the river nile

An adventure across the River Nile (2)

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“Hello beautiful lady, do you speak English?” I asked her with a smile.

“My English not good. Who you are and what you want?”

“I am Leroi from Nigeria. I came here on a visit with a pretty young lady but some soldiers took her away. They took me to break stones in work in an underground tunnel. I ran away. I must confess I have fallen in love with you!”

“I am Amisi, the Princess of Egypt. This is a section of my palace” She replied with a warm smile that melted my heart.

“Oh, Princess Amisi, my Egyptian flower, your beauty is enchanting. It turns my head upside down. Do you love me the way I love you?”

“Oh yes, I love you very hard. Come and eat my apple” She held an apple and gave it to me.

I devoured the tasty fruit.

Sweet music….

“Where is the music coming from?”

“My father Pharaoh is dance with him new wife. He makes her queen of Egypt tonight. Come look at window” She instructed me.

I gazed through the window.

…Huge crowd in an elaborately decorated hall…

I saw Favour. She was smiling with a crown on her head. She was dancing with a tall broad-shouldered man whose spectacular regalia gave him out as Pharaoh, the King of Egypt.



The door of the room burst open. Soldiers barking orders in the Arabic language were running in.

“Here is black man with our Princess, arrest him!”

“Let’s run!” I yelled to my new lover and dashed off with her.
She opened a secret door at the base of her bed and we disappeared inside.

Where are we?

A dark tunnel…..end of tunnel….light…A big ship!

“Leroi, please enter ship and sail away. If Pharaoh see you with me, he kill you!” Princess Amisi pleaded.

“No my love! You must come with me, come let’s start a new life.”

We entered the ship and began sailing away on the river Nile…

“Stop! Stop!” A loud voice boomed over the dark waters.

“That is my father. Pharaoh speak English very good” My lover whispered to me.

“How dare you escape with my daughter? Leave her alone and I will let you go free” Pharaoh ordered.

“You took Favour from me and I am taking your daughter from you. That is fair! Release Favour to me and I will release your daughter to you”

“No! My lovely queen stays with me!” An angry Pharaoh yelled.

“Leroi, I like it here, I am the new Queen of Egypt, please release my new step daughter to me” Favour’s voice sounded close to me.

….Nigerian women are not loyal….

“Enjoy your Queenship while I enjoy life with my lovely Princess!” I sharply replied.


Splash! Splash!

We dodged all the missiles hurled against us and sailed on at breakneck speed…

We are still sailing on the River Nile. My princess says that Ra, the sun god has blessed us. She wants us to sail to and settle in Morocco. I don’t like the idea because Morocco is close to Egypt and Pharaoh can easily locate us there. I want us to sail into the Mediterranean Sea and settle in Spain. I will get married to Amisi, and after three months, I will storm Egypt with an army to rescue Favour from Pharaoh. Or should I allow her to continue reigning as the Queen of Egypt?

Iniobong Leroi Umoh is a storyteller, a satirist and creative writer. He blurs the line between reality and fiction and seeks to create a connection with the reader through engaging content. His works have been featured across various online and offline platforms. He hopes to one day travel around the world on a luxury yacht, sipping expensive wine and documenting all his experiences in a journal. You can send him a mail at

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