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A Woman’s Journey

A Woman's Journey

There Was A Country

There was a country. Bleak and filled with lost hopes. From wherever you stood, you could see the crushed dreams, the failures and the pain emanating from the people. Filled with corruption, fillled with emptiness and no hope for the…
Keva Laya
August 24, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Freedom of Expression

Frightened by the loud bang and briskly pulled into the dark cold of night. Slaps on my face and hands on my waist, all because I opposed a tyrants reign. My comely husband and kids watched in amazement as the…
John Emeka Emordi
August 24, 2019
A Woman's Journey

By Any Means

It doesn’t take long to toss the body off the wagon. They only stop for five… six seconds? And then they’re off again, leaving Amina to rot under the desert sun. She watches them leave through eyes so dull and…
Uchechi Princewill
August 24, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Broken ties

For some unascertainable reasons, the weather on that particular date was bright and dry with fresh wind. We danced to the music that came from some distance away. "Let's go over there" Usman whispered "No" I eyed him "I'm going"…
Enobong Etuk
August 24, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Taken

I snapped my eyes open at a voice that creaked like the hinges of a rusty iron gate. My vision was blurred and I had no idea where I was or how long I had been there. "Where am I?"…
Enobong Etuk
August 24, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Unchanged

Mace is born with an ability to bear a nation from her womb. Obirin has the power to feed a nation from her nourishing breast milk. Nwaanyi leaves a mark of beauty and flourishing growth wherever her tender but strong…
A Woman's Journey

Red

Red is the colour of blood that flows and whispers of fertility, the reminder of the day I was told I was a woman. Red is the colour of love, of the heady days of romance. Red is the colour…
Kummi Olamiju
August 24, 2019
A Woman's Journey

You Only Live Once!

Focusing on the previous is an utter waste of time! If your eyes are on the past, looking for loopholes to cover, your eyes are in the wrong place! It is a very good thing to study history. It helps…
Itty Okim
August 23, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Sex Education

Uncle bode taught me how to love my body. He showed me pleasure points I didn’t know existed. Without words, he taught me that orgasms shouldn’t come from penetrations alone. I learnt enthusiastically. When I dared to share my body…
David Favored
August 23, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Mansurah's Decision

Habibah's cough is getting worse and spreading. I want us to go to the hospital. Chief calls western medicine haram and refuses. I approached the other women with my plan for escape. I don't yet know if any would join…
Kummi Olamiju
August 23, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Yet Another

"Sniffs, Sniffs" Stephanie goes as she tries her best to hold back the phlegm that was about escaping from her nose. Her entire body shook continuously. Lying on her bed with her face drowning in her own tears, her inner…
Onwuasoanya Ijeoma
August 23, 2019
A Woman's Journey

No Be By English

"Me? English?" She asked, chuckling adorably, her movement causing her breasts to jiggle over the top of her low cut shirt. "Wetin concern me? Na for the mumu primary school wey I go I for learn am abi na inside…
Jay Matthews
August 23, 2019
A Woman's Journey

My Journey

"Again? Even while I'm seven months pregnant?" I said as I peeped through the window and saw another lady with Dan. It wasn't new to me. He either introduces me to his mistresses as his wife's sister, or mother. Obviously,…
Ajayi Tobiloba janet
August 23, 2019
A Woman's Journey

A new soul

Ego was drenched in sweat, clenching her fist and trying unsuccessfully to count the speedy beats of her heart. It felt like her laps were tearing apart, and the pain was biting inside of her, but she tried to think…
Sharon Chidra Jonah
August 23, 2019
A Woman's Journey

A Pyrrhic Victoria

"Look Joseph, I'm lucky. Unlike the rest of us who left Nigeria I quickly paid off my debt from the proceeds of my prostitution." Victoria boasted while Joseph listened wide-eyed. "My family was as miserable as sin." She continued. "I…
Joseph Ifejika
August 23, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Love Shock

The first thing Joseph immediately noticed were her eyes. Yes, her eyes. Those eyes. They were so greenish, so deep-set, so luminous, so penetrating. When their gazes locked, Joseph was the first to avert his eyes because he felt like…
Joseph Ifejika
August 23, 2019
A Woman's Journey

The Journey to Freedom

Today is the 23rd of August, exactly five years after a far more innocent version of me was snatched from the streets of Lagos. I've been counting because only me remembers. I think back on that day five years ago…
Onisemo Eyinimofe
August 23, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Dreams

"Hadiza be fast", Amina yelled at her four year old daughter as she hurriedly packed up the few things she could call her belongings. She never envisaged this scenario. Her parents died when she was 8, and uncle Ibrahim took…
Mmakan Wills
August 23, 2019
A Woman's Journey

gone with the wind

Its been a whole week in this hell now. No food, no family, no freedom all I have is fear. I eloped with Best, fooled by his grandiose promise of a beautiful life in Europe but here i am, in…
Lamina Micheal
August 22, 2019
A Woman's Journey

