April Contest

DEAD KING'S

Tears welled up in your eyes every single time he came in and out of your slits Like a bulldozer forcibily pulling down a weak hut ,His sweat dripped on you like misery as he swayed his hips into painful…
Roseline Mgbodichinma
April 20, 2019
April Contest

Artifact of choicelessness

You are a combustible explosion of your mother's heritage, the lush afro bloomed from your scalp because the destiny lines on her palms massaged growth into the warmness of your follicles, the silk of your skin glistened in the sun.…
Roseline Mgbodichinma
April 20, 2019
April Contest

Toxic Couple

It was just another fight between Amadi and Nkiru, the atmosphere was tense and the afternoon sun penetrated the room with no remorse. Amadi had just returned from work. "So you are telling me that you didn't cook, what did…
Smart
April 19, 2019
April Contest

A Murderer

"He will pick me from here and slam me there... Arit, the beatings are better imagine. I have become like an animated character, taking back form no matter what hits me. Thank God we don't look like what we go…
vicky okon
April 19, 2019
April Contest

Father's Tales

Father used to tell village stories when dumsor became nightly. We'd lay old cloths outside, huddle around and listen. My favourite story was about two gods who loved each other but could not be together. He guarded the sun and…
Salma Braimah
April 19, 2019
April Contest

Umwiza

Umwiza skidded on the ramp leading down from the mess hall. She almost landed on mud that spooled like a painting she had seen once before; beyond the fence she had come to know so well. Babz caught the bottom…
Tesi Uwibambe
April 19, 2019
April Contest

Beware: It is Coming… Again!

Before it came, National Emergency Management Agency had forecasted that there would be heavy rains, and because many cities were now on plains below the sea level, it was not unlikely that they'd be submerged in the incipient flood! They…
Chikezie Onwumere
April 19, 2019
April Contest

Solution

We wallowed in poverty, so I never blamed mother for the late nights. But the farther she went, the more he itched for the warmth of her body. And so the baton was passed. Frequently, his excitement would hide underneath…
Jimmy Ikanke
April 19, 2019
April Contest

Bad Luck

She continued the rest of the journey on foot. The path leading to the village was covered in puddles, so she trod cautiously. The slit at the back of her skirt ripped when she stretched her legs to avoid stepping…
Mandy Bay
April 18, 2019
April Contest

Need

She pressed the baby to her bosom. Pressed it so hard its cry was muffled. Pressed it that their heart merged and began to beat so one. The young mother's full of years and cares, the child's still unburdened. And…
Kummi Olamiju
April 18, 2019
April Contest

Night Meeting

With a wink and a smile, the brown envelope disappeared under the agbada. The honourable minister proved deft with his fingers. He flashed that special smile, the one he saved for special occasions, and signed the contract with a flourish.…
Kummi Olamiju
April 18, 2019
April Contest

Waylay

We could tell the driver was suspicious, and that type have a tendency to speed off. So, we had Tarpa lay spikes across the road, while Matibu flagged him down. If the spikes weren't enough to convince him to stop,…
Kummi Olamiju
April 18, 2019
April Contest

Her world

The room became dark with imminent clouds as kaima got the news from her mum; she had been dismissed from work, accused of some racket. Kaima knew who was behind this, but all of that seemed inconsequential with the question…
Udo omeoga
April 18, 2019
April Contest

The hug!

Miss Janet, our grade 1 teacher, asked us to hug each other to show how we care. I don't like hugs. They hurt a lot, but I didn't want to disobey her, so I took my clothes/pants off, & laid…
April Contest

The Bus Trip

“Oya oya make we dey go” the bus driver yelled from his seat. The rain had lifted and some passengers had gone to the nearby bush to relieve themselves. My attention rested on Bola as he strolled back to the…
Sarah Ohiro
April 18, 2019
April Contest

You were another victim

Your car was stopped by three harsh looking police officers that spoke in Pidgin English, you tried to inquire as to why you were stopped but you unconsciously pulled the anger string of one of the officers who ordered everyone…
Abayomi Afolayan
April 18, 2019
April Contest

HOMES

Images from that night kept replaying and the usual trauma resurfaced. It had rained that night and about 3:30am I couldn't scream any longer,fear took hold and I could feel death hovering around to take me. The chant of the…
Godwill Favour
April 18, 2019
April Contest

Another mother

just another mum, working all day, shift after shift nonstop for a pay that's barely enough t meet the family needs. She struggles and hustles everyday so her kids be better than her. she has been through alot, like a…
April Contest

Tales of ignorance 2

it was made easy for us, the rules painted in black and white. we discovered reality and with it the difficulties, we took the challenge only then did we realize they shielded us from this minefield but being youths, we…
April Contest

