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            THE SHEPHERD(Do you know the shepherd?) It was on Friday, and you know the usual vibe and mantra that follows after close of work;...
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The plan with Kayode was that the babies wouldn’t come till the third year of marriage. Part of the plan was also to have loads...

I’m staring at my reflection in the mirror and can only imagine the amount of girls, women who are like me; struggling and trying to...

I met Ifeanyi in 2016 at the Kenneth Dike Library, University of Ibadan. It was one of those days when I went to the library...

A SHORT FICTION Richard sat on the white, high-backed, plastic chair on the veranda, stretching his injured foot forward and making it parallel with the...

1 “Selére, hurry up with that basket you’re weaving. I want you to go and buy me a new calabash.” Her mother called out. “Yes,...

It’s not that I didn’t hear the stories, I did but myths are not real. They’re takes made up by people to scare other people....

The putrid smell emanating from a nearby house nauseated her. She covered her nose in disgust as she navigated her way through the narrow path...

It was on February 26th and as usual, all four of us headed straight to my house immediately after school hours. My house was just...

They say that it starts to hurt less when you find a way to laugh about it; that when it becomes a joke to you,...

1. The sweltering heat of a tropical African night came alive with the buzzing tunes of Mosquitoes, that hummed and fed on sweaty bodies, while...

                  Oníkálukú jèjé ewúré Ewúré, ewúré Oníkálukú jèjé àgùtàn, Agùtàn bòlòjò Olúrónbí jèjé omo re Omo re...

    “Mushin Olosha! Mushin, mushin wole!!” hollered the conductor who draped on the yellow bus horizontally stripped with black. I had boarded the bus...

The young miss squared her shoulders as she walked singularly on the red carpet amidst deafening applause and standing ovation. Flashes of light from cameras...

As a Nigerian youth you walk the streets of Nigeria with the fear that one day you will encounter them. The men in uniform: black...

The first time I saw mother’s eyes swollen like an overripe avocado, her skin accommodated colours from pain, her body revealed scars from severe whipping....

It’s time for the bride to walk into the church. I’m beaming with joy. I walk the aisle with my father as the hymns remind...

Heyooooo!!!!!😋😋😋😋Wassup my beautiful people😙😍Happy New Month!!💃💃💃💃💃 How Christmas preparations going!!!!I can smell chicken already 😁   Its gonna be a detty December 😂😂😚As much as...

  Against the run of play, our hostel was been enshrouded by a mysterious wind of quietness these past few days thanks to my roommates....

The sky held an empty glow over the earth. The night was silent except for the fluttering of a black-brown bird soaring the sky. The...

NIGHT.He watched as the day went into setting mode, the clouds is gradually withering its brightness. The sun is moving farther towards the west. The...

Magun Two weeks ago, I discovered that the countless dates, the occasional cinema outings and midnight rendezvous had all been for nothing. My girlfriend of...

MY FUNERAL The bells were too loud and the choristers were going on and on, I have never been to church and honestly if I...

  She ran through the bush, fighting with the thorns and sticks that blocked her way. Her whole body was on alert, her eyes had...

The clinically ruthless elimination of the familial victims, left all in awe of the frail felon, who now stood unflinchingly erect, unbowed or uncowed by...

  The bespectacled Caucasian male approached the cubicle that housed a wooden workstation.In a shared office at Otigba Street, within the famous Computer village ICT...

He awoke.Head aching and swirling from the exotic mix of last night’s free flowing booze, recreative drugs and very loud music.Groggy and shivering from the...

Mistakes. They boarded a korope at Ola-iya junction, in Osogbo. They were sitted at back seat, the guy spread out his hands so the lady...

I finished my algorithm assignment, slammed the textbook shut and pushed my reading table aside when a familar Voice breezed my ear. “Pray now”, faint...

                                                               They say to travel is to take a journey into oneself; perhaps to attain self-forgiveness, or tranquility of mind. Where else is better...

Broken HomeI had met Dayo at a conference meeting my company held some years back at Delta State. He walked up to me so gentle...

           He sits on the patio,feet on the table,with a cigar between his darkened lips. He’s nothing like an ordinary man....

Back at home as the door slowly opens, a slouched figure appears… a dejected soul not because of the rigors of being a single mother...

My babies😊😁How did your week go??It’s Friday I knowwww😄😣The beggining of weekend😍 Music to my ears people.Enjoy the weekend wella ooo. ♧♧♧♧♧♧♧♧♧♧♧♧♧♧ My somto monto...

Yooo😄 Im currently eating Ewa Agoyin and Bread(it’s beans😂with some kind of yorubanised pepper).People this beans is maddd oooo…my mummy 😣😋😍. Just incase,you need a...

Bliss.This life is beautiful. This life is Good. This feeling is ecstatic. Right now, I have zero worry. No complains except Mama’s own about my...

Wake. Hustle. Eat. Hustle. Sleep. Repeat. Eating could mean 0-0-1, 0-1-0, 1-0-0 or, on a very good day, 0-1-1. Welcome to Lagos, the center of...

