Citizen Leah Sharibu – The Girl They Forgot

Citizen Leah Sharibu – The Girl They Forgot

Imagine being Leah Sharibu’s father or mother and it’s the day after you hear an audio recording of your daughter who has been in captivity since February 2018. Her abductors, the dreaded Boko Haram fundamentalists, for the first time since the kidnap (and subsequent release of the other abductees) offer to the federal government and to her heartbroken parents proof that citizen Leah—the one child who refuses to denounce her religion in exchange for her freedom—is still alive. Imagine that these ferocious and…

Incomplete By Tombra Emmanuel

Incomplete by Tombra Emmanuel

What's a stand without a feet?   What's victory without defeat?   What's a bed without a sheet?   What's the heart without a beat?   What's complete without you?

The Mechanics Of Yenagoa (XX)

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (XX)

For the task at hand today, Izuo ditched the timberland boots in exchange for a simple but classy-looking pair of black leather sandals. From the detailing on the straps, it was easy to tell they were Gucci. They looked original and expensive. The well-tailored and impeccably pressed all-white kaftan he wore completed his casual but trendy look. Perhaps the horn-rimmed glasses, Tom Ford fragrance and band on his ring finger was an overkill, but it was important he nailed his…

The Mechanics Of Yenagoa (XIX)

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (XIX)

A call from one of my customers around 6:30 in the morning woke me up. He was an engineer working at the soon-to-be-commissioned Bayelsa Airport project site at Amassoma. He told me that he couldn’t afford to be late for work because they were expecting the state governor at 8:00 am for a site inspection and he couldn’t find his car keys. He sounded really frantic on the phone, I had no choice but to jump out of bed to…

POEM: Hope Still Lingers By Wilfred Deigh

POEM: Hope Still Lingers by Wilfred Deigh

As the world we used to know Has now become what we don't Hope still lingers. As global warming befalls us Amidst threats of nuclear wars Hope still lingers. Even as our national peace and unity Is threatened by ethnic and tribal wars Hope still lingers. Though moral ethics molders on the daily And duplicity and lewdness have become life's nomalcies Hope still lingers. As political wars and factional brawls Take our lives more than normal death would Hope still…

SHORT STORY: The Hooves That Bring Chaos, By Uzezi Ologe

SHORT STORY: The Hooves that Bring Chaos, by Uzezi Ologe

It was afternoon when they came in a large cloud of dust swirling to the rumbling of unfeeling engines. In frenzied disarray, the market was left bereft of business and in haste women herded their children to safety like grazing animals. The men with their machetes and hunting guns confronted the settling cloud of dust and wailing went up like a tidal wave. As we hurdled deep in the bushes, Mother clutched me to her bosom. I could hear her…

First, They Tell You What Not To Wear – By Michael Afenfia

First, They Tell You What Not To Wear – by Michael Afenfia

As an undergraduate studying law in the university back then, I hated attending classes. Now, I didn’t say I hated school or that I hated lectures. Far from it, in fact I was the kind of student of whom they say: ‘he came, he saw and he conquered – the library.’ Not the whole school, just the library and a bit of the refectory area. So it wasn’t the learning I hated, it was the rules about what I could…

The Mechanics Of Yenagoa (XVIII)

The Mechanics of Yenagoa (XVIII)

What had I done? That was the first thought that crossed my mind. I didn’t know how, but I knew for sure I had to undo what I did to Aguero. The how, when and why Aguero was Anda’s biological father wasn’t important anymore. What was important was that if Anda was his son, then we had something beyond friendship linking us. And irrespective of the many ways he had wronged me, I couldn’t possibly wish him harm because of…

Read & Win N20k This August

Read & Win N20k this August

With episode 20, I will be wrapping Season 1 of#MechanicsOfYenagoa on 2 September, 2018. You won’t believe the final twist – does it end with a bang or a whimper? Meanwhile, one lucky fan would win N20k. That person could be you! For Season 2, I’d like to introduce an entirely new character suggested by a fan. To win the prize money of N20,000, get in the comment section of Episode 1 and leave your name, email address, the name of…

SHORT STORY: Three Is Company By Hannah Onoguwe

SHORT STORY: Three is Company by Hannah Onoguwe

The sudden roar that erupted from the living room made Dumebi jump. Then she rolled her eyes. Now, why didn’t I shut the door? She tucked her feet under her as the voices lashed out. “The guy nor get sense o.” “Is he blind? What the f—” “Please, Mafo.” Obi’s voice. “Language. Or I might have to reconsider our friendship.” Mafo hooted. “Chei, see forming.” “No, madame is nearby.” The first guy’s voice. What was his name again? Goodhead? Largeheart?…