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Jose Matute (6)-425f7993

                                      BOUQET AND EVERYTHING AFTER BY PRINCESS .E. AKENZUA                 They buy what’s not in their budget,                 They spend millions on dresses,                 They...
Rufus Oyemade-7bef72a7

            DEADBITS OF LAGOS BY PRINCESS .E. AKENZUA           Oh! What a wicked world!         Our lawless beggars are back again,         They roam...
Jackson David (9)-5ee6279d

                                 Warriors in          Heels by Princess .E. Akenzua             Who are they you ask?             They are our sisters, our mothers and grandmothers,...

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African Child Be authentic, Cease to be a clownDetach from inferiority complexEnlighten yourselves For you are the backbone of the society Guarantee our next generationHappy...
Jessica Felicio (4)-c5ad21ad

The first time I came home late from my job, Bayo beat me with a belt and made me soak in scalding water, “This would...
Tom Podmore-557ff2dd

It came as a dream, The day I looked back and saw,The endless numbers of nobodies behind me,Literally, no human person was behind me,I was...
Sam Moghadam Khamseh-cbf92190

My place was a rectangular room, narrow and long. The mahogany door led to a part, I sectioned as the living room with thick brown...
muthengi mbuvi-b54ede2d

Trouble started when Ìyá Ìbejì’s friend, Aunty Florence got back from the village. It had always been there, lurking at the background, peeping and raising...
Mustafa Omar-a3fbf838

“Madam push, push” the doctor said. I watched as the woman screamed with the last ounce of strength she had in her. The scream was...
Emmanuel Ikwuegbu-dbc28804

I wasn’t the brightest student in my class, but definitely not the dullest. I usually hung somewhere in between. While everyone was up and doing,...
Hu Chen-464691ad

Ep 10 Àyọ̀ká was left in the darkness of her thought oaring the boat of assumptions. What could a maid from someone who was the...
Prince Akachi (1)-1b0a2104

I noticed her the night mama sent me into my room without supper. The quiet and irregular shapes in the darkness served as the perfect...
Jordan Rowland-292d5a2c

If you were born in homes where you refreshed the cistern after a little drop of pee please step back, wrong hall, go to the...
Nicola Fioravanti-0aab1c2a

At that moment, everything stopped. The shouts from the crowd became a little more than a whisper, the raised clenched fists remained in the air,...
Nana Yaw Otoo-0ea89085

I try not to think of beginnings because if I goad myself into ignoring them, then I don’t have to think of endings — I...
Oladimeji Odunsi (1)-5ae255b9

I see itI see it comingThe liberation of the captives is at handNo matter the afflictions, we standNo matter the hurdles, we triumphIn spite of...
Annie Spratt-d9ab3231

They rouse to the sounds of the drum, reverberating deep within their souls and mortal bodies. They feel drawn towards the source, seeking understanding and...
Matt Atherton-137da79f

When I was conversing with femi, he explained to me that the Yoruba Aborisa religious system has been greatly misunderstood by modern Christians and widely...
Hu Chen-86b3732e

Ep 9 Ayanwale took Oyèrẹ̀mí back to the Ajíbógun town after burying Àlàrí corpse with dried leaves in the bush for his safety. Those people...
Matt Atherton-b0ef0c8a

Bring to the gods, kola, salt, water and bitter kolaso your prayers be admitted to heavenbefore the emergence of the morning cock crow. Bring to...
Peinge Nakale-0a8a4510

There was this Ayinke I fell in love with. I haven’t tasted this kind of aroma of love before until life streamed us together. I...
Andrey Zvyagintsev-9a5cc26d

The first alphabet started with the letters in our name,We designed to be first regardless of pain and now,Even when we sort it through, Africa...
Joshua Hanson-5343b61b

Nneoma, You are the sun that shines your strength when our warrior fathers tread beyond the ume river. You are the moon that brightens our...
Ian Kiragu-37d9eb4b

  Early rise in the mornEach new day in its timeAs I sit alone and prayI cling to my only true love I stare at...
Zach Vessels-b50b2d68

He lived next door, the child of some of the most loving people I had ever met. His mother hugged me so tightly the day...
Hu Chen (1)-fb573614

