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The Mechanics Of Yenagoa (Season 2) – XVII

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (Season 2) – XVII

I’m in trouble, serious trouble. You know the kind of trouble in that popular saying, when it rains it pours? That’s the exact position I’ve found myself right now. At this point I’m sure a lot of you are thinking, ‘Is it not Ebinimi again? What kind of trouble can he possibly be in that we haven’t seen before?’ Well, this one is different. This one is worse. This one is very serious and if I don’t handle it properly, it…

FICTION: Top 10 Entries For The JB Afenfia Flash Fiction Contest 2018

FICTION: Top 10 Entries for the JB Afenfia Flash Fiction Contest 2018

Late last year, I announced a call for entries into the JB Afenfia Flash Fiction Contest. And as expected, entries came from everywhere. The stories were so good that it was tough for the judges to pick top 10. However, of the lot, these ten made it and were formally announced on the first day of 2019. (Check the call for entries here.)

Read and please let me know which is your personal favourite.

The Mechanics Of Yenagoa (Season 2) – XVI

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (Season 2) – XVI

“I think I should go back to working with Oga Emma in Agudama. To be honest, it doesn’t feel right being in Kalakala street and doing this with you anymore. This whole being the side chick thing just isn’t me.” Oputi’s unexpected expression of unease at our situation hit me like a powerful jab from Anthony Joshua. My heart sank and my large eyes bulged in panic that she was ending things between us so abruptly. We had agreed to…

The Mechanics Of Yenagoa (Season 2) – XV

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (Season 2) – XV

Ebiakpo and Reverend Ebizimor stopped talking when I barged into her room. I knew I should have knocked first, but Anda was being a nuisance in the yard, throwing tantrums and getting in everyone’s way so I had to drag him to his mother. However, in my haste to rid my staff and me of the little boy’s annoying antics so we could focus on the serious task of getting our customer’s cars fixed, I must have forgotten my manners…

The Mechanics Of Yenagoa (Season 2) – XIV

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (Season 2) – XIV

“Oga Ebinimi, please think this thing through. You have to be very careful so you don’t end up disappointing this man that has so much faith in you.” It was Biodun. I had asked him and BRD over to my room at the close of work to pick their brains on how best to go about mobilising the crowd for Honourable Aaron’s welcome party next week. I didn’t have much time, and if I were to execute the task satisfactorily…

The Mechanics Of Yenagoa (Season 2) – XIII

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (Season 2) – XIII

​The parking lot at Matho Crystal Hotel was filled to overflowing with every make of SUV and luxury car imaginable, and I found that surprising because it was a weekday and still early in the day. Hotels are typically slow before lunchtime, unless of course there was a major conference going on nearby or it was the venue for a big government or social event. As I approached the gate to the hotel, one of the security men signalled to…

The Mechanics Of Yenagoa (Season 2) – XII

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (Season 2) – XII

“You don’t look happy to see me?” “Why you dey talk like that na, Blessing? I’m just surprised to see you here at this time. That’s all. Besides, you didn’t call to tell me you were on your way here.” “So I now need invitation to visit my own boyfriend again?” Blessing asked, throwing her overnight bag on the bed and planting herself firmly in front of the door, so I couldn’t leave the room. “Boyfriend when dem no dey…

The Mechanics Of Yenagoa (Season 2) – XI

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (Season 2) – XI

“My nigga wo zi go Gee wa go or de be? The girls dem hmmm hmmm hmmm I no feel die for you Oluwa burn am Ye, ye, ye, ye, ye, ye, ye, ye…” If I hadn’t heard the “ye, ye” part of the song, there was no way on earth I could have known that what Saka was singing was the Burna Boy hit song, Ye, that I like so much. But what do I know? It was what his growing…

Lydia, DNA And Death By Olukorede S. Yishau

Lydia, DNA and Death By Olukorede S. Yishau

The day after Tunmininu died, Mama Demola called Lydia to break the news to her. The two of them had been in constant touch since Demola's death. She screamed and was close to tears. The thought of anything happening to Demola jnr, her only hope, made her cringe with fear. Long after Mama Demola dropped the call, she was still troubled, not by Tunmininu's death, but by a fact she recently stumbled upon. Demola jnr had been sick and she…

The Mechanics Of Yenagoa (Season 2) – X

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (Season 2) – X

​The meeting didn’t start until about 1 o’clock in the afternoon. It was a good thing it held in Ebiakpo’s house and that I arrived there quite early because it gave me a chance to play with Anda while waiting for her in-laws to show up. My sister also made starch and banga soup with dry fish, prawns and periwinkle so I had the opportunity of filling up as well. I would be lying if I said I didn’t feel…