Women

An ode to She

April 5, 2018

She held him close to her finery, Her bosom. Her breath on his face was soft and slow But her heart was racing into his ear aptly placed. Her mind was  solely on his form, The most on her, the rest Stretched out in front. She inhaled his perfume, stroked his hair, smooth his clothes Spoke […]

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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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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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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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You were molested: Bad Blood – Day 1

September 29, 2017

A long time ago we cultivated a series of poetry (6 pieces to signify six days of the week) on the various forms molestation has taken place around us (with or without the knowledge of the victim). It was a study of society and a hard poke at the things we term as societal norms […]

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The Latifa Iddriss consciousness project || Ussher fort, Jamestown.

August 22, 2017

Often we are opportune to meet people who dare to be like Gods, and so I was honoured to work alongside a wavy creator, environmentalist and visual journalist, Latifa Iddriss on her social consciousness project about how garbage dumping is detrimental to the environment we live in. The sun was scorching as usual like it […]

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A Craft

August 22, 2017

If you say that you love a person then you must be willing to give them a research chance. That is, allocate a lot of time and attention to the pursuit of the knowledge of them. How they live? what do they want from living? that is most important to them? what is life to […]

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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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How Igbo Women Greet

April 29, 2017

As a boy aunties used to come from the village and rushed into our house to hug my mother. They each had a unique way they greeted, some began by shouting hysterically from outside and calling my mother’s first name, dropping everything they had on the floor and not letting the car stop. And when […]

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