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 …

Credit: Issa Benn, used with permission.


Aunty Aggy swatted flies from the pyramid of tomatoes she was trying to sell, the ones at the bottom resting in a soupy mess of imminent rot.

“Ah, madam! This one kaa worry! Everything is fresh, just for you!”

The …

The Power and Money Issue

An issue exploring the entwined themes of power and money, what narratives or poetry they inform.

Fiction by Akin Adesokan, Zoë GadegbekuAlithnayn Abdulkareem, and IfeOluwa Nihinlola. Poetry by  Afolabi Boluwatife, Yemi Adesanya, Kirby Manià, Novisi Dzitrie, Eniola Anuoluwapo …

Ajuwaya Story

So I saw these Ajuwayas today in their green khakis and the sight sent me down memory lane to the day I was to leave NYSC Camp at Umudi-Nkwerre, Imo State. Coming to terms with destiny to serve in Imo …

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