February Contest

Burning

Salome rose from the burning ashes, his heart beating in rhythm to the talking drums. Chimes rising, cheers hailing, cries wailing; all set to welcome their warrior. He steps on hot coals like he would his cheetah skin mat- vibrant,…
Oyinlola Esther
February 20, 2019
February Contest

Sun

Okide, do you remember that evening on the beach when I told you of my father I never met; of my mother overpowered by the lump on her left breast; of the tender ridges of my femininity ploughed when I…
February Contest

Ronke's dilemma

Ronke heard their grunting from behind the door, and tightened her grip on the knife. Kunle had finally abandoned discretion. At first, he had been mindful of her feelings, waiting till she went to bed at night before going to…
Kummi Olamiju
February 19, 2019
February Contest

The Riddles of a Broken Home

There I sat amidst the cacophony, reminiscing about everything. It's not enough that my mum is Enroute to prison for a fighting for her marriage, I am probably about to be charged for being her accomplice. Her crime was leaving…
Joseph Iwara
February 19, 2019
February Contest

Lulluby

I danced every night. A hundred punches to the pillows, countless tosses and turns: face up, foetal position, on my tummy, spread-eagle… no sleep. Music on. Off. Chimes, calming sounds. Warm milk, camomile tea, a stiffer drink. Three hundred thread…
N
February 19, 2019
February Contest

Little Bride

Baba, they had told me about him while I was still too small to grasp the whole idea of marriage. He'd paid for my head, and so after I turned ten, he came with men from his family to take…
Vick Tóri
February 19, 2019
February Contest

Racing for the future

"Amina!" was called that was Baba's voice,So I hid my book immediately "Go get me water,bring my radio"he instructed I nodded walking away, I arrived few minutes later handing him a cup of water and his regular radio he switched…
Naimah Abdullahi sabo
February 19, 2019
February Contest

Forged in Pains

Things came to a head when that beast kicked Mum so hard on her protruded tummy that I had to force myself out of that enclosed space, before my time was due, and land on the waiting arms of female…
Chikezie Onwumere
February 19, 2019
February Contest

Whispers from Beyond

There is a story lurking in the corner of the room. It escaped from the dam beside Nyarirū Apartments where all our faeces end up. Where it had been buried before Ken'nyini took the land from the swamp and built…
Ray Mwihaki
February 19, 2019
February Contest

Inky

Amani scrubbed her skin harder that evening despite knowing it wouldn't make her lighter. She was attending culture festival and would finally have a chance to talk to Otis .She liked him. Zumi picked her up at 7pm as planned.…
Nicole
February 19, 2019
February Contest

RUN!!!

Say something, show them, maybe they will get you out if they see the scars and bruises. Take off your scarf, show them what he did, they surely must protect you! But he is a man, he provides food, pays…
Akello Jaleko
February 19, 2019
February Contest

We Call.

Beautiful it is, with diverse cultures and traditions. With ties and boundaries that cuts across nations. We call for rain and sunshine, for food and wine. We call for all to come together and build a fortress that wouldn’t be…
Precious Ndumanya
February 19, 2019
February Contest

Crossroads

I lay there with a choking feeling in my throat. It was 3am on a Tuesday, a full moon...a time to release. “Which one do I let go of Lord? He whose kisses made my legs quiver…yet never talks to…
Dailash
February 19, 2019
February Contest

Love

"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends" My father told me, and I didn't believe him, for he himself couldn't do that for me. It happened so fast, before I could…
Emmanuel Damola
February 19, 2019
February Contest

Na woman na

You dare say, “no mind am, na woman she be.” Don’t mind the harbinger of life? one who molds a generation? don’t mind a solicitor, a mediator, a powerhouse? Don’t mind a universe, a galaxy, a world unending. For in…
Gerald Obi Difu
February 19, 2019
February Contest

Raising Her Mother

When Enotse lost her mum, the essence of life was somewhat lost on her. One year later she birthed her daughter and her husband named her Agbenu, after her Late mother, which made her love for him grow by an…
Lewis Ogenyi
February 19, 2019
February Contest

Perils of a 9 year old

Reality dawned on me, i was having heart attack, panic attack, anxiety attack, all forms of attack, i was crying and wailing, my life was over, what would i do? I remembered the last conversation i had with my mum…
Abdulmalik Anatu
February 19, 2019
February Contest

Betrayal

"Never trust the words of a man. They think with that thing between their legs, not with their brain". My mother always said. Recalling the words of my mother, I stared at the sleeping form of Osahon my husband. This…
Ayomiposi Popoola
February 19, 2019
February Contest

Gentleman

The cold wind blowing in my face and I don't have any work to do today... "Samuel", that's my mum calling out my name. Why can't they just leave me alone?! I went to bed hungry because of this same…
maka mee
February 19, 2019
February Contest

Entrepreneurship a way out.

