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Scorned

Kayode chased me out of our home. Three years of marriage with two beautiful daughters to show for it, and he chased me. Chased me like a thief that I was not, chased me like an unfaithful wife that I…

Nneka

Nneka’s eyes shimmered with joy as she gazed at a delighted Tobi, reciting every word, right as the Registrar spoke them. The big unwavering smile on her red painted lips did not quantify the jubilation that was taking place in…

River child

The thatched mud hut was dimly lit by rusty old kerosene lamps. A woven mat, spread out on the bare cemented floor held a relieved Dooshima. The agony she felt moments ago now seemed like a distant memory as she…

Emotional journey

The room was small, the day was noon, the bed was a double iron bunk, and I was 14. While my three roommates snoozed away as the siesta demanded, I laid supine, day dreaming,about a boy. In this dream,  I…

Rebuild

I was born in 1987 and grew up in Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria with a younger sister and hard-working, loving parents who encouraged me from a young age to get educated and build a career of my own. By the…

Release

“Temi, I am sorry. It was a mistake” “Mistake you say?” “Yes, I – I really didn’t think it will come to this..” “Oooh,” she turned in her chair to his kneeling body, “you didn’t think it will come to…