Friday, December 28, 2007
Her heart felt tighter....she felt like she was suffocating, she curled herself on the bed and waited...perhaps there were no tears left? she slowly got up and looked at herself in the mirror. The begining of a laugh was starting to form at the corners of her lips...slowly, she let it out, she laughed and laughed until she could laugh no more. She shook her head and thought of that call, that had changed it all, he had finally answered she had thought...finally...it took her a second to realize that it was not his voice on the other end of the line...it was "her" voice... whoever she was.
Maria looked up from the couch where she was lying, "have you checked your gym bag"?
"It is not there, I tell you! I can never find anything in this bloody house. Just look at the kitchen, it’s a mess. Must I do everything in this house?"
Maria sighed and turned up the volume of the TV
"I mean, why can't you clean this place up? Instead of watching TV?"
"I am tired, Jonathan"
"You are always tired! You are so lazy! Where the fuck is my water bottle? And why don't you help me find it? That’s what I don't understand, instead of helping out, you just pretend like you don't understand what is happening"
Maria got up, she put on her slippers and slowly walked around, it was obvious she was not looking for anything; her eyes were still fixed on the TV screen.
"Why don't you buy another one when you get there?"
"That’s what I don't understand with you! Why should I buy another one when I have one already? Women! All you know how to do is waste money...if only I can find that water bottle..."
"Better to waste money that have a heart attack, have you checked the bag?"
"How many times will I tell you? It is not there!"
Maria waited until Jonathan went upstairs, she opened the bag, and there, beneath his gym clothes was the water bottle.
"I have found it!"
"In your gym bag of course, where else?, you must have put it in and forgot, you are beginning to show symptoms of Alzheimer’s ... you should go and check yourself"
"Its because I never get any help in this bloody house, I have to do everything myself!"
Jonathan took his bag and walked out of the house, banging the door as he left.
Maria lay down on the couch, and the phone rang. She let it ring for a couple of minutes before she picked it up
"I am sorry"
"You are a difficult man"
"I did not mean all those things I said, I am just tired and stressed"
"You are difficult"
"I am sorry"
"You will never change. I am going off to bed now; don't forget to put on the alarm when you come in, Good night"
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
He had been young then, life was full of promises and then he had met her...Pamela. Life with Pamela...it had been...glorious. That was the only word he could use to describe it, glorious. Breakfasts in bed, sex in the middle of the day, late night outings, vacations to the most amazing places, dinners and shopping sprees. It had been glorious. He did not remember when he first started hating going home. He could not remember when her perfect teeth began to look like fangs, he did not remember when that oval face he loved to kiss became shapeless and her hair that he once lovingly put his fingers through became barbed wire, tearing at the skin of his fingers...he could not remember when she became ugly. He had come home one day, and instead of Pamela, stood this person, an imitation of Pamela. His days and nights became hell but he tried, to live with her...the imitation of Pamela, until that night when he came home and the barbed wire had turned to snakes....then he knew he had to let her go.
"Why won't you let me love you?" Sandra stood at the door of the balcony, asking him with those intense eyes of hers...
"Go back to bed Sandra, I'll be in a minute, it’s a bit nippy out here"
He did not answer the question, he had no answer.
"John, why won't you let me love you?"
Again, he was silent.
He stood out on the balcony and watched her put her bag in her car, he watched her get in and watched her drive off.
“Do you know why you are being punished again?”
If you would only tell me, I will be forever grateful, pray, tell me why? Because I know for sure something you all don’t know...
“Do you realize you are the only one left here, again?”
I realize, dear young adult, but I also realize that I know something that you don’t...
“Why can you not, like all the other juniors say “forgive me?” why can’t you?”
Because I know something you don’t, that my world is bigger than those two words and bigger than you...
“I don’t know why senior”
“You don’t know why? Do you admit you have done something wrong?”
Something wrong, something right, who is the judge? My world is bigger than right and wrong, bigger than this space, this time...
“Once again, you will stay here, while others are sleeping, you will kneel down all night since you cannot say “forgive me”
All through the night...reminds me of a song, all night long, all night long....
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
December 9th is UN International Anti-Corruption Day and Nigerian Lighthouse seeks to commemorate this day with a small but pertinent project.
The goal is to get as many people to write a 50 word (or less) message on how to eradicate corruption in Nigeria. All submitted messages will be posted at the website - nigerianlighthouse.org Most Nigerians have an opinion on how to stop corruption. Here is a chance to share that idea with the world! So, simply write a message of 50 (or less) words and send it to NigerianLighthouse@gmail.com. Then send another message to your friends encouraging them to participate as well. This will only take 5 minutes of your time and the rewards - sharing ideas that will definitely improve Nigeria - is more than worth it.
Hope to hear from you all!
She could hear his voice, it was there, faint beneath all the other sounds, music, laughter, clicking of glasses. She dropped the phone. She stood alone at the bus stop and imagined he had picked and said
"Hi love! so lovely you called, I was just thinking about you!"
But he had not said that, he had been too busy to think about her...she looked across the road, a shop was opened, she walked across the road as fast as she could, for some reason she felt a need for urgency, perhaps it was the cold air. She bought a pack of cigarettes and lit one, her lungs sucked in the poison hungrily as her thoughts floated away again. She remembered his face as vividly as if he was standing before her, his gentle eyes, his chin...that had left her own chin bruised that night as he kissed her...she could see him now...the way he walked... She looked at the phone again, she wanted to ask him if he remembered when he had bruised her chin. The bus came and went and she was still standing there, thinking of him. She did not see it when it happened, she did not know, she had been lost in her own world, but she could hear them talking...
"Its bad, really bad"
"Poor girl and she is so pretty too!"
"Stabbed like that, probably for her phone"
"I wonder what this world is coming to"
She tried to tell them that she could hear them, she could hear them very clearly, they looked like angels, all dressed in white.
