Leonell EchaJanuary 19, 2022

There were eight children in the household. The older ones were in boarding school, studying for higher education. These eight were children and semi children, from ages three to ten, born of different mothers but fathered by one man. He was an educated man, so much so his wives called him “teacher” as though that […]

Leonell EchaJanuary 19, 2022

‘Nobody messes up and goes free’, he whispered in his mind as he paced around the room. He punched the wall for the second time and while he felt no pain, there was a bruise his other hand unconsciously touched and rubbed the blood in his palm. He then blurted out loud “damn”. Later that […]

Leonell EchaSeptember 23, 2021

A day that laced my father’s eyes with smiles and planted a ‘cannot-be-uprooted’ love in my mother’s heart. I was told I was heavy and I didn’t take too much time to come. I was a boy with no brain and no ability to remember that day but yearly I don’t forget this day that […]

Leonell EchaMarch 12, 2020

“Hello! Welcome to your new home. Over here, we don’t know each other but we are brothers. If at all you must speak; love, kindness and empathy are the three major languages. Sarcasm will be allowed if only you listen to me, Sir Kazeem. I know you miss home but we all know China isn’t […]

Leonell EchaMarch 12, 2020

Foreplay or four play It was the night of our wedding anniversary and a day before Valentine; I wanted to give Karen one of the most memorable night of her life. I took her to her favourite restaurant, ordered her favourite chicken soup, had her favourite song ‘lullaby’ play while we ate and I, her […]

Leonell EchaAugust 4, 2019

It was one of those evening, when the sky and the setting sun connived to paint the world in a beautiful colour. The blue sky was not so blue and the warmth of the fading sun was a hue of yellow and of red, the mixture of which was not a colour that ever existed […]

Leonell EchaAugust 2, 2019

The city of Ife was not as quiet in the night as it appeared during the day. The after noon was for serious businesses. Around Sabo, area, tons of kolanuts are packaged in large green leaves, and looking at the large bags, waiting to be loaded in big trucks going to the northern part of […]

Leonell EchaAugust 1, 2019

My friend Miriam lost her mum this Sunday. So we her friends converged at her house in Karu, Abuja to mourn with her and keep her company. A grieving house is a magnet for phony characters. Some people come to cry, some come for the food, some come for the stories, and others come to […]

Leonell EchaJuly 30, 2019

When you lose someone, people say a lot of things. Like “it will get better with time.” But does it really ever get better? Time makes it seem like you should forget, but what about the scars? Everyday they remind you; about what was lost, what will never come back, beautiful memories, moments and secrets […]

Leonell EchaJuly 29, 2019

Doris was my best friend . We met at a friend house and became instant friends. She came wagging her tail at me , sniffing round my ankles. Doris was with members of her family, but unlike them, she had a glowing golden colour ,with black circles around her eyes . Her ears stood always […]

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