As soon as the sun came up this morning, we girls: Ama, Omosegho (Ama’s senior sister), Uwa, Ejiehia (Uwa’s half sister) Edugie and Me, downed our breakfast of roasted corn and assorted nuts with spring water as fast as we could and set off for what promised to be a life time experience for us visitors from Benin.
‘Come on let’s try it;’ Uwa was saying but before I had time to respond, she had raced after Ama, leaving me alone with Edugie who also seemed to be desperate to join in; I gave in.
‘Why not, let’s join in.’ I chased after Uwa and Edugie followed suit; I could not believe that I had lost all my fear of the sea, where I found the courage, I would never know but I was soon enjoying the feel of the warm sea water and squelching sand under my feet. What a great time I had running up and down that beach, playing ‘Catch Me if you can’ game with the waves.
‘Yes’ We all answered in chorus.
‘Good, off we go then, but if you want to watch me catch a crab before trying to do so yourself, you can;’ ‘ Come on, off we go!’ It was Omosegho our now group leader instructing us on crab catching.
‘Okay then.’ Omosehgho seemed to understand. Relieved I sat down and spent the rest of the time listening to the soothing sounds of the sea. By the time the sun started to go down, we had two big calabashes full of crabs of different sizes; we set off back home with Edugie and Omosegho carrying these.
Checking out time, it’s been a really enjoyable day and me thinks that I am really enjoying this visit to the coast; guess what, a little birdie tells me that tomorrow, we will be going up to spy on the Ebo (Whiteman); I cannot wait!