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Katawere’s wife

By James Harry Obeng

 

Efiewura’s fearless legal luminary, lawyer Kwame Dzokoto, is guaranteed a good run for his money as an authority in marital law should he ever venture to summon Agya Afari before his court to face charges of maltreating his wife.

 

The legal dynamo will also compare to nothing less of a humiliated failure if he, out of any unexplained ambition, attempts to apply his judicial rubrics in testing the validity or otherwise of the good old aphorism “behind every successful man is a supporting wife”, using Agya Afari’s marriage as a case study.

 

In reality, lawyer Dzokoto will do nothing contrary to foregoing in the Efiewura compound with the landlord himself as the accused.  This is because if he ever did, he will not be far from forfeiting his tenancy status, aside the simple fact that the ‘learned’ lawyer cannot equal Agya Afari’s innate trait to circumvent every situation to his advantage.

 

Agya Afari simply represents a dictator, a thinker, a litigant, a chauvinist and above all an expert in womanizing.  He is also a stingy sponger whose opportunistic attitude knows no bounds.

 

These are only but a smattering of the qualities that Agya Afari brings to bear on his relationship with any person who desires to go by the tag “Mrs” Agya Afari.  And this is what also spells the dilemma that Madam Monica Sarpong, who plays the role as Auntie Adjoa (Agya Afari’s wife) in the popular ‘Efiewura’ sitcom, finds herself.

 

After fruitless love advances on Auntie ‘B’, a widow who is now adventuring a power-sharing deal with Naana over Koo Fori, Agya Afari takes onto womanizing which brings him into a sex-less relationship Yaa Yaa, a slim sexy-looking lady tenant.

 

Yaa Yaa will explore all ingenious antics within her power to suck the pocket of her sugar-daddy landlord dry, but will not be cajoled into responding positively to the sexual demands of Agya Afari.

 

With the passage of time, Yaa Yaa realizes the need to forgo dating aged Agya Afari, a situation which then necessitates the need to find a substitute to replace her place in the heart of her demanding sugar-daddy landlord.2.

 

Yaa Yaa then “connects” Ante Adjoa, her father’s sister, who readily welcomes the idea to re-marry after years of remaining a widow.

 

Agya Afari also throws in the towel to settle down in marriage with Ante Adjoa because he finds out later that his soon-to-be wife is quite “loaded”; her daughter occasionally sends her dollars from abroad.

 

Auntie Adjoa successfully becomes Mrs. Agya Afari, but not without being fleeced recklessly by her newly found husband who, unlike his new wife, sees the marriage as a golden opportunity to make hay whilst the sun shines; at least with the dollars occasionally sent from oversees.

 

SPEC: So what happened to the money that your daughter sent you to buy a taxi for commercial use?

A.A:  You won’t believe what happened to my dollars!

 

SPEC: Tell me, I’m all ears!

A.A:     Agya Afari, my husband, used a minute fraction of it to purchase a rickety taxi which has been painted to give it the look of a brand new one.  The car broke down few days before it could even be used for the purpose for which it was bought for.

 

SPEC:  What about the rest of the money?

A.A:     He used it in chasing small girls

 

SPEC: You don’t mean it.  Are you saying your husband is a womanizer?

A.A:    But this is now public knowledge.  Don’t pretend as if you don’t know about his womanizing character.

 

SPEC: May be you can’t satisfy him sexually?

A.A:     He is just being ungrateful.  I do my best behind closed doors.

 

SPEC: If what you are saying is anything to go by, then send him to lawyer Dzokoto’s court?

A.A:    (She laughs).  You don’t know what you are talking. What makes you think lawyer Dzokoto can apply his law on my husband?  He cannot stand Agya Afari for a minute, and Dzokoto will only be risking his eviction from the house if he even conceives such an idea.

 

SPEC: Then divorce him if that will give you peace?

A.A:    (She laughs again) You still don’t understand what you are saying.  I love him very much.

 

SPEC: Really?

A.A:    Yeah, it is my husband we are talking about here.

 

Ante Adjoa says divorcing her husband now is out of the equation.  She believes that all marriages share similar problems, and that it is how such problems are handled that brings the difference between good peaceful marriages and bad ones.  She therefore regards marriage as s school for improving character and nurturing growth.

 

SPEC: Since when have you been featuring in Efiewura?

A.A:    Oh, that was last year (2007).

 

SPEC: How do you see the relationship among your colleagues in the sitcom?

A.A:    We are a family.  Just that and nothing else!

 

SPEC: Who is your favourite colleague in the sitcom?

A.A:      I can’t pinpoint any particular person.  But I think Naana and Auntie ‘B’ are very good people to me.  They always act their roles with the needed professionalism to me liking.

 

SPEC: Future plans?

A.A:    I look forward to a bigger opportunity where I can teach the up-and-coming artistes with the few experiences I have gathered over the years in acting.

 

SPEC:  Any advice to these up-and-coming people?

A.A:     They should not joke at all with their education if they truly want to secure a     place in acting.

 

Monica Sarpong (a.k.a Ante Adwoa), a mother of three, was born on March 6, 1957 at Akyem Oda in the Eastern region.  With over 25 years experience in acting, she has featured in several films produced by Jacky Films Productions, including “Suro nipa” and “Oh mother”. She has also worked with several drama groups like Daakye Drama Group, Osofo Dadzie Group (where she is now the leader) and among the actors that first featured in Cantata on GTV.

 

 

 

 

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November 7, 2008 - Posted by | Reviews

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