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A Woman’s Journey

A Woman's Journey

The Way Out

Asa nwa! Omalicha!’, screamed Udo and Eze as Adanna walked by. She followed closely in Adanna’s shadow, but no head turned to look at her. Her only admirer was a lizard hanging on the fence. ‘Why wasn’t I shaped so…
Togun Ayibagebra
August 30, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Tech Woman

"Women? Na so dem dey do!", Tunde chuckled as he glanced quickly at me. When I'd asked him to help with debugging my code, I had no idea that I would become the laughing stock of the office. Being the…
Audrey Mandla
August 30, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Man-child

With a rumbling tummy and dizziness, I kicked through the children's toys and plopped on the sofa. It had been a long day. The house was a mess. I sighed and asked George if he warmed the rice like I…
Audrey Mandla
August 30, 2019
A Woman's Journey

A Girl's Story

Years ago, when Girl was little. Girl played with her friends, Ikenna and his sister. They plucked mangoes from trees, and played with sand. Ikenna chased the girls around, until Girl surrendered and reclined against a tree. Ikenna held Girl's…
Paul
August 30, 2019
A Woman's Journey

An unknown journey

Its always a tumble when one tries to put into words the mediocrity that surrounds what is meant to be a woman since when she was born. Is she one to stay in the kitchen and say yes and disappear?…
Brenda onyancha
August 30, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Her First

“What smells like shit in here?” was the first question on Lola’s mind as she enters the room. The smell unlocks a flood of memories. She remembers the shitty smell of the slum she grew up in and why she…
Abisola AA
August 30, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Would You?

‘After all, men will be men’, Uncle Tobi said as he concluded his speech. Those words fanned Kehinde’s lethargy into a white-hot flame. I found out I was carrying twins during my last doctor’s visit and I rushed home to…
Efe Ukpebor
August 30, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Road Smart

I never would have thought that I would be as proud of my younger sister like I am now. Just a few years ago, she came home, spewing beautiful nonsensicalities, implanted in her young impressionable mind by a friend who…
Ogbe Oritsemisan
August 30, 2019
A Woman's Journey

They call her Sinner.

She was everything they condemned in their self righteousness - with their sanctified tongues and holy hands. She felt like a criminal in a court room, everytime she heard a sermon. Some days she was the anti-christ, on other days…
Ireti
August 30, 2019
A Woman's Journey

The Return

Fola stood at the bottom of the stairs looking at the man standing in front of her door and blocking the way into her apartment. With greying hair and a slight stoop, he was no longer the imposing and intimidating…
Orode Nanna
August 30, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Priceless

What did I ever do to deserve this priceless pearl. She went through untold sleepless nights, carrying me in her womb. She concieved me with great pain of joy. No force in the world can ever separate the love a…
Emmanuel Mitti
August 30, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Earthbound

Her hands were bruised. It didn't matter. Today, she had made five thousand naira. My husband must not see this one, she muttered. This one was for her daughters. Raped at seventeen, she had been regarded as unwanted material. A…
Feranmi Alajiki
August 30, 2019
A Woman's Journey

EXPECTATIONS

I knelt before Nne; my hands clasped in hers as she prayed for the success of my job interview. My eyes aren't supposed to be open, but as I watched Nne's wrinkled face, and counted the few gray hairs that…
Ogechukwu Amarah
August 29, 2019
A Woman's Journey

A Better Journey of Life

She doesn't want her heart to startle in solitude. Funke Koko gaze herself in the mirror, knotting her elegant Ghana braid bun that gleams like glittering charcoal. She ruminates how her prominent curved waist can enamour eyes that surreptitiously peer…
John Ogunlade
August 29, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Mkpurunma

Being caught between papa battering mama. Ihuoma must have seen my stained uniform.She and the custom has wrecked me all because she has two sons.I asked for an heir not this!!shouts papa. At least I would be exchanged for a…
A Woman's Journey

A Woman's Journey

The murmuring water on caramel skin struggles to wash the blood stains that lingers on her thighs, but whispering memories of yesterday's sin, it knows . "The sun's awake now ", She thinks to herself, " I must leave before…
Ikechukwu Smith
August 29, 2019
A Woman's Journey

A priced dream

He did it again! How could he? I thought he loved me. I must tell mother! But would she listen? She never does. Mother says she loves him a lot. She says he was her saviour after father died. She…
Rasheedah
August 29, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Its just a hug

Seyi is handsome and smart with pink lips to die for, dont get me wrong am not a bad girl am just human. Yesterday, i stole seyis' pen knowing that he would ask for one later. During class hours my…
omotesse oaikhena
August 29, 2019
A Woman's Journey

She, me and he.

True love's kiss they said can awaken he who sleeps. I wish it was always true, not just in fairy tales and dreams. So that he who fell asleep would be awakened by she who loves him so deep. Then…
Feranmi Alajiki
August 29, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Tales of a young lady

You could see their frown when their wife's gives birth to a female child, just by their expressions you could hear their thoughts-ungrateful thoughts. Boys school, girls kitchen. She hasn't even reached of age and she already has a husband.…
omotesse oaikhena
August 29, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Transition!

