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Happy Birthday

“…BIRTHDAY!” “Huh?” I am slow to respond to the cheer of my colleague. Her name is Sarah and she is a member of the Human Resource department of the company I work for. So it isn’t a shock that she is the first to wish me well. “Happy birthday!” she ...

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THE BIG WORD

Last night I was alone with her. Face to face. Beautiful her. She spoke with practiced ease, and kept using the same word “defenestrate”. She used it in sentences. She used it alone. She said it in a whisper. She said it loudly. She said it as she told me ...

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NOT JUST ANOTHER HORROR STORY

The period was June, 2006 in Ibadan. My husband, Owen, was in his service year then and I was quite unemployed, so I was with him in Ibadan. We lived in a house with four rooms. He and I stayed in one. Three other guys each took one room. One ...

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THE NIGHT OF CONFESSIONS

The first time I got head, I was tipsy. It was my very first head and let me just tell you – a head-mistress was the one who gave it to me! I’d always felt like she was too attracted to my body but never really bothered about it. I ...

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Abuja Is For Jesus!

Some years ago in Abuja, I attended COZA. The service was going well. Good sermon, fantastic praise and worship – service was just perfect. So it happened that when the offering basket was going round (I had tucked in a very generous amount of my money into the envelope handed ...

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THERE IS NO SHAME IN LOVE

It has always lived in his eyes, dancing in the shadows and avoiding the light, afraid of being discovered. Yet I already knew it was there. But he didn’t know I knew. It sometimes escaped in between his words, galloping out in his sighs and laughter, then promptly disappearing, like ...

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OVER HIS DEAD BODY

My uncle was an obstinate widower. He had five daughters, whom he loved deeply, but not as much as he loved being an Edo man. He had no sons, and dreamt continually about the Edo son-in-laws he would have when his daughters got married. Each day, as his daughters grew ...

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TWO WIDOWS AND A HUSBAND

No matter what they said, he would not hear of it. His mind was made up, this Uncle of mine. He was tall and broad-shouldered with a voice that boomed. I can never remember a time when his head wasn’t shaved smooth. His wife was actually my blood relation, not ...

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I Sometimes Wonder About Love

I sometimes wonder about love… Not the physical kind that flutters away with a warm, passionate night. The other kind… That deep rush of emotions that sates you and then overwhelms you, that makes you more alive than you’ve ever been, all the while threatening to kill you if it’s ...

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THE DEVIL IS A WOMAN

She is filled with so much hate. Each day her Facebook update has a post of something, someone or some place that she hates. And she has thousands of people who feed on her hate, people who worship at the Facebook altar of her hatred. Then I ran into her, ...

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