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Dear… Book, I don’t even know where to begin. Life is not normal; I just realized that today. It looks normal but it isn’t. The person sitting next to you on a bus might have just lost her father.  Everyone in my room is happy right now. Today is Bisola’s birthday and her boyfriend bought her three cakes and some gifts. There’s some mild alcohol too and people are trooping

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C’mon! Don’t DIY.

“The act of suicide is a blatant show of disregard to those left behind.” I have thought on these words and I have found them true. Suicide is the worst way to tell those who love you that you hate them. It is a selfish and arrogant strategy employed in letting everyone know that you’re capable of making your own decisions. It is a cowardly show of surrender to your

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Prompt: 13 March Silver Screen Take a quote from your favorite movie – there’s the title of your post. Now write!     ‘If you don’t want a story told, it’s better to tell it yourself’ – Eli Gold, The Good Wife    Mr. Ndubisi’s house got burned last week, So did The Okafor’s two weeks ago. Everything comes out eventually, Nduka. I cannot tell you enough. You go around

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Peter and Paul

Prompt: Feb 25   Cliché Clichés become clichés for a reason. Tell us about the time ‘a bird in the hand was worth two in the bush’ for you.     ‘Fly away Peter, Fly away Paul’, I whispered But my husband must not hear me whisper He always says ‘You’re fading slowly from me like smoke… like a wisp’ He says it without looking at me because since they

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She Said What?

Prompt: Feb 21 Undo If you could un-invent something, what would it be? Discuss why, potential repercussions, or a possible alternative.   How We Met: Gideon Tundun and I met in the University of Lagos. I was in my third year and she was in her first year. We had both volunteered on a charity project in Ilaje and we automatically bonded. For me, it was admiration at first sight.

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Okezika vs Zika Virus

Prompt:  Feb 2 Think Global, Act Local ‘Think Global, Act Local”, Write a post connecting a global issue to a personal one.   Looking back on how everything unfolded, I imagine that life was playing one terrible game on me. I do not know when I lost control of my fate, when everything I did was a pre-destined step towards ushering me into this unbearable pain I feel in my

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Dysgraphia: A Leap of Faith

Prompt: Jan 19 Apply Yourself Describe your last attempt to learn something that did not come easily to you.    ‘Mommy shebi she’s not a girl?’ ‘Ahahn. C’mon shut up Ikenna! Why would you say that?’ ‘Because, mommy, girls are supposed to have fine handwriting’   For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to grow up and just finally be an adult. I never saw anyone

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Clean Slate 

Prompt: January 13  Clean Slate Explore the room you’re in as if you’re seeing it for the first time. Pretend you know nothing. What do you see? Who is the person who lives there? Our elders probably never said That the best way to look Is to unlook Or that the best way to see Is to shut your eyes I stand here in a white long dress, in the

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32 Flavors

Prompt: January 10 32 Flavors Vanilla, Chocolate, or something else entirely     ‘For my birthday, I would like to have ice cream in 32 flavors’ she said weakly, as he sat by her hospital bed. He watched the nurse give her a shot of insulin and waited for her to leave the room. ‘Only 32 flavors eh?’ He said and pulled her cheek. ‘Yup. Only. I could take a

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Dear Jude

Dear Jude, This is the 365th letter I am writing to you. I have posted none of them because no one posts letters anymore. Okay, maybe they do – but not in this sense. Even if I wanted to post the letters to you, I do not have an address to send them to. I am writing these letters and keeping them in an Indomie box under my bed. Sometimes,

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