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The Dark

Ouch......I exclaimed!!! I was already afraid of the dark,it was like a tunnel with a beginning but without an end, I signed as I looked at the room in front of me,It was just me and the dark,it was really…
Pinky Everly
May 28, 2019
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Dreamy me

When I was a kid all I wanted was to have a lot of money so I could move my family from our two room face me I face you apartment in Ajegunle, which has been our home for close…
Peace Efughi
May 27, 2019
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Just another day in the clouds.

Brushed my thumb on the lighter, it clicked, the flame lit up our eyes. A circle of four (or square?). Two puffs, I passed the blunt to Anita, 20. A lesbian, disowned by her father, she paints beautifully. Two puffs…
Terence Jindu
May 27, 2019
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Day of Reckon

Today is like every normal day but today, Tade does not try to defend Mama, he just hurries out of the house. Papa’s eyes are filled with fury with his hands pulling at Mama’s newly rubbered hair and his legs…
Favour
May 27, 2019
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Africa

The world all over, has its uniqueness. Africa, a land of roots, is simply a wonderful gift from Mother Nature. Every attributes of it, beautiful. Sunrise and sunset has the soothing effect on a troubled mind. In the beginning of…
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Lagging Ahead

The shrill sound of the alarm woke me from an absolutely disturbing sleep and dream. I peeked from beneath me blanket at the clock hanging a distance away from my bed, on the wall. It's 4am, I hissed. I always…
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The Circle of the Wise.

There was a rumor in the village that the souls of babies killed at birth came out of the river searching for bodies to possess, and the possessed would become mad or wise. We had never seen a mad person…
Harriet
May 27, 2019
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FIGHTER

She wore no armour. Her torn clothes barely covered her. The villagers gathered around with torches and sticks, ready to assault her. With a bravery that blazed like fire in her eyes, she stood and exclaimed, "enough!" ‌"You all came…
Wezi Kamanga
May 27, 2019
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Suicide

I just want it to end; I am not strong. This is what goes through my head every night before I submit myself to the blessed nothingness that sleep brings. This is the first thought my consciousness is aware of…
Bukola Jimoh
May 27, 2019
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Hard lines

If mom had turned the door knob that moment she would have achieved two world-class assaults that would inspire the scripts for Hollywood’s next blockbuster movie. The first assault is her smashing of the door on my paralyzed body, invoking…
Timeyin Mammah
May 27, 2019
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Bored!

Bored, I stepped outta the house and began walking to the stream, at 8pm! I heard footsteps behind me, t’was Monday, the playboy. We got talking. Closing in on the river, I sensed watching eyes, “Monday, e be like say…
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NWA EKE

His consciousness emerged to meet his friends surrounding him. Their faces were sour mixtures of fear and awe. "You entered spirit!" one accused. Words formed in Nwaeke's mouth, but were snuffed by his confusion. How could he explain that since…
AKUNNA JAMES-IBE
May 27, 2019
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Happiness

The last time Ugo and I had sex was about six months ago. This was before she married Ekene. I should have been her chief bridesmaid at the wedding, but I refused the honour. So, as a guest, I watched…
Abasima Essien
May 27, 2019
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Creating paradox

The principal promised a week supply of a snack of choice for any student that gives an exceptional paradoxical statement. In seconds, everyone's hand is in the air, fingers flaying. Who doesn't like some treat? "The boy is the father…
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The Lesson

‘I’ll love you forever’, these exact words ruined my life. Tayo would utter these words to me at school and I would let him fondle with the ripe oranges he called my breasts. Because of these words, I ignored mother’s…
Joy Ibe
May 27, 2019
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The Thing Between Your Legs

He was different. He wanted you, and pursued you with a doggedness that made you fall. Your love eclipsed his. So when he left, saying he needed space, you gave him plenty of it. Patiently waiting for him to return.…
Kummi Olamiju
May 26, 2019
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The Concept

"The wedding is cancelled," I screamed. I didn't care who heard. If yelling could replace the engulfing pain that threatened to split my heart, then I would gladly continue into this night that had revealed Moses' betrayal. It wasn't the…
Julie Onoh
May 26, 2019
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It hurts

The shadow of an unwanted enemy smiled wickedly at me,it was Daniel the guy I so much despites, he Grabbed me,took me to the room and undress himself, I cried and asked for help but he just looked at me…
Pinky Everly
May 26, 2019
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Being Pregnant

