The setting sun blew a blanket of colours across the reposed skies, casting it in brilliant shades of gold and yellow bands set against an enchanting backdrop of sky-blue hue.
It’s 6:30pm at Eagle Island in Port-Harcourt and a group of rustic boys had turned a sand-filled creek-side into a football pitch. The fallow stretch of sand was an abandoned road project meant to create an alternative route into the island.
A myriad of dusty feet punctuated the grey sands as droplets of sweat sprinkled the foot marks crested on the makeshift soccer field. The tide had just begun to rise and a narrow stream of creek water resurged beneath the metal bridge flanking the soccer pitch. A kite of polythene ascended and sailed in circles above the milieu, spectating the bucolic soccer players. One of the kids made the kite and had moored it with a taut jute rope, to one of the bridge’s railings. It seemed to have been induced by the excitement and energy enfolding the soccer pitch.
Its been ages I saw a polythene kite. It reminded me of my childhood, and how much our present generation of children must be missing. It is free, it is cheap, yet brings a tremendous volume of awe to a young mind observing its gait and strut as it sails atop an invisible ocean of African wind.
This article was written by Folarin Kolawole
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