Tuesday, September 17, 2013

New Series 'Just Friends' Now On www.umariayim.com


I scroll through my timeline, pausing only for some seconds to read the tweet from Nigerian Newsdesk.

Jonathan fires education Minister, eight others http://t.co/nJgCiOV06r

“Boring,” I say with a sigh. “Nothing is happening on Twitter today.”

Reaching behind me, I use my right hand to plump one of my pillows before lowering myself to it. I squirm and turn around for some minutes until I am comfortable. Returning my attention back to the timeline, I find another tweet.

“He is too short, he is not rich…” I pause to roll my eyes. “Bla bla bla bla, and that is how Aunty Beauty clocked 50 years.” I move past the offending tweet. “Last time it was Aunty Flora. The joke is no longer funny.”

I attempt a few more tweets and decide to give up.

“I’ll just sleep.”


I clutch the edge of the sink and give in to another round of laughter as Ronke regales me with stories about her meeting with the man she had been talking to online for the past two months. Straightening up minutes later, I dab the corner of my eyes with my left hand.

“No…stop….Ronke…please stop.”

“What? It is true jor,” my best friend Ronke says at the other side of the phone with a long drawn hiss. “I am not going to put any effort into meeting him for dinner. His mates are coming from America with bottles of perfume while he is coming back with a small box of chocolate. Abi did they tell him that we don’t have chocolate in Nigeria?”

“You should have told him what you wanted when he asked you.”

“How was I supposed to know he was going to come with just a box of chocolate?”

I grin and lean closer to the mirror to examine the bump in the middle of my forehead.

“Lighten up jare. He might just be worth it at the end of the day.”

“Well….let’s see.”

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Monday, September 9, 2013

We Have Moved!

I apologize once again for being silent for this long. Please be informed that we have officially moved to http://www.umariayim.com. Please visit the website for any more series or stories from me. As for those who left comments asking about my whereabouts, I appreciate your concern. I invite you to join me on my website as we begin the second phase of this journey. The old series can be found in the 'Literature Series' category on the top menu of the website, while short excerpts of my novels can be found in the 'Books & Excerpts' category. The new series will begin any day from now. Please bookmark the page, and subscribe via on the website to get updates on latest episodes as soon as they are put up. I look forward to seeing you at our new hang out.