April Contest

BELIEVERS

I heard when these things come for you, you become an adult. When they came for my elder brother, he couldn’t use his legs but it made him a believer. I left work early to pick him from the church…
Ginika
April 22, 2019
April Contest

Waters of destiny

Our love took a dip dive into the ocean and never up again. The ocean buried our love and debarred us from the funeral. The wind of destiny blew us worlds apart; it blew you to Chicago and offered you…
Timeyin Mammah
April 22, 2019
April Contest

Ma-lady

At the checkpoint, the soldiers were all white, which was strange. I had an ominous feeling as they quizzed the driver and turned many times to examine the child resting on my tummy flab. I was really gaining weight. A…
Ginika
April 22, 2019
April Contest

THE DARK PAST

THE DARK PAST "Kate!" My too-good-to-be-true husband, Harry, called as I opened my eyes. "What happened?" I asked as pain shot through my body. "Sorry, you had an accident and lost the pregnancy and your womb. I would advise you…
April Contest

The Fro

Chocolate so radiant and glossy I can see the reflection of your white crocs on your long legs. If only you knew how elegant you look right this moment. If only you knew how stunning your full unruly nappy hair…
Balpolam Idi
April 21, 2019
April Contest

Devil's Tool

The first time your curiosity got the best of you, you were 7years old, wondering what was between your legs. Mama had warned you that it was the devil's tool but you didn't believe. You brought out mama's mirror; the…
Ujunwa Umeokeke
April 21, 2019
April Contest

Beyond the Boarder

Tired of our country, we anticipated a greener pasture beyond the boarder. So, when Tim Franklin (our rich friend who lived overseas and whom we got connected to on Facebook) came to take us to Italy, we were very happy.…
Chikezie Onwumere
April 21, 2019
April Contest

Expectations of an African child

"Ọmọ mí, it's time". She said. One hand gently rousing me awake while the other held the customary wrapper tied around her petite frame. Although we were miles from Nigeria, here in our Atlanta beach house- still, mama never missed…
olowo kayode
April 21, 2019
April Contest

Where There Is No Doctor

"Excuse me. I can help. Make way," I announced as I pushed to where the fellow lay. "Move back; the lad needs fresh air," I ordered the crowd. "Can you talk?" I asked him. He nodded. "Good. Can you recall…
Mandy Bay
April 20, 2019
April Contest

Day dreaming

With my eyes fixed on her......,I see so many things I see beauty and the same time ugly,I see love and at some point hate, I think peace and harmony , her luscious body is killing yet I can't....hold ..wait…
Ifejimalu Christian
April 20, 2019
April Contest

COSTLY GAZE

COSTLY GAZE Each time,I turn to look back, I would notice him and believe me , he stares at me, should I say continuously or may be periodically, all I know is that his eyes were fixed on me But…
Ifejimalu Christian
April 20, 2019
April Contest

Ambrosia

Nwokike writhed in pain, but death would not come. He had seen seven generations, and was the oldest person in Umuigbo land and beyond! Lying on the mat spread out on the floor, he now understood that long life has…
Chikezie Onwumere
April 20, 2019
April Contest

Nature

Made with nature Born in the snow Perhaps that's why I'm cold But never experienced such climate I've spent tireless summers all year long The dry comes as hunger pangs Deep enough to drive one to the point of sanity…
Amaka Marisa Obioma
April 20, 2019
April Contest

Arranged

Only a few weeks in the hospital and I’d already forgotten the expansive house in front of us was home. High ceilings, unfilled space. I clutched my new born, pressed him close to my chest. The reason the stranger beside…
Tesi Uwibambe
April 20, 2019
April Contest

PIECES

My eyes fluttered open, along with a deep gasp for air. Then came a sharp piercing pain. It felt like a rock had slammed the inside of my brain. I reached up to place a palm where this pain throbbed…
Obatarhe Orovwuje
April 20, 2019
April Contest

Before I Leave.

The village was asleep. The palace was not exempt. It was time for the king to be reborn. The responsibility was mine to stab him just beneath the resting point of his royal bead on his chest. I was to…
Eunice Oladeji
April 20, 2019
April Contest

We Were

I have no idea what we are today. I certainly do know what we were; Best friends. You were my go-to person and I was yours. Whatever happened to always having each others backs. You shut me out, I never…
Balpolam Idi
April 20, 2019
April Contest

Desperate times.

The whole school watched Afam being carted away in a Black Maria. His fate was now sealed; expulsion and possible jail time. Three days of thorough investigation had had presented the new Vice Chancellor's no-nonsense regime with it's first casualty.…
Abdulhaqq Omoyele
April 20, 2019
April Contest

Found

In one of the rarities of today, all the Bello's were in front of the TV screen. Tennis, not football, was the family's official sport which made this more unusual. The energy in the room was a mix between guilt,…
Abdulhaqq Omoyele
April 20, 2019
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…

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