There were times Ibuku wanted to stop and give up on life because jobs where not forthcoming all he saw was hardship and nights fill with endless struggles, this was the known fate of African people born without the ladder…
Jireh Godswill
February 19, 2019
February Contest

The True Son

Papa do gives me chills by his taunt.He isn't my blood a son who isn't brave and strong. I cried at his outburst as I struggled to clear the weed on the cassava farm.Mama couldn't hide her concern.She placed the…
Adebowale Emmanuel
February 19, 2019
February Contest

Why gods lie…

Afe never give in to the deceit of gods because he witnessed the exile of his innocent father pronounced dead. Afe was 12year old when he’s father was alleged of killing a python that belong to the god of the…
Julius O. Akinloye
February 19, 2019
February Contest

SISTER

The blood did not stop and in the hut by the river, where the midwife had left us, there as no help. The babies were sleeping, mama's eyes had closed and I knew. I put on on my back as…
Tope Omamegbe
February 18, 2019
February Contest

WIDOW

She was to stay with him overnight, proof she was not guilty of his death. He who had died in another city, in another woman's bed yet she was the witch. Maybe it was so that her "chi" had defended…
Tope Omamegbe
February 18, 2019
February Contest

REINCARNATE

His memories flooded in first in trickles first but when he remembered her, who she was, the flood gates flew open. He remembered the Oba, the exodus, and his death. "Akhigbemen," he said. That was his name. One who cannot…
Tope Omamegbe
February 18, 2019
February Contest

Johnny boy

Johnny boy don proud. Ah, Johnny boy dey do yanga! Na so e go club the other day with new 'Muscle', begin to spray money. E no even look my side. Me! Person wey I hustle on the streets with…
Kummi Olamiju
February 18, 2019
February Contest

To move a god

A strange man appeared in a village one evening seeking shelter. He was crippled, making use of a staff to support himself. An elderly couple took him in with open arms. They were the only villagers to do so. The…
Kummi Olamiju
February 18, 2019
February Contest

rãnar hisãbi

"There's too much drumming" Malikat thought. The Governor's visit had sent the whole village into celebration and the Square was filled with dancing people. "Shashasha!" She muttered and spat in disgust as she watched the foolishness of her people. Malikat…
Adesuwa Omon
February 18, 2019
February Contest

Unsure

I stared at the man besides me. Mr. Njuguna had become my only confidant for the past two weeks. I was 4 months pregnant and the father of my child had since denied any association with me. So I started…
Georgina Nanjala
February 18, 2019
February Contest

Before Nightfall

The last time you played me a song on your guitar, you said it was about your father. You said he grabbed some rope and sat it round your neck like jewellery, and wound it’s ends in clenched fists till…
Amie Ike
February 18, 2019
February Contest

Loyality and humility

Always think even when you ain't confused Certain knowledge could be dangerous to all age under twenty Regardless of the thoughts of my words what else would you want to say in my absence Whenever you must speak in public…
Joy Joy
February 18, 2019
February Contest

The Fire Way

Tears flowed from my eyes in torrents like a heavy rain, as I helplessly watched him burn. Slowly, his screaming reduced as life gradually slipped out of his hands. The clouds went up with flames, thick clouds of smoke blinding…
Glory Ize Isaiah
February 18, 2019
February Contest

Jungle justice

There lay a dead man last night. Men littered the street in fright. Jungle justice had dealt him a fatal blow. How he died,no one would ever know. He stole let us beat him I heard them say. But I…
Chimalu.o.victor
February 18, 2019
February Contest

MY SHARPNER!!!

I never knew a sharpener could do the magic, until I got one with a mirror. Then, Johana my crush got closer with a packet of pencils. ‘We could help each other’ I thought. The next Monday, thinking of how…
Adenigba Gbenga Adebisi
February 18, 2019
February Contest

TOOTHPASTE

"Brush your tongue well!" Mother scolds me. I am unenthusiastic about it all—the gagging terrifies me. She grabs my little head in one hand and my little toothbrush in another, and begins to scrub thoroughly, until I suddenly push her…
Yene Macauley
February 18, 2019
February Contest

Killer

I close my eyes as daddy starts to kick me. Sometimes he beats me with his belt buckle other times he uses a thick wire. I think daddy hates me. I am twelve years old today, but every year on…
Oluwaseun Omiete Tariah
February 18, 2019
January Contest