"Did she have anything on her? we should call somebody"
"I found a picture, in her wallet, but nothing else, I wonder who it is"
She wanted to tell them that it was him, the man that made her happy, the one that brought a smile back to her face but she could not, their voices were drowning out and she felt like she was floating, she closed her eyes...time to sleep.
"This world is a terrible place"
The boy ran all the way home. He had not meant to stab her but he had. He just wanted her phone, he had asked her twice to give it to him, why didn't she? why didn't she? when he got close to her, she had turned around so fast, it was only then that he had realized that she had not heard him. Her fast movement shocked him...the knife was in front of him...he had not meant to stab her.
"Danny, are you home?"
"Don't let your father hear you were out again, when you are 18 you can do what you want,until then, you know the rules in this house"
He put the phone under the pillow at first, he could not bear to look at it. A strange sound was coming from the phone...he slowly looked at it, there was a message....
"Sorry dear, I am out with a couple of friends drinking, it is very noisy, I'll call you later. Miss you"
Friday, December 7, 2007
The birthday party: When I was in Nigeria, I found out an old childhood friend who I have not seen in more than 15 years now, lives here. We got in touch and it has been fun gisting with him occasionally, yes... occasionally. The man has an obsession and its called : WOMAN. In his head, he is convinced that his whole life will be perfect once he finds that "woman", that's how he talks, "if say i get woman, everything for just settle" , "ah! see as my walls dey jump for joy cos woman enter my house today" "the Bible says to find a woman is to find a good thing" "Imagine if I had a woman, I would be so happy", etc, etc. Most of the times, I listen and then by the time he says the word "woman" for the up tenth time, I am ready to explode! He knows I find the whole topic very irritating and I think this just gets him going anyway.
So, it was his birthday party, he asked if I could help him with some dishes, it was my pleasure, I was bored anyway. I had asked him earlier in the week about how many guests he was expecting, he said 15. 15? I have lived in this country for 5 years and if I had to invite 15 people, it will probably have to include people I see in the gym plus the Arab guy that does my hair. 15 people indeed! I thought perhaps it was his church people, he is an ardent church goer, but no, he tells me he has invited the other students on his corridor(He is a student and lives in one of those student buildings). I asked him if he actually knew them, he said no, but he just thought they would be happy to come as per free booze and food. I did not want to spoil his optimism but I had my doubts. In this country? It would never happen! I lived in the same building for five years and the only time I spoke to my neighbours was when I was moving out! 15 people indeed!
Anyway, we made food for 15 people,rice, chicken, salad, different pies, etc. He bought about two cartons of beer and I arrived with two bottles of wine, just in case. An hour later, and we are the only two.... I had already started drinking and we had eaten enough jollof rice. Finally an Egyptian student came down... he had been here for three months and hated it. He was so happy to be with us, in fact, we were all "Africans" that night! Apparently his big memory of Nigeria was when Nigeria won the world cup or something in Egypt(I am sure the guys here will know), he was just a kid then and used to sit at the Nigerian side cos they were colourful and there was music etc. In fact, he had ended up in one of the newspapers, all painted with Naija green white green. He was a very nice guy, not used to hard life, when I shook his hands, I was so ashamed of mine, his hands were so soft...so so soft. Anyway, so he tells us of how miserable he was, first time away from home, (he is 27 heheheeh) how he was having problems fitting in. I told him it was the place, it was new, he'll soon adjust and get over it. He told me a splendid proverb (I am sure we all know different versions of this in different languages), he said "If you are on the way to paradise and the company of people with you is horrible, you will be miserable even if you know paradise is waiting for you. If on the other hand, you are on the way to hell, and the company of people with you is great, you will enjoy the journey even if you know your destination is hell". According to him, the reason why he was so miserable had nothing to do with the place but the people residing in it.
Thankfully, another of his friends arrived, one naija guy and his wife.They both were not drinking cos he was driving and I think she was breast feeding, the Egyptian guy was not drinking and my friend insisted on drinking his beer. I ended up drinking two bottles of wine, convinced them to play naija music "Ohhhh Christianaaaaaa", and got totally wasted. The good part of the party was everybody got enough food to last them that week. At about 1 or so, the party was over, my friend went to the city to find "woman", the couple left with many thanks for the extra food, the Egyptian guy left happy with phone numbers and I stumbled home drunk and full.
The bazaar: I went to the city for breakfast the next day. I was bored, it was Sunday and there was nothing to do. After roaming the streets with no particular destination, I ended up on the street where the Catholic church is situated. This is a protestant country, so the Catholic church is normally for the immigrants/foreigners, whatever. Anyway, so I get there, and they are having a bazaar. I think church and weddings is the only place where you see different generations together. Old people, young couples, kids every where. I had nothing to do, so I took up a perfect observation post by the food stalls....
The Spanish stall: The rice looked good, but after the jollof rice of the day before.... mba
The Albanian stall: Some sort of bread... the man manning the store was old and looked sour...like the bread.
The Croatian stall: The usual assortment of sweet stuff... at first nobody was buying anything from them, this worried me cos I know the Croatians are fierce loyalists...where were their people? Ah! but I did not have to wait for long, they were apparently having their own service about the time I arrived... anyway, after the service, they cleared up that stall like a wave of ants. I tell you! They ignored all the other stalls and just bought everything their own stall had on display. They never disappoint.
The Indian stall: Bought a plate of rice and chicken. I regretted it.
The Korean "mission" stall: The liveliest of them all! They persuaded me into buying packets of noodles and some strange Korean sweets. I also got a plate of free sushi, but with meat instead of fish, does that make it sushi?
I ate at a table with an Italian father and son. He was so loving but firm, the father I mean... anyway, all in all, it was a good day.
