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The Pole

Our Sunday sermons, as far as I could recall, usually involved our near-skeletal pastor say in one way or another, that God is inside each of us, or we are pieces of Him, or we are His angels. At first,…
Justin Clement
June 16, 2019
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Punching Bag

A shrieking scream woke me up with a start. It was Mama. Papa was beating her again. She had always been his punching bag since cows came home. There was a crack. Mama fell, in pool of her blood. Our…
Chikezie Onwumere
June 16, 2019
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My Hunts

I went hunting for mushrooms, snails… everything edible the forest bears. Retrieving snails under dead leaves, with them secured in my hunting bag, I rose to my feet only to see my pant few meters away. Immediately, my hands flew…
vicky okon
June 15, 2019
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The Avengers

‘I am sorry’, he whispered, but his eyes said otherwise. Lola reached out to the pile of sticks next to him, and handed me the thickest. She etched a weak smile of approval and my duty began. I slapped his…
Tumininu Olutayo
June 15, 2019
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Bleeding Free

Her eyes were fierce. She was at the forefront of the battle. Dahia al-Kahina, Queen of Berber, had ordered that the earth be scorched and Hasan ibn al-Nu'man and his men of the Umayyad Dynasty had receded when the heat…
Prudence Onaah
June 15, 2019
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The Journey

Mama was getting sick when I got the visa. She was in a hospital-bed by the time I packed up to leave. Two bosom friends needed each other; but one of us is going on a journey. “Do not worry…
Aminat Adesanya
June 15, 2019
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32 Hours To World's End

It’s a melee; something from a barbarian war movie, set in this our modern city. Everybody is at each other’s throat, like a gladiator free-for-all. I wonder if it’s panic to save their lives, or moronic greed to loot as…
Ibrahim B. Ibrahim
June 15, 2019
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The King and I

"Kabiyesi o!" Adunni joined all subjects in chanting. He was the beloved King. She was just the daughter of a yam seller. As she rose to leave the palace, a messenger gave her a note, from the King. She was…
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BURNING

Ronke had precious eyes, eyes that beckoned on me to reach deep into her beautiful soul. Her laughter was like music to my ears, cliche but true. Everyone thought we had a special bond, deeper than what existed between sisters,…
Temitope Olowookere
June 14, 2019
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What Is Noise

Noise is the sound of Pa's exploding hunting gun that ends Ayo's life. Noise is the sound of rushing blood behind my ears. Noise is the sound of footsteps running into our raffia-fenced compound. Noise is the voice that whisper…
Godwin Iyamba
June 14, 2019
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Unclosed!

"I'm sorry baby!" Then, he left! I made sure he took all his belongings. This was two weeks ago. I loved him. Why did he do this to us? He was married! Needing to go out, to get over things,…
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Myself

For me, I had wanted life to be fair as a child. But, that seems impossible right? I had often found myself in dilemma, even being at a rough sharp edge is better because you have two choice to make.…
Chidera
June 14, 2019
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IDERA

Idera carried her lunch bag and headed towards her nanny who was already waiting by the gate. Her parents had travelled the previous day, hence she had to trek to school. On the way, Idera sighted a lanky lad in…
Adebisi Temidayo
June 14, 2019
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Is Mama Right?

Laryea was well known for his avuncular charm. He took delight in our calling him Uncle as much as we relished the treats he got us from his trips to the city. The first time I felt Uncle Laryea's hands…
Mandy Bay
June 14, 2019
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A strange place

After drifting in and out of my hazy sleep a couple of times, I dragged my weight out of the sofa I had laid. Then I opened my eyes. Expect from the rays of yellow moonlight that peered through the…
J Mitoukaritou
June 14, 2019
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Why the fire failed

Sitting on the damp log of wood in the shack that was our new home staring into the darkness at the faces the dying flames failed to light up. Tears lacquered our eyes as we cried in silence. I know…
J Mitoukaritou
June 14, 2019
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HANGED

The first crow from the cock behind my cage woke me up to face my fate. Just before I submitted my subconsciousness to nature, I had killed my thoughts and its fear. It wasn't my fault I sent Oma to…
Frank Onuorah
June 13, 2019
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Tipsy's Dilemma

I wondered why everyone loved Tipsy, a common cat. I felt her presence was more appealing to everyone than my very existence, so I decided to prove them all wrong. A wicked smile escape my face as it all played…
Kubi Eric
June 13, 2019
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Beanstalk and Gemstones

In my hometown, there was a great beanstalk, taller than any skyscraper in America. Children believed that beyond the beanstalk was a field of gemstones. The only adult who still bought into the fairytale was my uncle. There was a…
Emmanuel Rukevwe
June 13, 2019
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Kokumo

She always looks as beautiful as the picture in the sitting room everytime I dream of her. I had questions for her but it was always like my tongue had been cut off. In my dreams, she braided my hair,…
Ayomide Gbadamosi
June 13, 2019
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1967

Three years ago in my father's backyard, I remembered Fechi and I playing with sticks - we used it as guns. We played police and thief. I sometimes thought of owning a real gun so that I can get rid…
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The Cursed.

