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    Walter Ude (@Walt_Shakes) is an award-winning Nigerian writer, poet and veteran blogger. He is a lover of the written word. the faint whiff of nature, the flashing vista of movies, the warmth of companionship and the happy sound of laughter. He blogs at mymindsnaps.wordpress.com.

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Eze Goes To School“From the left, quick march! Left-right! Left-right! Left-right!”

The legs of the students in the rectangular lineup went up and down like pistons as they marked time to Senior Olumide’s hollered commands.

“Left-right! Left-right! Left-raaaaiiiight!”

In unison, the feet crunched down on the ground, lifted and thudded down again. Senior Olumide weaved his way through the well-spaced lines, yelling as he moved, his eyes zipping about as he looked searchingly at the students under his command.

“Left-right! Left-right! Left-raaaaiiiight!” (more…)


“We were not friends at all.” Flavour sets record straight on friendship with the Late MC Loph

mc-loph-199x3002High-life musician, Flavour, in a recent interview with Punch newspaper, talked extensively about his relationship with late singer, MC Loph. After MC Loph’s death, reports claimed his mum (now late) was disappointed in Flavour for never visiting or calling her. It was also reported that MC Loph was the one who accommodated Flavour in his house, when he first came to Lagos. After his passing, Flavour sang a tribute in his honour titled Iwe. In the song, Flavour mourned MC Loph and even talked about how he (MC Loph) housed him and hung out with him. Here’s what Flavour said in an interview with Punch: (more…)

‘I was helping him to be seen and heard.’ Uti Nwachukwu addresses those Pesky Rumours of Gay Relationship with Alex Ekubo

Alex-Ekubo-Uti-Nwachuwku-600x325Uti Nwachukwu is setting the record straight once again.

The Nigerian media personality, model and actor was this week’s guest on Channels TV‘s Rubbin’ Minds. And in case you didn’t get it when his best friend (and rumoured gay partner) Alex Ekubo rubbished the rumours (Read HERE), Uti addressed his extra close friendship with Alex in the sit-down interview with host Ebuka Obi Uchendu.

He says the reason why they were always seen together, up until a couple of months ago, is because Uti was helping Alex gain entry into the entertainment industry (networking, red carpet & the like).

Watch the interview after the cut. (more…)

Jennifer Aniston loves Courteney Cox

6C7055636-ss_070417_twics_16.blocks_desktop_mediumCourteney Cox is still one of Jennifer Aniston’s closest friends.

The ‘We’re the Millers’ actress, who split from Brad Pitt in 2005 after five years of marriage and is currently engaged to Justin Theroux, has regularly sought refuge at her former ‘Friends’ co-star’s house in Los Angeles during difficult times in the past.

Speaking about their 20-year friendship, the 44-year-old star told More magazine: ”There’s absolutely no judgment in Court. You’ll never feel scolded. She’s extremely fair, ridiculously loyal and fiercely loving.” (more…)

‘Either he leaves or I leave!’ Jennifer Hudson tries to get ex-friend Lord Kraven kicked out from People’s Choice Awards’

jennifer-hudson-lord-kravenJennifer Hudson allegedly threatened to leave the People’s Choice Awards unless a former friend was removed from the audience.

The backstage drama was allegedly sparked when Jennifer spotted rapper Lord Kraven sitting in the front row at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

‘Jennifer loudly threatened ”Either he leaves or I leave,” and was waving her finger in the face of a security guard,’ a source told RadarOnline.com. (more…)

Obrigadu. Danke. Mérci.

When every year is winding down to its end, and you have life and all or most of the provisions that furnish it, and your dreams have either become reality or are on the fast track to getting there, and the people you love are abundantly in your life, then this ending begs for the acknowledgement of all those who made memorable your journey through life thus far. Because, whether you believe it or not, indeed, no man is an island unto himself.

I recently read and got inspired by two write-ups of appreciation penned by two men I admire – Tobe Osigwe and Isaac Ola. And I got to thinking about how in many ways, innumerable acquaintances – old and new – have contributed to making the different facets of my 2013 a success story of sorts. And with respect to this platform – My Mind Snaps – there’s a number of people I would like to say my thanks to. (more…)


This is a story (fiction or fact, you’ll never know 😀 ) dedicated to a good friend and fellow SARTian, Chinazaekpere Sallie Enwere. A sort of belated birthday wish to her. Enjoy 🙂


“Walter.” The call was a faint echo, as though resonating from a distance.

“Walter.” The voice was clearer now. “Na pikin you dey born inside there?” Even the mocking irritation was ripe and apparent as I blinked my eyes and looked around.

I was in a convenience room. Toilet cum bathroom. The countertop was a gleaming granite, atop which was arranged shampoo bottles, a cup stacked with toothbrushes and a tube of toothpaste and a pile of shaving sticks. The ceramic of the bathtub and toilet bowl had the freshly-scrubbed look of attentive housekeeping hands, and there was a wicker laundry basket tucked away in a corner.

Somebody rapped on the door, and the female whocalled my name before said, “Bia, enyi a, born quick. I’m about to serve desserts.” There was a rustle of clothing from the other side of the door and the slap of slippers on the floor as she walked away.

I looked around again, my bewilderment deepening. I was in somebody’s bathroom. A woman’s. I’d obviously just made use of the toilet, because my belt was unbuckled and I didn’t feel any pressing sensation in my groin. And that was where my understanding of the situation ended. Questions careened through my mind with the mad rush reminiscent of zebras fleeing the hungry wrath of a lion. Who was this woman? What was I doing here? What was the connection between us? Were we longtime friends or was this the morning after of a one-night stand?

Only one way to find out. (more…)


Our first result as undergraduates had just been tacked on the board; my friend George got a grade he didn’t like (far from an F, thank goodness) and I got the grade every sane student likes! We walked silently back to the hostel, matching our thoughts to the rhythm of our steps in the sand. University had begun.

I told George not to worry about the grade. It was only the beginning. Too early to despair.

He looked at me (or did he squint? because this was a year before the glasses came to his face) and said, “Kelechi, you won’t understand.”

I didn’t say another word until we parted to our respective hostels. My head under the sun that day was in no state to remember how, in SS2, I was ranked 20th in a class of 30 persons, with an average that rolled in the dust; how I had pushed at the notice board to see that result and wished I hadn’t seen it when I did; how I studied with a choking anger the following term… (more…)

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