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Even a rickety bus

"Shut up," Augustine hollered. He backed us now but I could still see his bloodshot eyes from the corner of my eyes. We were dumbstruck! Just yesterday, he bought us pizza while coming back from an errand for madam. Last…
Adaeze Nwachukwu
July 16, 2019
July Category

Who Speaks

Who speaks for the voiceless children alone and abused by those who are supposed to cherish and protect them? Who says this cycle ends here and now and punishes the degenerates like petty thieves are punished with heavy hands and…
Helen Gavoe
July 16, 2019
July Category

In the arms of my MOTHER.

Hovering on the red lands along the shores of the dirty blue ocean,I am reminded of everything you are. Everything YOU once were. Dark blood soiled beneath my bruised fingertip, green shells sparkling in the sand, hot tears blessing my…
Abby Tray
July 16, 2019
July Category

Kraken Island

Emeka went to Europe, he came back home with dollars. I sold my inheritance, so I could travel overseas too. After five years of humiliation in Libya, I still had to sacrifice a kidney to travel through the Sahara. Many…
Emmanuel Rukevwe
July 16, 2019
July Category

Caught in the act

They look like buried treasure sunken in an ocean of stew, great lumps of meat that captivate me. I look furtively around before fishing for a piece. My questing fingers snag a particularly large piece and with a grunt of…
Nicki Tojo
July 16, 2019
July Category

on me

iam looking for a serious guy who is ready to spend alife with me with trust and love a honest man indeed so i need good someone in life to be forever ready iam looking for a serious guy who…
grace
July 15, 2019
July Category

Cancer

There I was again, with suicidal thoughts. I wanted the pain to stop. I stressed my family alot. I breathed borrowed air while, the sound coming from the machine reminded me of how alive and in pain I was. My…
omotesse oaikhena
July 15, 2019
July Category

Lanre

Lanre was my life saver. Lanre took good care of me while I was in school. Lanre paid mama medical bills and soon he asked me to marry him, I said yes. I felt obliged to marry lanre, he had…
omotesse oaikhena
July 15, 2019
July Category

me me

iam looking for a serious guy who is ready to spend alife with me with trust and love a honest man indeed so iam looking for a serious guy who is ready to spend alife with me with trust and…
grace
July 15, 2019
July Category

my mind

iam a lady looking up to a guy that we will be together in love and truth and trust for a lasting forever with a good guy iam a lady looking up to a guy that we will be together…
grace
July 15, 2019
July Category

Lost

I come home everyday from school to find papa sprawled out on the floor of our sitting room, half dead and mama, soaking herself up in tears, in our only bedroom. It is a heart-wrenching sight that I would never…
Benita Alex
July 15, 2019
July Category

Lost

I come home every day from school to find papa sprawled out on the floor of our sitting room, half dead and mama, soaking herself up in tears, in our only bedroom. It is heart-wrenching sight that I would never…
Benita Alex
July 15, 2019
July Category

Bad-good destiny

"Clink! Clink!" I almost jumped out of my skin at the sound of the chief priest's ankle bells. My heart beating wildly and I trembled with sudden cold. I hugged my knees tightly and the painful tears spilled, stinging hard…
Bello Aisha
July 15, 2019
July Category

THE GATEKEEPER'S GIRL

My wife was unattractive and boring. Adamu, a colleague and fellow gatekeeper said I could get girls for as cheap as #200. Although I did suffer from arthritis once in a while, I walked seven kilometres to 4-Junction. I didn't…
ibrahim oladayo
July 15, 2019
July Category

all 4 me

iam a youngt i will like to spend all my life lady looking for a good man that i will like to spend all my life in trust and love, who will take care of me in life and for…
grace
July 15, 2019
July Category

Home is where my heart is.

Home is where my heart is. Her eyes, meeting mine that first night below deck, that was home. Home wasn't the cotton fields where we toiled, fertilized with our sweat and blood. Home was her honey-colored skin glistening with moisture…
Terence Jindu
July 15, 2019
July Category

Lost

Having awaited my husband's return from Germany for almost two years, I was overjoyed when he called and said he was coming home. For one thing, I missed his jokes and his cheerfulness. For another, I wanted him to see…
Chikezie Onwumere
July 14, 2019
July Category

Journey to Nowhere

Grandpapa goes home every night when he sleeps. He tells me. He tells me he goes to see his mama and sisters. His sisters are young- as young as they were when he left. Grandpapa was taken from his mama…
Ofure Omo-Ataga
July 14, 2019
July Category

Mama

Mama, I should have been quiet like you said, maybe they wouldn't have taken me. They put me and the others in a dark room. Their sobbing makes me sick. Today I got to know what they do with the…
Godwin Iyamba
July 14, 2019
July Category

RUN BACK HOME

You are miles away from the orphanage, travelling down through the road that leads to your new life. A lot of things will have to change now, and you imagine it all; you get to have parents too, like three…
July Category

