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Jailor

Happily married

As I sit twirling my wedding ring, I remember their words; "Igbo men don't respect their wives" , "Intertribal marriages never thrive" ,"Chidi is not the right man for you". How wrong they all were, I say to myself with…
Owoade Itunu
October 22, 2019
Jailor

Enigma of a sojourner

I thought I like her, we held hands ate from the same dish. (laughed), I mean love irony makes me laugh! See, have always had eyes for this sinister, got angry with her for being critical. I said she's jealous…
Osunrotimi Peter
October 22, 2019
Jailor

My Orders

Yesterday, Oluchi was killed. A week before, Nkem was killed. Last month, Uloma. Their deaths? The king’s orders. They dishonored tradition when they demanded education. When they refused mutilation. When they spoke their minds. In ignorance, I raised no eyebrow.…
Odion Kadiri
October 22, 2019
Jailor

Traitors Die Hard

Pluck an eye, Pluck two balls off, Slice Lower abdomen for thick rolls of meaty substance covered in red moist, Forcefully separate the nails from the fingers' and then plant a small live python in his throat and watch it…
Ayotomiwa Oladapo
October 21, 2019
Jailor

Body and Soul

We all have beasts in us, everyone of us. Mine is irascibility. Yesterday I accidentally killed her out of annoyance, for questioning my late nights. To cover my tracks, I drove to the Third Mainland Bridge in the night and…
Chikezie Onwumere
October 20, 2019
Jailor

Guard room experience

"I no be thief oh...abeg" The first slap was still ringing in my ear. "Wetin Carry you come here?" one asked me. I been give general daughter belle, so them arrest me. They laughed and jeered, then came the beatings.…
Ezetu Doubra
October 20, 2019
Jailor

Last Days.

'Please you have to let me out of here,' I screamed aloud. 'You don't have to do this, I'm someone's child, please have mercy.' The old man passed the food through an opening - the only opening in the steel…
Oyedotun Damilola Muees
October 20, 2019
Jailor

Fresh Air

They let us out today, again. Yesterday, we spent thirty-five minutes outside our cell. The day before, it was twenty-five minutes. Everyone was filled with gaiety. 'God go bless our warden,' said pa Enoch. I had come to terms with…
Oyedotun Damilola Muees
October 19, 2019
Jailor

THE CAGED SPIRIT

Akin locked the other prisoner into his cell and wondered how he must feel. As a warden, he's been taken away people's freedom all his life. He reckoned in his thougtfulness that everyone had a jail. He knew all too…
Opadokun Gloria Marie
October 19, 2019
Jailor

Fresh Air

They let us out today, again. Yesterday we spent thirty-five minutes outside our cell. The day before, it was twenty-five minutes. Everyone is filled with gaiety. 'God go bless our warden,' said pa Enoch. I had come to terms with…
Oyedotun Damilola Muees
October 19, 2019
Jailor

Fresh Air

They let us out today, again. Yesterday we spent thirty-five minutes outside our cell. The day before, it was twenty-five minutes. Everyone is filled with gaiety. 'God go bless our warden,' said pa Enoch. I had come to terms with…
Oyedotun Damilola Muees
October 19, 2019
Jailor

A Safe Place

'Mama please can I go out and play?' I asked. 'Nnenna I have told you umpteen times. I know you want to spend time with the other children, but you have to believe me when I say it's not safe.…
Oyedotun Damilola Muees
October 19, 2019
Jailor

Prisons and Prisoners

Welcome to my New life. Now am being escorted into the prison, same prison I once had control of, was a boss to these prisoners but now am inducted as one of them -a prisoner! I'm Handcuffed both hands and…
Odukogbe Emmanuel
October 18, 2019
JailorOctober Shortlist

Water colours

Her bed grew moist and sticky, like mud. She laid supine, unmoving, basking in the stench of blood. The colours on her walls soon seemed as faded as water-colours, and the air, as thin as floating threads. She heard her…
Paul
October 18, 2019
Jailor

The trigger

She fell to the floor, her head hitting the cold tiles, she could hear her heartbeat getting louder and louder each second. How much more could she take? His footsteps came closer, he was breathing heavily, "Get up!". This was…
Pink Beauty
October 18, 2019
Jailor

Heritage

Dad looked at me with disgust. 'Why would you want to change the family name?', he asked. 'Dad, I've told you already. I am born again. I can no longer bear Fatoki because it exalts a another god'. 'To hell…
Fancy Goodman
October 18, 2019
Jailor

Rod of the House

Father was a deity: We feared him like traditional adherents fear their gods, lest they strike in anger. He outlawed playing outdoors and associating with our peers in the neighborhood. As a guerdon, he ripped the body of the defaulters…
Chikezie Onwumere
October 17, 2019
Jailor

