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April Contest

The Intruders

While the mammoth crowd was busy snapping her with their mobile-phone cameras, Zoba bent over the poor, unconscious girl and took the crumpled piece of paper in her hand. The paper contained a sad note which read: "Cry of an…
Chikezie Onwumere
April 23, 2019
April Contest

The Dead May Live

"We had been friends for four months. I met him on campus at YabaTech." "He was a loner and nobody took notice of him which was sort of weird." "I kept him company most times which was good because he…
Godwin Iyamba
April 23, 2019
April Contest

Feminist perhaps

“I love being a woman If I had a choice, I would be a woman” “The beauty that comes with being a woman ehn she is purposely created, she loves without reservations” “I am not saying men are bad, men…
Aguti H Malinga
April 23, 2019
April Contest

Àbíkú

The first time I was birthed , my parents named me Ifasheyi but death took me away. The second time, they named me Durojaye but I never stayed to enjoy life, death took me away again. The third time, they…
Adesoyin Aderanti
April 23, 2019
April Contest

Rusty dagger

My heart thumped as he screamed my name “Nacho!” I could feel his footsteps walking through my veins but no, I won’t let him into my blood this time. I dashed into my room and crawled underneath the bed. I…
Buso DunMade
April 23, 2019
April Contest

THIS HAS TO STOP

"Hey, you don't really need the seat belt they no longer check nor arrest those without them on". "Uumh, I thought we wore belts for our own safety"i answered the tout as he took my bus fare. We got near…
Chilgilia
April 23, 2019
April Contest

Keziah's Experiment

Keziah is vomiting with a high fever, she has never been like this before except once when she came back with bouts of malaria from visiting aunt Lucia in Aliakamer. She refused to eat or drink anything that mama prepared…
Aguti H Malinga
April 23, 2019
April Contest

The Wrong Blood

Long time ago, it was prophesied that an offspring of the king would be a savior to the land of Umuigbo, for he could conjure thunder and rain! So, the wicked regent, very desperate for the throne, poisoned the king…
Chikezie Onwumere
April 23, 2019
April Contest

Sacred

I held the clay pot tightly, as I walked fastly, it was sacred. The content cannot be seen by mortal eye. The village mob had carried mummy, they accuse her of killing daddy because he wants to marry a second…
Bulus joy
April 23, 2019
April Contest

In Love With The Moon

It howled into the night!Ahoooo!Ahoooo! Calling out to his folks,she is out so what are you waiting for? Phil the wolf, popularly called the The Master is in love with the moon especially in her full bloom.He loves watching her…
Pamela Barth
April 23, 2019
April Contest

Shame-less

The first time it happened, I confided in Mama. 'Mama, the man I married is a monster'. I thought confessing my shame will absolve me. But Mama's word is gospel. She said, 'Cook his meals, keep your house clean, please…
Ujunwa Umeokeke
April 22, 2019
April Contest

The iPhone death sentence

It was a type of exchange program. Police forces all over the world sent their detectives to different countries to work with and learn each other how they solve cases in their countries. Which was why Scotland yard found their…
Taiwo
April 22, 2019
April Contest

CRUSH

“Kreeen!” “You startled me,” Nurse Temiloluwa said as you opened her door suddenly. “Was there something you… … …?” she asked, wondering why you visited. “It was refreshing seeing you today,” you interrupted her question smiling. Moments later, you are…
Gbadero T'Oluwalope
April 22, 2019
April Contest

Before Mary slessor

A child's birth comes with melodious joy. Zara and uni had just given birth, uni had a girl and Zara a boy and a girl, tragic. Twins were seen as abomination. Soon, words reached the palace and the verdict was…
omotesse oaikhena
April 22, 2019
April Contest

Blessings And Sacrifices

The door opens. Good timing, there are no fingernails left to chew anymore and my heavy eyes have run dry. ‘Ginika, you're a blessing.’ Those were Papa’s exact words. Yes, I'm a blessing. I'm just fifteen but I've gotten my…
Eden
April 22, 2019
April Contest

The unforgettable ruin

It was such a bright noon, the sun dazzlesd with it's highest brilliance, the flash of the memory of my plan in next two days in Europe on my mind was overwhelming. At least I will not have to sit…
Abonyi Martins
April 22, 2019
April Contest

We Rise!

