“DEVIL, DIE ALREADY!” (SHORT STORY)

Nene was marching round like other congregants, screaming and shaking her head. Her three-year-old frame was mimicking the other worshippers. At some point, she stood with legs apart, both hands thrashing an imaginary being as she echoed, “Die, die, die!”

The devil was in deep trouble today. Any moment now, he’d be dead and they could go home. Flicking aside some beads of sweat that had formed on her forehead due to her exertions, she began the customary march to and fro, repeating as best as she could the prayer the leading pastor was reciting.

This was her first time being in the adult church. They do an awful lot of walking around here, she thought, as her small legs began to feel the strain of the long prayer session. She would have been home watching cartoons but her mum’s younger sister, who served as her nanny, had travelled, leaving her to continue in the adult service before going home with her mum. Her dad was a pastor and would stay for meetings later.

All the marching and shouting was making her thirsty. She weaved her way through the kicking legs, the flailing and punching arms of the petitioners and went to her mum about three metres away. She tugged at her arm and asked for a drink of water. Her mum took Nene by the arm and moved to her seat. She uncorked her water bottle and handed it to her. As Nene was guzzling the water, she snatched it back.

“Enough! Next thing you would be saying is, ‘I want to wee.'”

“Yes, I want to wee.”

“You’re not serious!”

“Sit down very quietly. Don’t disturb me when we’re praying.” She put her bag and the water bottle that were on her chair on the floor and lifted Nene onto it, placing her right forefinger on her lips to say, “Not a word from you!”

Nene sat for a minute, taking in the banging and shadow boxing of the people around.

“I can’t just sit doing nothing,” she thought. “Let’s see what treats can be found in Mum’s bag.”

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Climbing down from the chair, she started poking around the knockoff Gucci handbag and presently found some toffee-coated peanuts.

“Yeah!” she screamed. Thankfully, the packet was already open. Clutching the half-full sachet in her left hand, she used her free hand to drag her mum’s bag on the terrazo floor and moved to the nearby wall. As she leaned against the wall and munched happily, an elderly woman scowled at her, so she half shut her eyes and mumbled as if in prayer, nodding her head rhythmically as some others were doing.

But as the popular saying goes, good things never last, and so the peanuts ran out. Another dutiful search of her mum’s bag yielded nothing to eat. So she went for the water bottle and drank every drop. Returning to her former spot, she lay on the floor with her mum’s bag as pillow.

However, restless, she sat back up after several minutes and picked a book from her mum’s bag. It was big, black and full of print. Her mum had told her to not write on a book that wasn’t plain but there was nothing else to write on. Besides, there were some plain pages at the beginning, oh well, almost plain. She found a pen in the bag and began to scribble the English alphabets, the ones she’d learnt in nursery school. Actually, they were the only things she could write. A few minutes later, she lost interest in writing.

Oh, oh, she wanted to wee, as in, right then. She ran to her mum.

“Mummy, I want to wee-wee.” No response. “Mummy, please!”

Her mum reluctantly took her to the back of the church to ease herself close to the grass there.

When they got back to the church, everyone was still going, “Die, die, die!”

“Mummy, I want to go home.”

“We’ll soon go. Come on!” Nene had planted herself at a spot and refused to move.

“I want to go now, I want to go now!”

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“Sweetie, we’ll soon go. Just as soon as we finish praying.”

Nene, who had begun to cry, looked around at the sweating church folks, shouting, “Die, die, die!” and she wailed in frustration, “Devil, die already now! I just want to go home!”

As her mum lifted her to take her further into the church, Nene bawled and made a scene, reiterating her vexation in these words, “Stubborn devil! Everybody says you should die. Die already, I want to go home!”

-The end-

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64 comments

  • it’s really boring in that kind of environment, if the devil can actually die with the kind of die die prayers some people make he would have died long ago

    • Edith Ohaja

      Lol! Have a blessed week!

