind the youth’s back rendering him immobile. The crowd gasps and the drumming stops.

Adé

INT.DARK BARELY LIT ROOM.DAY In the palace Adé retreats to a private room. He walks to a bowl of water and washes the blood from his palm. He then cups some of the water in his hand and uses it to wash his feet. Next to the bowl is a bundle of cloth. He takes it and walks across the room to a leather pouch seat he then uses the cloth to wrap around his cut foot. A knock on the door.

Boh bo, son of Fela. You have fought honourably. I am sure you have made your Father a very proud man today, but you have failed. There is no room for failure in our world. Failure means death. Are you ready to die?

Adé

Enter

Young man

O Kèh comes in with clothes folded in her arms. She walks towards him and bows her head in respect.

(hold his head down) Yes Adé drags him to the centre of the room by his twisted arm and flings him to the floor. He raises the wooden spear over the youth’s head.

O Kèh Adé

Is it well with you?

Adé

Yes. It is, and you?

This youth has come today to prove himself. He fought with great passion and has shown great pride for his tribe and for his father admirable qualities. He has even shown himself responsible, accepting failure for his errors.

O Kèh Adé

Always sir, always. I have brought you new garments to wear.

Young man Adé

(holds his head down) And for all these lesson that he has learned today. His short life as a child will end.

Thank you.

O Kèh Adé

Was today successful?

Young man Adé

(shuts his eyes tight) And his life as a member of the tribe will begin.

Yes it was. He was over eager with the spear.

O Kèh

Young man Adé

He’s special then. They only teach combat with blades in the schools. Are you badly hurt? (looks at his wounds)

(Opens his teary eyes) For today this child becomes a man.

Adé

No, they are not deep. It will heal by next week. How is my schedule?

O Kèh

They take the youth and adorn him with flowers. A man lifts him onto his shoulders and with women dancing and his friends cheering they take him out of the “Court of the Dead”.

(She helps him to put on the very heavy garb) The elders want to speak to you.

Adé

Again! What is the topic of discussion today. Not enough wine.

O Kèh

Adé

No. They began talking about Queen Dëh and her trek to the monastery. Then they began talking about the rebels. Apparently their threats are more frequent. Your Father seems, (pause) worried about your lack of decision.

(imitating deep thought) I still cannot come up with a conclusion. Adé rises and slips on the large garb.

Adé

(clenches his jaw) Anything else on the schedule?

Baba Adé Adé

Adé, you are not taking your responsibilities seriously enough.

O Kèh

I am Baba. I am doing what you taught me.

I thought with the council wanting to speak with you. That it would be better to leave the rest of your day free. Just in case.

Baba Adé Adé

( The door opens and a gruff Baba Adé walks in on the two)

When did I teach you to stand around doing nothing.

Baba Adé Adé

What are you still doing?

I am studying my enemy. Watching his movements. Let it not be said that Baba Adé did not raise a warrior.

I am coming Baba.

Baba Adé smiles at this statement. For now he seems satisfied.

Baba Adé O Kèh

(turns to O Kèh ) I will wait outside

Baba Adé Adé

I will see you at the council meeting.

Baba Adé Adé

Yes Baba. (nods his head down out of respect) May peace be with you.

So Adé. What is your decision?

Baba Adé

Nods his head in response.

About what Baba?

Baba Adé Adé

Baba Adé leaves Adé alone in the room. Adé stands silently as if preparing himself he paces up and down in front of the door for a few minutes then opens the door to face O Kèh . INT.LONG DARK CORRIDOR Adé walks down the corridor towards the council room with O Kèh and an armed guard behind him. EXT. COURTYARD. DAY The young man and his mother are dancing amongst the celebrators. There is a chaotic culmination of women’s shrill chants and drums. The event is joyous. The young man from the fight looks up at Adé in awe as he walks in front of his guards and O Kèh towards the Council elders.

About the rebels. Why else would I be here?

(mutters to himself ) God forbid to see how I am doing.

Baba Adé

What?

THE PROBLEM
INT. COUNCIL ROOM. DAY He enters the room filled with men and women older than himself. This is the council of elders. They are all sitting around in a circle, discussing as they do most days. All but one of them rises as he enters. A man, the king‘s father Baba Adé.

unbearable. (turns to Adé) What are we going to do about it? INT. CORRIDOR OUTSIDE COUNCIL ROOM.DAY A young man with a tray of drinks walks up to O Kèh. She looks at the tray intently picking up the cups and smelling the contents. She looks up at the man who seems normal and a little way bored, and lets the young man into the council room. INT. COUNCIL ROOM.DAY The waiter walks towards the table in the centre of the council room to place the tray down.

Adé

Please elders sit.

He walks to the elderly man who is still seated and bows his head in respect.

Adé

Baba Adé
Baba

These people obviously have no respect for anyone. They should be dealt with accordingly.

He goes to sit amongst them. They all sit and then turn to him to lead the discussion.

Adé

Adé

What is the order of business today?

But we must listen to them first. They are still children of our ancestors. That is one of our rules and I am bound by law to uphold.

Elder one

The rebels. They are mad. My wife cannot go to the market with out a rebel sympathiser telling the people to rise up and kill us.

Baba Adé is not happy about being corrected in front of his peers but his response is a simple intake of breath followed by him ignoring his son.

Elder two

Adé

Sympathiser nothing. They are the rebels themselves.

Does anyone have a suggestion to the problem?

Elder three

I hear they live in the forest and watch over the palace coming up with plans to attack us when our guards are weakest.

Elder one

INT.CORRIDOR OUTSIDE COUNCIL ROOM.DAY O Kèh looks into the council room watching the young man serving the elders. She paces the space in front of council room out of boredom. Then looks down the hall and notices a shadow walking towards her. There is no one in the corridor and she realises this means some one is masking his presence. O Kèh raises an alarm to the King.

Is that why you have increased security?

O Kèh

Elder two

Oba! They are in the palace.

They do not live in the village they are still in the city. I was walking back from my plantation and one of them robbed me blind and left me with nothing but my trousers in a ditch by the side of the road.

Adé giggles silently to himself, his father catches his eye giving him a look of venom, stopping him in his tracks.

INT. COUNCIL ROOM. DAY The waiter quickly realises that he has been discovered , quickly flinging the tray like a Frisbee towards Adé’s neck. Adé shocked at first by O Kèh’s voice knocks the tray away before it make contact with his neck. INT. CORRIDOR OUTSIDE COUNCIL ROOM.DAY O Kèh starts running towards the shadow concentrating to reveal the entire person’s image. She goes into a stance prepared to fight.

Baba Adé

I have heard enough about what they do. We all know they are making life

Behind her she does not see the two guards fall to the floor as another cloaked person in the palace attacks. The person’s image in front of her is revealed and she begins by throwing a sharp right punch at her head. The woman is stunned and falls back woozy from the punch. Behind O Kèh another figure is revealed, he sees his accomplice in distress, coming up behind O Kèh he begins staring her down. O Kèh reaches for her head, she stumbles, her head hurts so much she becomes dizzy and collapses. Just managing to turn around she sees the second man before falling to the floor. INT. COUNCIL ROOM.DAY Adé and all the council members rise from their seats. They soon realise that the man is not an attendant at all, which would make him a rebel supporter. The older men are rowdy and ruffled, all confused with most of them moving out of the way to protect themselves. The waiter grabs Adé by his clothes and flings him out into the lobby then runs out after him. The council members run towards the door but the doors shut locking them inside. INT. CORRIDOR OUTSIDE COUNCIL ROOM.DAY Adé is now alone confronted with the three rebels. The waiter lunges towards him fists in the air. Adé punches him in the stomach and knocks him right back onto the floor. The woman and man both attack from both sides. Adé grabs the third man by the neck and kicks the second man away. Suddenly Adé’s head begins to hurt. Adé looks at the man whose head he is holding. A drop of blood falls on the rebels forehead as Adé ’s nose begins to bleed. Adé begins to strangle the man in a choke hold to stop his mental assault. The woman starts towards Adé but pauses as she hears foot steps of guards running towards them. The woman reaches into a pouch on her hip. She grabs a handful of the contents of one of the bags, a powder and blows a puff of red dust towards Adé. This disorientates him making him blink furiously. Adé’s eyes are burning, he spins around in circles confused. He believes he is still holding onto the rebel’s neck and tightens his grip to ensure it. The third man has however been released in the commotion. The man and woman carry the waiter and scurry down the hall. A group of guards start running towards Adé and the three rebels. The woman blows another gust of dust towards the guards. This blue dust approaches them growing in thickness till they cannot see their hands in front of their eyes. A sudden gust of air and the air is clean again. The three rebels are gone. Adé looks at his hands but they are empty. A guard opens the door to the council room and the council members come out angry. O Kèh wakes up and gets up from the floor. She walks towards the King.

O Kèh

(stumbling) Yes. It seems the rebels are more aggressive than we originally thought.

Adé

Guards. Search the palace.

O Kèh Adé

No, sir. If they resorted to using herbs. They will be long gone by now.

You (He points to one of the guards) Tell the chief of guards I want the security in the palace tighten. No one sleeps tonight. INT. COUNCIL ROOM. DAY The king and council members return to the council room. O Kèh stands outside as before watching the proceedings.

Elder two

I don’t have to say. That the rebels have made their position very clear. They want war.

Elder one

Let us not jump to conclusions

Elder two

Are you crazy? They tried to kill Adé. Our Oba. The chosen King. What do you want a letter saying can we please go to war signed the rebels.

Elder three

Calm down

Mama Bòla Baba Adé

So what is the game plan?

Adé

I put forward the motion that this ridiculous charade end. As soon as possible, if not immediately.

O Kèh are you okay?

Elder two

I suggest killing the rebel leader. If you want to kill a snake don’t you cut off the

head.

Mama Bòla
No! INT. THE CORRIDOR OUTSIDE THE COUNCIL ROOM.DAY O Kèh stands still and her eyes widen. Her eyes roam viciously as if searching for an answer to a puzzling question.

Elder two

We have to stop all this nonsense.

Elder three
I agree

Elder one
(gulp)

O Kèh

Right. That is a great idea.

Dëh

INT. COUNCIL ROOM.DAY

Baba Adé

Mama Bòla Baba Adé

Of course it is a great idea.

Let us not decide this irrationally

The members then begin to nod their heads in agreement. The oldest member of the council hushes the crowd.

(Looks at Mama Bòla) The penalty of an attempted assassination is death

Baba Ilé Adé

I’m tired of hearing you all gabbing little girls. Adé, what are your thoughts?

