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April Contest

Died a Saint

Dede flipped through the order of service for the requiem mass of his master, reading all the tributes that people wrote in his honour. He was startled to see how people eulogized his master, a man that was very cruel…
Chikezie Onwumere
April 25, 2019
April Contest

From the ashes

He had the mind of a coloniser but it seemed that Africa had colonised his soul. His mannerisms, his speech and even the way he walked reflected the motherland. It was tough for him to remain loyal to the white…
Alfoncina
April 25, 2019
April Contest

Mummy

Each morning you listen for your mother's voice. It's soft, kind even. You love her most in the morning. She sings of love or heaven or other such glorious things. You enjoy her in the mornings, briefly, before desolation finds…
April Contest

"NA FOOD GO KILL YOU"

I had been thinking about suya all day as I fasted 6 to 6. It was finally 6pm and I went to the the dinning table to break my fast.There it was - suya! Even though mama always told us…
Zungwe Joyce
April 25, 2019
April Contest

BLINDED BY FURY

He laughed hard and held the back of his neck as he spoke with her, a gesture I hadn't seen in forever. Of all people to cheat on me with Kayode chose this wretched looking tomato vendor. I was furious…
Zungwe Joyce
April 25, 2019
April Contest

The Other Side of Freedom

I had always been in the forefront of those championing the cause human rights. I knew that my actions were backed by law, to freely express myself without any form of restriction. So, I turned my attention to the sufferings…
Chikezie Onwumere
April 25, 2019
April Contest

The Doctor-Patient Sport

"A recent study has shown that women's breasts should be sucked often to prevent breast cancer," Kodwo read out the WhatsApp post and showed me pictures of bald women. He added that loss of hair was a symptom of the…
Mandy Bay
April 25, 2019
April Contest

Law and 'disorder'

He flashed the torch on our faces. "Everybody get down!" She went around and carried her sleeping toddler, her husband and son beside her. "Where's the receipt of this laptop?" The police officer asked. She couldn't believe that after hours…
April Contest

"…Promise you what?"

He lay on his mat, the satisfaction on his face beamed brighter than the faulty light bulb that barely illuminated the room... Alas' it had happened. Not as good as he had anticipated but t'was worth it somehow. "... Promise…
Jasmine Agyeiwaa
April 25, 2019
April Contest

Locked Door

Mama went for night vigil, the third time this week. I locked the door with the rusty latch and like other nights, I prayed that it held. Not long after midnight, he came knocking, whispering pleas through the door cracks.…
Vivian ikeh
April 25, 2019
April Contest

A is for Africa

The insects that buzzed over the displayed groceries in stalls along the market road seemed to say the same words, 'Welcome home.' As you journeyed passed, with beads of sweat that antagonized your smiles,you knew nobody in the vehicle understood…
Miracle Elvis
April 25, 2019
April Contest

What about me?

I couldn't help the tears that had begun to gather, each step felt like a journey on hot coals. Painful, this day was meant to be memorable. I remember fantasizing it with my friends. I just turned fourteen, to be…
Alex
April 24, 2019
April Contest

Maami

Plagued by some unknown ailment, Maami is at death's door. The agbo herbs I picked from the garden were ineffective in curing her. Now she lies quivering, her body taut as a lute string. It breaks my heart to see…
Radiance Johnson
April 24, 2019
April Contest

The counterstroke

Give your life to Christ!... Akintomiwa Komolafe, the pastor of Great Holiness Ministeries; the man that raped me, bellowed into the microphone. Giving the Salvation message. The sermon ended, it was testimony time, the moment I craved for. Today, this…
Adepase omotoyosi
April 24, 2019
April Contest

WHAT HE TOOK FROM ME

I lost my soul four years ago but I just found out four hours ago while I listened without flinching as my own blood struggled for life. There will be no visitors tonight, there might be no nightmares tonight. ‘Noroh!’…
Eden
April 24, 2019
April Contest

Karma

Vandora had been so frantic to save the accident victim that she hadn't noticed anything else. Now, with the crisis averted she had time to look. As she drew closer to the bed time stopped, her world was spinning. No…
Chisom Cynthia
April 24, 2019
April Contest

