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Uju had just returned to Port-Harcourt from the United States after graduating from Georgia State University and getting a degree in Media Studies.
Tall, plump, and dark as ebony, with big bright eyes and a set of shiny white teeth; She was aesthetically pleasing to behold.
She spoke with an American accent and was surprised at how much change had occurred in her neighbourhood while she was away.
Uju could barely recognise her little brother Chidubem who was only 10 years old when she left for school, but now spoke with a baritone voice, had broad shoulders and stood at 5ft 9ʺ, slightly taller than she was.
During the first week of her stay in Port-Harcourt, Uju complained often about the power cuts, the humidity and the mosquitoes; but as time went by, she adapted.
In no time, she became very familiar with the roaring sound of generators blaring in every street corner at night; she dropped her American accent and even spoke fluent Nigerian Pidgin English.
Uju caught up with her former high school classmates and friends, Nengi and Tamunosaki whom she kept close contact with on social media since their high school graduation six years ago.
They both studied law and were in their final year at the University of Port-Harcourt.
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She visited them in an apartment just outside the University where they lived together as roommates.
Nengi and Tamunosaki (or Tammy as friends fondly called her) waited eagerly in front of the gated compound for Uju’s arrival.
When she arrived, her friends happily embraced her and ushered her into the house.
“Na your eye be this?” Nengi asked playfully; Uju and Nengi had been friends since primary school.
“See as you dun fat finish”, Uju replied smiling, “My sister, others dey slim when dem dey school, na only me come school to fat” Nengi jeered. They all laughed.
They spent the next three hours catching up about school life, relationships, and plans they had for the future.
“Ehen Uju, now wey you dun go yankee flex come back, shey you go do NYSC now?” Tammy said inquisitively.
“Na true oh, I suppose dun register for NYSC by now but I hear say the website dey down” Uju replied.
“I fit carry you go where dem dey do am sharp sharp oh, you know say Uniport no dey carry last now” Nengi said wittily.
“Oya now, make we dey go, I get all my documents inside my phone” Uju replied. They all got up and left the house for the internet cafe.
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