Being Black By Michael Afenfia

Being Black By Michael Afenfia

Recent happenings, particularly the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis by a police officer has made me ponder over my blackness. I am grateful for all the support and the almost universal cry for things to be done differently and for black people to be treated better, but is it enough? Maybe things will really get better this time, maybe they will not because racism like roots are buried deep in a person.But it’s a start.The whole world is outraged…

Rain Can Never Know – Season II, Episode XV

Rain Can Never Know – Season II, Episode XV

Start from Season I Episode I Read all previous episodes Read the last episode Klarissa Edozie hurried back home in excitement. Shata gave her a huge diamond ring when they met for lunch. Although he clarified that it wasn’t an engagement ring, he was quick to add that it was his show of commitment to what they shared and his hope for their future together. He told her that the formal engagement ring would follow after he got her father’s blessing…

Rain Can Never Know – Season II, Episode XIV

Rain Can Never Know – Season II, Episode XIV

Start from Season I Episode I Read all previous episodes Read the last episode Ohita Edozie saw the email from Shata to her husband three hours after it was sent. She had come into the office early to prepare for her meeting about a hotel in Port Harcourt she was interested in acquiring for her personal estate now she had almost unfettered access to EE’s finances. Since becoming Chief Executive Officer of the company, Ohita wanted more. She wanted her own…

Rain Can Never Know – Season II, Episode XIII

Rain Can Never Know – Season II, Episode XIII

Start from Season I Episode I Read all previous episodes Read the last episode “I got your contact from the Prime Lion himself. I spoke to him last night and he told me that I could speak with you about anything I want done here.” “Okay.” “He said you are more or less in charge of this axis and that you can arrange anything for me in Yenagoa.” “I am happy the Prime Lion thinks that highly of me.” “He has…

Rain Can Never Know – Season II, Episode XII

Rain Can Never Know – Season II, Episode XII

Start from Season I Episode I Read all previous episodes Read the last episode Shata jumped to his feet, aiming punches in the air in excitement. He couldn’t believe his luck. He couldn’t believe he had finally found what he was looking for after hitting several dead ends. It took him five weeks and three days, which was way longer than it would have taken him ordinarily if he hadn’t been distracted by his growing affection for Klarissa Edozie. In the…

Rain Can Never Know – Season II, Episode XI

Rain Can Never Know – Season II, Episode XI

Start from Season I Episode I Read all previous episodes Read the last episode On their third date, Shata and Klarissa chose not to go anywhere public. Klarissa had complained about the fried rice and chicken she was served in the restaurant they dined in when they went out together for the second time, so Shata offered to cook for her instead. He told her he didn’t want to rush things or put any kind of pressure on her, but that…

Rain Can Never Know – Season II, Episode X

Rain Can Never Know – Season II, Episode X

Start from Season I Episode I Read all previous episodes Read the last episode The morning Rain left Abuja for Yenagoa, Chief Edozie saw her off to the car. He wanted to say something nice and maybe give her a hug, but he held back. He was disappointed at how the weekend turned out. Seeing Rain all dressed up and ready to head to the airport instead of being on the way with him to Iperu for the final ritual…

Rain Can Never Know – Season II, Episode IX

Rain Can Never Know – Season II, Episode IX

Start from Season I Episode I Read all previous episodes Read the last episode Rain was relieved to be back in Yenagoa. The weekend in Abuja ended in a fiasco and she was glad she didn’t wind up in prison or worse still, as the female lead in a viral video on social media. The last thing she wanted was notoriety for spending the night with a married man in a hidden resort in a high brow part of the…

Rain Can Never Know – Season II, Episode VIII

Rain Can Never Know – Season II, Episode VIII

Start from Season I Episode I Read all previous episodes Read the last episode Rain wanted to go out and see the city at night, but Chief Edozie said he didn’t feel up to it. He told her he’d rather stay in, order room service and enjoy a quiet evening with her. He also told her he was tired and that he knew for certain they’d run into someone from home if they ventured out to a bar, restaurant or…

Karimot  Reviews Yejide Kilanko’s Daughters Who Walked This Path

Karimot Reviews Yejide Kilanko’s Daughters Who Walked This Path

When the lives of two women from different generations take the same path, the one that navigated the path earlier stretches out her hands to the younger one. This book mirrors the lives of different African women and how society accepts or rejects them as they come to terms with their identity. Yejide Kilanko talks about a young girl, Morayo, who grew up in modern-day Ibadan. The book takes readers through the life of the main character – Morayo –…