Child of Light

As the sun set, Oge was playing with her friends near the edge of the village, her mother had warned her about the dangers but she was a warrior and warriors fear nothing. Deep in her world, a spine shivering…
Tajirinere Agboghoroma
January 30, 2019
January Contest

THE LOVE ENCOUNTER

The stars, the moon and the clouds were the only witnesses to Aisha's serenading by Hassan. He showed her something that night. Something fairy tales couldn't show her. He showed her the pain in love. The one that makes the…
Damian Obilonu
January 30, 2019
January Contest

CATCH-HER

Growing up we played exciting Nigerian childhood games I liked all games but none compared to one that gave me the glimpse of you . We were playing catcher with mutual friends when I really saw you. I saw vigor…
Fortune Okogun
January 30, 2019
January Contest

…everything in between

Heart trembling, emotions wild, her mind traveling down memory lane as she tried to recall, she stood in front of them not knowing which name to give. She avoided the gaze of disappointment in her mother's eyes and trails of…
Dikeh Dennis Ifeanyi
January 30, 2019
January Contest

Of Wishes and Hopes

My ears quirked up to sounds of heavy footfall drawing up behind me. 'Chill. You're being paranoid', I whispered to myself but my feet didn't listen as they broke into a wild run. Suddenly, my momentum was cut short by…
Oluwadamilola Opaniyan
January 30, 2019
January Contest

Blood

"I'm pregnant." She spoke softly, trembling with fear. That's not the kind of news I'd expected her to bring then, but I love her, and was ready to be her husband. I set rolling my quest towards making our relationship…
Caster Boy
January 30, 2019
January Contest

Till Death Do Us Part.

I move carefully with the guord of palmwine in my hand, pretending to look for my husband in the crowd as is customary. Mbu's head is bowed, but I can tell he is crying. The Prince is grinning as I…
Priince Briight
January 30, 2019
January Contest

‘Obirika’

I was twelve. Tall. Beautiful. At twelve my mother was a mother. she'd said I'll cope when Nnalue’s family came. We are poor. My mother is sick. Marriage seems good. Nnalue had told me ''...Mama ‘died’ when my only brother…
Faith Ekene Obikwelu
January 30, 2019
January Contest

zobo

The last memory I had of Ba'ami was when he triedto touch the little lumps on my chest, I pushed him away, 'I will tell' were thelast words I said to him before myfeet took me to ma'ami who wasboiling…
Remilekun Omoyeni
January 30, 2019
January Contest

Am i dreaming?

No! I must be dreaming, i pinch myself to be sure and the pain of the pinch shows that i am wide awake.How can she look exactly like me?,there is absolutely no difference. Is she my dead twin? Did my…
Nwofor Ogechukwu
January 30, 2019
January Contest

Quagmire

It was an unusually sunny morning. The cocks had long finished crowing. Dimkpa, Chukwudi's younger brother waltzed through the bushes with two friends. They were taking a joy trip to the village stream about five kilometers away. Suddenly there was…
Uche Samuel Ottah
January 30, 2019
January Contest

The voice

Remi heard him clearly the first time but he still said it again. "It's school I'm sending you too ohh Remi don't go to another place " he pulled his ear and Remi wished it would fall off. He still…
Olarotimi Favour
January 30, 2019
January Contest

Uncuff Me

"Cling!" "Cling!" These were the sounds of the chains. As she sharpened her stones against the rocks of the river, we stood in the ice-chilled waters. She would shout, "This cut is for freedom! This stone is for our empowerment!"…
Wahu Wangari
January 30, 2019
January Contest

A country that never was.

"Nigeria, we hail thee! Our own dear native land, Though tribe and tongue may differ, In brotherhood we stand, Nigerians all are proud to serve, Our sovereign motherland" -They sang in unison with so much gladness in their hearts. It…
Patrick Ifeanyichukwu
January 30, 2019
January Contest

Cruel Fate.

