I grew up in New haven, it was my home for eighteen years.
It wasn’t exactly the posh part of town but it was very close, we shared borders with the big boys and ‘happening’ girls.
So when people learnt I had won the lottery and was bound to travel soon, I blossomed into a uniting celebrity, they whispered about my lucky stars. As my departure date approached, the excitement paled as I realised soon my footprints alone would traipse through the shorelines of my life.
It was a bitters weet moment at the airport as I said goodbye to not only family, but also to childhood memories of aboki’s on street corners, okpa for breakfast and interrupted power supplies, the conducive recipe for family bonding moments and antics.
I relive that moment once more as I wait in the boarding lounge for my flight back to New haven Connecticut. To shopping malls, breakfast cereals and steady power supplies, the conducive enviroment for innovation and first world antics.
Haven they both are each with a different ambience.
In response to the writing challenge flash fiction for aspiring writers hosted by Priceless Joy click on the link to visit the blog. The photograph is from Yinglan (interesting photo can’t wait to see all the stories it inspires) and the challenge is to write a 100 – 150 words (+/- 25 words) story inspired by it. Do click on the link for other stories.
New haven is a place in Enugu Nigeria and also Connecticut.
Aboki: is the hausa word for friend, but is also used in eastern Nigeria to refer to a hausa man who sells sweets and numerous items in a road side kiosk.
Okpa: is a bean(bambara beans to be exact) based meal originated in eastern Nigeria.
Interrupted power supply means NEPA/PHCN the government authority in charge of electricity often takes away the power supply.