Her green stretches far As far as the eyes can see. Her soil is viableAnd brings forth fruit In its season.She is blessed With silver...
bill wegener-99042c2d

So, there’s this school Okpor Iwa National Group of school (IWANG), this school was known for its high level of disciplinary. Fine fine boys and...
Annie Spratt-e92d15eb

I walked from aisle to aisle in search of the perfect novel for my solo date but all of them seemed boring. I had told...
Hu Chen-4b29d732

O aged tree. Methuselah treeTall and stately. Strong and gallantFull of wisdom. Brimming with historyAdorned with ageless rings of knowledgeOf stories and legends and folkloreSecrets,...
Joshua Duneebon-b322d7cf

I had to go through therapy before I started taking water again. My guys and I had always gone to the streams or shallow rivers...
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PLAYBACK Brethren, let me rewind your mind back to a pool of memory, let’s sail and pave in the pool of governance,let me take you...
Hu Chen-c96c43c7

Ep 8 Ọ̀tún and Aṣípa were left alone and they began to think about how to curb the devilish act of Baṣọ̀run and his alliances....
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The world has never been dictated by fairness and Nana Silva can testify to that.  She grew up in a very small community and was...
Rodgers Otieno-b4701fa8

  Filani’s eyes shot open, suddenly remembering that he was supposed to have an interview by 10am. Jumping out of his bed, he went straight...
Ian Kiragu-64602e2f

  Time is not for us to makeBut it’s ours to create lasting memoriesTime is just but transientIt’s not ours to hold on toHere today...
Jakob Owens-a2348592

Hi, I am Sally, and this is my story. I was born into a loving family; my Dad, our ever-provider, will go through the depth...
Hu Chen-c179da99

  Ep 7 The Palace was dark and filled with wailing. Olori Àwẹ̀ní had cried and tears no longer shedding from her eyes. The chiefs...
Prince Akachi (1)-d9066523

LÀBAKÈ Làbakè, without consulting the oracle seer I know you could feel my heart’s injuryRemember, from afar your soul glue with mine effortlesslyYou know that...
Yusuf Shamsudeen-d4e414be

“This place is so clean” That was my first thought when I got to this town. The medians were free of refuse, a signature of...
Etty Fidele-43cc6253

A lonely tear trickle down my face How did it come to this? I silently ask I demand for answers I search deep within Having journeyed far and wide...
Kreative Kwame-f325a93b

The moon stood tall, smiling down upon the earth, as the stars rainbowed along the creamy cloud calling the name of the beautiful breeze, blowing...
Ricardo Fontes Mendes-53d3df4c

Baami, Today I turn 16. You promised to make up for your absence last year remember. Maami had told me not to bank on it...
Hu Chen-b434f671

The air of peaceThe aura of gladnessThat atmosphere of joy and happiness that consumes me at the sound of your voice I love your voice...
Sam Moghadam Khamseh-136e4fa0

I’m dead on my feet. I am not sure what time it is, but it’s certainly Sun o’clock. I’ve always wondered if there’s really a...
Anthony Notes-18dbb4e2

  Once was I free Before I met theeYou came bearing promises of loveYet plotted a desire-dilemma I couldn’t solve You made a mess of...
Jessica Felicio (2)-f50fb7a3

I know mama said life will throw a lot of things at me. I remember her saying I should make lemons out of the lemonade…or...
Dennis Irorere-0d044410

“He’s changing,” Fadekemi said seated on the only sofa in her friend, Bimpe’s one room self contain apartment. “Are you serious?” Bimpe’s eyes widened as...
Ian Macharia-1-ec8f6e6d

The sun popped out of the sky, totally deciding to bless the morning. The flowers opened up, displaying their bright colours. The road with its...
Hu Chen-bed86041

  Ep 6 The three of them were astounded by the voice. They did not foresee anyone seeing them in the bush. Àyànwálé turned back...
Oladimeji Odunsi-f596fc05

  Ever wondered where it lay?The hidden resolve to stand tallThe determination to always be herNever doubting herself to all she can beShe gives so...
Oladimeji Odunsi-af89e5cd

Like a horse trodding aloneHe tries to tame youYou are compared first to an impossible highwayHe speaks of undying lovePromises to love you till eternityHe...
Annie Spratt-fe6aa126