The Heroine

With the last ounce of her strength, the nine year old yanked the burning log off the debris, and freed the last girl from the ensnarement. The rescued girl staggered outside the building, and the teachers rushed to her. ''Are…
Chikezie Onwumere
July 13, 2019
July Category

about me

iam a lady with a good heart looking for a trusty guy who is ready to spend a life with love and trust iam a lady with a good heart looking for a trusty guy who is ready to spend…
grace
July 13, 2019
July Category

To Maki

Maki, Is it everything you thought it’d be? Leaving home, staying alone? I can’t decide. Sometimes I think it’s the best thing that’s happened to me but other times the loneliness makes me want to scream. I go out often-…
Ofure Omo-Ataga
July 13, 2019
July Category

A Libya Story

My name is lydia and i am a slave. Born in the slums of lagos but with the dreams of Europe. I placed my hopes far from home. A better life was all i wanted and greener pastures was all…
Lamina Micheal
July 13, 2019
July Category

Taken

I'm wearing a white shirt, green shorts, white socks and brown sandals. My back pack is slung over my shoulders. I'm returning home. Mama is in the house cooking. Papa must be driving the taxi to make ends meet. I…
Godwin Iyamba
July 12, 2019
July Category

Away

It was usually a yellow bus with the family packed in and headed to to the village to enjoy Christmas with Grandma and the relatives. It wasn't easy but we had built a home in the city. Our happiness was…
Godwin Iyamba
July 12, 2019
July Category

Come back home, little girl

Her normally-bright hazel eyes were dull and lifeless, staring unseeingly into space. Our love-making, if you could call it that, was always like this – a one-man show. We’ve tried everything; counseling, therapy, even prayer. How difficult could it be…
July Category

Your Mother

'Wham! I kiss the ground ‘I didn’t do it Bob’ I plead while chocking on my own blood. ‘Why did You burn my paintings!’ Bob roars I say my last prayers as his figure blocks the light from my eyes.…
July Category

Far From Home

my culture, home and tradition here I am, far away from you while I am in an hurry to drink from the well of my language which dwells in my country. Every day have been so busy with traffic, after…
Micheal Ayoola
July 11, 2019
July Category

NARROW ESCAPE

"Not today". Ada whispered silently as she heard words going back and forth between the couple a few rooms from her. Doors flew open and closed as the woman shouted at her husband to get out of her way. She…
Mercy Godwin
July 11, 2019
July Category

Moving Away

It was silent today. We all crossed the dry riverbed; thin starving humans coated in soot of explosions. Mama walked in front, silent and brooding. The twins, Iesha and Ahmed, were strapped to her like little time bombs, one in…
Godwin Iyamba
July 11, 2019
July Category

Refugee

Mama is thin. Her breast is flat and empty. Nne is small and clings weakly to Mama's chest, sucking blood instead of milk. The camp is noisy. The air smells of sickness — thick and almost palpable. My head is…
Godwin Iyamba
July 11, 2019
July Category

GROWING AWAY

“What makes your club so distinct that you believe it will benefit me?” He told her. He knew he had failed, persuading her, not for any other reason than the fact that he was not Uncle Maduka. Whenever Maduka wanted…
Ositadinma Chinakwe
July 11, 2019
July Category

The Observer from the Other Realm

When the ambulance wailed a few kilometers away from the venue of the funeral, a paroxysm of weeping erupted among the 'symphatizers.' Angry youths expressed their sorrow by chanting dirgeful, vengeful songs and hitting the ground with palm fronds and…
Chikezie Onwumere
July 10, 2019
July Category

Journey to Freedom

Amina held the sickly child in her arms- the third one in two years and all products of rape. She had buried two the year before. Onome's corpse was discarded of yesterday, tossed into a bush; Amina had never cried…
Akin Onadeko
July 10, 2019
July Category

Far From Home

"Nene come and wash the plates!" Her boisterous voice roared out.   The widespread greenery fueled my senses to the very brink of my spirits. Scattered atop my lashes were water droplets which once settled on the broads leaves of…
Blessed
July 10, 2019
July Category

My palm tree

It was hard to look out of my dorm room window and not remember the palm tree that stood right by my window back home. I wake up, trying to understand why my bedroom palm tree isn't where it is…
Anene Dumebi
July 10, 2019
July Category

In Pursuit of Something

Mama Tunde abandoned her family for her lover and Babatunde -having no appreciation for didactic tales- embraced the whip and the bottle. But they must've been made in Aba because though he needed many of them, they never helped. Not…
OmoOhanomah
July 10, 2019
July Category

Enslaved

"Swish!" "Thud!", the sounds that governed the late evenings and the early mornings, announcing the death of one who committed no crime. I had gone to sell oranges at the village market only to wake up here; with my limbs…
Benita Alex
July 10, 2019
July Category

Sign on the Shore

"Can't have this anymore, Jake.” When he wouldn't accept, she removed it from her finger, tossing it into the stream. Oceans away, on an island where clothing is unknown, a little girl playing on the shore finds a tiny circle…
Bunmi Oke
July 10, 2019
July Category

Far from home

I was on Grandpa’s antique zebra-skin sofa with Kenny, arguing over whether we should watch BBNaija or the championship league. Baba was on the veranda, the smoke from his tobacco wafting in like wisps of air. Mama's voice rang from…

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