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…

[SHORT STORY] The Fatal Accident By Rex Dogood

[SHORT STORY] The Fatal Accident by Rex Dogood

It was a pleasant Saturday morning characterised by the usual harmattan chill and mist in the ever busy and noisy Agofuri Park in Warri. Despite the chaos, her ringtone stood out. "Hello, Phebe. How are you?" she spoke into the receiver of her phone with a smile "Aunt Laye, there is a problem," came the tensed voice from the other end of the line "What again?" Laye asked "Uncle had a terrible accident. His car got crashed into a truck…

The Mechanics Of Yenagoa (Season 2) – IX

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (Season 2) – IX

Blessing didn’t show up last night. She didn’t pick or return my calls either, even though I must have tried her number more than ten times between 8 pm and midnight when I finally gave up trying. Whenever she gave me the silent treatment, it was either because she was mad about something I had done that day or I didn’t give her money she asked for. A number of times, it was because she suspected some hanky-panky with some…

The Mechanics Of Yenagoa (Season 2) – VIII

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (Season 2) – VIII

“Reverend, I am not accusing you of anything. I’m only saying that the hospital says my sister’s husband died from something he ate or drank.” “And that something he ate or drank came from me?” Reverend Ebizimor didn’t look up at me as he spoke. He appeared distracted by something he was looking for on his dishevelled table, and it didn’t help that his three phones kept ringing at the same time, interrupting his search. I didn’t need to look…

The Mechanics Of Yenagoa (Season 2) – VII

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (Season 2) – VII

Hearing Ebiakpo go on and on about how Benson was such a good man—and how much he loved her and Anda—and how he did this and did that for her and their only child made me very uncomfortable. Clearly, she had no idea that in a very public and lavish traditional marriage ceremony conducted in Port Harcourt three weeks before his death, her beloved husband had taken the hands of another woman—a much younger one at that—in marriage. I knew…

The Mechanics Of Yenagoa (Season 2) – VI

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (Season 2) – VI

 “Ebinimi, you’ve not been picking my calls. I’ve been trying to reach you for over an hour now.” “Sorry, Benson. I left my phone charging in the room. There’s no way I wouldn’t have returned your calls if I had seen them,” I said as we walked together towards the main house. “Can we go somewhere a bit more private?” Benson said, looking around the living room as if he expected to see someone eavesdropping behind the curtains. I led…

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…