First thing the following morning, I went into
the old city of Brandenburg. It was as they
said, a historic city which hosted Adolf Hitler
and his first ever concentration camp where
he killed the Jews.
I trekked to the city center and looked
around. Everything was neat and organised.
People were busy doing their businesses.
There were many Turkish people selling small
items along the roads.
I entered a shop and bought a small Siemens
mobile phone and a simply card. It cost me
about 40 euros. I declared the card and went
back to the HEIM.
The same people I saw yesterday loitering on
the road between the HEIM and Eurospar
shopping mall was there again. I greeted and
passed them back into the HEIM.
I brought a carefully hidden piece of paper
where I had written down phone number.
I first of all dialed my brother in Onitsha and
told him I had been posted out of Camp. He
suggested that I go back to Afam in Essen
and join them in whatever they were doing
I called Efuah in Ghana and told her that I had
left camp and that the phone number that
called her was mine. She was very excited.
We talked about life in general, about our
future and what was going to happen with her
She promised to take care of herself pending
on when I would be ready to return to Africa.
Then I called some of my friends and shared
my phone number with them.
I called Matthew in Oberhause, the guy who
had welcomed me, but his number was
I called Afam in Essen and told him that I had
been posted out of Camp. I told him where I
was and he asked me to join him in Essen if
there was nothing for me to do in
Then I called Nnenna, the first girl I fvcked in
Germany. She was very happy to hear my
voice. She invited me to Essen immediately
and I told her that I would come Asap.
I stood on the window and watched as white
people passed in front of the HEIM, then
passed again after a few minutes. I wondered
what was going on but couldn’t figure it out.
In the afternoon, I went to the Eurospar and
bought a full chicken, tomato paste, a 2kg
sack of rice, maggie and pepper. I went back
and made stew and ate.
There were pots and spoons, plates and
cups in each room. There were also a fridge
a wardrobe, a bed, a cupboard and a single
reading chair and table.
The cooking gas was in the kitchen which was
used by all of us living on the second floor.
The kitchen contained six electric gas. It was a
big kitchen, the size of three standard
I was already bored and there was nothing
to do, so I headed to the female house.
” Nna Ibu onye Igbo” A voice said as I passed
the first floor on my way down. It was
Johnson. He was from Abiriba in Abia state.
I told him that I was Igbo and he took me to
his room on the first floor. He brought out
some beers. We drank as we chatted on how
life was in the HEIM.
I asked him what they did to make money in
the camp and he promised to let me in the
next day. He advised me to rest for the day.
He asked me about the lady who came with
me the previous day. I told him she was from
the same camp as me. I denied having
anything going between me and her.
*I had seen that he was interested in the
Agnes and I wasn’t going to drag woman with
someone who was going to show me some
business the next day. I believed he decided
to let me in because of the girl but I decided
to play dumb. Time will come when we will see
who was the master*
When Johnson went out again, I went to
Agnes. I told her that I made rice, she
refused to follow. She said I should go and
bring some for her. I did.
I later took her to buy cell phone too. We
came back in the evening and separated
My fellow Igbo guys were chatting and joking
when we came in, I greeted and joined them
but kept quiet in a corner.
Police had somehow came to where they
were doing whatever they did and they had
evaporated back to the HEIM. I listened since I
had no clue what they were saying.
We drank and ate chicken meat before
everybody went to his room.
The following morning, I went to the train
station and headed to Essen Westfalia. A
journey of 8 hours/5hours on ICE fast train…
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