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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…
May 27, 2019
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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…
May 27, 2019
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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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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…
May 22, 2019
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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…
May 22, 2019
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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.…
May 20, 2019
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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
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My papa

It was his turn to tell the class about his father. Father's day it was. Ever so warily, he stole out from his seat, taking slow steps to the front. "My Papa breaks peopl" He began "He hurts them when…
Enobong Etuk
May 14, 2019

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