USMAN: A (perfect?) teenager

” Write about a loss: something (or
someone) that was part of your life, and
isn’t any more.” -Day 4 Writing 101

We were in Senior Secondary School and were just leaving adolescent hood to join the teenage arm.

My class was a big loving and lovely family though there were cliques here and there…it still did not divide the class.

Usman was the most lively boy in the class, he was a loveable person and had a sweet heart. He had two step brothers in our class-Hassan and Adamu and theirs was an enviable family. I know this because we used to buy ‘zobo’ in their house after closing from school almost daily.

There was the time the boys needed a goalkeeper for a match against another class. Usman volunteered. He was not taken seriously though. You see, he was born with this uneven legs, so he limped while walking. Eventually he became the best keeper in the whole school.

Usman was loved by us his classmates, our juniors and seniors and even the teachers. He was a bright and promising teenager.

He was the only one who would borrow you money and refuse to collect it back. I never saw him angry for once- Ever. He was the middleman for those two friends that fought and succeeded in reuniting them. He was the one whom you saw first when his friend wanted to ask you out- he practically paves the way and prepares your mind.

He hated to see anyone moody or staying alone. He would pester you till you snapped out of the moodiness. Or just stay with you and listen if you wanted to talk. Or stay with you in silence if you were not ready to talk.

This sounds like a description from a novel but it is not. It is the description of a REAL person at a REAL time with whom l once knew…but not for long.

This is the first of three series. I do not know when Writing 101 will give us the go ahead to post 2 and 3, so just stay tuned.

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Olamide
    Sep 18, 2014 @ 18:55:18

    Huhh, this brings back memories, i do remeber “USMAN”…A very dear friend, we even joked wrestling



  2. hrh7
    Sep 18, 2014 @ 22:34:19

    Go ahead without being given the go ahead? Nice blog.



  3. larrah
    Sep 18, 2014 @ 23:31:09

    Wow… Jst like yesterday… I still have flashes of his face.. Ever smiling… Remembering so many events of him… The best goal keeper ever… Thanx dammy for this…



  4. ddammii
    Sep 19, 2014 @ 07:06:48

    Thanks yo.



  5. tobiju
    Sep 19, 2014 @ 08:28:44




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