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Emotions

The lie. Love, happiness, fear, sorrow, whatever it’s called. To me, are signs of weakness. I am strong. I am not emotional. I don’t cry, love, grieve or get angry. Even when my father died, I didn’t shed a single…
May Contest

Mother was mad

It crept in like an evil spirit; manifesting in violent fits, unearthly wails and shrieks. Her gaze, inquisitive, as if searching for meaning. The doctor shakes his head; fate has willed it to consume her. Brother is sad, mother died…
Yondy
May 22, 2019
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A Din Of Suicide

His message popped up on his friend phone's screen,making mockery of the quietude of the room. "Hello mate" it read.His friend was parsimonious with a response. "Always disturbing"he said to himself turning his attention to messages from 'important' ones. "I…
May Contest

VENOM

The venom came with the way the sweets melted on my tongue; with the sliding of sugary juice down my throat as I watched him walk into mama’s room to conduct business that brought food on our table and made…
Yamikani
May 22, 2019
May Contest

A Chibok Story.

I hate my mother and every second that I live I hate her more. What sort of mother sends her only daughter to be raped? How can the woman I call mother be the cause of all the torture I…
Lamina Micheal
May 22, 2019
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A PRIEST

The first time I had sex... I still remember it like the colour of the hair on my head. The first time I had sex, it was memorable; not in a good way though... it was full of pain rather…
Andrés C. Digno
May 22, 2019
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Rains et cetera

We are packed like N200 stockfish in the bus. "Ddggreeeeeeeeee!!!" its engine roars like a wounded beast; a discordant dirge to mourn it's forced labour, each breath coaxed from it. The rain thunders without, odours oppress within. The exhaust pipe…
OmoOhanomah
May 22, 2019
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A Sad Tale

"So, the gods of the wild were enraged by Mma's ruthlessness." Nwanyike's voice bore an undertone of disapprobation. "So, one morning, the people of Umuigbo woke up to behold her slain body and that of her husband." Though it was…
Chikezie Onwumere
May 22, 2019
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Kingdom of Beasts

Mma smirked as the beasts devoured the men who had challenged her draconian decree for being unfavourable to the subjects. "This is unfair." Dinta's face squeezed in disapprobation. "These people reposed their faith in us. By doing this, we're no…
Chikezie Onwumere
May 22, 2019
May Contest

GRANDMA

"So mama why did you agree to marry grandpa?" Tolu asked mama while washing the tapioca we were going to use for tonight's supper. She began, "I had suitors but found none worthy. "Mama what were you looking for ?"…
May Contest

TURNING POINT

Ruth rolled on the tiled floor, saliva drooling from her mouth. Customers stared at her with looks of pity but no one came near her, not even her loving and caring colleagues. She stood up after some minutes. She felt…
May Contest

AFAMEFUNA

"Ochiagha helped me steal you from Urenna," mama said. Ochiagha was papa's brother. I closely followed her eyes. She avoided looking at me. "You're not my mother? " I said standing up to go. "Wait, my son, " she said.…
Adaeze Nwachukwu
May 21, 2019
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Huveane's Stairway returns to Lesotho

Sounds of murmur and hasty footsteps pierced through the walls of the hut. I gently rubbed sleep off my face as I staggered towards the entrance. Papa mholo impatiently ordered me out. We joined the multitudes. Everyone present captivatingly stared…
Nureni Zainab
May 21, 2019
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Defiled

After he had raped her. He pointed a gun at her and led her into the bathroom. He poured two bottles of Kypo Bleach into a bucket of water, and ordered her to bath with it. That would destroy all…
Adeniyi Adekunle
May 21, 2019
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Mama's Teaching

Thousands of miles away from home Mama's teachings instilled in me still as sound as rock I would be an ignoramus, if I'm surprised How those teachings solidified like igneous. An African mother has many inlets to instill her teachings…
May Contest

A debt paid in Blood.

The community were enthralled by my presence, wondering where the mad woman came from. My hips swaying and breasts jiggling, I mesmerized the crowd with my singing and luscious body. I danced until I came to a stop. They had…
Iboko Chisom C
May 21, 2019
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AYO THE VAIN GIRL.