Mama Bòla

That is for the people that came into the palace. For all we know they acted independently.

Baba. I am not happy with the idea of battle.

Baba Adé

Baba Adé opens his mouth to begin to object but Baba Ilé raises a hand to silence him.

I find your scrutiny of the situation admirable, but if this rebel chief, as he is called was a rational political leader. He should have a list of actions. If he wants peace why has he not come forward with his demands.

Baba Ilé Adé

Yes Adé, we are all listening.

Mama Bòla

So because they have not come forward we are supposed to kill them? Why not find them and work things out.

We do need to find him. He wouldn’t be organising people if he didn’t have something concrete to say. It sounds to me as though he is an educated man.

Baba Adé

Baba Ilé Adé

(jumps up in excitement) Find them! That is a very good idea. Find the rebel leader and perform the ritual of rights. (pause) He will battle the city’s champion Adé. The one left breathing is the victor of the dispute. The other members are quieted by this suggestion. They turn to look at each other, no one seems to notice the look of death passing between Baba Adé and Mama Bòla.

Really?

Organising people to come together with no possible end of glory. In fact all they risk is ridicule. He was definitely instructed in the schools of philosophy.

Baba Ilé

I never would have thought about that. You obviously have put more thought into the man than we have.

Adé

Baba Ilé
We can under no circumstance kill him.

My child. You have returned so soon.

The council avoid Adé gaze as he looks around the room. Adé eyes meet Baba Adé hot and angry gaze.

Dëh

(She rises her head and smiles at the old man. She then turns to Adé) The council members sensing an air of censorship grumble excuses and begin to file out of the room, all leaving the room in a near organised group. The last one being the oldest man. Baba Adé lingers at the door watching them as the doors are closed.

Adé

No matter what we do. We must understand our enemy first. Killing him without understanding his cause risks creating a martyr. That would create a break in our tribe. I want to talk to him first before making any decisions. Baba Adé looks towards his son in anger. His son has shamed him by choosing to talk to an established enemy and by going against him in public. A respected elder Baba Adé is now seen as less than his son. He is now just another council elder.

Baba Ilé Dëh

I want to see you later

(Nods her head in a positive response)

Elder one

You have a point Adé, but shouldn’t we at least know where they are for military purposes.

Adé and Dëh both look at each other waiting for the old man and all the council members to leave. There is a silent struggle of power between them which seems to flows from their eyes clashing in front of the two of them.

Elder two Adé

Yes, for our security

Adé

So. You are back

I will not risk a mob trying to undo our plans. One man. One man alone will locate the rebel leader, his history and everyone in his life. He will under no circumstance find their base.

Dëh Adé

Surprised?

Baba Adé turns to look at Mama Bòla. He smiles at her with a hidden evil smile. INT.THE CORRIDOR OUTSIDE THE COUNCIL ROOM.DAY O Kèh paces the corridor continually looks around and then from the corner of her eye sees the Queen walking towards her. She turns to look and does in fact see the queen.

Not really. You do as you please do you not.

Dëh Adé

I had a vision

O Kèh

Her majesty Dëh (She kneels) The Queen walks down the corridor into the room, the council members stand up. She walks into the room with an air of royalty nodding to the men who rose to greet her then she walks to her father the oldest member of council

(Rolls his eyes in disbelief ) Oh God

Dëh

I know you do not believe in these things.

Adé

No I do not. Why don’t you, do what you do. Pray us out of this situation and while you are at it, can you hex this rebel boy for me?

Dëh

You are meant to be prepared for whatever may happen and you have the most important information you need.

Dëh Adé Dëh Adé

Be serious.

Adé Dëh Adé Dëh Adé

What is it?

You know I do not like hearing about this unseen world garbage.

I saw a dark cloud behind this man.

I would not be telling you this if I did not think it was important.

Now I know you are not serious.

(relaxes and turns to Dëh) What did you see?

I’m not joking

Dëh Adé

Destruction. A man destroys the tribe.

Dark clouds mean rain. Let me translate that for you. It will rain on that day. Where is my important information?

Describe him to me. Did you see his face?

Dëh

Dark clouds in my visions mean complete corruption not rain. I think you may be influenced by this dark cloud.

Dëh Adé Dëh Adé Dëh Adé

No

Adé Dëh Adé

So this dark cloud means I will be corrupted?

Do you know when it will happen?

Possibly. Yes.

No

(with his back to her he taps his lip thoughtfully) Is that all?

Do you know where he is?

Dëh Adé

Yes

No.

So you came here to warn me of a vision of destruction but you do not know who it is, where he is or when he will strike. That is not a very good vision is it? How am I to stop it if I do not have any solid information?

(turns to Dëh) Well thank you for coming all this way but I have no intention of killing women and children so for now I feel the tribe is safe.

Dëh

(places her hand over his) I felt fear for you Adé.

O Kèh Adé

Her feelings are the reason she is Majesty, my Lord.

Adé

(looks into Dëh’s eyes) I appreciate your concern Dëh, but it is misplaced. O Kèh walks into the room head down and hands clasped behind her.

My abilities are the reason I am here as well. Should I ignore that?

O Kèh

Of course not your majesty, but her majesty has had many visions. All of which have come to pass.

O Kèh Adé

Sorry to interrupt but his majesty has an appointment to make.

Adé

(Thoughtfully) Really?

You are not interrupting anything O Kèh , I am ready to leave.

O Kèh

Adé walks out of the room leaving Dëh standing watching O Kèh following behind him. INT. THE KING’S PRIVATE APARTMENT.DAY Adé steps into the room and O Kèh closes the door behind him. He takes off the heavy garment and hands it to O Kèh. She takes the bundle form him.

Yes.

He looks down towards the young woman and caresses her face. She smiles at him and he smiles back.

Adé

Your point has been noted.

Adé

What do you think of what Dëh said?

Adé takes the young woman’s hand and lifts her to his lap. He caresses her and lays a long kiss on her lips. The young lady giggles as he lets go of her face and looks at her.

O Kèh

Adé

It is not my place to give opinions

I am tired, cancel all my engagements for today.

O Kèh Adé
I know. That is why I asked for your opinion.

But what about..

O Kèh Adé

Adé looked up at her with a dark iron stare, O Kèh nods her head in understanding and leaves Adé in the arms of the female attendant.

Her majesty would not have left the temple if she did not feel it important.

O Kèh

I will give your apologies and reschedule for tomorrow.

There is that word, again. Feel. Why don’t you all lay flowers for the rebels to come and stab me in the heart.

O Kèh bows her head and exit’s the room walking backwards towards the door closing it behind her. INT.PASSING CORRIDORS.NIGHT O Kèh walks down a corridor, she looks up and sees Baba Adé coming towards her.

A skimpily dressed female attendant comes out of the inner room with a bowl of water in her hand and folded piece of material draped over her shoulder. She kneels before Adé and washes his feet.

O Kèh

Good night Baba Adé

MYSTERY
INT.THE DOOR TO BABA ADé ’S QUARTERS. Baba Adé looks down either end of the corridor, opens the door and walks inside. INT. BABA ADé QUARTERS. Mama Bòla stands in front of a window and turns towards the door as Baba Adé comes into the room.

Baba Adé grunts in response and continues walking down the corridor.

Baba Adé

Mama Bòla. I am glad you came.

Mama Bòla

(points a finger at Baba Adé) You are a mad man.

Baba Adé

Mama Bòla! Quiet. (walks to the door, then turns to Mama Bòla) There is no need for you to shout

Mama Bòla

Do not tell me you do not know the rebel leader is my son Bòla. You knew that and now you are trying to have him killed.

Baba Adé

Calm down. Do not let your emotions get the better of you.

Mama Bòla Baba Adé

Are you trying to deny it?

Mama Bòla this is not why I called you here.

Mama Bòla

You almost had my son’s head on a stick.

Baba Adé

I am an honoured general? What else would the council expect me to say. If I didn’t say anything they would have become suspicious.

Mama Bòla

So it was all an act? Is that what you want me to believe?

Baba Adé

If I really wanted your son dead I would not be asking Adé to do it for me. I would take care of it myself.

Mama Bòla Baba Adé

What is it?

Mama Bòla Baba Adé

So why am I here?

The prophecy is close. I can feel it, but these Nêu, these desecrators of our tradition. They are ruining it.

Do you want something to wet your throat?

Mama Bòla Baba Adé

A prophecy cannot be stopped, delayed maybe but not stopped.

Baba Adé goes to a table set with a wooden pitcher and cups. He stands by the wall pouring into a cup with his back to Mama Bòla .

But why wait when we can have it now?

Mama Bòla Baba Adé

Please, just tell me why I am here?

Mama Bòla Baba Adé

Is this why am I here?

Have a drink first.

He turns around and walks to Mama Bòla smiling. He gives Mama Bòla a wooden cup filled with palm wine.

When you spoke of Adé and Bòla coming together to talk. I began to think. It is a very good idea.

Mama Bòla

Mama Bòla
What?

(Her face vacant) You drink it first.

Baba Adé

Baba Adé

Mama Bòla ! Don’t you trust me.

Our sons are the direct descendants of the prophecy. We need to fight our opposition. Together.

Mama Bòla stands with her hands behind her back. She looks to Baba Adé who shakes his head in amusement. Baba Adé then takes a gulp of the drink opening his mouth to show he was drinking from the cup. Mama Bòla then takes the cup and drinks from it.

Mama Bòla Baba Adé
Dëh

And who is out opposition?

Baba Adé

You are too cautious Mama Bòla.

Mama Bòla

(grunts) With all that is going on, you can still joke.

Mama Bòla Baba Adé

How does she oppose the prophecy?

Baba Adé

I understand that these are dangerous times. I have something to discuss with you that is not a joke.

She returned from the monastery early. She knows something.

Mama Bòla

Something that you are planning?

AN EDUCATION
INT. CORRIDOR OUTSIDE PRACTICE ROOM.DAY O Kèh sits on a wooden bench in a corridor in front of a classroom of students practicing fight stances and high kick. She sits with a clay tablet and uses a stick to write into the clay. She is making notes of the King and Queen‘s schedule. She looks up to see a young boy disrupting the class by hitting some of the children who are smaller than him. He looks down at his victims and glares at the others daring them to attack him. She walks into the classroom. All the students fall into a straight line.

Baba Adé

This is not the time to turn against your own kind. After all these years.

Mama Bòla Baba Adé

Every one of which you undermined my plans.

Think woman. If she uncovers the truth all our heads will be cut off.

Students O Kèh

Mama Bòla Baba Adé

Good Morning

So let me understand this. You are asking for my help?