All the “gbas gbos” and unlimited subscription of punches, tied to my lack of control and incessant naggings, over constant reminder that I am “nothing”. And then the night all ended when I caught him pants down with secretary, his…
Yetunde Oyelami
August 29, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Red as scarlet

I covered my little sisters' ears as i hear the wailing sound of my mother. She cries in silence everyday but I still pick little sobbing from the cracked walls of my house. Soaked in pain from the horrible slavery…
omotesse oaikhena
August 29, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Motherhood

Chioma knelt down, crying—her eyes, bloodshot and saggy from sleepless nights. She dug her fingers into her dishevelled hair, moaning softly. She couldn't believe what she was looking at. Chioma's daughter disappeared a month ago. After thorough searching, the police…
Paul
August 29, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Sold Down the River

I watch the sparrows flap their wings in the air, and I imagine how freedom feels like — how it feels like to think, speak and move about without restraint. I've watched these birds do this everyday since I found…
Chikezie Onwumere
August 28, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Màámi

Màámi, in her warm inner did I rest for months On her amazingly sweet bosom did I suck on On her succulent back did I rest my back with her wrapper squeezing my neck to her literally Màámi, she watched…
A Woman's Journey

Side Hustle

Tolu woke up that morning to the sound of intense prayers. Here they go again, she groaned internally. Every morning, it seemed to be the same routine they had. Pray, then sit on their butts at home waiting for the…
Audrey Mandla
August 28, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Raindrops

She comfortably sat, leg crossed, swivel chair facing the window that overlooked the city. Watching the rain storm as it blanketed the city with dark grey, she observed the rain drops as they stained the glass. She closed her eyes…
Audrey Mandla
August 27, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Daymare

Prayer on her lips, vision blurred by tears, she stared out the window, trying to get a glimpse of the rising sun. It gave her a feeling of hope. That this was a nightmare she could wake up from. The…
Audrey Mandla
August 27, 2019
A Woman's Journey

AUTOMATIC DOOR

“He will come again tonight,” she mused as her hair got braided. She hoped she hasn't been heard, for no living soul would bear knowing of her shame, not even her lover who’s a thousand miles away. And he did…
Ayomide Ruth O.
August 27, 2019
A Woman's Journey

The typical African woman

A silent journey that begins at birth, her only opportunity to have her voice heard as she cries. Silently watching her brothers go to school while she labours for the typical African man. Getting choked by the slaving culture and…
Michelle Anyango
August 27, 2019
A Woman's Journey

As I Say

“Whosoever touches a woman without her consent is in fact a mad dog. Our women are not sex toys! Their bodies should be respected.” He roared confidently at the cheering audience “ ..therefore I am proud to support this movement…
Chukwuemeka Emmanuella
August 27, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Between 12 and 21.

"Mami, ekale ma!!” I greeted with tears as I entered my mother's thatched hut. “What is happening to me?” I asked her. “You're now a woman!” Mami answered. Confused I was, for I didn't understand. I was only 12 years…
Aniah Elizabeth
August 26, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Beauty is Lucrative

Your mother fucks people's husbands' was the basis of your childhood. It was the reason you had people sneer at you with disgust and came home with finger-stripes from classroom fights everyday. But it was also the reason behind your…
Miracle Elvis
August 25, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Super Woman

She grabbed an oily cooking spoon and spicy palm oil rice was served in eight plates. She called out to Ade, Bummi, Shola, Muyiwa and Ranti to come take their food. She held Ayo in her arms to feed him…
Blessing Jim Jeje
August 25, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Changing Times

Grandma tells stories of village life, raising a farm and nine children almost singlehandedly. There's a touch of pride in her voice when she reminisces. Mother tells stories of her time in school, foreign teachers with strict standards and notions…
Kummi Olamiju
August 25, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Finding her voice

It began as a disquiet, a feeling that there was more than being the obedient daughter, loving wife and caring mother; that she too was a person with an inner life and needs. So daily, after the morning school run…
Kummi Olamiju
August 25, 2019
A Woman's Journey

At 47

Udoka saw Babajide's Facebook post, and knew it was time to act. She had worked hard to get to this point: Her pitch had been accepted; promotion came with thrice her salary. Also, her commissioned scripts fetched half a million…
A Woman's Journey

I forgot to have kids

3years after the wedding, mother-in-law was at the gate. "I need a grandchild!" she yelled and cursed and spat. She even hit me once,  the day i wanted to tell her i was pregnant. Hubby asked me to qiut my…
Michael Angela
August 25, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Mom said its OKAY

"Arghhhh, uncle please stop, it hurts!!". That was when it started. Now I'm a pro because I continued; quiet about it because mother said so, mother said so because father died in an accident when he went to comfront uncle…
Michael Angela
August 25, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Lost

I stared at the distant darkness below. Neither the wind nor my ringing phone could distract me. Mum must be worried, I was two hours late. Mum had given me a perfect and colorful life but Jimmy had shown me…
Felicitas
August 25, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Maybe One day

“Stop staring at your brother and help me zip that box”, Iye Osas scolds as she tries to wrestle a worn photograph from the clutching grip of your six year old brother, Osas. “Your cousin is so happy, your university…
Ofure Omo-Ataga
August 25, 2019
A Woman's Journey

An Ode To Our African Mother

All praise to the great oshun Her skin, dark and clear as the morning skies Her sensuous lips the home to the sweetest honey man will find Her eyes, the most beautiful shade of brown and her soul more precious…
Keva Laya
August 24, 2019
A Woman's Journey

August 23

Chiazo and the group of women march along the streets of Liberia with aggressive fervor, chanting solemn songs. Raised above their heads are placards with the words 'WE ARE NOT COMMODITIES' written on them. Her histrionics lends credence to the…
Chikezie Onwumere
August 24, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Secondary

"Musa, the head boy, is the senior prefect by default." My heart sunk, my fist tightened and roughened the piece of paper in my hand. That piece of paper, my most valuable possession until now, condemned to death; prematurely at…
Abdulhaqq Omoyele
August 24, 2019
A Woman's Journey

She

Here she comes, Black, Bold and Beautiful. Though most times called weak, complicated, emotional and all sorts, so from birth to death, she seeks only to please. Being the first to rise, but last to rest, tending, mending, encouraging… because…
vicky okon
August 24, 2019

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