"This uprising will bring out the beast in us." — Fela. They mocked us because of our size, and called us provoking names that even beasts would react if they were called so. They sniggered at us, and said that…
Chikezie Onwumere
April 22, 2019
April Contest

Through Her Eyes

He stalked towards her. A perfect specimen of an African man. The epitome of black beauty. His mouth--lip curved upward in a smirk, amidst a bush of untamed overgrown facial hair--elevated his visage. She dropped her hoe, took a step…
M. W. Martha
April 22, 2019
April Contest

Maami

"Maami! My body is paining me!", he cried out in distress, as the sickled cells in his body clumped together. Jaiye looked at him, unsure whether the ache in her heart was of helplessness, regret or guilt. Ten years ago…
Ronnie
April 22, 2019
April Contest

My heart does not hurt

The beating, the pounding The friction, the tension As I sit down the hall awaiting the call The calls that bruise, accuse and abuse I'm at ease, I smile because somehow My heart doesn't hurt. When the only person I…
Abala Joan
April 22, 2019
April Contest

Orphaned Chicks

All cocks are deadbeat dads; they impregnate a hen and leave it to nurture and cater for their chicks. Our hen took care of her chicks after her sperm donor left her and their chicks. She worked day and night…
Kingsley
April 22, 2019
April Contest

Zambiza

My body convulses with blood signaling a near end and the pain chases my soul into a chasm. I’ve lost control of my outstretched servile leg, repeatedly bowing to death. This brown forest and boys crying will form my last…
Ginika
April 22, 2019
April Contest

BELIEVERS

I heard when these things come for you, you become an adult. When they came for my elder brother, he couldn’t use his legs but it made him a believer. I left work early to pick him from the church…
Ginika
April 22, 2019
April Contest

Waters of destiny

Our love took a dip dive into the ocean and never up again. The ocean buried our love and debarred us from the funeral. The wind of destiny blew us worlds apart; it blew you to Chicago and offered you…
Timeyin Mammah
April 22, 2019
April Contest

Ma-lady

At the checkpoint, the soldiers were all white, which was strange. I had an ominous feeling as they quizzed the driver and turned many times to examine the child resting on my tummy flab. I was really gaining weight. A…
Ginika
April 22, 2019
April Contest

THE DARK PAST

THE DARK PAST "Kate!" My too-good-to-be-true husband, Harry, called as I opened my eyes. "What happened?" I asked as pain shot through my body. "Sorry, you had an accident and lost the pregnancy and your womb. I would advise you…
April Contest

The Fro

Chocolate so radiant and glossy I can see the reflection of your white crocs on your long legs. If only you knew how elegant you look right this moment. If only you knew how stunning your full unruly nappy hair…
Balpolam Idi
April 21, 2019
April Contest

Devil's Tool

The first time your curiosity got the best of you, you were 7years old, wondering what was between your legs. Mama had warned you that it was the devil's tool but you didn't believe. You brought out mama's mirror; the…
Ujunwa Umeokeke
April 21, 2019
April Contest

Beyond the Boarder

Tired of our country, we anticipated a greener pasture beyond the boarder. So, when Tim Franklin (our rich friend who lived overseas and whom we got connected to on Facebook) came to take us to Italy, we were very happy.…
Chikezie Onwumere
April 21, 2019
April Contest

Expectations of an African child

"Ọmọ mí, it's time". She said. One hand gently rousing me awake while the other held the customary wrapper tied around her petite frame. Although we were miles from Nigeria, here in our Atlanta beach house- still, mama never missed…
olowo kayode
April 21, 2019
April Contest

Where There Is No Doctor

"Excuse me. I can help. Make way," I announced as I pushed to where the fellow lay. "Move back; the lad needs fresh air," I ordered the crowd. "Can you talk?" I asked him. He nodded. "Good. Can you recall…
Mandy Bay
April 20, 2019
April Contest

Day dreaming

With my eyes fixed on her......,I see so many things I see beauty and the same time ugly,I see love and at some point hate, I think peace and harmony , her luscious body is killing yet I can't....hold ..wait…
Ifejimalu Christian
April 20, 2019
April Contest

COSTLY GAZE

COSTLY GAZE Each time,I turn to look back, I would notice him and believe me , he stares at me, should I say continuously or may be periodically, all I know is that his eyes were fixed on me But…
Ifejimalu Christian
April 20, 2019
April Contest

Ambrosia

Nwokike writhed in pain, but death would not come. He had seen seven generations, and was the oldest person in Umuigbo land and beyond! Lying on the mat spread out on the floor, he now understood that long life has…
Chikezie Onwumere
April 20, 2019
April Contest

Nature

Made with nature Born in the snow Perhaps that's why I'm cold But never experienced such climate I've spent tireless summers all year long The dry comes as hunger pangs Deep enough to drive one to the point of sanity…
Amaka Marisa Obioma
April 20, 2019
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Arranged

Only a few weeks in the hospital and I’d already forgotten the expansive house in front of us was home. High ceilings, unfilled space. I clutched my new born, pressed him close to my chest. The reason the stranger beside…
Tesi Uwibambe
April 20, 2019
April Contest

PIECES

My eyes fluttered open, along with a deep gasp for air. Then came a sharp piercing pain. It felt like a rock had slammed the inside of my brain. I reached up to place a palm where this pain throbbed…
Obatarhe Orovwuje
April 20, 2019
April Contest

We Were

I have no idea what we are today. I certainly do know what we were; Best friends. You were my go-to person and I was yours. Whatever happened to always having each others backs. You shut me out, I never…
Balpolam Idi
April 20, 2019
April Contest

Desperate times.

