FINDING HELP

“Hello babe, sleep okay?” “My heart,” and as always this made me smile, “I am good. You nko?” Cynthia asked. “I did too. How is Bobo doing?” “He’s here beside me, sleeping. Mumsi thinks I should wake him up to bathe, but I am happy to let him wake up by himself. Meanwhile, you are … More FINDING HELP

HELP ME

I woke up with a start and lay for a moment wondering why. I lay in the pre-dawn darkness blinking the spots away, waiting for my breathing to slow and for my heart to stop racing. I raised my wrist to my face and the glow from my smartwatch made me close my eyes. 05:16. … More HELP ME

BOBO 2.0

I was not always Bobo Nkiti. Maybe I was, but that wasn’t my government name. I was born the fourth of five children: sister, sister, brother, me, sister. I was argumentative as a child and was always getting into it with my brother, and that earned me the nickname ‘Zik’ after Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe. Thinking … More BOBO 2.0

MY BABY

Back home from the hospital, there was some adjusting to be made and I was not ready. My mother-in-law moved in with us, even though I heard that culturally it was supposed to be my mother doing the moving in. We don’t roll like that where I come from, plus Cynthia and I agreed that … More MY BABY

HEY YOU

I took three weeks off work to be there for the baby’s birth, starting from the week before the EDD. I hoped to get at least a week or so for bonding before I had to return to work. My first week was spent going on long evening walks with Cynthia around the neighbourhood. My … More HEY YOU

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

I have always hated hospitals. As a child, a pending visit to the hospital conjured up images of an overly eager nurse wielding a syringe prepared for my buttocks – why do they push the plunger so you see the drug squirt? Scarier than the prick of the needle breaking my skin was the thought … More WHAT’S IN A NAME?

BABY BRAIN

When my phone rang that morning it set my heart racing, no different from the last few times she had called me. Although we had made it past the first trimester, I still dreaded receiving a call saying Cynthia was rushed to the hospital. I thought getting pregnant was the hardest part, but I was … More BABY BRAIN

INSTINCTS

“Guys, you wouldn’t believe what happened to me at work last week.” I was in the middle of a match with Phantom. We were at my place – Cynthia was having a girls’ day out with her friends. I told the boys about Rosemary and, in typical fashion, they dove in. “I need to understand … More INSTINCTS

TWISTED

On the day Rosemary entered my life, I was sitting in my office staring at the computer. I had my earphones on and was listening to music, my swivel chair was reclined, my eyes shut and my cup of coffee cradled on my chest. There was a knock and, before I could collect myself, the … More TWISTED

OPEN YOUR EYES

“Babe, everything okay?” We were driving home from a day out with the guys – barbecue at Wole’s. We tried to do this at least twice a year, and we would pool finances for the things we needed, keeping the guests small to match the budget – usually the guys of Camelot and their partners … More OPEN YOUR EYES