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Red Ochre

Igeda, Benue State, Nigeria. Beads swayed with her paw-paw shaped hips as she walked down the forest path. Newly painted spirals of Ochre paint made Akum’s coal skin glisten red.  Striding quickly, she rounded the bend to the stream. Green leaves littered the path with colours only Ohe, the creator, could paint. She slowed down where … Continue reading Red Ochre

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 … Continue reading A Twenty Naira Goodbye

For The Love Of Iverem

Tribe: TIV States: Benue, Taraba, Plateau, Nasarawa, Enugu. Time: Precolonial Nigeria. Only one person could have made Kuhemba leave the warmth of his bed this cold morning. Iverem. She didn’t know what he had planned, but he knew she wouldn’t approve; She was too proper. He peered through the foliage, ducking as the procession approached. … Continue reading For The Love Of Iverem