The whole school watched Afam being carted away in a Black Maria. His fate was now sealed; expulsion and possible jail time. Three days of thorough investigation had had presented the new Vice Chancellor's no-nonsense regime with it's first casualty.…
Abdulhaqq Omoyele
April 20, 2019
April Contest

Found

In one of the rarities of today, all the Bello's were in front of the TV screen. Tennis, not football, was the family's official sport which made this more unusual. The energy in the room was a mix between guilt,…
Abdulhaqq Omoyele
April 20, 2019
April Contest

DEAD KING'S

Tears welled up in your eyes every single time he came in and out of your slits Like a bulldozer forcibily pulling down a weak hut ,His sweat dripped on you like misery as he swayed his hips into painful…
Roseline Mgbodichinma
April 20, 2019
April Contest

Artifact of choicelessness

You are a combustible explosion of your mother's heritage, the lush afro bloomed from your scalp because the destiny lines on her palms massaged growth into the warmness of your follicles, the silk of your skin glistened in the sun.…
Roseline Mgbodichinma
April 20, 2019
April Contest

Toxic Couple

It was just another fight between Amadi and Nkiru, the atmosphere was tense and the afternoon sun penetrated the room with no remorse. Amadi had just returned from work. "So you are telling me that you didn't cook, what did…
Smart
April 19, 2019
April Contest

A Murderer

"He will pick me from here and slam me there... Arit, the beatings are better imagine. I have become like an animated character, taking back form no matter what hits me. Thank God we don't look like what we go…
vicky okon
April 19, 2019
April Contest

Father's Tales

Father used to tell village stories when dumsor became nightly. We'd lay old cloths outside, huddle around and listen. My favourite story was about two gods who loved each other but could not be together. He guarded the sun and…
Salma Braimah
April 19, 2019
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Umwiza

Umwiza skidded on the ramp leading down from the mess hall. She almost landed on mud that spooled like a painting she had seen once before; beyond the fence she had come to know so well. Babz caught the bottom…
Tesi Uwibambe
April 19, 2019
April Contest

Beware: It is Coming… Again!

Before it came, National Emergency Management Agency had forecasted that there would be heavy rains, and because many cities were now on plains below the sea level, it was not unlikely that they'd be submerged in the incipient flood! They…
Chikezie Onwumere
April 19, 2019
April Contest

Solution

We wallowed in poverty, so I never blamed mother for the late nights. But the farther she went, the more he itched for the warmth of her body. And so the baton was passed. Frequently, his excitement would hide underneath…
Jimmy Ikanke
April 19, 2019
April Contest

Bad Luck

She continued the rest of the journey on foot. The path leading to the village was covered in puddles, so she trod cautiously. The slit at the back of her skirt ripped when she stretched her legs to avoid stepping…
Mandy Bay
April 18, 2019
April Contest

Need

She pressed the baby to her bosom. Pressed it so hard its cry was muffled. Pressed it that their heart merged and began to beat so one. The young mother's full of years and cares, the child's still unburdened. And…
Kummi Olamiju
April 18, 2019
April Contest

Night Meeting

With a wink and a smile, the brown envelope disappeared under the agbada. The honourable minister proved deft with his fingers. He flashed that special smile, the one he saved for special occasions, and signed the contract with a flourish.…
Kummi Olamiju
April 18, 2019
April Contest

Waylay

We could tell the driver was suspicious, and that type have a tendency to speed off. So, we had Tarpa lay spikes across the road, while Matibu flagged him down. If the spikes weren't enough to convince him to stop,…
Kummi Olamiju
April 18, 2019
April Contest

Her world

The room became dark with imminent clouds as kaima got the news from her mum; she had been dismissed from work, accused of some racket. Kaima knew who was behind this, but all of that seemed inconsequential with the question…
Udo omeoga
April 18, 2019
April Contest

The hug!

Miss Janet, our grade 1 teacher, asked us to hug each other to show how we care. I don't like hugs. They hurt a lot, but I didn't want to disobey her, so I took my clothes/pants off, & laid…

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