It’s the 7th againThe anniversary of painWhen in the heat of emotionWe ignited the flameThough we were warnedWe refused to heedNow, a thousand years laterWe are slaves to our greed. It’s the 7th againThe anniversary of youth When despite all pleas We strayed from truthNow, in aged wisdomAnd with ragged spriteWe curse the yearsWhen we … Continue reading 7th.
She tossed and turned as the night dragged on. Her sleeping wrapper at the foot of the bed, in a heap. What made her sleep flee was nothing but his soft and sincere words that threatened to make her lose all sense of judgment. She sat up and looked around the dormitory; all was quiet, … Continue reading Bits & Pieces, almost puppy love.
Kaito made sure he had the two addresses his family gave him. One was for Abuda who left for America 12 years ago. The other was for Kamalu who had been gone for only three years and was studying at the University of Quentin. Kaito was also certain to follow the directions the train driver … Continue reading Sirens
Fresh wine foams in grandpa’s cup.It is thanks to our palm trees! There’s oil in grandma’s soup.It is thanks to them! There’s sponge to scrub their dishes clean.It is thanks to our palm trees! There’s sheltering thatch above their hut.It is thanks to them! There’s soap, black soap, to wash their clothes.It is thanks to … Continue reading Salute To Our Palm Trees
It’s common knowledge in the publishing industry that women constitute the biggest book-buying segment. So, it’s certainly no accident that most mainstream as well as genre fiction is popular among women. For that reason, publishers and booksellers have identified a category within the mainstream that they classify as Women’s Fiction. And its no surprise that … Continue reading Chick Lit
ENTRY DEADLINE: April, 2010 JLF Writing Competition was created for the purpose of identifying talents in literature through competition, with the intent to evaluate and maintain the success of each competition by selecting the best, compensating them, preparing them for organised programs, to sustain and groom the winners! THE PRIZES:1ST PRIZE WINNER will be awarded … Continue reading JLF Competition
Turai Allah buttered my bread. I was married off to Ayuba Khalifah, the son of the commercial trader Alhaji Jibril Khalifah and his third wife, Alhaja Atikah Khalifah. I was very excited about marrying him because all my friends had been married off before me. I didn’t attend the university because my father did not … Continue reading Am I one of them?
…But got something else. Looking at your severely cracked full-length mirror situated adjacent your iroko-strong but old door of your equally severely tattered one-room apartment, standing as naked as your shattered soul, made you reflect upon your life. Two days ago, you came back from a failed job interview. The day before that, you were … Continue reading You wanted meaningless sex…
…All the way home, Boye felt like asking his mother what the deal with the Bibilaris was but he decided against it. He would not be in a hurry. She would definitely bring it up in good time and he would be ready for her then. Right now, a damsel was waiting for him in … Continue reading Against All Odds (2)
Poetry is a form of literary art in which language is used for its aesthetic and evocative qualities in addition to, or in lieu of, its apparent meaning. Poetry may be written independently, as discrete poems, or may occur in conjunction with other arts, as in poetic drama, hymns, lyrics, or prose poetry. Poetry is … Continue reading Poetry
… An African Literary Award Dear Naija Writers: It is our pleasure to announce the Baobab Prize, an annual international literary award established to encourage the writing of African literature for young readers. The Baobab Prize annually invites entries of unpublished African short stories written for audiences either 8-11 years or 12-15 years. This year … Continue reading The Baobab Prize
If you want to make a new post, which could be a story, a poem, an article or a musing, do the following: 1. Click on the ‘Dashboard’ item in the grey menu bar, then click on ‘New Post’ (see picture below): * * This will take you to the ‘New Post’ page. * * … Continue reading Adding a new post
Years ago when I met youI was thinking all about meMonths apart you showed meWhy it has to be about usI still did not comprehendyou were willing to apprehendMy human self felt limitedYour spirit made me rooted Years ago as I moved onI was thinking how I got hereMoments apart you told meI was here … Continue reading Years Ago
My dear independent country is fifty. In its golden jubilee, this is the time to clink glasses and wear smiles for the photograph. I expected a large carnival with sequined kaftans and vivid display of our cultural heritage. I needed to be overfed with stories of green technology, flawless power supply, countless modular refineries, rapid … Continue reading My First Night
…Gbemi visited the Bensons during the week as Boye suggested. He went to pick her up at home and once she got into their compound, the disparity between their worlds hit her again. Their house was really beautiful; she had not been to any like it before considering she did not have any other friends … Continue reading Against All Odds (3)