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December Contest

about that deed

He had accompanied me back to Nigeria on a research for my new book.I remember how awed he was at different sights and sounds.I had refused to see the beauty in the ugly i was used to. The ugly that…
JUST ADA
December 21, 2018
December Contest

Who's To Blame?

The footsteps again, like every night for the past 5 years. She could tell it was the bigger man. Her tears dropped as she asked herself how much longer. Would she still become the medical doctor for which she had…
Iheomadinihu Darko Owusu
December 21, 2018
December Contest

A place I call home

From the twin palm trees that bowed in welcome, to the kids in their underwear waving at passing cars as they trotted about. The busy markets where everyone knew each other and conversed in ridiculously high tones, the large rice…
Emmanuella Uguru
December 21, 2018
December Contest

Black Halo

At her feet a hybrid of natural and relaxed hair lay. The scissors was the forerunner of the blade in cutting down that uncomely blend of soft and coarse hair. After that commercial about women of colour, she couldn't carry…
Jennifer Ugafor
December 20, 2018
December Contest

My life is a joke

My mother has always been my best friend, confidante. Today was my seventeenth birthday. In the evening I decided to go out with friends to celebrate, we drank too much. A few minutes later we were all in prison for drinking…
Unko
December 20, 2018
December Contest

THE SIN OF OBEDIENCE.

“It is for better or worse my daughter, it is time to show you are the pillar of your house, ebezina." “She is just a child,mama, her fa-th-er...." the tears poured. “He is a man, moved by sight. I warned…
Nkemdilim Akaniru
December 20, 2018
December Contest

The Best Gift

Obinna is the last child in the Family, he does all the chores in the house. His siblings are lazy and likes video games and  TV programmes . Obinna, without grudges  do all he could before their parents comes back…
Isaac Okoronnaya
December 20, 2018
December Contest

A village career

he should have  listened. Or maybe shouldn't have even made provision for those cacophony of noise. Apparantly, everyone else is trying to somehow show their perceived genuine concern. But how is he supposed to know a good advice, when he…
Kisspo
December 20, 2018
December Contest

DEAD

She would meet this young man who would promise to change her life, and he would. Like he did mine. She would say how real he was, something about how what they had was the best thing to happen to…
BLESSING 😌
December 20, 2018
December Contest

Love

The icy wind blew hard but the little boy from Igbo land; Chukwudi fought back by fluttering his eyelashes and folding his hands. He smiled at the lady who passed his mother's shop every morning but won't smile back at…
December Contest

Touring Africa.

From the moment I touched down at the airport, I knew I was going to enjoy my tour of Africa. Maybe it was the glorious mix of cultures and languages or their numerous different traditional recipes that made me realize…
Ebiere Yoh
December 20, 2018
December Contest

Men don’t cry!

"Men don’t cry” Baba voice was louder this time simultaneously using the whip on my melanin skin adding to the pain Fijabi had earlier inflicted during our clash. “A man must Stand up to his fellow man in a fight”!…
Taiwo
December 20, 2018
December Contest

Somewhere In Makola

The stench from the gutter teased my nostrils relentlessly. The sun was blazing, as if someone opened the  gates of hell. Chai! Empty pan on my head and a wrapper secured about my body, I searched and found shade. The…
A'bena
December 20, 2018
December Contest

The Colour of Lust

In the stillness of your room, you can see the shade of Ekene's eyes- grey; the colour of lust. He leans forward and whispers, "We could do it once and never speak of it". You look away. Unsure. You feel…
Bryan Joe Oquesili
December 20, 2018
December Contest

The Eyes

He was going to be a great man. It was in his eyes. His eyes showed a boy who would one day on the back of generations of strong men and women in the desert overcome the odds. The eyes…
Nnamdi Komlan-Dodoh
December 20, 2018
December Contest

Oja Ale (The Evening Marketplace)

Two marketplaces dominate my village- the actual market, where buying and selling are the primary aims, sits every morning and the false market which sits at dusk only once in a week with its visitors mostly youths. “Oja Ale”, a…
Taiwo
December 20, 2018
December Contest

Folktale and the Old Oak

     The only thing louder than Nana's voice were the crickets. Everything else remained still. The winds refused to whistle. The fallen, dried leaves refused to race the sandy ground and make a rustling noise. It even seemed as…
Nnadi Cynthia
December 20, 2018
December Contest

you will not

Every time they come, I remember the days when all I needed was a warm hug from someone who was proud to own me. Christmas seasons were the worst. They come into the orphanage and leave us parched of love…
Mary Jane
December 20, 2018
December Contest

Voices

"Tongues will wag", her mother said."As Yoruba women add pepper to ewedu soup, so will people embellish your story. It's better to stay," her friends advised."At least, he buys her nice things," her neighbours whispered."Divorce is forbidden!" the pastor admonished…
Angela Umoru
December 20, 2018
December Contest

