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14 Year Old Emerges Commissioner In Bayelsa

14 Year Old Emerges Commissioner in Bayelsa

Bayelsa State Governor, Hon Seriake Dickson has again been commended for using education as a tool to change the negative narratives about the state.   The overall winner of the state Essay Writing Competition, Master Africanus Noel, gave the commendation while acting as Child Commissioner for Education in the Ministry on Monday in Yenagoa.   The 14-year-old Child Education Commissioner who is an SS one student of the Ijaw National Academy, Kaiama, particularly lauded the Governor for establishing world class free boarding…

The Mechanics Of Yenagoa (XIII)

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (XIII)

I did the walk of shame. I came out from under the bed with the tell-tale signs of my accidental voyeurism splattered on my grey sweat shorts. In that moment, my mind went to Cersei from the Game of Thrones. In my case though, I was thankful for the semi-darkness in the room and the frenzy of trying to revive Sister Agnes. Most importantly, I was thankful for the absence of a sea of spectators as I tried to regain…

Call For Applications: The Seiyifa And Grace Koroye Writers Residency

Call for Applications: The Seiyifa and Grace Koroye Writers Residency

The Seiyifa and Grace Koroye Writers Residency, Toru-Orua, which provides a serene, conducive and state-of-the-art ambience for writers of ANA Bayelsa to complete ongoing literary works, hereby calls for Applications from interested writers for the August/September residency session. Applications must include the following: • a detailed CV, • evidence of payment of ANA Dues for the past six(6) months, • sample of literary work in progress, & • five thousand naira non-refundable application fee. The deadline for submission of applications…

The Mechanics Of Yenagoa (XII)

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (XII)

Read from the First Episode. “Saka, do you know that our customer that lives in Otiotio? The one that uses that brown Lexus Jeep?” “The only person wen I know for Otiotio, wen dey use Lexus jeep, him own na red oh. No be brown.” “No be the guy with moromoro head, the one wey drop him engine for here two months ago you dey talk about?” “Na him na, Oga Ebinimi. Dat man when you say na boxer before before, wen…

Beyond Wishful Thinking: What If President Buhari Doesn’t Seek Re-Election   – By Michael Afenfia

Beyond Wishful Thinking: What If President Buhari Doesn’t Seek Re-Election – By Michael Afenfia

As I write this piece, forgive my optimism, but I am hoping that it will be the one article the president or someone quite close to him reads and says to him, there is something here. A meeting is called immediately to discuss the state of the nation, and after hours and hours of deliberations lasting through the night and into the better part of the morning, a decision is reached. The decision reached? The president decides to put his…

POEM: Love Note By Arabina Ebizimo

POEM: Love Note by Arabina Ebizimo

I am a bard, My voice echoes beyond my yard, Silencing my peers, On me, ears cast their cares, Mouths never yawn, My bard-ness isn’t to everyone. I am also that reckless drunk driver, With handbrake up to calm your shiver, My loud horn is a Cat’s call, But here’s another accidental fall.   Rose in my hand, this magical wand, Like a crimson red rose, red rose, Hid behind my pose, I pose, My love note waits to be…

The Football Tournament Everyone Is Talking About By Michael Afenfia

The Football Tournament Everyone is Talking About By Michael Afenfia

Last week Saturday, I worked out for one hour only, instead of two in the gym as I usually did. I had to cut short my training session, but it was all for a good cause. My personal trainer informed me that he was now the head coach for one of the teams participating in the second edition of the Governor Henry Seriake Dickson Football Tournament christened Restoration Cup 2018 – a privately funded football competition for football sides in…