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Wanting More

Chioma felt the shot before the scream from Nicole telling her to hide. As she fell to the ground her mind kept wondering “why will anybody want me dead? Who did I offend?” She reached to her chest to feel…
Peace Efughi
June 30, 2019
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Gecko Nightmare

The nightmare began after I married Mma. They (the vampires) would come after me in legions, their saber-like teeth gritting and their talon-like fingers clawing at the air in their bid to devour me. My flight was always impeded by…
Chikezie Onwumere
June 30, 2019
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Three Words

They say words are powerful... I always thought so too, but I never really understood the extent of this power... until I met Kenneth. It took just three words, “you are beautiful,” for him to get my attention, and three…
Andrés C. Digno
June 30, 2019
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The Joys of Motherhood

I am with child: a beating art that makes my heart skip a beat whenever I think of him. Him. It must be a male. I already ate every vegetable the Umuada offered me; already carried a calabash down the…
Anike Ade
June 30, 2019
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The Tortoise and The Hare

Once upon a time, in the animal kingdom, the tortoise and the hare began a race down traveller’s track. The hare reached the finish line quicker than a duck could quack. The hare stood outside the finish line in a…
Anike Ade
June 30, 2019
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Secret of the Spices

Eleanor is visiting Lagos from Manhattan. She's in my kitchen: her blonde hair waving and her straight nose frowning at the pepper paste frying in diced onions and vegetable oil. “Amoke, where's your cookbook? To measure the spices?” I smile…
Anike Ade
June 30, 2019
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I once had a Home

I once had a home; a life; a dream that I, Fateema, will become a nurse in Chibok. My best friend, Hadiza, would be a lawyer. Kai, that girl could argue for Africa. Her brother, Yusufu, the light of my…
Anike Ade
June 30, 2019
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People of the desert

Papa has never feared the desert. Regard it with a grudging respect? Curse it for stealing our land? Yes. But he is immune to that terror the great expanse strikes. “Malik,” he tells me, “We are Toubou, people of the…
Kummi Olamiju
June 30, 2019
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The men who killed gods

The white man and his rod of lightning will soon send me to the place where my ancestors are but I shall leave instructions. The god of our fathers will once again be worshipped. “Do they really think gods can…
Asogwa Adam
June 30, 2019
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Little White Thief

The first thing I stole was puff puff. Hot, soft yet somewhat crunchy. Mum was furious. I was to work for Mummy Elohor and I stole. I felt bad that I let her down. Worse, she grabbed the stolen puff…
Emmanuella James
June 30, 2019
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The rain

I lay lazily on the wooden bed dreading dawn. Mama would come knocking at the door with the bag filled with her farm tools slumped across her shoulder. It had rained the previous night. Chizo snored softly beside me. She…
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The Jewel Called Silence

Getting away from the cacophony of city life, Kazeem embraced the life of a hitchhiker as he embarked on a strange adventure. "Where to my good man?" Queried the Bodach in a jalopy. "Away from the city into a place…
Peter Duke
June 30, 2019
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Wrong Pairing

Tijani was tired of the ill-happenings that befell his family. His wife, Romoke, had given birth to four children - all of them died before the age of ten. He called it quit. Romoke moved on and later married Alani.…
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Kamikazi

Kami placed the meal down on the table in front of her husband, hoping this time there would be no bubbling up of anger from the depths of him like lava. Red hot and brutal. A furore of spit exploded…
Tesi Uwibambe
June 30, 2019
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Hell bound

My skin tingles with intense regret every time I close my eyes. My heart constricts when I remember what I did. My guilt is intense and depression has weighed me down. The world will condemn me if I confess. I…
Feranmi Alajiki
June 30, 2019
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ALL TO MYSELF

The modest burial of my sister went well. I am left tired, and there is a nip in the air. Her death bewilders everyone barring me. She was generous, wholly gave me everything possible but one. I need warmth, the…
AKINLAJA FELIX
June 30, 2019
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Trigger

Idris chuckles when you enter the room. “Shebi you talk say you no wan join us. Wetin you dey do for here?" When you hesitate, he cocks his rifle. Your words become a waterfall gushing about Amina and the pregnancy—you…
Chiamaka Onu-Okpara
June 30, 2019
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A call to serve.

