Category: The Other Side of Nothing

A story based in Nigeria.

Series, The Other Side of Nothing

The Other Side of Nothing (Week Five)

By Aderomola Adeola, Nigeria: As kids, Tamara would join Ebiere and me on the water banks as we launched our fishhooks into the creek for tilapias. She was the eldest of us three, yet would take instructions from Ebiere to bait the hooks. When we caught fish, she'd exclaim with joy; we would share the tilapias equally or sometimes take […]

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The Other Side of Nothing (Week Four)

By Aderomola Adeola, Nigeria: Rafts swung across the gentle waters as fishermen prepared their fishhooks. Fishing had not produced much lately due to the increase in oil spillage that was causing the water to stink badly. In the distance, a perfect skyline formed at the point where it appeared the clouds touched the blue sea like humans canoodling in the […]

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The Other Side of Nothing (Week Three)

By Aderomola Adeola, Nigeria: She guffawed and said, “You need to leave this heaven forsaken purlieu and come and roll with the big girls.” My mouth discreetly repeated the word: purlieu. How had Ebiere come across that word? I wondered what it meant but did not ask as even her eyes already ridiculed me. She drove around for about thirty […]

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The Other Side of Nothing (Week One)

By Aderomola Adeola, Nigeria: In  the  Lagos  Metropolitan  University  that  I  attended,  everyone  was  a  name  dropper.  To belong to the class of the young, rich and connected, it was either you were from old money, a political bloodline or your father controlled oil money. There were those other names, unknown but with loads of cash and fat bank accounts, […]

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