Rain Can Never Know – Season II, Episode VII

Rain Can Never Know – Season II, Episode VII

Start from Season I Episode I Read all previous episodes Read the last episode “Hey Pops, sorry I missed your call. It’s been incredibly difficult getting a hold of you these days though. What have you been up to?” It was a Saturday and Shata had spent the morning playing football with the feeder team of Bayelsa United. He met the players when he went to workout at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex because Elder Iniebong told him it was…

Rain Can Never Know – Season II, Episode VI

Rain Can Never Know – Season II, Episode VI

Start from Season I Episode I Read all previous episodes Read the last episode “I know I was the one that asked you to hold on, but with the way things are going and how far I have gone with the arrangement of the other things we need for the final ritual, I think we are ready to bring in the last and most important item from the list of requirements I discussed with you in Yenagoa.” “The girl?” “Yes,…

Michael Afenfia: Breakfast With Governor Ayade

Michael Afenfia: Breakfast with Governor Ayade

This stay at home order is doing a number on me. Honestly, it got me imagining things on the regular and my already creative mind is on overdrive. As if it didn’t paint enough mental pictures and make-believe scenarios before the lockdown, now the juices flow unabated and I see a story in everything. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, I even imagine the conversation my neighbour’s dogs are having in their house. Let me tell you what happened this…

Rain Can Never Know – Season II, Episode V

Rain Can Never Know – Season II, Episode V

Start from Season I Episode I Read all previous episodes Read the last episode Rain sat at the back of the church because she was late. She was late because she couldn’t make up her mind whether or not to attend the funeral service of the man that could be her biological father. She was late because she wasn’t sure if somehow, she had a hand in his death when she decided to go on a dirt-gathering expedition against him.…

MC Monica – For The Love Of Comedy

MC Monica – For the love of Comedy

Born 10th of September 1993 in the industrial town of Nnewi, Anambra State, my 27-year-old pick of the week is the last of eight children. His bricklayer father and hardworking mother are staunch Christians who taught their children the virtues of honesty, discipline, and kindness. He attended St. Stephen Model Nursery and Primary schools in Nnewi before heading to Okongwu Memorial Grammar School also in Nnewi, where he sat for his senior secondary school certificate examination. He passed with flying…

Rain Can Never Know – Season II, Episode IV

Rain Can Never Know – Season II, Episode IV

Start from Season I Episode I Read all previous episodes Read the last episode Ohita let go of her husband’s hand so she could drop her offering and building fund donations into the special basket brought to those of them in the front row. It was the area of the church reserved for the officiating pastor and his wife, dignitaries, immediate family members of the deceased and some Nollywood faces. She pretended not to notice that the pretty female usher…

Rain Can Never Know – Season II, Episode III

Rain Can Never Know – Season II, Episode III

Start from Season I Episode I Read all previous episodes Read the last episode Chief Edozie gave the eulogy at the funeral. Because of the sombre mood in the church, no one could tell that he wasn’t happy doing it. At some point in his speech he was tempted to walk away from the microphone stand and even away from the crowded hall because it felt hypocritical saying nice things about a man that defrauded his company of millions of…

Rain Can Never Know – Season II, Episode II

Rain Can Never Know – Season II, Episode II

Start from Season I Episode I Read all previous episodes Read the last episode With the reality of a ruined outfit staring him in the face, Shata Anele had no other option but to go in search of a solution in his unpacked suitcases. He was torn between a navy-blue crested blazer over white long sleeve shirt and a pair of black trousers for the Ivy League look he preferred for work, or the white Swiss-lace kaftan chosen by his…

Rain Can Never Know – Season II, Episode I

Rain Can Never Know – Season II, Episode I

Read from Season 1, Episode I Read the last episode in Season I Shata Anele couldn’t decide what to wear to the commendation service of the man whose shoes he was stepping into as Chief Financial Officer at Edozie Express. Going by what he had been told, and comments he picked up in meetings and conversations around the office and elsewhere since his arrival in Yenagoa, home to the imposing edifice housing the head office operations of EE, they were…

Rain Can Never Know – Episode XXV

Rain Can Never Know – Episode XXV

Start from Episode I Rain waited for David to leave the house before giving in to the tears she had been holding back all day. First, she cried that things with her parents didn’t go as planned. She wished they saw things from her perspective and that her mother’s husband said the words, ‘I’m sorry’ to her and meant it. Then, she cried about Mr. Wakama dying so unexpectedly and in such a cruel manner because in all fairness to…

