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Dancing in the Jungle Maze – Ugochukwu P. Nwafor

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What enchants my ear the most is not the chattering of children frolicking around our street in their unrestrained circles of delight. It is neither the blaring of distant automobile horns nor the usual raucous voice of mobs lynching a heist culprit. “Naso! No mercy for am o!” Not even the incandescent roar of thunderclaps on rainy nights. It’s the forgotten waves. The vibrations of minute worlds, and what they stand for in the castle of my ever pliant psyche.

“TicK-tocK…ticK-tocK,” the dining clock indicates time. But not for me. Not from my seat in the balcony, and certainly not when all I see is a marching band in costume, gyrating to a beat of sequence. “TicK-tocK…ticK-tocK”.

A sharp flutter of wings by my window at dawn usually spells awakening as though the universe, like a dying fire, is being fanned back to life. Incessant chirps at dusk may woo a female cricket into enticing chambers, but for me, it’s prophecy—announcing an approaching darkness. Nightfall. It’s the sound of raindrops, which unites my surviving senses in blissful harmony as it plunges into a puddle.

Grandmother often told me: “The world you were born into was not good enough for you to see, you must create a colourful world for yourself Ugonwanne, and that is your task”. Although, I so much wished to, I never saw her face and could never have, but her grey voice still resonates the message across worlds into my dreams. “A-fricayuhnite!” appealed Bob Marley from the woofers of a costermonger of audio tapes passing through our street. “When will God the father remember motherland?” despaired Dad inaudibly in his room. “Now!” I screamed hilariously from my old cane armchair in the balcony, “I think He even lives in motherland as all over the world, maybe it is Africa that needs to find him.”

Ugochukwu Nwafor is a recent law graduate of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. He was born in Anambra state Nigeria. Ugochukwu is a young fervent mind driven towards the expression of his art through letters of kaleidoscopic tones. He is not published at the moment but has a reasonable stock of literary works ready for publishing including his debut collection of short stories and some works of prose. Currently, his works in progress includes the first draft of his debut novel and some essays on Odinani themes. Outside the serious business of literature, he is passionate about travelling, cross-cultural heritage, and most vitally, learning novel things.


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