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Ikenna Igwe Shares Horror Experiences In A Face-me-i-face-you Building by ekaromail: 10:12pm On Jul 31, 2018
In 2003, I joined the pre-degree program at the Delta State University, Abraka, and it was during that time that I stayed in a Face-Me-I-Face-You building with my cousin. The hostel was only quiet at about 12:00 AM  to about 6 in the morning when the students were asleep, and during the day when a lot of them had gone to class.

Every other time, it was noisy. You have different kinds of music blasting at the same time from different rooms. The passage is always sandy as everyone goes in and out, so you have to ensure you always sweep the front of your room. You dare not leave your bucket or jerrycan of water outside your room else you'd later find that someone has used it. Everyone cooked in the passage, just beside their door, as there was no kitchen. The toilet and bathroom were always like a horror movie to me. While some don't flush, some just take delight in passing feces on the floor.

Then there was a night I almost got raped by the guy staying in the room opposite us. Now before this time, my cousin and I knew that this guy had eyes on me. I wasn't giving him face, but all the same, we were friendly with him.

Of course, I reported to my cousin and she called a male friend of hers to warn him never to make an attempt on me again. That incident ended our friendship with that guy.

If you ever lived in a Face-Me-I-Face-You building, then you might just find yourself and your neighbors featured as main characters in Ikenna Igwe's 'The Dark Rivers Of Yesterday.' 

Living in Lagos in one thing, living in a tenement building, in Lagos, is yet another.

The story in this novel kicks off with Emeka Egwu, the narrator, painting a vivid picture of the Face-Me-I-Face-You building. His description gives one a very good picture of what the house looked like so that during the course of the story, you are able to follow each event like you were there witnessing it.

Then he goes on to introduce himself and his family. And from the introduction, one can tell they weren't so rich, but they lived in a nice apartment, they ate the best foods, wore the best clothes and even could afford a house-help. Yes, life was rosy until Mr. Edgwu resigned from his job in the civil service and went into business.  Business was good for a while, but then it crashed at a time when Mr. Egwu had sold his land in the village, added all of his saving to the proceeds and invested everything in the business.

No longer having enough cash on him to pay the rent or even to cater for his family, his friendly and understanding landlord died, leaving all his inheritance to his only male child who didn't think twice about selling it off and issuing the Egwus a quit-notice, to be effected willfully or forcefully within two weeks of receiving the letter.

Young Emeka Egwu and his family had no choice but to move into a Face-Me-I-Face-You building, hoping that they would only be there for a few months. However, it wasn't until 7 years later they moved out from the hellish building and terrible dramas the tenants unleashed on each other almost on a daily basis.

This story captures in a unique way, the exact issues tenants of a Face-Me-I-Face-You building, experience - joining the endless early morning queues to use the bathroom or toilet, rotating turns for each family to clean the yard, endless gossips, lies and betrayal, and then those who feel they're the lords of the house and can do as they like. With these set of people, you always have to watch your back.

I like the way the characters were introduced, and how their background story follows. It makes it easy for readers to easily connect with the character's past and how it molded their present and future life choices.

But more importantly is the fact that the evils in a Face-Me-I-Face-You building are limitless. And unless you've got a strong will to not be put down or toyed with, you may get caught in the web of evildoers.

This book wasn't written to teach you about business, customer service tactics, or anger management. But in the experiences of these characters, you will learn all that and much more.

What touched me more about Ikenna Igwe's 'The Dark Rivers Of Yesterday,' is the fact that the experiences here are real. This book, although written as fiction, is a detailed account of a family's hellish experience in a Face-Me-I-Face-You building, the use of charms to show superior power and much more. How the family ever really left that place in one piece is still a mystery to me.

The writing style is easy to flow with, and this book will blow you away, from start to finish. It will keep your attention, make you laugh, make you angry, make you frown in wonder and then make you sigh because you find that you can totally relate to the experiences. Besides, it will make a good companion for your relaxation.

https://okadabooks.com/book/about/the_dark_rivers_of_yesterday/19002

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Re: Ikenna Igwe Shares Horror Experiences In A Face-me-i-face-you Building by ekaromail: 10:14pm On Jul 31, 2018
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Re: Ikenna Igwe Shares Horror Experiences In A Face-me-i-face-you Building by MANNABBQGRILLS: 10:15pm On Jul 31, 2018
Nice story....
Interesting.....

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Re: Ikenna Igwe Shares Horror Experiences In A Face-me-i-face-you Building by LuciferChristi: 10:24pm On Jul 31, 2018
I didn't bother reading as fiction does not interest me.

All I know is, any feminist in the story should be put to death.

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Re: Ikenna Igwe Shares Horror Experiences In A Face-me-i-face-you Building by ExAngel007(f): 7:08am On Aug 03, 2018
the gossips and generator fumes and noise can make one commit sucide.
Re: Ikenna Igwe Shares Horror Experiences In A Face-me-i-face-you Building by MANNABBQGRILLS: 7:09am On Aug 03, 2018
Scary monikers!

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Re: Ikenna Igwe Shares Horror Experiences In A Face-me-i-face-you Building by Offpoint: 7:10am On Aug 03, 2018
I wouldn't bother opening this thread if I had known is another fictional story. Who story epp? nobody should gimme the "Readers are leaders" bull crap, buhari na cartoon e watch till e become president no be book e read.
Heaven knows I was not born to read.

