And rehearsals to write like a keyboard.
I remember the long wait for a reply
Wait for the postman’s beacon
Hoping the letters were from known destinations
I remember FGGC Abuloma
Federal Government Girls College
I remember Port Harcourt
I remember Onyinye Omiri
My pen pal of life
How her letters made me smile like Kojo
And walk like Mensah.
I remember my heart racing
Faster than Hamilton of Formular 1
And devouring her letters like Dracular.
Sucking every bit of its content.
I remember Ojimba Kingsley Charles
How we met secretly like cabals in Nigeria
To decide who next to be our pen pal.
I remember when life was simple
When you meant words you said
And said words you meant.
Lets toast to my generation
We had fun with the pen and paper
Were devoid of data
Of WiFi and social media
Yet we were content and we lived.
Mallam Ezera Emetu.