I remember how the village was in a frenzy when the letters came. Every male above fifteen and under twenty years had been invited to the army base in Vandeikya. No matter how I wished it not to, the day…
Yondy
June 29, 2019
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Whips

Wham! wham! wham! the sound thundered so fast in my ears. “Help”? I pleaded but the beating drowned out every other sound. “How can this happen to me?” It was never part of the plan. My nerve cells were going…
Oluwaseyi
June 29, 2019
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A woman's end.

Some days are much difficult than the others, the fact that every time i would walk with so much caution on my way home because of all the loud threats thrown at me by the people I grew up with.…
Brenda onyancha
June 29, 2019
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The Man I Called Father

Shock! I was paralyzed with shock. I couldn’t scream, couldn’t shout, couldn’t move any part of my body. I couldn’t do anything but stare with questions in my eyes at the man I’d called father for ten years. The man…
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The Wandering Mind

Here but never really here. Present in the body and absent in the moment; overstaying my existence in one city for Twenty-something years has done that to me. The dream to see more, want more and do more than the…
Solanke Ayomide
June 29, 2019
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Nihility.

Bells caused the heavens to part, not prayers, vigils nor incantations. At my feet, a black feather dances with familiar pattern. Swinging, swaying, calling its brothers. I see another feather... The heavens have let enemies go. With unscripted lines, I…
rippleeffects
June 29, 2019
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A letter to Laura

Laura I tried but my vision couldn't get you. How is your new abode? I heard a lot about its renowned beauty. Streets were built in gold, treasures falls from the skies like rain; if there's a sky anyway. How…
Ologhofor Samuel
June 29, 2019
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Mind Is The Abyss

"E dey hold him boxer with belt." "Na dat yeye pesin you wan marry." "Your head no correct." Cynthia Her name should have been a balance between beauty, brain and wealth. This was five years in the future and it…
Godwin Iyamba
June 28, 2019
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They Need help

Ask yourself for a minute, my fellow brothers and sisters. What is the usefulness of hoping when there is no backup of faith in it? Do you all want us to fold our hands and watch our youth abusing drugs?…
Lindsey El
June 28, 2019
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Sick.

A Piercing scream broke through the usual buzz of the hospital. Amaka halted in her filing, her right hand mid air as she gazed at the direction of the ICU. " She's lost another one." Amaka said as she shook…
Vivian ikeh
June 28, 2019
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Amongst us

Adaugo,sat in tears on the bare cold floor,as the water which was used to wash okike's corpse was forced down her throat and her hair shaved. "I warned my son about you, but he didn't listen" Mama had repeated those…
Ossai Amanda Ekene
June 27, 2019
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CHIDINMA'S DILEMMA

Chidinma held her aunt and whispered "Aunty Amaka I feel nothing when Obinze touches me" Amaka frowned, not sure what Chidinma meant. "What do you mean?" Amaka inquired. "I'm dead down here" Nneka said pointing towards her sex. "Ever since…
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Sister's Deed

She was dark and beautiful, this Ma's sister. Ijeoma was her name. She had visited twice in a space of five years and her second coming had preceded Ma's sudden illness. It was painful to see Ma shrink; to see…
Godwin Iyamba
June 27, 2019
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Home

The little brown leaves that line the forest pathway. The first blessings of rain that had the earth covered with tender shoots of green. The animated whispers in the village square when Amope, the moin-moin hawker with golden skin, passed…
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SHADES OF VICTORIA

SHADES OF VICTORIA 1 -Aren Victor Shola lit the candle and carefully placed it in front of him. He sat with his legs crossed, his elbows finding rest on the support his thighs provided. Slowly he closed his eyes to…
Aren Victor
June 27, 2019
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The Ancestor's Rage