Ayo the most beautiful of all black and white women put together. have always wanted her for myself before one handsome guy stepped in. it was like a stab to my soul when she got engaged. i discovered she loves…
Newman David
May 21, 2019
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Abiku

The scream pierced the dead of the night. “Ah, poor Ajiun,” said mama as she rolled to adjust her weight on the mat. Something in her voice suggested she was no stranger to the grim ululation. Papa retired from the…
Ademuyiwa Adewuyi
May 21, 2019
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Urbanisation

I moved to the city of wonders. They tell me it will never end and I wonder why they're never surprised. I come from a simple dwelling, where all was the mirage of a horizon. Now I hurtled down the…
May Contest

BLACKED

Some hundred years ago, I was that child that roamed every street with questions in my heart. I doubted if I was man, or a burnt product of mankind. Many judged me for my colour; Others likened me for an…
Maveriqué Richard
May 21, 2019
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Tricked

'Take this and eat. You'll be hungry soon,' the woman said, handing me an egg roll. I felt thankful. I took it from her and started munching. My pockets were empty and I couldn't in the least afford a sachet…
Godwin Iyamba
May 21, 2019
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The Counselor

"You mean you never told your wife you're impotent!" Maro's counselor yelled. As a typical Nigerian, seeing a counselor never made sense but he was in shreds "I couldnt, she would have never married me" head bowed and streaming perspiration…
May Contest

The Temple

"Always put your legs together, you're a girl." Mother would always say to me every time my thighs fell away from each other, as I sit on the front steps of our house, watching the boys rough up each other.…
Udoh Kindness
May 20, 2019
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SHAMED

'I hate you!' These were the exact words I said to my body whilst looking at the mirror. Aunty Kate made it a habit to remind me of all the things that needed to be bigger in order to attract…
May Contest

Strings

The van pulled over and the short burly guy, 16, poked his buffalo head through the round rusty make-shift window peeping into the section we occupied. 12 of us, all aged 14 were promised a better life away from our…
Okwu Chioma
May 20, 2019
May Contest

Burning Indiscretion

They said nothing about this in the text. Nairobi was meant to be covered in dark wool tonight yet it's angry red flames that burn our very thoughts down. God seems angry we are all here tonight, burning the tongues…
Ray Mwihaki
May 20, 2019
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Scars

If you look at my scars and feel disgusted, I don’t blame you; you’re shallow and that’s okay. My scars are part of my beauty, etched on my dark skin and bringing curiosity to the mind of those that see.…
OJEIFO JOANNE
May 20, 2019
May Contest

What Will Be Will Be

The beast growled at the king, eyes as flamy as hot embers. In his frozen state, the king watched the beast transform into a Centaur-like form. "Mma, you're the beast?" Mma scoffed. "You think you can stop the prophecy? What…
Chikezie Onwumere
May 20, 2019
May Contest

Daughter of the Wild

Horses neighed in the distance, the heavy thudding of their hoofs a telltale sign of an advancing army of assailants. "I told you the king would send his men after us." Dinta looked at Mma in panic. "Fear not, my…
Chikezie Onwumere
May 20, 2019
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UNFAIR

The truth choked me right to my teeth. Betrayed, I mopped in disbelief. I could face my fears, but this was a demon I didn't see coming. The injury I had painfully nursed myself out of, has yet been punctured…
Aren Victor
May 19, 2019
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Undue Negligence

Brother had rushed home earlier that week holding a report titled 'cancer of the lungs'. He had been a drug addict since he was twelve. Mum and Dad wanted the best life for us, money they always sought to make.…
Temidayo Adebisi
May 19, 2019
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Behind the Veil

Ewa Williams, a young lady who bagged her PhD in Psychology returned home after eight years in Cyprus. ‘Ewa’, her mother reverberated. She was daydreaming on her favorite couch in her father’s mansion. A man with such affluence that made…
Anne Oladejo
May 19, 2019
May Contest

Knowing

You had always felt drawn to Ayuba, the madman You felt you had a bond with him. Maybe because you alone understood his plight, his hatred for the world. For women. A woman had been the cause for his insanity.…
Enobong Etuk
May 19, 2019
May Contest

The hate you give

"Melly!" Diane flew into the room like an exotic bird just released from captivity. "Melly!" My stomach knotted tight with outrage as she screamed my name again "What's it?" "Dan proposed!" She announced, showing off the ring. "Congrats" The corners…
Enobong Etuk
May 19, 2019
May Contest

peace at last

the idowu household had been plagued by countless fights and disagreements for as long as Amanda could remember. and worse still, she was usually to bear the brunt of these quarrels - being both the youngest wife and the only…
ben
May 19, 2019
May Contest

Mother's Love?

