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January Contest

January Contest

Child of Light

As the sun set, Oge was playing with her friends near the edge of the village, her mother had warned her about the dangers but she was a warrior and warriors fear nothing. Deep in her world, a spine shivering…
Tajirinere Agboghoroma
January 30, 2019
January Contest

THE LOVE ENCOUNTER

The stars, the moon and the clouds were the only witnesses to Aisha's serenading by Hassan. He showed her something that night. Something fairy tales couldn't show her. He showed her the pain in love. The one that makes the…
Damian Obilonu
January 30, 2019
January Contest

CATCH-HER

Growing up we played exciting Nigerian childhood games I liked all games but none compared to one that gave me the glimpse of you . We were playing catcher with mutual friends when I really saw you. I saw vigor…
Fortune Okogun
January 30, 2019
January Contest

…everything in between

Heart trembling, emotions wild, her mind traveling down memory lane as she tried to recall, she stood in front of them not knowing which name to give. She avoided the gaze of disappointment in her mother's eyes and trails of…
Dikeh Dennis Ifeanyi
January 30, 2019
January Contest

Of Wishes and Hopes

My ears quirked up to sounds of heavy footfall drawing up behind me. 'Chill. You're being paranoid', I whispered to myself but my feet didn't listen as they broke into a wild run. Suddenly, my momentum was cut short by…
Oluwadamilola Opaniyan
January 30, 2019
January Contest

Blood

"I'm pregnant." She spoke softly, trembling with fear. That's not the kind of news I'd expected her to bring then, but I love her, and was ready to be her husband. I set rolling my quest towards making our relationship…
Caster Boy
January 30, 2019
January Contest

Till Death Do Us Part.

I move carefully with the guord of palmwine in my hand, pretending to look for my husband in the crowd as is customary. Mbu's head is bowed, but I can tell he is crying. The Prince is grinning as I…
Priince Briight
January 30, 2019
January Contest

‘Obirika’

I was twelve. Tall. Beautiful. At twelve my mother was a mother. she'd said I'll cope when Nnalue’s family came. We are poor. My mother is sick. Marriage seems good. Nnalue had told me ''...Mama ‘died’ when my only brother…
Faith Ekene Obikwelu
January 30, 2019
January Contest

zobo

The last memory I had of Ba'ami was when he triedto touch the little lumps on my chest, I pushed him away, 'I will tell' were thelast words I said to him before myfeet took me to ma'ami who wasboiling…
Remilekun Omoyeni
January 30, 2019
January Contest

Am i dreaming?

No! I must be dreaming, i pinch myself to be sure and the pain of the pinch shows that i am wide awake.How can she look exactly like me?,there is absolutely no difference. Is she my dead twin? Did my…
Nwofor Ogechukwu
January 30, 2019
January Contest

Quagmire

It was an unusually sunny morning. The cocks had long finished crowing. Dimkpa, Chukwudi's younger brother waltzed through the bushes with two friends. They were taking a joy trip to the village stream about five kilometers away. Suddenly there was…
Uche Samuel Ottah
January 30, 2019
January Contest

The voice

Remi heard him clearly the first time but he still said it again. "It's school I'm sending you too ohh Remi don't go to another place " he pulled his ear and Remi wished it would fall off. He still…
Olarotimi Favour
January 30, 2019
January 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
January 30, 2019
January Contest

A country that never was.

"Nigeria, we hail thee! Our own dear native land, Though tribe and tongue may differ, In brotherhood we stand, Nigerians all are proud to serve, Our sovereign motherland" -They sang in unison with so much gladness in their hearts. It…
Patrick Ifeanyichukwu
January 30, 2019
January Contest

Cruel Fate.

It is 2:42PM and I am starving. I have been sitting by the main entrance to UduaAffiongEtuk market all day. The bowl in front of me is still empty - just like it had been yesterday. A boy about my…
Priince Briight
January 30, 2019
January Contest

Depressed not dead

Respect your elders, they would always scold me,out of respect, i followed him,when he called me into the dark room. "Please stop" i pleaded, "awwn, don't be scared" he assured me My depression began. I no longer seeked motivation instead…
Simisola
January 30, 2019
January Contest

Mending The Divide

" This child you once called shame has now become the one you want to bear your name?. Look,you have rejected him and he has rejected you ". Amaka said. As she tried to tie her wrapper well. " Amaka,please…
Oriola Blessing
January 29, 2019
January Contest

