Jailor

Jailor

From daddy's uniform to his black shiny Monday to Friday boot to the two conjoined metals beside him after finishing all his dressing (handcuff) made the frame in which my admiration for his job sit while growing. But last year…
Jailor

Between a Rock and A Hard Place

The moonlight beckons over the body of water below the Eko bridge. I want to free fall: arms spread wide, hair flapping overhead like a parachute. I want to silence the screeching in my head. I need to be unthinking,…
W.M. Oyekan
October 31, 2019
Jailor

Who stole Progress?

“Our governor no know him job,” says the coffee vendor to the newspaper vendor, hissing at the day’s headlines and handing him a steaming cup. The newspaper vendor takes a sip and cringes at the taste. He heads to the…
W.M. Oyekan
October 31, 2019
Jailor

Boogeyman

I was taught monsters hid under the bed to terrorise humans. Truth is, they hid because they were afraid of the darkness. Not that of the night, but of the heart of a being with an expiration date. I will…
W.M. Oyekan
October 31, 2019
Jailor

Redemption

Ejike did not see sunlight for 40 days. He ate only when his mother allowed him morsels. She fasted him, to make his prayers more effective, his redemption more eminent. At midnight, she came with a candle to administer prayers.…
Ani Kayode
October 31, 2019
Jailor

Love

Love is dangerous. You brave it because you have nowhere else to go. Love is like old warm clothes that smells like home. You lie in it because his skin is warm and the hairs of his chest is as…
Ani Kayode
October 31, 2019
Jailor

Maybe lost.

He sneaks into the house and goes on tiptoe to his room. His eyes red and darting here and there. He has taken it again. I know. I hurry to his room but he's sprawled across the big mattress snoring…
Adaeze Nwachukwu
October 31, 2019
Jailor

Stay

Just that look made it all okay. My bruised hands still held my Ghana must go but I knew I was going to let it go soon. My head still hurt when I opened my left eye but I opened…
Eden
October 31, 2019
Jailor

Ekene Says….

Ekene says they tie me down, maybe she’s right. She says they consume my time, maybe she’s right. Ekene calls them hard work, maybe she’s right. She says they make me look older, maybe she’s right. Ekene says they control…
Eden
October 31, 2019
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Euphoria

Bolanle has no idea. I’m never leaving, not even Iya can make me. If they could give me the feeling of bliss that made me feel as light as a feather, the ecstasy, the joy .......then I’ll stop this racket…
Eden
October 31, 2019
Jailor

PRISONER

It was 7:15PM. Bradley flopped onto the sofa, beer in hand. This was his happy place - his personal space without those people he wasn't compatible with in it - regardless what Osita said. His phone rang. He did not…
Priince Briight
October 31, 2019
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Poverty

I see the struggle on his face. I see him giving it all it takes. With a smile, all his trouble, he conceals, just 'cause it's hard to describe how he feels. He is desperately in need every blessed day,…
Ayobami
October 31, 2019
Jailor

Timely

"we have left already,we couldn't wait for you,as we knew you would be late" Nene said to me over the phone.I could feel the tears on my face,hot and bitter, very bitter .I knew I was always late for whatever,…
Okoroafor Stella
October 31, 2019
Jailor

Timely

"we have left already,we couldn't wait for you,as we knew you would be late" Nene said to me over the phone.I could feel the tears on my face,hot and bitter, very bitter .I knew I was always late for whatever,…
Okoroafor Stella
October 31, 2019
Jailor

Yinka's Diary Does Not Keep Secrets

Yinka told me, inter alia, all those years ago: "I will be a lawyer, lecturer, and writer - simultaneously. It will be thrilling. I can't wait to be very busy." Yinka got married and birthed children. Then she explained to…
Faith Osita
October 31, 2019
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Enigmatic?

You toss and turn all night long on your bed. You try to sleep but to no avail. This has been going on for three weeks now, your selective insomnia. 'Selective' because on getting to work, the next day, you…
Yvonne Dunu
October 30, 2019
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Illusion

He tells you that the sound of your voice is like a balm to his soul, that he loves you dearly. You believe him, especially when his actions speak louder than his words. One day, you intentionally provoke him and…
Yvonne Dunu
October 30, 2019
Jailor

The Muse's Call

Write that story, your muse tells you. '' Tomorrow, I will do that,'' you reply. Read that book, it implores. '' Next time,'' you insist, ambling to your mattress to hit the sack. And so, the 'next time' turns into…
Chikezie Onwumere
October 30, 2019
Jailor

JAILOR

I woke up to the sound of alarm jabbing my head. "I hate day breaks" I murmured. Pain was the unstoppable clock while my problems the unforgivable sweetheart. It was midnight; perfect time to let my tears flow in the…
JailorOctober Shortlist