It was not enough that the sight of children made her soul leap in joy. This was her fifth pregnancy and her husband was hopeful that maybe this time, it would be successful. She kept a straight face as she…
Sokuma Theophilus
May 19, 2019
May Contest

Broken Promises

The day my mother arrived in our compound, together with my cousin Maria, 9 months after my brother married his sweet wife Loveness, I knew trouble was afoot. You see, my mother's reply to Loveness' happy greeting was a dead…
Harriet
May 19, 2019
May Contest

Broken Promises

The day my mother arrived in our compound, together with my cousin Maria, 9 months after my brother married his sweet wife Loveness, I knew trouble was afoot. You see, my mother's reply to Loveness happy greeting was a dead…
Harriet
May 19, 2019
May Contest

Cletus

I was so shocked to see Cletus running, but this is Cletus na? I wondered, standing afar off on the balcony, Cletus ran swiftly as a bigger dog chased after him. I couldn't help out, because I don't even want…
May Contest

The groom's dooms day

"Wow, who knew the playboy himself could fall in love," the words came in a cold, but feminine coo. "I know, right?" He turned to face her, adjusting his suspenders. The bullet bolted into the air before he could catch…
Ademuyiwa Adewuyi
May 18, 2019
May Contest

IHI ANỤ

Saturdays are fast becoming a girl's nightmare, thanks to the farming season and the large hectare of land Mama recently leased. A girl was letting her grumpy self enjoy the dancing trees when Mama drove past the vulcanizer at the…
Mahra Irene
May 18, 2019
May Contest

Birthday Memories

I had been singing 'love is liquid' in the girl's ear for close to two minutes before I realised I was getting the lyrics wrong, it was "love is wicked", but, hey! A drunkard sings it as he hears it.…
Isaac Mafuel
May 18, 2019
May Contest

Memoirs Of A Broken Soul

I sat down, weeping as various discussions were going on. I was just defiled. “They don’t have dignity”, He said. What a cruel world we live in where people try to justify their animalistic behaviours. Who is to say that…
Collins Nwokpor
May 18, 2019
May Contest

Love Conundrum

Dinta recoiled as the beast transformed into his love, Mma. "You chose me over the bounty?" Mma's eyes gleamed with tears of affection. "You're the beast that terrorizes our land?" Dinta evaded the question, still stupefied. "If the king finds…
Chikezie Onwumere
May 18, 2019
May Contest

NEVER AGAIN

Do you really think you love? Do you think I was blindfolded by your imaginary affection? Oops! That road was not taken. Oh! You are weary of my new status, well don't worry nature called for a peaceful treaty. The…
Ologhofor Samuel
May 18, 2019
May Contest

SECOND MUMMY

'Yes I'm sure they were at the restaurant,the child resembles them...it's alright, thank you'she said and ended the call. Seyi sank into the sofa livid ,she thought four years of unswerving love, I get news of Seun having a child…
May Contest

Neri

My wife has been dead ten years, undone by her own body, the cancer. Prolonged drop, sudden stop. Excruciating. I never can let her go. Lately, it's become easier, not easy, to live. The years pass and people expect me…
Robert
May 17, 2019
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The Betrothed

The sun sat behind the mountains. The path to the stream was the same every morning; women with swaying hips, some with suckling infants. Today beautiful Enyonam is to be married. During the preparations she was anxious to see Korku;…
Henrietta Enam
May 17, 2019
May Contest

Uncle Kernel Soup

Pa was dead and I had turned twelve when the palm fruits started coming. Ma would cook it and call him over. We would sit under the low canopy of the apple tree. "Here is your kernel soup," Ma would…
Godwin Iyamba
May 17, 2019
May Contest

Creepy Hands

The door wasn't locked when he walked in. She is still wet from the cold shower; work, this week, was hectic. The neighborhood isn't a place for single ladies, there were three cases of rape last week alone. Last month…
Walter David
May 17, 2019
May Contest

Speaking in tongues

I once had a Christian boyfriend. He would invite me to his place where he would blast gospel music on speakers and start speaking in tongues. I'd just sit there in confusion and listen because I couldn't speak in tongues.…
Siphesihle
May 17, 2019
May Contest

Boys Interrupting

She ran mad, they whispered. But Kami did not run mad. Nor was she possessed by demons. She drowned out the lecturer with hair-raising (ironic) shrieks, as she pulled out chunks of braid from her scalp (see?). Quite a feat…
Tesi Uwibambe
May 16, 2019
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Beautiful Sweet Pleasure

Oh mama, why did you never tell me? I see everything in a different light, as if i woke up in a new body. My heart fills with warmth, my skin burning with a fiery flame. Tender spots on my…
Kirigwi Mwangi
May 16, 2019

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