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February Contest

February Contest

Boju Boju

(singing.) Boju boju o O lo ro n bo Se ki n si He ran into a sea of limbs, shouting for his friends. The megaphone stung the market women like a scorpion. The politician’s face was everywhere; on matching…
Ifekoya funmi
March 5, 2019
February Contest

Un-Becoming

Duke woke to see Seun at the dressing table. Her hands hung limp by her side, the razor she was using had cut her but she stared ahead, oblivious to the drips turning her white rug scarlet. Duke grabbed the…
Celine Aju
March 5, 2019
February Contest

My life

This world is in phases,It is like a movie where all individuals therein are actors with each hoping to make a successful end in his/her role. I got pregnant at the age of 17.I wasnt a bad girl and neither…
Danny O Tee
March 5, 2019
February Contest

Show love

In being real to you because I believe you'll always understand even the weirdest part of my impressions and expressions Its not all that existed before my birthday that I value like I'll always value you Funny even when I'm…
Steve Stones
March 5, 2019
February Contest

Believe in you

my dressings wouldn't let mama keep calm, thinking we all art talented would end up same place I hate it when people tell me how far I could go as if my existence started with slavery Yes I spoke the…
Steve Stones
March 5, 2019
February Contest

Timing bomb

Doo I wasn't the closest, but I always saw Ugwuoke Nnamdi's wife nd Olu sneaking out late night day to day. Who am I to speak my mind, to speak from the condition nature has kept me (a car washer)..…
Steve Stones
March 5, 2019
February Contest

Sleeping with history

There's something about journeying to and fro our countryhome that tugs Mezie's emotions. Something that envelopes, transforms him to an incomprehensible youth. He would point at rocks or marketplaces we passed or remind me to pronounce conifers, masquerade trees of…
Jeremih Ceejay
March 5, 2019
February Contest

The Gloom

“I had stopped counting” I thought as I heard mama shouting my name. I stood up, stretched and yawned leisurely. I had been sitting on the floor by the glass sliding door watching the rain and I was counting each…
Oterri
March 5, 2019
February Contest

Torn

"I would rather have died a million deaths than relive that moment" She thought aloud. A few, quizzical eyes, in the bus turned. Prisca realizing what happened mumbled something inaudibly. A long tucked bitter memory has resurrected and she wonders…
ayuba hassan
March 5, 2019
February Contest

A Consequence of Pride

It was day four of our holiday with Mama in the village. We just finished eating akara and ogi. We were playing suuwe, tossing pebbles and hopping into sections of the chart drawn on the ground. I was leading and…
Doyinsola
March 5, 2019
February Contest

Uncuff Me

“Cling!” “Cling!” These were the sounds of the chains. As she sharpened her stones against the rocks of the river, we stood in the ice-chilled waters. She would shout, “This cut is for freedom! This stone is for our empowerment!”…
Wahu Wangari
March 5, 2019
February Contest

SLAVES OF A KIND

My name is BLACK. A few years ago, huriccane Abazungu hit my Peoples' lands and homes. However, one generous Mr. White offered them jobs despite them living on the streets. How lovely? Recently, I terminated my employment to Mr. White.…
Wahu Wangari
March 5, 2019
February Contest

Finding pain.

Uloma's hand is on mine, lightly squeezing and assuring. She's been squeezing and glancing at me since the ceremony began as though alert to order back the tears when they fall. It is what it looks like, but I know…
Jeremih Ceejay
March 5, 2019
February Contest

Dear Diary

Dear Diary; Today, I met an amazing human. I was awestruck when our eyes met. The way he smiled at me gladdened my heart. I admired how well sculpted his head was while I fought the urge to run my…
Etefe
March 5, 2019
February ContestFebruary Contest Shortlist

ADURA

Baba Adura's around again. I’m not sure which of the seventeen children, Iya Ibeji the third wife plans to deliver this time. It’s the fourth time this week, its only Tuesday. It’s Aderonke, the second wife’s daughter. I watch completely…
Deborah Agboola
March 5, 2019
February Contest

Pulchritude

“ You followed my friends on Instagram, and now they think you’re weird. Stalking is a punishable offence.” This text came from my long-time crush. It came with long lectures on privacy and screenshot evidences. Of course, I tried, to…
Muthuri Sharlene
March 5, 2019
February Contest

Confinement

"After the last evaluation we did coupled with the personality assessment, sadly you've been diagnosed with schizophrenia" said Teni the Psychiatrist in charge of Dayo's case. Dayo sat quietly on the bed listening to the Doctor. He couldn't believe the…
Adebowale Yewande
March 5, 2019
February Contest

The Seventh Time

There was eerie silence in ìlú òkín as the villagers filed behind the Iyemoja priestesses as they made their way to Adágún stream for yet another round of cleansing. The goddess of the stream had demanded seven weeks of cleansing…
February Contest

Frangipani Plumeria…

Sigh... Her scent still lingered on my shirt. She had worn it the last time she was here. Her perfume always announced her arrival and it vocalized her presence. She smelt like a garden full of frangipanis on a cool…
Kuntah
March 5, 2019
February Contest

SILENCE

She was violated and could not shout. She told her mother and her only advise was "tell no one". In shock she kept mute. He kept coming back to her even at night and even when she shouts no one…
Victor Ebhotemhen
March 5, 2019
February Contest

NO!

