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March Contest

Arugba: The Calabash Carrier

Bambi was keen of being the Arugba of the river goddess Yemoja one last time before marrying her heartrob Onibudo. Her family fixed the date to a week after the Yemoja festival, Bambi would be carrying the sacred calabash only…
Princess Folajin
March 23, 2019
March Contest

Buried deep within

“Keep digging!” There had been rumors of a dangerous, resistant parasite buried deep in the grounds of Africa, which made everyone afraid to test the boundary. A couple of days ago, my boss called me for an excavation project to…
Olabisi Bello
March 23, 2019
March Contest

We Were Strong

After five dark days, the men who kidnapped Mama called Daddy. 10 million naira, they demanded. Or she dies. No police! Daddy begged, promised, swore: They lowered the ransom - 5 million, and let him talk to Mama for a…
Abasima Essien
March 23, 2019
March Contest

We were Three

1 2 3 "We were three"Not poor,Not rich,just in between..the third wanted to be a medical doctor,Then he left home,Then they were Two..he left in pursuit of a dream to be accomplish..Then Then two becomes one..Do she really have to…
March Contest

Wishing on the Harmattan

When the driver made a brief stop, I took a quick selfie of me in my crisp cream dress. It had been dusty lately due to the harmattan, so I hardly wore whitish clothes to work. Thankfully, God sent forth…
Mandy Bay
March 23, 2019
March Contest

Hero

Mine is the story of a boy who made each slash as a tribute to those who made him. First was for Professor Adekoya, the father who found purpose in green bottles and the flesh of voluptuous college students. Second…
Radiance Johnson
March 23, 2019
March Contest

Not Yet

I saw him. His face was devoid of emotion, yet handsome. His neck held large coral beads that complemented his spotless, white Agbada. His dark eyes held mine and never let go as he walked towards me. My heart was…
Sandra Ojiako
March 23, 2019
March Contest

Betrayed

He was not the man I wanted but i couldn't stop my self from being around him. I thought I was selfish as his feelings towards me didn't matter. Until I heard him and his friend talk about how stupid…
Godwill Favour
March 23, 2019
March Contest

A king, My King.

His face was striking, his frame was perfection itself. Never in my life had I seen a man so well formed. His muscles hang tight to his arms and legs, his skin was angelic. While I was in awe of…
Wairimu Gitau
March 23, 2019
March Contest

My Queen

I let the chirping of the birds keep me company and in no time, I was at the river. There she was, lean as could be. I could see all of her, the gentle curve of her breasts, the majestic…
Wairimu Gitau
March 23, 2019
March Contest

How could I tell?

‘Omololami, when are you going to get married?’ ‘You’re not getting any younger, you know.’ ‘Won’t you let this old woman see her grandchildren before she dies?’ This was mother’s constant song to me. But how could I tell her…
BALOGUN Joy Ifeoluwa
March 23, 2019
March Contest

Victims of Society

“Are you sure this is what you want to do?” A slight pause. “Yes.” “Sign this form.” She did as was said. After collecting the money, she turned and left. Leaving her peace behind. My name is Adesua. A mother…
March Contest

Fading Lights

Her muffled groan nudges me back from a careless snooze. At the distant sound of gunshots of marauding herdsmen, I hold her hands in a tighter grip as she looks into my eyes. Her gaze is heavy with torment; the…
Seun Kupoluyi
March 23, 2019
March Contest

They screamed, and he shouted.

They screamed, and he shouted. They screamed in pain while he shouted with as sense of fulfillment. He storms a gay club and guns down the sons of men forgetting their sins were no greater than his. Their pain was…
LEDOT PRIME
March 23, 2019
March Contest

Liberated

I stood still watching the lifeless form in front of me. Blood oozing out of his body. Blood dripping out of the once clean knife. I was terrified. I couldn’t believe that I had just killed a man. Well, that…
Chidolue stephanie
March 23, 2019
March Contest

VOICES

'Tammy, do it, Tammy, don't do it'....was the line of the conversation. Even if she did, who would notice. She thought about the events of the day, not one of the exciting days in the life of a plus sized…
Oluwanifemi Aluko
March 23, 2019
March Contest

NO SEX

"Ooooh my God!, Forgive me." He cried as if he saw death with his naked eyes. His father died with HIV, had five wives, countless sons and daughters. So he Sworn not to repeat the same mistakes done by his…
PHILBERT M. KAJUNA
March 23, 2019
March Contest

JOYFUL DAYS?

