When Death is Okay

When Death is Okay

Lub-dub-lub-dub… I could hear whooshes through my now emptying chest. Why hadn’t my heart stopped yet, I wondered as I lay motionless from the mind-blowing pain I’d received from Odaro’s bullet. It’s been more than 3 minutes. As blood oozed out, I could feel an infernal cold consume me. Is this the prelude for hell? […]

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The Beginning of the End

The Beginning of the End

Like every disaster to ever leave a mark on the human race, it began in the blink of an eye. One would say it was an overreaction to compare this event to a tsunami or volcanic eruption but to the young man hiding in the shadows as he stared into the endless expanse of dark, […]

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Now or Forever

Now of Forever Deba

Deba is sitting in the room with her friends, giggling and jesting. Amara, her roommate is applying gel to her renegade hair strands, forcing them into a mass of sleepy black cake. Four years ago, when Deba got admitted to study Fisheries in the university, she was just as beautiful — the kind that forged […]

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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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