The day broke in Amankwo with unusual darkness. Terrible! The cow meant for the funeral of Chief Ezeudo was found dead where it was tethered to an 'ogirisi' tree, without any sign of cut. It was only when the news…
Chikezie Onwumere
June 26, 2019
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The Future

The future blows blurry images that hurt my irises, dusty and uncertain. Searching for the future is a gaze set to the sun, blurry. The future adorns herself with the mist, cloaked in mystery. What extents it would go to…
Alex
June 26, 2019
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Judas Kiss

I remember now, the party. It had not been my first. Ty gave a brief kiss in the kitchen and murmured how beautiful I looked. I was already tipsy. I danced all night! It was fun...tI felt myself being carried…
Ayomide Gbadamosi
June 26, 2019
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My Last Murder

Partly Alive, partly dead He stared at me with loathe and hatred. The face I've watched change, but now it gives me mirthless grins. With the knife in my hand I drove it through his eyes, He laughed at me…
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Gentleman Impression

It all started with telling me to keep the change whenever he paid his bills at our restaurant. First, he did it passively, acknowledging my 'thank you' with a wave of the hand, and walking away without saying another word.…
Chikezie Onwumere
June 25, 2019
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A Girl's Father

I never knew what it meant to have a father. All my life I’ve watched little girls like me say ‘daddy did this’, ‘daddy said that’. Sandra in school says whenever her mum pisses her dad off, he drinks and…
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Seeds

“The Hebrew boys were saved, for they would not touch food meant for inanimate gods,” blares from a loudspeaker. But Pastor eats food meant for his own god. The one he says is a living one. Mama divides a small…
Sarah Juma
June 25, 2019
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ADALIKU

He pulled me down with legs wide open. Adaliku was rubbing me from the back. Lowering his gentle kisses deeper in-between my thighs while I tremble. In awesome moan and wetness. He was doing it well, better than a Sunday…
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ADALIKU

He pulled me down with legs Wide open. Adaliku was rubbing me from the back. Lowering his gentle kisses deeper in-between my thighs while I tremble. In awesome moan and wetness. He was doing it well, better than a Sunday…
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Igba nkwụ

The traditional wedding would happen tomorrow, barely a month since the love of her life was killed by her betrothed. Everyone smiles and congratulates her, everyone calls her 'lucky'. But she remained calm, patiently awaiting the ceremony, anxious for the…
Terence Jindu
June 25, 2019
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My Papa

It was his turn to tell the class about his father. Father’s day it was. Ever so warily, he stole out from his seat, taking slow steps to the front. “My Papa breaks peopl” He began “He hurts them when…
Enobong Etuk
June 25, 2019
june contest

Bokono

Kemi sat down outside her mother's hut, looking straight ahead. The sun had turned red, slowly giving way for the moon. A sad chuckle sounded in her throat as she thought about the Vodoun rituals. Baba had told her the…
Enobong Etuk
June 25, 2019
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The hate you give

You waited in ambush as Bisola, the girl who had always bullied you approached. The halfwall concealing you and your hatred. You remember the figure of speech "The pen is mighter than the sword" but the stone in your hand…
Enobong Etuk
June 25, 2019
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Tea for your chapati

Beautiful dinner last night, He probably had a few ,hot, straight from the fire. its crust is perfect. spots of a cheetah rather than a jaguar, truly a work of art. He easily brushed through the first two lowered the…
Makokha Timothy
June 24, 2019
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WRONG CHOICE

She remembered vividly how that day went. Everyone danced. Food was everywhere. Hugs from friends accompanied by gifts. The smile on her face was priceless. A month later that smile had turned to hate for the man she thought she…
Kehinde Kenku
June 24, 2019
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The Girl Child

"Am I happy now?" I asked myself, starring at the little bundle of joy that filled my arms. The coolness of the mud hut and the warmth of the baby boy almost making me forget my sorrows. "Why are you…
Lilian Briggs
June 24, 2019
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Ireju

Rain descended from the gods accompanied by their thunderous roars. That night Ireju was born, with skin as white as snow and eyes as translucent as glass. The people of Otishe had waited too long for this day, when the…
Kubi Ekomodi
June 23, 2019

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