Opinion

Young People’s Corner with Amarachi

Out of House and Home

By Amarachukwu Okpunobi We were seven and nine when we first saw it. Alex was playing doctor, I was the patient, and when she shone the flashlight down my throat, she caught a glimpse of its slippery black head. She pried my jaws open without telling me why and tried to stick her pudgy fingers down my throat. She said ...

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A Trust Deserved

By Edith Ohaja Gbenga stood with trepidation before his bedroom door. It was not the fear of what might be going on behind that door that filled his heart with dread. It was the fear of what any negative discovery he might make would do to his marriage that had made him halt. He stood there as if transfixed and ...

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One Last Help

By Amarachukwu Okpunobi Kunle had insisted that we get a chilled coke across the street to flush down the hot spicy noodles we just finished eating. I had not wanted to go, but he insisted. He had threatened not to accompany me get any stuff outside our street again. I know him too well, he will certainly keep his word. ...

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The Last Solitude

By Amarachukwu Okpunobi Today I woke up late and observed the light fading early into the darkness. I spend my days reading. On the television it seems the masters of the earth have won complete control of the world. Everywhere they have gained power. They now form one unified chain of control across the main centers of the Western world. ...

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Premarital Agreement

By  Amarachukwu Okpunobi Something happened some weeks ago and it messed with my head. A financially stable lady said she won’t lend a hand, financially to her husband until 5 years into the marriage. She wants to be sure it will last. They have to sign a prenuptial agreement that if he fails to uphold some things, the marriage should ...

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Dad

By Amarachukwu Okpunobi The ball flew across the road and landed on a car parking by the roadside. “Guy kee udi ukwu inwelu ihe a? Every kick from you sends the ball across the road.  Jiri ya nwayo biko” I quickly apologised and dashed out to pick the ball. The owner of the car was just opening the door to ...

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The African Girl

By Amarachukwu Okpunobi They call me African because my skin is dark. They said my mind is dark too, even darker than my skin and that nothing productive can come out of me other than being a wife and bearing children. They said I’m inferior in the presence of my brothers. My life is limited. My mind is restricted. I ...

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Travelling through the Lane of Mentorship

By Amarachi Okpunobi No successful man ever made it to the top without guidance. Guidance from a good  friend, father, mother, teacher or any person who in his imperfections sees the greatness and perfections in others. Such person is called a mentor. From birth, the neonate thirsts for guidance on how to hold the breast and suck the breast milk. ...

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What about the in-between

By Amarachukwu Okpunobi There is a right way of doing things and there is a wrong way. Has anyone thought of the best way?? There is white and there is black. What about other colours? There are two points, A and B. But there is a distance between them. What about it? There are two extremes. What about the in-between? ...

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Dealing with Teen Depression

By Amarachukwu Okpunobi No matter how despondent life seems right now, there are many things you can do to start feeling better today. Use these tools to help yourself or a friend. What is teen depression? The teenage years can be really tough and it’s perfectly normal to feel sad or irritable every now and then. But if these feelings ...

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