My First Voting Experience in Nigeria

The 2019 General elections will be the first time I got a chance to finally exercise my right to vote.

I remember being in school during the previous election and promising myself to be present at all cost at this year’s election, and here we are.

Thinking back, I wonder why I was so intrigued by the idea of voting at the time. You’d have thought it was some lottery, but I guess it was because voting implied that I had finally become an adult. I have also always been the kind of girl that preferred experiencing things on her own as opposed to making her conclusions from other people’s experiences.

Anyways, this is not why we are here.

I woke up the morning of the election feeling very unsure.

Unsure if I wanted to waste my time walking the distance to cast a vote that would probably not count and most importantly, unsure who to even vote for.

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THE MIDNIGHT THIEVES

It was around the time she woke up each night.

Usually to answer the call of nature or say a little prayer before returning to bed.

Between 2/2:30 am.

She would usually wake up, then look out the window she leaves open for ventilation just next to the room door.

Maybe it was because she slept on her right side and the window was her first line of vision, but she always looked at it first. It had become a routine, she wakes up, looks out that window for a while, gets up, unlocks her door, finds her way to the washroom to ease herself and then heads back to bed.

This particular night however, immediately she looked out the window, she caught sight of a movement.

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The Night Before It Got Real

Thinking back to the conversations we had last night on the rooftop of the hotel we were using for the wedding, I smiled thinking how having it just made everything better.

I had told the girls I needed to retire early for the big day when I just needed some time to myself to think.

He was probably doing the same because immediately I hit my bed, I received a message from him.

Samad- Having second thoughts yet?

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GOD’S LOVE (Half way there)

You know, she loved before
At that time she thought it was the most beautiful feeling ever
And it was
Or at least she thought it was.

To have that one person she could share her thoughts with
That one person she could fall back on when things were not going well
That one person she could tell I love you so many times without a care in the world.

However, Life happened
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The Locust Beans Embarassment

Locust beans also known as Iru or Dawa Dawa amongst certain West Africans is a type of seasoning or condiment used in stews or soups.

No one can deny the importance and difference it makes when used in making soups like ‘Efo riro’ and ‘Egusi’. However, while most might disagree, for me, the smell isn’t so great and just a few months back I had a terrible experience with it. Continue reading “The Locust Beans Embarassment”

RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE

Comfortably sitting in my corner of the room as the new intern, I listened interestingly to the conversations going on around me, and one caught my attention, it was the issue of Religious intolerance going on nowadays.

It was my first official day at the media company where I planned on undergoing my one month industrial attachment, and so immediately I heard that conversation, I thought to myself, “this could be something I could write about; this isn’t such a bad first day for me after all”. Continue reading “RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE”