Ikulu. Kaduna State. Dinner at home is uneventful. We eat in the quad, under the sky, in silence. We fill our bellies, say goodnight and go to sleep – simple, no rituals. I wash the plates, and then lie in the quad for a while before I go to sleep too. Tonight, however, the silence … Continue reading A Twenty Naira Goodbye
The Koma people can be found north of the Adamawa plateau. Dakki climbed the hills shakily, wheezing painfully with every breath. He could hear the drums above him, could smell the billows of smoke ascending into the chilly October night. The Initiation had started without him. Gasping for air, he paused at a treacherous clime … Continue reading Better Late than Never – The White Mosquito
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 … Continue reading How CAN I BE DEAD?
In the previous episode of Shades of Deceit *** *** *** This chat has no subject. You can add it anytime using the menu… She looked at the phone suspiciously, her face wrinkled in worry. Something was wrong. How could Priye’s chat history be blank when just last week, it had some innocent … Continue reading Shades Of Deceit IV
As Mabel and I were eating at the “Peppermint Restaurant”, there was a feeling I wanted to feel but I did not feel. I burrowed into myself and my feelings for her began to die away. I admired her, her beautiful face and flawless acquaintance with the English Language. I liked her dress sense and … Continue reading The Ghost of Annabelle: Episode Five
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 … Continue reading There is God O!
(An encounter at an Andoni island in Rivers State, Nigeria) Some of the twenty-four youth corpers sent on rural evangelism by the Nigerian Christian Youth Corpers Fellowship, used buckets to throw out water. Each sat gingerly on the edge of the boat, careful not to tilt it. As Wunmi stared at the foaming water, she … Continue reading The Roving Rover
Agbor, Delta State. “Class, greet.” Okpohoka’s voice filled the classroom. I raised my head from the book I had been reading. I gasped. I quickly stood up to join the chorus, “Good morning, ma.” “Good morning. Sit down.” Her voice sounded unique. “Is this Basic 8A?” Miss Adukwu asked. “Yes ma” Her lips moved. I … Continue reading My First Crush
Ebira – Kogi and Edo State Ohunene’s gaze remained fixed on the masquerade, dazzled by the way his decked limbs and sticks moved to the rhythmic beats of the drums. He leapt, making it seem as if he was floating on air for a few seconds. His skills entranced her. But it was the firm … Continue reading Ochuga’s Girl
Nguper emerged from our inner Atê–round thatched hut, draping a wrapper over her breasts. Her birthday party had got the entire family in a frenzy. She was turning eighteen, so Mama said. A serene breeze wafted down the chocolatey hills, I glanced around the compound and gazed at Doofan and Torkwase pounding yam in our … Continue reading Birthday Cake (Tiv, Benue State)
Tribe – Efik/Ibibio people of Cross River/Akwa Ibom State Mbobi To please Idem, the man who is to become my husband in a month’s time, I have acquiesced to partaking in Mbobi. My fiancé’s family is modern, but not so modern that they don’t resort to the old ways when it is convenient. Cross-cultural marriages, … Continue reading Mbobi
Throughout my relationship with Chidi he has pulled numerous stunts on me, but I must say this time he definitely out did himself. I mean come on; the guy bought me a car. It’s not that I don’t have a car ooh or that he saw me trekking to work on one hot afternoon; not to … Continue reading Adventures to Love – 6
Chidubem sunk, deeper and deeper into depression, willingly refusing to fight the drown. Everyone irked him; Chidubem tugging at a pupil’s ear for being too loud, Chidubem shouting another pupil silly for being too quiet, Chidubem smacking a little girl at the front row for being too enthusiastic and yet another for asking too much … Continue reading The Long Wait
Remember how I told you that Brother Kola said that I had slept with most of the girls that attended our church? Well, it so happened that he was right despite the fact that I vehemently denied the allegations as at the time. I had mind fucked them all, one small me to fuck them … Continue reading Of Church Boys and Girltations; The Story by Tolu Daniel
She was excited. She would expose it all; Aganabo was just Maha in a thick grassy costume , Gbomgbom was Oruma, Okura, Alkali, Idoko and Ejila in a thick wooly ensemble. The only thing she could not unravel was how they did not suffocate in these attires. This fact did not diminish the magnitude of … Continue reading Masquerade – The mystery of the Egu