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THE HOUSEWIVES’ TALE (Episode 70)

I sit with Gloria at the hospital waiting room while Chinwe takes charge, running around and getting Nkaiso attended to and ensuring that the doctor’s report is accurate. Left with nothing to do but sit and observe, I can’t help but notice how Gloria’s phone has been beeping incessantly, and ...

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THE HOUSEWIVES’ TALE (Episode 69)

Upon entering the house, after antenatal classes, I peel away all item of clothing from my body, and head straight for the bed. Lethargy has been quite the bitch for the past few days. I have two hours before Gabby’s school lets out for the day, and I am happy ...

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KEPT WOMAN

I hear the whispers I see your sneers The disdain in your eyes and the contempt your upturned noses fling at me. * “Side chick!” one hisses. “Ashawo”, the other snarls. “Husband-snatching witch,” the whole room choruses in unison. * But, I also see the fear Carelessly hidden behind your ...

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KEG DEMONS

Papa always said that hitting a woman was a sin I grew up cuddling those words Like they came, a spring from my soul But I often wondered Whether those screams I heard The pans crashing and pots tumbling When I was supposed to be asleep Were just scenes from ...

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Johnny Depp VS. Amber Heard: Celebs Take Sides

As Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s divorce drama escalates amid her claims that she’s a victim of domestic abuse at his hands, their famous friends are taking sides. TMZ reports that Johnny’s first wife, Lori Anne Allison — they were married from 1983 to 1985 — has told friends she ...

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IN HER OPINION: To The Person Who Says I’m Pro-Divorce

Some days ago, someone referred to me as pro-divorce. “Eketi, you too like divorce, every small thing divorce,” she said. Sigh. My friends, let me tell you a story. Sometime ago, I observed a curious thing. This thing happened at a nursery school, in a class of three and four ...

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IN HER OPINION: Actions Speak To Children Louder Than Words

Some of the saddest words I’ve ever heard came from a good friend of mine. “Eketi, this was me that swore I’d never hit my wife, after saving mumsie from my dad on many occasions. Yet, I hit Edidiong yesterday.” “And this shocks you?” I asked. “That not the only ...

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WHEN THE DARKNESS COMES

It is one of those nights when Father comes in late. Those nights when he staggers his way home from Mama Ese’s ogogoro shack three compounds away, the stench of the liquor trailing behind him, its compulsion on him seeming like a game of otori as he lurches from his ...

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THE HOUSEWIVES’ TALE (Episode 54)

“We need to perfect our plans oh,” Chinwe says to me over the phone. The spy camera delivery people had called her earlier to say that they would be delivering the bulb on Monday. “We must do this as soon as possible, before he starts suspecting,” Chinwe continues. “Ok. Have ...

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THE HOUSEWIVES’ TALE (Episode 53)

The more I think about my son’s teddy, the more worried I get. It isn’t helping matters that Chinwe had gone and planted ‘tedophilia’ in my head, and that nauseating thought had taken root so fast. I also worry about Nkaiso. “What is her deal sef?” I say out loud ...

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