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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
March Contest

Lagos

Daddy had just been promoted and transferred to the branch in Lagos. That was good news and everyone was excited to relocate to Lagos. Of course, that means I’ll have to change my school, but I’m sure the ones in…
BALOGUN Joy Ifeoluwa
March 17, 2019
March Contest

Dreams

As a child, I dreamt of going to college, studying to become a doctor like the whites my mother worked for, getting rich and taking my family out of the slums we lived in. My mother told me it was…
BALOGUN Joy Ifeoluwa
March 16, 2019
March Contest

Well played nature

I have eaten so many fruit, mango, orange, pineapple you name it, but this particular fruit in my neighbours compound keeps me in my imagination.The green spiky skin calls my name every time I pass by,so I and my sisters…
omotesse oaikhena
March 16, 2019
March Contest

A Moment In Time

See the Little girl twirling in the park... There, beside the buka and the piles of rubbish. She's tinkling with laughter; bubbling with infectious joy; yellow dress bejeweled with sunbeams. I'm enchanted. I do not know that she's terrified of…
OmoOhanomah
March 16, 2019
March Contest

Consequence

We watched from a distance as she hurled furniture at something we could not see, screaming at the top of her voice as though shooing whatever away. Her eyes, red with rage and her chest heaved as though gearing for…
Pearly Al
March 16, 2019
March Contest

Dying

Her trembling hands held tight to the rope.where the road leads no one knows they say maybe this is the end for her.she would embrace it,with shaky hands she brought the rope to her neck wearing it slowly like a…
Funbi
March 15, 2019
March Contest

Self Growth

My name is Favor, I'm a two-time divorcee and also a reject, discarded by both my family and ten places of work. You would think people would say I'm cursed but they blame my misfortunes on my character. Looking back…
Lilian Briggs
March 15, 2019
March Contest

GHOSTS.

It’s Mazi’s compound and they say it’s as old as time. No one goes in but something definitely comes out. No one comes close at night, even the brave ones in our village do not dare. Pa. Udo tried it…
Precious Ndumanya
March 15, 2019
March Contest

Red sand

My name is ESE, given to me by my dad it means gift in esan. Born and raised in Edo state I am overwhelmed by the red sand in my home. Mmmh, the heart beat of the nation. I asked…
omotesse oaikhena
March 15, 2019
March Contest

Suenos……(Dreams)

It was on a breezy morning in may 1995 that I came into this world in my grandmother's room in our village. Mum concluded I was a miracle child as all her attempt to abort me due to the problems…
Abah Patience O
March 15, 2019
March Contest

Rima

Thwap!, came the first slap. She reeled back in pain, clutching her 8months bump as if to keep the baby from dropping. This child is yours Nonso!, she protested but Nonso would not hear it. Blinded by anger, he beat…
Pearly Al
March 15, 2019
March Contest

Fragile spine.

It happened one cold evening, shivers ran through the fragile spine my back carried. A hole emerged in my being, Bled and cried for days. an insatiable void opened, My travel-addicted parents absent as always, never noticed. Stood nude before…
Mbagwu Osita
March 14, 2019
March Contest

What It Means to Be the Best

When I returned from hunting that very day with only a rabbit, I sat down outside our hut, looking absentmindedly at the goat feasting on the sprouting grasses in our compound, and brooding over my poor expedition. Papa came out…
Chikezie Onwumere
March 14, 2019
March Contest

Pa

Pa made me an iron box for school from scraps of metal he took from the mechanic shop down the road. He said it was better than the fancy bag the"rich children" in my class hung. Even after I struck…
Godwin Iyamba
March 14, 2019
March Contest

Bros Before Hoes

Our bond was strong once but that was before she came along. Her beauty is one that only comes around once in a lifetime. We clawed, schemed and scammed to win her hand and get into her pants. She was…
Adedotun Oluwaseyi
March 14, 2019
March Contest

The Importance of Yams

It is March, which means my mother is rushing to finish harvesting her yams. These are days that a lot of things become clear to us, like priorities and how we stand in Mother's heart. "We are leaving the house…
Nguhiden Jessica Gar
March 14, 2019
March Contest

