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KINDRED SPIRITS

You know how sometimes you lock yourself up, turn off the lights and shut the blinds because you’re trying to hide the cracks? You know how some days you wake up with a loud hiss because you keep wondering what the hell you’re doing with your life? You know how ...

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A TALE OF A NIGERIAN MAN’S WOES AND THEREAFTER

The Taxify driver showed me a big black welt on his neck. It ran around his neck, bluish black, swollen. He told me that in October, he had gone to a real estate agency on Allen Avenue to pay for six plots of land in Lekki EPZ zone. The sum ...

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Life Is A Game Of Thrones

Life is truly a game of thrones. The one who fights against you is actually fighting for himself. The one who fights for you is actually fighting for himself. It is all a game of control for personal benefit. Think deeper. The world is not black or white. It is ...

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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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Growing Old With HIV And How To Cope With Aging

Paul Thorn, author of HIV Happy, talks about how to deal with those grey hairs you never thought you would have. * Time is the great equalizer. We are all subject to it, whomever you are; however popular, talented, toned or gorgeous – whether you are HIV-positive or not. Aging ...

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FOR TOPE

We all called her Aunty Tope. In 2013, I rented a shop beside hers in one of the ‘modern’ markets in Lagos State. At that time, I was moving back and forth between Lagos and Abuja and needed storage for some of my things. The shop also served as a ...

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The Things They Say…About Being True To Yourself

“When I see people living fully who they are, who are honestly who they are, who believe what they believe and stand by it, I know that that’s right. “And when I see people who are trying to be something they’re not, or not speaking their whole truth, I feel ...

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The Timeline Of A Lesbian

Originally published on nigeriangenius.com The year is 1994. I am born. I exist. The year is 1998. I’m a four year old girl. My family and I have just relocated to the US from Lagos. As we settle into the new country, we’re staying with one of my aunts and ...

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The Offshore Diaries (Entry 10)

There are so many things in life that beat understanding. An artiste starts a song by saying, “This gbedu is a problem,” and Nigerians who spend a lot of time trying to avoid trouble and who such an introduction should naturally scare away will still shout “DJ play am again” ...

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One Reason to Keep Living

Originally published on johnpavlovitz.com Depression is a real bastard. If it’s ever visited you, you understand. Such a clever and persuasive liar, it doesn’t require facts to rob you of your hope. You may have all the evidence in the world in front of you that life is beautiful and ...

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