Friendship:Through out my adult life, I can almost pin point the exact moment a friendship began. Yeah, I am one of those people, I could tell you with accuracy how many friendships in my adult life started. Take Catherine for example, I remember that day in class more than 5 years a go when she was taking part in a heated debate about immigration. She was the only person of a particular view in class, and the whole class was slicing her up like raw meat at a butchers shop....they seemed to be enjoying it too much so I decided to tip the scale a bit. Together, we managed to totally shred them to bits, much to the amusement of the teacher who seemed to understand what was going on. I met up with her after the class....
"Hey, you know, I did not believe in any of your arguments, I just joined in cos it was unfair....the whole class against you"
"Ha! I did not believe in my arguments either, I just wanted them to look at things from another angle, how can a whole class have only one point of view?
I always knew she was destined for politics...not me...too much of a dreamer to be a realist. I hardly see her these days, she is often caught up championing one cause or another, but she has been there when it mattered, and for that, I am always grateful. Yes, but why am I digressing from the story at hand? I was going to talk about the beginning of a friendship.....
He was waiting for me when I arrived, we often nod to each other, he had introduced himself one day to me, someone had told him we were "in the same profession". Since then, we had not spoken and I had since forgotten his name.
"Hi, I was looking for you, you've not been around"
"Oh, I have been very ill"
"I was wondering.... so how are you?
"I am fine now, thanks"
"Yeah... just the usual"
He is looking intensely at me now....
"So how's life...in general?"
We both laugh...
"I feel this thing...hanging over my head... I have..."
"Yeah, thats probably the word...I have so many unfinished stuff, I just wish I could do everything I want...I don't know"
"You know, don't worry about it too much, you "ll be okay"
"Yeah, so what about you? how's life?"
"Well, this is life"
"What do you mean?"
"This is my life, pathetic huh? I am 35 years old, and this is all I have"
"Wife? girlfriend? hobbies?"
"Nothing. I have nothing. This is all I do...so you see, don't worry, its the same for everybody"
"I am not a "misery loves company" kind of person, I'll just feel bad for myself and then worse for you"
"I did not think you were that kind... Just don't beat yourself up about it...it will be okay, you'll be fine.
I turned to go, I was already feeling better....
"Hey, about hobbies....I could probably hook you up, I am a good hobby finder...what's your name?
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Brief history: When I was in Warri last summer, I was invited to one of those comedy shows, and these guys performed. Okay, so the highlight of the whole show, was their mum, (dressed in serious traditional wear) who kept on running back and forth taking their pictures, clapping, hailing etc. The whole crowd kept cheering her on... hehehehe, anyway, when their number ended, the comedian who came on after them said: "abeg, make una clap for the mama, she born talent!"
Monday, December 3, 2007
N.b: My wish for you all this week is to find lots of love and happiness in your family, family is beautiful... respect yours and respect the families of others as well. Take care people!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
"My son, I met Ogechi today, Ikemefuna's mother at the market. She told me of your kindness, allowing Ikemefuna to join the rehearsals"
Ogbunike looked up at his mother, he had not heard her come in. She looked tired and old, he still remembered when she used to take him to the stream, to wash clothes and swim. That was before he became a man and had to wash himself at the other end of the stream with other men. How he missed those days! She used to sing a lot then and how he loved to play in the water while she washed the clothes and sang. His father told him that when she was younger, he and the other men used to sit at the other end of the stream listening to her voice. He quickly put his drum away to help his mother with the basket of yams she had on her head.
"yes, Onyinye thinks he will be better for the Nkombi dance"
"Nobody is better than you, my son"
She looked at her son, he was a man, a man in love. She knew he was in love with Onyinye, daughter of Chioma and Okafor. She had been waiting for the day when he would finally tell this to her, but days were becoming years and still Ogbunike had not said anything. She was worried, Onyinye was now a woman, her friends were getting spoken for, and Nneka was afraid Ogbunike might lose his chance if he waited any longer. This Nkombi dance was probably his last chance.
"I was surprised my son. You have always played the drums for the Nkombi dance....why Ikemefuna?"
"I told you. The girls think he will be better for them. Mama, I do not want to be the reason why Ifeoma and Ugonna are not spoken for again this year."
"Does the blackness of the night blame its colour on the sound of the crickets?"
"Mama, I do not understand"
"These days, you young ones have forgotton the tongues of the wise ones, I told your father, that it will be so with you. Proverbs are rich my son, try to understand them"
"But I do not understand mama, the colour of blackness....the sound of crickets.... what has that got to do with Ugonna and Ifeoma and the Nkombi dance?"
" Ifeoma and Ugonna have not been spoken for because they are ugly. Everybody in the village knows that. The rhythm of your hands, the Nkombi dance, the new yam festival, nothing can save them....except maybe Ogidikpo!"
Ogbunike laughed. His mother had a way of making everything seem so light and easy. Ogidikpo..... the humped bank palm wine tapper with the missing front tooth. He looked at his mother affectionately, he dreaded the day he would have to tell her had had fallen in love, he did not want to leave her yet.
"Come mama, let me help you with dinner, I already cooked the yams, let me pound it, and warm the left over soup from breakfast"
" A man does not pound yam, do not let your mates hear you"
" Don't worry mama, there is nobody here, here is water, it is cold, rest, the food will soon be ready"
Nneka looked at her son as he brought out the mortar and pestle. She was worried, she had to prepare him for the role of a husband. It was times like this that she missed her husband.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
The sound of the drum was coming from the market square. The sounds were familiar yet Ogbunike knew everything was wrong. The rhythm did not follow the akpati rhythm. The one taught from generation to generation as Ogbunike knew it. The one taught to his father by his grandfather. The drum was definitely the Ogidi, but who dared to play the Ogidi without the akpati rhythm?
