GBERA!

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Your Brief Bio: Benny Akinyemi-Finisher is art. He creates art , performs art and directs art. He's well known to play with words in his writing and always finding more and better creative approach to art when he dorns his Art Director hat. As a performance poet, he is Benny Finisher.
Submission Category: -Nollywood-2.0
Tweet-Style Story Summary: Felix learns about the word; Gbera. The word breaks him, makes him and tests him. Who is to blame?
Full Story: GBERA! Witten by Benny Akinyemi-Finisher. You tell me; “There is sense in every nonsense and a message in every mess”. What sense can I possibly get from this nonsense when none of my senses care to be sensitive? Preach to me the message in this mess. Maybe, just maybe I can be a convert. You pray daily; “Our Father in Heaven give us this day our daily bread…” Heaven’s bakery don’t rain bread. You have to reach for it yourself with open and seeing eyes to win the bread. Felix soliloquizes in the furnace of his anger, surrounded by animate and inanimate environmental features that seem to be contending with his dreams. Felix Okigbo was born in a land by the river. A land filled with opportunities. Opportunity to either reach for bread and win or wait for another’s bread; to share, to borrow, to buy, to steal, to beg or extort. This is Lagos. He cowers in the uncomfortable scruffy makeshift bus seat made out of wooden planks and raggedly welded iron, with a torn in his jacket sleeve. It is typical to think Felix was in a fight considering the pungent scent of feud perceived between him and the conductor. It was a struggle with a huddle of angry, sleep deprived civil and uncivil servers, stewards, learners, hustlers and ‘pocketlifters’ scampering to commute to workplaces and places of trade. A daily routine they all engage in either to use, to be used, to be of use or nurtured for future use. “Gbera”; a street slang uttered harshly by the commercial bus conductor under his distorted vocal cords, urging the driver who takes off tactlessly ignoring incoming and unsettled commuters did injustice to the sleeve of Felix’s suit jacket. Apologies and pity chants managed to embrace him as he fumes in rage whilst choking on every single swear word he could possibly think of. Still he hears; “Gbera”, incessantly at every pickup and bus stop amidst other jibber-jabbers. Enveloped in this mess of shame and disappointment brought by this nonsensical word; “Gbera”, Felix exhales as he gently and softly inquires from the culprit who happens to be sitting next to him, hoping to get a sensible answer. “What does this ‘Gbera’ word mean?” Felix asks without looking at the questioned. “Ah bros, ‘Gbera’ is like ginger”, responded the conductor remorsefully. “Is like telling somebody to get up, move on, be going, ‘Ko ye yin’? Aja 4, Eshin white’…” “That would do”, Felix cuts in. A light bulb flicks on in his head as he alights into an encouraging stance. A gentle cold breeze of reassurance caresses Felix’s face while the lifted spirit inside of him talks back; “Fine, you’re in a mess and it doesn’t make sense. You can blame it on the failed system, blame it on fate, or blame it on your race, tongue and tribe. You might as well blame it on your ancestors, on the forbidden fruit consumers who were too comfortable to envision the effect their disobedience would have on generations to come. Here is my question; would you rather wallow in your misery and put a pause to living life or proceed towards your goal in the face of resistance and difficulty? Get up, dust yourself off, and move on.” Gbera! Felix hears from a passing bus like the biblical talking donkey. “From disappointments, disapprovals, and disregards”, the voice continues; “Gbera! From the dark pit of rejection, recession, and revulsion. Gbera! From limitations, intimidations, and degradation. Gbera! From poverty, mediocrity, and self-pity. Gbera! From unrecognized efforts, uncelebrated achievements, and unappreciated favours. Gbera! From the broken pieces of your pot of dreams. Put them together. Make a move; one step at a time, one day at a time, one breath at a time, inhale, exhale, and prevail.” Gbera!!! Felix yells with excitement as if celebrating the victory of his favourite football team. Right on cue like a gush from a busted water pipe, the startled oncoming palm oil seller panics, bathing Felix with the abundance of her product. ©October 2017, Benny Akinyemi-Finisher.
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46 comments

  • Olagbadebo Oladotun Ayinke

    October 18, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Amazing write up.

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    • Finisher

      October 18, 2017 at 1:24 pm

      Thank you Olagbadebo Oladotun. Do not forget to share. Let others enjoy what you just experienced.

      Reply

  • Opeyemi laja_Akintayo

    October 18, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Awesome!

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  • Omowunmi Afolabi

    October 18, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Amazing

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  • Lucia Shimmers

    October 18, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Benny, thanks for the ginger!
    These spoke to me:
    These words are for me.

    Gbera! From limitations, intimidations, and degradation. Gbera! From poverty, mediocrity, and self-pity. Gbera! From unrecognized efforts, uncelebrated achievements, and unappreciated favours. Gbera! From the broken pieces of your pot of dreams. Put them together. Make a move; one step at a time, one day at a time, one breath at a time, inhale, exhale, and prevail.” Gbera!!!

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    • Finisher

      October 18, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      Wow!!! I’m glad and honored at the same time for the impact the piece had on you. Thank you. Remember to share your experience with friends and contacts and keep the votes coming.

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    • Finisher

      October 18, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      Thank you Sandra. Don’t forget to share.

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  • Finisher

    October 18, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Thank you Wunmi. Don’t forget to share.

