I’ve Been Thinking about Tunde and Obada Market

“By the time I turned 10, I couldn’t remember Tunde’s face, and that made me sad because Tunde was my first best friend. I think I was 6 years old when my family moved from my late grandfather’s house which sat in the middle of Obada market, the main open market in Ikire, where my friendship with Tunde had begun and thrived, into my parents’ fenced four-bedroom bungalow on the outskirts of Ikire where I could access Tunde only through memories of the moments we shared.”

Then, The White Man Called Us “Niggers”

“As the four of us in the U-Haul truck talked about Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Africa, Bowling Green, and the United States, I was having another conversation – the quiet type of conversation you have with your friend when someone is acting a fool at a dinner party – with my other roommate, the one who had been quiet when the white man asked where we ‘niggers’ were from. “

Here’s How to Edit Your Drafts

“You can take the easy way out by using editing apps like Grammarly. That said, note that these apps often miss some errors, and they can misinterpret your statements and give you wrong suggestions. When you’re blind, you can’t tell when a salesperson has given you a red shirt instead of a pink one.”

Pay $1000 for a Domain Name? Not This Guy!

“After some back and forth with a representative of the company hoarding yinks.com, they said, ‘this will cost you nothing less than four figures,’ and I started to chuckle. Like a celebrity scandal, the chuckling grew into a burst of loud laughter. There was no way I would spend about $1000 on a domain name. I could buy a good plot of land in Nigeria with that amount. Oh, I had a good laugh. In fact, when I finally settled down, I replied the representative, ‘You’ve made my day. I hope you enjoy the rest of yours.’”

The Therapeutic Effects of Drake’s “Yebba’s Heartbreak”

“For many reasons, “Yebba’s Heartbreak” is one of my favorite tracks on Drake’s 2021 album, Certified Lover Boy. The relevant reason here is that the excellent hypnotizing vocal performance from Yebba collaborates with the song’s emotional lyrics to deliver a different (but appropriate) therapeutic effect every time I listen to it.”

The Mission: A Short Story

“To get into this business, you don’t necessarily need the man. Unfortunately, the three of us, like most folks in Cuny Island, don’t have a car. You see, Cuny Island is not really an island. People call this place an island only because outsiders don’t come here since our streets are the shadiest and most violent, especially in the summer. The man is the only supplier who has enough products and is bold enough to drive up here. So, we need the man. And so do Zion and Big T – the reason we have failed at this mission two times already.”

The Wounded Socialization of a Muslim-Christian Child

“By the time I was 6 years old, I was used to the Imam of our local mosque speaking highly of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) as he declared that Christians were only playing themselves. At my mother’s church, pastors would roar that because one must accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior to enter heaven, Muslims are doomed. Each side professed that the other was fooling me, and both sides demanded my solidarity at the front where my socialization as a young child was wounded.”