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Dry Drowning

The less said, the better. In these parts; the south of the Mediterranean and to the east of the Atlantic, words stringed together in sentences are potent weapons. ‘Mama’ has a long list of 'sons' who have lost their identity…
Mark Odoom
July 25, 2019
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Phone Conversation

“How are you?” he asks. He always asked that. You answer, “Fine.” You always answer with fine. “School?” “Fine.” He mumbles something incoherent. You itch your ear and study your toes. “Give the phone to your mummy.” You've been waiting…
Kummi Olamiju
July 25, 2019
July Contest

A promise fulfilled

Anika walked around her house absorbing it's magnificence, she had made something out of herself....Queen to her former enslavers, all thanks to her white husband, her former master. But what remained was to fulfill the promise she made to the…
Diamond
July 25, 2019
July Contest

Where the tom-tom sounds

I find my feet moving in time to the complex rhythm. The tom-tom of beating drums matches the blood pounding in my head. At one remove, I watch appalled as this pale body of mine dances round the bonfire with…
Kummi Olamiju
July 25, 2019
July Contest

Till Death Do Us Part

Things are not well. Neighbors whisper about the raised voices coming from the newlyweds' flat last night. The sudden silence that followed kept not a few awake. A day passes and a foul odor can be perceived when hovering near…
Kummi Olamiju
July 25, 2019
July Contest

FAR FROM HOME

There's a feeling that comes with being at home, maybe it is the subtle relaxation of one's muscles, or the unconscious sigh that escape ones lip, or the feeling of safety that envelopes you and makes you feel at home.…
Opadokun Gloria
July 25, 2019
July Contest

Aisha

Aisha sat staring into vacancy, thinking of nothing, aware of only the approaching dawn. Today is the day she will move into Alhaji’s house; a wife at the ripe age of 14. Her mother had taught her a special recipe…
Aminat
July 25, 2019
July Contest

Love scenario

Nothing ever stops her. Even now, as I nudge at her every three seconds, she doesn't budge. With the silliest excuse, she dismisses me and my bothersome attitude. Defeated, I leave. As I make my way to the ground floor,…
Durogbola Tosin
July 25, 2019
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Sailing

We sailed in silence, everybody, clutching unto what mattered most. For me it was a brown duffel bag, wrapped and wrapped again for safety, some held the limbs of their last surviving children and others held their lives or what…
Kay Ugwuzor
July 25, 2019
July Contest

Ellipsis

I was dreaming. Turning, Soaked in sweat, the flashes came quickly. An image of my father in his cassock standing on the pulpit settled beneath my shut eyes. I could see myself sitting in a corner, knees up, as I…
Olivia Eze
July 25, 2019
July Contest

Running

You run, a child in your arm. The child's cry, a response to the commotion he doesn't understand: The air is rent with the grisly sound of guns and grenades and death. For the first and only time, you understand…
July Contest

JAKUNTA-FAR FROM HOME

Jakunta had to wander into foreign territory in search of big tusks. The elephants around Savo had been several poached, causing the herds to move west. Following their trail, Jakunta had his mind fixed on finding a mature elephant from…
Ezetu Doubra
July 24, 2019
July Contest

From Far North

Click. Magazines lock rifles. Clank. Weapons armed. Empty silence, almost peaceful. And then. The shattering of it by the thunder of a thousand bullets loosed. Endless rain. Infinite. I am the devil, and my companions, come from far north to…
Uchechi Princewill
July 24, 2019
July Contest

COLLATERAL

It was my wedding night, one of the worse night I had,laying my bare back on a dusty rug in the living room, I knew it was not going to be fun. I wept silently on how my father had…
Thelma nwabundu
July 24, 2019
July Contest

Rough Beginnings

Ronke jumped out of the bamboo bed in fright. She felt relieved on remembering where she was. The ten year old motherless girl had fled from an abusive father whose concubine was no better. She had no regrets for she…
Blessing Jeje
July 24, 2019
July Contest

For Love and Posterity

"You'd have to pick" he said, "any day you leave this house in the name of going to school, you best find a new family!" Hands twisted behind her, she tried to voice out… "but … but everyone is going…
Victor Adakole
July 24, 2019
July Contest

The Burma Boy

The rat-a-tat-tat of machinegun fire sounded ominously near. “Stand fast, men!” yelled the pasty white colonel. “For the queen and country!” Chima clutched the eagle's foot talisman, willing courage to his trembling limbs. “I don't know why they brought you…
Kummi Olamiju
July 24, 2019
July Contest

FAR FROM HOME.