A COLD STONE

She thought it was the right thing to do by going to Olanma’s house to break the news to the family. Her sister, Ada had suffered a terrible illness. It didn’t seem like her breasts would be the reason for…
Vickie Onuoha
March 14, 2019
March Contest

An African Story

An abomination she kept telling herself. A marital decadence. He was asleep on the raffia mat. A bastard child of a dying man. She took hold of the pestle and clobbered him. She laid the child in a sack and…
Godwin Iyamba
March 14, 2019
March Contest

An African Story

An abomination she kept telling herself. A marital decadence. He was asleep on the raffia mat. A bastard child of a dying man. She took hold of the pestle and clobbered him. She laid the child in a sack and…
Godwin Iyamba
March 14, 2019
March Contest

A Wink From God

At that point, his eyes were deeply probing into her swollen eyes. He wanted some sort of excuse to justify his decision. She stood there with this feign innocence clothed all around her thinking her eyes will salvage the situation.…
Vickie Onuoha
March 14, 2019
March Contest

49

Done with my hair, I return downstairs to join my in-laws for dinner. Iya Tomi nods all through the meal pleased with my cooking. "It's good to see you living well and happy. Olorun has favored your marriage." I put…
Samuel Monye
March 14, 2019
March Contest

Mute

"Keep silent", they said. Tell this to no one. One dark night when mother was away, he came to her room, put his hands against her mouth, spread her legs wide and laid his weight on her. He took away…
Anastasia O.N
March 14, 2019
March Contest

Heralds of death

A gunshot was heard,and then another as the nestling birds flurried away in fear.Everywhere became silent.Everyone was awake now,but no one dared go out or they might be the next body with a severed head making the eight a.m news.Tomorrow,surely…
Peter Opatola
March 13, 2019
March Contest

Iya Doctor

My name is Mariam. I’m 19 years old. I’m a 200 level student of one of the best universities in Katsina. I’m beautiful and smart. My parents are rich and educated. My life seems perfect, right? Everyone else thinks so…
BALOGUN Joy Ifeoluwa
March 13, 2019
March Contest

ORO the dreaded god

As we were relaxing in the moonlight suddenly someone shouted "ORO is coming out tonight". It was a cheering news to others but terrible for me. As I had stolen something earlier! ORO, the unseen that reads thought, the vicious…
Moronfolu Olufunke
March 13, 2019
March Contest

The Night Watched

"Try to catch up with, don't let her get to the road or It'll be trouble for you", these were the words I heard as I tried to break free from the grip that held me tightly and pierced like…
Daya ojims
March 13, 2019
March Contest

not my will

It all started last Thursday when I was summoned home from the food vendor’s stand by Uncle. He asked me to pack up; “Aunty” had come to take me to that place where wealth like parasites leeched onto girls and…
Adedayo
March 13, 2019
March Contest

My femininity

I have a brother whom I am 10years older than. He(eyinnaya) sits meetings I only have the privilege of serving foods in. I could remember the day he was born. The midwife announced it's a boy!! My father smiled so…
March Contest

AWARIDII

Mr Akindele wasn't happy Ayomide had to go to school, he hates being asked for school fees. He will always say "Did you give me any money to keep for you? If your mother cannot afford your fees, then quit!…
Onyinyechi Kalu
March 12, 2019
March Contest

Dojah

Toritsefe stopped church years ago. Rachael had been taking their son, Weyinmi, who was a sickler to miracle services. Now the boy has a new genotype. He felt deeply indebted to God for healing Weyinmi. Sunday came and Toritsefe sat…
classic girl
March 12, 2019
March Contest

Barawo

“Barawo! Barawo!” A voice pierced through the noise of Kasuwan Nama. You made a silent prayer as you slipped under the smelly armpits of the people rushing towards the sound. Your fears were confirmed. It was Umar; caught red-handed with…
Emmanuel Waziri Okoro
March 12, 2019
March Contest

They Said

”Free and fair,” they said. “There will be no violence.” And yet, here I am, cowering in a shop next to twenty people I’ve never met, afraid that a bullet will miss its mark and come hurtling towards me. “Shoot…
Percy Ekanem
March 12, 2019
March Contest

Downfallen

Adamu, a jobless graduate woke up hung over. He couldn't remember much of last night. As he stumbled into the communal lavatory in his ghetto compound, he felt a bulge in his trousers. Uninterested in whatever was in his pocket,…
Ibrahim Hamza
March 12, 2019
March Contest

Does He Not Love Me?