Tale of ignorance

they claim to be wiser and better because they're older taking advantage of their days losing self respect in pursuit of respect refusing to see the world for what it has became, detesting the advancements and defusing their bombs of…
April Contest

SHARDS, MANY MANY SHARDS

He'd first seen Ano through his car window, sprawled by the roadside, surrounded in clumps by an empathetic crowd that wouldn't touch him. They even dissolved when his car halted there, like the pain lining Ano's tired face did when…
AKUNNA JAMES-IBE
April 17, 2019
April Contest

Woman

There are few things in this world as difficult to understand as a woman. It’s usually worse when she’s pregnant. I remember our neighbor, Ladi, when his wife was pregnant with their third child. The man almost vowed never to…
BALOGUN Joy Ifeoluwa
April 17, 2019
April Contest

Me first!

I was emptying kitchen slops into the open gutter when I heard the "schop schop" sound of water forcing itself out of a faucet. I screamed ‘first!’ Azeez screamed 'first' a second later. “I said first, first.” “So? Wetin you…
April Contest

Moribund

She did not think of it as a murder, but more of an execution for her freedom. He offered her a glass of wine. She took it and gulped it down smiling. He clenched his neck looking unaffected. No sound…
Shola Jegede
April 17, 2019
April Contest

HYPOCHONDRIASIS

"I have had episodes of panic attacks,chestpain,and profuse sweating for months now,But yet, these doctors have failed to diagnose my ailment." "Doctors from different hospitals are all saying am fine and most of all, my test results are clear! HOW?…
Sandra Nwodo
April 17, 2019
April Contest

Not the only one.

On the sidewalk awaiting a different customer, daily. Under the blazing African sun and later the seductive moonlight, she'd stand there, half-naked, arms crossed,with eyes devoid of sparkle. She never smiled when she was waved over to a car,but she…
Zara Descartes
April 16, 2019
April Contest

Voices

The story was told of a boy with soft curly brown hair and light brown eyes. "Was" because he's dead. No, murdered, for being different. He was abnormal by all standards. Everyone else had kinky black hair and deep brown…
April Contest

Body no be Firewood

I didn’t hear the alarm ring. Was it the weekend yet? I am not supposed to be at work today right? Or did I take a day off to attend Folake’s traditional wedding? But isn't that on the 26th of…
Ayotunde
April 16, 2019
April Contest

The Witch of Zedikus

The flames crackled with ghoulish smoke and rose gradually, peeling off her skin as she was tied to a stake on a hill. The people of Zedikus leapt in joyous relief — not even the old woman's agonizing cries could…
Chikezie Onwumere
April 16, 2019
April Contest

Chidubem

Born into an average family, Chidubem is a graduate of Electrical Engineering, five years had passed since he graduated with no job forthcoming he decided to join the "brotherhood" a fraternity which his friend Emeka introduced him to after explaining…
Smart
April 16, 2019
April Contest

The Cut

A blade and a nurse can become conjoined culprits within a maiden’s thighs. And whenever they excise rubies from ethereal places, both culprits remain bloodstained forever. Mahjeedat, the veteran circumciser, orders “Karfi! Hold her legs and hands well!” Deftly, she…
Osadolor Osayande
April 16, 2019
April Contest

Waiting.

I remember vividly the day Mama's stomach protruded. Her pregnancy was overdue and fear hauled our pectorals. Mama eventually put to bed. We saw so much tears in her eyes - she gave birth to a girl, again. 'What would…
April Contest

Every Day of My Life

The drums sounded. It was time to work. We worked from dawn till dusk, only getting breaks at noon. My dark skin was slick from the incessant sun, biting through my semi-naked back. My back ached terribly, causing total numbness…
Ngene Ifeyinwa Joy
April 15, 2019
April Contest

Noise

Noise is the sound of Pa's exploding hunting gun that ends Lola's life. Noise is the sound of rushing blood behind my ears. Noise is the sound of footsteps running into our raffia fenced compound. Noise is the voices that…
Godwin Iyamba
April 15, 2019
April Contest

Nkemdiche is a Bad Name

At birth, her mother called her Nkemdiche because her siblings had all died at birth, but she survived. Her mother was also optimistic that her daughter was carved out for great things. But other people saw her name as a…
Chikezie Onwumere
April 15, 2019
April Contest

THE RAINMAKER

Okoro kowtowed for the hundredth time. This time, he stretched his whole figure out on the bare soil while he muttered some inaudible chants. Rising up with a clay pot held firmly in his palms, a sign of faith that…

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