Kandake’s dead, her body was found hanging from a tree, blood streaming between her thighs and cuts on her pale breasts. It was Kumkani, her twin brother who discovered her and after untying her rigid body, letting it slump onto him and holding it for a long time, he finally let out a piercing cry that woke the village… [8mins]
It had begun some weeks back when Isinam had gone to Connexions, the cybercafé she was used to frequenting. It was near the Federal Secretariat, some distance from her house behind Nsebisi Road, but didn’t have the power or connectivity issues those near home had. It was also comfortable—tiled floor, plush seats, flat screen monitors and opaque-walled cubicles that offered some privacy… [7mins]
Anaza dies on June 2nd. But on that day, he will walk into Aunty Orahachi’s bar and buy drinks for young men who are tired of looking for white collar jobs, who cut grass in homes where all the virile adult men have gone off to big cities, who impregnate bread hawker’s daughters and argue with their own mothers and lock their sisters out for keeping late nights… [6mins]
The house-girl continued to focus on the matted patch in the seaweed coloured carpet as her lips burned, wondering, incredulously, whether to respond to her Madame or not… [3mins]
An adapted excerpt from ‘Lizard & Other Stories’ by Marcelle Mateki Akita.
Her house had remained exactly the same as it was seven years ago, when her husband had left to find a job in “Jubheg” but had disappeared from the face of the earth – her sofas were still of the stuffed variety that required covers, she still had a cathode ray TV and her squat Imperial refrigerator still had fruit shaped magnets on it… [6mins]
Download and enjoy this free collection of shortlisted stories from the AFREADA Photo-Story Competition.
It undresses itself in a graceful dance, twirling round and round, shedding off skin in one endless strip of yellow curl, until it is a perfect ball of whiteness… [1min]
This story was published as the winner of the 2016 AFREADA Photo-Story Competition.