      • Ogbozor Chiamaka Zillah

        I don’t really blame the girl because the shouts in the church during prayer session especially about the devil sometimes make children bored and mimic the brethren.
        Nene would be like….this devil die die die no dey finish so? or maybe she didn’t see her mates to play with

      • Okafor Emmanuel chukwunwike

        This is really funny. The devil must be vanquished

  • Ogbonnaya Noble Comfort

    The devil would die if we live by God’s words not necessarily as a result of long prayers that weakens the flesh..

  • Amaugo Stephanie Chidinma

    😂😂 “Devil die already nah”

    The heart of a child, so pure ❤️

    I pray we develop childlike hearts towards the things of God!

  • Adeke Chukwuka

    Prayer longevity does not guarantee an answered prayer, rather the faith backed with the prayer and the content of the prayer

  • Nkwocha Chibueze Innocent

    I can still tell that some people that have prayed devil die today have gone back to their old life, the devil will die when one sustains his good life in Christ

    Have a blessed day

  • Ossai Chidimma Linda

    Lol! The story is hilarious and I can understand the little girls plight I had experienced it before. I could only imagine ,even those members would start laughing after listening to Nene .

  • Abonyi chisom

    Lol! Funny though,i understand how nene feels, the stupid devil the whole church have been killing since should die so she could go home nah.😂😂😂 we should know that prayer works with faith. It doesn’t matter how long you pray what matters is your faith in God.

  • Anabude oluchi

    Quite funny! Basically the devil obeys God word and not by us displaying unnecessary action that are not necessary. And later on little or no result is seen.

  • Ejiofor Emmanuel

    😂😂, i can’t stop laughing😂. She couldn’t understand what was going on. The devil don’t want to die so that she can go home😂. “Devil, pity the child and die o”😂

  • Ochei mkpulumma

    That is the reason why it’s not advisable to take a child to adult church because he or she will not understand what is going on there. The child will not even allow you to concentrate.

  • Ezike Winifred udochukwu

    Lol..why do I feel this story is been directed to me..I attend mfm with my family…and the die ! Die! Is literally what we chant most of the time…and I must confess it can actually make me tired and hungry as well especially for first timers so I understand Nene’s behavior ..it’s actually funny though 🤣

  • Mark Favour

    Haha! Really funny!! Too bad the child went through such prayer session. Well,the story exposes how unease children and even believers who are still coming up in the Lord feel when faced with certain levels of Christianity that are beyond them. It takes great energy to make them understand. They might even make a scene, just like the child. Haha! I enjoyed the amusement and the pure thoughts of the child in the story, and I pray that the devil would die quickly oo😁

  • Ahahahah……… The devil really need to die so we can all have rest and live a sin- free life to make heaven.

  • Oshana Oyaku Endurance

    hahaha, nene wasn’t wrong for displaying her childishness, but Christians should remember that the battle we fight with the devil is a spiritual one that needs faith accompanied with prayers and not shouting and physically demonstrating with no faith.

  • Juanita Ikebudu

    Lol, what an interesting story, the little girl clearly did not understand what was going on and so she took it unseriously, thats the same way some adults take serious life issues with levity and take wrong decisions because of lack of understanding, its not just in faith but also in reality

  • Okoli Ezinne Juliet

    😂😂😂 I don’t blame the poor girl oo..she wants to go home already but her mum still insists the devil must die before they go. Interesting story tho..

  • Anekwe Paschaline

    Devil die already and let the little girl go home😂. Wonderful piece MA, it is both educative and funny

  • 😂😂😂 funny story! But yet instructive. What I believe is that there are other prayer points a believer should spend time on rather than killing the devil. Praying for the souls of men is paramount.

  • Ezidimma odinakachukwu oluchukwu

    Lol, I think children shouldn’t be brought to adult churches. They should have theirs to avoid distractions.
    Nene was already tired of the devil and wants the devil to die already.
    Children are handful😅

  • Ezidimma Odinakachukwu Oluchukwu

    Funny
    I understand Nene..she wants the devil to die already so that she can go home.
    But no amount of devil die will make sure he devil to die unless you have a right standing with God

  • Ozioko Glory Oluchi

    😀😀 very funny, devil should die and release the little girl to go home nah. To the girl, the blows are too much for the devil that he can’t survive it; devil dies already lol

  • Abah Okpe Gabriel

    Hahaha, devil die already, the devil should just die and allow her go home oo, this is one of the reasons why I love my roman catholic church, everything is timed. This is very funny, I have had so many experiences sometimes the pastors want to impress the people that he can pray and you get to be repeating prayer points, Thanks ma

  • Chinecherem Grace Stephens

    Hahaha! This story is so funny! I can relate well to this story, that moment you are caught in between what is so boring and what you have absolutely no interest in, yet you have to stay put.
    I love Nene’s innocent thoughts. If only we can all be so sincere.