Good morning. Where is you teacher?

(Bits his lip and nods reluctantly) Mama Bòla holds back her cup and begins to laugh out loud. She laughs so loud Baba Adé looks towards the door anxiously. He then turns to her in irritation.

Students

In another class.

Baba Adé

O Kèh nods her head in understanding. She places her hands behind her and walks towards the bully.

Mama Bòla. Why are you laughing?

O Kèh Bully

Mama Bòla

I was watching you.

Why am I laughing? Can you hear yourself. You, want to me to help you?

Mama Bòla begins to laugh again. Baba Adé begins to get angry.

(Looks her in the eye) So The rest of the class gasp in horror and surprise.

Mama Bòla

(Still laughing) You want me to help you. So that I can help myself.

O Kèh Bully

Baba Adé

So, you think that you are special.

Is it what I am saying that is making you laugh?

Mama Bòla

Of course. I am Oh-Gah son of Dele.

(Her laughter suddenly stops and she now looks at him with pure hate) Even if I knew where my son was. I would not tell you. I will leave things to fate. Let them go into the court of the dead and fight it out there. At least there, by tradition my son has a chance. Mama Bòla walks towards the table by the wall and places the cup back on it. She laughs again. This time in pity and leaves Baba Adé alone in the room.

O Kèh Bully

Oh-Gah son of Dele?

Yes

O Kèh Bully

I am sure your Father is very proud of your accomplishments.

Bully

He is very proud of my accomplishments

I am a warrior and you are…a girl.

O Kèh Bully

O Kèh Bully

I see you have been paying attention to fight techniques.

But I want to see you fight.

I know all the lessons.

Pick any opponent in this class an I will fight them.

O Kèh Bully

O Kèh

Not all

A boy with principles. I like that.

Yes I do

O Kèh begins walking round him. Her hands behind her back her face smiling, amused with the bullies sense of pride.

One of the other hisses for him to be silent. O Kèh raises her hand for the rest of the class to be quiet.

O Kèh

O Kèh

It’s not too often you see that. Did your Father teach you this noble honour

Brute force is nothing. That is the first rule of engagement.

Bully

The bully looks at her unimpressed and a little bored.

O Kèh

(stiffens) My Father taught me nothing. I am my own man. O Kèh stops and places her hand on his neck to console him, but he pulls away irritated and proud. He does not want to show any kind of weakness.

I see I need to show then. Class move back.

The class move aside, some murmuring. All of them wondering what will happen next.

O Kèh

Bully

Attack me

Do not touch me.

The bully looks at her and chuckles to himself. He is almost two feet taller than she is.

O Kèh

O Kèh

(raises her hands in peace) There is no need to attack, we are all friends here.

You have no problem, hitting your peers. Why am I different, am I not still an opponent.

Bully

Bully

I have no friends.

I am not going to fight you.

O Kèh

O Kèh

Is that not a lonely existence.

Why not?

Bully

No different from how my life has been up to this point.

O Kèh

Trust me

O Kèh Bully

O Kèh turns back to the Bully and the rest of the class.

I see

O Kèh Bully

I have picked my fighter and she is ready. Are you?

You see? What do you see? You know nothing about me. So please spare me your thoughtful insight.

If this is standard combat. I will not be responsible if she gets hurt.

O Kèh

O Kèh

(looks at the bully) You are right. I don’t know you. The bully looks at her with a bullet expression of anger. O Kèh looks around the class and picks a young small girl, a beginner obviously.

(walks past him) You worry about yourself. The bully and his female victim both stand crouched facing each other waiting for the signal to fight. The bully several feet from the girl still towers over her. His eyes blaze with anger and the girls stands terrified, ready to run at any moment.

O Kèh

O Kèh

I think you deserve a chance to prove yourself. I pick her.

Attack

Bully

The bully gives a loud attack charge and lifts up his fists to attack the girl. She squints her eyes close, presses her arms to her sides and braces herself for the beating of her life. The bully stops two steps in front of her and clutches his stomach in pain. He has been struck. He looks at the girl confused. The rest of the class are equally confused. They look to him wondering why he has stopped. The bully recovers and aims for the girl’s leg and again he feels such a sharp pain he falls to the floor. O Kèh stands by the side lines her expression is ambiguous.

(laughs) What O Kèh walks up to the girls an leads her to the other end of the fight square.

O Kèh

(leans towards the girl) Has he ever hurt you?

O Kèh

What is the matter?

The girl

(nods her head) He’s too strong. I can’t do this.

O Kèh

He looks up at the girl but sees himself instead. The bully blinks but the image persists and spits on him. The boy is shaking in anger and hollers running towards her with his fists in the air. He runs towards the girl kicking and screaming but his arms hit nothing but air. He looks up to realise that he is alone in the fight square.

When he comes towards you, I want you to stand still and close your eyes.

The girl

Bully

But

What did you do to me?

O Kèh

I gave you a chance to prove yourself.

Bully

Bully
(stops) I HAVE NO FATHER!!

No, you touched me. You did something to me.

O Kèh

Excuses. So what if I did? What are you going to do about it?

The Bully reaches towards a wall and begins yanking a large spear. Pulling and struggling with it to get it free. O Kèh raises her hands extended before her then swiftly claps them together. She murmurs inaudibly under her breath. The bully gets the spear free by breaking the iron bracket holding it to the wall. She then delicately separates them and exhales with a light shallow breath. The bully is almost instantaneously flung across the room, out onto the corridor where he skids across the floor clutching his chest in pain. O Kèh walks to the whimpering child on the floor, she looks down on him.

Bully

I could kill you right here and now.

O Kèh

(amused) You, kill me? You can’t even hit a little girl half your size.

O Kèh

Bully

I didn‘t really want to hit her.

Do you know why you do not respect anyone else? You do not respect.

O Kèh Bully

The child clutches his chest in pain, rocking on the floor.

Really?

O Kèh Bully

Now tell me the truth. Does your father even know you are here?

But I really want to hit you.

O Kèh

No

(steps towards the tall boy) I‘m not going anywhere. He lunges towards three times and she avoids each one of his attacks almost effortlessly.

O Kèh

You actions show you are clearly are not learning anything here.

O Kèh

(stops and stands still) Are you running from him too.

O Kèh turns to the classroom, then turns to look at him. The crowd of student’s rush to the door but do not approach him

O Kèh

Not one of them comes to help you. Why am I not surprised.

Bully

(Lunges towards her) From who?

O Kèh leans over him then begins to whisper into the bully’s ear.

O Kèh

O Kèh

Your Father

Ignorance is debilitating in combat, if you took the time to listen, you would know that.

O Kèh returns to her seat and picks up her clay tablet and continues writing.

Someone take him to the healer.

O Kèh Bully

O Kèh

You may not like doing it but you will learn to respect yourself.

(Turns back to the bully) This is not the place for you. Go and work on your father’s farm and If you want to return, do so with your parents blessing. One of the students comes forward to lift him up and another follows quickly behind. The rest watch as the carry him down the corridor.

(reaches to the class room) Help me One of the younger student moves forward to help him but the others pull him back and watch on.

O Kèh

Back to work

O Kèh

Stop calling them they will not help you, why should they?

The classroom scurry back into their positions. She gets up from the bench and walks down the corridor in the opposite direction. INT. THE QUEEN’S MEDITATION SPACE. DAY O Kèh stands in front of Dëh. O Kèh has the tablet in her hand and is reading from it. Dëh sits on a leather pouch, legs folded with her eyes closed arms extended to either side of her.

She continues writing on her tablet, she turns to look at the boy still rolling on the floor in pain.

O Kèh

Stupid pride. You want so badly to be a man. Walk out of here the same way you walked in. A real man would do that.

Bully

O Kèh Dëh

Please.

…His majesty Adé and you are arranged to meet this afternoon

O Kèh

Please? Why should I help you?

Did he arrange it, or did you?

Silence. The bully tries to move but groans in pain again. Whispers from his classmates tell him to apologise.

O Kèh Dëh

I arranged the time.

Bully

I’m sorry. Just help me.

Ever astute, O Kèh

O Kèh Dëh

O Kèh

Will you be free today?

Are you? Are you really?

Bully

Yes, I will be (She opens her eyes)

Yes

O Kèh

O Kèh

Good. (turns to the rest of the class)

Good. Today is an excellent day. (crosses off something on the tablet) It will get things out of the way.

Dëh

How are you?

O Kèh Dëh

O Kèh Dëh

As well as can be expected

Maybe my path is to search and ask questions. It is after all my gift.

Do you still meditate?

(Laughs and turns away) True. You are a good seeker.

O Kèh

(barely smiles at Dëh) When ever I can.

O Kèh Dëh

Dëh ?

Dëh

I sense a wavering in your energy. You do not practice enough.

Yes

O Kèh

O Kèh Dëh

Well my work takes up most of my time.

(approaches solemnly) What did you see in your vision?

Dëh
Then make time. You always did before, or is it your new role that has crippled you.

A struggle, followed by complete destruction. Adé is a strong man but he does not know what he is fighting. Fortunately the battle is just about to begin.

O Kèh Dëh

I am not crippled.

O Kèh Dëh

But Adé is our tribe champion, of course he will win.

Yes, you are. Emotions have crept in clouding your judgement. How else could you not sense the intruders?

This battle is different. This battle he has not been trained for.

O Kèh Dëh

O Kèh Dëh

Is this how things are going to be between us?

Yet you still have faith he will succeed.

I am sorry. Things were much easier when we were children.

Yes. I feel he will.

O Kèh Dëh

Not for me. You knew yourself and your path was easy to follow.

I knew how to read the signs. I did not know how to question them as you did. And now, you are royal attaché. Are you still searching for your path?

MORE SECRETS
EXT.A LONELY HUT ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF TOWN. NIGHT Baba Adé walks through the city market, leaving the built up civilization towards the outskirts. He walks openly. An established noble man. All the people he meets greet him with respect but he occasionally acknowledges them by vaguely waving his hand toward them. Almost like he was waving away flies. He gets to a small hut and knocks on the door. A voice from inside calls him in.

Baba Adé it is my business to know. Besides you never have money unless you need my (pause) services. Anyway your present problem has already been solved.

Baba Adé

You never cease to amaze me.

Babalawò

Baba Adé

Babalawò!

I wish all my customers though that. There is a woman in the bush stealing them all away. Maybe if I grew breasts I would get some of my customers back.

Babalawò

Baba Adé

Baba Adé, welcome. Father of our righteous leader. Come in, come in.

They all come and go but you still stay here. Eventually they will realise that.

