Fiction

Read some of the best short stories from our award winning columnists and public contributors

Mary: Episode One

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Mary Adebayo was still on the floor of the sitting room when the paramedics and policemen arrived her apartment. She had obviously not moved from that position since she called the emergency unit about her husband’s heart attack. Yemi Adebayo, was in her arms; and they were both stark naked. She looked like she had seen…

The Idiot Who Killed Me

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It happened all of a sudden. Out of nowhere, this car smashed into me, and I flew out of my seat unto the road, where I would spend my last few moments wondering about the idiot who killed me. I wondered who else was injured seriously or would die from that freak accident. When I…

Traffic Jam

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Nnena was over the moon! She jumped in glee and screamed as she dropped the phone. It had been the call she’d been waiting for all her life! Finally, things are beginning to fall into place, she thought. She had just three hours to make her appointment across town in Ikeja. But she should be…

Peregrine

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Karim was in high spirits. “Now, THIS is church”, he thought to himself. He had grown bored of his home church and had begun to resent the manipulative eschatology offered there. His irritation always started when Sister Nkechi Ariri took the microphone to lead the praise and worship session. She was almost always the one who…

Striking Resemblance

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His Mother dropped Kefas off at school that morning, as she was wont to. Her kiss on his cheek was perfunctory, absent-mindedly ruffling his hair as he exited the car. She didn’t however step in to say hi to his well-liked teacher as she sometimes did. Her scarf, rather than tied on her head, was…

Ripples

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Trees danced as the wind whooshed by objects in Umuona. Giggles and screams of naked children hung in the air. Mama’s voice hung in the air too. Loud. Brash. Almost swallowing that of the children. Awele’s heart skipped, hearing Mama’s voice. Mama’s voice was a gong of a kind that sliced deep into one’s head.…

Closure

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– Alex – Alex tossed and turned in his bed. For two weeks, he remained locked up in his trailer apartment, shut off from the world. Well, except for the delivery man making rounds, delivering large sized pizza cartons to his place every day. The trailer stank, the stink of rotten pepperoni and cheese toppings…

Bola’s Story

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Bola was fifteen years old when she discovered it, or rather when it dawned on her. Bola was a PK, you know, a Pastor’s Kid. She grew up in the faith, walked in the word; I assure you that she was not of the world. As a child, Bola had always been the happy, cheerful…