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The Scratch On Your Shoulder #3

Read previous episodes of The Scratch on Your Shoulder It felt like he was going on a date with her for the first time. He was nervous, and he must have taken more than a thousand steps in his living room as he walked in circles, rehearsing the words he would say to her. “Why are you talking to yourself?” He stopped moving, just realizing that his six-year-old granddaughter was in the room with him. She was seated on the floor, legs crossed, elbows resting on her knees as round eyes stared up at him in curiosity. She was Fajr’s daughter. Fajr had become his favorite child after his marriage to Hadiza crashed, for the reason that she had been the most hit by the divorce and had chosen to stay with and comfort him. Basim, and the lastborn, Hajara, had not cared as much as Fajr did. Fajr had…

The Scratch On Your Shoulder #2

Read the previous episode of The Scratch On Your Shoulder here Nero hated funerals. They were all the same to him. Slow and depressing.  Just like this one. Almost everyone had something to say about the person who had passed away; even though he had made it known repeatedly that he didn’t want anybody washing him with head-swelling words. “Dance in remembrance of me. Meet new people. Eat, drink, and get drunk. Then have one-night stands. All on me!” The video was out there on Twitter. It had over a million views and was massively shared on Facebook and Instagram too. Yet, people showed up for the occasion with long faces and saggy shoulders.  “Who are all these people for fuck’s sake?” Nero asked his fiancée, Joy, who was standing beside him. She hushed him. So, he chose to stare at the coffin, instead. It was black, perfectly furnished. Nero…

The Scratch On Your Shoulder #1

Hi everyone, here’s something new called The Scratch On Your Shoulder. Hope you enjoy it! Abuja 2004. She would have married him all over again on their twenty-first wedding anniversary had he not gone and cheated on her. A manila envelope containing pictures of him and a family friend that could ruin her political career was delivered to her office as proof of his infidelity. She blamed herself for this. Sometimes, it was better not to go digging for dirt on one’s enemy. You might uncover what you might not be able to handle. Now, here was how this happened. Two days ago, while at work, Hadiza received a phone call from an anonymous person, informing her that her first son had been kidnapped. She listened to the caller without expressing the sort of emotions that might come with receiving such news. This threw the man off, and…

Where Not To Find Breasts

Hi fam! I want to talk a little about Where To Find Breasts. I started the series as a sequel to the Fish Brain Series. And just like similar sequels in the past, my intention of running WTFB is not to make it into a book or even finish it. If you recall, It’s Another Novocaine Saturday and Dear High Mistress didn’t have endings. The reason I put these stories up is to pace myself. Whenever I have them running, just know that I’m working on a book or I’m occupied with work. None of the stories has definitive a plot or a structured storyline that you typically find in books. The only thing is that I already know where the characters are going. But the time to sit and really structure a plot is not there. Having said this, I want to sadly announce that I’m taking a bow…

My Thoughts on A Broken People’s Playlist

I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up A Broken People’s Playlist. I mean, I’ve read a couple of Chimeka’s stories before, but as a rule of thumb, I emptied all expectations and went into it with a fresh mind. So, how did it go? I’d like to let you know that I had an interesting journey with it. Chimeka’s writing is special, and this is because I don’t have adequate words to describe it. His art reminds me of a ballerina who dances like a butterfly, light and sprightly, floating over the surface like she couldn’t hurt a fly. But when you look closer at her legs and thighs and see the power of her muscles, strength and skill it takes to make one fluid movement, you begin to appreciate the work it took to get there. That was how my experience with the book went. A…

Dugo Is Now Available On Okadabooks!

Hey guys! You can now download and read the full version of Dugo on Okadabooks. Simply click HERE to get your copy. It costs only N1000 only! But it isn’t going to remain that way for long. So, make sure to get yours now. Please, not that this book is not available on PDF, so please, read it on Okadabooks. It would soon be uploaded to Amazon soon, so you can get it there, if you prefer. Please, share the word!

Where To Find Breasts #34

Read previous episodes of Where To Find Breasts This episode of Where To Find Breasts is dedicated to Oluwakemi Obilade. Happy birthday in arrears! Kyenpia was up before Leonel. He would usually stir at exactly 4:30 a.m. each morning, and she, an hour later. But she hadn’t had a good sleep in three days. Somewhere in Boston, Ishi lay on a hospital bed in an intensive care unit. It didn’t feel right to her that he was there; he had been through so much already. His surgery had gone well but recovery was slow. This drove Kyenpia crazy, and it showed. Her body was terrible at keeping secrets. First, it was the rapid weight loss, then the anxiety attacks that she tried to hide, and now the sleeplessness. Leonel was beginning to ask questions. This was in addition to the passive-aggressiveness he had displayed for five days. “Do we need…

The Problem With “Not All Men”

“Not all Men.” If you’ve been active online these past couple of days and for the past few years, the phrase above would not be new to you. It has become the slogan that pops up whenever women talk about rape, misogyny, and when they share stories of their experiences with sexism and toxic male behavior. The responses they always get are “Not all men are rapists,” “Not all men grope women in public places,” “Not all men are sexist.” Of course, this is true, but when the argument is there to swing the discussion away from the oppression of women, just to protect masculinity, we put a dent in the fight against the prevalent issues women. It has become the norm for men to come out in droves to defend themselves and make clear that they are not to be counted amongst the men that hurt women, without actually…

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