Babalawò

Baba Adé

How are you?

(reaches into a bag behind him) Not this time. (his attention wanders)

Babalawò

I am as well as can be expected. My goat refuses to give me milk despite all my efforts. I have even prayed to the gods of goats but of course he must be as stubborn as mine.

Baba Adé

Babalawò, what is the matter?

Babalawò

Baba Adé

(reaches into his cloak) Then it is good that I have money. (gives the man a small pouch of coins) What good is a friend who cannot help another?

(attention diverted) Everyone has a season. (turns to Baba Adé) To get the full effect you must put this on their skin.

Baba Adé

What will it do?

Babalawò

Ahh! (receives the pouch)

Babalawò Baba Adé

It will give them your will. They will do what you want of them.

Baba Adé, Thank you. Baba Adé

I think I can help with your problem at the palace.

How long before it begins to work?

Babalawò

Problem. How did you know about that?

Babalawò

The person will start to get hot, like they have a fever. When the fever breaks. (claps his hands) They are yours.

Baba Adé

O Kèh Adé

Good morning your majesty

A fever, excellent. They are very common. No one will suspect a thing.

Babalawò

It is too early in the morning O Kèh, what do you want?

I know

O Kèh Adé

Both men laugh and Baba Adé looks at the bag in delight

You have a long day ahead. I had to reschedule a lot of things for you.

Babalawò Baba Adé

Baba Adé, I still have to ask you.

Come back later

O Kèh Adé

I know, I know. If my intentions are not honourable it could prove disastrous.

That would make you late for the class inspections

Babalawò

Not only that. The spirits are very fickle right about now. If your enemy is in alliance with another spirit. No one will be able to save you from the repercussions.

(Moans in anger) Fine, what is my day plan.

O Kèh

Baba Adé

There are a few civil matters that you have to oversee. You have an appointment with her majesty Dëh and the council want to speak with you about the rebels.

Thank you.

Adé

Baba Adé gets up and gathers his clothing. Baba Adé walks towards the door and turns back to the man in his hut.

What! O Kèh get in here.

Baba Adé

I promise to take care of you when the war with the rebels is over.

INT. THE ADé’ S BEDROOM. DAY O Kèh walks into the bedroom, Adé is lying in his bed with his shirt off. He waves his arms in anger and frustration and rubs his eyes to wake himself up.

Babalawò

Adé

(laughs) Thank you for remembering me. INT. THE KINGS PRIVATE QUARTERS LIVING ROOM. DAY O Kèh opens the door to Adé ’s quarters. There are flower petals on the floor and empty wine cups suggesting a late night party. O Kèh picks them up making a lot of noise in the process. A young lady emerges from the bedroom pulling her clothes securely around her. She walks past O Kèh with her head down silently. O Kèh walks to the doorway leading to his bedroom, she stands with her back to the doorway.

O Kèh ,why do I have to meet Dëh?

O Kèh Adé

The council suggested it.

What do you mean, the council suggested it?

O Kèh Adé

She came all the way back from the monastery to see you, majesty.

(Rises from the bed)

They think I cannot handle the rebels. They think I cannot grip this situation. If I do what the council say now, when will it end?

INT. ADé LIVING QUARTERS. DAY A knock on the door, O Kèh goes to answer it.

BROTHER

O Kèh Adé

O Kèh Ti täh

The rebels are using more that just their fists.

Who is it?

They use magic?

It is his majesty’s brother Ti täh.

O Kèh Adé

Adé walks into the quarters, he looks up at O Kèh standing at the door.

No they do not. Majesty, you do need to see Dëh.

Adé

Who is it?

Why, so I can be ridiculed by the whole City?

O Kèh Adé

O Kèh Adé

Your brother

To be on the same playing field with your opponent.

Ti täh?

To make me a better leader or a better killer?

O Kèh Adé

O Kèh Adé

Yes

(looks to him silently) If the rebels wanted to kill me they would have done it already.

Let him in.

O Kèh opens the door and Ti täh walks in casually with his hands behind his back.

O Kèh

I would prefer you holding the strategies of attack, not them.

Adé

Wait for us outside O Kèh .

Adé sits up and looks to O Kèh in shock. O Kèh leaves him in his bedroom.

O Kèh steps outside closing the door behind her. Adé walks up to Ti täh and grabs him in a bear hug, Ti täh hugs back and both men laugh together.

Ti täh Adé

Adé. How are you

I am fine, how are you?

Ti täh

The baby is keeping us up all night but the farm is fine. Mother is getting older.

Adé

How is your mother.

Ti täh

When have you know our father to pass an opportunity to gloat. There is something wrong I feel it in my bones. He is up to something

Ti täh Adé

She is an old woman with nothing to keep her occupied. How do you think she is?

Adé

So do you want me to talk to him, about your feeling?

(laughs) Do you want something to drink brother?

Ti täh

Ti täh Adé

I do not think that would be a good idea. I mentioned that to him and he almost went mad. He harbours a grudge against you. Maybe something you said in a council meeting.

No, I did not come here to drink.

Adé

Your tone is worrying.

(turns away from his brother) And you thought to come and tell me.

Ti täh Adé

Ti täh

I saw Father last night.

I thought I should warn you. He is a shrewd man Adé, any sign of his lunacy is a warning best observed.

(Stops what he is doing) Yes?

Adé

I thank you for you concern. When did you talk to him?

Ti täh

I know you cannot tell me what is happening in your council meetings but I know something is going on between the two of you.

Ti täh Adé

The morning of yesterday

Adé

Brother, you are exaggerating.

(hides his deceit with a cup) Brother you almost had me worried. We spoke last night. Everything is fine.

Ti täh

O Kèh Ti täh Adé

The man keeps to himself in his quarters. When he does come out he runs off into the bush to do goodness knows what.

(opens the door and returns to the room) Are you sure?

Adé

Maybe he has a new wife

Ti täh Adé

Of course.

I asked him that and he said no

O Kèh

Your majesty you must leave

Then he is lying

Adé

Alright O Kèh Ti täh?

O Kèh

(There is a brief moment of silence) Yes Your majesty. Your father Baba Adé.

Ti täh

Your answer will do for now Adé. But we will speak later.

Baba Adé
Adé

Adé

Of course. I hope the next discussion will be about my next niece.

Adé

What is it Baba?

INT. ADé RESIDENCE. DAY

Baba Adé

Adé

(Looks around frantically) O Kèh. Get these chairs together. Clean all this rubbish off the floor.

Brother! I will see you soon.

O Kèh

Ti täh

(signals to a group of women at the door) Yes sir

And I you brother.

Adé

Ti täh exit’s the room leaving a furious Adé to face O Kèh.

Baba, what is it?

Adé

The women traipse into the room reaching for rubbish and cleaning as they walk in. It seems that you forget your place O Kèh .

Baba Adé

O Kèh

(her face filled with anxiety) No, your majesty. It’s just that..

(walks towards his son then shakes his head) You must change. This attire will never do.

Adé

(raises his hand to silence her) From now on when I receive a guest There will be no interruptions. Is that understood?

Adé

(speaks firmly) Baba, What are you doing?

Baba Adé Adé

O Kèh

Securing an heir.

(Her face slowly becomes a blank slate.) Baba Adé storms into the room in a long flowing attire. He is adorned with jewels and his face beams as he boisterously looks around for nothing in particular.

What!

Adé signals to the women to stop what they are doing but snapping his fingers.

Baba Adé

I have finally got Baba Zaria to come and see us.

Adé

Why? If I want a legitimate grand child. It is best to act now.

Baba Adé

(looks irritated) Sometimes your stupidity shocks me. The women flinch at the insult to their diplomatic leader. They turn to O Kèh for directions. O Kèh slowly steps towards the door and the women follow.

Adé

Baba there is no need to worry I can take care of it.

Baba Adé

Adé

Are you arranging..

Baba Adé Adé

Thank God. You do have some sense.

Adé. If you could “take care of it” You would be married already. Your brother is married with three sons. You a man with twice his potential has none. Why?

Adé

(stands stunned) Baba. I do not need a wife.

Baba Adé

Baba Adé

Son, no man needs a wife. But you need an heir. To carry on our name and the legacy we have worked so hard to achieve. To do this we need an heir.

Exactly. You have no excuse. I have let you run around like a headless chicken long enough. We will meet Zaria and her father. You will make her feel welcome. And you will marry her before this year is out. End of discussion.

Adé

Adé

But what if I have someone else in mind.

Baba, if it a woman to bear me children…

Baba Adé

Baba Adé

Do not even finish that statement. I have seen the women you bed. We need an aristocrat to match our military standing Not some back street floozy.

(pauses) I will disregard you disrespect by answering back just this once Adé.

Adé

Sorry Baba. But what if there is someone I have in mind.

Adé

Baba. If you wanted me to take a wife. We could have spoken about it.

Baba Adé

Baba Adé

I am not going to allow you to Talk your way out of it. Your actions now could prove detrimental in the long run.

Adé. Your chances are up. You have no say in the matter. Now change and be ready. They will be here shortly.

Baba Adé turns to the servants standing by the door.

Baba Adé

Prepare him.

MÊLÉE
INT. THE QUEEN’S PRIVATE RESIDENCE MEDITATION SPACE.DAY Adé walks into Dëh’s private quarters. He steps cautiously into her living area and watches as she sits with her eyes shut over a pit full of sand.

Adé Dëh

Why do all of you think I am incompetent.

(opens her eyes) I do not think you are incompetent. I think you still have a lot to offer. You just don’t know how to do it.

Dëh Adé Dëh Adé Dëh Adé Dëh

I was wondering if you were going to show up at all

Adé Dëh Adé Dëh

Really?

You manipulated the council to get me here.

Really

If you can throw around accusations like that. Then I have more to worry about.

So what do I have to do.

Dëh, I am the leader of a community. My judgements cannot be questioned.

(closes her eyes) Meditate with me.

I am not questioning you.

Adé

Yes, you do. You think my leadership is not enough that is why I am here isn’t it?

(laughs) What? I don’t think so. I did not come here to burn candles.

No you are here to learn. The new world needs more than a firm hand. It needs something more.

Dëh Adé

I will teach you things. Unbelievable things, but first you have to meditate.

Adé Dëh Adé Dëh

That will never happen.

There is nothing you can teach me that I do not already know.

Dëh

Spoken like a true Agba man. Did your Father teach you that?

(Opens her eyes) Adé please

Adé
What does my Father have to do with this?

Do not send for me again, Dëh. I do not find your games at all amusing.

Adé turns around and begins to walk away. Anger, another weakness against you.