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Re: Ikenna Igwe Shares Horror Experiences In A Face-me-i-face-you Building by Bantino: 7:10am On Aug 03, 2018
Reading....
Re: Ikenna Igwe Shares Horror Experiences In A Face-me-i-face-you Building by Tomoyayi(m): 7:11am On Aug 03, 2018
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Re: Ikenna Igwe Shares Horror Experiences In A Face-me-i-face-you Building by sotall(m): 7:11am On Aug 03, 2018
I don't understand why this is on frontpage.

The reason I opened this thread is to read the story only to discover that the thread is a description of the story.....


Storms out angrily angry angry

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Re: Ikenna Igwe Shares Horror Experiences In A Face-me-i-face-you Building by Nobody: 7:12am On Aug 03, 2018
undecided
Re: Ikenna Igwe Shares Horror Experiences In A Face-me-i-face-you Building by atobs4real: 7:14am On Aug 03, 2018
Na so. Interesting
Re: Ikenna Igwe Shares Horror Experiences In A Face-me-i-face-you Building by fagbohun4j(m): 7:14am On Aug 03, 2018
Abeg na who go summarize the whole thing? The story dey sweet at first but as d op come start to dey advertise novel, i tire

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Re: Ikenna Igwe Shares Horror Experiences In A Face-me-i-face-you Building by Kennyfancy(m): 7:16am On Aug 03, 2018
om
Re: Ikenna Igwe Shares Horror Experiences In A Face-me-i-face-you Building by Tonimordred(m): 7:17am On Aug 03, 2018
I cnt read dis shit...jump n paz
Re: Ikenna Igwe Shares Horror Experiences In A Face-me-i-face-you Building by INTEGRITYA1(m): 7:18am On Aug 03, 2018
Face me I face you, if you rock me; I rock you.

The best is to have your own property, though it might difficult due to financial constraints to many.

But so many other potential individuals doesn't really careful enough. Imagine paying between 300k, 500k, #1m and so on as rent annually without channeling efforts towards having your own property.

If you pay 300k on yearly basis and your landlord is even nice by not increasing your rent for the first 5 years, you must have paid #1.8m as rent in 5 years.

Buy your own land and investment in real estate; mostly in prime locations, in as much you have means and potential to do.
Re: Ikenna Igwe Shares Horror Experiences In A Face-me-i-face-you Building by FrMbaka: 7:34am On Aug 03, 2018
INTEGRITYA1:
Face me I face you, if you rock me; I rock you.

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Re: Ikenna Igwe Shares Horror Experiences In A Face-me-i-face-you Building by dingbang(m): 7:37am On Aug 03, 2018
Lol.... Its fiction... I am interested in history books
Re: Ikenna Igwe Shares Horror Experiences In A Face-me-i-face-you Building by INTEGRITYA1(m): 7:38am On Aug 03, 2018
[quote author=FrMbaka post=69941688][/quote]

Yeah, that's the spirit.
Re: Ikenna Igwe Shares Horror Experiences In A Face-me-i-face-you Building by Ayoswit(f): 7:43am On Aug 03, 2018
Hmmm
Re: Ikenna Igwe Shares Horror Experiences In A Face-me-i-face-you Building by sureteeboy(m): 7:55am On Aug 03, 2018
I was reading on, then I discovered the story is just about to change into fiction. Out of here.

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Re: Ikenna Igwe Shares Horror Experiences In A Face-me-i-face-you Building by Nobody: 7:58am On Aug 03, 2018
What manner of rudderless fvckery Is this ?

Why is this on front page ?
Re: Ikenna Igwe Shares Horror Experiences In A Face-me-i-face-you Building by gaby(m): 8:28am On Aug 03, 2018
lol

Click on my signature to find my story about my experiences in a face me I face you living arrangement, how these and many more drove me into making the irregular migration that'd later make/mar me.

An interesting true-life story you'd sure be able to relate to, as it is narrated in a no holds barred fashion.
Re: Ikenna Igwe Shares Horror Experiences In A Face-me-i-face-you Building by FBIL: 8:31am On Aug 03, 2018
OP: Your English is good! Your writing skills and ability to connect every episode in your narratives makes me doubt whether you actually did your first degree in that ''Abraka school'' where everybody, from VC to the gatekeepers, is a cultist. Congratulations!!

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Re: Ikenna Igwe Shares Horror Experiences In A Face-me-i-face-you Building by thedondada(m): 8:48am On Aug 03, 2018
Zeus0679:

May your own thunder bolt locate you.


Fraud
Re: Ikenna Igwe Shares Horror Experiences In A Face-me-i-face-you Building by aribisala0(m): 8:57am On Aug 03, 2018
Offpoint:
I wouldn't bother opening this thread if I had known is another fictional story. Who story epp? nobody should gimme the "Readers are leaders" bull crap, buhari na cartoon e watch till e become president no be book e read.
Heaven knows I was not born to read.
Well fiction is not totally useless , look at the Bible and the Quran

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Re: Ikenna Igwe Shares Horror Experiences In A Face-me-i-face-you Building by Nobody: 10:00am On Aug 03, 2018
Offpoint:
I wouldn't bother opening this thread if I had known is another fictional story. Who story epp? nobody should gimme the "Readers are leaders" bull crap, buhari na cartoon e watch till e become president no be book e read.
Heaven knows I was not born to read.

You Nor get SENSE

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Re: Ikenna Igwe Shares Horror Experiences In A Face-me-i-face-you Building by ItzBIM(m): 10:07am On Aug 03, 2018
aribisala0:
Well fiction is not totally useless , look at the Bible and the Quran

You are a big idiot.

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