A certain young man whose name is James keeps saving a particular family from their travails.
First he saves the parents from robbers on their way back from a long journey from another village to their own village.
Then he gives Emeka- the only son of the family some money when the boy lost the money that his mother had given him to go to the market with.
James and Emeka become friends and on visiting his house, his parents realise that he was the one that saved them and were full of gratitude to the young man.
Emeka gains admission to the university to study Medicine and Surgery and the family is distraught because there’s no money to process his admission and pay school fees and other fees.
His uncle refuses to help out even though he just got a promotion and even brought home plenty cash the same day his brother (Emeka’s father) comes to him for assistance. He didn’t even give his brother a cup of water to drink and the poor man went home dejected and even poorer than he had come because he borrowed some money from a friend for his transport.
James comes to visit his friend and meets him crying and after almost relentless questioning, Emeka tells him that he won’t be able to process his admission because of funds. James tells him not to worry because his father is very rich and generous, he’d give him a scholarship because he already has a scholarship programme.
On his first day in the university, he meets some bad boys who intimidate him and change his name to Black diamond because Emeka is too local.
We see Emeka change from the awkward, studious boy with the thickest igbo accent to a smooth talking lothario in one semester. Even James was powerless to stop the change, Emeka even gets a girlfriend and starts skipping class.
The relationship between Emeka and Sandra (Sandy) waxes stronger and stronger and she even visits him in his cousin’s house where his cousin- Collins puts the moves on her. He’s a final year law student while Sandy is a first year student like Emeka/Black Diamond but she’s studying political science.
Emeka comes to visit Collins unannounced and meets his babe coming out of Collins bedroom with a towel tied around her chest. Emeka was holding the knife that he used to peel the oranges he saw in the living room and he stabbed Collins in the scuffle that erupted when he saw his babe.
Collins dies on the spot and trust babes, Sandy scurried away.
James walks into the house, sizes up the situation and takes the knife. He tells Emeka he’ll take the blame for the murder but Emeka is in too much shock to process the situation. Unfortunately his uncle and aunt- Collins parents and the same uncle who refused to help when Emeka gained admission walk into the house too. His uncle calls the police and the two boys are arrested.
The DPO calls James’s father to influence his release but his father tells him to let the case go to court.
They are arraigned in court for the murder of Collins and the counsels present their cases brilliantly and Collin’s father was called as the prosecution witness and he testifies that it was James he heard saying “I did it”.
The court reached a verdict, Emeka was discharged and acquitted and James was sentenced to death by hanging. Emeka was still in shock when the sentence was handed down.
Two days after the death of James, we find Emeka crying and his family tries to console him telling him that though James was a good person to them, he deserved his punishment. Emeka then confesses that James was innocent and took the fall for him. His family is shattered by the news and his parents couldn’t even look at him, they all face different directions and weep for James who loved Emeka enough to die for him
You guessed right, the story is about Jesus and how he died for us. It is the plot of the drama presentation of the drama wing of the Parish Youth Council, All Saints Anglican Church Surulere. It was titled 515 and based on 2 Corinthians 5:15.
“And he died for all that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again”.
I wish I could say I wrote the script- that’s how much I enjoyed the play. It was well directed- with minimal glitches, the actors were on point with no flubbed lines or extraneous movements and the set design and costumes were top notch. The actor who played Emeka was good! From Emeka the village boy to the smooth talking, woman chasing Black Diamond. The guy delivered the goods! There’s talent in the church I tell you, plenty!
I almost missed this presentation yesterday because of a certain health issue that thinks it can hold me down (na today?!). I’m really glad that I attended even though I didn’t get to take pictures because my phone and tablet had flat batteries.
I really hope that this post makes you think about the sacrifice of Christ- whether or not you’re a Christian and that it blesses you immensely.