IN MY GENES

''I am sorry, the Testosterone levels are constantly higher than the Oestrogen. The treatment is not responding.'' I cringe in denial at the doctor's news. ''Long distance female runners with a high natural level of testosterone must take medication to…
Brenda Midamba
August 22, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Wangari Maathai

Maathai flashed a rushing smile like the roar of the Nile; the bronze glow lit up in her cheeks like the setting sun. She fought for a greener world with her hands in the soil, and equality in gender with…
Paul
August 22, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Unexpected end

Tinuke stood deep in thoughts. Amidst a cell packed tight with illegal immigrants, she was isolated in her mind. Titi her sister did not survive the Mediterranean, yet here she was, being held captive and abused on an island she…
Ezetu Doubra
August 22, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Hope

She has hope, hope as large as the ocean, hope that makes one do things all over again even though it did not work well at first. She hopes to be better and to do the best because, there is…
Chindaba Rotshang
August 22, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Màámi

Màámi, A teenage girl brought to a city in Nigeria from the village to be given out to an educated man and obviously act as a drudge whilst a mother of her Master's children,Grown into a woman in her late…
A Woman's Journey

The gospel

My body is an unholy scripture yearning to be cleansed because the gospel of my frame can no longer be preached. Mama wanted me to be holy. So Brother Sunday knocked and made way for himself, he sought and he…
Roseline Mgbodichinma
August 22, 2019
A Woman's Journey

ON HER BACK

Arinke's journey began even before she was a month old, barely a foetus and she already received her first blow. Work began when she landed on her back at six years old, she was opened with a scented candle. Her…
Adebiyi Adedoyin
August 21, 2019
A Woman's Journey

First cut

The knife gleams in the mid-day sun holding a light that seems to be lacking in Ala-Be’s eyes. I begin to walk, for duty and for honor. I smell the blood of my sisters and remember the echo of their…
Henry Jayeola
August 21, 2019
A Woman's Journey

A woman's journey

The knife gleams in the mid-day sun holding a light that seems to be lacking in Ala-Be’s eyes. I begin to walk, for duty and for honor. I smell the blood of my sisters and remember the echo of their…
Henry Jayeola
August 21, 2019
A Woman's Journey

A virgin's destiny

Clink! Clink!” I almost jumped out of my skin at the sound of the chief priest’s ankle bells. My heart beating wildly and I trembled with sudden cold. I hugged my knees tightly and the painful tears spilled, stinging hard…
Bello Aisha
August 21, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Itohan

"Clunk! Clunk!!" She dragged the heavy chains around her feet as she was led away. I dreaded what would be done to her and the thought of having a very hot rod buried in my vagina made me choke on…
Bello Aisha
August 21, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Amun

We all have little knowledge of her origins. Many have tried to trace the fine lines of her history. A beautiful story occasionally sullied by tales of pain and suffering. Alas, there really is no beauty without blemish. Today she…
Kume Akpubi
August 21, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Ogbanje

We all know that girl with the body and face of eledumares daughter...... A beautiful smile and a heart of gold, everyone who had an encounter with her will want to met her again,true African woman But The whispers remain…
Onyinye Sylvester
August 21, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Beast

Ogadi winced and wriggled on the floor in pains. Her husband was throwing tantrums at her, fists still clenched from the fatal blow and voice now indistinct like the faraway voice of a town crier. With great effort, she looked…
Chikezie Onwumere
August 21, 2019
A Woman's Journey

After three

My aunt once called my ma, "after three". She meant she had once been married and was now saddled with the responsibility of three children. It wasn't ma's fault. I was nine when papa started touching me. After some weeks,…
Deborah Joshua
August 21, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Choosing my forever

The smile didn't reach my eyes as I tried my wedding dress on. As the attendant checked for fittings, her hand hit my left breast. I flinched. Last night after dinner, my fiance had asked for sex and I refused,…
Deborah Joshua
August 21, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Tunnel

Okonkwo will search for it like a roaring lion looking for whom to devour. He will go into this dark tunnel with pride in his undeserving eyes. The community will be outside waiting to take your purity and turn it…
Roseline Mgbodichinma
August 21, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Fate of our mothers.

No! Not again! She clenched her teeth immense pain surging through her being. She didn't have the strength to fight anymore. She fought so hard for Bose and Even harder for Tobi. She fought the doctor, she fought the nurses,…
Ehimony Arire
August 20, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Bearer

"Yes oo!" My mother bragged, beating her chest in pride. "I said she would give you a son and she gave you a son." I know I should be grateful for God's gift of children, but I wished it was…
Jay Matthews
August 20, 2019
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

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