Belle 11 – Fire on Fire

Previously on Belle: Belle-10-Glimpses Jonathan Mother had always thought that I was a hopeless romantic when it came to Belle. She said it felt like I used to dance in the movies whenever Belle graced her presence around me. At some point I almost believed her. Then I saw her in Lagos. She recently came…

Who is She?

She writes from within and places it on paper. Her diary is full of journals. Greatness and darkness create brilliance at its finest. Out of the blank white screen that stares back at her, she brings to life her vivid creations and imaginations. They are protected her angels from all the four cardinal points. Her…

Nairobi’s Traffic

Nairobi traffic jam is too slow today. But that is the least of Neville’s worries. His work contract elapses in a month and a half. He is behind on schedule on his car payments. Three days ago the bank sent him an email. Again: “How would he survive?” Neville revs up his Subaru. Traffic is…

Belle 10 – Glimpses

Previously on Belle: Belle-9-Reminiscing BAKO There was one thing I did not want to say… I was out of words when tears streamed down your face in our last few hours together and you sobbed into my chest. I wanted to say it so badly. So badly that I didn’t know if I would be…

My Hands Are Full.

Being born an African, one does not know peace. When you are born an African American you only need to fight one major bigotry – racism. When you are born an African you fight the world. Every prejudice you can conjure, I suffer. I cannot fight for you, my hands are full. We share a…

Dear Broken Person.

To The Broken Person, Hi. We do not know each other, we are just two people passing in the night. Even though I have never met you, I wanted to say that I understand. I understand how difficult these moments are for you. I see how hard you are trying even when no one seems…

Belle 9 – Reminiscing

Previously on: Belle-8-Ifuoma A month had passed since Belle got married to Ifuoma. Jonathan reached Lagos safely. He slipped back to his solitary ways. Occasionally he thinks of Belle, but he is more baffled and pissed off by Rosemary. He is wary of her. He went quiet as soon as he reached back home. He…

Out Of Love – 2

Remember the story I covered sometimes back last year known as Out-of-Love? About a certain lady whom I know as *Agrippina*? Her message came abruptly, not that I was expecting it. Not at all. She was the last thing to cross my mind. She sent it at 0230 hours. Normally I do not answer calls…

Belle 8 – Ifuoma

Previously on: Belle-7-Rosemary Previously on Belle Present Day, Constance Ephelia, Mahe Islands, Seychelles Island. 1030 Hours. “It seems Belle woke up early and she is taking in all the beauty and scenery from the balcony.” Ifuoma thought to himself. He took his phone from the drawer which stood next to their huge king-sized bed. There…

The Inattentive Guy

When the bald man asks to speak for his baldness, he is not condemning the hirsute man. He simply wants to tell the feel of rain on his naked head. When one speaks of privilege, he is not condemning its owners. He simply asks to be the owner of his stories. Back then, I met…