Read Story: SEASON 1 EPISODE 41
Monday came with the thought of kpokponity.
“guy, shebi una know say all of una for that
na Graduate, na only me still dey look for
Admission, that one no mean say all of una
me oh, i be old man oh, i don write JAMB five
times, this one wey i wan write dis year go
am six” Man narrated as we walked to the site
after eating at Mama Calabar canteen.
“e no mean anything na, no worry you go get
this year” Brainbox sympatized with Man.
“you be Olodo be that na, no worry na until
give u award na that time you go know, if na
kponkpon Exam dem dey write u go pass am” i
dared not say that.
I could still feel the unending burning
my neck as a result of the “hot water bath”
We arrived a bit late at the site that morning.
“Old solja good morning” We chorused. “ehen,
good morning” Old solja replied.
“Madam Ifeoma don come, she talk say today
go mould block, say as the casting don finish
unu mould block wey unu go use start the body
the work” Old solja narrated, “Old solja she
money abi?” the money concious Igbakwambo
“yes na, she give me money make i pay unu
work, she say she dey go somewhere nahim
she say make i come watch unu as unu go work
today” Old Solja replied. “but Old solja how
be the price to chop one biscuit na?” Man
“na 20naira for one biscuit na, na the normal
wey dem dey pay everywhere na” Old solja
“Chop biscuit” was the code name for moulding
building blocks. So the amount of biscuit you
“chop” would determine how much you would
Since I and Brainbox were inexperience in
Biscuit” we teamed up with Man our “Master”.
While Igbakwambo and Ochagbuorie made a
I and Brianbox were mixing the cement and
with our shovel and pouring it for Man who was
moulding and offloading the blocks.
After about 1hour of hard labour, the half time
Scores was: Team Man 51blocks – Team
Igbakwanbo 62blocks. How on earth can
Igbakwambo and Ochagbuorie be stronger than
three able bodied men? Unless of course they
drank overdose of Tea before coming to work.
Just when i said we needed to increase our
Old solja glanced at I and Brainbox as we were
practically fighting with our shovel, then he
“Flowa and Brain make unu mix the cement and
sand well well oh”.
“Old Solja our name na Flow and Brainbox, no
Flowa and Brain” i corrected.
At the end of the day, Team Igbakwambo won
105blocks, while Team Man moulded 86 blocks
Rice and Beans was sure more Lucrative than
Biscuit, or so i thought.
Mixing Rice and Beans was sure more hectic
Choping Biscuit, or so i thought.
After the “Biscuit choping”, it was time to
to eat Biscuit but to swallow Fufu.
When such urge beckons, the thought of
came to mind.
The problem that lies ahead was how to share
“Soroagwa, i want Fufu and Okro soup, u go
am small Egusi, u go com add am small vegetable
soup” Man ordered for almost all the soups in
world, i was imagining how the mixture would
“ehen Flow take dis 500naira, na ur biscuit
be dat” Man said offering me a worn out
note. “Brainbox na your own be dis” He
Brainbox his own 500naira.
“una know say Biscuit work na nonesense work,
and person no dey use Biscuit work get better
money, if person wan get better money the
go mix rice and Beans be that” Man said.
“how much you com collect?” the Brainy
asked “i collect 600naira, i give Old solja 120, u
know say that Man try for us, him no tackle us
Madam Ifeoma dey do” Man said. Only God
if he actually gave Old solja the money he said
“guy my skin don spoil finish oh, see as my skin
white” I complained. “u no dey rob that
wey i keep for site?” Man inquired, “i dey rob
na” i replied. “no worry, naso e do me when i
start kponkpon, e go stop” Man assured.
Soroagwa brought the “concoction”.
The concoction looked mouth watering to me, so
ordered, “Soroagwa bring the same thing for
“na 300naira for a plate if u want the mixture
Soroagwa said. “no wahala bring am like that,
am one bottle of Coke join” I ordered without
If my tongue could speak, it would have
the fact that the concoction was delicious, but
prayer was that the concoction should seat
confortably in my stomach.
Legend has it that the first day one eats a
that his/her system isn’t used to, there is a
chances that he/she would throw up.
As i continued eating, i wished that i wouldn’t
throw up in the near future. Just a wish, and
the saying goes: “if wishes were horses,