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Describing his face on the day he died would be a terribly hard thing to do. Not his face while he lay dead – that is easy to describe; swollen and starting to rot, all evidence of a shameful death that we will speak of later… [12mins]
It’s the seventh day of the week today. Like every other Sunday, this one is somnolent, almost as if the week has grown weak, having reached into its pharmacopoeia to pop one of the soporific pills that is supposed to aid its rest – just as God intended… [14mins]
You are quietly drowning in an ocean of memories, death patiently lying in wait. Nothing kills more than the deliberate and wicked mental playbacks of one’s blind existence; a life void of light. And this is exactly what you need, or at least what you want… [4mins]
For days, Adesuwa has been daydreaming of warm, red sand. She throws memories of it into everything she does. When she eats food conjured up in her apartment, she swallows painfully. When she makes use of the company of her loud African-American friends, or goes to the Nigerian restaurant close by to eat iyan with egusi, she still does not get the sweet taste of home… [5mins]
Swirls of dead ashes wafted out from the opposite shop, followed by the pull of something heavy, then the gentle sweep of the floor with a broom. More ashes, swirling and swirling, mingling with the dust from the sweeping and turning everywhere into a whitish gauze. Abu preferred to watch Mama Ghana this way, on most mornings… [10mins]
He tells me, “Sit down,” and I do, amused by his politeness and the direct power in his words. But this living room is his kingdom and even though he’s broken, he is king… [5mins]
At first, everybody was excited about the coming year. The last day of the year was seen as an ideal time to reflect on doing things differently. For most, a time for reinvention, to start anew, but first to break the shackles off the old year… [1min]