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November Contest

November Contest

Relics Of Old

“You look glorious once again god, i can feel the power surging in you”. Hmm, a spirit praising me”,  he turned to look at it. Giggling it said again “you know its kind of funny to see a god in…
Aribisala Kayode
November 15, 2018
November Contest

what's before the thunder?

My last testament; the tale of thunder In my birth a dangerous kind of lack; The red shawl wrapping the stone- oh Mother, Saving our lives, is the cape on my back, It is the colour of the worshipping. Oh…
Mahmud
November 15, 2018
November Contest

In the Dreamer's Eyes.

   Chizie draped his little camping bag over his back. Ever since he saw Black Panther, he could not get over the Africa of his fantasies. "Chizie?" His mother called as he walked past the kitchen.    "Yes mama?" He…
Nnadi Cynthia
November 15, 2018
November Contest

Fireflies!

I will never forget the strange magic of fireflies on one of those warm Umueze nights. I could barely wait to witness the winged creatures that came with the twilight. My grandmother will carefully pierce air holes into the lid…
Tomina Egbokwu
November 15, 2018
November Contest

Which one deserve to die?

"Which one deserve to die?" No one! Of the gruesome intertribal murders and wars? Of the hunger and epidemic breakout? No one deserve to die. Deaths of our activists, independence fighters? No, it was not deserved. Nevertheless, they gave it…
Oluwatoba Oyerinade
November 15, 2018
November Contest

THE STORM

"Mummy. What happened?" Timi asked entering her mother's room. Rubbing her eyes, she added "I heard you scream, mum. Is everything alright?" "Yes dear. I'm fine." Timi's mother replied slowly, her eyes glistening. Drawing Timi closer to her in an…
Fantastic_Becca
November 15, 2018
November Contest

The God Paradox

Obatala wields the DNA; the weapon of creation and the ladder to other worlds. It was bestowed upon him by Olodumare after he defeated the alter ego of Eshu and banished him to the forest of burning ashes. Obatala watchers…
Elohimdescarface
November 15, 2018
November Contest

The Awakening

She stood in front of the wooden mirror examining her body. Her once smooth skin dripping with melanin was now pale. A fresh cut beneath the eye, dry sore lips and saggy cheeks. When did she let all this happen?…
Marystella Natasha
November 14, 2018
November Contest

[Af-ri-kuh]

Let me tell you a tale, a tale of Africa the glorious backbone of the world, the cornerstone of the modern man, the sleeping but unbroken giant of the earth, the unpolished gem. Africa, a land blooming with life and…
Sinmiloluwa Sobogun.
November 14, 2018
November Contest

The secret rose

The ticklish burn of the tattooing needle sent waves of vibrations through my flesh. Gritting my teeth in pain I wondered why I was here. Oh yes, the rose being etched on my thigh was the secret respect I would…
The Scorpion Queen
November 14, 2018
November Contest

Chastity reaped.

  After the ceremony, he walked out infuriated, pours out half from the wine in the earthen ware and presented the plain white wrapper unstained-this was evidence for her shame. He had promised to live with her till death but…
Stella Prah
November 14, 2018
November Contest

Bring Back Our Africa

 Reminiscing on old African tales told me by my parents. Mom would never relent in passing on her stories about the tortoise while Dad's were those he termed stories for real African men usually told under the influence of burukutu.…
Andrew Ogiribo
November 14, 2018
November Contest

Eureka

For years, no answer came. I wrote to my father in Ghome about my decision to major in photography in Europe. I had come on a scholarship to study Economics, but at an African cultural museum, eureka struck me that…
Adodo Ruth
November 13, 2018
November Contest

Chicken games

This creature was hot on my tail, I ran for what seemed like hours without tiring and yet it would only draw closer and nothing more. It relished the chase more than the catch. Realizing I was the chicken in…
The Scorpion Queen
November 13, 2018
November Contest

Where is our humanity!?

Oh! Our humanity is almost gone. Shouldn't we strive for answers in the famous aphorism, "To know thyself?" Decays in our black society, moral decadence, and most importantly inhumanity. Lord, please remember Nigeria and bring back the good old days.…
Oluwatoba Oyerinade
November 13, 2018
November Contest

DOOMED BY CUSTOM

Tomorrow, I will be offered as a sacrifice to purge the land of the evil I brought on it by marrying from Asu clan. Mama is with the other women and I can hear her crying from my room in…
Priince Briight
November 12, 2018
November Contest

Seeking solace

I dreaded coming back here every time,it was home but it really didn't feel like it anymore. everywhere was so silent as I dragged my bag behind me. It was the same way I left it before leaving for NYSC.…
Ayesha
November 12, 2018
November Contest

