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Papa's verdict

The sound of Papa’s voice shouting “Where’s Adanna and her mother?” ended my peaceful evening, I tried to remember if I had done something to offend this man. I finished my secondary school that year and sought admission into the…
akande emmanuel
March 21, 2019
March Contest

Numbered Sausages for Lunch

The siren signaling lunchtime in Bakassi camp sounds and we excitedly run towards the kitchen. I count twenty-seven children before me on the queue including Halima, the new girl. Suddenly, a stampede occurs and we fall. Halima’s plate opens to…
Ohaegbulam fortune
March 20, 2019
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Since 1960

Mama Africa raging in anger with all her children, stands up, pull Nigeria by the ear (you come here, with all the riches i gave you, and even called you the Giant of Africa how come you are looking so…
Unah Leonard
March 20, 2019
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The other woman

A sinister smile spread my across my face. Everyone was mourning and I pretended I was sad and shocked. But only I knew. Later at night I laughed and complimented myself. After all I accomplished my mission. The deed was…
Rachel Francis
March 20, 2019
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A mother's love.

"Please Mr. Akinriade! I can't afford an extra year. My mother is single and working two jobs!" As I cried on my knees, he frowned. "I'll see what I can do" he said. Over the years, the fish in his…
Demilade Phillips
March 20, 2019
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Sisterly

I loved Ariyi like a sister. We grew up together, went to school together, practically did everything together. We even planned to get married on the same day. We were best friends. Well, until Dipo, the guy we both had…
BALOGUN Joy Ifeoluwa
March 20, 2019
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Ebọ (The Sacrifice)

“Don't look back!” The Alawo's voice kept ringing in her ears as Aduke walked stealthily through the dark towards the T-junction in her white iro and bubba, carrying a small traditional calabash on her head. She stopped at the oritameta…
March Contest

Dear Family

Dear Family, My name is Adhiambo, I am a firstborn in a blended family of 6. You see I was born out of wedlock. My mother’s family feel am an embarrassment they don’t talk about me much. My father’s side…
Patricia Abuya
March 20, 2019
March Contest

Princess without money

Adaeze stood at Aki-nukwa junction wondering who should win her mental tug-of-war; the Okpa hawker or the Abacha seller, she reluctantly chose the former and approached her with caution "Hello, can you direct me to Ezioha?" "Ebe?" replied the Okpa…
Uche Orjinta
March 20, 2019
March Contest

An angry cynic

‘What utter nonsense!!’ She moved closer. ‘How dare you defend him? You haven’t lived a day in his shoes! How would you know? Who is this guy anyway!’ She went on and on in her head. He continued ‘defending’ him.…
Rose Ndichu
March 20, 2019
March Contest

CLOSETS ARE FOR DRESSES

He kissed me. It felt like a warm ray of sunshine after a long winter, like cold water quenching an agonising thirst. I was certainly in love,the butterflies in my stomach danced with excitment. I thought of what to wear…
Esther Gbaratu
March 19, 2019
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Caesarian Section

The pain came in paralyzing intervals. Faster. Closer. Stronger. Like when she had to sprint for the taxi because being outrun by the sun was perilous. Like when she asked her friend to stand close because the strange man was…
Aaishah Mayet
March 19, 2019
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Breaking Free

It was cold that night. Standing, transfixed, over your lifeless body I felt nothing but an unimaginable sense of freedom. "Finally, " I saw the mist from my mouth when I said it.The knife still in my hand blood dripping…
Sandra Chesanai
March 19, 2019
March Contest

Criminal in Uniform

I feel the adrenaline rushing through my body, the weight of the pistol in my right hand, small but lethal enough to take away something as big as life. I caress the toy carelessly, feel the ruthless coldness of the…
Ben Mokamba
March 19, 2019
March Contest

Wakanda Woman

I wonder what feminists will make of such a lady. My wakanda woman, she doesn't know lazy. Her heart is plated with platinum, and every house hold appliance operates on vibranium. She understands the intricacies of plutonium, yet her cooking…
Ezetu Doubra
March 19, 2019
March Contest

FAR AWAY NORTH

There I was, in an old rickety car far away north, sweating like a man being chased,lovestruck at a woman who was obviously above my class. I had hoped in my mind ''why won't she just offer me a ride''…
March Contest

She said Yes!

