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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 […]

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A Twenty Naira Goodbye

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 […]

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 […]

Copy of Afrika

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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Mbobi

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, […]

The Long Wait

The Long Wait

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 […]

Of Church Boys and Girltations; The Story by Tolu Daniel

Of Church Boys and Girltations; The Story by Tolu Daniel

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 […]

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