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The Mechanics Of Yenagoa (III)

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (III)

“Why, why, why? Why, why, why talk?” Saka sang at the top of his voice as he dismantled the dashboard of the Ford SUV he was working on. He was louder; way louder than Rihanna and Bryson Tiller doing the actual singing from the Toyota Highlander I was working on, which was the source of the music thrilling my boys and the few customers waiting to get their cars fixed. “Which one be why, why, why talk again, Saka? You…

The President Can Smile

The President can Smile

Ever since I watched Will Smith and his son, Jayden in that movie they did together a couple of years back about happiness, I’ve had a fascination with the concept of its pursuit. That story though is for another day. Today, I prefer to dwell on a more localised construct, because as it turns out, I’m not the only inquisitive one. In America, it is an inalienable right provided for in the documents declaring their independence. Philosophers and great thinkers…

When Christmas Rice Became Christmas Fuel

When Christmas Rice Became Christmas Fuel

There’s really so much going on in the country right now. All the controversies about the wearing of hijabs and the Nigerian legal system sparked off by Miss Firdaus Amasa, and the arrest of the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Innoson Nigeria Limited, Mr. Innocent Chukwuma have got people reaching out for all sorts of ideological, political, ethnic and religious cards. It doesn’t take much really to have us scampering into camps and designing memes and GIFs for social medial campaigns.…

The Mechanics Of Yenagoa (II)

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (II)

Read the previous episode “…the Pregnancy. Ebinimi! Ebinimi! It’s like you’re not even listening to me. Where is your mind?” Blessing asked in frustration. Her question brought me back to the present and the important issue at hand. “Look here, Blessing, I’ve told you I cannot bear this cost alone,” I said to her not sure where to fix my gaze. “What do you mean you cannot bear this cost alone? When you were enjoying my thing, did you call…

The Mechanics Of Yenagoa (I)

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (I)

I guess I should begin by introducing myself. That’s what people do when they have a story to tell. So here we go – my name is Ebinimi, and that’s what my friends call me. They don’t call me Ebi or Nimi because I don’t like people shortening my name or calling me anything other than the name I was christened at birth. In secondary school though, for a while a few of my classmates thought they could nickname me…

Will The Real Bolé Please Stand Up

Will the Real Bolé Please Stand Up

It wasn’t too long ago that Richard Quest of CNN started a firestorm over what country made the best jollof rice. I haven’t been to Senegal and I am yet to taste Ghanaian jollof rice, but something tells me Lai Mohammed, our Minister of Information, was wrong when he called that battle in favour of Senegal. Nigerian Jollof rice has got to be the best anywhere in the world rice is on the menu. There is no contest. Besides feeling…

Call For Entries Into The JB Afenfia Flash Fiction Contest

Call for Entries into the JB Afenfia Flash Fiction Contest

Entries are invited from all over Nigeria for the JB Afenfia Flash Fiction Contest. This competition hopes to identify, publish and reward the best flash fiction from Nigeria. RULES AND CONDITIONS OF ENTRY Entry must be original, unpublished prose work in English. Entry must begin with the sentence, “It happened last night”. Entry must not exceed 400 words. Entries should be sent to admin@michaelafenfia.com. Entry closes by midnight December 27, 2017.  Participants are not allowed to submit more than one entry…