All you wey get dirti moni make you run go London or New York before he catch you! All you wey tink Government moni na ya pocket moni he go catch you! All you wey get Government position and tink say na ya papa house he go comot you! All of you … Continue reading Di General Don Come Back – Pidgin Prose
gushing from left to right I see it in its redness. Looking away I stagger and saunter into a field in my blindfold. Eyes now open I see me stepping on blood; whose blood I know not. Looking ahead I see a once vast arable land clothed in crimson. I wonder whose it was. Walking … Continue reading Aceldama
Every shade © Folakemi Emem-Akpan By the time I pushed our daughter into the world, she’d been fourteen years long overdue. And we’d not expected, hoped to hold an infant again, to watch a baby sleep, to be the ones to ease the cries of a newborn. And I for one had not expected … Continue reading Every shade
A place of tears for many. When you become a resident, It matters not if you are wealthy Whether in gold, money or property. A place of nostalgia for some. memories of friends ugly and handsome In tales, a place where spirits hover Whose bodies death presided over. … Continue reading Graveyards
Remember me when I am gone away, Gone far away into the silent land; When you can no more hold me by the hand, Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay. Remember me when no more day by day You tell me of our future that you plann’d: Only remember me; you understand … Continue reading Remember
Na wetin we fit speak as omo naija What language shall we have as Nigeria? Our local yarning fat with bele Yet being official puts our culture on sale No chao for belle and man still dey on him grind For in here we choose not to stay blind As Omo naija we dey kaku … Continue reading Omo naija wetin be our mama tongue?
The smell of death The hell below the earth. The fell that is felt. The hope that seems to melt The sight of darkness. The beginning of fear and sadness. They rise not at dusk. At dawn they erect their kiosk. Sinking their fangs, increasing mortality. Their venom, posterity; has not immunity. Turning the incorruptible … Continue reading Vampires
My eyes moved from the people below, to the sky, and back down to the sea beneath us. As I continued to yell nonsense into the air. I could feel the ship finally start moving, the loud horn of the Titanic soared throughout the air around us. And my heart sank into a pool of happiness. I was really here, my dreams had come true. A poor, unimportant boy in a luxurious ship of dreams. And it truly was, a ship of dreams. From a simple game of cards, I bet on the tickets… And god was by my side, we won! I am one lucky bastard! *** I clutched onto my heavy bag, as I paced across the narrow corridor, mumbling under my breath, “Three-sixteen, three-sixteen…” Where is that goddamn room? I kept my eyes on the shiny white walls as I kept on walking. Until finally, I stopped walking, and stood in front of the door with the numbers printed on it: 316. I placed my hand on the door knob, as I opened the door. I stepped in, into a room with already two people in it. Without thinking, I said, “Hey, how are you all doing, I’m Jack,” I let out my hand for the man to take, the one sitting on the bed, the man only stared at it. I walked on, towards the other man. “I’m Jack Dawson,” I told him. He shook my hand, as I mumbled the words, “How are you doing,” I dumped my bags onto the ground as I looked up at Fabrizio, already on the top bunk bed. “Hey… who says you get top bunk!” I laughed, he laughed in return as I playfully punched him. I ducked my head under the top bed, as I sat down on the lower one. “Where’s Sven?” Asked the man to his other friend. I laughed quietly to myself. So there I was, finally catching my dream. And this time, I wouldn’t let it slip out from my grasp.
Some weakness be like hunger So you stuff your face endlessly Some of this, plenty of that Eat it all and some more It ain’t no hunger spinning you You got the joy sipped out of you Got you weak and worn The specialness of life sapped Indulge in the meats, rice and sugary drinks … Continue reading Coping Strategy
You are always told ‘don’t give up’ But you should Before it buries your head Deep into deep. ‘you can make it’ But you can’t You should run And never come back ‘you are strong’ You aren’t You have broken down A million times with a smile on your face You have woken up with … Continue reading Dip ‘Pression
I thought I wanted her for the right reason Never knowing it would last just for a season All I needed was someone more than a companion Because I believed in ‘twain’ as “champion” My heart and life, to her, I laid bare Fighting hard day and night to keep her from the snare Believing … Continue reading For Parallel Interests
SPEAKER: [walks to the lectern and swipes over the screen of his notepad. Clears throat and faces audience]: Did you hear that Bimpe is dead? AUDIENCE: [shocked]: Haaaa! SPEAKER: [unfazed]: Relax. That is not the only news I have for you. AUDIENCE: [looks at each other] SPEAKER: [clears throat again] Judging by your first reaction, … Continue reading Before Your Moment Of Madness
Note: This may include some offensive/explicit words. “This is all up to you,” The overpowering man says, with a knife to my chin. “You can relax and make this easy for yourself or you can fight and make this harder than it already is.” I am currently stripped down to my boxer short, my bare … Continue reading Of Monsters And Men
I walk into the shop. I see eyes piercing deep into my marrow. I take a sit. I beckon on an attendant. She frowns. She comes any way but lakadaisically and stands hand akimbo. I scowl. I say I want to a new hairdo. She smirks and walks away. I stare into the mirror, looking … Continue reading The Salon
The sound of the rain pouring down on the ground, Its’ continuous beating sound on the roofs, ‘I love it when it rains’, I thought to myself. Going down memory lane to my childhood days. When I and my friends sing “Rain rain go away” But our intention is not for the rain to stop. … Continue reading The “Stupid” Rain