GRAY

The sun is fading; my memory isn't; clear as crystal. 11:45am I was rolled into the Theatre, on my dying bed I asked for a request. I dialed five times, consecutively. "Had he given up?" I sent a voice message,…
DILYS
April 24, 2019
April Contest

Ulinma the village goddess

The glory and elegance has no measure when they talk about Ulinma in the village of Alioma.Ulinma was a beautiful maiden and the only daughter to a rich farmer in Alioma. Despite her natural endownment which earn her respect among…
Abonyi Martins
April 24, 2019
April Contest

Sala

Sala dreaded this awful day to come. She wasn't ready for it. She looked around the room where her family sat in preparation of the 'special night' Why isn't Saliu here yet? Her mind questioned. "Come Sala, it's time my…
April Contest

Paranoia

I saw an hair strand on the floor and I suspected it belonged to me. Maybe, it fell off as I was combing my hair or something. I don't know, but I was also conscious it could be from someone…
Kummi Olamiju
April 24, 2019
April Contest

IF WALLS COULD TALK

Look! She's leaning on me and she's crying too. She's seated in the middle of the small pool of blood and the shattered glass. I want to say alot but I can't because walls don't talk but if you can…
Eden
April 24, 2019
April Contest

The Prisoner's Freedom

Every member of my family was a prisoner from birth. The only place we've known was this dark cubicle where our legs were chained to the wall. The prison guard serves us luscious meals everyday until we reach a certain…
Kelvin
April 24, 2019
April Contest

Flame

She was tired. A familiar voice yelled. “Panduuuuuu”!! yelled mama Lungowe, her aunt, "work is waiting for you". As if words of mockery were created on their lips, mama Lungowe and her daughter spat them out almost naturally, “you will…
Pumulo
April 24, 2019
April Contest

No Escape From Human Trafficking

I ran across the barren landscape, screaming for my mother in the shrillest voice I had. Blood continued seeping out from my arm but reaching my mother was all that mattered. I couldn’t let them take her again, I just…
Sruti Singh
April 24, 2019
April Contest

You, me &us

As he walked through the front door, he met her at the entrance of the door with her bags. ‘’what's going on?” He asked “ are you going somewhere?” “yes”... Funmi said “Soji, I’m leaving you . . .” “…
Sunshine Moh
April 24, 2019
April Contest

Consumable

On foot from the palm oil hamlet all week, pittance in purse to sustain family, she'd return Friday, to a shack soaked in cigarette smoke, to a ragged bed reeking of infidelity. He'd bark out food orders, amid cusswords, while…
Bunmi Oke
April 24, 2019
April Contest

IGNORANCE

Today, mother asked if I was pregnant.Her reason was I behaved different, not doing the things I normally do and always being tired. Even though her words were true, I wasnt pregnant.She believed me when I got my period. I…
Nkiruka Ikebudu
April 24, 2019
April Contest

Potent Message

Walking into the kitchen, he scrolls through a message. ‘Babe the 25k for my hair plus 30k for…’ He slams his phone down, yelling, “You think I am a clueless ATM? I will not support you and then share you!”…
Kui Wamithi
April 24, 2019
April Contest

April Fool

April was nobody's fool or so she thought, until her birthday rolled around and she was proven wrong. She had not thought twice about giving Mayowa her card to run errands earlier but now a total of five hundred thousand…
Nicki Tojo
April 24, 2019
April Contest

The Pact

We had a pact, but you chose to go against it. You knew you belong to me, to the realm deep beyond the seas where no human eyes can see. We agreed that you'd be born here, but no man…
Chikezie Onwumere
April 24, 2019
April Contest

BAD ROMANCE

Glaring at the crystal moon, the beauty in the night's silence - splendour of it's solitude. Yesterday; I sat right next to you. The aesthetics in your rehearsed lines, perfect smiles and gaze came at precisely the right moments; I…
Samantha Equere
April 24, 2019
April Contest

One Starry Night in Aralewa

Beneath a starry night's full moon and an Agbalumo tree, the children of Aralewa village huddle round the speaking Mama Agba. “In life you will meet many camouflaged creatures like snakes. My children, which is the deadliest kind?” “Python!” screams…
Anike Ade
April 24, 2019
April Contest

