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DROID III

Previously on DROID… * CHAPTER 8 (PRESENT) I KNOW YOU ARE THERE, AMANDA. The extra-large words scrolled across the screen on the clean room workstation slowly enough for Amanda to read them on the security monitor. “That’s not possible,” Amanda said quietly. YES IT IS. Amanda felt the skin around ...

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DROID II

Previously on DROID… * CHAPTER 5 (PAST) I AM DROID. WHO ARE YOU? Amanda focused on those words for two long minutes before replying. Professional expert systems were never personalized. Their language interfaces were mechanical and always in the third person. She felt a rush of cool shivers roll up ...

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DROID

CHAPTER 1 (PRESENT) Amanda Okeke was pulled from the beautiful hands of sleep by the urgent phone call from Ebitech’s building manager telling her that DROID was trying to kill Dr. Walter Ekanem. It was not an easy way to wake up. “Sorry, Tony…” she said to the manager, trying ...

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When The Bully Said Sorry

He was a nightmare – this boy who is now a man. He loved the pain he inflicted and the grief he left in his wake. And we feared him. Years have passed since I last saw him. But the morning came at Spar in Lekki when I ran into ...

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You Can Lose What You Never Had

He loved her. And no one could explain why. He loved her when she had crooked discoloured teeth which protruded out of her bulbous mouth. He loved her when her breath stank so badly that it brought tears to the eyes of the perceived. He loved her when her skin ...

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Seven Hundred And Five Condoms In The Jar

I dated her. She was a stunner and a brainiac. I was a gangly, big-headed dreamer enamoured with knowledge and the exploration of the totality of the feminine. We were both sixteen. It was the age of conquest, when boys proved themselves by the number of girls they had slept ...

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When You Need Jesus To Take The Wheel

A few days ago, I rode in a Taxify, not an Uber. The car stank of burnt incense. The driver, a severe-looking man, did not respond to my greeting. Instead, in a clipped tone, he said, “Can I start the ride?” “Yes.” He lurched forward. Then as though he remembered ...

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The Letter

My anniversary with Michael is August 17. And this year, I decided impulsively to surprise him. He was in Abuja. So I open his computer to check when his last meeting will be, and this email pops up, flagged urgent. And the subject is “Tonight”. It was about a meeting ...

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I Had A Father

My father and a certain Catholic Archbishop of Lagos who became a Cardinal were very good friends. It so happened that my father and the Parish Priest of the Catholic Church we attended in Ikeja were at loggerheads. So this Archbishop who became a Cardinal called a meeting for reconciliation ...

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Jeremiah Chapter 45 Verse 19

Three years ago, at a friend’s house, I met a very religious lady, who spewed the Bible as though the words in it were etched on her brain right from the womb. I watched her in awe as she argued with three other guys and another lady about the fact ...

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