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April Contest

Every Day of My Life

The drums sounded. It was time to work. We worked from dawn till dusk, only getting breaks at noon. My dark skin was slick from the incessant sun, biting through my semi-naked back. My back ached terribly, causing total numbness…
Ngene Ifeyinwa Joy
April 15, 2019
April Contest

Noise

Noise is the sound of Pa's exploding hunting gun that ends Lola's life. Noise is the sound of rushing blood behind my ears. Noise is the sound of footsteps running into our raffia fenced compound. Noise is the voices that…
Godwin Iyamba
April 15, 2019
April Contest

Nkemdiche is a Bad Name

At birth, her mother called her Nkemdiche because her siblings had all died at birth, but she survived. Her mother was also optimistic that her daughter was carved out for great things. But other people saw her name as a…
Chikezie Onwumere
April 15, 2019
April Contest

THE RAINMAKER

Okoro kowtowed for the hundredth time. This time, he stretched his whole figure out on the bare soil while he muttered some inaudible chants. Rising up with a clay pot held firmly in his palms, a sign of faith that…
April Contest

LOST

I should've known that I would get lost in a village I barely remembered, I couldn't even remember Anty Nnenna whose burial we'd come for. I was about to cry when a lady passing by offered to help. At the…
ADAH TONIA
April 14, 2019
April Contest

Sango's Declaration

Hear me my people, this is the beginning of the end. I am Sango the warrior god, unspeakably the language I speak is lightening and thunder so don't make me talk to you directly. I have fallen from Orunlanla, the…
Ibukun Ayodele
April 14, 2019
April Contest

Three's a crowd

We were inseperable. Chisom often cheered me on, while Chinaza and I roughed it out on FIFA 15. Chinaza will pinch her for not supporting him and tease me that for stealing his sister's heart. We'd all laugh. So, when…
Omotolani
April 14, 2019
April Contest

Our Victories

I watched as Zikora advanced, stealthily. "Whaam!" Her palm made impact with the wall, crushing the mosquito against it. Another victory, we smiled at each other. We did not start to call the many blood lines, like haphazard tally markings,…
Oparaocha Sandra
April 14, 2019
April Contest

My Wife and Her Partner

My marriage's gone sour! It all started when my wife complained that I had a small dick and could not satisfy her. She always curls up in bed, wears an unsatisfactory look after each rumpy-rumpy, and hisses in a manner…
Chikezie Onwumere
April 13, 2019
April Contest

Bima

Bima is about to die: if she fires that handgun in her mouth, her brains will splatter on the walls and she will never see the boy who'd one day marry her; she'll never hear her first child's cries; she'll…
Abasima Essien
April 13, 2019
April Contest

My Father's Shoes

I've had big shoes to fill all my life. My successful Nigerian father's shoes to be precise. "Chike-- Chike, please obey your father and follow the path he has paved for you," my mother kept on saying. Succumbing to my…
Lilian Briggs
April 12, 2019
April Contest

NORTHERN NIGHTMARE

“kill her!” Every voice spoke against me. I writhed and gently raised my body from the ground, but I got a horrid kick sending me right back. Everything was normal some minutes ago “This hijab is too long Ego!” my…
Odey Esther Precious
April 12, 2019
April Contest

Irawe

"The people of Aralopon, hear ye! hear ye! Irawe will be sacrificed to the gods by 2pm this afternoon. Anyone who dares to come out at that time will face the wrath of the gods." That was what I heard…
Ajayi Mary
April 12, 2019
April Contest

Busted!

She turned heads as she swung her massive hips past the bush-bar in Ikeja. It was dark and I was a little tipsy, but I saw the hips. They looked like my wife’s, only firmer and more elegant. Younger definitely.…
Ibrahim B. Ibrahim
April 12, 2019
April Contest

DARK HORSE

DARK HORSE Sitting on her high chair, she looked around her queendom and was pleased to see everyone contented. Chirping of birds in the sky and children dancing to the isukuti drums. She couldn't help but break down reminiscing on…
Caroline Gathoni
April 12, 2019
April Contest

RED LETTER DATE

Nigerian men do not like to date. Our fathers courted our mothers by buying them gifts until they were agreeable to marriage. It may have seemed unfair to marry without love but it was a simple system. As a Nigerian…
Steven Ejebu
April 12, 2019
April Contest

Squatters

He was jolted out of sleep by the shouts: “Thieves! Ewi oo!" He rushed to the kitchen and grabbed a pestle. Ready to face the thieves. He was sure the thieves were no other than those squatters who live few…
Mandy Bay
April 12, 2019
April Contest

Till death do us apart

I saw you,I followed you,I saw her too , same one for five years,I knew you loved her,I couldn’t have been the only one,housewife,with no child. You said it was okay, I knew it was impossible. I knew you loved…
Tabitha Linus
April 12, 2019
April Contest

Iyi Uwa (The Earth Oath)

She took an oath to come and go repeatedly. Six times, she had come and gone! They called her 'Ogbanje.' Very sick now, the cycle was about to repeat itself, but the medicine man was at work. A mystic stone…
Chikezie Onwumere
April 12, 2019
April Contest

In my head.

