Dear Mr. Martins,

So, I saw the last email you sent to me and my wife and I won’t lie to you, you’re an idiot for sending it to me. What, in my God’s good name, gives you the right to tell me what to do with my child? And that’s the important thing here, this is my child. Nobody else’s, and I know what is best for him. God will safe me from the Nigeria of today. So what, you think because you’re my child’s teacher, you can send all sorts of nonsense to me? Stupid statistics made by those westerners saying rubbish, that beating your children can lead to them being violent and unstable. So, when that Efosa boy is misbehaving, breaking my television, I should look at him and smile? I should say, ‘Oh, my good son, thank you for breaking my expensive television. I love you, my boy, come and have ice cream.”

Anthony Azekwoh is a Nigerian-based author and artist. He has written five books so far, and is now working on the sequel to his fourth book Ṣàngó, Oya.

Anthony Azekwoh is a Nigerian-based author and artist. He has written five books so far, and is now working on the sequel to his fourth book Ṣàngó, Oya.