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My 2015 Prison Break

My 2015 Prison Break

This week, I decided to share a personal story, one about my visit to Okaka prison, Yenagoa, in 2015. It was a visit that opened my eyes to what it means to be truly free. It made me appreciate afresh what it means to go and come as one pleases and how a simple visit to someone locked away, from a person on the outside, even from a complete stranger, could mean so much to an abandoned inmate and uplift…

The Mechanics Of Yenagoa (Season 2) – V

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (Season 2) – V

It’s been three weeks since Blessing showed me the picture of Benson and his new wife, and I still don’t know what to do with the information. Many times I’d thought to confront him and Ebiakpo about it, but something tells me to mind my business because I can already tell how my sister would react. Most importantly, I too have major issues of my own I’ve been struggling with these past few days. You know, it has also been…

The Mechanics Of Yenagoa (Season 2) – IV

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (Season 2) – IV

When I woke up in the morning, Blessing was gone and Saka had become an Internet sensation. The Instagram handle, @MechanicsOfYenagoa, had 374 followers. My first post had 1294 views, 386 likes and 79 comments all about Saka. My boys had captured people’s attention with their impromptu singing and dancing. Almost everyone who saw the video on social media asked for more. I jumped out of bed to break the good news to the guys, but none of them was in the…

Call For Entries: JB AFENFIA FLASH FICTION CONTEST

Call for Entries: JB AFENFIA FLASH FICTION CONTEST

This season, you can WIN BIG with your creativity! Just write an original, unpublished story starting with “Mondays are like that” and share as a comment/reply to my post either Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Entries on Facebook and Instagram must not exceed 100 words, and 280 characters on Twitter. Entry opens on Saturday, November 17, 2018 and closes by 11:59 pm on Saturday, December 22, 2018. All participants MUST like or follow @MichaelAfenfia on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. Top 10…

People Watching, Commercials & Hospital Waiting Rooms!

People Watching, Commercials & Hospital Waiting Rooms!

  • November 18, 2018
  • Op-Ed

A couple of days back, while on a visit to the hospital with my kids, we had to endure a long wait because of the number of patients ahead of us. When I asked why the process was that slow, I was told there were only three doctors on ground and they were taking their precious time with each patient. But this piece isn’t about the hospital, its three doctors and their very slow turnaround time; it’s really about something…

The Mechanics Of Yenagoa (Season 2) – III

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (Season 2) – III

I uploaded Saka’s video three days after I shot it. You really don’t want to know how the last couple of days have been for me trying to figure out what could have happened to Tiekuro, and how the mystery of his disappearance could be resolved so his family would know one way or the other if he was dead or alive. It broke my heart when his dad said he prayed every day that nothing bad had happened to…

The Mechanics Of Yenagoa (Season 2) – II

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (Season 2) – II

Reverend Ebizimor summoned me to his office in the morning. I wondered what he wanted to discuss with me that couldn’t wait for two or three days after my return to Yenagoa. Whatever the meeting was about, I wasn’t enthusiastic about it. The last time we had a meeting in his office, I had gone to give him an ultimatum about his church and the new rent regime. So much had happened since then. I don’t want to come across…