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Sack Your Landlord Essay Competition 2017 Winners List

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The Sack Your Landlord Essay Competition 2017 has come to an end and three winners have emerged. The competition which is in its third edition was keenly contested this year, with each of the final ten entries worthy of winning the competition. The contest was rated on two levels; judges score and public votes. The judges score accounted for 40% ...

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THE DAY I SAW MY MUM CRY by Marline Oluchi | #SYL2017

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It was a cold October evening. I walked home, slightly shivering in my threadbare school uniform. As I got to the front steps, I met the scariest sight I had ever seen. Mum was huddled by the door, crying profusely, surrounded by all our worldly possessions. I was shocked. What had happened? I had never seen mum cry before. Not ...

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DEAR LANDLORD by Uchechi Princewill | #SYL2017

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January 23, 2014. Imagine Lekki. Now imagine those square posh condos at the edge of town, just off the road not fifty feet from the towering billboards that say “welcome to Lekki”. Good. That’s not where we’re going. Now, you know those places you can’t get to by taxi, on your way to which you have to stop a mile ...

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LANDLORD, FRIEND & FATHER by Olarinde Samuel | #SYL2017

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It was a sunny afternoon in the month of May. I sat by the door, belt strapped and fantasizing how my landlord would finally get served on his own draft board later in the evening, and then I look up and this gorgeous young woman approaches. She’s speaking into her phone and laughing with all her heart. I’m mesmerized, so ...

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BAD MARKET by Chris Ahanonu | #SYL2017

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I was having a heated argument with Lucy, my new girlfriend, about which goes first in the preparation of Oha soup: Ede or palm oil, when someone knocked on the door. I went for it, whilst regretting my break up with Uchechi. She knew how to cook. “Uncle, I came to inform you that there’ll be an emergency meeting with ...

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‘No.4, BANANA STREET’ by Gideon Chukwuemeka | #SYL2017

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No. 4 Banana Street By Gideon Chukwuemeka Ogbonna The thing about the house on No. 4 Banana Street is that it was probably built using tips from Zikoko Blog’s Guide, How to be a Nigerian Landlord. The rooms in the building, which are just a little bigger than a prison cell in KiriKiri, have brown streaks of water mark on ...

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WHEN SHERIFF SHUT THE DOORS by Ene Elizabeth Adeka | #SYL2017

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“Ene! Sheriff is throwing our things out. He came this morning to ask for the balance of last year’s rent but daddy did not have any money on him…please do something.” I was on my way to the gym that Friday morning when the distressed voice of my youngest brother told me of the embarrassing situation my family was going ...

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SHADOW & GHOST by Susan Johnson | #SYL2017

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Oh how I missed the good times! The good times when our compound was the most envied house on the whole street. The times when the serene environment of my compound rivaled that of a churchyard. All of that changed at the arrival of Shadow and Ghost. My landlord suddenly appeared with them with the flimsy excuse that his son ...

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VILE LITTLE TOWN by Jeff Ugochukwu Emmanuel | #SYL2017

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Vile Little Town The house seem spacious from an unusual scantiness. The air unshackled but tainted by sin feckly akin to Sodom and Gomorrah of the bygone era. The heavy stench of its usual infidelity rents the air— genitals unsheathed behind doors mostly shut airtight, salted by low humming music, cannabis and booze. We are close friends with my landlord’s ...

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