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“We Deserve A Share Of Our Kinsman’s Money”

Esther Tabki arrived early in the evening, nine minutes after 8 o’clock, and was surprised to find the metal gate to the house locked. To check the address written on the back of a business card, she searched her handbag …

machine-made men

you will find the best spaces
for this conversation in our dreams – there, you’re tied to nothing and
your tongue can tap the roof of your mouth in digital motion – up/down, on/off – there’s
no transition point to …

master of the mists

you must be master of the mists.
the closer I look at you
the more you wrap yourself in fog.
you’re a mystery, man, woman, or which one are you?
you appear as if you don’t appear.
when you come, …

The Making

That was how I made
a song dropped
from a microphone
into your vault
and it echoed as moans

We wove the song
with our dark and
hairy secrets

with my lightning
driving into
your hollow

It is possible that…

May the Odds Be in our Favour

I arrive in the city of Uyo for my Youth Service. The scarcity of traffic jams here compared to the car-choked roads in Lagos is not the only excitement I feel. The abundance of voluptuous women gives me further impression …

Invisible Lines

Image Credit: Serubiri Moses, from the Africa Issue (c) 2013

 

Open your eyes to see the invisible lines

Which you have drawn like lines of latitude

Or longitude across this spinning ball

Open your eyes to see

The well …

Stop It, I Like It

Credit: Serubiri Moses, from the Africa Issue (c) 2013

 

Tequila induced dreams always go the same way. Three shots, two shots, one shot, wait for my brain to get warmed and let the heat spread below till my fingers …

The Curious Case of Nigerian Literary Ambition

In my third year in University of Ibadan, Rancho and his band of merry brothers in 3 Idiots were the patron saints of all pretentious students, which was about ninety-five percent of the faculty of technology, and seventy percent of …

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