We agreed to carry out our plans on the fourth market from today - everyone would be busy selling their wares, they won't even notice us. The thought of eloping with her was one that gave me sound sleep each…
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Getting aid.

'Tell them the water we use to cook is the same one we wash our clothes in and pour in our shit. Before I forget, please add that our children have potbellies and blown out ribs and smelly sores under…
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The Highlander Girl

She always sits at the back of this Highlander, with her school backpack clutched to her bosom, her basket of food flask on the floor of the car, and her head shaking to the rhythm of the music wafting from…
Chikezie Onwumere
June 12, 2019
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AFRICA MY HOME

When you have acquired a taste for the dust and the scent of our first rain you're hooked for life on Africa.. Africa is waiting-come!! When you long to see the elephants or hear the conceals song.. the greener pastures…
Nnamokwo judith
June 12, 2019
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A punishment, a blessing

Intoxicated by the beats of the drum the women shook their rounded hips tantalizingly. Drenched in perspiration Jide furiously played the drums in order to summon the rain. Suddenly Kuku the village high priest appeared to collect his debt from…
Diamond
June 12, 2019
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INJUSTICe

I envied the sun because it stood alone and shined so brightly. It stole my shine and took my mother. Under the sun I watched my mother bleed to death, "Did you blind the doctor that stood near by Or…
Chioma Karen
June 12, 2019
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Jaded

The day after she was admitted at the psychiatric hospital, the psychiatrist found her rocking in a chair by the window. "The townspeople call me a witch. They say I killed my daughter because I couldn't stand her insanity," she…
Mandy Bay
June 12, 2019
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Miss-demeanour

Ibiye stands under the disused lampost, scantily dressed with her new hooker heels. She smacks her ruby lips repeatedly as she awaits a customer. She looks to her left; the numbers were thinning as most of the girls had left…
Akin Onadeko
June 12, 2019
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Home for a warrior's soul

"A great warrior needs a vessel for his soul to live on through." That was why I married Dee Nnaemeka, a man not much younger than my father. But when I was sent to his obi that night he said,…
Terence Jindu
June 12, 2019
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Crashed

"Negative, no sign of the target," the first spy radios. "I spy the target. Target is asleep. I repeat, target is asleep," the second spy announces. "All clear. No sign of movement," another spy confirms. "Great. Now follow my lead,"…
Mandy Bay
June 12, 2019
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POTATO PORRIDGE

Adira talks too much. She blabs on about her weekend and how her mother taught her how to make potato porridge. Mama didn't teach me that. Mama taught me how to be a woman. Worst lesson of my life. She…
AnnieShaka
June 11, 2019
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LOVE AND IMPOSSIBLE WORDS

Why do people express love using impossible words? I'll move mountains for you. I'll give you the world. And my personal favourite, I'll die for you. All Frank's words. But I love him anyway. I open the door to our…
AnnieShaka
June 11, 2019
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Being the other Woman.

It never occurred to me for once that one day, I would become the very thing I abhorred with every fibre of my being. Seeing what that woman did to my mum, how my father father's betrayal crushed my mother…
Chisom Cynthia
June 11, 2019
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Being the other Woman.

It never occurred to me for once that one day, I would become the very thing I abhorred with every fibre of my being. Seeing what that woman did to my mum, how my father father's betrayal crushed my mother…
Chisom Cynthia
June 11, 2019
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Taste of blood

There was an unusual way she looked. Unlike the other virgins who only puffed fear and agitation; seeking answers and pleading freedom. But how could it be? We are going to chop off their heads to bury our king. I…
Augustine Ejeh
June 11, 2019
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BUT WHY?

