The room is richly furnished. The walls are decorated with
expensive oil paintings of the renaissance era. From the
sitting room, a spiral flight of stairs leads up to Tahari’s
room, a young teenage girl. As one nears her door, one can
hear a cacophony of noises, presumably, and argument.
What are you doing in my room? Dad
said that no one should enter my
room, you could have atleast
I was just coming to check up on
you, do you need anything?
No, I am fine.
(Sits on the bed where Tahari
is lying and sits extremely
You know I care for you.
Stop touching me. Dad said that no
one should touch me that way.
Suddenly, there is a knock on the door. Instantaneously,Joe
gets up and goes to open. Two young men of Joe’s age get in.
Niajeni majamaa. Mmekuja na ile
Burungo iko inadi. Naona uko na siz
Walai ako na sura poa.
Choreeni hizo, huyu si mtasiz
wangu. Ni mtoi wa aunty yangu,
(They open the paper bag that Ritho and Oteraw have brought.
In it there is a brown paper with unrolled marijuana.
Separately, there is a packet that looks like chocolate)
whose brand name is rizzla.
Si tuishie nje maze tukiwashe.
Unaeza ita huyu msupa acome
What are all these boys doing in my
room? Joe, get them out.
Eeh, cheza chini mrembo, unaita
nani boys? Wewe ni sura mbaya na
venye uko na maringo.
Sareni hizo majamaa, mnachoma
picha. Huyu ni mtoi wa sonko bana.
Twende nje tucheki hio burungo, ama
Haina ile. Twende nje tuondokee
Joe goes over to Tahari’s bed and starts whispering to her.
My friends and I are going out.
Please don’t tell your parents
about this. My friends from school
are not well mannered. Just forgive
It’s Ok, just do not bring them
Thanks. And we won’t be back. Bye.
Joe and his friends head out noisily. Oteraw and Ritho can
be heard from the hallway still complaining about being
disrespected by Tahari. A few ours Later, they come back.
The marijuana having taken a toll on them. They force
themselves into Tahari’s room.
Oya majamaa, shikeni huyu nguna.
Lazima tudance, hata kama yeye ni
sura mbaya, tutalaumu ngwai.
Joe and Ritho grab Tahari by the arms and they take her to
where Oteraw is standing.
Joe what are you doing, you are
scaring me. Please tell them to
Nyamaza wewe. Sura kama kiatu.
Oteraw slaps her and she falls to the ground. Slowly, he
unzips his pants.
Relax baby, usikuwe hivyo, utaskia
Joe, what is happening? Please tell
them to stop, please…
Nyamaza! Si ulikuwa na maringo
sana. Sasa wacha tuone mahali hio
maringo yako itakufikisha.
As he lowers himself on to Tahari, Tahari gets into a
position where she bites off his ear lob.
Aiyaya, hiki kidame kimeniuma.
Angrily, he slaps Tahari and she loses consciounsess. They
continue to rape her violently. Oteraw goes first and each
one of them takes a turn.
INT. WARD ROOM. MID MORNING
It is a dull hospital room. The walls are white with cheap
paintings of green utopian lands with an occasional flower
vase, maybe to improve the feng shui of the room. Tahari
lies on the bed and she slowly regains consciouness.
Oh switty, you are awake. I was so
worried about you.
Da..dadd…y where am I?
(moving closer to her and
clasping her hand in his)
You are at the Nairobi women’s
hospital. Here they will take care
of you and you will be just fine.
Were Joe and his friends arrested
for what they did to me?
Just rest my love, do not exert
yourself. We can talk about all
this when you are out of the
No dad. Answer me. Right now, I
need to know
You know Joe is your mother’s
youngest brother. If we take
him to the police, he might be
imprisoned for a long time. Is that
how you want us to treat family?
(putting up a fight)
I cannot believe you right now.
Kindly, just live. Go away
Mr. Abass gets up and proceeds to the door. He calls a
nurse. The nurse gets in, needle in hand.
No..no..no, you will not do that to
me no, dad, please…pl..
Tahari is finally subdued and she sleeps.
INT. BREW BISTRO NGONG ROAD. EVENING
Fourteen years have passed after Tahari’s rape ordeal. She
has now grown into a rich, succesful and beautiful woman.
Tahari is seated in a posh night club, sipping her drink
quietly. Her mind lost in thought. Her wounds healed but her
scars ever present albeit to remind her that the past is
Hey Jim, I need a refill. You need
to know your customers and treat
them right, otherwise they will
Alright ma’am, one bourbon coming
You better hurry, don’t keep a lady
Suddenly, a figure emerges from the darkness and comes and
sits at the counter where Tahari is seated.
Jim, gimme what the lady is having.
Excuse me, do I know you?
How about we leave this place, get
into my Merc, take a ride round the
city as I intoduce my self?
You guys never learn. I’d suggest
John Green’s Art of Seduction
because honestly, your wooing game
is on all time low. Hey Jim, bring
me a bottle at that table before I
call security on this one.
Oh I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to
startle you, please forgive me.
As Onyango Oyoo leans forward, Tahari notices that part of
his ear lobe is missing.
(using a more seductive tone)
You know I might just take you on
that offer. Lets get lost, this
place is starting to bore me.
And yet I thought you’d never ask.
INT.RADISSON BLUE HOTEL. EVENING.
Onyango is naked laying on the bed. His arms tied to the
bed. Tahari looks over him in disgust.
Let me tell you a story from the
animal kingdom. I love animals by
the way. We have so much in common.
No matter how civilised we are, we
all have a beast within, oh I
Back to the story. Mother sheep
leaves her children in the care of
her best friend hyena.
Not a smart thing to do but sheep
aren’t famous for their brain power
and don’t get me started on hyenas.
As the mother is away, the hyena
helps himself to the children.
However, one of them escapes and
from a distance watches the horror
unfold. When the mother comes back,
she is too afraid and does nothing.
So the child that escapes grows up
hoping to get her revenge and at
the same time blaming her mother
for not doing anything. She prays
for days on end for her chance at
revenge. And here we are, Oteraw.
Fourteen years ago you brutally
raped me, broke four of my ribs and
literally left me for dead. But I
did not die. My yearning for
revenge kept me alive. And here we
Oh my God, it is
you…pp…p..please forgive me..
I asked the same of you, but you
did not extend that to me. Tonight,
you will die. All men die. But I
guarnatee you, I will take my time.
You see, over the years I have
learnt that patience is a virtue
and as a result, I will savour this
moment, as you patiently wait for
your death. I will walk you through
the tight rope of life and
death,carefully making sure you do
not fall on the other side. And
when I’m done, you will die.