Unlocked Heart

“Shush!” It was a refrain. Oh, the hands on my lips, warm and sticky, had become a detested symbol to me. My life was shrouded in mystery. Secrets upon secrets, I had lost my identity. Lost??? I questioned myself as I sat on my bed that humid afternoon, the rickety fan swirling slowly and tiredly…

Kokoro Girl 6:The final lap- Victory and Love

The case had been long but it was finally over. Mr Okechukwu had been found guilty and sentenced ten years imprisonment. Her Aunt, Mrs Okechukwu had been so devastated and humiliated. She and the children relocated to another part of the state to start their lives over again.  In the bright light of the day,…

Kokoro Girl 5: Unravelling the past

Mrs. Okechukwu was in a state of shock. Never in her wildest dream did she expect what was happening. Her world was crumbling like a pack of cards. The scene that happened a moment ago was like a bad movie. Her husband…..she knew he wasn’t the best husband but being arrested and taken away for…

Kokoro GIRL 4: Help is here

The next day, Poju walked into her office and plopped her bag on the chair, her attention on the file placed prominently on her table. It had been a long night. Her eyes were puffy from lack of sleep. “Thank God for makeup.” She whispered to herself. “Otherwise….” Settling Ify in the shelter and reassuring…

Kokoro Girl 3: A cry for help

Two weeks passed, the incident forgotten….well almost. Poju still thought of that night from time to time. The sweltering sun was scorching so Poju didn’t linger outside but strode quickly into the office premises. Her break was almost up and she had a lot of catching up to do at work. She was the senior…

Kokoro Girl 2 – the meeting

Three hours later and several cups of coffee, the accounts finally balanced. The second presentation could go on as scheduled tomorrow, their fate settled except Mr Femi, whose hold on his job was already teetering. She knew their boss was not going to take this last botched episode lightly. She shut her laptop, yawning as…

My Love

Oh my love, It’s like beautiful dove,  With an olive in its mouth, In which you have no doubt. It sues for peace, Peace that cannot cease. Oh my love, It goes with me as I move. It is everlasting,  As long as I last When I dream of you, I fast. Oh my love,…

Ripple Effect

A little misstep, a costly repercussion. In life, little things can cause a ripple effect- either good or bad. Many times, we make decisions without thinking of the future. Ripple effects I will call it. Imagine throwing a pebble in a calm lake. See those little concentric circles that form around the spot you dropped…

Predilection

Predilection – /ˌpriːdɪˈlɛkʃ(ə)n/ Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as an established preference for something.  Thesaurus.com refers to it as an inclination towards something. This word is not as common in everyday usage as synonyms are more commonly used. Examples of the word in a sentence include: He has a predilection for big houses and cars. She…

Kokoro girl (Part 1)

28 years ago in a quiet village Moon beams fell on the thatched roof, illuminating the worried faces of the elderly women entering the thatched hut. The air was tense and a few metres away sat some men, all with different expressions ranging from elderly wisdom and complacency to worried and tensed. The youngest man…