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Greener Pastures

Greener Pastures

Reapers' Design

Animals. Brazen and brainless. Shortsighted and Seething. They make pilfering too easy. Senator Guilt-Trip rises in the House of Plots, adjusting his white attire, “Mr. President, perhaps we've milked the economy cow too dry this time. Our people are in…
W.M. Oyekan
September 30, 2019
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Thrill

't was bright morning,Tokpe woke up, thoughts of the visit to the orphanage not evading her mind. She had opted for volunteers but unsure of possible compliance. Tokpe wanted it perfect this time... She was engrossed in thoughts and only…
Didi
September 30, 2019
Greener PasturesSeptember Shortlist

Odi

We crossed the river on the 5th November. We ran and ran. We hid in the trees. We hid in the rocks. We hid in the water. We hid in the oil. Soon all we were, were slivers of black…
Ani Kayode
September 30, 2019
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Nuts?

“I see them, seven demons, we must whip them out of her" prophet declares. Bruises. Scarred body. “Bring a cow, appease the gods. Her forebears transgressed.” Mama provides. “Marine spirit, shave her head!” Mirror scalp… head glistens. "To Save her,…
Jennifer Ugafor
September 30, 2019
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Hope in the midst of despair

He could recall vividly, watching behind the tall grasses as they razed down his father's barn and raped his mother, tears flowing down his eyes. He had clutched his younger sister, Chimdi tightly to his chest muffling her screams as…
Joyce Okoye
September 30, 2019
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SPOILER

"Na muscle Wey I use kill my Bros. Since Wey I kill am dem neva find im body" I heard the big guy in my cell say. Everyone nodded, hooting and hailing whilst quick glances of fear passed under hooded…
Olivia Eze
September 30, 2019
Greener PasturesSeptember Shortlist

Shards

I pick up shards of mama's beautiful vase—each covered in warm blood. My ribs still burn from how hard Uncle kicked me. Mama will wash the shards and sell each piece to the local blacksmith. With the money, we will…
Paul
September 30, 2019
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Nma's Revenge

The cock crowed again, loudly as if aware of the impending doom. Mma woke up and washed her face with water from the clay pot. The cold water stung her at once, reminding her of the bruises on her face…
Joyce Okoye
September 30, 2019
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Deadbeat's Misfortune

I saw them running. They seemed to shed skin several times as the night and the streetlights slid on and off of them like water. One last frantic grab at that elusive summer body . I was focused on stretching…
Zukisani Nongogo
September 30, 2019
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Greener Pasture

In a land flowing with milk and honey, One full of promise with people of promise, 'all hope is lost' remains the constant echoes in our hearts Our incessant shout is "let's make the land better" But our actions are…
Bolawole Adeboye
September 30, 2019
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Ghost Village

At about 1AM, we reached a village where everybody had flee from bandits attack. The only option left for us was to sleep at the ghost village and make the boat crossing on the morrow. My eyes searched around, nothing…
Sildek Asev
September 30, 2019
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Chidinma's Plan

An hour ago, Chidinma had been ecstatic, things were going according to plan. Presently, she clung hard to his inner wrist with the tip of her fingers expecting to feel the reassuring thump of his blood doing their normal circuit,…
Lilian Briggs
September 30, 2019
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Chidinma's Plan

An hour ago, Chidinma had been ecstatic, things were going according to plan. Presently, she clung hard to his inner wrist with the tip of her fingers expecting to feel the reassuring thump of his blood doing their normal circuit,…
Lilian Briggs
September 30, 2019
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GREENER PASTURE

I wandered in the land of impurity searching for The Path of Immortality; the path that completes me. I was a noble example to my folks. I derived satisfaction in holding firmly unto His Injunctions. Then, I was a novice…
Ayomipo
September 30, 2019
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A burden lifted

“Mama, mama!” Bankole screamed as he ran into the house. “You this boy, what is it now” Mama B, as the neighbours called her shouted back, locating him as she adjusted her wrapper. “Mama, guess what.” “What?” she replied bluntly,…
Bill Nobi
September 30, 2019
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Still My Pride

“All stand class greet, good morning ma.” Mrs Okonkwo was proud of the way her students had learnt the new standard greeting she formed. “Sit down my children,” she said with a smile and continued, “Today we will talk about…
Bill Nobi
September 30, 2019
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The Reason