The clouds beneath my feet

The clouds were damp. I felt it. Running my hands across the cotton candy texture. I jumped from one to another, landing gracefully in the soft tufts of white. I twirled to the melody the atmosphere caressed me with. This…
Tolu Onakoya
December 20, 2018
December Contest

Odours

In her trade, desire is fickle; she's learnt like the other girls to give men only so little. So they return. But she's different. She hides in these men's cocooning odours which she traps in her airtight-damp-dark room. "This room…
Samtul Mayim
December 20, 2018
December Contest

Blood

The afternoon Mr. Clark, my lesson teacher died was the same afternoon Jelani came into my mother's room and drew blood from me. The man had died a bloodless death but the image of a bleeding head splattered on a…
Amokeye Adi
December 20, 2018
December Contest

Silent Rebellion

“You’re now a married woman,” Sadiya's mother said as she brushed her soft, kinky hair. “Don’t worry; Mallam Guma is a good man. He paid your Baba a generous bride price, enough for us to continue farming next season.” Head…
Eketi Edima Ette
December 20, 2018
December Contest

Wrong Wedding

Everyone gasped in disbelief as the angry lady, fully dressed as a bride barged into the church and hurried towards the alter, blaring invectives with every step she took. "You think you can use me and marry someone else? Not…
Jonathan Mensah
December 20, 2018
December Contest

Destiny

"Tell me, what exactly do you want to do in life?“ I continued to stare blankly at the map above his head. For a moment I thought of being sailor as I remembered the story of Moby Dick I read a…
Oluwaseyi Ige
December 20, 2018
December Contest

WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN?

As I walked through the street of Janiki close. It was unusually quiet, nobody was outside. The weather was cool and it was becoming dark like it was about to rain. It was strange, so I walked towards the T-junction and…
Maryam
December 20, 2018
December Contest

I died with him.

He's dead.The devastating news sucked life from my beating heart.Uche is dead. Two years of laughter, gone!When he was laid six feet under, I cursed the compulsory service year that took my joy. I cursed the system that sent him…
Obiamaka Splendour
December 20, 2018
December Contest

Rise From The Mire

It's a Monday morning. I walked gloomily to class.  "Meg?" Abigail called. I turned just in time to enter into her outstretched arms. I closed my eyes and held her tight. She knows I've been struggling with the fact that…
Fashola Blessing
December 20, 2018
December Contest

FORBIDDEN RIVER

Aba, Nigeria. 1968 Laughing, playing and gossiping, we trotted from the market. Sunset was only minutes ago. "Chinyere has been deflowered," Ifeoma said with disgust.  The other girls went "eh!  tufiakwa!" "Biafran soldiers pay her thirty pounds per round. The…
Niyi Kanmbi
December 20, 2018
December Contest

How I Met Your Mother

Esenam was notorious for being the Queen B – B for Bitch – in the office. Earlier in the day, she caught me mimicking her in the cafeteria. As she walked towards my cubicle that afternoon, I knew she was accompanied…
Elikem Aflakpui
December 20, 2018
December Contest

The plug???

"Wetin you wan do with school?" his father asked, "but Papa I wan go school make I fit be politician and lawyer and pastor so that we go get plenty plenty  money, " the boy answered gesturing fervently with his…
Caesar
December 20, 2018
December Contest

TIA- This is Africa

In the popular movie, Blood Diamond, a phrase jumped out to me: This is Africa. Not too long ago, I was born into a continent suffering from erratic leadership. We evolved through the pains of war. There was the Rwandan…
Onome
December 20, 2018
December Contest

Oh! My Home!

Oh! My Home! The lyrics, resonating in the mind of Lagbaja, an octogenarian, as he reminisced on the glamour of his Obiri ancestral home in the decades gone by - the abundant aquatic flora and fauna in River Obiri, the…
Ayodeji A. Famogbiele
December 20, 2018
December Contest

The pruning of the flock

If given choice, I would begin the cooking at once, but meat is sacred- food in these parts, divine. You can not deride the sacred with your trifling compulsions, you exercise godly patience.There, so it is that when the meat…
Israel Joshua
December 20, 2018
December Contest

GOING SOUTH

"Hello! Mammi, I've finally found someone to marry" Mama Segun screamed in excitement as she mimicked the Malwedhe dance, "Mammi i dont have enough airtime, her name is Nkoyo, she is from Akwa Ibom state""Arrrghhh!! Mama Segun screamed; "Calabar people…
Goodnews Whyte
December 20, 2018
December Contest

Ogbanje

When the moon was full they would gather to sing and dance in the clearing in the forest, where the iroko grew.Moonlight – soft, silver – would fall through the branches and leaves onto limbs covered with scars: warnings, sorrow…
Somtochukwu Okoroafor
December 20, 2018
December Contest

Abused.