    But please oh, did the devil later die?

  • Richards Orighomisan Mercy

    😂😂😂😂😂😂 devil die ohhh. Thank God I’m commenting on easter day, death could not hold Jesus down. It then means the devil has been defeated. Little Nene 😂

  • Eze Chioma Uzoamaka

    This is a very hilarious, relatable story. I love the cuteness and innocence of children. She failed to understand why the adults were fervently praying and begging God to send the devil back to where he came from because of her innocence and lack of knowledge of the devil.

  • Typical example of my nephew😅😅 this devil must die by fire by force.

  • Augusta Enekunoh

    Very interesting and intriguing story🤣🤣 reminds me of my baby nephew. Devil, biko die so I can go home.

  • Emelife Assumpta

    Hahahahaha…. This is hilarious,” devil should die already” and allow this innocent child go home with mummy. This reminds me of my nephew. Seriously, this can be frustrating atimes, it is not how long u pray that matters, but how well and the heart that matters. This little girl is tired, I don’t think she will like to follow mummy to church again….Lol..😁😁

  • Emelife Assumpta M

    Hahahahaha…. This is hilarious,”devil should die already” and allow this innocent child go home with mummy. This reminds me of my nephew. Seriously, this can be frustrating, it is not how long u pray that matters, it is how well and the heart that matters. This little girl is tired, I don’t think she will like to follow mummy to church again….Lol..😀😀

  • Nwannah Juliana ngozi

    Her innocence is everything. She is a sweet young girl with that wonderful soul.I’m sure the good lord heard her

  • Blessing Chris Okeke

    And this was published on my birthday. Oh Devil, die already so church can close Biko… Great chrsitian decent comedy.

  • Okere Jovita

    Why won’t the devil die nah😂
    Nene is really stressed..all she wants to do is go home, she has heard enough for a day

  • Erilem Happiness Chinaza

    Hilarious!!

    If I were in her shoes I would get tired too.
    If prayers could actually kill the devil, he would be dead gone a long time ago.
    But unfortunately we can only pray to be protected against him.

    I also believe the effectiveness of prayers is not determined by how lengthy or dramatic it is, hence I don’t blame the innocent girl.

  • Chinagorom Joseph

    Interesting! The story sounds like a real-life event. The little Nene can’t be blamed much. It is only in one denominational church that the Devil is killed daily. I think they have a different conception of who/what devil is. Would like to hear from one of them, any way. Well done, great writer!

  • Ukwuani OGECHUKWU Cynthia

    Wow, so funny. But the Devil will surely die by keeping God’s commandments and not by merely shouting die die.

  • Okonkwo Sophia

    Lol, this cracked me up. When you have Jesus, we should know that the devil is already defeated by faith.
    Die die die, for how many minutes, I don’t blame Nene. I would literaly do the same if I was a child .

  • Kooyon Abigail Aershimana

    Nene go home oo
    The devil is anwu anwu!
    Nke a atom iche!
    🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  • Anokwuru Catherine Ihuoma

    Hahaha…growing up in a church that carries out their activities solemnly and quietly I quite understand where Nene is coming from. My first time in a church that prayed out loud, I was quite shocked and wondered why they were all shouting to God if God isn’t deaf. A lot of adults are still spiritual children and think just like this child, getting weary in prayer. I pray God gives us the strength to pray without ceasing
    Such a hilarious story 😂 thank you very much ma.

  • Lilian Chidinma

    😂Nene had enough of it, a wonderful story ma, “the devil should die already nene wants to go home” .