Saunter across my thoughts,as you always have. Stop, don't move, stay in my head. Don't leave me. What am I saying? Of course you won't, within my head you can't. You're stuck here with me, rewinding, replaying eternally. Smile, laugh,…
Zara Descartes
April 11, 2019
April Contest

A Hot Mess

I am black woman with red cheeks. It was Sunday and I looked so beautiful. I walked into church with a fitting white shirt and a tight red skirt with bright red heels. All eyes were on me, I pretended…
Dana Tutu
April 11, 2019
April Contest

The Truth About Lies

A lier doesn't feel disgust until he's caught, he feels his hearers memory are buried in the mud of stupidity, he looks straight into the eyes of a seer and tells him he's blinded with truth, What do they take…
Ike Juliet Chiamaka
April 11, 2019
April Contest

Dilemma of An African Student

So African students are lamenting and echoing "school na scam", they've forgotten the need for education and it's origin, if only their predecessors could explain to them education wasn't only to secure a job,but enlightenment is key while running this…
Ike Juliet Chiamaka
April 11, 2019
April Contest

BLACK AND WHITE

Black and white, placed side by side;long stripes across fabric. The pride of the dancers, writhing their bodies like snakes to the rhythm of the pipe and drum. Black and white, as it should be; simplicity in elegance. Side by…
Ed
April 11, 2019
April Contest

The Man With Eyes Sees Me

It’s raining tonight and I’m up because the water might flood the room if the window is left open. I’ve only just noticed there’s a man who hangs himself in his palms at my window. I’d seen him before but…
St.ibz
April 11, 2019
April Contest

Daddy

Daddy did not wake up. His family members are at the gate with callused hands and hungry eyes calling mother a witch. Wizened men shake hands as they strut about our compound carting off "their brother's property." Uncle Joe, the…
Akin Onadeko
April 10, 2019
April Contest

Carnival Blunder

The entire community came out to witness the carnival. The acrobats displayed impressive stunts while the masqueraders on stilts juggled oranges as they strode. Their sense of balance was superb. The cheers grew louder whenever the other masqueraders bent to…
Mandy Bay
April 10, 2019
April Contest

S.O.S

Clothed in yellow, mellow like the evening sun she was the standard of grace and beauty. Her red lips were calling out for salvation from the black hole of damnation she had been cast into. White was supposed to be…
Joy Ng'ethe
April 10, 2019
April Contest

GOODBYE MY LOVER

THE HARDEST PART OF LOVING YOU IS LETTING YOU GO. I WILL WRITE A 1000 POEMS WHILST LYING TO MYSELF THAT NONE OF THEM ARE ABOUT YOU. I MADE SO MANY ALTERATIONS TO MY HEART, TO ENSURE IT FITS YOURS…
Esther Amonoo
April 10, 2019
April Contest

I know a man

I know a village mad man who taught mathematics in the small village school. He was confused just like other mad men. How would 'x' equal one when 'x' is the twenty fourth letter of the alphabet. I liked him…
Godwin Iyamba
April 10, 2019
April Contest

Room 419

An enduring flight of tattered steps led us to a thick wooden door with an incisive painting launching us into room 419. Inside, we hardly set our minds on the rusty cupboards, moth-eaten bed and crying furniture. But we could…
Ajayi Mary
April 10, 2019
April Contest

COLOR OF MY SKIN

It was dark when they came, breaking down the gate and door. I lay their quiet and they didn't know I was there. They went for my sister, mama crying in a corner, papa fighting to get in. "You are…
Tope Omamegbe
April 10, 2019
April Contest

The Heir.

Sunkanmi and I have been friends for as long as I can remember. Mother says we are inseparable. Sunkanmi was there the day father died. He had a way of comforting me with soothing words. It's been two years since…
April Contest

The Sound of Her Steps

“How did you find her?” Baraka looked keenly at the bearer of the question. Poor grandmother, he thought. She was wrinkly and tired of the mess that Pendo had made. He was tired, too, but only his shoulders were built…
Leila Natasha
April 10, 2019
April Contest

Burnt in Effigy

We took to the streets and vented our spleen. We want President Tazobia dead, but we can't kill him because of the army of guards at his beck and call. We've suffered enough under his draconian administration: no food, no…
Chikezie Onwumere
April 10, 2019
April Contest

Five Fingers

It had been ten years Tende saw her mother. She sat in the front seat of her uncle's rusty old wagon as her uncle drove. It was dark and she could barely see the road the rain had washed away.…
Sunshine Moh
April 10, 2019
April Contest