Africa stared blankly at me. Her lips parted dry of fate to tell. The world got mum. A sigh of resignation followed by a subtle cry for life. Many of Africa's ancestors had frequently repeated that - such was a…
Chenjerai Mhondera
June 11, 2019
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FOR NOW

Tunde was fast asleep. I made to get up but he tightened his arms around me. Caressing his face, I remembered how we met while studying at Kwara State Polytechnic but lost touch after graduation. 3 years later, we bumped…
Imabong Faminu
June 10, 2019
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The World was Unkind

Dike watched the man totter up the sidewalk. Mumbling, hoary-haired, he was bent even lower by the Ludo boards he gripped. Dike wondered why the sun showed him no reverence but burnt him darker still, why the pebbles did not…
Akudo Lynda
June 10, 2019
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Dilemma

I hide my face in shame. Who am I going to tell. How could this happen to me? I picked up my phone. Facebook was heated up as usual. The most featured topic was rape. I quickly shut down the…
Cynthia
June 10, 2019
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WELCOME HOME

"You're welcome to your husbands house, Cece". The MC could be heard over the loud speakers as we arrived the arena with her family. The new bride covered in white lined with gold was ushered into her home. The village…
Mercy Godwin
June 10, 2019
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The Dove Devotion

After few days of sojourn in the forest, Peace came flying in the air, flapping its wings in ecstasy, an olive leaf held between its beak. The bird has never left its cage without returning with this sign of love…
Chikezie Onwumere
June 9, 2019
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Betrayed

I felt the knife pierce my body from behind, my fingers gripped the sponge I was using to wash the dishes, funny but I could still hear the sound of our leaky faucet. I've heard many talk about death, of…
ADAH TONIA
June 9, 2019
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How We Birth Misandry

I'm here at this funeral, but I'm really not here. Maybe I should've stayed home, but Simi was my best friend. Two months ago, Jide publicly engaged Simi but eventually got married to someone else. A week later, Simi ingested…
Lewis Ogenyi
June 9, 2019
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Baby Dilemma

King Solomon threatened to cut my baby in half. He was bluffing. I have seen the cute puppy pictures he posts on Instagram, so I knew he was bluffing. Still, I was mad he would stoop so low, so I…
Paul
June 9, 2019
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Change and it's tides

My family always retire home for Christmas. The journey buds quiet but crescendos as we causerie over the changes that have dotted our small town. My father would then tell his story of change and it's tide. There was this…
Adodo Ruth
June 8, 2019
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Hands

In '97, your little hands found mine in a children's playroom in Benin and from that day, our story began. We grew up hand-in-hand, weaving through life's many labyrinths. I finally felt your hold slacken as we crossed the threshold…
Akin Onadeko
June 7, 2019
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The Crazy City of Lagos.

I had been thrilled when Uncle Chibuike said I could come spend the Christmas holiday with him in Lagos, so thrilled I couldn’t sleep the night before my departure to the great big city. I would see in Lagos, the…
Adekunle Badmus
June 7, 2019
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LOVE’S FOOTSTEPS

The instant we locked eyes, the world vaporized. I married my sweetheart, a soldier, one year before the Nigerian civil war broke out. Six months into the conflict, while pregnant, I received word that he had been captured by death.…
Ikenna Igwe
June 7, 2019
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STRANGE LOVE

Ikenna got to the river and sat by its bank as usual. He drew his flute from his pocket and began to play sweet serenades. He felt a cold touch on his shoulder; yanking to his feet, he held her…
Aren Victor
June 7, 2019
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SALT

“ I can’t wait to pierce my nose, anklets and waistbeads are just the beginning”... my last thoughts as I fell asleep,before I found myself outside my door at 12.30 AM. My neigbour peeped through her window, I saw her…
Adaugo Emejuru
June 7, 2019
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Fresh Fish

Jeffrey has been in the market for hours. There's fresh fish in his bag. That's what he came for, until he'd seen a mob parading a thief. He's been watching. All this while, the thief has remained silent. Finally, someone…
Wisdom Iwundu
June 7, 2019
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Fresh Fish

Jeffrey has been in the market for hours. There's fresh fish in his bag. That's what he came for, until he'd seen a mob parading a thief. He's been watching. All this while, the thief has remained silent. Finally, someone…
Wisdom Iwundu
June 7, 2019
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Revenge is a drink best served hot

“Give this beverage to your husband…” said the genie “For every time he cheats on you, his … will shrink by a few centimeters.”… “ … I love you, Mwete.” He whispered before collapsing on her. That phrase would have…
Gisele Doh
June 6, 2019
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Feel Africa or remain numb.

Akanbi bit his microwaved dinner. Oh! Taste of Africa, the fresh hotness of Amala that burnt his tongue and how the burst of flavours and spices made up for it. He went for a walk, the air smelt misty and…
Braimoh Ebun
June 6, 2019

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