Mariana texted me this morning. “I miss you drooling on my chest." It's her way of apologizing for calling me a cunt, the last time I slept at her place. She's always finding ways to be hurtful. Just last week,…
Cj Gicheru
March 19, 2019
March Contest

Nowhere Children

"He jumped didn't he?" Sade whispered to me, I could see the slight tremor of her hands as Ose took a long drag from his cigarette and Rachel stifled a whimper. Here we were staring at the dreaded D3 class…
Victory Godwin
March 19, 2019
March Contest

My true life

My true life story. My is Adaobi, am the first daughter of my parent out of six of us, my mother love me so much as her first daughter but am very stubborn, I never listen to my mother, I…
Onwuteaka Adaobi
March 19, 2019
March Contest

Sweet Mornings

The sun rays didn't let me sleep anymore. As if they wanted to wake me up, they came directly for my eyes this morning. I didn't hear when the cocks in our barn crowed, the fresh breeze from yesterday's rains…
Lauretta Onwuegbuzie
March 19, 2019
March Contest

A painful experience

My parents were always at each other's throat. It was normal. But last night was different; they didn't quarrel as they usually did. Mama screamed in agony. It was the first time Papa laid his hands on Mama. Mama stopped…
Kingsley
March 19, 2019
March Contest

TableTop

I was holding onto a fork jembe that grandpa gifted me for my second birthday. He had it handmade to fit my small grasp.Grandma had left for chama and grandpa was with the elders. Mambo hauled me off the ground…
RoseMuthoniK
March 19, 2019
March Contest

PERFECT DAY

We went looking for a wedding dress on Sunday. Laughing, we made for the door of a bridal shop. This would surely be the first of many stores before we found the perfect gown. Having witnessed other brides, we vowed…
Torris
March 19, 2019
March Contest

Puff Puff Dash

"One last time then i'm done". These are the words Baraka chanted himself as he leaned, on a rusty rail at the balcony holding a half lit cigarette. He gazed at the sky as he puffed the smoke out of…
RoseMuthoniK
March 19, 2019
March Contest

Babe!!!

Walking down memory avenue alone. All that you could ever hope for. But then, running along, something caught my eye. In the cold dark alley was a babe. A babe, buried deep within the dumpster of the forgotten. Lonely, cold…
Eugene A.O
March 19, 2019
March Contest

ỌDỊDA

The sound of the old rusted Ogene reawakened my consciousness. Poor Ozumba popularly known as dike ukwu of Awo kingdom already had his back to the ground; I watched him struggle in the hands of Ochaka as he slowly grew…
Izuagba Jessica
March 18, 2019
March Contest

It happened

The ciren rang, light had come on again. Few minutes later, I heard a sharp cry of pain from Papa's room. Rushing in, I find Mama crying profusely, beads of sweat all over her face. She's shaking Papa's seemingly lifeless…
Lauretta Onwuegbuzie
March 18, 2019
March Contest

Bathed

Long ago, before the Whites sailed across the Atlantic, carrying soap and water and iron sponge, and arrived on this land of people with skin tanned black, claiming they were polishing us and stripping us of our black filth, the…
March Contest

SADIA

She walked down the street, finally arriving at her destination. The doorstep on which she had slept for days, knowing that Baba wouldn't let her in. She let the tears fall, and let her fingers run over the blade. Baba's…
Gimbiya Galadima
March 18, 2019
March Contest

A CRY IN THE DARK

6 months had passed and still no work. As usual she used to get the breakfast but this today she stopped. Then looked at them, on their clean clothes, the sweet scent of their fragrance and their quick match. But…
Paula Wanjiru
March 18, 2019
March Contest

When the night comes.

There was a road. The road had ears and eyes. The ears laughed boisterously and the eyes heard everything from a thousand miles. Stories are told of a creature that roams the dead night and prey on little children including…
March Contest

Leaving Home.

Today make it day three I stay in Master Jackson's house. He allow me sleep on his couch and I dream good dream there. You see! Him is not like my other masters. I wash him cloth and cook him…
March Contest

ESTRANGED

ESTRANGED The last time, it was beside the highway, lost in the crowd. This time around, she was camped around the public dump site. She was wearing the same yellow top and blue skirt which was torn in so many…
Tzar Chisom
March 18, 2019
March Contest

Ini's Resolve

"How dare you slap your husband?!" Ini's mother yelled. "He slapped me first!" Ini replied. "A husband is to be respected..." "And a wife should be disrespected?" Ini was trying to control her anger over the hurt and betrayal she's…
ADEOLUWA ADEBOLU
March 18, 2019
March Contest