It is 2:42PM and I am starving. I have been sitting by the main entrance to UduaAffiongEtuk market all day. The bowl in front of me is still empty - just like it had been yesterday. A boy about my…
Priince Briight
January 30, 2019
January Contest

Depressed not dead

Respect your elders, they would always scold me,out of respect, i followed him,when he called me into the dark room. "Please stop" i pleaded, "awwn, don't be scared" he assured me My depression began. I no longer seeked motivation instead…
Simisola
January 30, 2019
January Contest

Mending The Divide

" This child you once called shame has now become the one you want to bear your name?. Look,you have rejected him and he has rejected you ". Amaka said. As she tried to tie her wrapper well. " Amaka,please…
Oriola Blessing
January 29, 2019
January Contest

MAMA'S SUGARCANE

Mama died very early this morning, the doctor said it was cardiac arrest. Just yesterday, I knelt down unflinching when she used her heavily soaked "sugar"cane on me. Somehow, it was supposed to chase out the demons in my chest.…
OLAJESU LORD'SFAVOUR
January 29, 2019
January Contest

Onifarada- The Resilient One

'What do queens do?' Growing up, my mother would scold me for being reckless. 'Learn to behave like a queen, Zabi.' So I searched history books as instructed and discovered great women; fierce leaders in peace and war. But none…
Lotanna Nwafor
January 29, 2019
December Contest

about that deed

He had accompanied me back to Nigeria on a research for my new book.I remember how awed he was at different sights and sounds.I had refused to see the beauty in the ugly i was used to. The ugly that…
JUST ADA
December 21, 2018
December Contest

Who's To Blame?

The footsteps again, like every night for the past 5 years. She could tell it was the bigger man. Her tears dropped as she asked herself how much longer. Would she still become the medical doctor for which she had…
Iheomadinihu Darko Owusu
December 21, 2018
December Contest

A place I call home

From the twin palm trees that bowed in welcome, to the kids in their underwear waving at passing cars as they trotted about. The busy markets where everyone knew each other and conversed in ridiculously high tones, the large rice…
Emmanuella Uguru
December 21, 2018
December Contest

Black Halo

At her feet a hybrid of natural and relaxed hair lay. The scissors was the forerunner of the blade in cutting down that uncomely blend of soft and coarse hair. After that commercial about women of colour, she couldn't carry…
Jennifer Ugafor
December 20, 2018
December Contest

My life is a joke

My mother has always been my best friend, confidante. Today was my seventeenth birthday. In the evening I decided to go out with friends to celebrate, we drank too much. A few minutes later we were all in prison for drinking…
Unko
December 20, 2018
December Contest

THE SIN OF OBEDIENCE.

“It is for better or worse my daughter, it is time to show you are the pillar of your house, ebezina." “She is just a child,mama, her fa-th-er...." the tears poured. “He is a man, moved by sight. I warned…
Nkemdilim Akaniru
December 20, 2018
December Contest

The Best Gift

Obinna is the last child in the Family, he does all the chores in the house. His siblings are lazy and likes video games and  TV programmes . Obinna, without grudges  do all he could before their parents comes back…
Isaac Okoronnaya
December 20, 2018
December Contest

A village career

he should have  listened. Or maybe shouldn't have even made provision for those cacophony of noise. Apparantly, everyone else is trying to somehow show their perceived genuine concern. But how is he supposed to know a good advice, when he…
Kisspo
December 20, 2018
December Contest

DEAD

She would meet this young man who would promise to change her life, and he would. Like he did mine. She would say how real he was, something about how what they had was the best thing to happen to…
BLESSING 😌
December 20, 2018
November Contest

Fireflies!

I will never forget the strange magic of fireflies on one of those warm Umueze nights. I could barely wait to witness the winged creatures that came with the twilight. My grandmother will carefully pierce air holes into the lid…
Tomina Egbokwu
November 15, 2018
November Contest

Which one deserve to die?

"Which one deserve to die?" No one! Of the gruesome intertribal murders and wars? Of the hunger and epidemic breakout? No one deserve to die. Deaths of our activists, independence fighters? No, it was not deserved. Nevertheless, they gave it…
Oluwatoba Oyerinade
November 15, 2018
November Contest

THE STORM

"Mummy. What happened?" Timi asked entering her mother's room. Rubbing her eyes, she added "I heard you scream, mum. Is everything alright?" "Yes dear. I'm fine." Timi's mother replied slowly, her eyes glistening. Drawing Timi closer to her in an…
Fantastic_Becca
November 15, 2018
November Contest

The God Paradox

Obatala wields the DNA; the weapon of creation and the ladder to other worlds. It was bestowed upon him by Olodumare after he defeated the alter ego of Eshu and banished him to the forest of burning ashes. Obatala watchers…
Elohimdescarface
November 15, 2018
November Contest

The Awakening

She stood in front of the wooden mirror examining her body. Her once smooth skin dripping with melanin was now pale. A fresh cut beneath the eye, dry sore lips and saggy cheeks. When did she let all this happen?…
Marystella Natasha
November 14, 2018

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