THE 10TH RING OF HELL

Over the past 3months, I came to understand what it meant to be afraid. I had stared fear in the eyes, I knew him by name. As I walked into the four walls of hell, quaking and shivering. I took…
Asuru Innocent
October 17, 2019
Jailor

Mr. Patrick

He was the man that was venerated. A disciplinarian and a pious man. Now a correction officer, at least that is what everyone conferred on him. Truancy in the village stopped. Boys who disobeyed their parents were sent to Mr.…
Oyedotun Damilola Muees
October 17, 2019
Jailor

The Wife

Mama hugged me tightly when I arrived yesterday. She says I was gone for too long, but I left this place for my matrimonial home just three months ago. Mama thinks I'm back for good.I wonder how she'll take the…
Fancy Goodman
October 17, 2019
Jailor

Shackled Minds

I sat on the old rusty cushion, my leg folded beneath me. There was no going back, no moving forward. I was in jail, the worst kind, the prison of the mind. Tears streaming down my face like an endless…
Lawal Temitope
October 16, 2019
Jailor

Thirty eight

When I was eight, I used to play a game with my brother called police and thief. We would run around with hands in the air and whoever was the police would try to catch the thief. Now, I am…
Fancy Goodman
October 16, 2019
Jailor

Ruinated Dreams

Bimbo gazed at the floor as her eyes brimmed with tears, while she listened to her dad yell at her. "Why did you fill mass communication instead of law in your form?" Her dad questioned, anger evident in his eyes.…
Emmanuel Eunice
October 15, 2019
Jailor

Sour honey

"Men mean bile when they say honey! Their words should be glued to their tongue with an adhesive so it will never fly away and break hearts." I say this in front of Olufemi these days. He knows I mean…
Adaeze Nwachukwu
October 15, 2019
Jailor

A sweet rough cell.

Please don't tell my husband,Udochi. It was that man's rough hands on my belly. I am serious when I say that man must have used that grey chalk grandmother used for Ekuma her house help on me;Ekuma who has become…
Adaeze Nwachukwu
October 15, 2019
Jailor

A CHILDHOOD EMPTY OF AFRO

“If I were disobedient, you would complain. But I am not, you still complain. Mummy, what do you want me to do?” He comes from school, constantly looking at me with accusing eyes, his mouth answering swiftly to any word…
Osita Chinakwe
October 15, 2019
Jailor

Prisoner's Muse

Like most people, I have always accepted societal traditions without really understanding why I should. In my years of marriage to Jamal, I can't recall anyone saying it'll be shameful to walk out. Nobody told me respecting him, and acquiesce…
Esieboma Oghenerobo Joy
October 15, 2019
Jailor

Crows Remember

I looked at the guard opposite my cell through the prison bars. He looked annoyed. After I'd been captured, I realised that the tribe had much stronger allies. I thought that maybe Asterio couldn't think of everything and I couldn't…
Catyia Allers
October 14, 2019
Jailor

RIVEN SIDE

It wasn’t a glass full of juice he poured me this time, like every other day when we meet. Jason skinked out his heart and soul into a glass. Like a glassful of diverse emotions, mostly anger and sadness. When…
Mbamalu Amara Nellie
October 14, 2019
JailorOctober Shortlist

THE END

It was a surprise, no, SHOCK! I always feared that this would happen, but I never figured when. I was in the kitchen, slicing oranges for my pregnant self when he entered, drunk. "Food will soon be ready" I should…
Oluwatimilehin Atere
October 14, 2019
Jailor

No gods exist here.

My father was a great man, many believe this was because he had dedicated his only daughter to the service of the gods. I've lived in this shrine since his passing. I'm expected to live here till my passing. The…
Terence Jindu
October 13, 2019
Jailor

WRITTEN IN BLOOD

What would you do for love? I will kill for love. I killed love slowly, gently and watched the blood flow out of his veins, then I rolled in the blood of love, rubbed it all over me. I wanted…
Nancy Desire Nwankwo
October 13, 2019
Jailor

%$#^ Freedom

i could smell the coconut oil in her afro, feel hazel eyes frisking my groins and rattling of a baton against metal bars. the vibrations sent chills down my spine as she neared closer to my cell. "hands where i…
Chimobim
October 13, 2019
JailorOctober Shortlist

Numbed

You woke up to the sound of silence.They say you've completed your sentence. You laughed and asked them to take you back inside. When they open up the gate, you pull the first gun your eyes meet and shoot at…
Enobong Etuk
October 13, 2019
Jailor

