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Pearl & the Drunk

I’ve been in many interesting situations but none as unpredictable as what happened two weeks ago. When I look back there were so many reasons it could have gone horribly wrong and made 2013 a year of uncertainty. The only reason it turned out the way it did was because of God and His faithfulness. Ultimately the trust I had …

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Memory Lane: The Breakdown

It’s pretty interesting what triggers memories, especially those of the more pleasant variety. I was recently reminded of my service year far away from home. Born and bred a Lagosian (but really an ara oke) I’d been out of the state both alone and with family. Two weeks being the longest I’d spent and since my undergraduate years were all …

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City Conversations: Change Wahala

There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to retrieve one’s change from a conductor in the city of Lagos, unless you include the incessant traffic. Cries of, ‘enter with your change o!’ ring in the ears of commuters like a mantra that. It rises, howls and growls out of throats of these commuter managers in various cadences across the city. Often …

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Surprises

She was meeting me for the first time, but had succeeded in insulting me. Blithely, she chatting away whilst still putting her foot in it. Aghast, I listened and silently wondered if this was deliberate or she truly had no clue! If it was the former she wasn’t half bad but if it was the latter, her social graces were …

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Tattoos

The scars on her shin mark the numerous times she had scrapes and bruises through exuberant play; either with her siblings or friends in the neighbourhood or school. The play area was diverse i.e. the school playground, around the house, down the road at the long-standing family friend’s. The venue for the escapades wasn’t relevant; the result was permanently etched …

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