Subscribe to Newsletter
Monthly Newsletter: Join more than 3,000 African literature enthusiasts!
Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our "Guide to African Novels."

2853704064_80d92f94a7_z

Area One! Airport Junction! Lugbe!

The taxis are calling out their routes and filling up quickly. Meanwhile, minutes of waiting are threatening to stretch into an hour but you would rather be patient — the El-Rufai bus is fifty naira cheaper and you know very well how a little goes a long way.

Biding your time, you take in everything around you. The nascent sun against the pale horizon; the blood orange wares of the okpa seller; how ashy that keke driver’s legs are. The motor park is a photographer’s dream. A dream implanted in you back when you used to pore through your grandfather’s TIME magazine, the glossy photos opening your eyes to a world bigger than your neighborhood in New Haven, Enugu. Pictures that illustrated war and poverty; celebrations and culture in far-off places with exotic names like Albania, Cambodia, Peru and Tonga.

You should hail an okada right this minute, hop on it and head back home to retrieve your camera—it’s been in its case for too long. And while you’re at it, pull off this constricting tie, roll up these wretched sleeves and dump these fake Italians for comfy sneakers. To hell with your back-breaking, soul-crushing, low-paying bore of a job. With just one click, you can tell a better story than many a writer can.

The big red bus lumbers into your view and breaks your reverie.

Now, you can only think about how badly you want to build your own house in this town; the children you want to sire before the age of forty; not to mention Uloma and how much higher her bride-price will be, now that she is studying for her Master’s.

There are two people left between you and the door.

You still haven’t made your choice.

 

***************

Post image by sciencesque via Flickr

About the Author:

Akumbu Uche photoAkumbu Uche was born in Kaduna, raised in Port Harcourt and educated at the University of Jos. Her writing has appeared in The Kalahari Review, Saraba Magazine, Qarrtsiluni and elsewhere. She lives in Lagos.

Tags: , , ,

I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

2 Responses to “Monday Morning | by Akumbu Uche | An African Flash Fiction” Subscribe

  1. ngozi ike 2015/03/02 at 12:01 #

    Kudos to you akumbu.

  2. Onome Djukpan 2015/03/02 at 15:44 #

    Nice write up Kumbus. The daily struggle of the worker and hustler going to town

Leave a Reply

I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

Monthly Newsletter!

Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our
"Guide to African Novels."

Archives

Watch This Poetry Dance Film of Kayo Chingonyi’s “Kumukanda”

kayo chingonyi - the guardian

Zambian poet Kayo Chingonyi’s first full-length collection, Kumukanda, is receiving praise. The Guardian has hailed its “lyrical elegance” and “many […]

Photos | Nommo Awards 2017: How Africa’s First Ever Speculative Fiction Awards Ceremony Happened

IMG_7063

The announcement of the winners of the inaugural Nommo Awards took place at the ongoing 2017 Ake Arts and Book […]

Goodreads Awards 2017: Vote Chimamanda Adichie’s “Dear Ijeawele” and Nnedi Okorafor’s “Home” in the Final Round

Nnedi-Okorafor BELLA NAIJA

Earlier this month we announced the online voting for Goodreads’ 2017 awards. The first round saw nominations for four authors having massively […]

#AkeFest2017 | Follow Brittle Paper’s Coverage of Ake Arts and Book Festival

ake festival (1)

  Ake Arts and Book Festival is happening in Abeokuta, Nigeria—has been happening since 14 November, to end on 18 […]

Opportunity for Writers and Visual Artists | Apply for the 2017 Artists in Residency Programme

Applications are open for the 2017 Artists in Residency (AIR) programme, an initiative of Africa Centre “seeking high calibre African artists, in […]

South African Literary Awards 2017: All the Winners

The winners of the 2017 South African Literary Awards have been announced. Here they are, with excerpts from their citations. […]

Thanks for signing up!

Never miss out on new posts. Subscribe to a digest, too:

No thanks, I only want the monthly newsletter.