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The True Nigerian

The True Nigerian

Early in the morning a true Nigerian meets a friend and like a game of ping-pong they play with greetings. “How is your wife?” “she is fine!” “And the children?” “they are fine!” “How is work?” “work is fine!” “Your father’s health?” “he’s doing well!” Then one says a greeting…

THE BANKING HALL PERVERT

“She’s going to slap me!” I said to myself, unsure of what defensive demeanour to assume. Do I wait for her to accuse me, and then in a calmly measured voice tell her it wasn’t me while pretending to be offended? Should I make my denial very indignant, to validate…

Mumu (Fool)

Patrick tugged urgently at the piece of cloth strangling him all day. He yanked the tie off his neck, threw it on the sofa as if the sofa had offended him, undid the top button on his shirt and poured…

Two Kisses Too Late

I have bled for you With tears like a flood I’ve prayed for you Till I lost my voice Till it became obvious The sound I now have Will never again become a man The man I loved. Then one…

276 Girls

A fowl is missing from the next village. That night they heard a shriek, A snap, retreating feet and silence. Jòná says “who cares? It is not my fowl”. Then a goat was stolen six streets away We found clean…

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