Recent Posts by Hope Ekeh Jr

The Soldier Boy- Part 2

When we were alerted of the coup, I was undertaking a commander’s course in Bauchi where I was ousted amongst others from our apartments, stripped of any form of metal and rounded up by privates, non-commissioned officers; mere officers who had attained less or no ranks at all. At such moments there was no unit,…
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The Soldier Boy- Pt 1

When I was a boy, my dream was to be a soldier. I wanted to be a soldier so much than I wanted to be alive. I would watch the uniforms, guns, boots and gear won by the soldiers that passed by my grandfather’s hut and embellish their unrivalled glory. That was not all I…
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Institutionalised Racism- Part 3

. At first, she only wanted to write about American blacks before she saw the news on AIT about a university lady that was murdered inside a church while she was reading and how women outcry seeking for justice overwhelmed the media. She didn’t know if to feel sad, unhappy, angry or cry. She wasn’t…
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Institutionalised Racism- Part 2

"That was my thesis – Institutionalised racism in a free country. While I was there, I never wanted to be on the other side of the law. What was scarier was watching the shooting of a black man with his girlfriend and a four-year-old in the back of the car. He was shot seven times.…
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Institutionalised Racism- Part 1

Uju was watching the news with her husband as it had become their custom – to watch the eight o’clock AIT news together. To them it unveiled a sense of bond, of togetherness, one that gave them a topic to talk about, the kind of topic that kept their married conversations going. They agreed to…
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Nothing is Ever Enough; Part 3

She wondered why some Nigerian Universities grading system revolved around money and other vices. Why lecturers were allowed to hold an upper hand in such vices. Why the students who didn’t want to be part of such vices or associated with them were the ones that failed and the cooperating ones, the ones that bought the unedited, plagiarised textbooks and offered their bodies at will were the ones that passed. She wondered if some of these lecturers in their acclaimed wide readings and researches had ever come across values of discipline, civility, honesty and straightforwardness.
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Nothing is Ever Enough; Part 2

. Uwa hated that the woman that sat beside her was the one commandeering for amen. She knew that the woman had said the louder and loudest amen to draw her attention away from the novel she held open in front of her to shout amen alongside the others.  She recognised her kind of woman,…
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