MAMA'S SUGARCANE

Mama died very early this morning, the doctor said it was cardiac arrest. Just yesterday, I knelt down unflinching when she used her heavily soaked "sugar"cane on me. Somehow, it was supposed to chase out the demons in my chest.…
OLAJESU LORD'SFAVOUR
January 29, 2019
January Contest

Onifarada- The Resilient One

'What do queens do?' Growing up, my mother would scold me for being reckless. 'Learn to behave like a queen, Zabi.' So I searched history books as instructed and discovered great women; fierce leaders in peace and war. But none…
Lotanna Nwafor
January 29, 2019
January Contest

A sin of the skin in one scene

A thick red juice on my hand, I look to the angel in front of me... Lets go back a bit. I called my babe over, now she's not been coming through lately. As a smart businessman I got insurance,…
Mahmud
January 29, 2019
January Contest

Igno stigma

Igno stigma here is a combination of two great and kind of similar words that works together in most situations.Ignorance in most sense stand as a blindfold that kills if not taken off early. Stigmatization in some stands as waste…
Odunayo Hannah
January 29, 2019
January Contest

DIMENSIONS

She stood in the kitchen,as though equipments and utensils were weapons aimed at her. Orji had discovered their maid has been the one preparing all his meals for months now. No wonder the food tasted different,he could tell his wife's…
Eziada Obianwa
January 29, 2019
January Contest

ADE MI

You can be beautiful You can be bold You can be strong You can be intelligent You can be the best friend someone like me needs You can be bad You can be good You are anything you wish I…
Ajagunna Benita
January 29, 2019
January Contest

Shadows

Finally! The dark shadow of myself had given herself a voice and a place in the opaque corners of my mind. Standing there over his dilly dallied figure, everything seemed surreal, I watched myself as the light hauled whatever darkness…
Eju'ojo Onu
January 29, 2019
January Contest

Holier Than Thou.

Tade had stolen again. Human bodies in white garment moved frantically, the wind blowing the garments in opposite directions of wherever they went. Their feet sank into wet mud. They snatched palm fronds from their sheaths, whilst crying unto God…
Toluwanimi
January 29, 2019
January Contest

JITIMAI (Melancholy)

She ambles around the casket. It's been more than ten minutes. People are getting impatient. But she can't seem to walk away. They whisper among themselves. "Let her have her time." "No, we are getting late, the corpse should be…
Debbie Dullo
January 29, 2019
January Contest

The Interview

"Uche Amanda" I walk into the interview room. The panel is made up of a beautiful lady and a dark-skinned man, she smiles while he looks at me like I am the cause of the recession in Nigeria. "Tell us…
Evelyn
January 29, 2019
January Contest

Mother’s Pride

Mekola was late again. Mama would be worried. He smiled as he remembered the sequence. She would come out of her hut and look at the sky several times. After the fifth cloud passes, she would prepare a basket of…
Ojo Inioluwa
January 29, 2019
January Contest

JAKUNTA

Jakunta was irritated, a loud bang startled the antelope he had been stalking in the dense forest. Spear clenched in hand he now stood, wondering what the strange sound could be. Again, it echoed through the forest, it's ricocheting sound…
Ezetu Doubra
January 29, 2019
January Contest

Finding My Twin

I found my twin in a bus park. All my life, I had this conviction that I hadn't been alone in my mother's womb. Every time I closed my eyes, I saw myself playing with a little boy, my own…
Yvonne Dunu
January 29, 2019
January Contest

Noisy waters

The first time a guy tells you he loves you, there are only two colours you can see. Blue and Green. Blue skies closing in on the two of you, taking you to a land of green waters where there…
Favour Martins
January 29, 2019
January Contest

pandemonium

My mother used to say "Ifa does'nt lie, steal? NEVER!!, Ifa would never take another man's wife. If you feel you've been deceived ask Ifa". Now staring at the labrinth of the pandemonium that has become my life I wonder...…
oluwadarasimi
January 29, 2019
January Contest

Morenike

MORENIKE One would conclude that the world was going to end that day. The beautiful atmosphere that was coloured with the tunes of lovers had now turn murky, as if the surface of the sun had been covered with mud…
Festus
January 29, 2019
January Contest

My sister, Chizi

“Chim!” mama shouted as papa beat her, as usual. I watched from behind the curtains. My scars taught me to stay away. I just prayed that he wouldn’t hit her belly. My sister was there, Chiziterem. She is God sent…
Doreen
January 29, 2019
January Contest

