Posts by Azuka


I really didn’t know how to start this piece. There were so many ideas, so many themes to explore, and so little time to spend planning things out. In many ways, it’s like most of my writing — spontaneous, with the cursory punctuation and grammar check afterwards. My reading and writing have always been tied […]


There’s something mysterious about a pout — it’s just as endearing as a gap-toothed smile is to me. Just don’t overdo it.

American Football

“So do you play baseball in Nigeria?” my friend Ernie asked as he switched lanes. We were heading on I4 to Lakeland to play table tennis. “No. Cricket’s about the only batting game,” I replied. “Now that’s one game I’ve never understood. Wickets, fielding, batting — I don’t know anything about that stuff. I know […]


My friends stared at me with this weird look on their faces. “What?” I asked, puzzled. They looked at each other. “You’re eating grass!” one of them exclaimed, pointing at the stalk I’d been chewing on. All I could offer was a nonplussed “Oh.” I’ve loved to chew on things for as long as I […]


I tend to be very wary around people who at first glance appear to be perfect. Humans are by their very nature imperfect, so when I run into someone who — sometimes compulsively — tries to project that facade of flawlessness, the alarm bells go off in my head. Blemishes — physical or behavioral — […]


I traveled to Atlanta two weeks ago to apply for the new E-Passport and I received it in the mail today. I don’t remember anything Nigerian being this efficient…