Guest Writers

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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Who Angered The heavens: by Ikechi Ochulo

September 20, 2017

Ikechi Ochulo picked my blog as the place to keep his socially-acceptable thoughts, see what he wrote for yourselves:   Who angered the heavens? Can’t you see? Sun’s eye is dim His broad smile is gone   Who angered the heavens? Can’t you hear? The thunderous voice above you The groaning and rumbling too That […]

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Aqua Sky: By David Ephraim

August 9, 2017

The church is filled to capacity. The mid-day sun is shining remorselessly bright through the windows of the church. I notice my eyes are red with a quick glance at my reflection in the mirror. I shouldn’t be crying. Now is the time for happiness. I’m getting married. A buzzing sound fills the air, and […]

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Matilda’s cross – By Sharon Imarhiagbe

July 26, 2017

Matilda woke up to a disturbingly high-pitched hum coming from the television. She reached for the remote controller which was seated beside her. After reducing the volume of the television, she checked the time from the clock hanging lazily on the wall. “Past midnight,” she confirmed. It wasn’t the first time Kingsley, her husband, would come […]

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Stained Asphalt: By Anthony Madukwe Winner of The Random Thoughts Prize in Creative Fiction and Poetry.

July 18, 2017

This week on The Random Thoughts features a story by Anthony Madukwe who won our Writing Competition with a simplistic, vivid story.  Read his interview and the story: Stained Asphalt If you gripped my shoulders today, shook me hard and yelled at me to say just one thing to my younger self, I would laugh […]

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A Family unit – Poetry on Domestic Violence by Arinzechukwu Patrick featuring Kofi Eghan

June 17, 2017

It’s hard to exit toxic relationships. For example the family unit, some people just learn to endure a certain kind of pain that they get used to it. Like every form of training, physical and verbal abuse, over time, becomes hard to decolonize. Achebe once said, “Being Nigerian is abysmally frustrating and unbelievably exciting.” It […]

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