Wakama oblivious she was in a trance, opened her eyes to behold the black mist that enveloped her. She stood, sauntering through her wild subconscious hoping to find Nene her sister whom she had fled with from the crises that…
Sylvia
July 24, 2019
July Contest

Shots

“Don’t think too much, just do it” Henry said, handing me his gun. I stared at my brother with full disbelief. He laid back on the floor, closing his eyes. That was his signal for me to shoot. I remained…
Oghenemaero Olori
July 24, 2019
July Contest

My Home

Beauty is replaceable but character lives forever, what about a home? Well, I came to answer that question after my sequel pride lead me to look for something more, something different, something greener and something that can make me happy.…
Brenda onyancha
July 24, 2019
July Contest

CITY WINGED GODDESS

Smoke danced its way out and when it felt like,sat on the walls leaving dark stains that gave the surrounding a messed up beauty.The beans consumed this goodness needless of tomatoes and for some reason,tasted sweeter than my spiced marinated…
Bonareri
July 24, 2019
July Contest

Transformation

I was once a dirty soul with no attraction from the world around. I was not a choice spot nor a symbol of glory. My life was nothing worth admiring because i was a dirty spot. I was caught in…
Adebare
July 24, 2019
July Contest

FOUND

"Really?" George asked, as he stared down at the words on my screen. Before turning to leave, he shook his head and muttered, "Stop this weird obsession, please." Obsession. That's all he saw it as. These white people would never…
Tobechi Francis
July 24, 2019
July Contest

LONDON WIFE

When you first arrived London with your husband four months ago, you were quite the skeptic. Ayo, your husband didn't tell you much about London.Their culture came to you as shock and you took quite a long time blending into…
Enobong Etuk
July 24, 2019
July Contest

HER MOTHER'S DAUGHTER

A ripple of gentle laughter had spilled from you when he said You bloom like the flower bud at spring time to attract butterflies. Your lips had spread to smile when he called your name, his voice seductive and sexy…
Enobong Etuk
July 24, 2019
July Contest

THINGS THEY DIDN'T SAY

When they told you about London, they didn't tell you that the streets are not paved with gold. You had thought things would be quite easy over there. You thought your uncles in America were simply wicked and uncaring because…
Enobong Etuk
July 24, 2019
July Contest

GOOD BYE

You kept your head down, not daring to look up from the table and into the faces of those seated in the interrogation room. All you wanted now was to go home. You missed the sights and sounds of Kano…
Enobong Etuk
July 24, 2019
July Contest

Metal Eagle

"The Lord shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth." The man sitting next to me said, swiftly working his phone. "As swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not…
Jay Matthews
July 23, 2019
July Contest

Taken From Home

He comes on Saturdays to visit. He always come with a gift for you and Mama. At first he had introduced himself as Chinua, Papa's old time friend. Today, Chinua came in a black car with tinted glasses. He came…
Godwin Iyamba
July 23, 2019
July Contest

Taken From Home

He comes on Saturdays to visit. He always comes with a gift for you and Mama. At first he had introduced himself as Chinua, Papa's old time friend. Today, Chinua came in a black car with tinted glasses. He came…
Godwin Iyamba
July 23, 2019
July Contest

ALONE

He followed the people from church as they entered the ward. He noticed the Doctor avoided looking at him as he whispered in their ears. He saw the Assistant Pastor shake and turn toward his mother’s prone body. He sensed…
Halima
July 23, 2019
July Contest

MAMA T

...8...9..10.. 1.. 2..3.. I continue to count to ten in my head as Mama T taught me to do when I'm scared Staring at the stranger wearing Mama T's wrapper in Mile 12 One minute I was holding tight to…
Moyo
July 23, 2019
July Contest

A disappointment.

