Words Wednesday featuring S. Adeyinka

Sabine Adeyinka is a talented and creative woman. I have known her for many decades and amongst other traits like loyalty and kindness, she is known for her humour. She is   good at crafting words together to tell a story that makes an impression on you.

Her first published work, is a delightful children’s story “How The Sun Got Her Cool Back”.

I’ve had the pleasure of reading some of her other work in the form of short stories. I can’t wait for her to publish other books. Come on Cuz, next book for adults, please.

I have had her permission to share this story which is of an interaction between Sabine and her Dad.

Less is More

I am sweating profusely as I set down the steaming plate of pounded yam in front of daddy. No lumps, spread open like an eagle so that heat can quickly escape. I return with okra soup and a bowl of water for washing hands. I also bring ice cold water for drinking and a tumbler. ‘Thank you’, Daddy says as he begins straightaway to take morsels of the pounded yam and dunk it into the okra soup. Unusually he calls me back and asks for more water to drink. As I pour the water into the tumbler, he says ‘Yemisi make a list of what is needed in the house’.

‘right now?’

‘is there something else you are doing?’

Yes, to be honest but honesty will be rewarded in a strange way if I try it.

‘no, okay I will start now’/

I bring the list to him. By now he is washing his hands in the bowl and using the red checkered hand towel to wipe his hands and mouth.

‘is this all?’

‘yes daddy’

‘what about salt?’

‘there is a whole sack of salt in the store’

‘Oh that’s funny, I thought you might have used all of it in the okra soup’.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. BLC says:

    Writers relate with the world in different ways, and they experience (at one point in their creative lifespan) ‘every’ human emotion. Imaginations run wild in the mind of a writer; but trust me, that’s the easiest part of it. To connect these dots to the central theme—from conception to completion—is like threading a camel through the eye of a needle.
    Sabine Adeyinka brings you into her world with ease—a style very unique! Sabine, if you ever read this, you have won yourself another fan!
    The writers bursting out from the motherland are awe-inspiring!
    Naija rising!

  2. JamENaijOz says:

    This is my favourite of Sabine’s stories as it is so rich in informing about some aspects of the Nigerian culture with such a few words.
    Water is never offered cold but ice cold. The vendors who peddle bottled water on the streets advertise their wares by shouting out “Ice water, tutu re” which essentially means get your ice cold water here.
    Questions are answered with questions.
    Most questions are rhetorical.
    If there is a direct way of saying something such as the soup is salty, why bother?
    The nature of buying provisions in bulk.
    Warms my heart and makes me laugh every time I read it.

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