We all hated them the characterless young girls outside the fence of our village. They were known to be outcasts and worthless because they never knew how to wait and how to outweigh their temptations. But now am writing a…
Brenda onyancha
May 26, 2019
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Love Potion

Afua, frightened yet determined to fulfil her desire, sits cross-legged facing the fetish priest. The priest casts the cowry lots, chants indistinctly and quizzes, "You wan yua man to sati you alon, no bi so?" She nods in agreement. He…
Mandy Bay
May 25, 2019
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The Bleach Pressure

Nubia Nubia! you used to be a Queen in the heart of East Africa, way before Colonialism. You used to be every King's desire until A Caucasian prince from Europe landed at your premises and everything changed.What you couldn't see…
Joy Mngodo
May 25, 2019
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Against all odds

I made for the podium amongst other Graduands, lost in clouds of applause as images of the last four years flashed through my mind. This walk was nothing compared to the journey from several rejected admission applications to emerging as…
Olufemi Abiodun
May 25, 2019
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Wounded Soul

The worst feeling ever, is being hurt by someone you love. When the person you least expected shatters your heart, and crushes your spirit. I could never forget the pain I felt. My throat was sore from all the crying…
Chelsea
May 24, 2019
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Great Cook

Since I can remember, I've been the family cook. Olivia could do any other household chore. I prepared amala and ewedu soup for dinner, Dapo was visiting. "Olivia, this meal is great, you didn't tell me you cooked so well,"…
Deby
May 24, 2019
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THE EASY ENTRANCE

After failing twice, Bayo had said if I used expo passing JAMB would be as easy as pie and I would be saving my ageing mother the stress of sourcing for JAMB fee again, so I succumbed. Still stunned by…
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NKECHI

Nkechi loved me and I knew it. Nkechi told me she was going to her Sister’s place to spend the weekend and I believed her. Ijeoma wouldn’t lie to me. She never did. That was why I didn’t believe Mama…
Emeka Odogwu
May 24, 2019
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Ikenga

Look at him. Look at how he walks with hunched shoulders. He burnt the statuette because he thinks his wealth and his victories in battles are his own making. Now, he's burning down his enemies' territory and slaughtering them, his…
Chikezie Onwumere
May 24, 2019
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KARMA

He stood under the scorching sun, with his eyes closed singing in a piercing falsetto. He was surrounded, this time not by his body guards but by flies, feasting on his open wounds. Chief Dede, the most dreaded in the…
Aren Victor
May 24, 2019
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Chop Bar Shenanigan

The din from the chop bar ushered us in. A momentary gape accompanied the sway of our hips. We settled and called a waiter to our corner. Knowing how expensive food at that eatery costs, the four of us devised…
Mandy Bay
May 24, 2019
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"Pushhh"

"Pushhh" Titi groaned. She gasped. "I'm tired, I can't do this." "Baby, I'm with you, okay? Do this for me, please, for us." Titi nodded. "Pushhh" She grimaced. Balls of sweat rolled down her forehead. She puffed out some air.…
Atere Gbemisola
May 24, 2019
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Boom!

The blast silenced our sleep. The brilliance blinded Bingo our dog. Yet ,in the throes of the terror-torn ruins, the bouvardia blossoms. I stand with Mama and Papa on the border between life and death and behold , life on…
Kene
May 24, 2019
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She's my mother .

We sat by Kachiki waters. I'd never seen such serenity in the most natural place. Chisi did not really talk much today. He seemed calm like one who just decided to take life as it was. "Mother says we can't…
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CHILDREN OF ABRAHAM

The children sat by the roadside like discarded goods, counting the fortunes their open palms had fetched, telling stories I couldn't hear. They seemed oblivious of the traffic, but their eyes controlled the traffic light. When my bus halted before…
AKUNNA JAMES-IBE
May 23, 2019
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The Colour Of Beauty

She was beautiful. I stood at the door to her hut and permitted my eyes to roam the shimmering ebony of her skin. It had long lost its tautness but still, I admired the lines that snaked along its surface;…
Akugbe Anthony
May 23, 2019
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PETUNIA

I remember feeling dirty when my period first came. 'Just know you'll be on the street the moment you get pregnant,' were the only words from the one I called Mother. The first time I was called 'beautiful' was by…
Grace Agboola
May 23, 2019
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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…
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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…
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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
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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
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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 ?"…
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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…
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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…

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