Ade trudged along the path, his legs seemed to swing to the rhythm of his perturbed state. He could still hear the no ringing in his ears. If it was a heartbreak, he would still find a reason to live.…
Philip Elushade
March 5, 2019
February Contest

INJUSTICE OF THE MOUNTAINS

I looked at the sun from the courtroom. The judge's gavel reminded me of our exercise. It was Nasaba's definition of Love. He would often say, "An indisplined wife is an abomination to the gods of my land!" But that…
Wahu Wangari
March 5, 2019
February Contest

Defiled

Dimka had come home drunk after the frustration of job hunting .ndoka was sleeping on their tattered couch when he came home hungry for sex. 'Dimka what are u doing? She had struggled not to give Dimka a chance to…
Martin Marie
March 5, 2019
February Contest

The Iroko Tree

The iroko tree looked on in silence as the man brought out a machete and hacked the little boy to death. In a couple of swift and deliberate cuts, he silenced the boy. Through hundreds of years, it had witnessed…
Bisola Osuntokun
March 5, 2019
February Contest

Maa'mi!

She's never tired! 'Adekunbi, where is the comb?' Maami started plaiting my baby sister, Ashabi's hair. She had finished preparing us a tasty meal of gbúré soup and eba fit for kings. Before that she washed all our clothes and…
February Contest

Asake

"Choose one, bed or floor?", she winked mischievously. "Bed", I grinned "So that means I get to be on top" "You cheat!" I winced as she tried to pin me down. We weren't the regular conservative African couple. Asake was…
February Contest

Trafficked

I peeped through the keyhole to see aunt onome promising mama heaven and earth,she wanted to take omoye with her to Europe. She had promised to send omoye to school while she worked for her. Omoye was deported just two…
Martin Marie
March 5, 2019
February Contest

A message to my parents

Daddy and mummy, you never told me I would loose you both at age ten, you never told me that Anty Nene wouldn't love me like she did when you were here, you never told me that I would wake…
ADAH TONIA
March 5, 2019
February Contest

MY HERO

“Habibat wake up it's time for school, baba is making us breakfast” my mama softly whispered. Exactly 365days ago I overheard baba's plan to betroth me to Hamza he believed marriage was all there is for a woman then came…
Jesserita Gbokiss
March 5, 2019
February Contest

Seeds of Arrogance

A rabbit swallowed a jewel and the owner of the jewel contracted a man to kill the rat and retrieve it When the rat hunter arrived to kill the rabbit, there were more than a thousand rabbits bunched up all…
Yusuff Fatorisa
March 5, 2019
February Contest

Incest

Today wasn’t the first time Papa beat Mwakhi to a pulp after making love to her. It wasn’t the first time she clung tightly to him after a beating either. It had become their ritual. I always wondered who was…
February Contest

Not Again

Adanna looked at the poisoned food on the table, contemplating since on taking the first spoon to end it all. How can it be heard that she has been sleeping with her brother for 3 years now. She decided throwing…
February Contest

Take charge

I was happy when I saw mama coming towards the cell where I was kept,I looked at her face and said mama I did not do it...i wept. You better stop this your useless cry said mama,I was chocked.. Where…
Holuwatimileyin
March 5, 2019
February Contest

The False Alarm

On a sunny day while Kaliza's cows were grazing in a nearby bush, he wanted to gain attention, so he shouted Wolves ! Help ! People from nearby villages came with all sorts of weapons to rescue Kaliza and his…
Yusuff Fatorisa
March 5, 2019
February Contest

Malnourished

Zainab has been sick, her lumpy middle had been swollen, her head soared to the size of a football, her spinal cord came out forming the shape of a small snake on her back. She clocked two the day her…
Martin Marie
March 5, 2019
February Contest

One Chance

I swallowed spit when the driver whizzed past my stop. Why did i enter this vehicle? Mother always told stories about “one chance” vehicles. She always said the victims never returned home. I looked at the locked doors. And mentally…
Etefe
March 5, 2019
February Contest

The Price.

Jumoke sat on the gold-coated leather chair with a cup of red wine locked between her fingers as she gazed at Junior who was rapt in his toys. She relaxed and sank into various long thoughts. She remembered the threats…
February Contest

Abike.

'Grandma, please tell me the story of Abike.' I said. She quickly hushed my mouth with her shriveled hand. 'Nobody talks about that name. Don't you know it's best to let evil forever be buried.' I've heard tales of Abike.…
February Contest

Many Beginnings

This was where it all began- outside the church. This was not the first time I was standing outside our church. But this was the first time my family and I were, together, all dressed in whites except for mother…
Festus
March 5, 2019

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