Explain to God

Boma flung open the door to her one room apartment. There on the bed was her beloved Jide, kneeling between the thighs of another woman, gloriously unclad. Boma inhaled hard, trying to contain the pool of tears that had escaped…
Andrés C. Digno
October 30, 2019
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Unforgivable jail

We never really talk about my father, neither my mum nor i. We did talk about everything but never him and whenever anyone would mention his name I felt an oozing burn inside inside the very pit on my stomach…
Brenda onyancha
October 30, 2019
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Inner me

Mother's woven baskets criss cross like the condemned path I chose, my body settles as fermented palm wine trapped in a drunkards keg. Mother calls me cursed because farm work to me is metaphor for digging my grave, she calls…
Roseline Mgbodichinma
October 30, 2019
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ADDICTION

"Would you hold me prisoner?!". The door was locked, I couldn't find the key. And to my question, no one uttered a word. The whole family sat in the living room to watch my next move. Disgust thrown at me…
Mercy Godwin
October 30, 2019
Jailor

Just In Case

I do not come here to beg your forgiveness. I have no need for it. Neither have I come here with lips shriveled with remorse or guilt or self-reproach. And if still, you bear a grudge from our past, I…
Tunmise Otegbayo
October 29, 2019
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Dreaded Fume

Sitting paralyzed and crippled by my biggest enemy while holding a stick of cigarette, which boiled my blood and intensified my adrenaline. I Looked petrified, I requested for another shot of dry gin . I felt numb and wanted to…
Mberede Pearl
October 29, 2019
JailorOctober Shortlist

COLOURS

Akambi was handsome, “6ft 7”, with ABS and a complexion that made women envious. I was short, fat, with a “dirty black” complexion. He asked me to marry him and I thought it was a dream. A month later, my…
Nnakife Somtochukwu
October 29, 2019
Jailor

Chain Reaction 🔗

HIM A sickler fettered to pain. Fought his pain with opium—vials of pleasure and peace that swam in his blood. Then he became chained to it. And on days when he couldn't get it, he'd take out his frustration on…
Jailor

Thorns

"No... please" I begged, but it was difficult to try to escape as he already had my legs trapped in his strong hand. "Don't touch me .... Get your hands off me!" I wailed defenselessly But leader of the gang…
Enobong Etuk
October 29, 2019
Jailor

Like a phoenix

Atleast I bid him goodbye with a kiss. With the crash he returned to ashes which he never knew he was. I just had to be dramatic infront of consolers but wiped my face once I got to the kitchen…
Clement Cynthia Mmesoma
October 29, 2019
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Without bridges

Mother says she trusts uncle Joe because he is a nice man and he takes care of us while she's away. Trust is one of the most important and fundamental elements in a relationship. Once lost, it is never regained.…
Enobong Etuk
October 29, 2019
Jailor

Freed

"My..my... inhaler" Father stuttered from the floor. I watched my father without any aota of pity as he coughed and wheezed, struggling for air. Stepmother scoured every nook and cranny looking for his inhaler but to no avail. She was…
Enobong Etuk
October 29, 2019
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Mind games

Left in my horrors to die. torments in my mind caused by my fears building house in my mind with my shares, raising giants of stumbling block that I may never see the light again. left with loneliness, depression and…
Johnson Eloka
October 28, 2019
Jailor

El Carcelero

I looked around and wondered how many people here were like me? I came from Nigeria to Spain in hope for a better life for my family. I haven't accomplished anything, because of the fear instilled in me by people…
Emmanuel Eunice
October 28, 2019
Jailor

Ruinated Dreams

Bimbo gazed at the floor as her eyes brimmed with tears, while she listened to her dad yell at her. "Why did you fill mass communication instead of law in your form?" Her dad questioned, anger evident in his eyes.…
Emmanuel Eunice
October 28, 2019
Jailor

Ruinated Dreams

Bimbo gazed at the floor as her eyes brimmed with tears, while she listened to her dad yell at her. "Why did you fill mass communication instead of law in your form?" Her dad questioned, anger evident in his eyes.…
Emmanuel Eunice
October 28, 2019
Jailor

Brain Circus

They produced the sound, we danced to the tunes. It was a whole circus as they stroked the strings on the kora till it hurt my senses. Their thumb pressed against the wooden frame, a metaphore for my incarcerated will.…
Roseline Mgbodichinma
October 27, 2019
Jailor

AFRIKA JAILOR

She wails from within;heard pitifully without among her peers. Afrika has enough potentials to unleash, but she remained tamed to this Jailor. The jailor wield it two-edge sword so hard; it pierces her soul deep with pain and agony: Hunger…
Jailor

Making a Request

She bathed herself in expensive perfumes, the way he liked. Wearing the jamailya that he had bought, she painted an exquisite mask over her strained face. She brought out the fine china, fitting for the sumptuous meal she’d prepared. Watching…
Kunmi Olamiju
October 25, 2019

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