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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) – XVI

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (Season 2) – XVI

“I think I should go back to working with Oga Emma in Agudama. To be honest, it doesn’t feel right being in Kalakala street and doing this with you anymore. This whole being the side chick thing just isn’t me.” Oputi’s unexpected expression of unease at our situation hit me like a powerful jab from Anthony Joshua. My heart sank and my large eyes bulged in panic that she was ending things between us so abruptly. We had agreed to…

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) – 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) – IX

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (Season 2) – IX

Blessing didn’t show up last night. She didn’t pick or return my calls either, even though I must have tried her number more than ten times between 8 pm and midnight when I finally gave up trying. Whenever she gave me the silent treatment, it was either because she was mad about something I had done that day or I didn’t give her money she asked for. A number of times, it was because she suspected some hanky-panky with some…

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…