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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) – 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) – XVII

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (Season 2) – XVII

I’m in trouble, serious trouble. You know the kind of trouble in that popular saying, when it rains it pours? That’s the exact position I’ve found myself right now. At this point I’m sure a lot of you are thinking, ‘Is it not Ebinimi again? What kind of trouble can he possibly be in that we haven’t seen before?’ Well, this one is different. This one is worse. This one is very serious and if I don’t handle it properly, it…

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) – 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) – 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) – 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) – 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) – VI

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (Season 2) – VI

 “Ebinimi, you’ve not been picking my calls. I’ve been trying to reach you for over an hour now.” “Sorry, Benson. I left my phone charging in the room. There’s no way I wouldn’t have returned your calls if I had seen them,” I said as we walked together towards the main house. “Can we go somewhere a bit more private?” Benson said, looking around the living room as if he expected to see someone eavesdropping behind the curtains. I led…

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…