When The Green Storm Calms

When The Green Storm Calms

(Year 2040)

Aging is like taking a cool evening walk through a garden, with sweet scents caressing your olfactory senses and not being able to pluck any of the beautiful flowers.

I am a happy man still.And having my beautiful wife Oluwatosin; the mother of my lovely children at this evening phase of life makes me happier and fulfilled. My grandchildren are simply lovely. Though, sometimes I get sweet trouble when they visit.

My name is Obiora Ibrahim Ogunleye. Tomorrow October 1, 2040 marks my Eightieth year on earth. Once again, like it has been since my Golden Jubilee in 2010 my calm cottage would lose its calm and quiet. Those little feet would plant their prints on the dusty crannies of my old house. And John, the house help would have a lot to clean when the party is over in the evening.

Temitayo my first granddaughter; a Lawyer is sure to steal one more book from my library tomorrow. She always does. Even with all signs that she would have the library to herself when I leave, she still picked my books. But it’s ok. There would be libraries in heaven. I hope.

I am not comfortable with the birthday ritual. But it is the cheapest way to get all my children and grandchildren together, around me, around a place that was, and still home.

My 50thanniversary in 2010 was a happy one. That day also marked the 50th Independence Day anniversary of my country. I was happy for the strength of the country’s citizens; their determination to succeed even when they had little. Many questioned the celebration for it wasn’t the best of times for my country. We didn’t have light. Doctors were on strike. And the jobs were still available mostly for the foreigners; the ones that live in Ikoyi and Lekki, and drive big big black jeeps. Well, Nigerians actually drive them around. So, I would say the ones that sit at the owner’s corner and smoke cigars while calculating Naira and converting same to pounds and Dollars.

Goodluck Jonathan’s government spent a huge sum that October. I can’t remember the amount now. But my Casio calculator couldn’t accommodate the digits. Huge.

Tomorrow’s celebration would be a bigger and happier one. My country has a female president; Dr (Mrs.) Uche Akunyili. Her mother served as NAFDAC boss and information minister and gave the importers and producers of fake products a very tough fight.

I would watch the 80th independence activities on my Dangote TV; it’s a made in Nigeria TV. And it shows as fine as the Sony 3Ds we had before.

The president would present a report on how the country easily achieved constant power 30 days after being sworn in. And on the miracles she performed to change our hospitals and schools to world class.

“Grand Pa we are here.”

That should be Ada, my youngest grandchild. She knows where best to find me; in my study.

Well, I think my party starts now.

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27 thoughts on “When The Green Storm Calms” by JAY'S PLANET (@JaysPLANET)

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    Lade (@Lade-A): Scribe - 12448 pts

    Uche Akunyili! 30years more, right? I wait. Lol.
    Nice one.

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      JAY'S PLANET (@JaysPLANET): Junior Writer - 4362 pts

      Lade…sure u can wait. Thanks.

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    Seun-Odukoya (@Seun-Odukoya): Head Wordsmith - 103667 pts

    NICE ONE.

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      JAY'S PLANET (@JaysPLANET): Junior Writer - 4362 pts

      Thanks Mr Seun.

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    Mazi Nwonwu (@Fredrick-chiagozie-Nwonwu): Scribe - 13440 pts

    Nice. I like the way you incorporated the present. Wish you luck.

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      JAY'S PLANET (@JaysPLANET): Junior Writer - 4362 pts

      Thanks Fred

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    grayshores (@grayshores): Newbie - 483 pts

    Wow! This is incredibly credible. I believe in your dreams.

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      JAY'S PLANET (@JaysPLANET): Junior Writer - 4362 pts

      Thanks for believing

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    estrella (@estrella): Scribe - 16303 pts

    A peek into the past from the future eh? Nice one!

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      JAY'S PLANET (@JaysPLANET): Junior Writer - 4362 pts

      Yea Estrella..Thanks.

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    Ellie (@elly): Writer - 9142 pts

    Nice one, but did the new president keep her maiden name? I like the fact that its a female presido.

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      abby (@abby): Junior Writer - 3496 pts

      Elly, the same thought occurred to me and seeing that Jaysplanet didn’t respond, am guessing its a hard nut to crack. lol But let’s see if I can help.

      I think its unlikely that Nigeria(ns) would have an unmarried female for president, so my guess is she’s prolly riding on the strength of her maiden name, Akunyuli, which Dora made huge. I think that’s what we call the strength of a good name.

      Jaysplanet; how did I do?

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        JAY'S PLANET (@JaysPLANET): Junior Writer - 4362 pts

        Yay!!!Thanks Abby. You just bailed me.

        @Elly, lol that was a hard nut for me. I had to run. Thanks a lot.

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    Mercy Ilevbare (@efearue): Junior Writer - 3077 pts

    It was really nice to read and nice to dream too… Well done!

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      JAY'S PLANET (@JaysPLANET): Junior Writer - 4362 pts

      Thanks so much Mercy.Really nice to dream.

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    Me (@ackcity): Newbie - 71 pts

    Nice

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      JAY'S PLANET (@JaysPLANET): Junior Writer - 4362 pts

      thank bro

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    Uche Okonkwo (@Uche): Writer - 8437 pts

    This gives me a warm feeling in my tummy. Lol.

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      JAY'S PLANET (@JaysPLANET): Junior Writer - 4362 pts

      LOl Uche.Thanks

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      Seun-Odukoya (@Seun-Odukoya): Head Wordsmith - 103667 pts

      WARM FEELING IN YOUR TUMMY…

      …EHN??!?!?!

      ABEG…THIS IS NOT JAYWRITER O!!!!!!!!!

      OR IS IT…?!?!?!?

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        JAY'S PLANET (@JaysPLANET): Junior Writer - 4362 pts

        LOL SEUN UCHE’S WARM FEELINGS ARE WELCOME. I THINK SHE LIKES ALL THINGS JAY.

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          Seun-Odukoya (@Seun-Odukoya): Head Wordsmith - 103667 pts

          Not all things ‘JAY’ are healthy o!!!!!

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    yetitweets (@yetunde): Junior Writer - 1216 pts

    lol! Nice one!

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    JAY'S PLANET (@JaysPLANET): Junior Writer - 4362 pts

    Thanks All.

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    Jefsaraurmax (@jefsaraurmax): Scribe - 13626 pts

    I love the idea of a female president!Nice touch.

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      JAY'S PLANET (@JaysPLANET): Junior Writer - 4362 pts

      Yes a female Presido will change a lot. She will treat us like her children…care and affection. Thanks. But how do one pronounce ur name na?

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    abby (@abby): Junior Writer - 3496 pts

    I wonder how you came about the title; am curious.
    Nice read!

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