“Bolu!” Mrs Ajigu screamed, “Where's the hot water I told you to boil for me.” Bolu had not even put the rickety kettle on the stove, she was still fetching water from their neighbour's external tap. “ it’s almost ready…
Bill Nobi
September 30, 2019
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The Equation

For six years, I and the other four math freaks manipulated quantities, sets,symbols and numbers. Getting selected by top schools from different countries with our results from the Maths Olympiad was our dream. We were brainiacs so all got selected…
Ayanlowo Inioluwa
September 30, 2019
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My R.I.P

"Don't jump!" "Jump!" "This one dey craze!" I could hear the voices beneath me as I stood on the roof of a 10 story building. My people don't believe in depression, they say suicide is as a result of a…
Patience Ismaila
September 29, 2019
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My slender waist

With my slender waist and large buttocks hips swaying I walked over to my next customer who was dripping lusfully. Italy was my office, Nigeria was my home that's how it has always been and that's how it will always…
Patience Ismaila
September 29, 2019
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Just a boy

Mama pays the rent, she feeds us too. Baba's job is drinking, atleast that's what mama always says. It must be a very stressful job because baba always comes home angry. He always beats mama and I always cry. Amina…
Patience Ismaila
September 29, 2019
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Just a boy

Mama pays the rent, she feeds us too. Baba's job is drinking, atleast that's what mama always says. It must be a very stressful job because baba always comes home angry. He always beats mama and I always cry. Amina…
Patience Ismaila
September 29, 2019
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Pastor

If it weren't for the black clothes, it would be difficult to tell differences between today's congregation and the one from two months ago. Conspicuously absent from both services though, was Pastor Umezie, for whom eyes were teary- two months…
Abdulhaqq Omoyele
September 29, 2019
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One chance

"She's gone" the doctor said. Looking at her lifeless body ravaged by disease, He felt nothing but regret. Uju had been beautiful, sexy and sophisticated. The perfect arm candy for a successful pilot. Nothing like his ex wife with her…
Otome onoge
September 29, 2019
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Greener pastures

"What is your name?" "Oghenetega" He managed to whisper. "Where are you coming from?" The man asked gently. "From Nigeria. Wetin do everybody?" He struggled to speak. The pain was terrible. " Everyone is dead. You are the only one…
Otome onoge
September 29, 2019
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Black Tuesday

I can't feel my legs', I groaned. I had just woken from a long nap after the peaceful protest. 'Ntoorh', Tayo mocked. (Gunshots) 'What was that?', I questioned no one in particular. I peeped into the main road, it was…
Jimoh Asiat Ayobami
September 29, 2019
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Mangled Freedom

On my bed I laid, oncemore enduring the weight of Uncle's body crushing my tiny frame, for the few minutes it usually took him to slake his lust. I knew his grip on my hands would loosen as he came,…
Joy Ibe
September 29, 2019
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Greener Under Me

"Are you sure you want to leave mum…. Do you think it’s a good idea. It may be better to just struggle here, in our land, this place we call home. Where the birds chirp in the morning, the sun…
Kristen
September 29, 2019
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Greener pastures

In search of greener pastures, the young man left home. But on getting to his destination, he discovered that most of the things he had heard about this place while at home was a fib. Life is not rosy anywhere,…
Precious Genuine okendu
September 29, 2019
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HOME

I jump off the bus with my ten years old feet, breathing in the pale air of our new environment. The grass is not greener over here, its brown leaves are withered, and expensive paintings do not adorn our bare…
Alara Charis
September 29, 2019
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Nightmare

Soji woke up to chaos. Serious turbulence woke him up from his sleep. He opened his eyes to find oxygen masks hanging down throughout his economy cabin. His first time onboard a plane and away from the frustrations of Nigeria,…
Ezetu Doubra
September 29, 2019
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Beneath The Dirt

The moon watched me from the sky with a glaring glow. Rain struck my back like falling arrows. I bent, surrounded my trees, digging, stabbing the earth with my blood stained shovel, until the grave was deep enough. It wasn't…
Paul
September 29, 2019
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Nostalgia.