Child of destiny, child of promiseChild of opportunity, child of hopeChild of miracles, child of dreamsChild of purpose, child of grace Child of destiny, child...
Ken kahiri-1a1ed750

The king stepped in, accompained by his entourage of chief and guards. The crowd went on their knees to pay homage to Oba Òyéròmádé, Ààyita...
Mustafa Omar-48930822

Show me all the beauty we possess together, and I will give you a thousand reasons why it never glows. There’s you and there’s me,...
Prince Akachi-7b56bf3b

Dressed in suit, Forgetting the rules and values, Out there in the woods, Up to no good, The world crashing at his foot, In the...
Jessica Felicio-f186f19a

“I’m getting married. Tomorrow” Her sharp intake of breath was the only thing he heard and then, the silence, one so loud that he could...
David Clode-47ae7334

OH AFRICA Oh Africa, Why did you choose to be a snail in the race of Lions?With the heavy load you mount on your neck,...
Oladimeji Odunsi-784ab223

  The womb – manThe vessel of hope and dreamsThe seed bearer…the creatorHer womb births lifeHer womb births seeds that multiply and dominateHer womb births...
Oladimeji Odunsi-9c801eeb

  Ever wondered where it lay?The hidden resolve to stand tallThe determination to always be herNever doubting herself to all she can beShe gives so...
Hu Chen-720f43f5

Ep 5 The cocks squawked all across Ajégúnlẹ̀ town and the sun clambered his zenith lazily. The grasses were moistured with the hazes that kept...
Ian Kiragu-4897a935

“Harder“, she whispered to herself digging into the ground hoping to get at least a drop, something, anything to give hope but she met nothing....
Prince Akachi-c010dfd8

“Hey! You there. What are you—”“Officer calm down.” Femi threw sand up. I was born not far from here,Rolled bike-tire like no man’s business,Trekked bear-foot...
Hu Chen-28c0623f

I had not quite yet made up my mind on where next to go. I was here now, worn out, in this large farmhouse to...
Dim Hou-7e2045bb

The village square was filled to the brim with people of different shades of black. Even chickens and goats found their way to the ground,...
Dennis Irorere-8e741af5

The small mirror standing on the makeshift table shows nothing relating to my insides. I wish it does. Maybe then, all would see how much...
Hu Chen-e7f5ac1d

Ep 4 “Àyàn! Can you please spare me some minutes before we enter?” it was Asípa who tapped Àyànwálé and whispered into his left ear....
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Why is it that when they tell stories of Africa it is heavily laced with poverty, suffering and everything that isn’t good. I see these...
Lee Pigott-c5a664d4

“Dance for me Adira.” Adira was shocked at the request. She turned her neck to look up at her lover. Derek’s hazel eyes were trained...
Alvin Balemesa-43bf4d03

What is the essence of life if not to live to the greatest capacity?To achieve all your goals Hit every of your target Enjoy every minute spent What...
Samuel Aboh-34deecba

 “My Mother: She is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her.”...
Oladimeji Odunsi-6bbcb82f

  I don’t understand why I can’t just be meI can’t express the way I feelI often feel ignored, mocked, and despisedIs it because I...
Jabber Visuals-feec5079

If you stole something as useless as a rusted spoon or glassware already cracked or chipped at one end from a shelf in Arèwa Market...
bill wegener-9d3deaaf

You are standing on holy ground. Yours might be a building with grandeur edifice with pietistical mannerisms. Mine is a shrine you cannot do without....
Mustafa Omar-85b8b67d

Woman! Man with a womb, You are a vessel of hopes and dreams, Such a unique creature that is also a creator, bearing seeds, Seeds...
Wanyoike Mbugua-8f85f8ea

We were called out of the darkest night into the brightest day,Never thought a future knew who we were,For our hearts were strengthened in chains,...
Ian Kiragu-85a344f7

“You cannot do it” a faint voice took control of Bidemi’s mind. “How do you want to explain it? A female president?” Never.” The voice...
Annie Spratt-1-993c8927

I am a mother. No. I have a child. Yes, that is more accurate. Mama would say that a mother is a woman who would...
Jessica Felicio-e5d3dc6d

Gathered under the stars in the center of our compound, my siblings and I waited for Papa to take in the last morsel of starch...
Oladimeji Odunsi-1-417784d9