In the village square was a scene that made the muscles of Ogbunike tighten at the nape of his neck. It was not the sight of Ikemefuna beating recklessly away at the Ogidi that did it but the sight of the person in the middle, dancing with careless abandonment.....Onyinye. The drums slowly calmed down and Ogbunike’s presence was soon felt....like rain after a hot day.
“Ogbunike, come brother, here is the Ogidi, humor us with the rhythm of your hands”
“Ah! Ikemefuna, I’m afraid it is too late for the Ogidi”
“Are you an old man now?”
This drew laughter from the crowd and it seemed to Ogbunike that Onyinye laughed louder and longer than everybody else.
“Old....we shall all reach that stage when our hands tremble at the simplest of okanka rythms. No, old I am not, but the ogidi is better played under the shadows of daylight”
Silence descended on the crowd, the words of Ogbunike had struck deep, it was a well known fact that the ogidi was only brought out during the day. That they had chosen to ignore that fact made them bow their heads with shame.
“Well perhaps it is time that the sound of the Ogidi is recognized under moonlight” and with that, Ikemefuna began his strange thumping, and the crowd went back to their dancing. Ogbunike went on his way but it was not long before his ears caught the sound of running feet behind him
“Ogbunike! Ogbunike!”, it was Onyinye, who seemed to be out of breath from trying to catch up with Ogbunike, whose feet was on their own rhythm this night, getting as far away from strange thumping of Ikemefuna's hands.
“Ogbunike! Will you not escort me home? What will your mother say, leaving your neighbor on a night like this?”
“I am sorry. I was not aware you would be going home so early. The night is still young”
“Yes, the night is young, but I thought perhaps, this would be a good time to continue the discussion we had some days ago”
“Ah the new yam festival! The dance rehearsals will start in two market days”
“Ehhhhhh, you see, Ogbunike, we were thinking……”
“You mean Ugonna and Ifeoma....”
“Yes, my peer mates, we were thinking that we’d like the Nkombi dance to be played by Ikemefuna....”
She looked down as she spoke
“Yes, Ikemefuna. His rhythm is different. Perhaps we can beat the village of Okete this year”
“Ikemefuna is not in the group. The rehearsals have already been planned”
“Yes, that is why I wanted to talk to you, you are the leader, you can put Ikemefuna in, and besides, you hate the Nkombi dance, you lament every year and every year, we have to fight you to include it. This year, you will not have to grit your teeth”.
“I do not grit my teeth”
“Yes you do, every time we practice the Nkombi dance”
“Perhaps it’s because the Nkombi dance is a stupid dance. A competition for you girls to become spiteful to each other”.
“Ogbunike, the Nkombi dance is for me and my peer mates, perhaps to you it is spiteful but don’t forget many girls are married every year because of the Nkombi”
“That is why it is stupid, choosing a wife because of the way her buttocks move... And you say I am old”
“I never said you were old, afterall,you are only five years ahead of me. I have known you since childhood, you taught me to break kennels....”
Her voice had softened and he could hear her heart beat in the stillness of the night.
“Onyinye, if you really want Ikemefuna to play the Nkombi, this year, then…, It is okay.....he can join us for rehearsals”
“Really ? Oh thank you Ogbunike! The girls were so sure you would say no, but I told them Ogbunike has a heart of gold! Just like your mother! Oh, I have to go and tell the girls, they will be so excited”
And with that, Onyinye started back towards the market square.
“But who will escort you home?” shouted Ogbunike at her retreating figure,
“Don’t worry, Ikemefuna will!” came the resounding reply.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
Voice: She is dead
Voice: You know who
Ben:She is dead.....
Voice:You have nothing to say...
Ben: No, there is nothing to say about death
Voice:She died at exactly 3'o'clock
Voice:Nobody knows, she was alone
Ben: One less human being
Voice:....in the world. Is that all you have to say?
Ben: About what?
Voice: About her death...
Ben: Who can say anything about death?
Voice:Plenty people....Preachers, philosophers, teachers....plenty people....
Ben:I have nothing to say
Voice: She left a letter for you
Ben: Death can not speak
Voice: I read it
Ben: Death can not speak
Voice: She says she loves you
Ben: Like many others have....
Voice: She says she is sorry
Ben: Like many others are...
Voice: She says good bye
Ben: Don't they all?
Voice: She wants you to take that trip...she says you know the one...
Ben: Death can not speak, she is dead
Voice: She gave everything away...except her typewriter....she wants you to have it.
Ben: She is dead....
Voice: Yes she is. Goodbye Ben, I will send the typewriter by post. Take care of yourself, I suppose you won't be at the funeral?
Ben: No, Good bye.
As Ben hung up the phone, he slowly lay down on the cold floor and closed his eyes..... an inhumane shriek echoed through his brain. It was a while before he realized the sound was coming from him,the darkness and wildness of the shriek scared him, it was nothing he had ever heard before but.... it was coming from him.
He slowly stood up and walked over to the calender, the only other thing that hung on his walls apart from the picture...the picture of Abbey. He crossed out a date, and underneath it, wrote "Abbey is dead". He took the picture of Abbey and placed it on top of the clothes in his open suitcase. He slowly picked up the phone and made the call he had been dreading for the last two years....
"Good afternoon, I need to know when I can get on the next possible flight to Havana, Cuba"
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
"Ah ah! Papa Pius, you know yam and palm and oil is one of my favourite dishes! especially when prepared by your wife Carol"
"Ogbunike, I will tell you again, you a useless man! the next time you dip your hands into my palm oil, you will see trouble......by the way, have you heard?"
"Heard what pappa Pius?"
"The Iroko tree has fallen"
"Ahhhhhhhhhh, you mean...."
