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March Contest

Servant of the gods

Uju stood to the side, watching as the old wizard contorted wildly. He had wooed her and she refused, now today, the gods had demanded a sacrifice, her! "Either she is sent to the evil forest, or she marries a…
Olofinnika Omobolaji
March 25, 2019
March Contest

Madam koikoi

I heard it. Noiseless Almost noiseless. Jagged stilettos. The tap on the floor so soft it drowns out the all the noise without even trying I can feel her eyes lick my body. Her breadth, hot over my skin, raving,…
Ifekoya funmi
March 25, 2019
March Contest

Karma for hoes

Dead of night saw a pamphlet, full of love messages, been filtered through. Never a day passed without it's owner blessing the trader that had rained him with spit on the bus trying to sell it. Zeroing in on one,…
Taiwo
March 25, 2019
March Contest

Rebel against Mother Earth

*** Adamma snaked behind the throngs of bushes in the dark of the night. She hid behind the trees as the men took calculated steps deeper into the heart of the evil forest. The screeching sounds made by the owls…
GLORY IZE ISAIAH
March 25, 2019
March Contest

Witness

I am a living catalog, a bearer of numerous contrasting memories. I have witnessed beauty's purest forms, Mother Nature's very own orchestrations, and I have seen Death steal lives with a staggering finality. I am familiar with the smell of…
Radiance Johnson
March 25, 2019
March Contest

Love, not race

"I love him!" I screamed, banging the door behind me. It was the ninth conversation with my mum about Wale my fiance. As the Osoteada, bringing a Yoruba man meant war. "It was another frustrating conversation" My sobs broke my…
Jaynebri
March 25, 2019
March Contest

Maami

I was named Abiade - the one born of royal parents. My early life was adorned by unending spells of luxury, and lack was a distant thing. But when a stroke phased my breadwinning father out of existence, the world…
Radiance Johnson
March 25, 2019
March Contest

No respite

Heavy rain bearing clouds bore down on Empah village. Everyone was relieved because the harmattan season that year was particularly harsh. The men discussed how they would prepare the ground for planting and resume fishing in the almost dried up…
Maureen Nkpe
March 25, 2019
March Contest

The meeting

That day, Gertrude invited us three, her loyalists to a causerie-session over lunch. It appeared she had an urgent announcement so I couldn't stop my legs from going. "....We're trying again... With IVF..." was the hint she needed to give…
Adodo Ruth
March 25, 2019
March Contest

MY COUNTRY IS RED

The men in red had Pangas. Those in blue had arrows. The white man had a wood releasing fire balls. Decades later, the third man was gone and two men stood disunited on different sides of the bridge. Their men…
Wahu Wangari
March 25, 2019
March Contest

Laughing Stock

You see all those fairytales about love that we love so much, they do not prepare you for the day you wake up empty inside, in complete apathy because you're not in love anymore. It wasn't until our 2 kids…
Nyambura Gitonga
March 25, 2019
March Contest

Same Journey

Push!!! The Midwife exclaims!' This is your eighth child, you should do better'. Where is the strength?..... On one hand I carry the death of my only daughter and on the other,virginal fistula that wants my life more than the…
March Contest

Juvenile Patriots

Rainwater filled their oversized boots rinsing out blood tainted soles. After the first day of fighting, 4th company lost 1/3 soldiers. Yet,These young men who had never seen battle, let alone taken a life were forcing the enemy back .…
Chimobim
March 25, 2019
March Contest

HOMECOMING

AJANA stood in astonishment as the villagers danced around her singing. She hadn't expected such welcome after the way she had left the community. She had left home in pursuit of her dreams amidst threat of disownment, and scorn from…
Iboko Chisom C
March 25, 2019
March Contest

FAIRYTALES

Maybe these are fairytales told to us to keep our childhood beautiful and make our dreams magical while we sleep under the dim light in the heat, with no clothes on, in this beautiful hut I call home; and when…
NESS
March 25, 2019
March Contest

The Second Wife.