Dëh

Are you not even a little curious?

EXT. THE KING’S BROTHER’S HOUSE.NIGHT Adé continues walking away

FAMILY

Dëh

Adé is dressed in a heavy cloak that masks his face. He walks alone to wad the clay hut house of his brother. He knocks on the heavy wooden door and waits for a reply. INT. TI TäH HOUSE. NIGHT Ti täh opens the door from the inside.

How three young children walked past your armed guards dressed in arms. Adé continues walking

Dëh

How they past O Kèh.

Ti täh

Adé stops.

(Looks at the cloaked figure suspiciously) Who is it?

Dëh

Adé
Adé, I am worried about you

Just a hungry traveller looking for a place to rest.

Adé walks back toward her. They look towards each other and there is a interaction of intimacy in their physical postures as he leans over her.

Ti täh Adé

Adé is that you?

Adé

(Mocks the queen) Dëh, do not forget your vow to the people. You must at all times remain a silent advisor, impartial at all times. He turns back toward the door and leaves the queen in her chambers.

(Removes the cloak) Yes Both men hug.

Ti täh

I must admit for a minute I was afraid it was a rebel raid.

Ti täh leads Adé into his living room where his family are all gathered. His two sons running around laughing.

Ti täh

Look who has come to eat with us.

The room becomes silent, all the people sit and stare. Adé stands above them a towering figure.

Ti täh

What is wrong with all of you. My brother has come to eat with us. (Turns to Adé) Sit here Adé sits but no one speaks, they all stare at each other afraid to speak.

Adé

As you were.

Adé

Baba is it true?

Reluctantly the people continue their conversation. As they speak Adé watches the children running around in the courtyard outside. His mind begins to wander and he sees his child hood. EXT. A GRAVEYARD.DAY Baba Adé stands over a mummified corpse. Adé stands beside him solemn

Baba Adé Adé

Yes, my last wife has served her purpose and no. She is not your mother.

Why did you do that?

Adé

Baba Adé

(Beginning to cry. He reaches for the dead body) Mummy

To survive in this community. You must arrange your assets accordingly. Thanks to her .I have enough children to carry on my name. Something your mother left unfinished.

Baba Adé

(grabs the boy back) It is done. Leave it alone. EXT. A PRIVATE ROOM. DAY A private weeding reception including Adé, his father and Ti täh’s mother.

Adé

(Stifles back anger) So what happens to her now.

Baba Adé

Baba Adé

She has been compensated. She will be fine. (Turns up from his tablet) Now, show me what you learned in school today. INT. TI TäH LIVING QUARTERS. NIGHT Adé elderly step mother walks into the living room from the private rooms. She sees Adé and stops in her tracks. Adé rises from his seat in respect. The woman looks to Ti täh.

(smiles at his new bride, then turn to his son) Is my new wife not beautiful? EXT. BABA ADé QUARTERS. NIGHT

Adé

Step mother
Baba. Is it true? Have you sent mother away?

Ti täh. I am not feeling well. I will be in my room.

Baba Adé

Ti täh

(speaks from behind a wooden carved tablet) Is that how you come into my room and greet me?

Mama will you not stay with us. We have a visitor. Adé has come to see us.

Step mother

Adé

Good night

(Bows his head) Good evening Baba

Baba Adé

Adé step mother leaves and Ah-nu comes in with a large wooden bowl of food. The family quickly come to the centre of the living area. A bowl is passed around for everyone to wash their hands. When it gets to Adé another bowl is brought out.

Good evening Adé

Ti täh

(turns to Adé)

Mother is tired.

Adé

INT. O KèH ’S BEDROOM. NIGHT I understand. O Kèh jumps up in her bed. She has just had a nightmare. She looks around the empty room panting. INT. THE KING’S PRIVATE QUARTERS. O Kèh walks into his private quarters. His doors are open and he sits eating as she walks in hurriedly.

Ti täh

She speaks of you often, she misses you but father..

Ah-nu returns with a tray full of food for Adé.

Adé

What is this?

Ah-nu Adé

O Kèh

Your food Majesty

(Bows her head in respect) Good morning Majesty

Thank you

Adé

Good Morning

Adé accepts the bowl and begins to eat . The others receive their meals but his presence unnerves them. They eat slower than he does making sure not to look at him as they do so. Adé looking around senses his presence is making the other guests uncomfortable.

O Kèh Adé

I request leave your majesty.

Adé

(washes his hand in his bowl of water) Ti täh. I will be leaving

What for? What is the matter?

O Kèh Adé

Ti täh Adé

It is complicated

Adé, why? What is wrong?

Humour me

I have a busy day tomorrow. I will see you soon.

O Kèh

Adé gets up from his pouch and all the other guests do so as well.

I need spiritual guidance (She waits for a ridicule)

Adé

Please, sit down. (Pulls his cloak from a nearby table then turns to his brother) Ti täh good night. EXT. TI TäH HOUSE. NIGHT Adé stands by a tree panting. He slaps his chest, exhales deeply, stands up right then walks away.

Adé

Okay. How long will you be gone.

O Kèh

(A little shocked) Seven days

Adé

Alright then. Pass on all the information to another attendant.

O Kèh Adé

Baba Ilé Dëh

So when were you going to come and see me?

Yes Majesty

(smiles jokingly) And if you are not back in seven days. I will send for you.

Not soon enough

Baba Ilé

EXT. IN THE JUNGLE.DAY O Kèh leaves the palace and the city and walks down a path leading towards the Jungle. She walks through part of the village. People go about their daily occupations, some selling goods at market stalls. The people seem friendly and happy. Soon she leaves civilization behind. In the distance is a mountain with a waterfall that creates a huge mist in the sky blanketing it like a cloud. She steps into the heart of the forest, she is humming a song. From the corner of her eye she sees movement in the bushes. She turns her head to see a monkey swinging in a tree. Suddenly people camouflaged by leaves jump down from the thick forest foliage. There are three of them one grabs her from behind and subdue her before she has a chance to fight back. They knock away the knife from her hand. Almost as soon as they arrive, they bounce back up into the trees and are gone. The forest is quiet. A shadow with no source steps out into the clearing. A man is revealed. He turns around, looks up into the trees and runs back toward the palace. INT. THE QUEENS PRIVATE QUARTERS. DAY Baba Ilé walks into Dëh quarter’s. His hands are folded behind his back. He walks slowly and deliberately. Dëh labours over an ornament, all her attention focused on it. She does not notice her father’s entrance.

What has you so occupied? (He looks to what she has been doing) Is that what I think it is?

Dëh

Yes, a talisman

Baba Ilé

For who. Adé? (shakes his head in disappointment) Dëh!

Dëh

He won’t listen to me Baba. I have to do something.

Baba Ilé Dëh

Not like this, Dëh

I cannot think of anything else.

Baba Ilé

You have to. He means a lot to all of us. Do not let frustration cause you to take a hurried and irrational route.

Dëh

Baba Ilé Dëh

I feel. I don’t know what I feel.

I could not wait any longer, for my daughter to come see me.

Baba Ilé Dëh

I know my child.

(Rises from her task) Baba (She walks towards him and hugs him)

(She closes her eyes)

REBELS
INT. COURT OF THE DEAD. DAY The king is in training. He swings heavy blades around himself. He runs and somersaults within the court. He shows speed and agility. INT.THE QUEEN’S QUARTER EXT. A VILLAGE CAMP IN A CLEARING OF THE JUNGLE. NIGHT O Kèh is dropped to the floor in front of the Rebel king. She gets up, disorientated and raises her head. A man is standing in front of her. It is Bòla the rebel leader. She brushes off a trickle of blood from the edge of her mouth and looks around. There are about fifty men and women around her. She turns to look at Bòla . She places a hand on the floor to steady herself then propels herself forward and uses her knuckles to clip Bòla on the chin. He staggers back disorientated. The crowd around them step forward.

Dëh

(She opens her eyes again) I guess I can only support him.

Baba Ilé Dëh

Bòla

I came here to see you

(raises his hand to stop them.) I take it your journey was not as comfortable as I hoped for.

(smiles)

O Kèh Bòla

That’s not why I hit you

Baba Ilé

And to warn you. Your role is being despised. There are people noticing the changes in Adé. They notice them and they are blaming you.

(smiles and rubs his jaw) Oh. The attack on the palace.

Dëh

I am not afraid of death

O Kèh Bòla

(nods her humourless face)

Baba Ilé Dëh

Bite your tongue. No child of mine will die before me.

I tried to tell you about that.

Baba I must do this.

O Kèh Bòla

That was not the smartest thing to do

Baba Ilé

Then do this cautiously, because if you die then all will be lost and there will be two deaths in vain.

It got his majesty’s attention didn’t it.

The crowd stand around still mumbling. They stand around unsure of what to do. Bòla looks around him as if just now acknowledging their existence.

Bòla

Leave us.

The crowd step back and they all go off into small groups doing little tasks.

O Kèh Bòla

What you did was monumentally ignorant.

Yes (stops to think) She had a vision

Bòla
O Kèh .I sent you reports for a reason.

(stops in shock) Did she foresee our victory?

O Kèh Bòla

You know I couldn’t reply them.

O Kèh

No, she saw something else, something much worse. She saw the destruction of the city.

The first, the second. You were taking too long.

Bòla

O Kèh Bòla

So I should have replied and be found out, then die a martyr.

Voice Over I knew it. They must be moving their plans forward. (turns to look at O Kèh ) How did you explain your absence?

(stands with his back towards her) Hmm!

O Kèh Bòla

I asked for a sabbatical, to pray.

O Kèh Bòla

Oh. You were worried I wouldn’t resist the king’s charms.

And he let you go?

You would not have been the first. Don’t insult me. I know the job I have been assigned to do.

O Kèh Bòla

Yes he did. He is changing Bòla..

O Kèh

Bòla

(puts up his hand and shakes his head in disagreement) I do not want to hear his praises. You came to pray? I will see you when you are done. Bòla leaves her and walks to one of the nearby huts. She leaves the clearing and makes her way up the mountain. She walks to a clearing which allows her to see the large sacred mountain reaching up to the sky. She finds a spot to rest in and unloads her bags. Sitting down cross legged she closes her eyes and takes a deep breath. EXT.A ROCK ON A MOUNTAIN TOP. O Kèh opens her eyes and looks a little disappointed. She squares her shoulders and stands up. She packs her things and walks back down to the camp. INT. THE REBEL LEADER ROOM.NIGHT Bòla weaving what appears to be a rope. He puts it aside when O Kèh knocks on his door.