He hit me- again. It was warm, wet and coppery, my blood. Why haven’t I left him? Is it because mother says I'll be ostracized by society?, or because I think I’m damaged goods and no man would want me…
Ilozumba Amanda
December 20, 2018
December Contest

A good woman

My cousin's decision to go for her PhD program in the United states has met with the utmost defiance. Her refusal to listen to any of their concerns only added fuel to the fire. Stopping her was Paramount for the…
Fauziyya Zakariyya
December 19, 2018
December Contest

Verge

On the 27th of Aug., 2018, I was preparing for my final exam. The night before, I had sworn with everything, that: "For the rest of my life, I would do what is right always". That I wouldn't get to…
Abayomi David
December 19, 2018
December Contest

Control

He said "I can't do rubber. Don't you love me Abena?" Maybe she convinced herself that it was true love each time they jammed a rod into her 'under' to remove babies.  I asked her, "Abena, when you go leave…
Kwesi
December 19, 2018
December Contest

Reorientation

“Be my lover,” he said. She responded to his charms, pleased that someone had finally noticed her; that someone had considered her worthy of affection. But like her previous lover, he broke her heart as well, beating and bruising her…
Lauretta
December 19, 2018
December Contest

Miracles

Chiamaka has just won a tution free scholarship to a school in Canada. She sat eyes prying at her phone, re-reading the message she had just received. A tear fell on her screen. Her heart knew.She couldn't go, she could not…
Onye
December 19, 2018
December Contest

That Morning……..

The door’s hinges swung all the way as he pulled the knob.The dining-room was strewn with plates, remnants of cereal, bits of bread. The scene of an abrupt departure. What could have gone on? There, red splotches near the front-door.…
Nnamdi Wabara
December 19, 2018
December Contest

CAUGHT IN THE ACT

Pain travelled from my bum to my brain, exploding into a thousand pieces that shot out around my body. I heard a swoosh, then a loud smack as the big log of wood landed on me again! Loud voices in…
Somkene Okeke
December 19, 2018
December Contest

‘Falling hands’

My face burned. I couldn't believe it. My all time crush and love of my sorry life paying attention to me. "A penny for your thoughts" he said. I was caught staring. "Oh I um um sorry I didn't get…
Chijindu
December 19, 2018
December Contest

They Called Us Survivors

I was only sixteen when the tragedy that tore my family apart happened. I sat on the floor in the kitchen, Mother oiling her scalp when they stole in and took her life. There is something so unbelievable about death…
Olubunmi Ó.
December 19, 2018
December Contest

CHAOS AND THE CITY

We live in vehicles than we relax in our houses. Our diet is a combination of gala and soft drinks. We oscillate between despair and joy. We fight conductors every day, screaming out our lungs whenever they conduct monetary matrimony.…
Mobolaji Adebayo
December 19, 2018
December Contest

BEEN HERE BEFORE!

I don't know why  I'm scared,I've been here before,Every feeling, every word,I've imagined it all.....These beautiful lyrics kept ringing in my head, I couldnt feel my legs alive as tears kept swelling, caressing my lean cheek bones that have lacked…
Azumara Daniel
December 19, 2018
December Contest

No Goodbyes

I stood outside General hospital gazing into the busy streets of Lagos. My head hurt so bad and my legs trembled. The doctor’s words haunted me over and over again; “congrats, Mr Deji your wife delivered a baby boy this…
Tolulope Oni
December 19, 2018
December Contest

Wrapped Around

Her eyes drifted to the bottle, and back to her husband. She was going to kill him tonight.Today, Nkechi's mother had come banging at her gate with her daughter looking for "the barren woman whose husband had gotten her innocent…
Ohan
December 19, 2018
December Contest

The Bride

She was put the kitchen before she could speak. "You must learn how to manage your husband's home" They said. That was twelve years ago. Today, she paraded before them, decked in precious finery. His lustful eyes feasted on the blush…
A'bena
December 19, 2018
December Contest

One Puff and a Drag

"Don't worry Obi, you'll get used to it; it's only your first time". With bloodshot eyes, persistent coughs and breaks in between, he took another drag, and another, and then one more while Amaka rubbed his back as though to…
Francis Ihejirika
December 19, 2018
December Contest

Obim

A strange man came to our house, words like 'gallant', 'service' and 'sacrifice', saying you are gone. His words are heavy in the air between us. I'm grabbing at every shred of hope; maybe he has the wrong house, maybe…
oluchi monyei
December 19, 2018
December Contest

Our Little Secret

I stood by the coffin and felt no remorse. Others were crying and some were standing aloof. I looked into his eyes again and cursed him under my breath. I will allow him the dignity of death and let him…
Oluwaseyi Ige
December 19, 2018

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