My First Crush

Agbor, Delta State.

“Class, greet.” Okpohoka’s voice filled the classroom.

I raised my head from the book I had been reading. I gasped. I quickly stood up to join the chorus, “Good morning, ma.”

“Good morning. Sit down.” Her voice sounded unique. “Is this Basic 8A?” Miss Adukwu asked.

“Yes ma”

Her lips moved. I heard her voice, not her words. She’s beautiful, I mused.

“I nó di zi kwo ali?” Isioma, my seat-mate, whispered.

“Ki hai?” I asked. Isioma gave me a queer look. Slowly, he pointed towards the teacher.

“You are Ewere, right?” Miss Adukwu asked.

I nodded.

“Good. A teacher told me you have a good handwriting.”

I nodded again.

“Follow me; I need assistance with some notes.

On a normal day, I would have, but not today, not now. “I’m not feeling well, ma. Stomach pain” I lied. Partly lied. I felt pain, but not in my stomach. I felt a sudden and strange hardness between my legs. I no longer wore pants, so I knew everyone would notice it if I stood up.


I almost cried. Before me was Miss Adukwu—the one I fantasized endlessly about. In my fantasies, we would sit together while I tell her about my people, and our traditions. She didn’t seem pleased when I told her that our girls are cut in their private part just before they are married off.

I was sure there was something mysteriously about Miss Adukwu, the youth corper, who was recently posted to my school: the way she invaded my thoughts and the spell her presence had cast on me. What else could cause such a sudden change in my body, I wondered. Not long after she walked out of the class, normalcy was restored between my legs.

24 thoughts on “My First Crush” by namdi (@namdi)

  1. Ufuoma Otebele (@ufuomaotebele)

    Hey I like this,, teen raging hormones. but please explain the part where you said girls from where he was from were cut in their private parts before they go off to marriage. which tribe in Nigeria practices that?

  2. namdi (@namdi)

    @ufuomaotebele………thanks for the comment. Though not so much in practise these days, the cutting is done in Ndokwa, Delta state.

  3. Aderonke Daramola (@Shovey)

    #circumcision It is also done in other parts of the country, even in south-west but it isn’t as pronounced now as it were before.

  4. namdi (@namdi)

    Yes. Circumcision is not central to the Niger Delta alone.

    Thanks for commenting.

  5. ivie9ja (@Ivie9ja)

    Nice but I need a translation on the question he asked his classmate I enjoy flash fiction good work

  6. namdi (@namdi)


    I no di zi kwo ali? (Are you still sitting down?)

    Ki hai? (Why?)

    Thanks for the comment.

  7. ivie9ja (@Ivie9ja)


    1. namdi (@namdi)

      You are welcome.

  8. Great work @namdi. What else did I expect.
    Been ages since we saw you on NS.

  9. namdi (@namdi)

    Thanks for the comment. Yeah, its been a while. I’ve really missed, though I do listen to Smooth fm 98.1 -stories from naijastories are often read there.

  10. AlluringEby (@Paracletob)

    Hmm, very apt and amusing, teenage crush things… I like.

    1. namdi (@namdi)

      Yea, teenage crush things -those amazing years…..smiles.

      Thanks for the comment.

  11. Hmmm, teen things…nice

  12. namdi (@namdi)

    Thanks. I’m happy you like it.

    1. U’re welcome!!!

  13. Teenage fantasies. Lol. Many men, not only boys, have experienced that awkward wrongly timed erection. Interesting story. That circumcision bit seemed a bit too obvious and contrived. Thanks for translating the convo. I enjoyed this. Kudos.

    1. namdi (@namdi)

      Thanks so much for the comment. I also appreciate your view about the circumcision part too.

  14. I was wondering what the strange hardness between his legs was and why it would stop him from following miss Adukwu then understood when it returned to normalcy when she left.
    Teenage years and their hormones.
    Did this happen to Steve or Adam lol.:-) :-) :-)

    1. namdi (@namdi)

      Lol, very funny. I guess the story would fit Steve. Thanks for the comment.

  15. Would go with Damilola Yakubu here… the part of the circumcision feels forced. It’s a fresh story and holds it’s own as delightful flash entry but the challenge for the author would be matching the story with the contest requirements without a reader coming off with a sense of ambiguity.

  16. Check ‘mysteriously’ too.

    1. namdi (@namdi)

      Thanks for reading and also for sharing your view about my work. I guess I missed the ‘mysteriously’ while editing.

    1. namdi (@namdi)

      Thanks for the comment. I appreciate.

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