How he could tell the females from the males in the air was beyond nwa Umuzu. Buzo, was the neatest of us all. Whenever mother bought things for us, his , would last longest: appearing new every time he displayed or used it. Buzo also had fine taste buds who exerted their picks from a wide range of foods, for a child. He liked market bought yams especially the ones with green inscriptions on them — inscriptions he owned, were a measure of their sweetness. I shared this attribute with him . Never mind that the home grown varieties were better scented and so tasted better on the buds of people like my aunts, mother and Ufonwa( my immediate younger brother)—people cursed with the tart tastebuds of our ancestors. One of such yams was ji abi , the Chinese yellow yam, a cantankerous creation: never met a food so unfriendly. Most adults in my village ate only this kind of yam, and stored it in their barn all year round. Some deliberately stored and grew everything in next planting season, eating only the leftovers after planting or the harvest damages , during the harvesting season. Buzo liked home grown corns because they could be harvested before they were due; a choice one only exercised if he was the farmer. These types were the sweetest when roasted. The sublime orgasm on the tastebuds, from the popped sweet gluey fluid was a lifetime experience— we( Chieekwekwe inclusive — the idiot had learnt and developed similar taste patterns like us ) all agreed with him on this . Buzo owned that if corns were allowed to mature or over-mature a little before harvesting, they stole the above pleasure by eating witchcraft; even Chieekwekwe avoided ones tainted with this story : it did not matter that they were hot or cold .
And then, there was twelve year old , Ufonwa. Oh Ufonwa , my Ufonwa! He was a big dealer of scrap iron and related articles. At twelve he had an impressive height of 6'2", and a voracious appetite that blighted my love for him. After i was taught the Great Qattara depression of Egypt in a geography class, i thought another one existed in my brother's belly.