Years have passed and i have not been home. I remember the smell of my mother's food and the gentle pure touch of my grandma's comb on my hair. I do not remember the bitter memories. All i remember are…
Royal Jhad
September 29, 2019
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Hello Papa

Hello Papa, When mama said you moved to a better place—a land of greener pastures—I was heartbroken. How could you leave me here? How can you be in a better place without me? Everywhere is cold without you, and it…
Paul
September 29, 2019
Greener Pastures

The Passing

His breathing slowed, his knees became weak. He dragged himself, groaning hard with each step he took, hoping his pain eased. He tucked the other arm beneath his coat, applying pressure on his stomach to prevent him from bleeding. He…
Aondokator Iortsor
September 28, 2019
Greener Pastures

Tatande

"We need to catch fleshier fishes," Tatande had argued while trying to convince me to move with him. Tatande is heady. His impetuous nature would have him skittering across gutters when people slept. "The best is always beyond the filth,"…
Oparaocha Sandra
September 28, 2019
Greener Pastures

Dear Nnamdi

Dear Nnamdi, You remember, don't you? Your father spoke highly of Lagos—the fine city with many riches, and buildings that kiss the clouds. You dreamt of living there, didn't you? You claimed you would journey to Lagos, make money, and…
Paul
September 28, 2019
Greener Pastures

Dear Nnamdi

Dear Nnamdi, You remember, don't you? Your father spoke highly of Lagos—the fine city with many riches, and buildings that kissed the clouds. You dreamt of living there, didn't you? You claimed you would journey to Lagos, make money, and…
Paul
September 28, 2019
Greener Pastures

Drops of Dew

I wake up, determined to leave for good. My town's been plagued by drought for too long. But Kosi said there was nothing like drought over there. Papa holds my hand and pleads with me to have a change of…
Chikezie Onwumere
September 28, 2019
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Greener pastures

Greener pastures Behold the continent Africa which is blessed by God, the continent which people from other continents come to seeking greener pastures, because of her favorable weather conditions and environment. The continent where businesses flourish,but her citizens strive to…
Divine Chigo Iroegbu
September 28, 2019
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MEMORIES

Rainy nights like this always reminds me of Tobi, my sister. I don’t really remember her anymore. Mother never talks about her and father approved it. I once heard aunty Bola tell my mother that I and Tobi look like…
Sunshine Moh
September 28, 2019
Greener Pastures

My trench

They built mansions from scraping the muscles and tissues beneath our flesh, with sweat from our brows thick as blood we remained elbow deep in the soil, toiling our produce into greedy hands. Mike was different, he gave food during…
Roseline Mgbodichinma
September 28, 2019
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Thin Walls

'Mama, I can't go,' Chinwe grumbled. She slumped on her bamboo bed. 'Will you shut up! Don't you know the walls are thin? He can hear you from the parlor? Do you want him to carry his people and go?'…
Paul
September 28, 2019
Greener Pastures

Ashley, her name is Ashley

Follow me, she stood up not sure what the results will be, oh God please tell me it's not something serious. The doctor adjusted her white dust coat and led the way to the scan room. She opened the door…
Anne Njuguna
September 27, 2019
Greener Pastures

Grey killer

Realization hit her fast as she saw the gust of wind vanish as it approached Nnadi. "You are a _?", she started. "A grey, Yes", Nnadi cut her off. Amara felt the rising rage in his tone, a conviction that…
kaosisochukwu ejiofor
September 27, 2019
Greener Pastures

A Tad Too Green

Edith went to Benin, now she uses an iPhone 11 and changes clothes like panties. Chioma went to Benin, now she owns an upscale boutique. Sandra went too. Now, She cruises the latest Toyota Camry. "Come back to Benin with…
Yvonne Dunu
September 27, 2019
Greener Pastures

SEN-SII

Hustler wey too shout, no get sensii, him be sufferman. Naso mama talk. This bus conductor and him papa wey dey shout inside room with mama for night be the same. I don tell am say I dey drop for…
Eunice Onyebuchi Ede
September 26, 2019
Greener Pastures

LINUS

Nobody told me that it is this hard. Even Emeka; my mannest man. Emeka left Nigeria early last year only to return for Christmas- A made man. I had approached him for help and like the omeogo he is, he…
Eunice Onyebuchi Ede
September 26, 2019
Greener Pastures

From Paris with Love…

Bayo had on his fragmented wall, three pictures of Paris. His dream was to relocate to the city after his compulsory National service. Bayo surfs the internet to gather information about his dream city. He couldn't help but bring it…
Isreal Adeolu
September 26, 2019

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