People hung around the environment in irregular clusters. Conversing in tones that rose and fell with excited arguments. Discussions centering around Covid19 pandemic and it’s...

I saw you today, Remi. There’s a stall that stands between the fisherman’s spot and the Oak tree that is the center of the village...

Swinging a black disposable nylon bag. She stepped out of the air conditioned ambience of a busy banking hall. At the popular computer village… Ikeja....

Its Friyay💃With the cool breeze,i welcome us into beautiful weekend.This weekend has a lot of beautiful suprises😉So girdle up and explore😁. (Sounding like a Yankee😉)...

“…he’ll take pity on you innocents suffering for his crimes and confess.” The twins were not so young that they couldn’t understand Martha’s sarcasm. They...

“Happy Sunday” was the greeting that came repeatedly from Martha’s neighbours as she returned from church on Sunday. The Sunday might be happy but she...

Yo 😉Im currently listening to Beautiful People by Chris brown and I’m feeling the Lazy Friday vibes. My muslim people…Barka De Sallah❤To think i have...

The sewing machines in Bella’s Fashion School buzzed as trainees put their feet to the pedestal, producing a brilliant cacophony within its walls. Biodun was...

African children have different kind of dreams:Noble, high and lofty, some as thick as a beamVarying descriptions and modified themes,Some probably have an happily-ever-after trim...

“Babe!! You won’t believe who I saw today” I sang into the phone as Lola, my best friend answered. “Who is it this time? You...

“Have you ever just sat down to think of how different you would be in 5 years to come? How sophisticated and famous you would...

The smiles never left, in the day, the night, in anger, sadness,my family always knew how to bounce back smiling ❤️I love that about my...

  My mother is afraid. I can see it in her eyes. The silent prayers she says when she thinks no one is watching? The...

The filament bulb lit the room, giving the white shirt on John a faint orange look. He bent in front of the broken mirror, combing...

Tadashi has grown old searching for her purse containing a number of valuable items such as ATM card, spare keys and some thousands of naira....

PROLOGUE “Mum, does God still exist? “ Tehila asked while sitting on the kitchen island and fiddling with her teddy bear. Her legs bounced unsteadily...

It was Monday again, Betty’s most hated day of the week, and she definitely wasn’t looking forward to it. She never could understand how the...

Along the struggles and plight of life,lies a path,narrow and appealing,a path which only the brave dare to thread, feared by many;overcome by few.  Mama...

Funny how intrigued I had been to leave the house. I pictured life as an unbelievable factor as I walked through the street in search...

“Hush, my child! You have to go through this too. I can’t help it.” “But mama, it hurts.” “I’m hurting too, baby, I am. I...

   They both stagger into the room; he, chanting the lyrics of afowómutí, and she, slurring incoherent words. I curl up in my corner, and...

A loner I was…. threading through a path. People call it risky; I call it the happening. Lost in my thoughts,  staring into an abyss,...

“NOT one, not two, not three, but five!” Meme shrieked while she flung her five fingers at Sani’s face. He knelt on a mat holding...

  Mama birthed this. This Utopia. I remember she would raise her voice at me in our dim lit brown marbled kitchen and my 8...

carry yourself to the oceanthe ground has become too harddrown your yesterdays,baptize their sins– Ijeoma Umebinyuo This morning Ugo fucked me on the kitchen counter...

   Nothing has changed in Grandmother’s home; one still risks slipping on the oil-smeared tiled floors and the curtains still drip with slimy water. These...

  THE LAGOS HUSTLE As a new comer, I decided one morning to start relieving people’s frown I kept smiling down the Lagos road A...

The rain started abruptly but my legs weren’t willing to run for cover. There was something about that window that had kept me staring. It...

I eased down on the rock and listened first to the blood spilled on the soil of the south, to the cries of the orphaned,...

Torukro delightedly removed her overall dress and walked straight into the beach in her two piece bikini. This is the moment she’s always dreamt of....

It was like a waged war. I was the battlefield and the warriors had no allys. They arrived, bearing clubs and spears of different kinds,...

I know a selfless woman. A woman who puts herself last just so others can feel better. A woman who is hardworking, strong and most...

I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.Sigmund Freud COMPOSITION ON MY MOTHER Dear Mr Adeyemi,...

I’m across the sea already, on a voyage to the other side of life, where rejections are for the wrong doers and happiness doesn’t have...

One drunken night some three months ago, I cheated on Maxwell  (my present boo) with my ex at a mutual friend all night birthday party....

“Excuse me ma, we have a problem”“What is it?”“Our buyer just changed his mind”“Take me to him” The young woman and her secretary made their...

The theme was danger.I was decked in red, prepared to fish. He could hardly go unnoticed from where I was seated. Draped in his signature...

Jide clocked ten yesterday. The night before his birthday, he couldn’t sleep well, he kept thinking of what it would be like to be ten,...

I reclined on the mattress to induce myself to sleep, so as to curb the rumblings in my stomach. Suddenly the left hemisphere of my...

