Adeleke Love Story: Episode Six

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Immediately Tutu saw the baby, she started feeling uncomfortable. Funmilayo walked into the tent they (Tutu and the guy she came with) were seated and acted like someone that just arrived for the party. She had seen Tutu before via some of the pictures Adeleke showed her but that didn’t do justice because she later admitted that Tutu looked more beautiful in person.

I am sorry for disturbing you, please is the one of the tent meant for the bride’s guest” Funmi asked the guy that Tutu came with. She was very nervous, at the same time she was confused. She could recognise the baby, but she didn’t know who Funmi was and how the baby got to her hand. Before the guy could reply her Funmi added “allow sit here for a while, I think my baby needs a change of diaper, I hope that won’t make you feel uncomfortable? “Not all, I mean it always like that with babies, I understand and yes this is one of the tent meant for the bride’s guest” the guy that Tutu came with said. It was when the guy was about to introduce Tutu to Funmilayo he noticed the strange act Tutu was putting on, “what’s the problem? He asked as he noticed her face was squeezed. “Or is it the diaper that is making you feel uncomfortable? He added and before Tutu could respond Funmilayo cuts in “I am so sorry if I am making you feel uncomfortable, I am almost done and I would be out of your hair soon enough”. “No it okay, really I am just having a stomach upset” Tutu said as her eyes were focus on the baby and her mind on how the baby got to Funmilayo hands.  Continue reading

Broken Trust

Broken-trust-600x524My excitement knew no bounds that fateful Monday morning, as I got dressed and prepared for my first lecture at the university.

I stood by looking at the mirror, which made me reflect on my life and who I have grown to become. Physically, i was a very beautiful damsel with qualities wanted by every beauty knew no limits as i  could make the toughest of hearts melt because of my beauty. Till today, I believe my beauty could be compared to that of “Delilah” who made the great Samson fall.

I quickly applied my makeup and hurriedly left for my proposed faculty of learning.

I had started amassing lots of friends two weeks later,including male admirers who i had a great tinge of hatred for…boys irritated me. Most of the boys were even afraid to talk to me because of my rudeness. Continue reading

Happy New Week

happy-new-week-inspirational-quotesThey say to truly know a people; you have to know their proverbs. Here are some really inspiring Chinese proverbs.

  • To buy a quarrel, lend money to a friend
  • The harder you fall, the higher you bounce.
  • One who gains mastery will create his own opportunities
  • Frugality is the mother of prosperity
  • A goal without a deadline is only a wish. A dream with a deadline becomes a goal.
  • When you want to test the depth of a stream, do not use both feet.
  • You cannot propel yourself forward by patting yourself on the back.
  • A wise man makes his own decisions; an ignorant man follows public opinions.
  • Cheap things are good but good things are not good.
  • The day your horse dies and your money’s lost, your relatives change to strangers.

Can you relate to these few proverbs, irrespective of the fact that they are Chinese?



1399081289-alg-angry-couple-jpgAnother story from the e-book: Love and Other Cures of the Common Cold. Find more of the writer’s works here.


It was OK that she kept late nights. In between school and modelling, which was more ushering and auditioning than actual modelling, it was inevitable. And then it was seasonal, so for days, into weeks, they saw each other more than was necessary and he knew exactly where she was every other night.

He slept irregularly, really was not a problem for him. But she worried about his eyes always glued to the computer screen. But it was his job, his passion.

She missed him. The playful, carefree him. Curious and analytic. Funny. Indulging. Now he was just Continue reading

Adeleke Love Story: Episode Five

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Funmi please leave whatever you are doing, I need you at my place right now, and please it is very urgent” Adeleke said as he kept on staring at the package in front of him. Who could have dropped this here? How they even enter my room? He tried touching it but he couldn’t because he was scared
. At the moment when things were beginning to fall in place between him and Funmi then this occur, “can someone be playing jokes with me” he asked as he waited eagerly waited for Funmi’s arrival.

It was the last month of his final year in school, with just one more paper to go, he would be a graduate, so he decided to take another chance with his heart and tell Funmi how he felt about her and also the main reason why he had rejecting having sex with her. Ever since the night he had Continue reading

Room 7

room7This is a new series from Akpa Arinzechukwu. He is a Nigerian short story writer. His works have appeared on Fundza, Poemhunter, and NaijaStories.

Dear Evelyn,

It has truly been quite a while since I wrote you. It must have been decades. Coming to America is not going to heaven; it is like going from purgatory to hell. That is all I have to say of my travelling from Nigeria to America.

I am writing to you today because I found a pen and a paper around the corner. My cellie got ‘em for me. I don’t know how. I need not ask because everything you see, hear, eat or do is a privilege inside this Big Boys Club.

I spent a year in America as a freeman and then, I was thrown into the Big House. I was convicted, they said, of a criminal conduct. I stole a white man shoe and I got locked up. I didn’t do that. I don’t know how many more years that I am needed to stay here; I have not been tried, but, don’t worry, I will be home soon. To Nigeria, to make up for the years I’ve not been around. I will stick to your side Continue reading

The Wait

2015-02-25-WaitingdownWith all my will did I lift my lethal tool and break through her hard earth.

Dust spewed forth like moans.
Slowly, her misery tore apart revealing beneath her veneer of thorns and weeds, what good crust.

Seeds, I planted into her fertile ridges.

Sweat as elixir replenished our duel for thousand days of drought.
Pouring with gusto like the new rain of promise and hope.

With the battle over, I sit there looking at her.
Awaiting a fruitful harvest.

Janus. A two-faced roman god

Adeleke Love Story: Episode Four

love_storyRead episode three here.

Even though she never spoke about what happened the other night again she still thought about it and how crazy it would be if something like that would happen again. “I know it crazy but really I wouldn’t mind for it to happen again” she thought to herself. After her program, Mercy had to return home but instead of her going to her parent’s house she went to her sister’s house in Ibadan.

Her elder sister was married but she hasn’t been blessed with the gift of the womb though she once had a miscarriage which made her very sad. Due to work and some other stuff she with her husband who by the way works in a very big I.T firm haven’t had the chance to try again. Mercy elder sister just opened up a boutique store and this was why Mercy went to stay with her so that she could help her out though every weekend whenever her sis didn’t go to work Mercy would go to Onitsha to visit their parent. Continue reading