"Yes, I mean it, cut at the stump, it fell sideways...heavy, like a pregnant woman"
"The iroko tree.....has finally fallen"
"Ogbunike, a word of caution... beware of where you dip your fingers...things are happening in this village....beware"
"Pappa Pius, I have heard. Your words are always sound. I shall be cautious....but we all know who the best drummer is in Ogbatofia"
"Yes, Ogbunike, we know, but I have heard that Ikemefuna and his people, especially Mazi Edoh, they have been to our king, word is, this year, the stump of the Iroko tree is to be shared!
"Abomination! the stump of the Iroko tree has always belonged to my people! the ancient drummers of Ogbatofia! abomination! the king will not do it....he can not".
"That is for our King to decide, but sit my friend, let me send for more palm oil, this is new yam, just harvested yesterday by Carol, let us eat, the heat of the yam, calls now"
"Thank you Pappa Pius let us eat"
To be continued.
"Then, some female members of the chamber, led by Hadija Bukar Ibrahim from Yobe State, knelt down before Etteh for about five minutes, pleading with her to thrown in the towel".
I no know wetin dey do naija people, all this kain serious embarrassment! anyway, make una enjoy the report here.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
P.S: I think I will be eating egusi today....there's just something about highlife....I wonder where I can get "cowleg" in this city?
Monday, October 29, 2007
Yeah, yeah, and so what? I went through a great deal of fucking stress to make it it to your party....
"Oh Thank you so much",
Let us see, a glass of champagne, whatever, anything to drink, help get through this....
"Oh the flowers are so beautiful! wow! what a mighty bouquet",
Ah! no need to heap too much praises, all you have to do is take the time and effort and fucking go to the ghetto, you'll get a mighty one, those Arabs, they know their stuff.....
"Glad you like it!"
Hmmmmm, good, I don't have to do anything, I'll just sit and make small talk..... how absurd... today, I really have nothing to say, no idle conversation, no observations, nothing, I am dry. The house is looking very nice... whatever...I really have nothing to say....my thoughts are on other things....I want to go home....I have nothing to say....
"waffy, your hair really suits you, brings out your eyes"
"Thank you, can't wait for it to grow again"
Normally, I would have told them the story of my hair turning to "dada", but I really do not feel like it today, I am dry. Time to eat, thank God, I was turning into a fossil in the corner, I will eat fast, so I can leave, here is your present, happy you like it, bought it with my heart, yes.... but I need to go, this place, I need to go. Thank you for everything, the food was delicious. Good bye everybody, I will not bother hugging you all, I need to go, it is cold, dark. I can only walk as fast as I can. I am not happy, it is dark, I need to get home. I am not happy.
Your life must be so busy, with so many moments in the day. I can only imagine how distracting my texts and e mails have been to you. I can only imagine the time wasted answering my mails and texts. Time you could have spent doing something more important than answering me. I can only imagine how my texts have irritated you, coming at odd times, when you are busy living your very interesting life. I wonder how many calls you have diverted and how many texts have gone unanswered because of your so busy life. One thing is for sure, I am an unwelcome distraction in your life. I will distract you no more, so you can live your life without the annoying plings of incoming texts and emails.
P.S: It is only because I am not sure if you smile or sigh when you get my texts/emails. It is a burden on my mind, I'd so hate for it to be a sigh!
Saturday, October 27, 2007
A young girl, relative of an AC member was gang raped and tortured by PDP thugs and the criminals are still free? while the girl is still in hospital, traumatised and scarred for life? for what? politics? I am too angry and upset to write. What the hell is this? Abeg, read the shocking story, here
NOTE: Can't for the love of God, find the article on the guardian website. It was writted under "editorial" and was published 25/10/07. I think the title was "rape of a school girl in Ilesa" or something similar!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
"The former governor may be facing trial over illegal acquisition of assets in a London court, his kinsmen back home in Oghara have vowed to defend the honour of the beleaguered former governor.
Rising from a meeting in Asaba yesterday, they condemned what they described as a calculated attempt to tarnish Ibori's eight years administration in the state, emphasising their "readiness to ensure that those glorious years are not in vain."
Present at the meeting were the Delta State Commissioner of Special Duties, Mr. Champion Kpateghe; the Iyasere of Oghara, Chief Champion Oboh-Uzzi; High Chief William Ibori and a host of others.
Kpateghe said that no matter the travail Ibori may be facing today, there is no denying the fact that he remains a great force to be reckoned with in Nigerian politics, alleging that the whole affair smacked of the machination of some people who are not comfortable with the rising profile of the erstwhile Delta
While urging all Deltans to be steadfast, the Commissioner advised people to shun divisive tendencies as what is most required at present is the unity of all the different ethnic groups that make up the state.
As a top official of the current administration of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, he promised to always strive to maintain the legacies of his kinsman".
Honour? glorious? legacy? dem dey craise? for which state? Delta? e be like say winsh don catch all of them. They should go for deliverance before its too late!
Nb: imagine the kain people wey dey support am, their names na "Champion", abeg i go die today! "machination?" I never hear that kain thing before, anybody know wetin dat wan mean?
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
I just sent a message urging the IMF to fulfill a promise they made to cancel Liberia's debt. Right now they are saddled with $4.5 billion of debt that was accumulated under corrupt dictator Samuel Doe. If the IMF were to fulfill its promise to cancel this debt the democratic government could dedicate resources to fighting poverty and rebuilding their country after 14 years of civil war.
You can send an email to the IMF here
Thanks for taking action with me.
Monday, October 22, 2007
We enjoy this song die for Warri those days!
P.S: Hers's our winter song, enjoy!
dis kain ashawo song for winter na wa oh!
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
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Mother: So, it is really very hard
child : Mummy are you talking about me?
Grandma: Please child, I and your mother are discussing now.....
Mother: Anyway, so while all this is going on.....
Child: Mummy, what are you talking about?
Mother: Please, can you be quiet, I and your grand ma are having an adult conversation...
Child: Grandma, are you talking about me?
