He goes away in search of self, but he again finds love.

Yomi Bello, scriptwriter at a moribund theatre, leaves for a new town to temporarily teach English in a private school. More importantly, he is seeking escape from the pains of a divorce which has robbed him of access to his only child. He again meets with a legendary Bata dancer, who rekindles his plan to complete a new play, which tells the story of a Bata dancer and his quest for fame. Yomi embarks on a cultural adventure to study the arcane language of the Bata drums and of the mesmerising Bata dance. He also meets Ajoke,...

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Cerebrations and Commentaries

Plaudits and Philistines - an advertisement for myself (2)

The guy pestered me for four days and nights like the very offspring of the devil himself. From all the way Indiana, You-Ess-Hey, he kept trying to make me purchase a book promotion contract. It was clear to me that he had no idea who I really was , for he kept referring to me by the pen name...

How to make a million dollars in one day without leaving your home

So much has been written on this topic, and you will find that all of them are so impractical that they quite qualify to be called brainless. You will find people asking you to invest your money in stock and trade them online 24/7 (how would you get any sleep), other people dream up other...

Jagunlabi's Garden - a short long story

Sugomu woke up one morning to find with alarm that someone had planted a farm in the front yard of his home. It stretched from fence tofence and up to the foot-wide bed of pebbles which skirted the entire house all around. He could indeed also recognise the lush green young plants ; they were...

Hot Water - Easy Recipe

This is a surprisingly easy drink to prepare and which can be enjoyed any time of the day. It is still a miracle that a lot of people do not know how to prepare this. If so, this is your lucky day; just follow these simple instructions and you will be an expert in no time.

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Day 10 : Home Strange Home.

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It is D-day today.No problem waking up on time at all. I never have such a problem while aiming to catch an early morning flight, because I am nearly always sleepless for the anxiety of missing my flight. The night concierge helped me down with my luggage and consequently broke my...

Day 9 : Sweet and Sour Sauce

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My printer was finally delivered this morning after I went pestering. Disaster : it weighed 27 kg. Consequently I found that I had more than 20kg of excess baggage. I ask the computer shop manager why he had given me a wrong weight and caused me so much trouble. I only sell...

Day 8: Home in the Bones

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I am in home-bound mood. I think I am getting bored with this place already; I am a restless person and I am I think still upset by the bed bug even though , with careful searching, I had not been able to find another one yet. Ordinarily if I had more time and money to spend I would...

Day 7: The Lone Stranger

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I had slept for only about three hours last night . This because I had taken too many vitamin pills yesterday and ended the day with a large glass of sugar-rich Kiwi fruit juice. Couldn't sleep and therefore decided to watch television till morning. Got up drowsily to eat breakfast...

Day 6 : Metro Man

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Woke up early today completely disjointed. My bed seemed like it was a boat still on the creek and swaying with the gentle waves. Sleep was thereafter difficult.I appeared to have a slight fever too.
It is three in the morning. In these part of the city, every house is either...

Day 5: A Dinner Date With Myself

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Today is Friday, and it is like a holiday today. I mean,Friday is like Sunday here - most of the shops and businesses are closed.Again I took a long walk to the Dubai Creek at the far end of Al Sabkha road. My Dhow cruise is booked for tonight and till then I had the whole day to...

Day 4 : An Evening Amidst the Dunes

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Woke up this morning determined to tackle my travel notes . It is a long time , well after mid day before Ii could extricate myself from the task. My Desert Safari is for 3.00pm, so I decided in the interim to to go get a meal at the Royal Paris Star. My fried rice took so long in...

Day 3: Wary Gatekeepers

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The system here appears to operate with very little bureacracy. The hotel has not even demanded a deposit from me. On the other hand they are happy to hold on to my passport anyway; I guess you can't be too careful with tourists.They promised to give it back to me after checkout and...

Day 2: Most wondrous edifice

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Woke up too early today - 4.m to be exact ; which would be 1a.m back home. The body clock still not adjusted. Got breakfast around 9am then came back to sleep for another 3 hours . Woke up to a decision to give the Gold Souq a closer look. Found most of the gaudy jewelry quite in...

Day 1 : The forecourt of a wealthy king

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Arrived in Dubai after a fog-related delay and aboard an Emirates Airlines flight. Arrived into an opulence that I had not experienced in a long while -the graceful splendor of an airport arrival hall which immediately advises that you are near the forecourt of a wealthy king....

If You See Me Walking...

The woman had enough foundation on her face to support a small skyscraper building. That was how I would have forever remembered her. Not only that, her girth was so immense that she could only slip sideways through a door way. Okay..., okay, I've exaggerated a bit, but she really did look very...

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