Greener Pastures

When does our song end…

The silent and crispy voice of the Indian singer filled up the entire room. Janet and I have danced to Haareya a million times. The reaching out of our hands always in sync, now being awkward and clumsy with deep…
Durogbola Tosin
September 17, 2019
Greener Pastures

Home

Brother Ikenna has gone to a better place—this is what everyone says. They say the place is carpeted with evergreen grasses and blooming trees, with leaves of plenty colours. They say the birds sing every morning, and the ocean glistens…
Paul
September 16, 2019
Greener Pastures

Water Washed Colour

We cut our green grass. We killed our animals. We washed our color in white sand. We wanted an identity we could never have had. We were called monkeys, and we responded. In greed we still wallow, forsaking our brotherhood…
Confidence Ojuh
September 16, 2019
Greener Pastures

"LEAVING HOME"

Before the shades of sun eclipsed papa's breath, he told me, "At your 19, trace the path to land of honey and milk through the tributaries in your palms." At 19, I chewed my fate and wore my dream like…
Chidiebere Sullivan Doc
September 15, 2019
Greener Pastures

NOT SO GREEN

Ibe woke to the warder screaming, "headcount in five" and his cell fan squealing. The fan reminded him of his dad's rusty fan in Nigeria. He sold everything including that fan to come to America to Chike. Chike words came…
Florence Akubuilo
September 15, 2019
Greener Pastures

Secrets

'Where you go after here?' He asks, she is not sure how to tell him she is going away. All the new clothes her mother bought in the night market were carefully folded and stacked on top one another. She…
Betty Udo
September 14, 2019
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RISE OF HOPE

Hope is something you cannot afford when you are a Nigerian living in the middle of "the reality". Hiding behind a rock, my diming eye scans for anything edible. "Aishat! Aishat!" my brothers called, and I know there's food as…
Opadokun Gloria Marie
September 14, 2019
Greener Pastures

Rehab 3

She knows that he will burn in the fiery flames of hell. She could do this over again...not minding the daily drugs and the charades of evaluation. She is learning to love the people in white, especially her doctors. She…
Whyte Queen
September 13, 2019
Greener Pastures

Rehab 2

they screamed back at patients, with trays of lethal doses balanced on their palms. There were days Reeka wished she could take it all back and have her life once again. She was a boisterous teenager, with many years ahead…
Whyte Queen
September 13, 2019
Greener Pastures

Rehab 1

Reeka ambled down the long dark corridors. Her eyes felt drawn to the back of its socket. She felt particularly dead this morning. A woman in her thirties pulled at her hair and was smiling like the pain which could…
Whyte Queen
September 13, 2019
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When home is any place but home

Greener pastures would be a home and parents, for those without one, but what happens when your father is an abusive and irresponsible pretender. No one but her, knew baba's true colors, to his parishioners she was as lucky as…
Ireti
September 12, 2019
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Her Quest

Shade - a true definition of beauty. Living in the slum didn't fit her physique. Her parents weren't satisfied with the so-called best life they had to offer their only daughter. She understood how sad their financial status made them…
Onwuasoanya Ijeoma
September 12, 2019
Greener Pastures

West African Mother

Mother was scared as the car negotiated its way through the insane Lagos traffic. "Slow down a bit, my son", she advised. Bimgbe looked at Mother through the rear mirror and smiled. "Mum, if I don't drive this way, we…
Joseph Ifejika
September 12, 2019
Greener Pastures

Letter home

Dear mother Please do not cry for me when you get this. I followed father away from home in search of greener pastures but he did not warn me that these greener pastures have green snakes roaming beneath them. I…
Lawrence Selome Medemaku
September 12, 2019
Greener Pastures

PANIC

"Tell me where it is?!". Aunty had gone inside the room to avoid the commotion when Uncle went after her yelling. He held both drawers from the cabinet and dragged forcefully as the sound of splitting wood echoed. When he…
Mercy Godwin
September 11, 2019
Greener Pastures

Phoenix

These xenophobic attacks won't stop me—you won't cuff my soul, or imprison my spirit. You many burn me, Although you may attack me, my will to live lives, and there's nothing you can do about it. I'll soar the sky,…
Wonu
September 11, 2019
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Beneath the Ink

Day by day I penned every word, I felt numb as I have written countless words and it never made anything better. I promised to be better, I had high expectation. I cringed my fist as I wailed on a…
Mberede Pearl
September 10, 2019
Greener Pastures

Pursuit of Happiness

Obi always wished he was among the young men who returns from the city displaying wads of crispy clean Naira notes. As soon as he completed secondary school, he would leave for the city and he too, would show off…
Victor Adakole
September 10, 2019
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Oh Ngarenyiro!

