MY SWEET LITTLE COURAGE

Nche did not bother bantering with the pupils lining his path. The gutter surrounding Santa Maria Church was already littered by pupils with their lunch packs, eating and japing. The stairs was reserved for the big kids and the bullies and others rich enough to buy ice cream, though the...

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THE BRAVERY OF MBEKU ODOBO

The children of Umuagbedo agwu of Enugu Ezike loved nothing better than Christmas and the days preceding it when preparations were in full gear. They waited patiently for the last moon before Christmas called onwa December to have the fun of their lives. This period was very special due to...

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THE TALE OF AMERICA…

There lived two orphan brothers Kechi and Kenechi.  Their father had married another woman just a year before his mysterious demise. Kenechi had lived in America since he was a young boy and so many people in the village referred to him as America. He was the fairest man in...

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MY MOTHERS’ MADNESS

They say every human being has 5 minutes of madness. Whoever made this statement simply does not know my mother or he wouldn’t have made this generalized statement. You know what they say, Nigerian mothers are crazy. My mom is actually extra crazy – crazy alone does not do justice...

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I AM MY OWN STEP-MUM

My name is Rosaline but my life is in direct contrast to my name. Well I guess I didn’t have to blossom before getting trampled upon. You want to know my story right? Why I’m here? Would you want to know my age too? I am fourteen, even I don’t...

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SAN: IS FASHOLA PART OF THEM?

The stench deep as the body of the dead peeping through a room abandoned for days. My stomach sensed an unwanted connection from the two openings sitting above my mouth and the lines on my face wrinkled into a frown. My younger brother seemed not to notice this odor in...

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AM I A WITCH? (part 2)

They take me to the front of the house where everybody is waiting. They tie me to a big stick. They start praying. Everybody says amen. The prayer and the ‘amen’ sound like music that they all enjoy. I don’t enjoy it. It is what took place before Onome was...

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WILL THE REAL GENTLEMEN, PLEASE STAND-UP?

The strong, sweet smell of well brewed coffee and muffins in a chilly atmosphere is one of the first things you encounter when stepping out of London’s Heathrow airport on arrival. The hurried ambiance is intensified by the sound of marching feet and silent bag trolleys trailing an array of...

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STAYING FOR HER

Tugo had been in the village for two days. That was the first time he had seen as many people gathered in one place- the market day. He still couldn’t believe he was there. His father had thought to send him there in order to revitalize their family business there-...

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