The Magic of Being Fire – Izuchukwu Onyedibiemma Udokwu

The Magic of Being Fire – Izuchukwu Onyedibiemma Udokwu

The Magic of Being Fire Izuchukwu Onyedibiemma UdokwuOkenna In the morning, she did not tap the back of my palm or brush her fingers through my hair to awaken me for our brief morning prayer. I had tried to intertwine our fingers at night, the way we did when cuddling...

Summarised People – Felix Otieno

Summarised People – Felix Otieno

Summarised People Felix OtienoI have never really been bothered by my own age. The wisdom I have convinced myself to possess has tended to my appearance so that I look as one always ready to come to terms with specific truths. Still, I am glad to be of this world, and...

Games Played During Road Trips – Osahon Ize-Iyamu

Games Played During Road Trips – Osahon Ize-Iyamu

Games Played During Road Trips Osahon Ize-IyamuThere rests at the back of our minds like roadwork, but we can’t find it, and we can’t reach it. We just keep moving through vast distances of road, and all I do is watch outside. I try to concentrate on the path ahead...

Nothing Happened – Toba Marison

Nothing Happened – Toba Marison

Nothing Happened Toba MarisonYou do not open your eyes in the dark. The people who came before you dance behind your eyelids, whispering words you do not understand. Each word reaches you, melodic yet loud, so that you cannot tell whether it is a song or a warning....

There, in That Place of God – K. Rene Odanga

There, in That Place of God – K. Rene Odanga

There, in That Place of God K. Rene Odanga In those days when my uncle lay limp on a bed from a palsy, a Man of God would come from the church in the village centre and lay his hands over him to pray that he would “not die, but live, and see the goodness of the Lord...

The Boys – Makena Onjerika

The Boys – Makena Onjerika

The Boys Makena OnjerikaThe movers were still carrying our furniture off the back of the pick-up truck and into the new house in Zimmerman when my mother laid down the first rule of our new life without my father. She brought Kendi and me through the building's gate...

Ndege Wawili Tena, Two Birds Again – Mohamed Yunus Rafiq

Ndege Wawili Tena, Two Birds Again – Mohamed Yunus Rafiq

Ndege Wawili Tena, Two Birds Again Mohamed Yunus Rafiq I always found him sitting on the stairs outside our house, burning the dry fallen leaves of the red flame tree in the middle of our cooperative housing in Arusha town. I would sometimes sit with him, watching as...

We Are All Naked Dancing – Sada Malumfashi

We Are All Naked Dancing – Sada Malumfashi

We Are All Naked Dancing Sada Malumfashi1 She danced naked in the rain. 2 I must have been seven when Inna danced naked outside the mosque that night. The rain poured with rage, and with it came Inna banging on our door, howling Mother’s name. Her stench filtered...

Eyes – Ola W. Halim

Eyes – Ola W. Halim

Eyes Ola W. HalimWanga's speckled pigeons, Fyodor and Mary, are a spectacle. The clumps around their necks wiggle when they dance in the cage. Sometimes, Fyodor scampers around Mary while pecking at scurfs stuck to her tail. Mary struts away, her wings stiff and...

Qasida for the Sacred Mosque – ML Kejera

Qasida for the Sacred Mosque – ML Kejera

Qasida for the Sacred Mosque ML Kejera“The date was the First of Muharram of Islam’s year 1400 – which in calendars kept by infidel Westerners corresponded to November 20, 1979.” – Yaroslav Trofimov, The Siege of Mecca Sakinah smelled brimstone on Juhayman al-Otaybi...

Shaman – Nicholas Cormier III

Shaman – Nicholas Cormier III

Shaman Nicholas Cormier III Canto I: Shaman My mind first unravelled at 23. The exorcisms didn’t help. It’s hard to know what to make of the Catholic church breaking up with you. The gist of it was, Don’t call us we’ll call you. The priest was a Franciscan, a small...

Kwerekwere – Alieu Bundu

Kwerekwere – Alieu Bundu

Kwerekwere Alieu Bundu“Goodbye, Mama. See you soon,” Ayanda said in a voice devoid of warmth once the engine of the minibus she had boarded about ten minutes ago coughed to life. She and the other seven people in it were bound for Joburg, where she lived in...

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