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  • Osamede Charles Eghiaruwa

    October 18, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Creative and exiting writing. Funny as well.

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    • Finisher

      October 18, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      Thank you Osamede Charles. Thank you for taking time out to read through too. Do not forget to share with friends and contacts.

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  • Osamede Charles

    October 18, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Creative, exciting, and funny.

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  • Yomi Faneye

    October 18, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Great stuff. Really inspiring. Oluyomi, GBERA!!!

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    • Finisher

      October 18, 2017 at 6:14 pm

      Thanks chief. Oya Gbera!!!! Remember to share.

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  • Oluwatoyin Ayeni Adegite

    October 18, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Nice one

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    • Finisher

      October 19, 2017 at 10:33 am

      Thank you. You can vote 4 times everyday. Don’t forget to share.

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  • Adejoke

    October 18, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    This is beautiful, insightful and

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    • Finisher

      October 19, 2017 at 10:34 am

      Thank you Adejoke. Thank you. You can vote 4 times everyday. Don’t forget to share.

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  • Abiola

    October 18, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Wao! Incredibly beautiful!

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    • Finisher

      October 19, 2017 at 10:34 am

      Thank you. You can vote 4 times everyday. Don’t forget to share.

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  • Jennifer osammor

    October 19, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Gbera Benny Finisher! Inspiring write up….

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    • Finisher

      October 19, 2017 at 10:35 am

      Thank you Jennifer. You can vote 4 times everyday. Don’t forget to share.

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  • Aduroja tosin ibuola

    October 19, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Wow this a good write up. Hmm Aja 4 gbera out of nonsense there is a sense. Tosin gbera ko jara e. 😀😀

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    • Finisher

      October 19, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      Hahahaha!!! Thank you Tosin. You can vote everyday and don’t forget to share too. Je ki awon na le gbera. lol

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  • Osagie

    October 19, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Gbera

    This read was worth my while.

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    • Finisher

      October 19, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      Thank you Osagie. I’m glad it was worth your while. Be generous enough to share with friends and contacts. Lol. Also, you get to vote everyday too.

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  • Daymo

    October 19, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Beny, but why? Why are you so wicked? After all the brotha had been thru you had to allow his fate meet with a permanent reminder of misery from the hands of a palmoil seller? Haba mana! Even God no wicked like that jor . Lol!

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    • Omolola Makinde

      October 21, 2017 at 3:57 am

      Inhale… exhale… gbera!

      “The ease of read”😻😻😻

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      • Finisher

        October 21, 2017 at 9:52 am

        Thank you Omolola. Remember to share with friends and keep voting.

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    • Finisher

      October 21, 2017 at 9:51 am

      Hahahahaha!!!!! Oh well, Aluta Continua but Victoria acerta.

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  • Akinwunmi Adebayo

    October 21, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Nice. Good-pace. Sharp. Vivid. Enthralling. Comical. Inspiring. I’ve got to share this with my peeps. And..oh! I don vote sha. Up Benny!

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    • Finisher

      October 21, 2017 at 10:40 am

      Thank you Akin. Please do share the story.

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  • Ayokunnumi Adebayo

    October 21, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Gbera!!!

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  • Oluwatosin Oyelehin

    October 21, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Nothing like the right prescription for one’s illness.
    Just perfect!

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    • Finisher

      October 21, 2017 at 8:58 pm

      Wow! How you put it though. I like. Thanks.

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  • Olu

    October 21, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    nice one

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    • Finisher

      October 21, 2017 at 9:02 pm

      Thanks.

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  • Emmanuela igboanugo

    October 22, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Perfect write up, and inspirational too
    Success is ur name dear
    Ride one.

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    • Finisher

      October 22, 2017 at 10:14 am

      Thanks Emmanuela.

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  • Adewale Laja-Akintayo

    October 22, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Gbera is an amazing piece, threaded in eloquence and delicate impressions. The narrative is masterfully written and leaves readers engaged as it is pictorially expressed unapologetically. Great job Benny.

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    • Finisher

      October 22, 2017 at 8:41 pm

      Thank you for your thorough analysis Adewale. It’s encouraging. Do not forget to share. Let others experience what you have too. Peace bro.

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    • Akinwunmi Adebayo

      October 22, 2017 at 9:52 pm

      See comment. Words well-crafted with such oily flow. Please share this link and encourage your contacts and any group you’re in on WhatsApp to take a moment and “vote”. I have taken out to read a few other entries but nothing compares to “Gbera” in its poise, freshness, and contemporariness. It is original and unique and brilliant with a rarity. It deserves to win. But at the moment, it is trailing by over 350 votes to a merely long and boring piece (no offence intended); If everyone who has voted can bring 10-20 people on to vote, that would certainly give “Gbera” a 400 votes boost to the current votes!

      So do much more than just vote and giving encouraging comments. Drag your peeps to spare a few seconds to click on the “vote”

      Gbera!

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      • Finisher

        October 23, 2017 at 11:36 am

        I admire and appreciate your enthusiasm Akin, but please let’s be kind and not speak ill of other entries. Thanks for your efforts and encouragement.

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        • Akinwunmi Adebayo

          October 24, 2017 at 12:48 pm

          My apologies

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  • Sunday Idowu

    October 23, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    You always allow readers to think along with you in your thought you replicate same here…
    Keep it up man..

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    • Finisher

      October 24, 2017 at 10:30 pm

      Thank you.

      Reply

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