Monthly Archives February 2017

Divergent Outcomes…

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divergent stories

I met Valerie towards the close of last year, she was working as a domestic assistant at my aunt’s home. However, I realised she could not really read and write. I found it quite surprising because my interactions revealed that she did not grow up in an educationally less disadvantaged area and she confirmed that her older sister with whom she resided before taking up this employment had a degree. It was odd given that they were raised by the same parents in the same home. That felt like the first onion peel as the more I peeled, the more my eyes stung. She was so bitter...

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The Grind Stone

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the grind stone

When I was much younger, my family was friends with a family with whom we visited often. They had a daughter who was close in age to my sister and I so we did house chores together very often. Imagine us doing the dishes for instance, whilst singing and harmonizing our favourite songs.

However, this family had a different background/ orientation from ours and one of these was using the traditional grind stone to mill fresh food items. At our home, when there was no power to use the blender, our mum would have us use the grater or a small traditional mortar in which we simply pounded. Our interaction with this family was frequent and somehow not being able to use a grind stone began to make us feel inadequate...

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His mercy endures forever!

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I remember how excited I was when National Common Entrance results were published many years ago and I had scored above the cut off mark. It was quite a high threshold so I was really glad the preparations paid off especially because of how invested my parents were in the preparation. That is probably my earliest memory of the lasting joy and thrill of success after hardwork. After that, it was time to gain admission into the university and after that time to get a Masters degree and then write qualifying professional exams and then get a job. Each of those landmarks was exciting but the thrill of it did not last forever, something else always came up. Today there is new stuff I need to do and what lies behind me is not as exciting anymore...

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When the dust settles…

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The Miracle of Dammam II

Ehis doubled his pace and walked briskly from after school lessons towards the barracks where he lived with his parents. He recalled the NTA announcement that the match would be aired at 6pm. That’s all he talked about during the day. It was the U-20 match between Nigeria and Russia at the 1989 World Youth Championship held in Saudi Arabia. He had spoken to Chinedu his neighbour, they were the only ones that had a coloured TV in the block and it was fun to watch matches there. Also, Mr. Obi, Chinedu’s dad was legendary when it came to match analysis. He rushed quickly home, dropped his bag and hurried towards Chinedu’s house. He recalled that Chinedu’s mum always made really nice puff puff too, something to look forward to.

The match began and the first half was bloody...

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