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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) – XV

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (Season 2) – XV

Ebiakpo and Reverend Ebizimor stopped talking when I barged into her room. I knew I should have knocked first, but Anda was being a nuisance in the yard, throwing tantrums and getting in everyone’s way so I had to drag him to his mother. However, in my haste to rid my staff and me of the little boy’s annoying antics so we could focus on the serious task of getting our customer’s cars fixed, I must have forgotten my manners…

The Mechanics Of Yenagoa (Season 2) – XIV

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (Season 2) – XIV

“Oga Ebinimi, please think this thing through. You have to be very careful so you don’t end up disappointing this man that has so much faith in you.” It was Biodun. I had asked him and BRD over to my room at the close of work to pick their brains on how best to go about mobilising the crowd for Honourable Aaron’s welcome party next week. I didn’t have much time, and if I were to execute the task satisfactorily…

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…

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) – 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 (XIII)

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (XIII)

I did the walk of shame. I came out from under the bed with the tell-tale signs of my accidental voyeurism splattered on my grey sweat shorts. In that moment, my mind went to Cersei from the Game of Thrones. In my case though, I was thankful for the semi-darkness in the room and the frenzy of trying to revive Sister Agnes. Most importantly, I was thankful for the absence of a sea of spectators as I tried to regain…

The Mechanics Of Yenagoa (X)

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (X)

I watched, transfixed, as fat Tiekuro and his gang of plump all-female bouncers sped off into Melford Okilo Road. For close to five minutes, I was rooted to the same spot where our conversation took place wondering if what just transpired was a dream or if I actually let the small criminal get away with threatening me. What had me immobilised for that long was not the anger, but the fear – the fear that he and the girl that…