Her earrings glistened silver in the moonlight, though they were made of a mixture of silver and gold; she was beautiful and her eyes gleamed with intelligence. She was dressed in a knee length scarlet red dress that belied her calm looks. She entered the club carrying a black clutch purse and stiletto heels. All … Continue reading The dark house
I remember clearly the first time I saw Mopelola, or should I say met, or . . . discovered? I don’t know but all I know is that that was the first time I laid eyes on Mopelola. As the third daughter of a struggling overworked mother who had five other daughters and a father … Continue reading Mopelola
I was half way across the expansive living room when my cell phone rang. Without breaking my stride, I removed it ,glanced at the strange number, but still depressed a key and brought it to my temple. ‘Asalama alaikum.’ I invoked peace on my caller. “Kankura, I must speak with you immediately.” Colonel Musa Shiekh! … Continue reading The Brutus Syndrome
It was the most frightful night I ever had. It seemed the forces of darkness conspired to teach me the realities of metaphysics, so they placed a black blanket over the earth shutting the watchful eyes of God. As I think back, my mind is replete with images of scared demons scampering from mortal men … Continue reading That Night
My names are Trajan Amandladela. Yes, that same Trajan Amandladela. Depending on what era you are from, I am many things, many good things but then again many bad things and yet again many things in between. I was there at the beginning and despite the fact that I have become too, a myth, nay, … Continue reading A Chastened Silence
A little girl with an innocent heartwaiting by the door all day longWhen is mummy going to come home?Isn’t it past my story and bed time?Wouldn’t I even brush my teethor get a good night kiss from herHow can I ever understand. Why is daddy looking like that?he only does that when my tummy hurtsand … Continue reading How can I ever understand
Test the waters, test the roadsLet it go, leave it aloneThat which belongs will holdThat which is not will be blown Love is love if it staysThough the heart may linger stayingLife must go on nothing swayedEven when in heart life is praying Let it move throw it awayMany days will roll but waitLet men … Continue reading Let It Go
After one month and three rounds of judging, the Naija Stories Website Launch Contest is now complete. It was a fierce competition and the judges also had a tough time deciding on the best out of so many excellent entries. All who have got to this final stage have a lot to take pride in. … Continue reading Winners!!!
“How dare you?” the words were punctuated with a stunning blow to the side of her head. In a move made perfect by years of repetition, Ebere dropped to the floor and curled up tight, her hands moving up to protect her head. She knew from past experience that any mark on her face would … Continue reading His Excellency
When she thinks she has forgotten, she remembers from the start, again. It keeps happening in widening gyres, and she thinks it would never end. Her memory is not sealed off; it has not disappeared with her change of name. It remains inside her, and she cannot forget. Her name is now Atna, it was … Continue reading Some More Demons (1)
After the collation of the judges scores and the polls, these entries (7 prose and 3 poems) have made it to the final shortlist. To read the complete entries, click HERE. The winners will be announced on Monday 19th April 2010. Durosinmi For me you and TheySirensAm I One Of Them Born To Die Reliving … Continue reading Final Shortlist.
In the two minutes Rabi Bello stared at the text message, her brain comprehended a lot of information. Her heart dreamt up a couple of wishes and her memory dragged up a few mentionable events. In the end, her hatred for two seemingly innocent materials became absolute: Rain and John Mayer. As long as Rabi … Continue reading The Northern Prince Part 3
At the end of the second round of judging, these are more details about the process and the panel of Judges for this round. Votes from both Facebook and the website are currently being collated. These will be added to the judges scores to produce the Final Shortlist tomorrow, Saturday April 17, 2010. The Winner … Continue reading The Judging Process
The Judging Criteria; 1. Judge’s personal opinion2. Mastery of language, maturity of feeling, and clarity of thought.3. The story has to be original, creative and entertaining4. The writing style, the grammar, the word choice and story continuity.5. Ability to appeal to a very broad spectrum of readers in a manner and style that can be … Continue reading Prose Judging Sheets
The Judging Criteria; (1) Beauty, Power, Education, (2) Entertainment, Message and Interest, (3) Technical Excellence – Rhyme, Meter, Assonance and Alliteration, (4) Form & Flow, Choice Of Words and Readability, (5) Overall Impact, Originality, Polish and Expertise. ____ Judging Sheet 1 Judging Sheet 2 COMBINED AVERAGES – TOTAL SCORE 100