Cut Away

  Maami and Iya-iya insist that it must be done, each holding on to one of my legs. This is how things are done, how they have always been done, they say reassuringly, as the tears blur my vision. Iya…
Joy Mamudu
November 12, 2018
November Contest

Just "a Dream" to the Sane

"Is that all?"The sun rays found its way through my broken window and marked the end of my reign. It all happened like a thunder flash. I was the head of the country's political saga and I was enjoying the immunity…
Oluwatobi
November 11, 2018
November Contest

Facade

"Give her, o Lord, your peace and let your eternal light shine upon her." The lanky aged priest prayed. His vein-striped hands trembled on his Holy Bible, and his voice cracked, but no one had noticed. That night, everyone, including…
Olumide
November 10, 2018
November Contest

The real Africa

Africa, believed to be rich in naught but poverty to those who have not seen under the skin of its starving children. The real Africa is hidden beneath the faces of those which it cannot feed. The real Africa is…
Nas Katz
November 9, 2018
November Contest

NSA: No Slander Allowed

"Quick! Touch the wall!" Joshua yelled, "They will send lightening from the Oba's palace". I just sat there on my bunk looking amused at him and Taiwo, who once again had blasphemed against the Oba of Bini Kingdom. Taiwo, looking…
Gift Esuh
November 9, 2018
November Contest

Death at the Mediterranean

Enesi heard deafening screams of terror across the Mediterranean. She could feel her tears icing out. Her eyes could not make out how far she was from the land. The only thing she could cling to was gradually sinking. It…
Brian Ngoma
November 9, 2018
November Contest

DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE?

"That's deep." He says. We've just finished listening to the first track off M.I Abaga's "Yxng Dxnzl" album that discusses self-reflection as Africans. "What do you think?  Do you think we fundamentally have an identity problem?"  "Definitely."  I reply him.…
Oladipo Samuel
November 9, 2018
November Contest

The Forfeited Prize

Musa halted his little legs upon entering the presidential palace. It was not what he expected. Far from it. He felt pain cut through him. Not sure if it was the sad truth that the President lived better than everyone…
Ethel Noble
November 8, 2018
November Contest

Coloniser

I am a descendant of the colonisers of Africa. I am ashamed of the heavy and unwavering identity that has been thrust upon me by those who preceded me. I am lost in an identity that is not my own.…
Kyle
November 8, 2018
November Contest

Fish and Water.

One day, Fish had decided it was going to leave water. It had heard of life on another land and that it was really hopping. It was going to try it out. Water said nothing. So Fish got itself an…
Emmanuel Olaku
November 7, 2018
November Contest

The gods are not silent

Nero's words hung suspended in the air and all cringed for her. No god or goddess had ever dared to speak against Qadosh, The Holy One. On the other hand, Nero was silently relieved. Africa had suffered for too long…
Julie Onoh
November 7, 2018
November Contest

What do you mean ?

Yes I live in Nigeria, you should know Africa is a continent. Yes, we are Africans but we have different diverse and unique cultures and, to remind you countries! What do you mean calling us all Africans ? I'm Nigerian,…
Gucibao
November 7, 2018
November Contest

Underdog

I'm trailing along these streets searching for a way to feel better and maybe even look better. I'm trailing along these streets watching men in stiletto heels and polished Oxford shoes moving with a place to go. I have no…
Anna Suberu
November 7, 2018
November Contest

Orphaned

You have been cranky from the night before. A bad dream. No recollection of the substance, just the dread. You heard the words the first time. It did not register. Olumide Thomas! The Principal wants to see you. She is…
Foluwaso Adebobuyi
November 6, 2018
November Contest

Story Time

"Tell me a horror story before mummy comes home" says the little one at bedtime. "Immamie! You macabre creature!" The aunt laughingly replies, ruffling her niece's twist-outs. "Long ago" she begins, "there existed an ancient kingdom shrouded in darkness. The…
OmoOhanomah
November 6, 2018
November Contest

Lightning, Sango and Thor.

A long time ago, there was lightning. Lightning and a god, both the same. Zeus was his name, and lightning itself was his rightful claim. He embraced the powers he had with reckless abandon, and struck any place with his…
Tomi Adegbite
November 6, 2018
November Contest

MARKED

She listened to her parents arguing on the other side of the door. She did not want to open because she was angry at them. They allowed daddy's people hurt her. As she stood in front of the mirror, she…
Tope Omamegbe
November 4, 2018
November Contest

UNAPPRECIATED.

