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ABANDY CHRISTIANA, Aboh Delta State

Aboh, Delta State. “Omeni-ke okere jini mgbube gbu ose”. Odjowei grinned , remembering the proverb at last. That was how the elders would describe the Ndiom-Atuya troupe, as they sat cross-legged at the edge of the Aboh market square, beside his grandfathers mud-tatched brick palace, adorning their old rafia girdles with glistening beads, in preparation […]

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Red Ochre

Igeda, Benue State, Nigeria. Beads swayed with her paw-paw shaped hips as she walked down the forest path. Newly painted spirals of Ochre paint made Akum’s coal skin glisten red.  Striding quickly, she rounded the bend to the stream. Green leaves littered the path with colours only Ohe, the creator, could paint. She slowed down where […]

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Gifts For Isantim

Oro nation, Akwa Ibom State We waited by the beach for the sea monster. She, in red robes, tied to a rock, adorned with fruit and incense. I, in a tiger skin tunic, crouched in the shadows, bearing gifts. I had been polishing my weapons when her ailing father burst in weeping, begging me to […]

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EkaEka’s Remedy

Calabar, Cross River State. “Abasi mi”  gasped Ekaette  , as she  walked into the kitchen and  saw  the  spilled  mass of  Mfi Ikpok,  broken from their shells and the trampled Afang leaves; their green-coloured juices, splattered everywhere. She then looked to the disheveled frames of  Etete and Eteka, who had stopped brawling upon her entry. […]

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Dads Beads

Benue state-tivi The warning sound of the kakaki coupled with the screams woke me up. We are being attacked was the first thought on my mind as I jumped off my mud bed and ran to my mother’s hut to wake her up. The horrible smell of smoke spurred me on. “Mama wake up we […]

How CAN I BE DEAD?

How CAN I BE DEAD?

How can I BE DEAD How can I? In this wee hours of a time Efface at this cross lane of many victories I even heard they have contracted the great pall bearer in town They have purchased my corpse a suitable coffin The ordered have been delivered, in this upmarket store, of a suitable […]

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There is God O!

What can I say of the tales Under the heavens Where my earth is spread?   My tongue throne is vacant of words My wheel power of speech Has been short-lubricated   ‘Na only you waka come’ Can be laden with a confusing comedy But yet hid not the truth There is God o! And […]

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