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When Life Shows You Pepper, Make Pepper Soup

Remember when you read the collection fo stories from the Farafina Creative Writing Workshop class of 2013 titled A Handful of Dust? Remember how we rocked with the stories we put out and you digested?

Well, the ladies in that class have come together again – along with other women – to tell other stories in a collection titled Pepper Soup. Don’t you just want to read the book already from learning the name? I know I do. And it’s not just because of the name, but because I know the calibre of female writers these are. I mean, our very own Sifa Asani Gowon is in the roster!

The book is yet to debut, but below is the cover picture and covers of some of the women whose stories make up the anthology. In the anthology are twelve short stories guaranteed to warm you like a good bowl of Pepper Soup and encourage you to enjoy the little pleasures in life.

In the search for Happily Ever After, sometimes there are hiccups and pit stops along the way, let these writers warm you up with these stories of hope, self discovery, love, and of course, pepper soup.


HOW TO MAKE PEPPER SOUP by Timendu Aghahowa – You have never made pepper soup before in your life, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

A DAY FOR CHANGE by Pamela Agboga – A new door was opening to her, and she was determined to step into it like a queen.

THE UNRAVELLING by Lilian Izuorah – Let us look at it as an adventure. One day we will tell stories of this.

PEPPER SOUP by Joy Ehonwa – On my way to work, I had stopped at a tiny restaurant in my estate to buy pepper soup for my boss.

A TIME TO FALL by Kiah – He was asleep on the couch, looking like a fallen soldier who never even got the chance to try out his favourite weapon.

PLAYING PRETEND by Adanna Adeleke – I trace my name in the sand. I smile. I am finally becoming.

DOING JUST FINE by Timendu Aghahowa – To be honest, most days I don’t even think of you.

FOR THE LOVE OF GUAVAS by Maryam Isa – ‘Over my dead body,’ she said. ‘You won’t take this one away from me too.’

FULL CIRCLE by Sifa Asani Gowon – Irony is the mirthless chuckle coming from your throat when the joke is on you.

HOT PEPPER SOUP by Pamela Agboga – Our story happens on Olofofo Street, so named by the animals that live on it.

TRYING FAITH by Kiah – The thing about having faith was that it was hard.

A PRAYER FOR EBI by Timendu Aghahowa – Your head is lowered, because you have been crying, and you don’t want anyone to know. 

About shakespeareanwalter

Walt Shakes(@Walt_Shakes) is an award-winning Nigerian writer, poet and veteran blogger. He is a lover of the written word. the faint whiff of nature, the flashing vista of movies, the warmth of companionship and the happy sound of laughter.

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One comment

  1. This seems like something I’d certainly like to read and own.
    Do let us know when it’s out, Uche.

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