Papa has never feared the desert. Regard it with a grudging respect? Curse it for stealing our land? Yes. But he is immune to that terror the great expanse strikes.
“Malik,” he tells me, “We are Toubou, peopl […]
I saw an hair strand on the floor and I suspected it belonged to me. Maybe, it fell off as I was combing my hair or something. I don’t know, but I was also conscious it could be from someone else.
Anyway, so […]
She pressed the baby to her bosom. Pressed it so hard its cry was muffled. Pressed it that their hearts merged and began to beat as one. The mother’s full of years and cares, the child’s still unburdened. And she […]
With a wink and a smile, the brown envelope disappeared under the agbada. The honourable minister proved deft with his fingers. He flashed that special smile, the one he saved for special occasions, and signed the […]
We could tell the driver was suspicious, and that type have a tendency to speed off. So, we had Tarpa lay spikes across the road, while Matibu flagged him down. If the spikes weren’t enough to convince him to […]
Labake went over the photos on the woman’s Facebook timeline again.
Yes, he was the one. His distinctive dimples showed as he beamed next to her.
The last minute trips to Akure suddenly made sense, as well as […]
You remember the last time you saw him an halo of dried blood framed his smashed in face.
Somehow, he is standing whole beside you now.
After a week alone wandering the jungle, your parched throat makes only […]
Ronke heard their grunting from behind the door, and tightened her grip on the knife.
Kunle had finally abandoned discretion. At first, he had been mindful of her feelings, waiting till she went to bed at night […]
Johnny boy don proud. Ah, Johnny boy dey do yanga!
Na so e go club the other day with new ‘Muscle’, begin to spray money. E no even look my side. Me! Person wey I hustle on the streets with tey tey!
Because e […]
A strange man appeared in a village one evening seeking shelter. He was crippled, making use of a staff to support himself.
An elderly couple took him in with open arms. They were the only villagers to do […]
The old midwife holds a rusted blade over a candle. She stifles a cough and yawns instead. A girl watches her with fearful eyes, thinking about tradition and womanhood to still a mounting terror. Her mother looks […]