”Snail hunting,” he said.
”You’ll shake the copper in your pocket and eat more during break.”
When dark fell and Mama blew out the light, I snuck out with my raffia bag.
It was full moon and he was waiting […]
I should have been quiet like you said, maybe they wouldn’t have taken me.
They put me and the others in a dark room. Their sobbing makes me sick.
Today I got to know what they do with the children they […]
I’m wearing a white shirt, green shorts, white socks and brown sandals. My back pack is slung over my shoulders. I’m returning home. Mama is in the house cooking. Papa must be driving the taxi to make ends meet. I […]
It was usually a yellow bus with the family packed in and headed to to the village to enjoy Christmas with Grandma and the relatives.
It wasn’t easy but we had built a home in the city. Our happiness was […]
It was silent today. We all crossed the dry riverbed; thin starving humans coated in soot of explosions.
Mama walked in front, silent and brooding. The twins, Iesha and Ahmed, were strapped to her like little […]
Mama is thin. Her breast is flat and empty. Nne is small and clings weakly to Mama’s chest, sucking blood instead of milk.
The camp is noisy. The air smells of sickness — thick and almost palpable.
My head is b […]
“E dey hold him boxer with belt.”
“Na dat yeye pesin you wan marry.”
“Your head no correct.”
Her name should have been a balance between beauty, brain and wealth.
This was five years in the future and […]
She was dark and beautiful, this Ma’s sister. Ijeoma was her name.
She had visited twice in a space of five years and her second coming had preceded Ma’s sudden illness.
It was painful to see Ma shrink; to see […]
Noise is the sound of Pa’s exploding hunting gun that ends Ayo’s life.
Noise is the sound of rushing blood behind my ears.
Noise is the sound of footsteps running into our raffia-fenced compound.
Noise is the […]
The first time you felt your soul slip away, you had overdosed on drugs.
Mama had come into your room and found you shivering as though it were cold.
Your siblings had crowded the room, staring with tear filled […]
It had been up to a month and nobody had knocked on his door.
He laid crippled on the floor while flies buzzed around him. From where they came from, he did not know. All he knew was that the faeces attracted […]
‘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 […]