HEAD WIFE

WRITTEN BY CHIOMA NGAIKEDI This is the land she calls home; Zaria. A land of rocks and rushing rivers. A land of crafts and cultures. The land of bravery. She knows the land like she knows the veins at the back of her palms—She has hawked kilishi in Sabon Gari …

AMARIYA

  WRITTEN BY CHIOMA NGAIKEDI Today is my Yini ceremony. I was sitting on a velvet arabian mat. The laali painter was drawing henna patterns on my hands. My legs had already been painted and adorned with gold trinkets. My nose-ring connected to the crown of the jewel hidden behind …

THE WATER OF LIFE

WRITTEN BY ANIEKAN AKPAN It was 9:15 am, Grandma – a devout Anglican had just returned from morning prayers, accompanied by Tim – the Bishop’s house help. He assisted her carry a ten litre of fluid. “Kunle, Segun come here,” She said as she stepped out to the verandah after …

DAUGHTERS OF THE NIGHT

  WRITTEN BY CHIOMA NGAIKEDI 10.37pm… There is a market. A different sort of market. Here, the wares are humans. Females. Tall, short, fair, dark, slim, thick in all shades of goods, they stand. Each at her own shop. Her shop is along the tarred road in the semi lonely …

DAWN

WRITTEN BY CHIOMA NGAIKEDI The cock is yet to crow. The sun is yet to rise. Yet, a loud noise punctures your dream. You awake. The noise is coming from your brother, Obioma’s compound. They had begun their trouble again. It’s that his demon wife again. At this virgin hour, …

MARRIAGE — SMALL TORI

WRITTEN BY EMEKA NOBIS Whoever coined that “Till death do us part” sentence didn’t see the big picture. He or she or they felt that death was the ultimate terminator of marital vows. Who told them that? Dead folks feel no pain. They’re to be envied because they’re free of …

A GAME TO REMEMBER

WRITTEN BY OZOVEHE EMMANUEL Image Credit realnewsmagazine.net Growing up, they always had protective parents who never wanted them to fall victim of any social ills. Solomon was always a lover of football and coming from a family that could not afford a cable television; he always had to sneak into …

FACTORY SETTING

WRITTEN BY OZOVEHE EMMANUEL Like everyone wishing a happy ending, Donald was always elated when it was Friday. His girlfriend called telling him her work leave started that day and she would be coming over. TGIF! “I am going to have a swell time,” he thought. He arrived home to …

NEAR FUN

WRITTEN BY OZOVEHE EMMANUEL Like every adventurous teen, Ben craved to be part of the madness that shapes their age group. He wanted to attend parties and have fun events; even wanted to be a deviant because this was what teenagers considered the means to an end. Growing up was …

MR EXCEPTIONAL

WRITTEN BY OZOVEHE EMMANUEL As I flowed on the swampy lagoon, gradually letting go of my last breath, I was filled with pride as I knew that I had been outstanding in life. I had always led a good life. But before I close this page of existence, let us …