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The Mechanics Of Yenagoa (Season 2) – XX

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (Season 2) – XX

The driver of the blood-red Honda Accord wasn’t in a hurry. He knew that if he drove consistently at 100 km per hour he would get to his destination before the offices closed. That was why he left Yenagoa at 5 o’clock in the morning. It was important that he got to Abakaliki in time to make some withdrawals in the bank because he didn’t have much cash on him. In the hurry to leave his office undetected the previous…

The Mechanics Of Yenagoa (Season 2) – XIX

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (Season 2) – XIX

“You tried to kill Saka?” “Nooooooo… No na, Oputi! It’s not like that. Who will want to kill Saka? Who in his or her right frame of mind would wish death on someone as funny and carefree as him? I only told them to roughen him up. That’s all. You can ask your sister.” “Even then, why would you do something like that?” “I didn’t know what I was thinking. He tried to blackmail me and I just felt like…

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) – 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…

The Mechanics Of Yenagoa (XIX)

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (XIX)

A call from one of my customers around 6:30 in the morning woke me up. He was an engineer working at the soon-to-be-commissioned Bayelsa Airport project site at Amassoma. He told me that he couldn’t afford to be late for work because they were expecting the state governor at 8:00 am for a site inspection and he couldn’t find his car keys. He sounded really frantic on the phone, I had no choice but to jump out of bed to…

The Mechanics Of Yenagoa (XVII)

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (XVII)

Click here to read the previous episode Oyintari, AKA Jigger, AKA Sucking Blood, asked me what Saka looked like, and so I handed over to her the only copy of his photograph I had. It was from four years ago during Anda’s dedication in Reverend Ebizimor’s church. He was not alone in the picture. Back then, Broderick hadn’t joined the workshop, so it was Aguero and me in the middle, flanked by Saka to our right and Biodun on our…

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…

The Mechanics Of Yenagoa (XV)

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (XV)

Start from Episode 1 “It looks like I’m interrupting something—” I didn’t let her finish. If Blessing sensed it was another woman wanting to see me that early in the morning, there would be trouble and I didn’t want that, at least not so soon after settling with her and giving her the full assurances of my undying love and devotion. “Adinna, what are you doing here so early in the morning?” I whispered. Of course, I already knew the…

The Mechanics Of Yenagoa (XII)

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (XII)

Read from the First Episode. “Saka, do you know that our customer that lives in Otiotio? The one that uses that brown Lexus Jeep?” “The only person wen I know for Otiotio, wen dey use Lexus jeep, him own na red oh. No be brown.” “No be the guy with moromoro head, the one wey drop him engine for here two months ago you dey talk about?” “Na him na, Oga Ebinimi. Dat man when you say na boxer before before, wen…

The Mechanics Of Yenagoa (VIII)

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (VIII)

I saw the WhatsApp messages from Blessing when I came out of the bathroom. She wanted us to meet at Comfort Kitchen in the afternoon. As I typed my unavailability because of the number of cars that were still unattended to in the workshop, I wondered why she didn’t just come over to the house instead. I wasn’t happy that she wanted us to meet in one of the most expensive restaurants in the city where I’d have to spend…