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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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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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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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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Sel Kofiga: Memorised Expressions

August 22, 2017

Sel Kofiga is a contemporary African Creator with so much to offer to the art community. I don’t know anything about seeing faces of people during my day and going back home to paint memories of the expressions they wore on their faces, I do not think in pictures and colours, but Sel Kofiga does in […]

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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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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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Home Alone: By Chinua Ezenwa-Ohaeto

August 5, 2017

The rain started with a rush of the wind that slashed open the pots sitting at the edge of the hut. Their covers were displaced as if the wind had been without food for days. It had been like this in my village, Nkwerre, for weeks. It was June, the beginning of rainy season. I […]

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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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For the men who we choose to forget: By Zoey Newman

July 21, 2017

Mornings in Selemku begin with the discovery and lynching of another boy-girl. Their bodies are dragged out on the street, scraping against the coarse tar. Through the sheathed glass of my room’s window, I see the stern faces of the men who tie up the boy-girls and wound old tyres around their necks. I can […]

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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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