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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) – XVIII

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (Season 2) – XVIII

I didn’t speak to BRD about the money for two days. My intention was to ignore him for a couple more days so he wonders what I have up my sleeves – and the plan worked. Not knowing how I intended to handle the issue or deal with him was enough punishment for Broderick. The dude couldn’t even stand up straight whenever I asked him to get me a tool or run any other errand for me in the workshop.…

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…

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…

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) – 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 (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 (VII)

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (VII)

It had only been 15 minutes since we discovered Anda was missing, but it seemed like 15 days. The tension and anxiety in the room was so strong, it could have been written by James Hardley Chase for one of his crime novels. I didn’t try to comfort my elder sister because it wasn’t something I did very well. So I let Saka, BRD and Biodun do the job. Even though I was too distraught myself to look Ebiakpo directly…