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Competition Entry from a Violently Opinionated Teenager: Me

I was wading through my emails this morning and I came across this article I had sent in for a competition when I was 19. I did not get in – I don’t even think they got back to me. I had obviously scared the crap out of them with my gazillion (brackets) and DPMO attitude. LMAO. I have copied and pasted it below and haven’t touched a single thing. 

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Men Have A Way Of Being Ugly

I started my Court attachment yesterday and it doesn’t feel like it’s just been two days. I’ve been privy to a lot of people’s private lives and my mind has been enlightened to the existence of different problems around the country (at least in Lagos) Yesterday, Teni was sitting beside me in court. She was looking round the court, while I was trying to make sense of the contents of

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I Saw A Man Die Today

I saw a man die today and it felt awful, I could do nothing about it but dab at the tears in my eyes and feel sorry, And he could do nothing about it but just die.   I watched fear flood the man’s eyes and it felt embarrassing, ‘I could hug him and tell him it’s alright‘, I thought. But he could not have heard me if I tried,

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Still Listening

I sat in my chair hoping for the red in details of my dress to blend so well with the red in the cushion of the chair such that I’d be camouflaged and protected from the stares that wanted to drown me. I remember purchasing that dress. Amina in her usual talkative and extravagant way had said, ‘You must stand out. You are the wife of the CEO. If you

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Similarities First, Differences Next. 

I remember coming home, when I was in Primary 4, with my face drenched in tears and my uniform torn all over. I was angry, bitter and felt cheated. My mom ran to me from the door and began to create a fuss. She knelt down, touched my chest, touched my head, pulled my limbs, all the while asking me what was wrong and who had done this to me.

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Sicker than We Know 

I have a conclusion: We must stop assuming that we all are sane in this country. Test every spirit!  Today, I boarded a bus from Bariga to Oshodi.  I sat between a man and a woman; the man at my left and the woman at my right. The man was reading a copy of today’s Punch Newspaper and as the journey began, he would punctuate the silence in the bus

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He Will Cheat?

Prompt: Feb 26 Happily ever after ‘And they lived happily ever after.’ Think about this line for a few minutes. Are you living happily ever after? If not, what will it take for you to get there?   The week before I was to get married, I got a visit from my grandmother and my aunty. They sat across me in the living room of my father’s house and asked

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