‘Freedom!!!!!’  They kept echoing from time immemorial  Deep breaths, sighs, one, two Everyday the same, invaded, stripped of their heritage  Robbed of their culture, their...
Ian Macharia-9175cf5d

We were borne and bred, In the shimmering stars and the blazing sun we were raised,On my mother’s back I laid,Watching around in earnest to see...
Jeffery Erhunse-abb09924

Sometimes you find yourself in life’s death gripStill fighting battles you thought you would have overcomeStill searching for answers to questions long overdueStill vexed by...
Joshua Oyebanji-193f0afe

Who did not know Brianna, popularly called Bri in Kwei town? She was the talk of the town, her bright hair colours that could be...
Terricks Noah-a1f791d6

AYANFE MI Óloju Alàredè, I have been longing to tell you this, how those birds sing a lullaby in my window, how angels sing the...
Oladimeji Odunsi 2-7b92d45c

I have never seen war in this fickle life I live I have often seen pain hidden in eyes I don’t give thought to matters that do not...
Hu Chen-297300b4

Ep 3 Crickets’ shrillings seized everywhere in Oyèrẹ̀mí’s quarter. The sky groaned and was ready to bathe the earth with storms. The wind ran with...
Zach Vessels-2e31358a

He is watching you, He sees everything you do, Every move, Every thing you put yourself through, He sees your pain, He doesn’t fully understand...
Prince Akachi-214940dc

The day goes dim and the night sips in. Majestically, It crawls in flaunting its sharp claws grinning and giggling like the monster in my...
Hu Chen-132073a1

That is not their real face,  they are wolves in sheep clothing”, our chi warned us, but we are stubborn from the womb. A mysterious...
Annie Spratt-b15653e6

Do you think  You could light a candle And hold a prayer at the crack of your lips For her?   Sometimes, When the stories...
Nicola Fioravanti-96f37e17

” If you want to die, why not go to your family’s house and die. Mogami”, A voice yelled at me from a car. “I’m...
Oladimeji Odunsi-3504eb3c

FEAR! The most powerful tool of all!It controls all from the prominent to the poor in the societyFEAR!The richest in historyFor having stolen the richest...
Jordan Rowland-8b90a771

A blissful morning to the rest,But to her the beginning of sorrow.The entire village was presentTo escort a young girl To her place of bondage.She...
Annie Spratt-aec38ff9

It’s in us, the ability to spring back up and flourish like palms even where we should drown. it’s in us, it’s in our superficial...
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“Should I call back? It seems you are busy”, she said, obviously frustrated with the guy’s inattentiveness. You didn’t mean to eavesdrop but when you...
Ian Macharia-bf918923

  “Aru! Abomination! You can not blame a man for the problems in a home, if anything goes wrong, then it is the woman, how...
Jordan Rowland-a6f46bad

  The suds knew everything. At least, that’s what She told us. They drew rumours far from the outskirts of town and mixed them all...
Hu Chen-9fe9e4ac

Ep. 2 The following morning’s sun squealed and smiled on the greens of Ajégúnlẹ̀ town; people were finding their ways to the palace. Àyànwálé, the...
Ian Kiragu-7431f883

  A minute of silence For the songs, we never singBut left buried alive in us. A minute of silenceFor the connectionsOur ego had been...
Andrey Zvyagintsev-b8dc7970

Mum is flitting about again, washing and cooking and cleaning and cleaning again. The house smells like a bakery, and not a hair is out...
Seth Doyle-e74a9663

“Why are you running?” To answer this question, let’s go back a little before an hour ago. There I was, drenched in sweat and plastered...
abolova .-fa48b708

“Almost set.” A young lady standing behind an old bungalow, moved towards an old red-coloured crate, placing her pair of shoes on it. “Aina!” A...
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In a rigidly patriarchal society the position of the first born daughter is held in high esteem. She becomes a mother way too early and...
Oladimeji Odunsi-2e98f5a5

The sky was clear giving way for the sun to radiate its golden glow and give joy to humankind. The opposite seems to be the...
Hu Chen

Ep. 1 There was no moon in the sky of Ajégúnlẹ̀ Town. The rains just gushed heavily and everywhere was damp and dense. The crickets...