Author: Arinzechukwu Patrick

A Stranger at Dawn | By Asma’u Shaheedah

March 16, 2018

Unfamiliar, like a mother in-law’s kitchen You were a stranger from the day we met. We built bridges to cross between worlds That fared better, apart. We never could, make our way Through an emotional maze Lost in our daze We tried to make haste Professed love when the eyes that looked back Twinkled death stars […]

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Sister sister by Uche Umeukeje

February 18, 2018

 I think of her every day, pink toes, bright eyes, white little teeth and skin softer than pancake batter. Everyone who had caught a glimpse of what my sister looked like seemed to love her even before they met her. She was born in time; just when the bent backs were beginning to break out […]

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The Sinister Appearance by Gibret ifedi

February 9, 2018

It was the first Saturday after our holy matrimony, and Marilyn and I were at home. We had both taking leave from work, a popular custom among newlyweds. Her head was covered neatly in a pink turban, which she laid against my lap, and she jerked whenever I screamed at the footballers playing codswallop on […]

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23 by Nana Prempeh

February 3, 2018

Few days after our first encounter I was summoned into her office. She had previously given me a copy of “Courtesy for Boys & Girls” with the instruction that I read and memorized it. I was ready for her. I don’t remember a single thing from that book today but I was ready for her […]

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STORY NUMBER 4 by Elizabeth Johnson – Winner of The Random Thoughts Prize in Creative Fiction

January 15, 2018

This week on The Random Thoughts features a story by Elizabeth Johnson who won our Writing Competition with a simplistic, vivid twist on sisterhood.  Read her interview and then the story: 1.You have had a while to reflect on the win, what does it mean to you? The win just comes to show that if […]

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A Journal Entry And A Letter: By Veripuami Kangumine

November 1, 2017

It’s raining, basically marking the start to our hot long summers here, in Windhoek, Namibia. There is so much electrical activity in the sky, I’m sure that somewhere two people are hopelessly falling in love. The roof is singing, the wind is howling and I am healing. I’m sending you good energy today. I hope […]

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Black Hole: By Cathrine Chidawanyika

October 14, 2017

Hey girl,  Yes, you with skin like night. you never learnt to love, At what point will you stop worshipping day and start hanging your constellations? Hey girl, When will you start embodying your name? I have started calling you Judas, You have given me that untrue kiss so many times. Do you know I […]

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I Want to Rhyme: By Ibrahim Oga

October 14, 2017

I am not a rhymer.   In this, I might stammer.   Rhyme is a concatenation of success.  In the hood, I have no access  To the ingredients of better living.  And I long for my Thanksgiving.  They cannot feel it When they come to visit.  They have shock absorber,  My deficient milieu cannot move them. They […]

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No Is Not Enough – Day 7 // By Angel Nduka-Nwosu

October 5, 2017

Today is the last day of our “You were molested” project of using poetry to tackle on the different perspectives of molestation in our society. It has been an emotional journey opening up ourselves up as a medium for vital communication to pass through, but it has been worth the experience. As it is the […]

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Closet – Day 6

October 4, 2017

“I will be honest with you, I’ve thought about it and Come to the conclusion that Your relationships with women Fail because you’re A nymphomaniac Trying to fuck anything under a skirt With a bulge on their chest Fucking friends And best friend’s friends. Why do you even do that? Is everything about sex? Why […]

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Pretty girl cries – Day 5

October 3, 2017

Mama knew what he was doing but Mama felt powerless, Didn’t even believe it Mama knew she had an obligation To her child, but Mama was tired of being lonely So scared of being single and While he was too far from being perfect in her eyes Mama felt like He was better than nothing. […]

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The boy man test (how old were you?) – Day 4

October 2, 2017

“Who was the first person you had sex with, your girlfriend? Oh… How old were you? Were you old enough? Because you started growing beards early Or you talked like a man? But how old were you? She let you be in charge but how old were you? Did you enjoy it? And she made […]

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Deep end – Day 3

October 1, 2017

(Them, You) The thing about being molested is Nobody believes your side of the story. Nobody believes that Your fat comely Uncle with deep Potbellied laughter resonating around the room Brought you from the village To continue your education in the city Just so he could do such a thing.   Shush. You sound like […]

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Adventurous – Day 2

September 30, 2017

(Them, You) “This is the story you go around telling people? Nobody will believe this, Don’t bother Else you get laughed at. I’m not surprised you got “raped”, Fille de Joie Yellow cake face Red Lips Black eyes, whore eyes   Who asked you to feel adventurous? Without escort Big-girl Obviously, you wanted it To a […]

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