My uncle’s Volkswagen groans all the way to his office every morning. Our street is named after him: Wale Akande Street. Father says uncle is humble and down to earth. What does that even mean? It’s the beginning of the holidays and uncle Wale asks if I want to go with him to his office, […]
A pale-skinned, brown-toothed, thin-lipped man lumbers into a shack – a contraption of powdering wooden walls, termite eaten floor and sagging cardboard ceilings – lighted only by the glow of cigarette butts completing their cycles on the floor. He half-walks, half-drifts across the room. He doesn’t turn to see the people he passes smoking religiously, […]
One. I am a boy growing too fast into a man he is not eager to meet and I get lost when I walk out of my mother’s arms to go into the street where I am taught that the face on my face is the wrong face. After my mother had seen my face […]
We are in a moving bus. I don’t really know where we are headed. But I know it’s not within this town that does nothing but serve bad memories on a platter. Beside me is a guy reading The Family by Mario Puzo.
I. Monday morning, the world is on its way to work. But I am seated in a room with blinds drawn, introspecting. I am thinking about the October 2013 youth camp of the Redeemed Christian Church of God: Wonders of Exploits. “Where do you see yourself on a morning like this 20 years from now?” […]
two-shades-of-crazy-dialogue-of-the-antitheses1 When Dami Lare and Dhee Sylvester, two confident writers, decided to collaborate on an experimental work of philosophical fiction, Two Shades of Crazy: Dialogue Of The Antitheses is the result. Having partnered with both writers on a number of projects including a forthcoming anthology of stories and their reviews, I have come to find […]
Life is hard for the boys. But we are not complaining. There are the fathers breathing down our necks, demanding good grades, awaiting our achievements and expecting us to be manly. I don’t exactly know what manly means but my father has referred to me as feminine before. There are the mothers whose archetypes are […]