My first love

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The first face I remember
The never disappearing smile that comforts me
I cried, sometimes for food
Sometimes for no real reason asides to be brought nigh to your bosom
The one place I felt safe
You never tired
You are the greatest
The one human I am always sure of, always present
In abundance, in lack, you gave
Your listening ears so caring
Never judging but stern when need arise.
My first love
My greatest love
Happy birthday mother.

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Iyim-Eli

The Only Bank in Town

The Only Bank Town.

State
One with high illiteracy rate and high dependence on the government

Local Government

One with estimated population of over 300,000 people, high illiteracy rate and blessed with abundant fertile land.
The major sources of income are farming, political “cake sharing” and government employment

On this occasion, salary was paid on friday last week, the bank was closed on monday and teusday and somehow there was no money in the only ATM in town for a while.

How is all this my business?
I’ve come to the bank three times and couldn’t stand the crowd. I had to come to the ATM early in the morning to make a withdrawal…..I’m just saying

What is your worst ATM experience? We would love to know.

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Iyimoga Eli.

I Remember

I remember when I hated holidays
Didn’t want to come home, will rather be out
I’ll pray resumption time comes fast
To leave for school and not have to face you
I remember that I loved to travel
I did and still do but you were more motivation
I remember when I got 3 months of holidays after 2 years stay in school
I was happy I passed my MBBS exams yet sad I’ll be home for that long
So I picked the elective posting letter even when real clear I could avoid it

I remember Mum’s call telling me you were ill
You had a severe headache
Was referred from Doma to Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital Lafia where I was doing my elective posting
I remember I came to see you immediately
Did the best I could do
With my ward coat routines where faster
Made sure someone attended to you fast and ran to and fro to get you a folder

I prayed you get better on a daily basis
Yet avoided coming to see you as much as I could
I loved you – I never stopped
I just disliked being with you as we had little in common
To make matters worse you were sick and depressed
An environment I avoid whenever I can
Thank God mum was with you while step mum took care of the kids at home
You got better then worse, relapse ‘pon relapse
You were stabilized then referred to Jos University Teaching Hospital
To get a CT Scan and aid confirming diagnosis
DASH had done it’s best to stabilize you
Now JUTH must diagnose and give better care

I remember when Mummy called me again
You had collapsed on arrival in JUTH
I remember my journey from kaduna to Jos
Filled with thoughts upon thoughts-how did we get here ?

I remember growing up You loved me I loved back
You were proud of me, you were my hero too
I remember how you trained me with love yet firm
I’ll cry and cry but you won’t stop the lessons till I learned
I remember always being atop in my class
Famed the youngest and best-always bullied by mates
But at home you comforted and taught that the best is all I must always be.
I have a great passion to learn; You did too, always read, so I got that from you
You did your best to give me the best and that help made me who I am and who I aim to be

I remember when the anger started to build
Then came secondary school – drove us farther apart
Thinking about it I realize how a simple misunderstanding can lead to war
I remember my resolve to bring an end to it all I stayed with you for a while. Spoke to you as it lasted
Then I had to leave for lafia again
I prayed for you and looked forward to seeing you home
That did happen but I saw your body alone
You spirit had left… For the better home

I remember your last words to me
“Where God is, You should be. Where He isn’t, You should leave.
You can take care of the family, God is with you.
You are just 21years old, yes I know, but I also know you can”

It’s a year now Dad since you left to be with the Lord but memories of the great times we had stay with us. We always miss you, some hard times make it even more so but the resilience and “never give up” spirit you taught us help us overcome. Onyeka and Ojito are growing up strong and I wish you could see the joy expressed in smiles on their faces when they play. I love you dad. I always will but God loves you more.

In loving memory of
Mr Abraham Likita Ojito
1962 to July 29th, 2013
Obiya.

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Bring Back Our Girls!!!

“Hey love! Come back home as soon as you are done with school, alright?”
All smiles, she replied; “Dad you know I will… If you come early to pick me.”
“See this babe oh, you want to blackmail me abi? It won’t work. I can sha fit resign from my work and come pick you if you wish”
“No oh! You are looking for an excuse not to get my birthday present. You can’t avoid it oh.”
“Ha! ha! ha!”. Looking towards the beautiful lady in pyjamas at the other end of the dinning table, he says; “Woman, tell your daughter to curb on her intelligence a little bit oh. Where did she get it from sef?”
She smiled and replied with a gird; “Ask me again.”
“You won’t kill in this house, Where did she get it from?”
“Don’t mind this man, mum. He’s looking for an ego boost”
“Ha! Ha! Ha! We all need that sometimes. I love you boo. Now hurry out, the school bus has waited a while”
“I love you both”. Aisha replied and scuffled off under the weight of her big barbie backpack.

Later in school, the teacher asks the pupil to write an essay on the topic “A day I will never forget”
Aisha smiled at the mention of the topic.
“Aah-ee, What’s making you smile?”
“It’s my birthday today, Ma, and I believe it’s going to be a day I’ll never forget”
“Really? I look forward to reading all about it in your essay then”
“Yes you will, Ma!”

Scribbling words on paper with all smiles Aisha wanders off in imaginations. The party hasn’t held yet, she hasn’t seen her cake neither has she gotten a single gift yet but she knew it was going to be an awesome day. She had heard her parents discuss the surprise party some nights before when she was thought asleep. She had woken up to ease herself and go back to sleep but was attracted to the discussion in the sitting room. Her dad had finally gotten the promotion he was expecting and he, at last, will be with her on her birthday, the first possible in four years. She didn’t get all the details but she knew her dad, both her parents were going to be together and that was all she needed for a birthday.
Lost in thought and smiles she was jolted out by the sudden pandemonium that arose in the classroom. She was pulled out of her seat by a class mate but didn’t have to be told what next to do. She lay flat on the floor like all in the class. The gunshots continued paradoxically for a few minutes. Her teacher on the floor, like everyone else in the class, asked them to occlude their ears with their fingers and pray… “It’s all going to be over”
Two masked men with guns walked into the class and ordered them to move out.
They didn’t hesitate, the knew better as the men looked neither like the police nor the military. They obviously had the looks, mischievous mean men. Bad men!!

In April 2014, over 250 girls were alleged abducted from
1). Federal government girls college, Chibok
2) Government girls college, Chibok
3) Various schools in Chibok
…depending on your source of information.
Some have allegedly escaped from the grasp of Boko haram and the location at which these girls are held known by the parents and the Federal Government yet, this Government- lauded to control one of the best foot soldiers in the world, soldiers led to various peace missions in war ridden nations in Africa with success and making over 80% of ECOMOG soldiers -are allegedly incapable of rescuing them.
News says the Federal Government is asking the parents of these girls to give pictures of their children, for recognition or what, when these girls are alleged to have registered for WAEC and resumed to write physics? Are they saying they didn’t submit their passport photographs when registering for WAEC?
It is said the Borno state government gave the parents of the missing children a million naira each, is that to keep them calm for as long as their children go missing or as compensation for their demise?
These and many questions keep arising from our minds. We need answers.

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