Arewa woke up happy. It was her birthday. But that wasn't the real reason behind her smile. She was smiling because daddy was coming. He had promised they would celebrate it together. She took her bath and put on the…
Onifade Phoebe
March 12, 2019
March Contest

Wise One

A cunning creature, a sly old beast; an ancient one, to say the least; The topic of many a tale of woe, the fastest mind, though feet are slow; A shell cracked from falling from the sky, stripped of wings…
Percy Ekanem
March 12, 2019
March Contest

A Fallen Thing

He remembered Izu's disturbances as he stood, watching him leave—how in the morning and in the evening many days a week he would provoke him to jog and to lift weights; how he would show him, Enyinnaya, his well-written essays,…
Mazi Azubuike
March 12, 2019
March Contest

Innocently Guilty.

There was nothing left to be done. One glance backwards and no more. The battered head, splayed brain matter and oozing blood was just enough. He was dead. She thought she would hit him and speed off. But he had…
Eunice Oladeji
March 12, 2019
March Contest

Parents

This is where all our expectations ends? He keep dreaming of that future that is not here yet, wrong schooling as taken away those important time he needed, his parents did not allow him to choose what he is actually…
WR Ajibola J-Braine
March 12, 2019
March Contest

Narrow escape

''Please, don't do this'', I cried out struggling with the huge, dark guy that pinned me down trying to have his way with me. He paused just for a moment to behold the goodness before him. A quick dash towards…
Nwosu Favour Oluebube
March 12, 2019
March Contest

Legacies

You have all daughters! Is it after spending your money educating them, they get married and bear the surnames of such families. What's your legacy? In reaction my father went into his room and brought out different awards won by…
Chi amaka
March 12, 2019
March Contest

The Road Taken

She took a walk into the woods,carrying Peter along. I am going to put an end to all of these....she kept muttering as she walked deeper into the woods.She got to that point and let Peter out of it's cage.…
Pamela Ejesi
March 12, 2019
March Contest

Ariya

Ariya knew that poverty was a ghost that took different forms. Sometimes, it was a tear in a dress that Mama could not fix. Other times, it was Papa, drunk, stumbling in the dark and groping at her. Ariya knew…
Olubunmi Ó.
March 12, 2019
March Contest

No!

“I am alive! How? Why? Is this a dream? Let me die! Let me die in peace.” I look around at the machines beeping beside my bed. A tear drop rolls down. “I thought I planned this well. No one…
Towa
March 11, 2019
March Contest

Dimgba

The sky suddenly darkened, and the clouds swept across it. Flashes of lightning! Rumbles of thunder! Dimgba looked up the sky and shuddered. “This can’t be.” The medicine man had told him that he could only lose in a wrestling…
Chikezie Onwumere
March 11, 2019
March Contest

No Going Back

Before he got admission to study in the university, his parents told him to ‘always remember where he came from.’ He should study his books and make the family proud. Most importantly, he should not indulge in cultism. Nnanna held…
Chikezie Onwumere
March 11, 2019
March Contest

Again…?

“Mama simi don born oo” “Watin she get…? na girl”. “Again……?” Nine girls….. “I did everything I was asked to do……I ate only fresh miango pepper; the signs were different from previous pregnancies; her feet were swollen, she looked fresh,…
Leji Dagus
March 11, 2019
March Contest

Back in May

The dark skies rumbled angrily, warning the earth of the impending storm it was about to unleash on it. It is May again, that time of the year when Aromire experienced torrential rainfalls and its vegetation flourish in the heavy…
Omotayo
March 11, 2019
March Contest

At my Greenest

My father had sent me to Lagos to serve as a maid when I was only thirteen. A palm wine tapper with twenty three children, from two wives. What do you expect? Twenty years later, I returned to my village…
Amaranjo Chigozie
March 11, 2019
March Contest

Cut Me Not!

I waited four years after her birth, crossing each day off my mind's almanac and when the women trooped in, that familiar look on each face, I knew for certain, it was today. Mama came for Chinazam but my grip…
Jimmy Ikanke
March 11, 2019

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