Grandma: No, please be quiet now.
Child: Mummy are you talking about me?
On the train
Girl on phone: Do you think you can come and pick me up?
Why can't you?
No, thats not true, I never ask you to pick me up....
In fact, come to think of it, why don't you?
Other boyfriends, don't they pick their girlfriends?
I don't understand why you can never help me out, after all, it is not everytime I ask you for a favour.....
Really, when last did you pick me up?
At another bus stop
Young boy: Really, I think teachers are so stupid!
Friend: Me too! their own is just to follow their fucking syllabus! they are so dumb!
Young boy: I can't stand teachers, they are so stupid sometimes!
Young boy: They never give good grades for those that try really hard, for example, i always get good grades in P.E, even though I miss classes, but because I am so fit, ofcourse I can do all the exercises we are given, but there is a guy in my class that is overweight, he is always present and tries really hard, but ofcourse he can not do all the physical activities properly because of his weight, and he never gets good grades! I think thats unfair!
At the Sauna
Teenage girl: So did you check the text? what did she say?
Other teenage girl: She was like, ehhhh "It was a tough week but i am better now"....... something like that... at least she answered my text....like....its like...it would have been embarassing other wise....i don't know....like...but ...
Teenage girl: Like how?
Other teenage girl: Like, I don't know if she was just being polite...you know...if she was really being honest.....I mean....its like....Its been a week now...do you think she can get over him so fast? ....like, I don't know....its just somehow....
Teenage girl: The thing is like, she has bad self esteem, like self confidence...
Other teeange girl: Its like, outside, she is like, very outgoing....but inside...I mean...I think she has bad self esteem....and it shows...like it shows....
Teenage girl: And what did Sabrina say?
Other teenage girl: ehhhh, she was the one that told me they had broken up....when she told me she sounded so...eh...serious but later when I asked her ....she was just like....eh? like who cares? that sort of thing....so I don't know, but the thing is, he never really liked her anyway....so I don't know....she has bad self-esteem.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Also, please check out this website, called why democracy?
It is a wonderful project involving 38 public service tv stations all over the world. They will be showing different documentaries and short films about democracy. I have watched two so far, and they have been very interesting and eye-opening. Go to the website and check for the screening time in your country. The documentaries will run from the 8th of october. I implore you all to watch a few of them, if not all!
Here are the documentaries and the short films.
For those too lazy to check out the website, hope this gets you interested!
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Euripides - The Suppliants
I have only two blogs, "THE WAFFARIAN"(formerly known as "waffy girl in Europe") and Waffy's Corner. However, there is another blogger called "cally-waffybabe", thats NOT me, I think she is also "calabar girl's pal".I have not sent out invites for any of my blogs.
Dear Waffy,(I've removed my real name ofcourse)
I cannot begin to express my gratitude for your kind message. Knowing
my readers are feeling and going through in their lives only inspires
continue my work.
Nothing is impossible, as long as you wish it with all your heart.
You can laugh all you want, yes I am being childish and loving it!
Lord God almighty, the one who is and who was!
We thank you that you have taken your great power and have begun to rule!
The heathen were filled with rage,
because the time for your anger has come,
the time for the dead to be judged,
The time has come to reward your servants, the prophets,
and all your people, all who have reverence for you,
great and small alike,
The time has come to destroy those who destroy the earth!
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
I will be removing the comment section from my posts, not because I do not appreciate your comments, I really do, but when I started this blog, I did it because I love to write and for no other reason. I am very grateful for all the comments I have received so far and I thank you all for them. I will of course always reply my emails.
Lots of love
TO PATRICE: waffy's corner is now invite only, I don't know how else to reach you. Send me an email.
Monday, October 1, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
There was once a wise man who moved to the city of Akbar. No one took much notice of him, and his teachings were not taken up by the populace. After a time, he became the object of their mockery and their ironic comments.
One day, while he was walking down the main street in Akbar, a group of men and women began insulting him. Instead of pretending that he had not noticed, the wise man turned to them and blessed them.
One of them said:
"Are you deaf too? We call you the foulest of names and yet you respond with sweet words!"
"We can each of us only offer what we have", came the wise man's reply.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Me: We are finishing these, right?
Him: Of course.
We finished our cigarettes and went up the lift, we stopped at the same door.
Me: I think we are in the same course
Him: Thank God! a normal person at last!
Thus, commenced a friendship and invention of the "coffee club". The coffee club started off with very honourable intentions, we were going to go to the cafe after every course and do our assignments together while drinking coffee and smoking. Well, the coffee club continued throughout the duration of the course but the only honorable thing we ever did on our meetings was to have discussions on books we had read, apart from that, the sessions were mostly filled with gossiping and smoking our lungs away. Soon enough though, the coffee club became quite popular as other members of the course thought it was a great idea to "study". Unfortunately, not everybody was suited for the coffee club and we were wont to "sack" people at will. I remember a particular case of a very sweet Greek girl that became a regular in the club circuit. She turned up like clockwork and would actually make us do some work. However, one day, she also happened to open her mouth. She was quite young but already had very strong political views. She had a lot of hatred for her Turkish neighbours and expressed her views quite openly. The founding members of the club both agreed that she was no longer suitable to be a member of our club. We "sacked" her that same day. The club disbanded after our course ended and we all soon went our different ways but by this time next month, there will be a reunion of the coffee club with the only two members left.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
update: I am going to cut my hair now, I am sad.Yes, self pity. Its not fair, I do everything right, really try hard and every fucking time, some shit like this happens. I hate this shit life and everything in it!
update on the update: I now have short hair. Life sucks and yes, I am still wallowing in self pity!
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Dear Lord, guide my brother, let him continue to be the good and kind person you have made, may his days on earth be full of love and kindness, may his life continue to be a blessing to everyone around him, but most of all, give him happiness and fulfillment.
