STEREOTYPES, FIRST IMPRESSIONS AND LOVE

Yorubas are dirty. There are many racial stereotypes in Nigeria, ranging from the benign to the disgusting and sometimes we meet folks who reinforce these stereotypes while there are others who turn these stereotypes on the head, shake them thoroughly and kick them out of the room… Let’s take a pause here.

AM I BETTER THAN MY NEIGHBOUR?

“IfeOluwa lo tan gen yen fun mi” my mother ordered. It was 5:30pm, a little early to disturb the serenity of the evening with the barking of a generator I reckoned, but here she was, ordering her first son (who now doubles as her in-house chef) to do just that. I said “no, not yet”; after […]

ONE LINE OF TEAR

I was sitting on the sill of a window that had been stripped of its louvers in a class where I was supervising SS2 students as they wrote their Biology examination when I saw her walk up the steps with a sullen look on her face. “Chinelo, what is wrong with you?” She did not […]

EAT, SQUAT, LIVE

Take another look at the picture above. Done that? What you’re looking at is a beautiful but disturbing combination of rice and stew, garnished with Ila Alasepo, beans and plantain and the pseudo moin-moin Igbo delicacy that is Okpa. No I did not eat that, someone else in my lodge did. In my lodge, it […]