'Chief it's my turn tonight. There won't be peace in this house if I don't get a piece of you tonight.' I said. Iya Segun was the first to throw shots at me, calling me derogatory names and reminding me…
March Contest

A FREE BUS TO LONDON

My grandfather always said, “Nothing good comes easy”. My town was in utter chaos. Nearly everyone wanted to catch the yearly bus that took them away. A free bus to London, they claimed. The villagers believed the bus was a…
Kyere Kelvin
March 25, 2019
March Contest

New Beginnings

"The cloud is beautiful right? " I ask Vivian as we settle on the field. "Beautiful? Hian! You dey Naija oh." We both laugh. I close my eyes and let the evening breeze envelope me. As we head back, Mother's…
Sophia Lawrence
March 25, 2019
March Contest

Society named me "Ashawo "

I fight back tears as I walk, Bolade strapped on my back. It's not fending for Bolade alone that hurts, it's the people's remark. Where ever I go with Bolade, I hear snide remarks. "Ashawo. Why she go carry belle?"…
Sophia Lawrence
March 25, 2019
March Contest

Your Royal Messed Up

“Prince Osagie. Commence!” What?! Not now! Not when Adesuwa decided attend lectures. How did I not prepare for this presentation? But I will not fall hand, I am the prince! “Prince!” “Ma… So much Sorrow. I was in full combat…
Odion Kadiri
March 24, 2019
March Contest

Spirit Child

Your tears kindle a mixed feeling of anger and joy within me rather than pity, your face once beautiful, now that of a haggard crone. "Nkem, don't leave me," you cry. I smile with glee at your pains. In my…
Olofinnika Omobolaji
March 24, 2019
March Contest

A Rescue from self

Everyone have become strange, everything unfamiliar. I walk around the house a living dead, drained of all emotions and thoughts. I always knew I was different, but it took my cousin's visit to know just how much different I was.…
Olofinnika Omobolaji
March 24, 2019
March Contest

Chances

For as long as John can remember, all he had ever wanted was a Recognition; For life to make a meaning. Daily he work his butt off to gain his family respect, but nothing seems to be enough. In his…
Peace Efughi
March 24, 2019
March Contest

Free Mother

I was always hiding in the next room trying to escape the blows. Though it was mother who took them, I felt them all the same. I was just a child given only to prayers that God would kill father…
Vickytoria Ekpenyong
March 24, 2019
March Contest

YAM or Goat

‘’But you can become a he-goat or worse a yam tuber and lose every sense of animation’’ one voice cautioned in a benign manner. ‘’You are at your financial nadir’’ advised the second this time hastily. My head became a…
Diya 'layinka
March 24, 2019
March Contest

The thing that changed

Labake went over the photos on the woman's Facebook timeline again. Yes, he was the one. His distinctive dimples showed as he beamed next to her. The last minute trips to Akure suddenly made sense, as well as his mother's…
Kummi Olamiju
March 24, 2019
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Jungle Justices

The self-proclaimed state supervisors have seized a man who has stolen seven mangoes. People forgather—shaking their heads, cheering and passively observing—as the pleading pauper is pulled away and pommeled with blinding and deafening blows. Two policemen walk by while the…
Anike Ade
March 24, 2019
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Ìfé

I fell in love with Ṣàngórantì at the edge of twenty: when a snake made me drop my pregnant calabash and flee towards a farm. Out came rushing a glistening, ebony farmer whose cutlass slayed my attacker with the agility…
Anike Ade
March 24, 2019
March Contest

Perfect to Horror

I sat down on the bench at the roadside opposite Kunle's apartment, thinking of how my life went from perfect to horror within seconds, my brain replayed how Kunle rejected pregnant me, I could hear those words over and over…
Jesunifemi Adeleye
March 24, 2019
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My reason

I am the thirty-year-old unmarried woman who let her last relationship fail. My neighbors laugh that Nonso is now filthy rich. “Foolish girl,” they say. “See what she’s missing.” They won’t care that the night I had awoken to the…
Nwobodo Somto Lily
March 24, 2019
March Contest

THE CAGE HE BUILT

They told me to render an eulogy to my father; I said my Papa was a great man. He made it his hobby to flog me till my hands were sore and also found delight in breaking my head a…
Kuti Olumide
March 24, 2019
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Otunwa nwoke