The world is waiting, off you go!
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Nigeria will be 47 on October 1st. To celebrate the nation’s birthday and to commemorate Nigerian Lighthouse’s inception, we present the Speak Up Nigeria campaign. This is an attempt to encourage unity amongst Nigerians.
Write a message to Nigeria. Whatever it is you have ever wanted to say. Your message can be long or short, funny or serious. Just send a message to your country on its day of Independence. The top 5 messages will be selected by the Nigerian Lighthouse Team and voted upon by the Nigerian blogger community. The best message will receive an IPOD NANO and the winner will be announced on October 1st.
Only one message per participant is allowed, so make it a good one!
All messages must be submitted by midnight (US Eastern time) on Saturday, September 29th.
1. One entry per participant.
2. The winning post will become the property of Nigerian Lighthouse.
3. All participants must provide their email address.
4. The winner may be asked to provide their name and address to receive their prize.
For more information, please go to NigerianLighthouse
Friday, September 7, 2007
Theme: Literacy As Democracy Dividend
DATE: NOVEMBER 9-11, 2007
VENUE: NATIONAL THEATRE, IGANMU, LAGOS
Hello people, came out of blogville retirement to announce a very cool event coming up soon in Lagos! For all you book lovers, make sure you attend,there will be symposiums, discussions, music, dance, and lots of other fun events for adults and kids. For more information, please go to cora
Saturday, August 18, 2007
"Lets get some coffee, look, maybe its free, right beside the police van"
"waffy, I don't think it is free"
"it has to be, why would there be a police van, chairs, table, coffe, at 4 o'clock in the morning on the street? I'll ask...."
"Excuse me, is it possible to get some coffee?"
"Do you want to report an incident?"
"If I report, can I get coffee?"
"Maya, lets make a report"
Party spoilers! No, no coffee for me this time around, we could have reported that white guy at the club.....I wonder if they had cookies? I bet they had, they must have, to pacify all the drunk people at night, i am sure cookies was included, oh dear, we are stopping again, oh, what nice boys, they are talking to Catherine the commander........
Fuck Fuck fuck! Catherine the commander is at blows with the nice boy, he asked her for a cigeratte, she wouldn't give him, he called her a bitch, she jumped up and gave him a slap, oh dear, he is pulling his shirt, why? for tiny Catherine? be a man, walk away, you can't fight with a girl.....oh dear, maybe he could, Catherine is still rearing to go, oh dear, but here's the police, damn, what a strong man, he's got the boy, they are pushing him in the van, I bet they give him coffee, coffee and cookies, I wonder what kind of cookies, chocolate, or just plain ones that.....
"Stop the fighting!"
Damn, who the fuck is singing "stop the fighting" so loud, this time of the night, a jamaican voice.......
"Stop the fighting!"
Oh dear, this one has gone nuts, he is following us now, singing that song, he just says the same thing over and over again......
"Jah rastafarai, we should learn to live in peace, we are all one "
Oh dear, he is now going off into some jamaican rap..... we are in the middle of the street, rasta guy is rapping, laughter, tears.... Maya is in tears, her shoes are killing her, take them off, take the damn shoes off, we don't need no shoes.....we are still here, on the street...lets go home, drink coffee and eat breakfast, lets have cookies, chocolate ones or vanilla don't worry Maya, be free, I'll watch out for dangerous stuff on the road, take your shoes off, no one needs such suffering at a time like this.Good bye rasta man, you are white, middle aged, blonde........
"how long did you live in Jamaica?"
"I was there on holiday for two weeks"
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Charlotte: "I don't feel comfortable in the south"
Comfortable, now thats a strange word, comfortable, reminds me of a soffa, big fluffy pillows, hot cocoa, shampoo, washed hair, teddy bears, climbing trees, childhood.....didn't somebody say something about a taxi?......there's one....
...... I think I'll just take a taxi, and go home......
Where is everybody? Hmmmmmmmmmm, lets see, Maya and Aaron have disappeared, something about getting a hot dog, Catherine the commander is showing off her "ethiopian shoulder shaking" dance steps to Sam, the queue doesn't seem to be letting up, but it is a warm night, reminds me of that song......"love is in the air" , damn! that song is such a "make out while you are drunk with a total stranger" song, that song and "lady", you know, the video is the one with two boys and a girl, sort of techno, came out the same time as "and if this ain't love, why does it feel so good", damnnnnn , what year was that? That summer was damn hot! outside, vodka, foriegners with blonde hair, youth hostels, train stations.......
....I can't go to the south, I am not comfortable there, I should get a taxi....
One should never do stuff that one is not comfortable with my dear, go home, fly like a bird, but the night must go on, yes, here's a big hug, goodbye dear girl, we are off, walking through the night, my friends and I, our laughter echoing through the night, one step at a time, we find our way in the dark night, through streets of....
Catherine: "I know the worst Turkish disco ever!"
Did somebody say disco? yes, lets go there, it doesn't matter if you're black or white, took my baby on a saturday.......(can't remember that part)but I believe in miracles and a miracle's gonna happen tonight, cos it don't matter if my baby's black or white, that's Micheal Jackson's black or white.....ah! wonderful! no entrance fees, but what do we have here? ahhhhhh, Fat white girls everywhere, let me guess, all my brothers are here... If I worked for immigration......wow, wait, let me settle properly, great fucking view, some arab song blasting on loudspeakers "habibi habibi", look at that white girl go! and the blacks here all seem to know the song well...."habibi habibi".....
30 minutes later......
