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IRREDEEMABLE CYCLE

You were 6 years old when you first heard the phrase, “men don’t cry”. Your mum had told you this when Bilikisu; your neighbor’s daughter beat the hell out of you in a street fight. You burst out in tears and ran to your mother. She welcomed you with two thunderous slaps. “Are you insane? […]

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Saved by the Hit

The cut on my head must have been deeper than I thought. My white blouse was already drenched in blood. I put a hand to the wound as I made my way to the car I parked down the road. Thankfully, I remember where I parked the car. That would serve as one of the […]

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OBSESSED

written by Divine’s ink “I couldn’t hold back anymore! I had to do it”. I said as I spoke to the Officer before me. I didn’t even care about hiding the truth. In fact, was glad I did what I did. The detective looked at me inquiring more. Apparently, he was used to people pleading […]

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THE MEETING

written by Divine’s ink Susan got up early, she had to go to work and make arrangements for what was to come. She knew she was going to get the promotion. She had heard that when it was due, only one or two females got a promotion in the company. Her boss had the notion […]

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HIJAB-LIKE

Last week, I watched as my Mum struggled with her scarf. She stood in front of the mirror and tried for the 100th time. I was certain she wasn’t going to give up until she got it right. She kept mumbling about how women in the mosque had laughed at her inability to weave the […]

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JUST FAILED

written by Chibundu Joyce Just thinking of it now, I could feel every bit of what she felt. She just wanted to be normal, just normal. Her thirty- second birthday will be in two weeks and she didn’t have any man who she could call her man. Ugo was only out to have fun, spend […]

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THE HOLY BREAD

written by Adeleke Kehinde The rain isn’t a friend to the homeless, well neither is the Sun. But one wouldn’t mess up your carton bed at night. The splatter of the rain drops made the mud to irritate his bare feet and it annoyed him too. Bade was just fourteen but he looked older than […]

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I FOUND HER

written by R.L. Bloom When I was 7, I walked in on my mother’s still-warm corpse. She’d been diagnosed with breast cancer some months before that. With no money for the expensive chemotherapy and medication, which wouldn’t ensure her survival either way, she stayed at home while her condition deteriorated. First came the sadness, tension […]

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EXTRA TIME

written by Oladimeji Olushola It was a very cold morning, Mum had just finished preparing our usual Sunday delicacy, which we never get to taste until after the 6hours marathon church service. So once again, we silently feasted on the aroma and enjoyed the warmth it gave to the room. There was an unusual feel […]

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THIS IS FOR CAESAR

written by Divine’s ink I came out of the house and quickly fumbled the clothes out of my bag. I needed to see Karen and Chuma but not like this. I looked at my dressing one more time. It was a long black flay skirt and a long sleeve gray top. I also had my […]