Promise

"I want to see what the world is like."She'd said,wiping my tears."You'll see me again,pinky promise."Her smile was assuring as ever as she boarded the bus,leaving our township,and me,behind. But she'd kept her promise,as she always did. The front page…
Zara Descartes
April 10, 2019
April Contest

Papa's Lullaby

With the usual sickening thud, nearby chairs crumbles on Mama's petite frame. This night is good, the loud thuds is not accompanied by the several slaps and kicks that sent several of Mama's protected babies rushing out in pools of…
GLORY IZE ISAIAH
April 10, 2019
April Contest

Wounded

My brother ran out like a mad man, after the thirtieth whip from Daddy's koboko landed on his naked back, reddened with blood. He returned with Mrs. Okoro. She lives next door with her children, Cynthia and Emmanuel. Just this…
Deby
April 9, 2019
April Contest

An Occurring Ignorance

“I don’t talk to ugly boys”, Vera would say to her friends anytime she was asked if we were dating. she suggested we kept our relationship a secret in order not to gain attention, but I knew better. Looking at…
leret
April 9, 2019
April Contest

Money in Wahala

It was 3:00 am in the morning and Zuri was starring at the ceiling as the latest episode of 'Scandal' flickered on her television screen. She couldn't sleep, her mind kept bouncing from one random thought to another. This was…
Bernie Jacen
April 9, 2019
April Contest

The Restaurant

“Lewa I have something to tell you” Lanre finally spoke. I felt so many emotions welled up in me, We have not really had dinner in a fancy restaurant in a while only special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries, today…
Jesunifemi Adeleye
April 9, 2019
April Contest

Happily Ever After

You can't blame me I believe him this time He said he won't hurt me again Besides I had a dream last night A priest appeared to me He gave me the solution He said Buy a candle and a…
Adaeze Oparaugo
April 9, 2019
April Contest

A Sheep in Wolf's Clothing

I hated Okwuabudike for always wearing a face like thunder, shouting at anybody that offended him and living a solitary lifestyle. I thought that he was very dangerous. And so, I avoided him like one avoids a leprous-stricken patient. My…
Chikezie Onwumere
April 9, 2019
April Contest

Dirges of disavowed wives

Bola could have joined in the chorus of ladies who adored her husband for his gift of gaiety and his perfection of manhood.But in less than a year in marriage kemi became total stranger to her.His careful and caring nature…
Vichuksebi Ignatius
April 9, 2019
April Contest

A Wish Of The Motherless

Adeyemi,as always,sat in the frontyard with his hands ajawed watching painfully as other boys his age trailed to school.Adoring the beauty of their uniforms and enthused with the excellence of their speech,he could only wish before the gloomy moonlight.And regrettably…
Vichuksebi Ignatius
April 9, 2019
April Contest

The court.

The sound of heels are heard across the tiled floor. With her bag and file in both hands, Agbani sways her hips to the sound of her stilettos. Taking a seat in the courtroom, she feels positive as the defendant…
Ojobo Anastacia
April 9, 2019
April Contest

My Odd Fate

If I say am a fool, it's not too much of an insult. If I say the naivety of my foolishness was not embrace I'll be a fool again. This naivety kept me a virgin:Why? Maami sternly said "ti o…
esther abubakar
April 9, 2019
April Contest

16

This is not a story, its my agony. A piece of my mind as it dwindles in turmoil. A page of my dog-eared diary. A portion of my suffering. Its no tale, its my pain. Birthing droplets of tears. Inked…
April Contest

The New Car

Father ordered Iya Taofeek, Iya Shina, Iya Bello and my mother to get the garage ready because his new car would be arriving soon. At first they were murmurings and complains which could not hold water. No one dare refuse…
April Contest

All is red

I tasted red when Ifeanyi struck my jaw. I saw red when I chundered in the bathroom sink afterwards. I stared at it. Blood and sputum. Mostly blood. I felt red when he hit me a month after. It was…
Chidiogo Nsude
April 9, 2019
April Contest

Crying Wolf

"Open the windows. Please....", Kunle screamed. The prickly fire melting his lungs. Kunle was a wolf in cheap clothing. He walked around with dying lungs, a cigar in his lips and an air of importance. He would huff and puff…
Udeh Harrison
April 9, 2019
April Contest

I wish

I wish I was never born. Mama didn't get the least burial. Papa said they never got married. Her brother said her hometown couldn't take her back. She was on exile because she brought home shame__I was that shame. I…
Amarachi Okoronkwo
April 9, 2019
April Contest

FATE

Bashorun looks up,holding a sharp edge axe. He looks down at the innocent boy of about thirteen years old before him,his only son, to be sacrificed to appease the gods for the great calamity that has befall their village. The…
Igesu Samson O.
April 9, 2019

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