Your job requires you check in every six days O Kèh. I thought you were compromised.

O Kèh

I know you care and you want to do something now, but sometimes, waiting is the best course of action.

Bòla

(changing the topic) I am worried about the queen. The last I heard she cut short her trek of reflection.

O Kèh

Tell me.

Bòla

Come in

O Kèh

O Kèh

(Pushes aside the fabric covering the doorway) Good evening Bòla

A whole becomes two halves. These halves fought for centuries. They then found strength in each other, and became a whole again. This whole is our world, our city, us.

Bòla

Bòla

Spoken like a true sheep.

Good evening

O Kèh Bòla

O Kèh Bòla

Are you saying it is wrong? What’s your proof ?

I’m sorry for the way I behaved

Since when did you need proof ?

I am sorry for questioning your loyalty

O Kèh Bòla

O Kèh Bòla

Since all our lives suddenly became at risk.

So we are both sorry then?

(nonchalant) It would appear so.

(nods in understanding) You are your own person. I always admired that about you.

O Kèh Bòla

O Kèh Bòla

Bòla

Why didn’t you wait for me to send you a message.

There are still Agba tribe sympathisers amongst us.

(looks down at the rope and exhales) Remember you asked me a while ago, how I was sure the king was evil?

O Kèh

O Kèh

Yes, you told me you would tell me in due time. But the man I met is not the monster you described to me

(shocked) That is not possible. The Agba are crazy blood thirsty villains. They can‘t stay hidden.

Bòla

Bòla

I know he is evil because I know where he came from. (turns to O Kèh ) Do you know the history of our city?

The Agba have come up with new tactics. They pushed for a new world to conceal their plans.

O Kèh

O Kèh Bòla

( a slow realisation) Adé a son of Katenga

A child can answer that

Bòla

Yes

O Kèh

(confused) How do you know all this?

It seems more like you want to waist time. (looks out the window suspiciously) Are you double crossing us?

Bòla

O Kèh Bòla

Bòla , listen to yourself ?

That is why I am here. I am also a Katenga descendant.

O Kèh Bòla

What?

I can hear myself. It’s you I’m worried about. Sitting up in the palace, rubbing shoulders with royalties. You are questioning my actions but what have you done. Do you have scouts watching us?

O Kèh
We were selectively breed to be superior. It’s no accident that he is the fastest, strongest fighter.

No, I don’t.

O Kèh Bòla

Bòla

How do I know you won’t betray us and run back to your family?

(turns to look at her) Then why do you question me now? You never have before. Why now?

O Kèh
I have no family. I left, that is a betrayal the Agba never forgive.

I want us to anticipate everything.

O Kèh

Bòla

What if he doesn’t know? Would you kill a man out of blind anger.

(throws his hands up in anger) Another excuse to waist time.

O Kèh Bòla

We could find another way with out killing him

Bòla

If he doesn’t know then that makes him even more dangerous. A man who calls himself leader should be ready to protect his beliefs.

You do what you think is right. I’ll do what I must.

O Kèh Bòla

He wants to talk to you Bola. He told the council...

O Kèh

And what is it you must do? Kill a King?

O Kèh stop defending him. Why are you saying this now? I am starting to worry whether or not you have been compromised.

Bòla

If it comes to that yes.

O Kèh Bòla

I want you to see all sides.

O Kèh Bòla

You kill him and you can guarantee a civil war that will last generations.

What is your suggestion. Bewitch him. Wait for him to see the error of his ways?

O Kèh Bòla

The king can still be turned

Relieve yourself of duty

He is an Agba

Guard Adé

Sir

O Kèh

And so are you. Let me return back to the palace. Give me a week and you can assault it but keep him alive.

Reassign yourself to the barracks

The guard leaves and Adé opens the scrolls and begins to read.

Bòla

Why? He deserves to die.

Adé

Katenga

O Kèh

He is not the one that killed innocent people three hundred years ago Bòla. If you want to kill all their descendant then you might as well fall on a blade yourself.

Bòla

Five days is all you will get. I’ve waited long enough.

INT. THE KING’S PRIVATE QUARTERS. DAY The king wakes up in his bed. Groggy he walks out to his living area and sees something on the centre table. He walks closer to it. He turns around then calls to a guard.

Adé

Guard

A guard runs into the room and bows his head in respect

Guard Adé

Yes Oba

Did you see anyone come in here?

Guard Adé

No sir

HISTORY
EXT. A DIRTY MUD HUT VILLAGE IN THICK FOREST. NIGHT A man pushes aside a cloth doorway covering and walks out from a hut. He passes a woman, she is dressed in animal furs. She clutches her dead baby crying. Voice Over Out off all the chiefs, lords and warriors. Katenga was the only one who understood that they would die. Around them the winters took lives everyday. Plucking them like the leaves off the trees. One by one till no one was left. He wasn’t prepared to let that happen. He had a plan. The man looks around in growing anger then stomps off towards another hut near the edge of the village. INT. SMALL MUD HUT. NIGHT Katenga walks into the hut filled with several man all sitting in a circle clutching their animals skins for warmth.

Katenga

Tonight is what we have been waiting for. (turns to a man in front of him) Son, you move from the left. I move from the right. Tonight we shall be victorious. They break up into two groups and circle the village. EXT. VILLAGE DEEP IN THE JUNGLE. NIGHT A woman sits in front of a fire. Her eyes closed she hums a song to herself quietly. FADE TO BLACK Voice Over (the screams of a dying man) INT. QUEEN’S PRIVATE RESIDENCE. DAY Adé walks into the queen’s quarters. He steps into the meditation square quietly. She is kneeling with her back to him.

Katenga

Dëh Adé Dëh Adé

My brothers

I knew you would come back.

The crowd grunt in response too cold to move.

Something changed my mind.

Katenga

Tonight we see the mercy of the island. But for how long can we live like this. Waiting to die. We are forced to live in this hell with no animals to hunt. While the Nêu live in comfort right under our noses, taking our animals and passing them off a their own.

Are you ready to begin your journey?

The group of men grunt again. A man spits at the word Nêu.

(snigger) Fine. Teach me how to fight.

Katenga

I am glad that you have come brothers. I cannot do this alone. I have tried to reason with the king but he will not listen. Brothers together we will raid the Nêu and take their village. We will conquer our enemies because we are superior, because we are warriors.

Dëh Adé Dëh

Battle techniques are useless in a time like this.

EXT. BUSHES SURROUNDING A VILLAGE. NIGHT The men are covered in leaves and black paint, they are scurrying in the bushes . Katenga looks to the men.

Then, how am I supposed to fight them.

That is not what I am here to teach you.

Let’s see this ancient Nêu battle technique.

Adé

Let us get one thing straight. These vague statements were the reason I left here the first time. If we are going to have any sort of relationship I need for you to say exactly why you mean.

Dëh Adé Dëh Adé

I will not fight you.

Dëh

Okay (gets up and turns around to the king) Are there any other rules you want to share.

Dëh. You won’t hurt me.

No

Adé

I’ll let you know when I think of them. Now, let’s fight

Then this is going to be a long day because I won’t leave till you do.

Adé takes of his heavy outer garment and flings it on the floor keeping his eye on Dëh the whole while. She stands looking at him, her face.

Dëh sighs in defeat and hangs her head down shaking it.

Dëh

Dëh Adé

That’s what you want. Fine

Are you ready?

Dëh looks at Adé, her gaze grips his clothes and flings him to the roof and then out onto the main grounds. Adé slides along the floor grazing his left side and screaming all the way in shock.

Yes (puts his fists up and goes into a fight stance)

Adé

Dëh Adé Dëh Adé Dëh Adé

God! How did you do that?

I am here to teach you enlightenment, not to fight you.

Dëh

Fight now, enlighten later.

(smiling mischievously) Have I got your attention now?

Adé
I’m not going to fight you.

How did you do that?

Dëh
Why. Are you afraid?

Meditate now, ask questions later.

EXT. DëH MEDITATION SPOT. DAY Dëh kneels behind Adé who is sitting cross-legged with his eyes blind folded. In front of him is a wooden bowl full of water.

No. I don’t want to hurt you.

(laughs) You hurt me? Come on fight me.

Dëh

Breathe in Breathe out

Focus your mind . Think of it’s shape, see the surface. Smooth You know every part of it. You are part of it. You control it.

Adé

I can’t describe it. It’s like I’m floating.

EXT. ABOVE DëH QUARTER.DAY An eagle flies over the meditation room. It gives a loud cry and so does Adé.

Adé Dëh

Can I move it?

Adé Dëh Adé Dëh

I’m a bird.

Just think about it for now.

Good.

The bowl sits still untouched and unmoved.

Dëh

Is that normal?

Focus.

Adé concentrates harder, he cocks his head to hear something but does not.

Focus

Dëh Adé

Stop thinking, Feel

Dëh leaves Adé and he continues his exercise. The nodding of his head showing his mind experiencing new things. His expression then becomes troubled and his breath quickens.

(breathes in then becomes quiet)

Dëh Adé

What is it?

Dëh Adé Dëh

What do you feel?

(takes off the blind fold) I don’t know. Someone wants to kill me. Dëh rushes to his side to calm him down.

Nothing

(exhales) What do you feel now?

Dëh Adé Dëh Adé

Are you sure?

Adé

(smiles) Warm but I feel something else.

I felt what he felt.

Dëh

Who?

Like what

I don’t know.

EXT.A ROCK IN A CLEARING IN THE JUNGLE. DAY O Kèh sits cross legged on his rock on the hill. Her eyes closed and her hands outstretched she mumbles to herself.

EXT. THE CENTRE OF THE CAMP IN THE JUNGLE. DAY

COUNT DOWN

Two rebels carry in the body of a mutilated rebel and drop his body in front of an enraged Bòla .

O Kèh

Bòla

My mind is open. I am ready to listen.

What happened?

Rebel 1 Rebel 2 Bòla

She sits patiently an waits. She wait’s a little longer then opens her eyes convinced that her meditation techniques didn’t work. INT. THE QUEEN BEDROOM.DAY O Kèh opens her eyes and finds herself standing in the queen’s bedroom. The queen lies on the floor dead and a man runs out of the room. His face is hidden from her and she pursues him. EXT. MOUNTAIN TOP.DAY

The king ordered all rebels to be killed on site.

He was caught in the market place.

Doing what?

Rebel 1

O Kèh

Dëh? (turns her head as if her closed eyes are drawn to something new)

Disagreeing with the shop keeper. Because of that they accused her of being a rebel.

