A Woman's Journey

Remember me this way

She shifts atoms with her mind. I’m talking about my mother. She is a writer. She’s a person, with an extraordinary title. When she runs her fingers on the keys of her laptop, they move like she’s making music. I’ve…
nwani chisom cynthia
August 20, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Journey to forever

"Someday you'll get married and have your home" , mother always said. She lived for that single reason. She did the chores at home, she cooked, when she was on her monthly cycle, mother reminded her that her husband would…
Ajeigbe Damilola
August 20, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Tales of the untold tales

We lie shyly in our empty graves. With so much bitterness and anger for the things we wished we could know but can’t because that right we did not posses. In our cries’ we thought mamma would know best that…
Ireen Banda
August 20, 2019
A Woman's Journey

19/08/19

Today is just another day for many, spent or wasted. Not for the aged African woman who would count it like a cent well slated. Like the tree in the photo she blooms in the dark, In the night of…
Gaius Xham Newman
August 20, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Nine Was the Number

The doctor urged me on, but each exertion sapped my strength. The midwives and the doctor had turned into a misty blur, like the wavy reflection of objects on the surface of water. With the last strength in me, I…
Chikezie Onwumere
August 19, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Aduke

Aduke was lonely. She sat on her front porch, in the village, feeding birds with her thin trembling hands. She could feel her heartbeat flutter, and a frown shape her wrinkled face. Aduke's sons lived in big cities, and scarcely…
Paul
August 19, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Final Blessings

Chiwendu spat. Her thin frail hands longed to feel the flesh on her children's face. She could see the outline of death's ugly spade in her inner eyes. It had been fifteen years since she last saw him. They said…
Paul
August 19, 2019
A Woman's Journey

She was Brave

Trolling through dry grass. The rattling of the leaves left her lost in her thoughts. She did not even notice the little red lizard crawling up her skirt. “please don’t take her, Chonde! she screamed in her native language to…
Ireen Banda
August 19, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Life not roses

At the young age of 21 looking at the sunrise and sunset has become my therapy, with a heart filled with love to give I have received none unfortunately! Exposed to life at a tender age I have seen what…
Ayoosha
August 19, 2019
A Woman's Journey

THE SMASHED PETAL

so afraid living her precious five year old son crying out "mama!" with salty teachers filled in her eyes she tries not to blink so she stays strong for her son. with terror, her fingers and toes get numb and…
Rebecca Nemah
August 19, 2019
A Woman's Journey

A Woman's Journey

She continued to walk up the old dirt road, paying no attention to the barbaric comments. She was determined. The negative comments spoken by onlookers only fueled her to go forward. YES, she thought. Yes, she would make it. This…
Robynn
August 19, 2019
A Woman's Journey

WHOSE JOURNEY, AGAIN?!

Must be like that "tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor" poem (what is that one about, anyway). All the paths a woman could possibly make are, well, already laid out for her. The universe forbid she decides to walk out on her…
Okinda
August 19, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Voice of freedom.

"I am not a sex tool"! i yelled. "Spare me those trantrums Chika and take your clothes off", he said angrily, smashing the bottle, almost half empty. It was ten p.m yet night seemed young. I was used to these…
Royal Jhad
August 18, 2019
A Woman's Journey

100words#Africa

She suddenly found. herself pregnant with different kids of different skin colour and languages. She vowed to herself not to go the extra mile not to leave an impactful end for them. One after the other,they grew with d knowledge…
A Woman's Journey

How I must keep up the act

Being newly married, Lara must show family and friends the face they want to see. A glowing newlywed, always smiling at some memory only she can glimpse. She must never betray the deep sadness that she hides beneath the facade,…
Muinat
August 18, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Her Last Breathe…

It came in shallow puffs, her ribs outlining tracks on her stretched thin skin, the condenser vibrating with her every intake of oxygen. Her family sat around her bed, counting the seconds between each audible puff. They knew it was…
Eunice Oladeji
August 18, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Crinkled faces

Grandma Rose liked to talk a lot. She told her stories with eyes brighter than the late night stars, hands flailing in every direction as she gave life to all her characters. She talked about adventures treacherously daring, lovers that…
Godiva
August 18, 2019
A Woman's Journey

ESOHE

"Esohe has ran away from home again, did you hear, maybe she is pregnant this time, I always knew she was trouble, swaying her hips in those skimpy clothes of hers as she walked down the street." The busybody housewives…
Godiva
August 18, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Last Drive

