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A Place In Your Heart

When I was younger, I was afraid of making too many friends. I however loved to travel and believed life to be a journey that would take me to many places and make me meet many people. My fear for new friends was partly based on what people often say when they wrong others and seek forgiveness; they would say...

Time Is A Fly

Innocently the clock sits still like a student The second hand ticks past the minute The minute past the hour. Guiltily the years put a great dent On dreams we do not meet And hopes that are dour But this time, you are a fly, so prudent Rolling and rolling the helpless digit Of moments both sweet and sour. -Effiong...

It Drives Us Crazy

I don't know why boys love cars or anything with wheels. Almost all their toys are a sort of miniature speed masters. I am not referring to you that grew up with ready-made toys kids in Japan make in their daddy's garage, the same toys your daddy pay huge sums for. By "boys"  I meant kids like me that lived...

Butterfly

By chance you flew as time and tide comply A dance of wings in colour-strangled  air Like sails of ship in Sand and Sun Dubai The marriage 'tween your grace and tender care. A guard around your heart this secret keep: You yearn the one who takes away your pain Though take it long this gentle love to creep You'll...

Life is a Sport: Tug of War

That Saturday in Teslin Balogun stadium, Lagos, I supported Green House. I was meant to support it because the kids who came with me for the inter-house sports belonged there. Green House was doing well in the secondary category, but in the primary, it was neither here nor there. Yellow, with their noisy parents was everywhere. Then came the Tug...

Love and Tennis (Part 2: Love-30)

Prelude: Love is equal to tennis, and plainly so. The Tennis scoring system is almost as complex as a romantic relationship. Previously in this series, the initial point of a romantic feeling developing was being discussed. How does it grow? Let’s play… At what stage should feelings be mutual? That depends on a lot of things like circumstances and personalities...

Life is a Sport: Sack Race

I was often said to have an athletic stature, the large bones in particular, but I had a sports nightmare as a kid to really love it beyond keeping fit and healthy and leaving the extra passion for sports on TV and games on devices. Having older ones who did everything from football to gymnastics is one thing, but having...

The Thief Around Your Neck

If nothing has been stolen from you in Lagos, then you are lucky. I thought I was careful enough to avoid this menace when I lost something very valuable, stolen from me from someone trying hard to be nice. That was then, when my Lagos sojourn was still young. Well, I could be excused because I was in a hurry,...

Human Traffic

In Lagos, words and phrases have a different meaning from what they do elsewhere. We adopt one attitude: turning what annoys us to something that amuses us and laughing it off with humour. That is the Spirit of Lagos! So, when you are on your way to work and you see people struggling to pass through a makeshift bridge over...