The Mechanics Of Yenagoa (XVI)

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (XVI)

Saka was back! How did I know this? He was singing again. In fact, he had been singing all day, to the delight of Biodun and BRD and the amusement of our customers. “Pepper ri pe pepper dey pepper, no go dey do pass yaself, pepper ri pe pepper dey pepper, no go dey do pass yourself...” Saka went on and on all day. For reasons best known to him, he stayed with Kizz Daniel all day, but by early…

Don’t Stay Silent! Nigerian Lives Matter

Don’t Stay Silent! Nigerian Lives Matter

This week I survived a scare. What I found to be of particular interest in the course of it was that I did something I had never done before. For the first time ever, I put up a post on social media announcing a trip I was about to embark on. Even while at my destination, I acknowledged likes from people and responded to a couple of comments about my trip. I even had a few laughs about my last…

Michael Afenfia: Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, Egypt & Nigeria…

Michael Afenfia: Don’t Cry For me Argentina, Egypt & Nigeria…

In spite of what the rest of the world might be thinking about the Russians right now, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Tournament got off to a scintillating start in Moscow on Thursday 14th June 2018. Considering that it was a four-year long wait, the buzz and excitement was well worth it. So far, the competition hasn’t been short on controversies, heartbreaks, upsets, expected and unexpected wins, and the occasional burst of genius as was witnessed when Mexico outplayed and shocked the defending…

L O V E ‘s  F U N E R A L     By Wilfred Deigh

L o v e ‘s F u n e r a l by Wilfred Deigh

I saw in a dream, a funeral; broken hearts' heads bowed, stood in some dew drenched grassy field and watched love in its grandeur red lowered into a shallow grave in a moody melodrama. Love had a most familiar face that looked like mine and others gathered at the same time like a multi-faced crystal reflecting countless images of selfsame object. The cemetery quaked with sadness as tears rained on weeping faces like a motif and hyped the glum. The…

My Name Is Sorrow By Hassana U Maina

My Name is Sorrow by Hassana U Maina

It was in the dusk of harmattan when the dogonyaro tree swayed to the left and to the right producing an almost frigid temperature. The earth rose with vengeance, turning the hair and faces of pedestrians sand-like. The woman selling akara was attending to anxious children who were trying too hard to get to school before assembly time. The men who owned shops around traded, mostly sweets and biscuits, as if in a race with the breeze. Everyone seemed aware…

And The Oscar Goes To…Dino Melaye! By Michael Afenfia

And the Oscar goes to…Dino Melaye! By Michael Afenfia

If you are a Nigerian actor above 40, you should be very afraid right now. I’m talking Ramsey Noah, Segun Arinze, Fred Amata, Femi Branch, Jim Iyke, or even Richard Mofe-Damijo. Your position as leading men in Nollywood is seriously under threat, and the principal contender is not AY the comedian-turned-actor and movie producer. Though relatively new to the acting scene in the country and not previously identified as an entertainer but an activist, this newcomer, from what we glean…

About June 12 – What Would MKO Say? By Michael Afenfia

About June 12 – What Would MKO Say? by Michael Afenfia

Like most of the people on my timeline, the news from Mr. President proclaiming June 12 as the new Democracy Day—instead of May 29 we have become accustomed to since 1999—was totally unexpected. As soon as I confirmed the story was true and not some fake news circulating on the Internet, I was overcome by a sense of justice. Finally, June 12 might not be just another date on the calendar, or a sectional commemoration of a stolen mandate by…

“Where The Children Play” By Uzezi Ologe

“Where the Children Play” by Uzezi Ologe

Hearts! Black and beating Yet emptied of precious things That go to make heaven on earth Inebriated on a brew More committed to purpose than earth’s matriarch bacterium Gripped by a disease banishing sense and sanity And sentiments reign over mind with a fevered grip. So what if we were born At the foot of the Baobab or the Iroko Or raised under the shade of the Udala And the Oil Palm. Do not the children tell tales Under eyes…

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…

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…