"Are we there?" Mama asked. "Not yet," I replied, driving under the moonlight. "Hurry. You know I must see him before I die." "Mama, you won't die now." Mama chuckled. "What do you know?" "I know you're strong." "If I…
Paul
August 18, 2019
A Woman's Journey

BROKEN

It's a week later and you are still hurt. This time its worse because you're disgusted by the sight of him on stage, gold chain dangling wildly, raging on those of little faith. You swallow, but a lump, the size…
Cheryl
August 18, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Eyiñ

Driving down the street of Osiri in my home town Yenagoa, I remembered the good old days and just like yesterday I could still perceive on my worn out singlet smoke from the flames set by my mother to get…
Ebiotu
August 17, 2019
A Woman's Journey

National ID

Mother’s details are easier to write. I know where she comes from. Her home village and tribe are always at the forefront of my mind. She never expected the baby she had to grow up into anything worthwhile, I never…
Serah Nyirongo
August 17, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Relativity of Faith

I am a whore. Tried and tested. Spare me the “Christ is coming”, “Hell is real” mumbo jumbo. My sweet and succulent vagina is the only saviour I know. She was persuasive enough to provide the resources I needed, to…
w.m. oyekan
August 17, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Better Times.

Born in a middle class home, Tumi would always pray for better times. Their neighborhood was not the best, there were days when she had heard gunshots in the street almost every night. Her dad would tell her "Don't be…
Pink Beauty
August 17, 2019
A Woman's Journey

MA'AMI

She pleaded with the moon to allow her to bear all her pain at noon. "Let me writhe alone in agony but spare my unborn child"; she said. These were her wishes before the moon took away her thoughts, leaving…
A Woman's Journey

Eve

Blood oozed from Eve's scrawny fingers, when a metal scrap cut her. She wasn't fit for menial jobs like that, her waist was getting too weak. She was forced to work, until her debt to Fidelis is paid. Fidelis held…
Paul
August 17, 2019
A Woman's Journey

The Moon Was Full

The moon was full the night Maame chopped plump Cathy into bits for the stew while her kittens looked on. She was speaking rapidly, scratching her hair and tying and untying her wrapper. She said we had to eat, that…
Bryan Joe Oquesili
August 17, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Dear Naeto

Dear Naeto, If you're reading this, I'm gone—probably in Uncle's car. I know you forbade my going. You told me stories of girls who had been taken as sex slaves, but I don't believe that will be my story. Uncle…
Paul
August 17, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Dark Night

Iya Bisola was a wealthy hotel manager in my community. She was also Papa's landlady. When she offered me a job, Papa said I had to leave school for the job. The job meant Papa won't have to pay rent…
Paul
August 17, 2019
A Woman's Journey

OPEN

We walk the muddy path. Silent. Our friendship guides our steps. We sit beside slender mushrooms while I tell her my story through my eyes. Her gaze rests on my breasts as I cry. She says "forget Chike, everything will…
Bryan Joe Oquesili
August 17, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Beneath My Beautiful

I was perfect. With my well-rounded breasts and hips that swayed from side-to-side, leaving lips hanging as I walked past, I was perfect. My hair; a black, beautiful thick bundle, put up in braids that you just wanted to hold.…
Tomilola Aiyepola
August 17, 2019
A Woman's Journey

THIRD DATE

"Morning, sweetie". I greeted warmly with a bright smile as my eyes adjusted to falling rays from the window slide. Stretching an arm for the body next to me, I noticed I was alone in the bedroom. I tiptoed out…
Mercy Godwin
August 17, 2019
A Woman's Journey

SEEKING ADVICE

Mother, I am tired.I no longer want to be Okechukwu’s wife. Every night since we got married, he tells me he is tired;then waits till I fall asleep to touch himself and watch strange things.On the nights when I insist:he…
Uchenna Ugwu
August 16, 2019
A Woman's Journey

UMMI

They put a gun to the back of her head. What is your name! I prayed silently, that she would not be brave this time. She stared at me, in tears. Time stopped. I remembered how we met, I remembered…
nwani chisom cynthia
August 16, 2019
July Category

Dry Drowning

The less said, the better. In these parts; the south of the Mediterranean and to the east of the Atlantic, words stringed together in sentences are potent weapons. ‘Mama’ has a long list of 'sons' who have lost their identity…
Mark Odoom
July 25, 2019
July Category

Phone Conversation

“How are you?” he asks. He always asked that. You answer, “Fine.” You always answer with fine. “School?” “Fine.” He mumbles something incoherent. You itch your ear and study your toes. “Give the phone to your mummy.” You've been waiting…
Kummi Olamiju
July 25, 2019
July Category

