Dear Hilton, Trust you are doing fine, I am writing this letter to inform you of the recent developments around here. Father has asked me to get married to Mr. Chife and has refused to pay my school fees because he does not believe in the education of a female child. This makes me very … Continue reading Boss Lady – Chapter Two
The monthly sacred flow of blood That unites many women in significance To the mystery of womanhood Has many names ; Menstruation Menses Period Time, Flower That time of the month Being On Being under The wound that never heals The monthly visitor All and more are the many names … Continue reading Menstruation….
It is a few hours before the end of the first day of 2014 and I am having a heated argument with my brothers. Am I just being cantankerous, plain silly, an ignoramus or what? One thing is certain though. I am a little bit disappointed. What is the beef with ambitious females? Please pardon … Continue reading Some Women Want Gender Equality And So?
Chapter Five 26 October, 2005 Ayitu was eventually falling asleep when the alarm on her Nokia mobile phone went off at 6.00 a.m. She hurriedly showered, went into the kitchen to prepare a breakfast of fried eggs and ripe plantain. As she ate the last morsel of her meal, she looked at the wall clock … Continue reading Bleeding Petals – 5
Chapter Four 4 August, 1984 It was the second Saturday of the holidays. Ayitu, was helping her mother prepare moi-moi for breakfast in the kitchen when Mr Eniya, strolled in wearing a white T-shirt over a pair of white shorts and sneakers, to complete his characteristic Saturday morning ensemble. Her father had just returned from … Continue reading Bleeding Petals – 4
Chapter Three 20 July, 1984 It was 5:45 a.m., and the last day of the third term. That meant a six-week long, holidays. The environment was ecstatic during the fifteen-minute morning devotion in the Dorm B, of the Archdeacon Crowther Memorial Girls’ School. The long vacation was here again; and it meant different things to … Continue reading Bleeding Petals – 3
Chapter Two 24 December 1955 It was Christmas Eve, and the entire village of Ikodi was agog. It’s Christmas again. Apart from the annual fishing festival, Christmas had become a big event, since the arrival of Baptist missionaries to Engenni, many decades ago. The amiable American Baptist missionary, Miss Janice, popularly called ‘Miss’ had organised … Continue reading Bleeding Petals – 2
Ayitu Demola, a successful entrepreneur and rights activist, had been devastated by the death of her friend, Ebere, to female genital mutilation related circumstances, years ago. Since then, she became the voice of hope, through her Amazons’ Arise Network. But to move on, she must travel back in time. Chapter One 25 October, 2005 … Continue reading Bleeding Petals – 1
The Walls Between I. That evening, on the eve of Christmas, Rachel sat facing the television, looking, but not seeing. Her thoughts were miles away and her heart was laden with grief. Feeling light-headed, she placed the back of her right hand on her forehead. She needed to rest. Reclining; she rested her head on … Continue reading The Walls Between