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"Once bitten twice shy. If minor mistakes could get me in trouble, what if I make a major mistake? One may run away from temptation but may not hide from it," Ngozi cautioned. But that was the night she succumbed to temptation. Then came the beating: dum, dum, dum, tim, tim . . . Ngozi couldn't protect her face anymore. She cried out in pain, "Sorry, sorry, I swear I will never dance again in my life. O heaven help me! Please! Please!" MmA and Jon beat Ngozi for hours until she gave up her dream. A maid's patience could be compared to the patience of a farmer, one who plants and patiently waits for harvest.

--Chidi Ezeobi

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