Nigerian writer Elnathan John: Look death in the eye

You had only known Graham for a short while, only a couple of months since you first met him at the home of a mutual acquaintance, the oldest ... person in the room with a beautiful salt and pepper beard. He spoke the least, but when he did, everyone paused to listen to his low baritone as carefully considered words tumbled slowly out of his lips. You always wanted to make older male friends, and you reached out after, encouraged by a mutual friend, to see him again.