• (Final Episode 19) A Letter from Jail … Life sucks beyond words

    (Final Episode 19) A Letter from Jail … Life sucks beyond words

    Finally sleep tussled me to the ground, and I slept off. I woke up feeling erratic. Something wasn’t right within me. That was the feeling that tore me. They took us for manual labour and the 8pm fight became the feast for my mind. I couldn’t stop thinking of it. In the fields, Presido always tried in her best in getting in my way but I avoided her like cancer. I had to even feign illness had,

    Me: “I no well!” […]

  • (Episode 18) A Letter from Jail … Life sucks beyond words

    (Episode 18) A Letter from Jail … Life sucks beyond words

    I was pushed into the Black Maria, in the company of well armed security agencies as I was taken to where I was going to rot in for the remaining days of my miserable life. The picture of my husband and beautiful angels burning in flames kept displaying like motion pictures in my mind. I wanted to cry but I couldn’t.  The tears weren’t just there. I wanted death!

    Me: “I just want to die!” I looked at the guns in […]

  • (Episode 17) A Letter from Jail … Life sucks beyond words

    (Episode 17) A Letter from Jail … Life sucks beyond words

    “So all these while, Alhaji has been the one threatening our lives? Poor Ope, she died not knowing she was trying to save my life” I said to myself

    Those were the words I kept repeating to myself the whole day

    I had my bath nine times, Miebaka was thinking I had fever, not knowing I spent the whole time in the bathroom trying to figure out what I was going to do. I knew I had done wrong by chopping off […]

  • (Episode 16) A Letter from Jail … Life sucks beyond words

    (Episode 16) A Letter from Jail … Life sucks beyond words

    When I got to the bedroom, Miebaka was already awake. He had not seen me beside him.

    Me:”Look what I saw” I handed him the letter, waiting for explanations.

    Miebaka:”Where did you find this” he asked, looking as shocked as I was

    Me:”Beneath the door. I heard a knock so i went to check but no one was there”

    Miebaka:”What were you thinking going there all by yourself?  What if you were killed? Please don’t do that again, honey. If such occurs again just […]

  • (Episode 15) A Letter from Jail … Life sucks beyond words

    (Episode 15) A Letter from Jail … Life sucks beyond words

    Miebaka called me again, I pretended like I had not seen him before. He pushed his way through the crowd to where I had stood holding the man’s shirt.

    Miebaka: “Shiber, Oh my God where have you been? I have been looking for you. Oh my Shiber”

    I did not say a word to him, I frowned at the client owing me

    “Shiber please let go of his shirt, I will pay you double. The embarrassment is too much, and soon the police […]

  • (Episode 14) A Letter from Jail … Life sucks beyond words

    (Episode 14) A Letter from Jail … Life sucks beyond words

    He was still wearing his favourite perfume, with his white Baba Riga and brown cap; Alhaji had not changed one bit. It seemed he could not recognize me, but he also stood still, then he finally broke the silence

    “Chief-Chief, yauwa! This package is the complete one aii…” he spoke to Chief

    Chief: “Let me allow you guys. Dan iska Alhaji! Enjoy yourself” he laughed and left us alone.

    Immediately we lost sight of Chief, Alhaji gripped me by the arm and pushed […]

  • (Episode 12) A Letter from Jail … Life sucks beyond words

    (Episode 12) A Letter from Jail … Life sucks beyond words

    “What is keeping this girl from opening this door. You want this shit to come out shey?” What kind of embarrasment is this, walahi. Alhaji complained and mistakenly pushed the door open. My heart jumped to my mouth as what Alhaji’s reaction would be flashed through my mind.

    I did not know the door was unlocked, I looked behind, Moses still laid there, half naked. Alhaji came in holding his pants, was about to rush to the guest toilet when he […]

  • (Episode 11) A Letter from Jail … Life sucks beyond words

    (Episode 11) A Letter from Jail … Life sucks beyond words

    Like an aggressive chicken looking for its chicks, I roamed the streets; confused and sad. My mind went back to what I had seen at Hajiya’s apartment, Miebaka would pay dearly for not only cheating on me with Hajiya, but with the girls. I thought of Rifkat, how could she have betrayed me, no wonder they sent me out there to work with Alhaji…

    A week before this incident, I had woken up at midnight and asked Miebaka to make love […]

  • (Episode 10) A Letter from Jail … Life sucks beyond words

    (Episode 10) A Letter from Jail … Life sucks beyond words

    Lagos was not as bad as I thought; we accompanied Hajiya Badmus to her beautiful house in Lekki. She had shown us our room on the ground floor, our temporary room as she described. As soon as we settled in, Miebaka called me for a talk

    Miebaka: “Are you out of your mind? Haven’t you heard about stories of how innocent people are used for ritual here in Lagos?”

    Me: “I can’t believe this is coming from you. Why are you complaining […]

  • (Episode 9) A Letter from Jail … Life sucks beyond words

    (Episode 9) A Letter from Jail … Life sucks beyond words

    “Miebaka! Miebaka!” I called on Miebaka after rushing to the room

    Mama Bisi had ran back to her house as soon as she saw the crowd running out of the barracks.

    “Miebaka where are you?” I called again

    Confusion set in as men and women ran in opposite directions, some people fell and were stepped upon, I saw a little girl being used as a stepping stone as people ran past one another, Miebaka and I stood still, we had little time to […]

  • (Episode 8) A Letter from Jail…Life sucks beyond words

    (Episode 8) A Letter from Jail…Life sucks beyond words

    After Aunt Engee’s attention was called to where I passed out, she left Mr. David alone and ran to rescue me. One of the neighbours helped take me to the hospital while Mr. David escaped. We heard he had ran to his car immediately aunty’s attention was drawn by the neighbours; he drove as fast as he could, out of the barracks. I was there in the hospital for two good weeks, I pitied aunty because I knew she had […]