  • Ikea Joy Chiamaka

    Oh my goodness!! I can’t get over how adorable Nene is. She could have curled up somewhere and gone straight to sleep😃. I know I would have if I was in her shoes.
    On a serious note, I wonder about the practice of repeatedly praying for the death of the devil.

  • Paul-kayode praise chidiebube

    I feel your pain Nene 😂
    Stubborn devil indeed!

  • Ugochukwu Chah

    🤣🤣oh my God, aunty Edith you have outdone yourself with this one. The lead alone sucked me in. I saw the story on your Facebook profile and I knew I just had to read it. Nene is something else, a three year old with that kind of mind wow! M just rolling on laughs.
    Thank you aunty for taking some of the strain of this exam period off me

  • CHUKWU MICHAEL

    A hilarious one at the end.. Children and their ways.these days they can’t just seem patient to wait for anything. They get bored easily. As a parent, we should be patient with them, lead them to Christ at an early age and God won’t forsake our efforts…we should also be careful of what we place around them as they can cause health hazard..

  • NGWU RITA MMESOMA

    Children with different antics…I really disturb my parents too, I won’t lie.. growing up children tend to be problematic at times, we have to be patient as my mom would always say, it’s their time.

  • Onah Chidimma Vivian

    I remember being this restless at prayer meetings when I was much younger 😂😂. The time they spend on one particular prayer point was exhausting but I believe when Nene is grown she’d understand why her mother wants the devil out of their lives so badly

  • Ude Awelle

    Poor Nene 😂😂 the time spent on one prayer point can be tiring for a little child

  • Opara Oluchi Dorathy

    Hahaha🤣🤣🤣” stubborn devil! Everyone says you should die. Die already, I want to go home😅😅😅😅 I can’t stop laughing oh. Little children never cease to amaze me with their unpredictable funny behaviours.
    By the way, with all the war we’ve been waging against the devil and his agents, I’ve been wondering why we still have these evil creatures around and tormenting us.

  • Obiemeka Favour Chukwugozie

    Very funny, the devil really has to die because Nene is not joking at all.
    Thank you, ma, also for giving us the best.

  • Haruna Precious Ikilama

    Omo! The energy we use to fight the devil would have low-key yeilded much viable results if we focused on our problems and made efforts to tackle them. I don’t blame the little child it just didn’t make any sense to her as it doesn’t to me Sha. Oooopsy, don’t get it twisted o I believe in power of prayer o but heaven said it will help those who help THEMSELVES

  • Tiger Freda Jarip

    Awwnn, she’s such a child. This is how frustrated we all get when we don’t get an expected result from God, although as adults we may express ourselves in a more mature way. But do we think about how God feel when we don’t do what he expects from us?

  • Ntiwunka Chiamaka

    Lol😂😂 this piece is really funny and at the same time didactic, when saying the devil should die we must make sure that our sins must die with him and endeavor to turn a new leaf.

  • Adebanjo Adenike Rebecca

    I will say this is a kind of comedy story portray through the protagonist Nene, a little girl of 3years old who mimic the same words that was echoed into her ear, in her mother’s church “die die”.
    The story is central to the point that what you do in the presence of kids, they are likely chances of them doing it.

  • Abiayi Ifeonuchukwu

    😂😂, i can’t stop laughing😂. She really didn’t understand what was going on. She doesn’t understand why the devil doesn’t want to die.
    The point here is that, a young child grows up with this mentality and more often than not they will feel praying is a boring activity and choose not to pray. Imagine how Nene felt when the devil obviously wasn’t giving up.
    Well done ma…

  • Chikwesiri Uka

    Lol very funny. I hope the devil dies so Nene can go home.

  • Ndukwe Akwara

    Lol,devil die nah so that Nene will go home.haaaha funny Sha but I have been in Nene shoes before.at a tender age when my mum took me along with her to women’s prayer at the church.

  • Ndukwe Akwara

    Lol,devil die nah so that Nene will go home. Ma u are a comedian wowww

  • Ajah Ugochi Agnes

    This is a very hilarious story. “Devil die already” but the devil has refused to die, lol!. Now the point is, parents should be careful of what they do in the presence of their kids. Kids tend to do what they are exposed to.

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