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WHEN THE DARKNESS COMES

It is one of those nights when Father comes in late. Those nights when he staggers his way home from Mama Ese’s ogogoro shack three compounds away, the stench of the liquor trailing behind him, its compulsion on him seeming like a game of otori as he lurches from his ...

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UNBROKEN

As someone who noticed everything, who worried about everything, as someone who paid attention to every single detail, he noticed this too. And, yes, the irony was not lost on him. He was wearing the same shirt his father gave him on the same day he was about to vilify ...

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THE APOCALYPSE

FOREWORD: Recently, a Facebook flash fiction contest was conducted on the social media between four writerly giants. After following the competition to the end, I happened on two of the stories that I loved and would like to share with y’all. Enjoy. * TESTIMONY TIME “PRAISE THE LORD!” the chubby ...

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SOMEONE ELSE’S HUSBAND

You can’t always control who you get attracted to or fall in love with. If I could control who I fell for, I would definitely not have chosen to fall in love with someone else’s husband, even though when I gave my heart to him, I did not know he ...

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UNLUCKY LUCY

It is funny how I always end up getting into deep shit that ‘normal people’ don’t get into. Sometimes I feel like my life has been a series of unfortunate events. From bad to worse, like I spend days preparing for a test and I make a terrible mistake that ...

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Yeti

Precious – like the ring to Sméagol. That one picture that had more expectations placed on it than a first-class Engineering certificate. The same picture that was tagged to a hundred people, and in thirty minutes, had got just one miserable ‘like’. Yes, it was a terribly bad day, and ...

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WHEN THE DAM BROKE

Keep me safe, LORD, from the hands of the wicked; protect me from the violent, who devise ways to trip my feet. – Psalm 140: 4 But who will protect you from he who you should be safe with? Tope dwelled on her thoughts as she stood by the kitchen ...

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THE GIFT

FOREWORD: This was written to commemorate my birthday, and that of a very good friend, Tobi, whose day has passed but who is constantly celebrated to him. It is also dedicated to two women – Alexandria, who tells me I need to write more on sex (lol) and to Yvonne, ...

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COMING SOON

Kathmandu, Nepal. “They’ll come soon.” She nodded – a weak, forwards slide of her head – then leaned back and closed her eyes. He knelt beside her, peering into her face, at the rise of her chest as she breathed, assuring himself that she was still there, in body and ...

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PSYCHOSIS: The Story Of An Unmarried Man

I read this piece penned by Kingsley Okechukwu and originally published on kingkingsley.wordpress.com, and I felt compelled to share it here. The protagonist talked about in the story is the writer’s uncle, and the writer details how, for years, his uncle had defied the societal standard of marriage. Check on ...

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