Yesterday he was a nobody strapping on pieces of sandals that won't hold. Now the thought of his supposedly wasted years hunts him after scaling through the university in rags and more rags. With borrowed pens and improper books, he…
Adebiyi Oluwasina Peter
November 1, 2018
November Contest

The fault in our own Stars

http://Beautiful%20scenes%20by%20Ebony%20Fox%20on%20Pinterest " Liwa get up here", "Who misses a shooting star on falling through the constellations?"  "Arya, I get that it's a cloudless night and the milky way has decided to show off her beauty."  "But ...". A cloudless night…
Mystique
November 1, 2018
November Contest

Discrimination.

"Half Tanzanian? Half American? Where? How?" "University of Columbia, NewYork, USA, mother. We met there. I love him!" Yemisi stomped her feet melodramatically. Her kinks took her rage as they were huge and fierce. She took a deep breath. "He's…
Aisha Oredola
October 29, 2018
November Contest

OKADIMGBA

A continent surrounded by Mediterranean sea to the north, Red and isthmus sea to the northwest, Indian ocean to the southeast, Atlantic ocean to the west. Kamani hails from NRI Kingdom of the Igboukwu clan, blessed with bronze. A sculptor…
Chibuike chukwu
October 24, 2018
November Contest

African Goddess

The oru's slathered her lithe body with palm oil and drenched her hair in coconut oil. They adorned her neck and feet with beads, her waist with Jigida. Her buttocks was covered with a sheer red material and her breasts…
Chinese Girl
October 22, 2018
November Contest

We call it home.

They say fear and hunger are intertwined, just like a bitter pill that weighs heavily in your throat but I say it’s like a punch in the gut or the calm acceptance of the hopelessness of your situation. Those that…
Matilda Spy
October 22, 2018
November Contest

Cocoon

The radio anchor read the top stories one more time. Fuel increment and load shedding. Her husband relentlessly sharpened an axe on a big stone. Nana glanced at the child sleeping close to the door then she moved closer to…
Isabella
October 19, 2018
November Contest

The English Life

It was the seasons that let Mr. Jacobs down. There are four seasons in England, Malawi has only three, actually two; winter and summer. England has winter, summer, fall and another one whose name he couldn't recall but he knew…
Isaac Mafuel
October 19, 2018
November Contest

Silent Tears

She could hear the women and men dancing outside from the room that she was kept. The sweet aroma of the food outside was everywhere. It was final she was going to be married off to the oldest and richest…
Tionge Kalua Mhone
October 18, 2018
November Contest

Coming to Africa

It's 3.am and I am awake, safely strapped on my seat, waiting for the plane to descend.My eyes are wide open, heart racing like Usain Bolt, mind lost in grandma's words. "We would go to the Oba's palace during the…
CheckoutAJ
October 15, 2018
November Contest

The Heir

Olawoore stared at the young man lifting two heavy sacks unaided. Kotomilerun, they had called him but his real name was Ademilekan, the grandson of the great warrior prince of Okinni, Adelakin. Adelakin as heir to the throne and a…
Aeesha
October 13, 2018
November Contest

Vampires beyond Hollywood movies

It is 7:00am in the Southern part of Malawi. A group of men armed with stones, sticks and machetes match silently towards one of the houses in the neighborhood.  On their way, they find an epileptic 22-year-old man resting under…
Isaac Banda
October 8, 2018
November Contest

CELEBRATION…

The youths are happy. It's a good day to eat and drink, they agree."Make we dey go!" They call out as they proceed to the village's entrance to collect 'their due' filled with a burning desire to avoid being cheated.Sharpening…
OmoOhanomah
October 7, 2018
November Contest

Of Prophecies and Decrees

A middle-aged man asks his clergyman if a certain young lady is his divine wife. The clergyman prays and assures him that the lady is the best possible wife for him. Excited, he approaches the lady and informs her that…
OmoOhanomah
October 7, 2018
November Contest

The Race

We thought the race begun the day we commenced our university education. We were eager young minds believing we would win the race. We believed the winning prize would be wearing the nice suits and working for reputable institutions. We…
chim chalera
October 4, 2018
November Contest

THICKER

The old warrior was chief of the defenders of the land. Ogedengbe had left his fiefdom and his robust legacy of charms to them through their great grandfather, Idele-Alakin, establishing a caretaker bloodline. He’d tasted battle first at sixteen when…
TMakflakk
September 26, 2018
November Contest

New Baby

I watch the baby. I'd much rather study for Junior WAEC but mother insisted I come.The neighbor's sixth child is a boy. I scrutinize his scrunched up face as he fidgets. Before he can begin squalling, the women start cooing. So much…
OmoOhanomah
September 7, 2018
November Contest

Boys Touts

I stand on tiptoe to clean the windscreen. Hopefully, the driver will pay fifty naira. I'm chasing the fascinating suds with my wiper when I overhear a passenger disparage "…boys wey no wan go school…" Staring at his jowls, I…
OmoOhanomah
September 7, 2018

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