Burn

No its impossible!he kept whispering the same words over and over again.I stared at him,he looked like a fragile porcelain doll,the mighty Czar trembling at my words,i smiled to myself, i couldn't wait to be free.I closed my eyes and…
Precious Kefas
January 29, 2019
January Contest

When we lose us

"Eat more, Ayò mi" he would say in his fine baritone as he makes insensible hand gestures with the food he brings, he never appeared to care of the sunflies bite, nor of the blood that flows down his hairy…
Dosu David Ifeoluwa
January 28, 2019
January Contest

Dreams

Amina's dream was to become a lawyer. Not because she wanted a better life, but because she believed this would give her an opportunity to say all the things she always wanted to say, to stand and fight for the…
Victory Nwadike
January 28, 2019
January Contest

One night stand.

It was after the first round of sex that I noticed there was a picture hanging on the wall of his bedroom. It was a good ride and I intended to keep the memories forever until he told me about…
Kwesi
January 28, 2019
January Contest

Happily never after

The way she smiled and the sound of her laughter attracted me to Chioma when we first got introduced at her aunt's birthday party. She was the kind of lady that brought happiness into your life with her presence, I…
Ebiere Yoh
January 28, 2019
January Contest

THE THIEF!

It was the dead of the night. I heard a loud bang on my door. I knew who it was or who they were... Hoodlums! Armed bandits! They have been rampaging the neighbourhood for weeks now. They left a message…
Nina Stephen O
January 28, 2019
January Contest

WHAT DID THEY GAIN

"It's mine", chirped the first bird. "I know, just let me have some" quipped the second bird. "It won't be enough for two" "Please! We can share it" "I don't want to share it, I want it all" shouted the…
Precious C. Ukoha
January 28, 2019
January Contest

Madness

The hideous scar on the left side of my face is a reminder that madness is a thing. Children call me 'black and yellow', because the scar has a sickly, yellow tinge sharply contrasting the dark of my good side.…
Obiamaka Splendour
January 28, 2019
January Contest

BRING BACK MY GIRL

I burnt her hair, the sweet scent of olive oil mixed with blood from Uju’s scalp smelled like incense. I jealously cut it sometimes in her sleep maybe because I was born bald, but last week I plaited it into…
Roseline Mgbodichinma
January 28, 2019
January Contest

Come off being stupid

You females don’t matter. Causing real change? That’s a man’s job! James hollered. His face cringing into a twisted grimace. Out of the benevolence of my gumption I set off such misspend of words, only, because it must be an…
Iyanuoluwa Olawoye
January 28, 2019
January Contest

Black Magic

Living in Africa is an extreme sport. Waking up, going to work, and heading back home at the business's end of the day might seem like basic stuff to a Non-resident, but my people know. So much can happen in…
Onaleye Pelumi
January 28, 2019
January Contest

Let's Unite our diffrences

We are bonded by love and broken by hate, the hate we give as a result of race, ethnic, religious and gender differences. Remember, whether a Caucasoid or negroid, we still share the same skin. Whether igbo, Yoruba or Hausa,…
Fisola
January 28, 2019
January Contest

NOT SO FAR

I look at a place I could go, seems farther in years but so close in thoughts. I could be all I want to be, if I only take the thoughts in my head to a step today. A step…
Ernest Chinonye
January 28, 2019
January Contest

FAMILY DILEMMA

Society's disarray is afire from mother's tongue, like her queries are whips on your back before your knees are planted to the ground to grow sore, you kneel. Society takes the form of your despotic father seated in his kingly…
Uwen Precious Ogban
January 28, 2019
January Contest

Shapes and Sizes

He clutched his haunch as the tricycle swerved past them and sped away with a screech. Clement's measurements said he was five months away from his dream body, but the sweat and the painful pounding in his chest said he…
Josephine Nwachi
January 28, 2019
January Contest

Urban

An urban area is the region surrounding a city. Most inhabitants of urban areas have nonagricultural jobs. Urban areas are very developed, meaning there is a density of human structures such as houses, commercial buildings, roads, bridges, and railways. This…
Oluwaseun Ogunkayode
January 27, 2019
January Contest

The Blackest of Days

Life is so unpredictable, so is everything. As the normal routine, I woke up on this fateful day looking forward to a bright experience expecially having it in mind that the next day would be my birthday. As i used…
Gbenga Agbi
January 27, 2019
January Contest

His Touch Is Home

He called onto me, like he always did since I began to walk. My uncle, more like my father for he protected and provided for us albeit his frequent drunken outbursts. This night, after he had calmed down, I went…
Thisis Dorina
January 27, 2019

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