COVID-19LockdownChronicles: A love like my Grandparents’

By Moyinoluwa Okunloye I have never ceased to think about my Grandpa. He was wonderful, full of life and ever so generous. I may be biased because I am his favourite grand – child, but I think he was respected by many. He was a hardworker, never complained and I never saw him poor. Now,…

COVID-19LockdownChronicles: The Assurance

By Moyinoluwa Okunloye My pal asked me yesterday, “Is there really panic everywhere?” Don’t crucify him, it is a valid question. Valid because the concept of how difficult this period is is not entirely getting to us. We make a deliberate effort not to listen too much to the daily increase in the numbers of…

COVID19LockdownChronicles: Gratitude

By Moyinoluwa Okunloye This year is already spent. We’ve had a whole 12 months only in three months. We’ve been through it all and still going through it. And now, it feels like the apocalypse. I am sitting on my bed, exercising by taking walks from my room to the sitting room and back, for…

My Reward

In 2017, I was at a vulnerable group meeting (similitude of an Alcoholic Anonymous meeting) and as we went round, each introducing him/herself and sharing something about the pain/experiences that had brought us to such meeting, I caught myself utter a statement as I shared of myself. That was not the first time for me…

From one addict to another: Seeking validation from others

I always wanted to be agreeable. Not necessarily because I wanted to be popular but merely as a source of satisfaction.  I wanted to be liked; to be perceived as admirable. And so, I would be in a gathering of young people like myself, but rather than be me, I’d be thinking of how best to conform, look and feel like a part of them.

Unusual Peace

By Moyinoluwa Okunloye As I open my laptop to write this, I check my heart to confirm if the reason for this piece is still there. I try to check if I can tie this feeling of Joy to a thing or an occurrence that would warrant me to feel this glow that I have…