Rebel 2

INT. COURT OF THE DEAD. DAY
Two men struggle are struggling. The reflection of light on the blade blinds O Kèh eyes and she shield them form the light. She still tries to see the men fighting but she cannot. One man cuts the other, blood spills to the floor. EXT. MOUNTAIN TOP.DAY O Kèh opens her eyes gasping for breath. She grabs her things and runs into the jungle back down the mountain.

She was beaten to death. We found this attached to her.

Rebel 2 gives Bòla a small scrap of paper with writing on it. It says: You are truly a coward If you were as crafty as they claim. Why do you still hide behind children. Let me tell you why You are a coward Hiding behind women’s skirts Calling it liberation. A man would fight for his honour. INT. BABA ADé ROOM. NIGHT Baba Adé is writing the letter that Bòla is now reading. He would fight to the death with his bare hands To preserve his way of life. But you, Coward Run into the woods to play camp with little children. If it were not for you this girl would have been at home with her parents.

Lucky we her people liberated her, cured her from you poison. When you have finished playing in the woods, and become a man You know where to find me. If you are a man come and settle this like men and stop wasting my time with you stupid and ridiculous childish pranks. Adé Bòla covers the body. His anger is evident in the way he clutches the cloth and flings it over the deceased. O Kèh runs into the village and grabs Bòla by the arm.

O Kèh Bòla

Let us think of another way.

Another way? Tell her that (lifts up the cloth covering the dead body)

O Kèh Bòla

Bòla . No

Even, now you protect him. Maybe I was wrong. You have been blinded by him. Unlike me you just haven’t seen it yet.

Bòla walks into his hut and begins to get his things together. O Kèh follows closely behind him.

O Kèh Bòla

Bòla, something terrible is about to happen.

O Kèh

It has already happened.

Bòla stop and think. How are you going to get into the palace. The guards will kill anyone who gets anywhere close to the palace.

O Kèh

Bòla

No. (she looks down at the body)

I will find a way in.

O Kèh

Bòla

He has gone too far. I am going to put a stop to this now.

And after that how long will you last. You won’t make it out alive.

O Kèh Bòla

Bòla

What happened?

I’m not worried about making it out alive. Just killing him

What always happens. I did nothing. No more waiting, no more rallying. I’m the only one that can stop this.

O Kèh

O Kèh

Let me go with you. I can get you in. we can figure out a way to get you out.

Bòla , wait. No. Someone will die and I don’t know who yet.

Bòla

Bòla

No. I go on my own.

I do. It will be him.

O Kèh

I can’t let you do that.

Baba Adé Adé

So, when can we expect an attack?

O Kèh reaches for Bòla but he anticipates her move and steps back and swings a punch knocking her back. She slams her head on the wall and falls unconscious.

Bòla

I have thought a lot about it and have decided Not to got to war.

(looks at O Kèh remorsefully) Bòla leaves his hut. A crowd has gathered outside, expecting a response to Adé challenge.

Baba Adé rises from his seat with a very loud outburst.

Baba Adé Adé

Bòla

What!

Another sister has fallen today. And I have failed all of you. I am going now to stop this insanity. None of you can come with me. So there is no guarantee I will make it back. All I have left to say is You are all on your own now. You are your own person, And must act as such.

This is my decision.

Baba Adé

Are you mad?

Mama Bòla

Baba Adé! I think we should leave you and your son alone.

INT. ADé LIVING ROOM. DAY The council members are gathered again in the council room. They are discussing amongst themselves and Adé sits at his chair, deep in though barely looking or listening to the rest of the group.

Adé and his Father stare at each other as the council members leave them alone. Baba Adé is furious and Adé sits holding his position ready for an attack.

Adé

Baba Adé

With the situation now. I don’t see any other action but war.

I do not apologise for my decision. It was my decision to make.

Baba Adé

Elder one

I cannot believe you disrespected me like that.

Finally, my farm cannot take much more of this war.

Baba Adé Adé

Adé

There is no war, yet.

How? We cannot agree on everything.

Yes, the rebels have made our lives unbearable They have stolen from our fields. They show no respect for the rest of the community.

Baba Adé

How do you think it looks to them, when we disagree.

Baba Adé sits with his hands clasped concealing his smile.

Adé

They are your people not mine Father.

Baba Adé

Advisors! Since when did you have advisors.

Then think about you life. This is a signal to them that you are weak.

Adé

Adé

(turns away from his father)

(laughs) Is that a threat?

Baba Adé

Baba Adé

It might as well be. I don’t have to tell you that there are worse things than death.

Oh! When you say advisor you mean advisor. That is why you do not chose to fight. Because your advisor told you not to. (shouts) And you like a child complied. Baba Adé grips his fist tightly waiting for an attack for his son to react to. Adé turns quietly to his father but does not react.

Adé

Well if they want to fight me we can all go to the court of the dead right now.

Baba Adé Adé

Adé

And fight them the way you fought the rebels in the palace.

(tries to calm him down) Father, you need to calm down.

(looks on silently)

Baba Adé

Baba Adé

Sorry to bring you back to reality, but you need them. a lot more than they need you. Your life, the wines, the women, this palace. All thanks to them.

You do not realise what I have to do to ensure your survival. You lie with a new woman every night and I allow it. Thinking that at least when it is time for you to work for the good of your people you will at least, think. But you walk around like a blind fool. How stupid…

Adé

Adé

My decision is made. I am not going to run back to them now with my tail between my legs.

(calmly) I think you should leave before you say anything that you will regret.

Baba Adé Adé

(steps back) Are you kicking my out of you house?

Baba Adé

Think Adé. This is virtual suicide.

No

Baba Adé

Adé

I cannot believe this is happening?

I have thought about every possible thing that could happen father. I have thought about it and asked my advisors. My decision has been made.

Adé walks away from his father towards the doorway leading to open ground, where he practises.

Adé

Baba Adé

There is no point talking to you when you are in this mood.

Baba Adé Adé

I don‘t believe it.

Dëh

Did you need me to help you?

What? That I can actually make a decision and stand up to you. That’s what you taught me to do. Eventually it was going to stick.

Baba Adé. Dëh

No. I have someone to do that fro me.

Baba Adé reaches into his cloak and grabs the bag Babalawò gave him. He watches his son walking away from him.

I hope he honest about what he finds

Baba Adé

Baba Adé Dëh

I’ve worked too hard to lose it all now.

Oh he is. It may be because I always threaten to cut off his ears if he is lying to me.

EXT. JUNGLE. DAY O Kèh is running through the Jungle towards the palace. CUT TO the medicine bag falling to the ground. INT. THE QUEEN’S QUARTERS.EVENING Dëh walks into her meditation area and stops as she sees a nervously smiling Baba Adé standing waiting for her.

(stops in shock at what he is saying)

Baba Adé

(laughs) I am joking of course. (reaches into cloak for the medicine bag)

Dëh

(smiles but does not laugh)

Dëh

Good morning Baba Adé

Baba Adé Dëh

Lately, Adé has changed a little.

Baba Adé

Good morning. The guards are still there. I told them not to announce me.

For the better?

Baba Adé

Dëh

The pros of being the head of security.

Yes and no. ( paces in front of Dëh) I am one for change but his ideas are well to radical. They are happening too quickly.

Baba Adé Dëh

How has you return from the monastery been?

Dëh

As expected.

I understand the way he is thinking is a bit strange but this is the first time he is voicing his thoughts. They will seem a bit strange.

Baba Adé

Baba Adé

Good, very good.

That is the problem. They are not his thoughts. They are yours.

Dëh

I do not influence anyone’s ideas. I advice that is all.

INT. ADé BEDRROM.NIGHT Adé is wrestling with a fever. He tosses and turns in his bed. A young lady attends him and his father hovers in the distance. INT. COUNCIL ROOM. DAY Adé walks into the council room, interrupting a lecture by his father to the rest of the council. His mood is one of determination and his stare more than a little menacing.

Baba Adé

I would never suggest that you would influence his decisions. But the council will see it differently.

Dëh

I see. Maybe I should tell Adé that he needs to look at both sides of the problem. He could be treading on toes.

Baba Adé Adé

Adé, are you feeling better?

Baba Adé

Exactly my child. (steps towards her but a sudden splitting headache pushes him back) You are a much better diplomat.

Yes Father. I hope I did not miss too much business.

Baba Adé

Dëh

We were talking about fortifying the palace walls and extending it for more civilians to have the safety.

Thank you Baba Adé, but I cannot influence Adé decision. I can only guess at what it could be. I can assure you that it is not because of me.

Adé

Why do wee need all this added security

Baba Adé

Elder two

A young lady such as yourself with such modesty. (steps toward her again but is pushed back) All those nights with tramps didn’t do this Dëh. It was you.

Because of the rebels.

Mama Bòla

Dëh

(looks to Adé confused) Remember earlier this week you decided not to go to war.

(visibly is uncomfortable with the statement) You give me too much credit.

Adé

Baba Adé

I am not asking you to turn your back on your principles. I’m asking you to look out for your King. Baba Adé leaves the queens chamber and looks towards one of her attendants. He stops by her whispering and hands her the medicine bag. The girl looks to him afraid as he walks away. The attendant pours water into a bowl for Dëh and reluctantly gives it to her. Dëh receives it and looks towards the attendant. Dëh gaze is mixed. Does she know the water is poisoned? The attendant pushes the cup away and confesses. Baba Adé wants her dead and has threatened her to do it.

That was when I thought the rebel idiot would come to discuss his problems like a man. I’m not waiting anymore. (turns to his Baba Adé) Father, send scouts out to hunt them down.

Baba Adé

( fakes shock) Okay Adé, but you understand what this means.

Adé

That I am done waiting. His head will be on the palace walls by the end of this week.

Baba Adé

(turns to mama Bòla with a huge grin) I will arrange things as quickly as possible.

Adé Bòla

So you finally show your face?

Adé

Is there any other business to discuss.

Yes. I am here to tell the people the truth.

Mama Bòla

Adé

No, Adé.

Baba Ilé looks on, his expression is one of anger. He knows what is happening but is powerless to do anything to stop it. Adé looks around the room then leaves. EXT. THE OPEN SUARE OUTSIDE THE COUNCIL ROOM Bòla walks into the courtyard space in the centre of the palace building. He strips of his shirt and begins to chant.

Your truth. That there is a huge conspiracy around you. Everyone is out to get you. Get a woman, I have a few you might like.

Bòla

I know about you and your women. (looks at his mother) The famous Adé. Anything he wants the women will give, Even if it means to hell with the rest of us.

Bòla

Today a man must die, Today the warriors fight. Today a man will kneel Today I will rule. Where are you Adé?

