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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AVENGERS: AN EYE FOR AN EYE

I look at the man screaming at my feet, my prisoner, grinning as he groans. You might wonder why he groans. He is simply in pain. I have just chopped off his legs. His hands will be next. Before the chopping, I purged the evil out of him with my...

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MAZE

I am a serial killer. I am not sick. I wasn’t abused. I flung the newspaper aiming for the waste paper basket at the corner of the room but missed. If they are going to write about me, they should at least get the facts right. No-one understands me; not...

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IN BED WITH LADY ‘X’

Light came on and Maxwell opened his eyes immediately. “NEPA! The idiots have woken up,” he thought. He was lying on his side, near the edge of his oddly large bed. It colonized more than a third of his organized bedroom. Except for two condom wraps, a pair of Nike...

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WHY DO YOU CHOOSE TO STAY

Why do you choose to stay? Why? Tell me. Are you scared of what people will say? That you jump from one husband to another – that you have no shame. Tell me. How do you keep this heavy secret in your fragile heart and live everyday like nothing is...

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WHY OLAMI-UCHE COMMITTED SUICIDE IN ABUJA

When Olami-Uche left his home on that fateful Thursday morning, his wallet had exactly one thousand, seven hundred and twenty naira in it. It was everything he had in the whole house. He didn’t even bother to count the money as was his normal leaving-home routine. He didn’t need to...

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ROCK

It was on a starless night they came. Rome’s most dreaded military unit, in battle formation. Skilled warriors, sent for us. Like we were an enemy army. Like we weren’t just thirteen men. I wasn’t one for much talk, so I dove in, dagger first, drawing first blood. I slashed...

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NEMESIS OF THE MKPI

Once upon a time, in the land of animals, Mkpi was the poorest animal, but he was admired by all because his body smelled so nicely. Then came a certain year when a strange disease called big pox broke out and started killing the animals in small, but steady numbers....

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