Freedomphobia

With makeup brushes trying to conceal it Pain beneath the layers She don't reveal it She drops mirror she can't face what's wrong Calls it error, something minor As soon as tears pour says it's a stair fall Abused, I…
Odukogbe Emmanuel
October 12, 2019
Jailor

My correctional facility

In my half conscious state,I whisper,"To change the world,you must write". An evil menacing laughter rings out in my dark, cold prison. I crawl on my knees, hunger stricken and flee. A sharp,stinging slap to the back of my head…
Ayanlowo Inioluwa
October 12, 2019
Jailor

The Jailor

We were packed, like sardine, in this small, airless room that reeks of sweat and rat droppings. I remember that Danfo bus revving with accustomed ease through the dark forest, swerving to avoid trees, with the aid of its powerful…
Chikezie Onwumere
October 11, 2019
Jailor

The Escapee

As he moved, he could hear the sound of dry leaves crunching under his bleeding soles. He didn’t know how long he had been running, he had lost his watch to the ritualists. On their own accord his legs began…
Shalom Michael-Adekunle
October 10, 2019
Jailor

Survivor

It hung thick in the air, the smell of sweat, faint smell of urine teased my nostrils, bodies pressed together. I closed my eyes tighter, hoping for an escape, but sleep eluded me. My mind drifted, we were seated around…
Jace Itoko
October 10, 2019
Jailor

ABACOMANCY

She stopped a bus at the junction and climbed, taking a sit at the last row to avoid contact with other passengers. A young woman entered, seated near her and greeted cheerfully but she only responded with a nod, looking…
Mercy Godwin
October 10, 2019
Jailor

THE OBSESSION

What happened to our love Ikenna, Adanna said in a shaky motion. All I see is revenge and hatred. What love Ikenna answered in an aggressive tone.you threw all my love for you away. tell me Adanna why him why…
Chisom Goodness
October 10, 2019
Jailor

My anxiety and I

She is guilty! Just like yesterday I can still hear the judge giving his final verdict, yet decades have passed only my crime went unforgiving. My crime, being raped was my only crime.I fought everday determine to knock her down…
Igwilo Jennifer Chigozie
October 10, 2019
Jailor

WATER SPIRIT

It was a dark spirit that lured her to the edge. One of a pitch black exterior and blood red eyes, itching to devour. Uju adjusted the wrapper on her waist, took off her bangles and necklace as her feet…
Mercy Godwin
October 10, 2019
Jailor

She's A Boy!

Bradley was a lot of things a lot of women need in a boyfriend, but a "boy" wasn't one of them. He'd known it for as long as he could remember, and he hated himself for it. Yesterday, Daniel went…
Priince Briight
October 10, 2019
Jailor

FOR SCABIES

"How are much you willing to pay for the ointment?" he asked impatiently, his eyes bloodshot. "Hundred bucks" Aku replied. "You have money and pretended to be a broke inmate" he accused. "Where you hide am?" he broke off in…
Nneamaka Onochie
October 9, 2019
Jailor

As told by Asa

If the moment was animated, puffy clouds of steam would be trailing out of Dafe’s nostrils by now. “That inmate seriously gets on my nerves!” He raged over the phone. “Calm down dear, he only sang Asa’s song” Zauna told…
PN
October 9, 2019
Jailor

Her esteem.

They reek of perfume and the desire to be noticed. Thier laughter goes up to the night sky. I look for an opening but I am never good at socializing. Six teenagers. I never could fare well with large numbers.…
Damilola Joy
October 9, 2019
Jailor

Cornered

Nkemjika now a graduate, so proud of her breakthrough after five laborious and back breaking years of study amidst the hardship she inherited, the tons of responsibilities personified as nineteen little siblings, she couldn't hide the smile that emanated from…
Ndukwe Ndukwe
October 8, 2019
Jailor

SOS

*Dear patriots, My torture continues...help!* THE FIRST drop soaked into the page, blurring the opening letter of her entry. Like her, it was desolate. Luckily for this tear drop however, its arrival was soon followed by innumerable others. A river…
PN
October 8, 2019
Jailor

The Jailor or the Liberator

We noticed the jailor's demeanour change ever since his son joined us here. He stopped howling like a wild dog, bullying us for no just cause and extorting food and money from us. Perhaps, he had seen how agonizing it…
Chikezie Onwumere
October 8, 2019
Jailor

Self-esteem

Her body was ran down, stunted in growth, sunken cheeks and hollow eyes. Her knees had given in and could no longer support her weight. She lay in the corner of the room caged. The four walls ensured she had…
liz wanjiku
October 8, 2019

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