The joyful days she spent growing up with her parents felt infinitely long. Her joy was first threatened when her father died but her stepfather arrived and her joy was preserved. Tragically her mother went to join her father a…
Chidumaga Peniel
March 23, 2019
March Contest

JINN OR GENE

All could hear the whispers; the ancestors predestined them- Ada and Ike. They where both 17 years old, born on the 17th of the seventh month, their love could only be compared to "Idiakone" (god of love). They were a…
Osas Adolor
March 22, 2019
March Contest

Juniper

The word fighter, describes my sister. The one among four sibling, with immense academic prowess and would never miss an opportunity to study. In July last year, she fell ill and suffered different illnesses including malaria and anaemia, sometimes drifting…
Onyame-Nhyira Dei
March 22, 2019
March Contest

Fathers warmth

The Dinning table is full, We sit in the normal order; mummy near my son Toby and father near me. Awkward silence pervades the room. We ate like this ever since I got pregnant with Toby, Mama said nothing. Emeka…
Roseline Mgbodichinma
March 22, 2019
March Contest

The Weight of Water

Palesa and I walked back from collecting water. The landlord approached us. He twirled my sister’s braid around his finger. Palesa just had to close her eyes and hold back the tears. Back at our village, Father said Palesa had…
Aliya Tamarin
March 22, 2019
March Contest

Shades of Him

The town knows him as the "ever smiling Joe". His lightheartedness appeals to both the young and old but I feel something dark about him. I just need evidence. Red flags like his attachment to the children he volunteers to…
ayuba hassan
March 22, 2019
March Contest

Theatre of Dreams

Echo rose from corners of the high walls. Folake, wrapped in traditional Sudanese Milaya turned around to see ‘nothing’. She freaked, screamed, a bright light came on directly above her. She screamed again because of the sudden light that startled…
Victoria Benjamin
March 22, 2019
March Contest

Uncle.

‘I haven’t seen Boma since last week. She’s my best friend. They said she went to stay in heaven. I think she was angry at me because we fought. So she left me alone.’ ‘Yesterday Daddy left too. Mummy has…
March Contest

Lurking

A bolt of sharp lightning flashed through the window blind into the bedroom, illuminating the dark corner where the bed is. A ferocious thunderclap followed and Flora jerked awake. She noisily dragged her feet to the window and took a…
Omotayo
March 22, 2019
March Contest

BLACK COFFEE

Ever since 'KAAIRU' was born , she was a sight to stare at. Her arrival on this earth was not marked with the normal ululation and thanksgiving to the one high above . Instead people traveled from ridges and valleys…
sandra
March 22, 2019
March Contest

Black Heart

Beauty in her being. Black crude flows through her veins. Her eyes will be harvested again; the crystalline jewel. Her golden lips are pressed tightly for she will not make a sound. She's afraid for she can hear the thud…
Grace Achetu Agbo
March 22, 2019
March Contest

The Haunting of

The Car stereo buzzed sporadically, it's lights flickering on and off , as it usually did when you were close by. I felt your chilling icy breath lick my throat, eliciting a small gasp of breath, a shiver from the…
Cassandra Mark
March 22, 2019
March Contest

The Big Unknown

One yellow evening, Adewale received an email that his UTME score of 355 was the overall best performance. His mom hugged him. He was to study medicine. 'Your dad will be proud wherever he is,' she said. 'I will make…
classic girl
March 22, 2019
March Contest

African sun

Bathed in the African sun, the moon adorning her skin , glittering it in its pale light . She was ripe, ready for marriage . ‘ Dont fight back when he hits you or raise your voice.’ They sang .…
Matilda Spy
March 22, 2019
March Contest

Deliverance

This was when you killed a boy: The day you snuck on him in the yard finding peace and pleasure in the lips of another boy. You had screamed, and the neighbours shook their heads in pity. This was how…
March Contest

Bank notes

The little we have, is not all we deserve The major prayer is not to finish the reserve Counting all day makes it look like all is fine It’s a crazy world, we get what we don’t want And hunt…
Bankole Moses
March 22, 2019
March Contest

Urban African

Another working day in the life of typical urban African, heat had woken her up before the alarm went off. After 4 am. No light. She reluctantly gets off bed, has her bath and prepares. Few minutes to 5 am,…
Ezetu Doubra
March 22, 2019
March Contest

A job.

