I just read a blog post by my cousin, Mimi titled ‘Drink Air.‘ and it brought memories. In summary, the term ‘drink air’ is from a Tiv expression, ‘ma ahumbe.’ It is a literal translation. In our context, it is a term that was popularised by her mom, my aunt Mbatomun and my Dadi, Mr. Charles Ayede. A third person who we lost early on was our Auntie, Pat Iorpuu. They would be deliberate and just make time out for us to go out, take aimless drives around town or anywhere, or long walks. Sometimes, it would even be a celebration because — no good reason. Just, live. There was that time in the village, Christmas 2009, when we went to the village with Dadi and a battalion of several families to just enjoy our tradition, acculturate and have fun. Truly, it was one of the best Christmases ever and I hope to replicate this some day, if Fanen does not beat me to it.
But, on the issue of drinking air, we were talking of this on our group chat and Ngodoo, my big cos, reminded me of one time, about sixteen years or so ago, when Dadi got us to go on a road trip with him from Makurdi to Obudu, in Cross River, a four to five hour trip, to get ‘bamboo.’
Next year… next birthday…. next Christmas…. and time sneaked in unannounced, uninvited sweeping it all away: the years the birthdays the seasons— leaving behind, only the fragments of the memory of a life and of a face too blurred for memory… in the twinkling of a lifetime. From the collection, One Day I’ll Dare … Continue reading as life goes by (a poem) by Hyginus Ekwuazi
Dad’s Mercedes wagon appeared from nowhere. We squeezed our two bedroom apartment into the car. Soon, its stomach was touching the ground from the load it carried. By the time the entire luggage had found space, we discovered we couldn’t find any for ourselves. Terngu and I exchanged glances. The car looked overfed. Makurdi was … Continue reading MOVING (A Children’s Short Story) by Su’eddie Vershima Agema
Silent Night. Holy Night. All is Sound. All is Bright…. Sleep in Heavenly Peace! Sleep in Heavenly Peace! In the distance, almost faint by the time it got to his ears, the bells of the church had clanged. It was time. It was Christmas Eve, in the year of the Lord 2012. A reported … Continue reading SILENT NIGHT (A Short Story) by Kurannen Baaki
Toni, I enjoyed the Christmas edition of the Sunday Sun Revue a lot. You know it’s been a while since I got to reading it (the Revue that is) especially since life has been really involving with lots of work. Kudos on the news – enlightening. A lot of people are kept abreast through it. … Continue reading SUNDAY SUN REVUE (25 DEC 2011): THOUGHTS TO TONI KAN