All posts by Sharon Salu

Since drawing stick figures is not considered a serious art form, I have decided to use words instead to tell the stories I want to read. Many of my stories are based in Nigeria because, well, I am a Nigerian. Logical explanation, right? And because I know you're deeply fascinated by my life, you might as well take note that I will eat anything that has pepper in it. Within reason, of course.

Episode 11: Falling in Love With My Best Friend

    READ EPISODES 1 – 10 Episode 11: Frying Pan to Fire   There was no chatting, no gisting, no words. We understood the silence, that even though words did not pass between us, we were saving them for later, when they would flow in abundance. The fuel scarcity had already ended, but unfortunately, … Continue reading Episode 11: Falling in Love With My Best Friend

Episode 10: Falling in Love With My Best Friend

READ EPISODES 1- 9 Episode 10: Ojuelegba and the Joys of Fuel Scarcity   One afternoon, around the middle of the term, we found our way to Yaba as usual. As we walked from the spot where we got off the bus from Onike to where the Masha buses were, we noticed something unusual.  There … Continue reading Episode 10: Falling in Love With My Best Friend

Episode 9: Falling in Love With My Best Friend

READ EPISODES 1 – 8 Episode 9: Our First Experience at Yaba Bus Stop   For a while, that was my routine.  Four days a week, I would go to JAMB lesson right after school, and Tokunbo would give me a ride home.  Actually, it was his mother’s driver who did the driving, but I … Continue reading Episode 9: Falling in Love With My Best Friend

Episode 8: Falling in Love With My Best Friend

READ EPISODES 1 – 7 Episode 8: JAMB Lesson and New Beginnings   I immediately told Tokunbo I was going to the exact same JAMB lesson. His reaction shocked me. “Yipee! Yes! Yes!” he shouted, punching the air with his fists in apparent joy. “Why are you so happy?” I asked, unsure whether Tokunbo was … Continue reading Episode 8: Falling in Love With My Best Friend

Episode 7: Falling in Love With My Best Friend

  READ EPISODES 1 – 6 Episode 7: Can We Talk?   Regardless of what I should or shouldn’t have done, the fact remained that I had scheduled an appointment with Tokunbo Williams for Monday afternoon at 2:00pm. Unlike the pre-delivery stage with the letter Tokunbo’s father had written, where I agonized for hours over … Continue reading Episode 7: Falling in Love With My Best Friend

Episode 6: Falling in Love With My Best Friend

READ EPISODES 1 – 5  Episode 6: Tokunbo Gets His Father’s Letter   The thought that Tokunbo would get a secret admirer kept me going all afternoon, even up till early evening. Around 7:36pm, my parents arrived from Ogbomosho with Tayo.  They were all exhausted and not very chatty, not even my mother who could … Continue reading Episode 6: Falling in Love With My Best Friend

Episode 5: Falling in Love With My Best Friend

READ EPISODES 1 – 4 Episode 5: How Will She Deliver His Letter?   There was no doubt in my mind that two people existed on this earth who would not be hearing of my encounter with Tokunbo’s father: my own parents.  They would thoroughly scold me for accepting to deliver a letter from a … Continue reading Episode 5: Falling in Love With My Best Friend

Episode 4: Falling in Love With My Best Friend

READ EPISODES 1 – 3 Episode 4: The Man Who Smelt of Leather   By the time my mother returned to the house later that evening, the Tokunbo issue had shifted from the forefront to the back burner of my mind. However, Tokunbo’s name came up increasingly in conversations in our household over the next … Continue reading Episode 4: Falling in Love With My Best Friend

Episode 3: Falling in Love With My Best Friend

  READ EPISODES 1 – 2 Episode 3: The Woman with a Chronic Greeting Problem   I could not hide my surprise, and almost forgot my manners. “Goo-Good Afternoon, ma,” I said to Mrs. Williams with a slight curtsy.  If her presence at our gate was not enough shock for me, Mrs. Williams a.k.a Mama … Continue reading Episode 3: Falling in Love With My Best Friend

Falling in Love With My Best Friend: Episode 2

READ EPISODE 1 Episode 2: One Ball, One Girl, One Boy   I did not know, however, that life does not ask for your permission before thrusting people into your life. And that is what happened. Everywhere I turned, Tokunbo was there.  It did not matter where.  Whether I went down the road to buy … Continue reading Falling in Love With My Best Friend: Episode 2

Falling in Love With My Best Friend: Episode 1

Episode 1: The Fire that Brought Our New Neighbors   It all started with fire. The fire that burnt our neighbor’s house started in the middle of the day, the time when most people are at work. But there are those whose place of employment is the home, and thanks to one of such people, … Continue reading Falling in Love With My Best Friend: Episode 1

The Day I Will Never Forget, Episode 9 (Final): All is Well that Ends Well

READ EPISODES 1 – 8 I did not even know we had a visitor until I heard Nnamdi shout, “Uncle Henry!” just before jumping on him. “Eh, see this boy o, Brother Chika.  He wants to knock me down,” said Uncle Henry laughing, and setting Nnamdi down. “Don’t mind him, Henry,” said my father who … Continue reading The Day I Will Never Forget, Episode 9 (Final): All is Well that Ends Well

The Day I Will Never Forget, Episode 8: Show Me Your Report Card

READ EPISODES 1 – 7 The sound of approaching footsteps startled the lovers out of their “romantic moment.” It also signaled the end of my spying. None of us waited to see who was coming.  It did not even matter.  The last thing I saw before springing out of my hiding place and hightailing it … Continue reading The Day I Will Never Forget, Episode 8: Show Me Your Report Card

The Day I Will Never Forget, Episode 7: Father Christmas, Miss Agbo and That English Composition

READ EPISODES 1 – 6 One week to our final exams, Miss Agbo came to class with an air of importance, and made the following announcement: “Children, the composition you will write for your final exams is ‘The Day I Will Never Forget.’ ” To make things interesting, she added a caveat: not only would … Continue reading The Day I Will Never Forget, Episode 7: Father Christmas, Miss Agbo and That English Composition

The Day I Will Never Forget, Episode 6: Those Troublesome Twins

READ EPISODES 1 – 5 Most of the students were still in class when Uncle Henry arrived.  That was how unexpected his visit was. Miss Agbo did not even know that someone had entered the class.  However, when we saw an unfamiliar grown-up in the class, we did what we had been taught to do.  … Continue reading The Day I Will Never Forget, Episode 6: Those Troublesome Twins