Tag: Death

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I remember the old man had a limp and his shoulders were always slumped, some claim it was as a result of the sacks of yam he carried whilst he was young, but even with slumped shoulders his head was always raised. He was a proud man. I remember his pride and no nonsense ways, I remember he talked like he owned the world, well in a way, I guess he did.

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I have lived and I have learned not to judge. Like Paulo said “We can never judge the lives of others because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path”.

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Oct 13

Heathens

My mother continued writhing on the floor while the pastor continued praying. The church was silent now except for the praying pastor and my wheezing mother. I couldn’t take it anymore. If it were up to the members of this church, she would be dead.

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The moment she showed up on my doorstep, I noticed something seemed off about Adaku I knew. This minute she appeared to be lost in deep, sad thoughts; then like one jolted back to reality, the next minute she was initiating endless random conversations in between forced laughter.

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The sharp ringing of the phone pierced the stillness of the night. Jared reached across the buxom female beside him, his fingers grazing her nipples before grabbing the phone vibrating on the night stand. She let out a slight moan before turning over, the navy blue quilt wrapped around her body shifting up, revealing a…

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The numbness I began to feel towards the other person, the times I knew I should reach out but didn’t, the times I left messages unread and unanswered, and the times I let trivial arguments become big deals that could no longer be hidden under carpets without bulging out. I only know of my wrongs, my contribution to the lifelessness that is now the bulk of my friendships.

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​This feels like a dream come true!! Felicia looked resplendent in her bright white wedding gown as she walked down the aisle. She paused for a second as she stared at his clean shaven face, the smile on her face widening, as she struggled not to let the tears destroy her beautiful make-up. I can’t…

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They sat under a tree. The leaves were falling. In another country they’d call it fall, but it was really just windy. Good windy, not the gusty type that got sand into your eyes; just that cool calm one that washed over a person’s face. The one that brought a strange type of hope with it.

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They don’t let you sleep. They come back every week to remind you that you took something that does not belong to you and made it yours. The last time you were in Bauchi you stayed in Shira. You were there to spend the holiday with your father’s oldest sister, Aunty Laraba. She was one of…

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You open your eyes and find yourself levitating past edifices, electrical wires and imposing masts. The flying birds halt and feed you quizzical looks, wondering what a wingless human is doing up so high. The sun’s glare is anodyne and its fiery gut spilled open to be feasted upon. The breeze caresses your skin, sweeps…

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Apr 27

The Witness

I stare at the men in uniform patrolling the living room, a sunken aura revolving around them. Alex’s body lay there lifeless, in an unattractive crimson pool. Her eyes staring into nothing and thoughts sauntering off the edge of the universe. There’s a bullet hole by the left side of her head and her body…

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Apr 14

Ramshidi

If only eyes couldn’t reveal what the heart felt, Ramshidi wept but her heart didn’t. Almost everyone watched her, as she boldly sat in front of the temple. A bead in her hand, a black veil worn around her head, revealing just her wet eyes. She had been late this time too, which was normal…