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 Just write an original, unpublished story starting with “Mondays are like that” and share as a comment/reply to my post either Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.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…

The Mechanics Of Yenagoa (Season 2) – I

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (Season 2) – I

My name is Ebinimi, Ebinimi Jacob. Call it my unapologetic peeve, but I detest it when people call me anything other than my first name in full. I like the alphabets—E, B, I, N, I, M and I—that make up my pretty common Ijaw name all pronounced together, just the way my late dad intended when he christened me after his paternal cousin and closest childhood friend who drowned in the glistening waters of the Tungbo River at the very…

[SHORT STORY] Otapiapia By Olukorede S. Yishau

[SHORT STORY] Otapiapia by Olukorede S. Yishau

It was her first holiday from Abeokuta. Idera was excited to see Lagos again, but she was not prepared for what she saw on entering the new two-bed apartment into which Aunty Rebecca and her husband had moved. She knocked at the door and waited a few minutes before she turned the knob. The door creaked open only for her to behold a man and a woman scrambling to cover their nakedness. The woman was her precious Aunty Rebecca, her…

The Creation Of The Yoruba Demon, By Olatunde Jayeoba

The Creation of the Yoruba Demon, by Olatunde Jayeoba

He asked, "Do I stand a chance?" She was reluctant to take a stance  A simple yes or no would have been enough to see him off  But she did a no accompanied with some reason so he wouldn't be pissed off So he left feeling unsure, but he left it in the hands of the universe  "If it's meant to be it'll be", the particular line he held onto on Bebe Rexha's verse    He tried to release himself…

The Untold Tale Of A Friendly Tragedy, By Habeeb Aminu

The Untold Tale of a Friendly Tragedy, by Habeeb Aminu

To the seed of friendship I made a sacred oath From a rational thought That seemed to be in a trance Like a floating pot About to be engulfed By the wavy ocean Don’t take for granted my portion Approach me not with an act of extortion These were our consensuses   Now it’s all different Awaken from the dark I now see clearly the truth Unspeakable, yet relatable Like the predator tricks its prey You tricked a man full…