Tales from an African child : Sarcasm is a no no. 

God looked at the world,he looked into  the hearts of men and saw the inexplicable need to ask questions that can best be described as yeye. So, in God’s infinite mercy, He blessed the world with sarcasm. We all know the how beautiful sarcasm is. Its deftness in clearing stupid questions and obvious statements can…

LA BETE

The traffic was expected. This was Apapa road, any other thing would have been suspicious. The long lines of cars, tanker drivers parking on the bridges, cars and trucks vying for space and superiority, was all prepared for. So, Timi was not surprised by the traffic. It was the eerie quiet that bothered her. The…

LA BETE

The traffic was expected. This was Apapa road, any other thing would have been suspicious. The long lines of cars, tanker drivers parking on the bridges, cars and trucks vying for space and superiority, was all prepared for. So, Timi was not surprised by the traffic. It was the eerie quiet that bothered her. The…

Flashes.. 

If you’re  dead or alive,   I may never know. I’ve never known.  What is the colour of your hair?  Do you have a gap tooth like I do?  Did I get my brown eyes from you?  So much I want to ask.  Like why’d you leave?  Why didn’t you leave a picture?  They said…

From the deepest depths of my heart.. 

Dear ex-lover,  I can almost see the creases deepening on your forehead as you read the words ‘ex-lover’. It’s the same four lines of worry that show whenever I get a spark of creativity. Well, you have good reason to frown, I’m breaking up with you. I would ask you not to cry, but your…

A travellers tale. 

Ten miles, the sign said. It had wonderfully left out the travails ahead. Such as the constant thunderstorm that had devalued her once dazzling appearance and equated it with one of a drowned rat. It also forgot to add that the ten miles were an expanse of murk and grime punctuated by potholes, sticky mud,…

10 reasons!!! 

This year did not start out awesomely for me. I was depressed, angry with myself, with the world, generally angry. So instead of looking forward to my birthday as I  usually do, I wished it away. I wanted to wake up and hear that it was June 22 or July 1. Shocker: that didn’t happen. …

Girl. 

I am skin, bone and thoughts.  I am organized chaos in a beautiful dress.  I am fire and ice, with spice and all things nice.  I am a smile with darkness in its lines.  I am a walking paradox.  I am a girl.

Lessons from an Indomite.

Indomite; noun. A person who loves indomie deeply, passionately and completely. Plural; indomites. Yes, I am an indomite. I belong to the association of Certified Indomie Lovers, the ACeIL. I have a PhD in indomie cookery eatery, cookery eatery (yes that’s how the degree is. Don’t ask.). Eatery here is pronounced eater-ri. Sometime ago, during my…

The Legend of Chikkie the great! 

For years her kind had been hunted. Their children snatched from their bosoms before they were completely formed. Her mother, bless her memory, said to her ‘Chikkie, this is our life. To be chased about, left in conditions favourable or not, to not be barren yet be childless, to never have a moments peace. This…

Waiiit!!!! STOP! Live!! 

I was told by my parents that I almost died, when I was a child. I tried to swallow the bottle top of coke. We used to call it canta then,lol. Story summary, I couldn’t breathe properly, my father had to hook the bottle top with his finger, I bled through my nose, my mother…

Run!! 

It was a Thursday night. A Thursday night in 2006. It was 9pm. Arguably, the most eventful 9pm of my life. We’d just finished watching superstory. The Nigerian rave until telemundo and zeeworld. Because we were so captivated by superstory, we forgot that caprisonne had finished. And who went to school without caprisonne and biscuits?…