Over the years I’ve come to realize that real friendship is built on respect, a common bond, and shared memories. A true friend will accept...

Ages had gone by since I had last been in here. The curtains still had the gold trimmings she had refused to remove even after...

My superpower is writing. Yes, you read that well writing is my superpower. When I was little, I cannot remember who the man was but...

Dear reader, True happiness should come from within and staying happy is a choice. There are alot of negativities in the world already. I learnt...

I was sprawled out on the couch, listening. Her voice was so soothing, as though a jar of honey was broken over all that was...

I I drew the duvet up to my neck and sighed; not because I was tired or to welcome my much needed rest but it...

The year 2014 was…promiscuous. That second after midnight, it lay in bed with the New Year in exhilarating joy. It would in time woo Half-Year—and...

You won’t blame me for thinking Joshua was coming to my birthday party to ask me be his babe. We’ve been working together for three...

Day 1I want to speak and be heard. But those are desires no one cares about. I want to have things flow from the bottomless...

I always watched her— each time my mother left for the farm with her dirty straw basket placed gingerly over her head, after giving me...

‘‘Be kind to everyone regardless of the circumstances. Everyone deserves to be loved and cared for.’’ These were Maryam’s father’s words to her on her...

The sun was really hot, too hot. Adam kept trudging forward slowly and very unsurely. He wished he hadn’t taken up the job to explore,...

Browsing through the unending rows of books in my library, I came across one with a minute description of the diversity of individuals’ personalities and...

Eyé èjì aláṣọ, óya ayọ̀ mechanic, ti ilẹ̀ ọ̀tùn mọ̀bà, ayùn rẹ é yun ọmọ rẹ o Alice Ayodeji is the smartest unlettered person in...

You may want to read the first part of the story here. I looked up at the sound of her voice. “What’s your name?” It...

In life, you don’t always believe the reality of a disease until you or one of your family members contract the disease. I was in...

Freedom. It was something I had waited all my life to experience. However, the circumstances surrounding my birth however determined my faith even before I...

“I will give you a hundred dirham.” “I’m sorry, it cannot buy…” “A thousand?!” Mahmud said out of desperation. He didn’t know what else to...

It had been rumoured the previous week that the government was going to visit our little part of the slums at Mogodo that day, hence...

With mixed feelings, I folded my clothes and arranged them in one of my travel boxes. Now that the pandemic had ended, it was time...

The secondary thing that pleases Janoma greatly about the discovery of Covid19 vaccines is being able to care for her patients without fear. No doubt,...

Hi. The whole pandemic has not only messed up with sleep schedules of people but it has also messed up with the mental health of...

Caleb had always wondered if he would ever settle down to marry, considering his present situation or rather – fate. This really affected his self-esteem...

Love is beautiful, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not pride. That was what I recited like a poem when asked about...

Damian wasn’t one of those Harlequin-perfect boys: dark hair, lazy eyes and a step that had just enough bounce to make a statement without being...

As quickly as it had begun, my new found love for soccer and the uneventful life I had come to enjoy came to an abrupt...

The nurses rushed to get me from the ER and into the labor room. My husbands left hand was already squashed as I squeezed it...

“I’m sorry honey. I did wrong.” “No baby, it’s my fault. I shouldn’t have talked to you like that and left angrily.” Deji replied his...

Guilt is for people with conscience. It is an emotion that buries itself inside you when you feel responsible for something wrong happening. Adesewa’s mother,...

We had agreed to meet in the town’s only restaurant, a medium sized building located beside the once uncompleted structure that had been our hideout....

‘’Emeka, listen to me carefully, the day you drop out of that school; that’s the day you would cease to be my son.’’ The room...

I felt a fresh sense of bliss wash over me as I drove out of Brighter Tomorrow Orphanage. This trip is the seventh one I’ve...

The bus rode peacefully on the road, too slow for our adrenaline filled bodies. We jumped out of the moving bus and ran towards the...

   Runaway Micheal peered hurriedly in the side mirror of his blue Ford Mustang, his eyes darted swiftly to the rear view mirror and to...

It dosen’t hurt yet; it doesn’t feel real, the way you left, that you left. Many plans are now to be denied their time in...

The only whole part allowed to follow one on the journey of no possible return is the mind. Drops and bits fall away gradually until...

Michael could never forget how the village girls used to dance with careless abandon as he strummed his village guitar in the village square. The...

No, not that place. Keep moving down, oh no not that place. The doctor used a particular thing i cannot explain on my head  and...

“Two roads diverged in a wood…and I took the one less travelled by. And that has made all the difference” Robert Frost Dabota heaves a...

“Ẹ̀lóo, ọkọ mi. Ẹ̀ẹ́n, mo wà l’ọ́jà. Ariwo yíì pọ̀ ni. ṣé ò ń gbọ́ mi…ẹ̀ló…” “Hello…Màámi, I can hear you. Hello…” “Tintin…tintin…tintin… Your call...

“Help! My kid is drowning! Save him!” A frantic woman called out to the young couples and the children who sat lazying under cool shades...