Relationships

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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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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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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Toothache

May 6, 2017

I like milk shortcake biscuits. It is a product of CRL Munchies Company, weighs about 85 kg and has a total number of twelve round milk coated deliciousness. I don’t know why I binge eat certain biscuits or biscuits at all, and not just biscuits, candy bars like snickers (albeit I seldom eat chocolates), because […]

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Dazzling Daisy: A Poem By Kofi Eghan

April 21, 2017

Dazzling daisy, One who is pretty and never naughty. Your smooth words and flattering speeches, Causes my heart to melt like a snow on a mountain on a sunny day. Dazzling daisy. If you travel so far beyond the reach of roads, And I find no ship to sail the seas. Then I will swim […]

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Stranger Daughter

April 21, 2017

I lay on the ground reading a book when my daughter, Elsa, walked passed me and sat on the couch I plopped my legs crossed at the ankle. Elsa sighed loudly as if a heft had just been thrown down on her slender shoulders; remitting subtle signals of distress was her way of getting my […]

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Merry go round

April 2, 2017

You want to write about the happy part of family But you cannot remember happiness visiting And staying long enough To eat, Talk, Laugh and play, To infect every member Merry go round Only the amusement park.

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Anger is why you say stupid things

April 1, 2017

I wonder why Do people come together to forget The love between them That is, or once was And then loathe each other for being A shackle Leave if you want No one can stop you Staying only makes it hard Harder to leave Not being able to leave Makes you angrier Anger is why […]

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The Best Days Of My Life: By Niyi Ademoroti

February 19, 2017

Things turned out alright. Good, not great. I’m doing much better than my Physics teacher said I would, which is not surprising considering she was a bitter ugly woman who had bleached see-through ankles and blue veins. “Gbenga, you’ll study a useless couwse at a college of education and no one will hiya you because […]

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Uninvited

February 18, 2017

Love is embarrassing To watch. Honest actions show themselves thoughtlessly Shamelessly That onlookers feel uninvited. Even when lovers invite you Statements and questions Are thrown at you An outsider can tell It’s never for you to answer Because you are not in their love.

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Gwan

December 11, 2016

Look at you out here, Flexing long legs and going the distance. You used to cry Nights Blubbering of how you weren’t strong Not woman enough But you surprised yourself, You surprised everyone. I remember you mostly as the shy girl Clumsy and recluse With the round medicated glasses How times have changed Look how […]

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Mame

December 11, 2016

You go on endless woman tantrums I will never understand Because I am a man But I listen, I listen to everything you say What you don’t say Most things you won’t say I listen, I wait, Patiently, For you to laugh and flash diastema Wider than Manchester United’s defence That, I understand.

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