Kalu stepped out of a black Mercedes Benz as his phone rang,
Kalu: “Yes, baby!” he said rubbing his pink lips as he applied lips gloss on them.
A female voice echoed, “Where are you?”
Kalu: “I’m at the hospital! I came for the malaria test I did last week.”
The voice replied, “Okay,baby boo!”
Kalu: “where are you?”
The female voice giggled, “Guess?”
Kalu: “No,no no!!! Don’t tell me you’re in Lagos!” he screamed.
The voice smiled and nodded, “Not yet. In about thirty minutes!”
Kalu: “I go […]
Two weeks later, Tanko knocked at the door crying. Caro had locked herself for days in one of the rooms refusing to talk to Tanko, her whole body ached like she had been hit by a German truck
Tanko: “Perle, I’m so sorry! Please forgive me”
Caro: “Go away! Don’t ever come close to me! And don’t ever call me that, my name is Caro Chukwuebuka Okafor! Get it into your skull” she sobbed
Tanko leaned on the wall crying like a child, […]
Kalu was in the room with headache; tears seeped down his cheeks met by phlegm that found its way out of the nostrils. He was crying like a baby. Precious held him in her arms,
Precious: “Kalu, you can’t continue like this. See the girl who has kept you in this situation has moved on with her life why not same do!”
Kalu: “I just want to die!!! I cannot live without her. I just want to die oooo!”
Precious: “quit talking this […]
Caro sat up on the bed covered with white bed sheet. Her hands swiped through the fibers of the long hair. It was rumpled. Tanko entered wearing a bold smile with two cups of coffee,
Tanko: “Hey,Perle, You’re up already?” he stood above her with a bogus night robe, white too. With bowed head she sighed, “What’s wrong?”
Caro: “I have to go!” she stood up but he held her.
Tanko: “after you have had this coffee,please,” Tanko always had his way. The […]
Kalu was devastated,
Kalu: “That can’t be my Caro! Wait!” he tried the number but it was switched off, “hey! Hey!! Chimo! Caro please, don’t do that to me na!” he was standing outside the hospital building close to one of the trees. Tears had the pupils dancing. He comported himself as footsteps trudged towards him. It was Precious.
Tanko welcomed her with a smile. A smile appearing on a handsome face was gold ring glittering on the finger of a queen. […]
Kalu led the way to the hospital. Inside the hospital was very busy as patients were in droves: some sat at the corridor with relatives, a few dragged their feet’s, others were rushed in with crying relatives into the emergency ward. The nurses and doctor were outnumbered by the patients. Pastor and another co-tenants carried mama Chinedu with Iya Kpati and Ene trailing behind. They are both in tears,
Kalu: “Somebody please attend to us!”
Iya Kpati: “Shey,una know value human beings […]
It was a month that Caro had gone into full time modeling. The news was buzzing on the internet; Facebook, twitter, Instagram and everywhere. It started as local news but in no time it was flying on the wings of the international stage. Dailies and blogs both home and abroad carried the news the famous headlines were, “From Abacha to Magazine”, “From the Street to the Throne!”. She had sent copies of the magazines first edition to Kalu where she […]
As he was praying to eat, a rancor came from outside, Caro paused to hear what was happening, Kalu bolted out leaving the food uncovered. Caro shook her head and covered the food then went out.
Ene was slapping Papa Chinedu on his bald head as she held him on the collar of shirt, she had on her towel and hair net. They were standing at the front of one of the shacks, they had as bathroom.
Ene: “Idiot. Ashewo, man!” she […]
Caro: “Doesn’t wolly money is come vely soon!” she would say whenever he started the rant about poverty and jobless.
One after he had gone for his usual job hunt, she decided to go to the bank to withdraw the remaining four thousand in her account. Precious wasn’t around to help out,
Caro: “I wiri jus’ got like dat!” she had concluded.
She had planned on using the money to buy groundnut to boil and start selling. Kalu might not buy that idea […]
On a bench, Iya Kpati picked her beans when Mama Chinedu dragged her feet to her spot, Mama Chinedu yawned and sat,
Iya Kpati: “Mama Shinedu welcoming!”
Mama Chinedu yawned again,
Mama Chinedu: “Tank you o, my sister!” she yawned again.
Iya Kpati: “Ah ah? Dis wan you are doing dis,” she mimicked a yawn, “shey you wantu swallowing somebody ni?”
Mama Chinedu: “Nne, tire I tire o!”she looked at her tray, “Na beans you dey pick?”
Iya Kpati nodded,
Iya Kpati: “eh eh o! It’s football […]
Kalu bolted the door and greeted her in Igbo,
Kalu: “Welcome, Mma!”
Mma Kalu dropped the sack, a voice greeted her,
Caro: “welcomes, mama,” Caro sat on the bed still feeling weak.
She squinted to see the person sitting on the mattress,
Mma Kalu: “Ehen!” answered in an awful manner, turned to Kalu who leaned on the closed door, “Kalu,biko,who is this?You know I can’t see clearly at night!” the face wrinkled as she stared at Caro.
Caro gave a faint smile,
Caro: “It’s mwa Calo!”
Mma Kalu […]