Nyame

It was a ritual. One that was done to restore broken relationship between the humans and their god "Nyame". A first born male from each existing goat breed in Ashanti was randomly selected. On the third day of the ritual…
Dabby Deborah
April 24, 2019
April Contest

Sugar Daddy

When I say Jump, you ask how high" He says. "Why?" I asked. "I'm your sugar daddy" he says with laughter and mischief in his eyes. Those eyes, brown, alive, wise make me melt everytime. How did I get here?…
Ayomide Gbadamosi
April 24, 2019
April Contest

Dirty No Dey Kill African Man

"Mama!!!" she cried out in horror, "there's something in my plate." "Food! That's what," the middle age woman with one too many scars on her face snapped, her eyes narrowed into slits as she turned to face her daughter, "Don't…
Ufuoma K.
April 24, 2019
April Contest

A Lover's Tale

He wouldn't bulge as I tugged at his arm begging for him to spare Tunde's life. I was sad and distraught so I picked the pestle and raised my hand to defend my lover but it was late, somehow while…
April Contest

Mother: A Cradle That Holds

With a bullet lodged in her brain and back of her head smashed open, oozing endless blood and cerebral fluid; with her torso slashed and her entails spilling out as she wriggled on the floor in agony; with her private…
Idris Shehu
April 24, 2019
April Contest

THE ETAGERE

Just like every furniture in the house, nature restricts us to only one of the five human senses - sight. It also makes us numb to every kind of emotion. So, I don't feel discomfort anytime she thrashes or breaks…
Oladipo Samuel
April 24, 2019
April Contest

POTATO CHIPS

On this marble floor my body glows from expensive oils worth a million more than everything my parents had, I savour every bit of this moment blessing God for the sudden riches and wealth. I was only recently a hawker…
Roseline Mgbodichinma
April 23, 2019
April Contest

A New City

Imagine a side walk in an ever busy city with people going to different directions. Sometimes,the crowd goes faster and sometimes sluggishly,or even stand still. Every passerby with his or her destination. Bayo stood like a lost dog by the…
Israel akinnuroju
April 23, 2019
April Contest

Escape from the cave

After a hectic day work, I discovered a note from the management of the hotel inviting me to a special Friday night party tagged the cave. I decided to pay a visit to the cave to see the hullaballoo being…
Olusanya Anjorin
April 23, 2019
April Contest

GUN POWER

We first witnessed the leakage of a gun from the dog-eared pages of our English text book,where Okonkwo aimed for a deer but the bullet hit a bush rat instead! So Dede and I grew up underestimating gun power until…
Roseline Mgbodichinma
April 23, 2019
April Contest

GUILT

Osagie sat on his bed, he was sweating profusely. He stared at the note he had written but he was lost in thoughts, if only he could go back in time to change things, he probably won't be saying goodbye…
Oshunwa imosemi
April 23, 2019
April Contest

Odd One Out

Everyone considered his son odd. Thus, once the herbalist on the bus from Suhum to Nkawkaw professed his medicine corrects oddity in children, Agya Koo bought two bottles. Perhaps two tablespoonfuls of the mixture thrice daily for one week might…
Mandy Bay
April 23, 2019
April Contest

Sweep Me Away

It was that time of the year again, when the rains came. No longer were they heralded with joy - despair reigned instead. I was driving home when it started, a slight drizzle. Thirty minutes later, a raging downpour. Horns…
S. Toseafa
April 23, 2019
April Contest

Need

She pressed the baby to her bosom. Pressed it so hard its cry was muffled. Pressed it that their hearts merged and began to beat as one. The mother's full of years and cares, the child's still unburdened. And she…
Kummi Olamiju
April 23, 2019
April Contest

Expired

Who do I tell my pain? Who do I discuss my fears to? Who will help me solve at least half my problems? Past events all flash around my eyes drawing tears. I cry in silence for my life as…
Ojobo Anastacia
April 23, 2019
April Contest

Ama Nyamedzema

She was the epitome of Ghanaian beauty. Dark, smooth skin like polished ebony. Tightly coiled, thick hair. Warm brown eyes. Large buttocks that rolled to a rhythm beaten by gods. A blinding smile graced by a perfect diastema. True to…
S. Toseafa
April 23, 2019

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