My life

I am a young girl with lot of aspirations and dreams. I would like to be this and that,I kept dreaming about lot of things. Most time I felt things are not going perfectly for me,I feel am loosing friends…
Akinsanya Alimot
March 18, 2019
March Contest

GOD KILLED ME

Mama Diwey was a chronic debtor that everyone knew. Promotion exams began next monday and each time I remembered the class teacher's warning that "Whoever failed to pay the fee was free to stay next term", I panicked and didn't…
Mercy Godwin
March 18, 2019
March Contest

RICH SEX

"Omolara who is the father?" Janice screamed. Lara the maid was terrified as a pastor caught in a Boko Haram camp. She was kneeling before the three options. James was a pastor and owner of Church on the Rock. Douglas…
Victoria Okoh
March 18, 2019
March Contest

TIMELESS

I’ve always been a daddy’s girl. On road trips, we competed over who sported the most hawks first. Our favorite competition was, upon seeing each other, who could say the words “I love you best” first. If I got him…
Onugwu ejike
March 18, 2019
March Contest

BROKEN

Please don't touch me! please! please! Nne said it's wrong,she begged,I don't want to, please!stop!.Her pleas fell on deaf ears for Uzor's mind has been set on tasting her first.He has gone so hard and his eyes shone red like…
Pamela Ejesi
March 18, 2019
March Contest

BAT

'I belong to everyone and to no one' I say with my head bowed and my hands tucked between my legs. 'You can't sit on the fence,are you a bat, eh?' Mama Chiugo asked. From my bowed position I observe…
March Contest

PARTY CRASHERS

Bang! Bang! I looked around inquisitively, only to find chaos! Some had fallen, while others were scampering to safety. Clang! Clang! “C’mon get away! Out!” were what followed, as a group of young men had just stormed the polling unit,…
Chizurum Oluigbo
March 18, 2019
March Contest

Too good to be true

Richard has always been the best husband. He adores me and the kids, he helps out at home, he’s financially responsible. He supports my business and every other thing I do. He gets along well with his in laws (my…
BALOGUN Joy Ifeoluwa
March 18, 2019
March Contest

A dark mind

I stared at the frail body on the tattered mattress, he looked up, gasped and took his last breath, for a moment I thought he'd looked right at me, at least he'd gone without struggling, yesterday I'd visited a lady…
ADAH TONIA
March 17, 2019
March Contest

WORDS COME ONCE

I'm here today on this precipice wondering just how ruined my life had become. My thoughts float around my mind as the rains beat hard on me. "Don't marry her!" my father had thundered in annoyance when I told him…
Okolo Chinua
March 17, 2019
March Contest

Can't heal

Dede and I were different, I couldn't call him darling, dim(oma),nwoke Ike, Godforbid!!!! I wouldn't dare, I loathed him, he hated me too!! We were always like this from the very start, I was nineteen he was 31, it had…
March Contest

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER

Olanna and emeka were both toxic but they had a lot of love, I couldn't place how you could love someone and still hate simultaneously do I call it love or obsession? You do the math. Uju!!!! Uju!!! She yelled,…
March Contest

Ekwensu no'm n'isi.

Demons had possessed me, at least that's what the man in the white dress said. Tears filled mama's eyes. The voices in my head were from Ekwensu. He said his sky God, Yahweh, had told him. His God seems to…
March Contest

BORN IN AFRICA

I was born in Africa. Hated by we Africans, loved by others. I was born in Africa, where teamwork is our keyword. It is said in Africa that two ants do not fail to pull one grasshopper. Africa has her…
Muhammad Abdulgafar
March 17, 2019
March Contest

Run

Dwelling in pain and fear like parasites in our body. Taken away from our citadel of learning and Kept away from civilization, I knew we were abducted. Married off as wifes, more like slaves. Killed like chickens that had no…
omotesse oaikhena
March 17, 2019
March Contest

Titi

Titi. No one knew how I got the name. My mother was addicted to tea. She had just given birth to me, faint of strength, and could hardly open her eyes. "What would you like the child to be called?"…
Sola Doja
March 17, 2019
March Contest

The Killer Stigma

Everything changed the moment I stepped inside that barber shop beside Tantalizer Restaurant. My body system changed — I was struck with fever, sore throat, and fatigue. Doctor said I was HIV positive. Heartbroken, I fainted. After I was resuscitated,…
Chikezie Onwumere
March 17, 2019

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