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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 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 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…

The Use And Dump Syndrome

The Use and Dump Syndrome

You hustle and grind and do so many things for yourself, for family and for friends because life happens. Yet, a professor expects you to remember to send him a bag of rice every December for the rest of your life because he taught you English 101 or Chemistry 304.
Citizen Leah Sharibu – The Girl They Forgot

Citizen Leah Sharibu – The Girl They Forgot

Imagine being Leah Sharibu’s father or mother and it’s the day after you hear an audio recording of your daughter who has been in captivity since February 2018. Her abductors, the dreaded Boko Haram fundamentalists, for the first time since the kidnap (and subsequent release of the other abductees) offer to the federal government and to her heartbroken parents proof that citizen Leah—the one child who refuses to denounce her religion in exchange for her freedom—is still alive. Imagine that these ferocious and…

SHORT STORY: The Hooves That Bring Chaos, By Uzezi Ologe

SHORT STORY: The Hooves that Bring Chaos, by Uzezi Ologe

It was afternoon when they came in a large cloud of dust swirling to the rumbling of unfeeling engines. In frenzied disarray, the market was left bereft of business and in haste women herded their children to safety like grazing animals. The men with their machetes and hunting guns confronted the settling cloud of dust and wailing went up like a tidal wave. As we hurdled deep in the bushes, Mother clutched me to her bosom. I could hear her…

First, They Tell You What Not To Wear – By Michael Afenfia

First, They Tell You What Not To Wear – by Michael Afenfia

As an undergraduate studying law in the university back then, I hated attending classes. Now, I didn’t say I hated school or that I hated lectures. Far from it, in fact I was the kind of student of whom they say: ‘he came, he saw and he conquered – the library.’ Not the whole school, just the library and a bit of the refectory area. So it wasn’t the learning I hated, it was the rules about what I could…

Read & Win N20k This August

Read & Win N20k this August

With episode 20, I will be wrapping Season 1 of#MechanicsOfYenagoa on 2 September, 2018. You won’t believe the final twist – does it end with a bang or a whimper? Meanwhile, one lucky fan would win N20k. That person could be you! For Season 2, I’d like to introduce an entirely new character suggested by a fan. To win the prize money of N20,000, get in the comment section of Episode 1 and leave your name, email address, the name of…

Michael Afenfia: The Year Of The Cervical Collar

Michael Afenfia: The Year of the Cervical Collar

Cervical collars, also known as neck braces, are now a must-have, if you are a Nigerian politician. My first encounter with these lifesavers was as a youth corps member in Marina Lagos, posted to the head office of one of Nigeria’s commercial banks. Before then, I only saw them on TV and on rich people every now and then. Foolish, I know, but for some inexplicable reason, I associated them with some form of bourgeois. And for the life of…

Michael Afenfia: Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, Egypt & Nigeria…

Michael Afenfia: Don’t Cry For me Argentina, Egypt & Nigeria…

In spite of what the rest of the world might be thinking about the Russians right now, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Tournament got off to a scintillating start in Moscow on Thursday 14th June 2018. Considering that it was a four-year long wait, the buzz and excitement was well worth it. So far, the competition hasn’t been short on controversies, heartbreaks, upsets, expected and unexpected wins, and the occasional burst of genius as was witnessed when Mexico outplayed and shocked the defending…