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The Mechanics Of Yenagoa (V)

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (V)

My sister Ebiakpo and her husband Benson were at each other’s jugulars again.  They’d been quarrelling a lot lately and I didn’t think it was healthy for their boy, Anda who was too quiet and withdrawn for a four-year-old. I knew that all the shouting and drama being acted out in his presence daily by his parents was adding to his acute shyness. Our parents fought all the time too while we were growing up, so I could relate perfectly…

The Gift Of A Colony By Michael Afenfia

The Gift of a Colony by Michael Afenfia

In the course of the week, I stumbled on an online report quoting the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, as saying that he was a Patron of Miyetti Allah and that in 2017, 800 herdsmen and their families were murdered in Taraba state, presumably by local militias. He claims to have pictures of the dead people, which were forwarded to the federal government for action. I read the story once and then went back to it one more time…

Michael Afenfia: Open Letter To Femi Adesina

Michael Afenfia: Open Letter to Femi Adesina

Dear Mr. Femi Adesina, I trust this letter meets you well and that you are in splendid health. I read your very insightful article published in the Vanguard Newspaper of January 20, 2018 aptly titled “Why I stand with Buhari,” and felt the need to put pen to paper in the hope that my modest thoughts expressed would catch your attention. In light of the gruelling schedule I assume you operate on a daily basis as the Special Adviser to…

Call For Entries: Write For Love

Call for Entries: Write for Love

So, you think you can express love. Let’s see what you’ve got! This season of love, write anything creative in poetry and flash fiction about love—what it is or can be—and get rewarded for it.   RULES AND CONDITIONS OF ENTRY Entry must be original, unpublished work in English. Entry must not exceed 400 words for flash fiction and 40 lines for poetry. Entries should be sent to admin@michaelafenfia.com. Entry opens on January 16, 2018 and closes by midnight January…

Mechanics Of Yenagoa (IV)

Mechanics of Yenagoa (IV)

“That was how I would have died someone else’s death oh Reverend.” I ended my narration with my hands lifted up to heaven in thanks. “Brother Ebinimi, you must give this testimony in church on Sunday. You mean they had guns?” Reverend Ebizimor asked, already reaching out for the bottle of anointing oil on his desk. “I told you two weeks ago about the vision that I saw, but instead of you to do want I asked, you started keeping…

Of Cows, Herdsmen And The Silence Of The Rock

Of Cows, Herdsmen and the Silence of the Rock

What a world of difference a couple of months can make! In this case, 34 months since our President, Muhammadu Buhari made his now famous “I belong to no one” speech. For weeks, the circumstances that led to his emergence as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria remained the hottest topic on the burner for political pundits and talk shows in the country. It was a historic moment in the politics of Africa, and Nigerians were optimistic that the…

What Nnamdi Didn’t Know

What Nnamdi Didn’t Know

It was the happiest day of his life. Nnamdi didn’t think he’d know a happier moment since that morning he looked into Ariana’s eyes as she said, “I do” in front of his family and friends. Theirs wasn’t the typical fairy tale romance with rose petals and scented baths, candle light dinners in fancy restaurants, stolen kisses in the moonlight, long walks in the beach and Linda Ikeji blogging about their wedding plans as if they were Banky W and…

Fireflies By Darlington Chibuzor

Fireflies by Darlington Chibuzor

It happened last night, but not for the first time. But there was something about it happening now that seemed different. It was the guilt, I think, that hung around as I locked my mouth in hers in sultry affection, unhooking her bra, my hands finding comfort on her bulbous breasts. It was the shame hovering over me like the blades of a helicopter waiting to slice my throat as I buried my face in between her laps, listening to…

Everything Great And Small

Everything Great and Small

For some strange reason, a good number of persons ended their lives jumping off 3rd Mainland Bridge last year. For them, anything was better than being alive. I’m sure they weren’t the only ones that felt that way though, but attitude and perseverance matters. Me, I’ve purposed in my heart to begin the New Year on a positive note, why wouldn’t I? I am alive. At the start of 2017, there was no way of knowing how the old year…

The Beginning Of The End By Adebimpe Olubola Oso

The Beginning of the End by Adebimpe Olubola Oso

It happened last night. The moon sat up in the sky observing the terror of the night. It was a new moon; a crescent whose beam shone directly into our den, as we called it. “No!” I had screamed, shaking the lifeless body on the floor. “She is dead, you murderer!” I cried. “Sshhh, Don’t shout!” he whispered as he bundled me off to my room. It all started when my neighbours came to bid me farewell ahead of the…