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Fiction Friday: “The Swimming Pool” by Jekwu Anyaegbuna

In honour World Water Day, The Guardian published a short story by Nigerian writer Jekwu Anyaegbuna. This is one in the series of stories based around water that they have published, starting with AS Byatt’s “Sea Story“.

Anyaegbuna won the African region Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2012 for “Morrison Okoli (1955-2010)” and here you can read his short story, “The Swimming Pool”, in which General Idris Yakuba Haruna recalls the “ups and downs of his career as the Nigerian Minister of Water Resources”:

Douglass, you’ve provoked me. Douglass, you talk a bunch of hogwash. That’s enough of your senselessness, please! Both of us sitting here, inside this raffia-made rickety shop erected on water, drinking pammy and ogogoro brews, should not give you the temerity to argue with me. Are you mad? Let me remind you that I am a retired general, a former Minister of Water Resources of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. And what does that tell you? My friend, it is rare, very rare, to get a general, a person of my calibre, to talk to you the way I do. So listen to me, and stop talking rubbish. I don’t blame you because something affected a cocoyam and made it scream out meow-meow, like a cat, while being boiled on a fire.


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