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Michael Afenfia: #TheyBroughtBackOurGirls

Michael Afenfia: #TheyBroughtBackOurGirls

This was the outcome we wanted, that the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, or even the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria would appear on national TV himself with the exciting news to Nigerians, that within a few days of their kidnapped, the 110 Dapchi girls had been found. Well, while we didn’t exactly get the President to deliver the breaking news with some explanation of sorts, hearing it from the mouth of the Honourable Minister, Lai Mohammed was…

The Mechanics Of Yenagoa (VIII)

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (VIII)

I saw the WhatsApp messages from Blessing when I came out of the bathroom. She wanted us to meet at Comfort Kitchen in the afternoon. As I typed my unavailability because of the number of cars that were still unattended to in the workshop, I wondered why she didn’t just come over to the house instead. I wasn’t happy that she wanted us to meet in one of the most expensive restaurants in the city where I’d have to spend…

The Wedding In Magono By Michael Afenfia (Nigeria) & Jack Agaba (Uganda)

The Wedding in Magono by Michael Afenfia (Nigeria) & Jack Agaba (Uganda)

“Another swallow for me, Anna-Marie. I need to drink a lot of cow-dung off my mind and out of my miserable life,” I mumbled to the bartender as I tossed a cold coin across the stone counter, looking around for my friends, Kutosi, Abenu and Kilistina. Kutosi was standing in front of a table; his loud voice spinning its usual lies and vulgarity. As always, he was the centre of attraction and it wasn’t because he told good stories. People…

11 o’Clock by Oladele Taiwo Oluwaseyi & Michael Afenfia

After the Write for Love competition, Taiwo and I got talking one evening – and we got to the point where he said we should choose a theme and co-write a poem, alternating by a stanza each. As poetry isn’t exactly what I might call my ‘comfort zone’, I opted for prose. So, here’s the offspring of that session. Taiwo did the poetry; I wrote the prose. But it’s one piece. Also, this kind of writing is quite unusually cool,…

The Mechanics Of Yenagoa (VII)

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (VII)

It had only been 15 minutes since we discovered Anda was missing, but it seemed like 15 days. The tension and anxiety in the room was so strong, it could have been written by James Hardley Chase for one of his crime novels. I didn’t try to comfort my elder sister because it wasn’t something I did very well. So I let Saka, BRD and Biodun do the job. Even though I was too distraught myself to look Ebiakpo directly…