Moonshine

Moonshine

He said he’d come, so I wait. Every night in moonshine, I wait. The whole town thinks me mad and my family has washed their hands off me, they say I have a strange spirit to pine for so long. Sometimes I wonder if they are right but my lover has never been one for […]

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Down is the Only Way Out

syringe

I sat in my aunt’s pharmacy staring at a syringe of excess potassium chloride in my hand. In a few minutes, I was going to end my misery. Life had been so cruel. I didn’t care any more. It was time to go. My ma thinks I am a mess. She sees wrong in everything […]

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Samurian

Mike

Mike tried the ignition once more, but it was no different from the last ninety-nine times. He hit against the steering wheel and cussed loud. The night wasn’t going his way and after spending a chunk of his night in traffic, it was only fair his car didn’t act up. Not now. Not when it […]

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Evening of Grandpa’s life

Evening of Grandpa's life Evening of Grandpa's life

Friday morning dawned cool and overcast, the storm clouds cresting lazily over the more sequestered parts of Mgbada. Passively, the weather appeared at odds with the sign fronting straight onto Chidi’s fence – HOT & READY – a ‘tin-can iyabasira‘, neither impressive in style nor wanting in quality, just ‘everyday’. You get what you expect, […]

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A Rainy Day

A Rainy Day

It was one of those days one never wished to be out of the house for any reason at all. I was caught by the rain on my way home after a long day. Although as tired as I was I managed to walk at a fast pace so I could get home on time. […]

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Drops: Blood and Rain (18+)

Drops: Blood and Rain (18+)

I met my own eyes in the steamy bathroom mirror. Overgrown brown hair falling over my hairline and almost into my eyes. I slicked the hair back and reached for my shaving cream and razor when I heard a muffled groan. I paused, my arm frozen in midair above my sink.  Several thumps from the […]

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Now that Iye is Dead

Now that Iye is Dead

My grandmother (we called her Iye), died 5 months ago of what the doctors described as heart failure. My cousin, Alama and I knew what killed her—it was neglect! Iye got many things early enough in her lifetime, she gave birth to her first child at the age of 17, barely a year after she […]

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