Oh, Ngarenyiro River, a symbol of peace and tranquillity, where my mind stopped racing and all my problems disappeared for a moment. Remember how we talked to each other? The dreams we wrote together? How you assured me that it…
Esther Kariuki
September 10, 2019
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One Last Time

'' One last time,'' Obiajulu mutters as he joins the queue at the Iberian Peninsula. ''Just this one, I'll call it a quit.'' His heart skips a beat. After he hit the jackpot in his first adventure, his mother unsuspectingly…
Chikezie Onwumere
September 9, 2019
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African Tears

Mama Africa, mother to many home to all, the heart of planet earth slowly beats no more. left in the hands of those who take away our rights but in the right hands there could be Africa with no pain…
Alfred
September 8, 2019
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Survivng today

She packed her bags and left home, people sayed all kinds of things about her, they mocked her family. She moved in with him, it didn't matter what people said. Neighbours sneered when she passed by, they called her loose…
Felicitas
September 8, 2019
Greener Pastures

The Vase

Sighed, Nana as she watched Leke lie. Let's go for stroll, Nana said to her son, they had barely eaten for three days. As they walked down the street, in pursuit of finding whatever good might come from her friend's…
Emmanuel Mitti
September 8, 2019
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memories

"Mama, the gods have not forgotten us" the joy that flushed Ada's face is unprecedented. You can imagine life hasn't been fair to them. Mama Ada was in the kitchen turning fufu they planned on taking as supper with okra…
Ajala marvellous
September 7, 2019
Greener Pastures

The genie's story

A genie once asked a sorcerer; If you had to make a wish, what would it be? A house, or a Home? Love, or sex? Money or Fame?. Would you pick Power over Influence? or choose Long life over a…
Lamina Micheal
September 7, 2019
Greener Pastures

The Mortician's Story

I always thought so highly of these white-skinned people with nasal accent. I never knew misfortune assails them. Worse still, I never knew they die. Now, as I scrub their bodies held hostage by rigor mortis and inject embalming fluid…
Chikezie Onwumere
September 7, 2019
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Torn up

"I won't get mar..ried, baba" Zinnab stuttered. " Shut your mouth" Her father eyed her spitefully "I'll rather die" she said stubbornly Two deep black eyes shot a fierce look at her, held the scowl till her stubbornness began to…
Enobong Etuk
September 7, 2019
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Wild flower

Tonight a page would turn and a new chapter would begin, one that would send you so far into the world. Pelumi, because of this, you would smile when big daddy settles his heavy body on top of yours. "Ashawo".....…
Enobong Etuk
September 7, 2019
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Father's Desire.

Aunt! Aunt! He's here,' Yejide smiled, feeling elated. 'Who is here?' I asked with a worrisome look. 'Uncle Paul'. What does he want this time? I muttered. It's father's wish that I marry Paul. 'He just came back from America.…
Oyedotun Damilola Muees
September 6, 2019
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A Farmer's Bid

The rainy season is bound to come, enough of the long holidays for hoes, sickles and cutlasses. Last year was for wheat, this year will be for maize. He prayed that there won't be another lengthy August break. Eating maize…
Idowu David
September 6, 2019
Greener Pastures

Seeds Sown

"What kind of man would I be, sleeping with my kid?" Feny asked with a disgusted look on his face, "an envied dad?" Tophi replied. To that Feny smacked him across the chest, "she grew up to be really hot"…
Felicitas
September 6, 2019
Greener Pastures

A Better Place.

She was the lady that was full of life. The poor gathered around her; they left for their homes shinning their teeth, oil in their mouth and shriveled poly bags in their hand. She was everyone's favorite, everyone but good…
Oyedotun Damilola Muees
September 6, 2019
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Embers

He walked through the crowd, holy bible thumping against his chest. “The Lord saves,” he said. “Let us unite in praising him. Be saved!” The young woman only stared as the man spoke. Her eyes never flinched, closely observing the…
Andrew C. Dakalira
September 6, 2019
Greener Pastures

YOU WERE USELESS

A hiss was never enough for Mama. She would shrug her head in disappointment at what you had become. Your skirts were always too short, and you cooked salt with some spoons of rice. She had said it time and…
Gimbiya Galadima
September 6, 2019
Greener Pastures

"H " for Hustle

You see, there was a time Adaeze hated Uncle Charlie; the one with the big nose. He had deceived her and her one-eyed mother with dreams of a better life for her in Lagos only to drop her off with…
Akin Onadeko
September 5, 2019
Greener Pastures

Life from Ashes

There's no security in Southern Kaduna. We lived in constant fear. Neighbors aren't really neighbors. The religious crisis had taken its toll on us and we were so afraid that we could not sleep. We could also barely afford to…
Adebambo Dorcas
September 5, 2019

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