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The Parallel

Damola knew he had spent a great deal of time on the toilet seat on which he sat. His business in the toilet had been concluded several minutes ago but his fascination with the way the ants tugged, pulled and carried the cockroach he had knocked upside down by kicking at it, some minutes earlier would not let him get off.

The Battle Lost

My skillful endurance and endless prayers were as futile as taking a knife to a fight with Hitler. The harder I fought, the deeper I fell in love with him and the deeper I fell, the easier I made her job. No matter how much he wanted to be away from her, he needed her to survive and the scent of her skin always chained him back to her post.

Three In One

It bust wide open and Temitayo’s Mum asked, “Temi, who are you talking to?” He smiled. “My…” The 16 year old looked left and right for his friends but no one was there and the sudden realization he was alone put a frown on his face. “…self.”

Dream of a Dying Summer


I hear a beeping sound and look at my watch and realize that my time is up and I am to be transported back to the teleportation device. After the normal feeling of drowsiness and imbalance, the beeping sound still continues and I am annoyed because I do not want to open my eyes.

Elastic Limits

When I brought Nwanyioma, a medical doctor from a neighbouring clan, Mama saw her and twisted her nose in disgust. “This one cannot be wifed.” She said, rising from her cane chair and starting to nowhere. “What now?” I asked. “She’s unfit considering her family where daughters are promiscuous and cannot be tamed.”