My name is Eka. I am an Akwa-Ibom – not Calabar – girl (read young adult but child at heart). I live in Lagos but I am sure you might have figured that out from the header.
This is a diary about my escapades as an Akwaibomite in the famed Lagos. The hub of Nigeria, the New York of Naija, the amazing concrete amazon where all your dreams can come true!
I remember the first time I came to Lagos full of hopes and dreams and enthusiastic about my future. I had hopped on a bus from Port Harcourt for a job interview that I was sure would change my life. My cousin lived here and was doing well for herself so I would be just fine.
I can still remember my mother shouting at me to be careful of all those “dirty old men” who might want to take advantage of a young naive girl like me. If only she knew her daughter was not so naive and innocent, but that is gist for another day.
Now you might be wondering what is so special about Lagos that I want to document and share my experiences. Nothing really, but this Lagos is a crazy strange place and I am stranger here and I see and experience a lot of strange things daily, so I guess you could say sharing them is a way of talking to someone & keeping my sanity.
Anyways so this diary might sometimes be a rant avenue, sometimes be just me telling you about the rare boring days I have or the even rarer days when there is no traffic but most times this diary will just be general gist of the unbelievable things I see and hear in Lasgidi.
Hello 2015! Hello my ever awesome readers! I will skip the excuses and small talk and go straight to business. Since my brain is still trying (unsuccessfully) to whip up something awesome for my “great return to writing” I will just leave you with my entry for this week’s 100 Word Challenge For Grown Ups. The prompt this week is … As I put the decorations away I…
“Knight Out by Knights”. I hated that perfume with a passion. I have only ever smelt that it once after that incident 5 years ago. Just one whiff and I was I was thrown into the fear and despair that was … Continue reading →
I have been slacking on my writing and really have no excuse. I will just apologise by posting a couple of old works of mine, from about 2 – 5 yrs ago. They are quite short and some of them … Continue reading →
HI DAD! *singing* Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you … Ok, so I know it is quite late in the day, but I would like to say here for the world (comprising of my 20 or so blog … Continue reading →
Faster than normal, my heart beats Fear, tangible with the cold sweat on my palms my breathing, short shallow puffs. Outside the sun is shining, the birds are chirping. It is a beautiful day and all is well with the world. Why … Continue reading →
I read this in ‘THISDAY Style magazine’ and I love it.
Boys are stronger than girls? Please, Can you bleed for a week and survive? Can you squeeze a 14 inch baby from a 10 centimeter hole? Can you carry a seven pound baby in your stomach for nine months? Can you take care of a child, cook, clean AND talk on the phone at the same time? Can you carry a 108lb shopping bag? Can you go a week only eating salad? Can you face heartbreak? Can you watch the love of your life be with someone else? Can you burn your forehead with a curling iron and not complain? Can you wear a string as an underwear all day? Can you walk all day in a five inch pumps? Can you cry all night and then wake up in the next morning like everything is okay?…
“Please, I am begging you. Don’t leave.” I have resorted to begging her to stay. I am standing at the door of our home and blocking her exit. Hoping that I can somehow change her mind and make her stay.
Since that last big fight, she has refused to listen to or speak to me. She does not even acknowledge my presence.
It hurts. It hurts so much that I get so angry and smash things. She notices that. My anger. She always notices my anger.
A yelp accompanied by a frightened start and then she looks at the pieces of the smashed object on the floor near my feet. The most annoying part is when she looks up and at me but then, after seeing her face, I can never stay angry because I can see the tears as they gather in her eyes.
After my angry outbursts, she locks herself in the bathroom and cries. I do not know if she thinks I can not hear her, but I can and it breaks my heart that I have made her cry.
I have apologised for getting angry and walking out on her in my anger. Still she refuses to speak to me. It is so frustrating and I end up getting angry and smashing something to get her attention and only end up getting her tears. Why won’t she just speak to me?
Now, she has chosen to leave. I do not want her to go. I do not understand why she does not speak to me so we can work this out.
So here I am standing at the door of our house and ready to use brute force to stop her from leaving me. Continue reading →
Thunder, lightening, a loud sound like a gunshot. A window bursts open and breeze rushes into the house. As she reached out to cover the candle, the flame flickered before it died, plunging the room darkness. Lightening again and she thought … Continue reading →