Alphabet series

W is for Weight

I said wait Come over here and pile some food on this plate I ain’t going to gym bitch, I ain’t lifting no weights Look at me I’m sickening, yeah yeah yeah I’m sickening I may be fat bitch, but you’re ugly and I can lose weight -Weight by Latrice Royale I’ve spent too many minutes in my life thinking…

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G is for Grubbido

I’m eight years old and we are in Benue. My family and I had been travelling for hours and had just gotten into Ucha. We children are gathered round the biggest bowl of pounded yam I have ever seen. On the white mound of the pounded yam, there is a small splash of brown water from hastily washed hands. But…

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Z is for Zaki Biam

My grandmother Aya used to pull her children and grandchildren to her side every Christmas holiday. We came from Lagos, Jos and Zaria and would stay at Aya’s compound in Zaki Biam, my hometown. Zaki Biam is a tiny place almost dissected cleanly into two by a major road. It rose to the national conscience in 2001 after soldiers killed…

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M is for Music

Modest Mouse, is probably best known for their Grammy nominated single ‘Float On’ from the album “Good News for People who Love Bad News”. It has that fantastic line “A fake Jamaican took every last dime with that scam.” From the same album, the song Ocean Breathes Salty talks about death but with upbeat-ish music. The first line goes: “Your…

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