Baba Adé

The guards scurry around to surround him, all with spears pointing at his neck. Adé ignores them looking up at Adé standing on the first floor landing. The council members have come out to see what is happening.

How dare you? (turns to the gathering crowd) Can you see what this disrespectful child has done. The council offer a truce And he still insults us. (turns to Adé) You must uphold your honour And the honour of our city. A fight to the death. Adé goes down to the ground floor where Bòla is standing. Both men stand in the grounds and Adé looks towards Bòla. Adé minds is reeling and he seems to be having a conflict of interest. Adé hesitates and Bòla seizes this opportunity to attack him grabbing his wooden staff and slams it into Adé foot. Adé falls to the ground.

Baba Adé Bòla

Guards, kill him

Adé, still hiding behind your father.

Baba Adé Bòla

Bòla

Get up

Show some respect

Baba Adé Bòla

This is the only way you can fight. Coward.

(spits)

That is the respect you deserve.

And fight by your rules and die, Get up.

Adé

Ketanga is the only man to reach the village. He looks behind him at the blood stained river flowing behind him, not a trace of his men to be found. He looks to the woman.

(grabs Bòla foot and pulls him to the floor) You will still die no matter the rules. Both men struggle punching and kicking each other fiercely. Bòla is an angered man but his vice is the passion with which he has lived his life. He looks up to the balcony where his mother is watching in fear. Bòla rebukes his family for their deceit.

Woman

(open her blind white eyes) Please leave.

Katenga

Bòla

(punches Adé) If it were not for you Adé, Things would be different.

No. I came here to kill you and I will not leave till I do it.

Woman

Why do you want to kill us?

Adé

Bòla, (punches him) I would say the same about you. I’m sorry I have to kill you for some girl.

Katenga Woman

It is your day today.

No it isn’t

Bòla

(enraged) Always thinking you are better than everyone else. Just like a Katenga EXT. JUNGLE. NIGHT Ketanga, the father, urges the son to attack but the son refuses to kill the woman by the fire.

Katenga slowly lifts his blade to his chest, his hand shaking as he struggles to stop the blade from reaching his neck. The woman looks toward Ketanga son who is concealed deep in the bush.

Woman

Here is no need to whisper I know you are there.

The man stop in fear in the bushes. They look at each other confused.

Woman

(laughs) Why are you afraid. I am only one small weak woman. Ketanga charges towards the woman his troops behind him. The woman closes her eyes as if to brace for impact. What happens next is not clear to us but it appears the forest comes alive and begins attacking the men. The woman sits still eyes still closed till the last man falls to the trees ripping them apart.

EXT. THE SQUARE OUTSIDE THE COUNCIL ROOM.

FATHER AND SON

Baba Adé

We see Baba Adé reflected Adé ’s eye. The son realises why he was given the manuscript, a lesson from the past to prevent it happening again. Bòla jumps into the air to pounce on top of Adé, but Adé on his back uses his feet to kick Bòla off him hurling him into a nearby wall. Demolishing the wall and knocking Bòla unconscious.

You are my son. You come after me. You continue my legacy.

Adé

I do not belong to you. I am my own person.

Adé

It was you.

Baba Adé

Baba Adé Adé

(looks at Adé quiet) You did all of this because you wanted to ascend through me.

(shocked) Just like your mother. After all these years. You still sound like her, when.

Adé

Mother!

Baba Adé Baba Adé Adé
Kill the traitor, Adé

(ignores Adé) Let us fight.

Adé
I’m not going to kill him. If you want him dead do it yourself.

What about my mother?

Baba Adé

Baba Adé angered picks up a spear and hurls it at his son, he calls him to the court of the dead to settle their argument. That is how problems that cannot be discussed are solved. INT. THE COURT OF THE DEAD.NIGHT The two greatest fighters are pitched against each other.

She stood in your way. You were better off without her.

Adé

Did you kill her?

Baba Adé

Baba Adé

After all this. You turn on me. I sacrificed everything for you. They said it wasn’t possible to create the perfect warrior. But when you were born I knew. I knew you would fulfil the prophecy. I did everything for you.

You have no mother Adé. You are my son. Mine. I brought you into this world. And I will take you out.

The father angered begins fighting his son .The father hit’s the son several times. The son takes each punch and does not fight back trying to hold onto the respect of his father.

Adé

Baba Adé
I never asked you to.

Look at you. Weak, pathetic, low vile useless…

(punches Adé in his chest) Adé stumbles back and looks down at his chest confused. Baba Adé drops a knife, he has stabbed Adé in the chest.

Dëh

Where is Adé?

Baba Ilé Dëh

Baba Adé

He is with his father in the court of the dead.

After all the plans I made for you. You have disappointed me.

No, he can’t be.

Adé

But I am your son.

O Kèh

There is something about Baba Adé that you all need to know.

Baba Adé

The day you challenged me. You ceased to be my son. You became a man, you became my enemy. And as my enemy, you will enjoy all the defeats you deserve. It will be sad. All the villagers will comfort me. To think my own son, siding with the rebels to kill women and children.

Baba Ilé

That he is a son of Katenga.

The council elders gasp in horror and all turn to look at Baba Ilé.

Baba Ilé Dëh

Adé wound seeps blood and he struggles to stand. He puts up his fists to fight.

I have known that for some time.

Adé

How will they believe that.

Baba

Baba Adé

Baba Ilé

They will believe anything I tell them. I’m an official working for the community. Why would I lie? Are you ready to fight? Adé Yes.

Why did I not tell you? Why did I not do anything? This is not your battle Dëh and as much as I love you I cannot guarantee you will not interfere.

O Kèh

Baba Adé

But someone has to die.

Good. You did learn something after all.

Baba Ilé O Kèh

The men then resort to fist fighting. The king more cunning than his father uses jumps off walls to avoid his father’s deadly blows. Adé climbs onto a wall using torch brackets to support himself. Baba Adé uses his left leg to crack the wall causing Adé to stumble and fall to the floor .Baba Adé then pounces on Adé punches him in his gut. A loud crack, Baba Adé has just broken his son’s rib bone. EXT. COUNCIL ROOM. NIGHT Dëh runs into the council room with O Kèh behind her. The council elders are all sitting around worried.

I know

We have to do something

Elder three

If what Baba Ilé says is true. Then there is nothing we can do. Adé must fight and win on his own.

O Kèh

And kill his own father. No son can do that.

Dëh

Baba

Baba Ilé

Baba Ilé

This son has to kill his father. For all our sake.

This is not our fight Dëh Leave him be.

Dëh

Dëh
Well I cannot sit around and wait for Adé to die.

But Baba

Dëh storms out of the council room. EXT. DëH MEDITATION ROOM.NIGHT Dëh run’s into her mediation room and sits down in a slum in her mediation room. She exhales deeply and begins to try and control her breathing. Her mind floats out of her body and flies over her apartment, the council room then enters the court of the dead. INT. COURT OF THE DEAD.NIGHT Baba Adé is pounding on Adé who is lying on the floor bleeding. Voice Over Dëh Adé can you hear me?

Baba Ilé

(in a deep terrifying growl) Let him be. INT. COURT OF THE DEAD.NIGHT

Baba Adé

So, with all that training from your friend Dëh I thought you would be more. Formidable. (punches Adé) I guess I was wrong. Adé is writhing in agony.

Adé

Adé

Dëh!

(whispers) Yes. Voice Over Dëh You are stronger than he is. Concentrate. INT. COUNCIL ROOM. NIGHT Baba Ilé looks up from the floor realising what Dëh is doing slams his walking stick on the floor sharply.

Baba Adé Adé

What, you are in a battle with your own father and you calling out for her. Dëh.

Dëh

Baba Adé

I am glad my friends cannot hear this. I’m glad I’m killing you now before you further disgrace me.

Baba Ilé

Dëh!

Adé

Dëh

EXT. DëH MEDITAION ROOM. NIGHT Voice Over Baba Ilé Dëh, what do you think you are doing?

Adé rolls onto his knees and takes a deep breath in. Adé tries to concentrate and slows down his breathing. But when Baba Adé punches him in his back Adé is disoriented. Adé tries again, he breathes slower and slower till his heartbeat is all he can hear. Baba Adé walks towards Adé and Adé ducks out of his way instinctively. Baba Adé looks towards his son almost in pride then both men begin hand to

hand combat. Adé is beginning to take a lead studying his father’s movements finally hitting Baba Adé behind the knee. Baba Adé falls to the floor and then turns to look at Adé in shock.

(tilts his head to listen to where Baba Adé is)

Baba Adé

Baba Adé

(arrogantly speaks) Maybe you will not die a dishonoured man after all.

You never looked up to me. You sniffed around my heels for approval. I thought when you were schooled that childish part of you would have died but I see now that despite all the advantages I gave you. You were and will always be weak.

Adé

Baba Adé walks towards a wall and grabs a rounded blade. He walks towards Adé slowly. Who is going to kill me? You?

Adé

Baba Adé

Even when I knew you hated me Baba I loved you. I still love you.

Really (reaches into a bag on his belt) Very brave words Adé. But the thing is you are already dead. Baba Adé pulls out some more powder and flings it at Adé. Adé barely ducks it but is blinded in the process.

Baba Adé
(hisses) Baba Adé lifts up his hand close to his head ready to throw the blade like a disc and decapitate his son.

Adé

Adé

What did you do?

Even now When you are trying to kill me. I still love you.

Baba Adé

(punches Adé knocking him down) Stay down.

Adé stands and Baba Adé grabs the blade holding it to his sons neck. He pauses for a minute. He then walks way from Adé.

Adé

Baba Adé

It won’t work this time.

Do not be alarmed. I am simply saying good bye to the wonderful life I had planned for myself. I may never have loved you the way you wanted Adé, but the time for pretence is over.

Baba Adé

I’m not trying to control you this time son. (laughs) What makes me laugh now is all the sacrifices I made for you (kicks Adé) You ungrateful, useless. (pauses to calm down) Adé listens and hears his fathers footsteps around him on the sand then on the stone.

Baba Adé flings the blade and Adé tilts his head. He hears blade slicing through the air. He grabs for it cutting into his palm in the process. He flings it back at his father. The blade flies for a short distance, a sharp crunch announces it‘s final arrival. Baba Adé looks at his son. The blood soon begins to drip out of him, the life slowly seeping from his eyes. The blade sticking out of his neck he falls backward, dead. Adé clutches his hand. He walks toward the door, the victor, the champion, the leader of the community and an orphan.

Adé

THE END
As my father I always looked up to you.

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