Saving Dipo

SAVING DIPO © August 2020 Folakemi Emem-Akpan This time, you could not save him from himself. You couldn’t save him from the law, like you had done a thousand times in the past. The first time you rescued him, you hadn’t known that he needed rescuing, that he was anything like your father had been.... Continue Reading →

Of losses and opportunities

Of losses and opportunities (c) July 2020 Folakemi Emem-Akpan He lost him to the land of opportunities. It is a thirty year long pain that still hurts, that still throbs and sears whenever he allows himself the luxury of remembering.   He had been four, that tremulous age when one is too young to remember... Continue Reading →

Fool’s gold

Fool’s gold                 © Folakemi Emem-Akpan Barbara stood in their ultra-modern garage and admired her glistening car. Today, she’d had one of the office boys take the red Ford Kuga for detailing, and it shone like new. Going through the door that connected the garage to their kitchen, she couldn’t stop smiling. Life was good. She... Continue Reading →

Still searching

  Still searching © Folakemi Emem-Akpan The first man stole my money and dignity and left me with an unwanted baby. The second drove all my friends away and turned me into a recluse. The third…well, the third man put my daughter in the family way and made me an untimely grandmother. I have stopped... Continue Reading →

Not such a stupid thing

Not such a stupid thing © Folakemi Emem-Akpan   It was such a stupid, simple thing to do. They all sounded beautiful, and if there was one thing my life needed at the moment, it was beauty and a little simplicity. And they were all so very far away, and I needed to get very... Continue Reading →

This wish

This one wish (c) Folakemi Emem-Akpan An achingly cold night. The Harmattan wind buffets my face, stings at the frozen line of tears there. I hurry on, my slippers plat-platting on the sidewalk, my heart beating at the frantic pace it almost always does these days. Mrs. Brown next door had called thirty minutes ago,... Continue Reading →

Unprepared

(c) Folakemi Emem-Akpan Who knew life could be so chaotic, so fun-filled, so unpredictable, a veritable stretch of parties, of alcohol, of wild boys; of unbridled freedom. Before now, your life had been extremely sheltered. You were raised on DSTV, chauffeured drives, and overseas summer holidays. There was always a chaperone; at home the house... Continue Reading →

Saving the family

SAVING THE FAMILY (c) Folakemi Emem-Akpan You’d always known that this day would come. Yet, your knowledge does not equal acceptance, and your knowledge doesn’t stop your heart from threatening to beat out of your chest, neither does it stop you from breaking out in a hard, cold sweat even though the weather is bitingly... Continue Reading →

Ablaze

Ablaze © Folakemi Emem-Akpan You knew you were going to die that day, and you were okay with it. In fact, you revelled in that knowledge. Your heart soared within its cage, your eyes were alight with a new kind of fire, and there was delight colliding with joy in your heart. It will all... Continue Reading →

Into God’s Kingdom

Into God’s kingdom © Folakemi Emem-Akpan   It is a decision no man should have to make.   Twenty minutes seems so trivial in the detritus of daily life. It is all that is required to take a bath, finish a meal, make a phone call.   It was also all that was needed to... Continue Reading →

For her sake

For her sake © Folakemi Emem-Akpan I am amazed at the radical change in my thought process, at the swiftness with which I cross the moral dilemma that has plagued me for years. Yes, I could kill. And yes, I would kill if I had to. There is something about newborns; that soft mewling sound... Continue Reading →

Bare

Bare © Folakemi Emem-Akpan   It took all of three hours for my home to turn from full to empty. Three hours, a drunken truck driver and a faulty traffic light.   They called me at work, buried in the midst of the ancient tomes I was quite proficient at translating. I can’t remember going... Continue Reading →

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