Rain Can Never Know – Episode XXIV

Rain Can Never Know – Episode XXIV

Start from Episode I When David got the call from Annabel requesting to see him, he immediately concluded that she had come to her senses and wanted to apologise to him for her bad behaviour the other day at the Samson Siasia Stadium. Since their altercation at the stands, where she threatened to deal with him and Rain, the two of them hadn’t seen or spoken to each other and David wasn’t looking forward to engaging with her again. He…

Rain Can Never Know – Episode XXIII

Rain Can Never Know – Episode XXIII

Start from Episode I Read the Previous Episode “No! No, Rain, I’m not staying one minute longer discussing anything with you if you don’t acknowledge the effort the man has put in coming all the way here to see you face-to-face and apologise.” “He didn’t apologise, mother. How could he have apologised when he didn’t even own up to what he did?” “Look here, Rain, your father and I are ready to go. We would be leaving for Port Harcourt…

Rain Can Never Know – Episode XXII

Rain Can Never Know – Episode XXII

Start from Episode I Read Previous Episode Randall Tamuno spoke for twenty-one minutes. Rain knew this because she timed every meeting that took place in her office. Besides that, she wanted to know how long it would take him to explain fifteen years of hurt and all the damage it did to her psyche. And as expected, he performed rather poorly. His speech was impassioned, sombre and reflective. It was an acknowledgment of wrongdoing and a call for forgiveness that…

Rain Can Never Know – Episode XXI

Rain Can Never Know – Episode XXI

Start from Episode I Rain didn’t let David touch her. Every time he tried wrapping his arms around her, or even moving close to her so there was some physical contact between them, she gently pushed him away and covered herself up even more with the wrapper she had over her navy blue pyjamas, the old faded one she wore whenever she wanted D3 to know that she wasn’t in the mood for sex. She was sure David had sensed…

Rain Can Never Know – Episode XX

Rain Can Never Know – Episode XX

Start from Episode I Read the Previous Episode “Rain, I’m very serious about wanting you to be my mistress. I’ve had very strong feelings for you for such a long time now and I think it is time we discussed your future with me and with Edozie Express,” Chief Edozie’s declaration left Rain transfixed like a deer in headlights. “I just didn’t want to rush things between us since you work for me. But I’ve watched you, and I like…

Rain Can Never Know – Episode XIX

Rain Can Never Know – Episode XIX

Start from Episode I Chief Edozie asked Rain to sit and give him a minute when she showed up to his office at exactly 10 o’clock on Tuesday morning. He told her he needed to quickly wrap up a conference call with some of his business partners in China, after which their own meeting would commence. Because it was just the two of them in the room, and as expected, he was at the head of the table, Rain opted…

Rain Can Never Know – Episode XVIII

Rain Can Never Know – Episode XVIII

Start from Episode I Rain immersed herself in work. From when she got in at eight in the morning till she left at seven o’clock in the evening, she spent her time rummaging through files, minutes of board meetings as well as old and recent approvals. She also skimmed through pre- and post-contract award correspondences with clients and subcontractors to make sure she wasn’t missing anything. However, when it came to bank statements, she went through those with a fine-tooth…

Rain Can Never Know – Episode XVII

Rain Can Never Know – Episode XVII

Start from Episode I “David asked me to marry him.” “And?” “I said yes!” Rain screamed with excitement into the phone. “You said what?” If it were a contest, Annabel would have taken the prize for the loudest scream. “No, Rain! Tell me you’re pulling my legs.” “I’m not kidding, Annie,” Rain said. This time she lowered her voice so David wouldn’t hear her from the living room. They had been in the parlour watching an Anthony Joshua documentary on…

Rain Can Never Know – Episode XVI

Rain Can Never Know – Episode XVI

Start from Episode I Read the Previous Episode Chief Edozie woke up drenched in droplets of sweat so huge they made his pores hurt. Even though the air conditioner in his room was set to cool and was on all night, his body felt hot and sticky as if he had just crossed the finishing line of the Okpepke Marathon with a bag of cement on his head. For the third time in one night, he had the same kind…

Rain Can Never Know – Episode XV

Rain Can Never Know – Episode XV

Start from Episode I Read the Previous Episode Rain scrolled hastily through the pictures in the photo gallery of her phone. She was looking for pictures she had of Mr. Wakama from their trip to Dubai, because they would be the most recent ones she had of him. After a brief search, she found one of him alone having breakfast in the restaurant of the hotel they lodged in. His light skin and charming smile radiated through the picture, and…