Fuck! Fuck!! Fuck!!!, I am behind Aaron, the big security guys are between him and a white guy who smacked maya's head while passing, you have to give it to these arab boys, you disrespect their women and you are in soup! Damn..... What chivalry! What a man! he is begining to look handsome.... the white guy is still making noise, he is being thrown out of the club, Aaron is smiling, sipping his beer, damnnnnnnnnnnnnnn! well, glad that is over, lets see what else is happening.....a whole group of "peru men", all drunk, now they've switched to hip hop music, one of the guys jumps up, he is doing "b boy" steps, lets clap, lets form a circle, good, everybody is in on it......Please Lord let me not die of laughter, I can't take it anymore, my brothers have found us, drunk, everybody wants to show off.....I am dying.....I need to breathe......
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
After two bottles of wine, the story is pouring out now, in great bouts of laughter, I can not help it, the wine has gone straight into my head and I am feeling great....
"waffy, would you mind if my friend Aaron comes by? he really is fun"
Ah! anybody is welcome tonight, the night is young, everybody is looking fresh and clean...... Aaron has arrived, fresh off a holiday in Bulgaria, welcome back my friend, yeah, life must continue, forget about cheap booze and women, we are stuck here, and we shall be miserable together, Cheers to us!
"waffy is it okay if my friend Charlotte drops by, she wants to go out with us"
Tonight, anybody is welcome, let us drink and be merry, life must go on, there are ....hmmmmmmm......I should give that one a smile.......I don't care tonight.....Charlotte has arrived..... I should call my friend Catherine, I haven't see her in ages, I must tell her of my bad news and ofcourse....good news..
"Catherine, I am at "North" where are you?"
"You fucking bitch! when did you get back from Nigeria?"
"what are doing? Come to North....."
"I am home, in bed, in my pyjamas"
"Come to North....."
"It will take me 40minutes"
"Come, I'll be waiting......."
"Don't fucking go anywhere...give me 40 minutes."
"Come, I am not moving"
Great! It will be good to see Catherine again, I have missed her, I have so much to tell her..... Ah! Pretty as always, get a drink and lets move on, the night is young....
Aaron:" My friend Sam, is coming by, is it okay?"
The more the merrier! I miss SM, I wonder what he is doing? He was such a nice person, sometimes I meet really incredible souls....sometimes....
Charlotte: ....." why do Americans always talk about money?"
This one must have missed the three rules when we go out, "don't talk about religion, politics or money"....what is she on about?......but forget about her....where was I? Oh yes, I was thinking of SM, a wonderful person....Oh damn, everybody has somehow managed to leave Charlotte, she is walking beside me now, I have to be polite...... what is she going on about?
"..... so, my father told Hugh Heifner that he could not make the party and then Hugh called him and asked if he chould send his private jet...."
"this was when?"
"In the 70's, before I was born"
70's... disco era.....anyway, SM was so nice to me, I remember when I said I was hungry and......
"....so my mum used to hang out in studion 54, and she used to meet all sorts of rich Americans, she had hair all the way down her back....."
70's, disco era, Andy Warhol, drugs, cocaine, sex, beegees, yeah.... so, hmmmmmmm, when I said I was hungry, it was quite late at night, I mean everywhere was closed, yet, somehow.......
"...... so my mum was in this limousine with all these rich people and imagine, she was working in a bank in New york and the people in the limousine "owned" banks, imagine that!"
Limousine, banks, New york, musicals, broad way, glamour.....anyway, all of a sudden, he came with a tray, there was tea, and sardines and bread.....it was all too much for me, somebody being nice to me....people are never that nice, going out of their way.....he is probably out somewhere drinking now......Cheers! drink and be merry! life must.....
"........I mean, we are quite well off, but you never see me talking about money! I mean, I know we have money, I'll probably find out when my parents die, but I don't know how much........."
Money, money money, always funny, in the rich man's world, ahhhhhhhh, all the things I could do, if I had a little money.....thats an ABBA song, I loved the video as a kid......ah....yes, SM is probably drinking somewhere...Oh, here we are, I wonder how long we've been walking for? 20 minutes? but there is a long queue...... I am thinking of a song.......
Charlotte: "This is going to sound snobbish, but I don't do queues"
What the hell is the name of the song? Robin Thicke....I want it this way......I want it that way......damn!why can't i fucking get the chorus?.......you wanna roll with, you wanna....fuck! how the fuck does the chorus go?
Charlotte: "If it was a place like "TENOR"(Trendy club),i'd line up, but not this place!
I can't let that song go, what time is it? almost 2.... I'll write my sister.... sms.....what is the name of that robin thicke's song that I like?......hopefully, she'll reply and put me out of my misery......ah! good my phone is ringing......
Waffy's sister: "Lost without you!"
waffy: " abeg sing the chorus, I can't get it......."
waffy's sister: "lost without you, can't help myself, how does it feel, to know that i love you babe......lost with....
waffy: "okay okay, I got it now, thank you jare, good night!"
Lost without you, can't help myself, how does it feel....this night is going to be a good night, I can feel it.......
To be continued....
Thursday, August 9, 2007
1st year: First sighting of swans! Amazing, beautiful, ran down to sea shore to take pictures, was not fast enough, swans disappeared before I get there!
2nd year: Sighted swans from window and watched as they swam away.....did not even attempt to run down....
3rd year:This time, I made it down to sea shore, took pictures at a distance....
4th year: Ah! This time, I was prepared oh, had canoe ready, started chasing them but they were faster than my "rowing" ability, did not even manage to take pictures cos my hands were tied up.
5th year: Woke up to shouts of "waffy, your swans are here!", ran like a mad woman, grabbed a loaf of bread, practically "rolled" down to the sea shore.....ah.....and there they were....a complete family, pappa, mamma and 7 baby swans(sorry I lack the correct vocabulary, they should be chicks though since they all fall under "birds" but swans are just too beautiful......i like "baby swans"). Started feeding them, and lo and behold, they came nearer and nearer....Oh, what joy! after years of running and chasing, I finally get the perfect shots of my swans!My friends, I was smiling all day and I am still smiling!