It was a cool Saturday night, just like the shadows of the night I crept in silent like a gust of wind but just as deadly as the knife I held. I had one job one finally job kill him…
Kosi
March 21, 2019
March Contest

the heartbreak child

Blood of Jesus, I screamed over the phone when my kid brother broke the news of his rustication from the university. Dennis why? For heaven's sake this is your 3rd university. I panicked not for him but for my poor…
Chioma Jennifer
March 21, 2019
March Contest

Burning moonlight

The day swept past as wind blew, her body on me following the rhythmic blues. Desire burning red hot like molten,makes her whole body quiver and soften, going deep like the blue sea, feelings drowning down than the eyes can…
Tajuamuda Olakunle
March 21, 2019
March Contest

Home

I went back home. Or where I thought home was. The road leading to church was a plain of potholes; where the cake factory stood now lay a brewery; the river I once swam in was pregnant with algae and…
Glynis Maina
March 21, 2019
March Contest

Poison between legs (Sex)

sex is sweet but there is poison between legs" (read) Most men's falls are caused by several girlfriends. Sex is a spiritual encounter, I want to be corrected, not all girls have a good mind, some are demonic, others have…
John
March 21, 2019
March Contest

Exams

The cold air dampens the sweat on my scarf. I’m nervous and excited; I’m confident, and I can tell Nanret and Halima are. Chatter fills the bus as we exchange answers, revising and sharpening minds. I happily pick at a…
Titilope Samuel
March 21, 2019
March Contest

The god's kiss

I stopped and double folded my skirt for the umpteenth time, I had inherited the shirt from mama before she died. I continued running towards the mango tree besides the white men quarters. "Gud afunu", I said panting, "good afternoon"…
Angel osumade
March 21, 2019
March Contest

I will show you pepper.

"I will show you pepper", mum said to tamuno, "sorry madam" she said as she hurriedly ran to prepare my mum's bath. A thought slipped into my little mind, I chuckled. Minutes after I walked out of the bathroom with…
Angel osumade
March 21, 2019
March Contest

The outcast.

Heavy feets lightly stomping the earth, waists wiggling to the beats from the drums, as their jigida swings to the rhythm of their waists, strings of Melody flowing from the drummers lips. Then suddenly everything stopped, mother nature noticed and…
Angel osumade
March 21, 2019
March Contest

The Face of the Beast

I felt pity for her. While she yelled at me and called me names, all I felt was sympathy. I couldn't say I dreaded the beast. No, in fact I desired its blood thirsty tongue whirling in my mouth. "You…
Grace Achetu Agbo
March 21, 2019
March Contest

Football – Our Happiness

Ever wondered what to include in your bucket list?, Well look no further because I've got something special for you. A joy-filled sensation, happiness coupled with determination is what makes Football in Africa a must to experience. Football, Street Soccer,…
Farouq Awodun
March 21, 2019
March Contest

THE STORY OF CHOL MONG

Long ago in the land of Agar was born a very unique child who had a very unusual child in the sense that he had an unusual appetite. The boy grew to become very strong and so did his appetite…
Benedict Kuol
March 21, 2019
March Contest

CARELESS WHISPER

His soft snores makes my skin tingle, today's memories replaying in my mind. I'm engaged to my boyfriend of ten years. He pulls me closer, the skin contact getting me all hot and bothered with the thoughts of our hot…
Mwende Mutinda
March 21, 2019
March Contest

Ripped flesh

“Mama! Don’t let them take me, please!" My mother watched as the women dragged me away to perform the ceremony. They said it was the custom of our people. I called it witchcraft. Later that night, she came to my…
Enewerome
March 21, 2019
March Contest

The cut

Mama gave me a beautiful dress. I was ten years old and ecstatic. She said today is a big day. We went to Mama Ekowa's house and met two women with her. I was taken inside a room and in…
Chidimma Eke
March 21, 2019
March Contest

When will it end

The feeling of being left behind, the disappointment that comes from selfishness, the tears that fall from your eyes to your lips to give you a taste of that pain, most of all is the heartache that comes from betrayal…
Joleen Kista Ruttah
March 21, 2019
March Contest

[ ilium's ghost ]

I'm sad; you know I am. You know the things that have made me this way. The cracks you could barely see before, but now run deep. I am in severe pain. "Why didn't he pray about it?" I screamed.…
Albert Uwem
March 21, 2019
March Contest

SAVE MY DAUGTHER!

"We both know there is no way I can just walk out of the office unnoticed with one million naira" I stared at my husband in disbelief. "Ehi, look at your daughter, she's got those sad eyes that made me…
Grace Achetu Agbo
March 21, 2019
March Contest

A Night to Remember

It happened one cold night in June. The June rains had teased the grounds earlier that evening, making the night unbearably cold. This night was also strangely silent. No noise could be heard in the farms and bushes.Even the frogs…
Yvonne Dunu
March 21, 2019
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The Battle.

Bones cracked. The punches were loud. Cheers got louder. Mama came for me. The time had come. The jewellery a bit too heavy for my liking jingling loudly as I walked graciously to Baba. He shook a man's hand, who…
Joss
March 21, 2019
March Contest

My Name Is…

My life was perfect till i met Kay. Our bond was unbreakable and my family loved him. He asked me to marry him, few months later, I said yes like a fool. All was rosy, till his business trip came…
Toks David
March 21, 2019

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