Author Archives: Richard Oti



Richard Oti

Give me a paper and a pen, and I'd take you around the world.

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
in LOVE, POETRY

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

All I had was a glimpse of you, One my eye caught in the dark, On a night when the moon was dull and the stars wouldn’t shine brightly. It’s cold and the streets were...

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November 11, 2017
CUPID AND SAM INC. Part 4
in COMEDY, LOVE

CUPID AND SAM INC. Part 4

It was very early on Saturday. Chief was awake, “it’s a brown new day,” he sang like a chirping bird, walking around his room aimlessly, whistling and smiling sheepishly. It’s amazing how love revamps a...

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October 01, 2017
CUPID AND SAM INC. Part 3
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CUPID AND SAM INC. Part 3

Chief had a delicious sleep for the first time in many months. Technically, sleep should not be qualified with such a term because It is not Nigerian jollof-rice. I know there is a war still...

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September 22, 2017
BLACK, BOLD & BEAUTIFUL...
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BLACK, BOLD & BEAUTIFUL…

Young African woman, You are strong, You are beautiful, And you are smart. Young  African woman, Don’t let the walls of any college scare you. The fierce monsters you see are all in your mind,...

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July 08, 2017
CUPID AND SAM INC. Part 2
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CUPID AND SAM INC. Part 2

Chief was non-malleable this day. Just like he had been most of his life.  Eyes squinted, and his face ruffled. Even the new millennium haircut did not look so nice on him any longer. A frown makes...

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June 10, 2017
CUPID AND SAM INC. part 1
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CUPID AND SAM INC. part 1

His lovely slim tie was placed neatly beside his well-starched and ironed white cotton shirt. It wasn’t one of those white shirts that were on the borderline, closer to brown than white. It was pristine,...

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May 07, 2017
A DAY WITH CARLA CARLSON
in FAITH, LOVE

A DAY WITH CARLA CARLSON

The little girl sat just a few feet away from me. A crease on her face, her eyes swollen; looking like she had deprived them of sleep for many days. I could see pain living...

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February 18, 2017
MEMOIRS OF A BROKEN HEART 8
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MEMOIRS OF A BROKEN HEART 8

Akin had great pleasure breaking the news to me as we sat in the car headed back to central Abuja city. It felt like an ice-box had replaced my heart. I was cold, and in...

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February 15, 2017
MEMOIRS OF A BROKEN HEART 7
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MEMOIRS OF A BROKEN HEART 7

Akin was stunned. It was hard to believe the gravity of his mistake. Never had he been that careless, not in many years of scheming. “It’s Fred’s fault,” he said out loud, hitting the steering...

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February 05, 2017
MEMOIRS OF A BROKEN HEART 6
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MEMOIRS OF A BROKEN HEART 6

Ndidi looked exceptional this afternoon. She was dressed in a black Tom Ford sleeveless jumpsuit. A cream shawl hung around her shoulders, flowing down towards her sides. Her braids were styled in a box bun....

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January 30, 2017
MEMOIRS OF A BROKEN HEART 5
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MEMOIRS OF A BROKEN HEART 5

“Daddy, its past 6 am. Wake up. Wake up.” Turning slowly away from the edge of the bed, I pulled the duvet over my head. “Do you have to go to school today?” I asked...

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January 01, 2017
MEMOIRS OF A BROKEN HEART 4
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MEMOIRS OF A BROKEN HEART 4

“Would you say a prayer before we eat?” Chyoma urged Akin, who was sitting opposite her. The time was 6:00 pm, their meeting was later than they had scheduled because Arik Air had delayed Chyoma’s...

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December 25, 2016
MEMOIRS OF A BROKEN HEART 3
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MEMOIRS OF A BROKEN HEART 3

Sunday mornings were always exciting for me. I liked church a lot, and as was my custom, I tried to always be in the building at least 10 minutes before service begun. I didn’t review...

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October 09, 2016
MEMOIRS OF A BROKEN HEART 2
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MEMOIRS OF A BROKEN HEART 2

It was time to leave Grand square, we all got into Chioma’s Bentley (flying Spur, 2014 model). It had tinted glasses, and the interior was custom made in Italy. It was simply a car made...

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October 04, 2016
MEMOIRS OF A BROKEN HEART  1
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MEMOIRS OF A BROKEN HEART 1

It had been 4 years since they had been separated as little kids, but on reuniting, they were up to their usual shenanigans. In comparison to their mother, I was broke; so I took them to...

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October 03, 2016
MR & MRS
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MR & MRS

Sometimes, walking away seems easier than staying back and getting hurt. “But hurt me all you can, I’ll stay with you because I love you”. I heard love is patient and kind… So, I won’t shout...

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October 03, 2016
OSCAR
in INSPIRATIONAL, POETRY

OSCAR

“Dad, I know you mean well. But, I’m almost full grown and I need to make my decisions now.” Oscar said with all seriousness and almost desperation.   “Son, I walked this lonely path many...

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October 03, 2016
MAMA WAS A ROCK STAR
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MAMA WAS A ROCK STAR

“Nzogbu Nzogbu, Enyimba Enyi!” chanted the young men as they escorted the masquerade. The older men who accompanied it chanted some kind of mystical gibberish that sent the masquerade into frenzy. It was hard to...

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September 29, 2016
FRANCES
in LOVE

FRANCES

“Sweetheart, you will find a man who is worthy of you. I didn’t invest this much in you, to give you off to some riffraff. You deserve more”. I think that was the eighteenth thousandth...

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September 28, 2016
ESTRELLA
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ESTRELLA

Chile is a southern south American country, bordering the south pacific ocean, between Argentina and Peru. Chile is best known for its sweet wine made from pais and muscatel also its magnificent beaches that attracts...

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September 27, 2016
THE DANCE
in LOVE, POETRY

THE DANCE

All you wanted was a rose So I scampered all over the earth I wouldn’t let Kilimanjaro’s height scare me Neither the length of Thames   My feet hurts from the scorching sands of the...

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September 26, 2016
AURORA
in LOVE, POETRY

AURORA

If we held hands Would there be chemistry? Would I understand why Oxygen needs two molecules of Hydrogen to become water? Or why Sodium reacts with Chloride to liven up my pot of soup? If...

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September 26, 2016
FORT KNOX
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FORT KNOX

‘Most of you would not make it to the end; some of you would get missing in action, some of you would quit after a few months, some would end up on wheel chairs and...

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September 26, 2016
JOHN HAY, WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
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JOHN HAY, WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

It was her turn to take the vow, she slid her hand forward and took his. Looking into his eyes, she recited the lovely vow she had written for him: “I’ll love you forever, I’ll...

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September 25, 2016
DORIS
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DORIS

Love used to live on hope street, But she moved away. Now the days are long And the nights even longer. So, I moved into her house on hope street, Just to remember her once...

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September 25, 2016
TALES FROM GRANDMA
in COMEDY, FAITH, LOVE

TALES FROM GRANDMA

“I would tell you both a bedtime story, only if you both promise to be good,” Granny said, having a lightning of affection flash in her eyes. Ada and Obinna, just cuddled themselves up underneath...

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September 25, 2016
TIME
in LOVE, POETRY

TIME

I've loved you since it was a quarter past 6, That would be five years ago on July, the 6th. Like time, which cannot be seen, In my eyes you look the same as when...

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September 25, 2016
CITY OF LIGHTS
in LOVE, POETRY

CITY OF LIGHTS

Come with me to the city of lights It’s inhabitants would love to meet you If they see me coming with you. Let’s dance by the river of life The fishes would love to greet...

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September 25, 2016