Things Kan Only get better at 50 for Toni

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I did the rather easy math hours ago and realised I had jumped into a bus to attend Toni Kan’s birthday celebration a decade ago. Man, see me see old age.

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By the time I got into university in the early 2000s, the magazine was no longer as remarkable as I once thought it was. I had started to consume writing and literature of a different sort. But as the they say, you never forget your first time. In any case, like me, TK had moved on from Hints. Towards the end of my time at the University of Benin, I heard a group of writers were coming to the city for a reading. I got my writing-obsessed friend David, who was studying Philosophy to come along. The Nigerian education system being as terrible as it is, the authors couldn’t read at the university. What a shame. We had to go into town, to a spot used as a club at nights to see these authors read from their books! (If you are reading this and contemplating what to do with your ward about to finish high school, try your best and send them overseas — or maybe one of our better private schools.)

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