A promise fulfilled

Anika walked around her house absorbing it's magnificence, she had made something out of herself....Queen to her former enslavers, all thanks to her white husband, her former master. But what remained was to fulfill the promise she made to the…
Diamond
July 25, 2019
July Category

First Sighting

As night falls I take my son to the observatory. Five years old, and he already stands taller than me, but with the fragile appearance of the first generation. I sweep the sky with my telescope. The 'new' constellations still…
Kummi Olamiju
July 25, 2019
July Category

Where the tom-tom sounds

I find my feet moving in time to the complex rhythm. The tom-tom of beating drums matches the blood pounding in my head. At one remove, I watch appalled as this pale body of mine dances round the bonfire with…
Kummi Olamiju
July 25, 2019
July Category

Till Death Do Us Part

Things are not well. Neighbors whisper about the raised voices coming from the newlyweds' flat last night. The sudden silence that followed kept not a few awake. A day passes and a foul odor can be perceived when hovering near…
Kummi Olamiju
July 25, 2019
July Category

FAR FROM HOME

There's a feeling that comes with being at home, maybe it is the subtle relaxation of one's muscles, or the unconscious sigh that escape ones lip, or the feeling of safety that envelopes you and makes you feel at home.…
Opadokun Gloria
July 25, 2019
July Category

Aisha

Aisha sat staring into vacancy, thinking of nothing, aware of only the approaching dawn. Today is the day she will move into Alhaji’s house; a wife at the ripe age of 14. Her mother had taught her a special recipe…
Aminat
July 25, 2019
July Category

The Labyrinth of Ruin

"Mummy, are you crying? " your daughter asked. "No. Carry your brother." You passed your toddler to her and continued to stuff clothes into polythene bags. Earlier, on your way from work, you didn't know you'd be on the run…
Oparaocha Sandra
July 25, 2019
July Category

Love scenario

Nothing ever stops her. Even now, as I nudge at her every three seconds, she doesn't budge. With the silliest excuse, she dismisses me and my bothersome attitude. Defeated, I leave. As I make my way to the ground floor,…
Durogbola Tosin
July 25, 2019
July Category

Sailing

We sailed in silence, everybody, clutching unto what mattered most. For me it was a brown duffel bag, wrapped and wrapped again for safety, some held the limbs of their last surviving children and others held their lives or what…
Kay Ugwuzor
July 25, 2019
July Category

Ellipsis

I was dreaming. Turning, Soaked in sweat, the flashes came quickly. An image of my father in his cassock standing on the pulpit settled beneath my shut eyes. I could see myself sitting in a corner, knees up, as I…
Olivia Eze
July 25, 2019
July Category

Fleeing grief

The funeral has become a crime scene, confused police men are littered across the cathedral. Father Okoloma has pled the blood of Jesus a million times..... It was time for the ritual of staring at the decayed corpse with materialistic…
July Category

A NECESSARY JOURNEY

"I miss my boyfriend Ousmane, but I want better life in Europe so I leave him in Dakar," Aissatou says. "Ousmane thing big, like fist!" She chuckles, clenching a fist and looking at you knowingly. But you do not laugh.…
Inyene Macauley
July 24, 2019
July Category

Running

You run, a child in your arm. The child's cry, a response to the commotion he doesn't understand: The air is rent with the grisly sound of guns and grenades and death. For the first and only time, you understand…
July Category

JAKUNTA-FAR FROM HOME

Jakunta had to wander into foreign territory in search of big tusks. The elephants around Savo had been several poached, causing the herds to move west. Following their trail, Jakunta had his mind fixed on finding a mature elephant from…
Ezetu Doubra
July 24, 2019
July Category

On These Routes

I've run out of cash and cereals. I might have to sleep with some man tonight. He could be lacking in hygiene, obese or a psycho who'd choke me to death. If I survive, I hope I get paid because…
Lewis Ogenyi
July 24, 2019
July Category

From Far North

Click. Magazines lock rifles. Clank. Weapons armed. Empty silence, almost peaceful. And then. The shattering of it by the thunder of a thousand bullets loosed. Endless rain. Infinite. I am the devil, and my companions, come from far north to…
Uchechi Princewill
July 24, 2019
July Category

COLLATERAL

It was my wedding night, one of the worse night I had,laying my bare back on a dusty rug in the living room, I knew it was not going to be fun. I wept silently on how my father had…
Thelma nwabundu
July 24, 2019

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