The Year 2000
The Igi stood at the end of Tokunbo street in Lagos, facing its original planter’s house, an old abandoned bungalow house. The house that had not yet been put up for sales had housed a family who simply moved on and out of the neighborhood after their little boy had disappeared more than five years ago, they had never looked back. The Igi, a tree planted in the eighties by a man called Dapo had sprung up tales of swallowing people who came too close to it at night. Parents told their kids different tales about it to scare them and put them to bed. They had believed scaring the children almost every nights would prevent them from staying out after dark. Kids were easily scared by the different tales they had heard about the Igi tree but soon forget about it as they got older.
As the years passed by and parents got bored with the tales about the Igi tree, the tree was soon forgotten. It stood there through weathers, storms and all. In the year 2003, the house of Dapo was finally put up for sale. It took another two years before they finally got a buyer.