Category: Fiction

African Stories
// 3 March 2020
Boy A Short Story

What is it like? The burden of being male? The pretense of lifting dead weight without grimacing. The art of dying without making a sound. You’re the first to step forward. You risk the flames. You dare the ocean. You jump the cliff. You defend all whom you love. What was it like those teenage…

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African Stories
// 28 February 2020
The Groom Episode 1

He likes his maidens with dainty feet and toenails painted with uli. So, when he first saw her, the uli at the tip of her toes called to him. Pulling him in like a mother comforting a crying child. Her body was molded exactly as he loved it. The Ake wrapper hung loosely at her…

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African Stories
// 27 February 2020
Reborn Dark Fiction

If you were asked, how would you like to die? What would be your answer? Yes…. Answer me! Or does the question frighten you? Have you ever given it a thought? How would you die, I mean. By accident in that brand new car of yours? Or by some viral disease, by drowning? Suicide? Gunshot…

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African Stories
// 19 January 2020
Maiden of the Nile by Chioma Ngaikedi

Ojaka swears he had seen her bathing at the center of the sea, seen her scaly tail, swinging and glittering in the silver rays of the moon. Her long, moon braids flowing to her waist. Her breast was high and firm, with pebbles of stone standing at the tips of the mound. Her teeth shone…

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African Stories
// 11 January 2020
Love and Smokes - A Short Story

We all claim to be strong. We light our eyes up, pin a bright smile on our faces as we say to all who care to listen: “Yeah, I’m fine.” We could accompany that with a shallow laughter or an arm waving in the air or a rapid blinking of the eyes. We will hide…

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African Stories
// 5 December 2019
Olisaka - A Short Story

The day they found him, we all ran out to see. He was laid on a bamboo bed, seven men carried him shoulder high. His feet stuck out of the mat, they were swollen, slimy waters dripping from the his toes, falling into the earth like tiny drops dripping from the tips of a thatched…

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African Stories
// 28 November 2019
A Woman's War A Short Story

A woman’s body sometimes is a ladder. She wriggles beneath bedsheets, masking pain with moans as she offers her body as a sacrifice to her boss. “Congrats, Elizabeth, you deserve the promotion.” your colleagues said, nudging you as you walk up the stage to shake your boss’ hands. His hands felt the same. Same calloused…

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