This evening, three able-bodied men removed Dozie's hanging corpse from the barren mango tree in our backyard. Such corpses end up being thrown into the evil forest. I sit across from Mama watching her bawl her eyes out while Papa…
Akin Onadeko
March 24, 2019
March Contest

They came

The letter read, we are sad to…, they came anyway. Their hope carried- pushed them to arrive even when they traveled with tummies singing songs of hunger, exhaling stinking breath -polluting air. Their hope carried-pushed them when they stammered explaining…
mbali kgame
March 24, 2019
March Contest

The save leaving

Please don't leave, that was mama telling festus his 12th child, it was in 1967 during the Nigeria Biafra war, the urge to save was in him, but looking at my twin sister and I eyes he don't want to…
Okafor Chinaza Julian
March 24, 2019
March Contest

A woman's place

The muscles on the back of her neck strained, she lifted the pestle high above her head and brought it down with all of her strength. She paused and angled her face away from the mouth of the mortar, I…
March Contest

ALONE IN COLDWATER

Ughwubetine is eight years old and he is tearfully making his statement at the Isiokolo police station this morning. “On Tuesday morning, Mama Ofuako brought Ofuako to play with me at the backyard – he is about 9 months old.…
Larry Onokpite
March 24, 2019
March Contest

Dauntless

I heard the cane slice through the humid air in its upward climb and descend just as menacingly. With grit teeth and stiffened buttocks, I awaited the agony that was to come. Seconds passed before I felt a searing but…
Akugbe Anthony
March 24, 2019
March Contest

Silent Whispers

I always look forward to the closing bell. Four o'clock, I pick my bag. Mum's never home. I make indomie for lunch. He likes it spicy, I like when he's early. The study is done in the dinning room. I…
Emmanuel Ezeobidi
March 24, 2019
March Contest

THE WORLD WAS SILENT

Father spends most of his time on TV, his eyes glued tightly to the screen and at intervals shouting to criticize the people there as if they could hear him. Most times he answers questions asked to the big-cheeked men…
Okolo Chinua
March 24, 2019
March Contest

Twisted

The pleasure in pain is real. I could see it in his eyes as the weight of his body pressed me down. He was not the same. In my sixteen years, I had never noticed how chiseled his body was,…
Daisy Mukasa
March 24, 2019
March Contest

Songs of pain

(Sobber) that body I once called the temple of the lord is now being used like a toilet plunger. (Sniff) my bones are weak, my flesh soiled. How long will I endure this pain, how long will I carry this…
omotesse oaikhena
March 24, 2019
March Contest

Ends meet.

Obiageli put her babies to sleep. Her black ensemble was a noshow today; red was her colour of choice. Long Days meant for mourning her late Ifeanyi were being stolen from her. Her inlaws were around, and she knew exactly…
Abdulhaqq Omoyele
March 24, 2019
March Contest

UNTOLD STORY

“Halima, come here and wash the dishes, before your father comes home.” My mother shouted from the other room. I shuddered at the thought of my father, a strict man, who was part of the newly formed army. I quickly…
Ann Wanjiru
March 23, 2019
March Contest

Married to my nemesis

In my village, rape is an abomination. There are two options, either get married or die through fire. Ada, a corny and manipulative woman who was married to my late twin brother, no one in the village believes me but…
omotesse oaikhena
March 23, 2019
March Contest

Fullstops

some words deserve more attention. Scratch that. Everything deserves more attention. Be it the glances of disappointed friends, or the joy of the happier ones. We never want to talk about some things. I’m tempted to say it’s okay. I’m…
Martin mauka
March 23, 2019
March Contest

The source

Clara had it all, wealth , brains , friends and good looks , she was living happily ever after am I right? That's what they all thought. She would cry herself to sleep every night . She suffered depression and…
Samantha M'kandy
March 23, 2019
March Contest

A WHISPERING TALE

The young woman managed to walk briskly even with her child strapped to her back and her black handbag hanging on one shoulder. She held her mobile phone firmly in one hand. Her short, black skirt revealed her somewhat muscular…
Mandy Bay
March 23, 2019

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