I writhed in pains on the marble floor with my hands covering my innocent head against the whipping strokes. Catarrh drooling from my nose, I lay lame when the whips stopped coming. I'd just got back from the local health…
July Contest

THE RUNAWAY

She ran. Pumping her knees and arms, running alongside the bushes that lined the freeway until they connected with a bus stop. Ugochi felt alive and afraid and thrilled. As she ran, she thought about home. She imagined her mother…
Enobong Etuk
July 23, 2019
July Contest

Serving My Fatherland

I just moved out of camp. Still swallowed in everything Savanna exudes. Flitting memories of sunburned flesh wafting up dust on parade. Faints after lurches didn't tug stony hearts amid the incessant marching. Brutal soldiers. When morning dew falls, alarms…
John Ogunlade
July 23, 2019
July Contest

Colour Blindness

Refugee camps teach you that colour is identity. Audu's favourite is green, 'Nature is heaven'. Umi's is blue, 'I long for the sky'. I do not have one, I'm colour blind. But hearing 'black' reminds me of home. Teacher Whiteman…
Miracle Elvis
July 22, 2019
July Contest

War

How it came to be is uncertain, it ironic how the once favored turned one arch enemy, how uncontainable his greed must have been, craftily turning every other against the almighty for a price that could never be, approving their…
Segun Damilola
July 22, 2019
July Contest

LOVE AWAY

As you are far away distance make my heart grow founder, as I love you today, time to time I will never surrender, till we meet next day, my heart is yours please remember. I can not blimey the distance…
Ben Albert
July 22, 2019
July Contest

Freedom Fighter

Help me! John help me! Tunde cried intermittently as the soldiers carried him into a black van. His t-shirt gave him away. I had yanked off mine, sliding it in my bag. Freedom fighters aren’t appreciated here, it’s only wise…
Abu Samuel
July 21, 2019
July Contest

Awakening

Funmi came down from her high. Her lids drooped and her body still tingled. In a jolt,she looked around as if searching to see if anyone had been watching her - even though she had locked the door. It was…
Toluwanimi
July 21, 2019
July Contest

Her Business

Colored hair,scornful eyes from onlookers,that’s not how she planned things to be. An anklet to validate their thoughts the more (you know how judge mental Nigerians can be). Well she’s just going about her business,and if everyone would do same,there…
David Amada
July 21, 2019
July Contest

I PROMISE YOU MY RETURN

Here I am in this desolate and lonely place like a long hall-way that has lost its illumination wondering where I missed it. I found myself in this Faraway land seeking for greener pastures but here I am facing hostility…
Alayo Stephen
July 21, 2019
July Contest

Good Moments

The cold is the first thing you notice as soon as you and the others cross the borders; the cold is the first thing you got used to, as you pace every night on the empty sidewalks. You've thought of…
Vivian ikeh
July 21, 2019
July Contest

How far from home

She kissed the inside of her kuku's hand and she kissed hers back , a form of greeting. She handed her a sitenge, a present she kept for her for 5 years for when she returns home. They talked the…
Pumulo
July 20, 2019
July Contest

Corrections From A Husband.

“Mother, Does it hurt?” 6-year old Akunnaya asked, her fingers brushing my teary cheeks as I chopped onions. Ada, my mother’s daughter, was a failure. She lived out of her husband’s home because she wouldn’t take corrections from his fists.…
Okoro Augusta
July 20, 2019
July Contest

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 iam looking for a serious guy who is…
grace
July 20, 2019
July Contest

Nostalgia

Nostalgic! I am tired of been at diaspora, the culture, so sophisticated had made me far from home. Oh, I long and yearn for the daily Amala and Ewedu which mama prepares and serves at dinner, would I ever get…
Enoch
July 20, 2019
July Contest

Far From Home

My fingers grazed the last #200 in my pocket, remains from uncle Edward's last visit. Papa was still locked up in cell and mama wasnt back home yet. My siblings lay on the floor, exhausted from lack of food. We…
Uduak umanah
July 19, 2019
July Contest

I WISH

She turned to the left and to the right, seeking which direction to go. Nowhere looked familiar. Could she be lost? Falling on her weakened knees, drowning in the pool of her tears, enveloped with fear and regret, this couldn’t…
Jessica CHUKs
July 19, 2019
July Contest

My African Body

These days, you could walk past me on the street and not realize I am my mother’s daughter, Call it civilization or pressure but somehow I trailed off the part that once led me home. I grew up watching mama…
Esohe Uwuigbe
July 19, 2019

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