Rain Can Never Know – Episode XIV

Rain Can Never Know – Episode XIV

Start from Episode I Read Previous Episode “Mother, David asked me to marry him.” Rain called her mother on her way out of the gym. It was the day after the party and she thought she needed to burn off all the calories she had packed on from eating and drinking too much in Chief Edozie’s house. There was also all the oyinbo food she stuffed herself with while in Dubai with Mr. Wakama. The moment she walked into the…

Rain Can Never Know – Episode XIII

Rain Can Never Know – Episode XIII

Start from Episode I Read the Previous Episode Rain watched with fascination as Mr. Wakama sprayed money on Mrs. Edozie. He was adept at this owambe thing and it didn’t come to her as a surprise. He was the loud and flashy type. From where she sat, Rain couldn’t tell if it was naira, pounds or dollar bills being trampled on by Madam’s dancing feet. All she could see was the jostling of the who-is-who in Yenagoa and beyond, as they scrambled…

Rain Can Never Know – Episode XII

Rain Can Never Know – Episode XII

Start from Episode I Read Previous Episode The party was bigger than any celebration ever witnessed in the Edozie household. Even though he knew how generous the budget was, Chief Edozie couldn’t hide his shock at all the surprises his wife and children packed into one night of partying. Judging from the number and calibre of those in attendance, the quality and quantity of food and drinks in circulation throughout the day and night, and the class of artistes and…

Rain Can Never Know – Episode X

Rain Can Never Know – Episode X

Start from Episode I Read the previous episode David noticed the brand new red Nissan Murano parked on the spot in front of the house where Rain’s Hyundai should have been, but it didn’t bother him too much. The owner was probably visiting with one of the neighbours and if Rain got back before the person left, then he’d help her knock on the doors of the other eleven tenants in the compound until he located the driver of the…

Rain Can Never Know – Episode IX

Rain Can Never Know – Episode IX

Start from Episode I Read Episode VIII (The previous episode) Chief Rowland Edozie wasn’t his usual self. He hadn’t slept soundly for days and it was starting to affect his mood and productivity. He was impatient and inattentive at home and in the office, and he hadn’t eaten a decent meal in all that time either. His palate just couldn’t take in anything fried, boiled or baked. He did consume a lot of liquids though, but it was mostly because…

Rain Can Never Know – Episode VIII

Rain Can Never Know – Episode VIII

Whenever David decided to come back home, Rain thought to herself, she’d be waiting for him with her decision about their future together. But until then, she’d had to stay strong like Annie advised and only text “yes,” “no” and “okay” to his cold messages.
Rain Can Never Know – Episode VI

Rain Can Never Know – Episode VI

Read from Episode I What was supposed to be a great day, perhaps her greatest since joining Edozie Express, didn’t quite come with the adrenalin rush Rain had anticipated.  All of the dark and painful issues she was dealing with, from her past and present, took away a large chunk of the exhilaration she should have felt at hearing the news of her promotion from Chief Edozie himself. It was what she had always wanted, this respectable position as Chief…

Rain Can Never Know – Episode IV

Rain Can Never Know – Episode IV

David Spiff III looked at his wristwatch again. He had done that eleven times in the last three hours, but no one was counting. He knew Rain was supposed to be in Port Harcourt because of the message she received from home about her mother. But since she didn’t have a phone, there was no way of confirming her exact location or when she’d be back in Yenagoa. When she called from the office to tell him that her boss…

Rain Can Never Know – Episode II

Rain Can Never Know – Episode II

Start from Episode I Rain wanted him to do a transfer to her account, but the accountant insisted he would only do cash. She put the white envelope in her beige Givenchy handbag – the one she was forced to buy on credit three months earlier from a member of her church who only sold very expensive French and Italian shoes and bags. She went through the trouble of locating the woman’s house one Wednesday evening after work, even though…

Rain Can Never Know – Episode I

Rain Can Never Know – Episode I

“Rain, I need more cream in my coffee.” The request for more cream was made yesterday in the house. Rain was bringing his wife the cream she had asked for when her phone rang. Her boss’ wife was mad that Rain placed the caller above her coffee. In annoyance, Mrs Edozie did the unthinkable. Her action was the final straw that broke the camel’s back. Rain’s back had long been pushed beyond the wall and it emboldened her to speak up against the tyranny of the family.