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Lemon Pancakes

We will have a beautiful church wedding We will celebrate, look at the people as they look at us and think how lucky we are We will get two chubby babies, and we will name them...

May I Have This Dance?

abali’s eyes flicker open with painful uncertainty The full glare of the sun lands on his face, but he can make out the shape of a man sitting in front of him He takes a moment...

My Pee Pee Thing

I am in the latrine now Baba says that my ancestors need my urine so that they can cure me and I can finally get Jenny back This latrine is not mine, it’s not even ours It...

The Bargain

The previous semester I was not even planning on going for that party Being a student leader, and a fourth year, there was a front that I was expected to put up; a façade that...

Bass Weejuns On Tiptoes

Mosquito larvae shared gutter space with floating cadavers Chopped hairy thighs Grass had grown wild and roads were trashed Overturned dustbins -- mushrooms on the spiky hides of...

Wanja, Sunny and Me

It’s around mid-day and I am at home I am alone because the sorghum plants in our farm are the size of small child crawling and so mother is at the shamba weeding Reki, my...

Dead Love

After the call, and without thinking again, Festus, my only son, took the glass, half-filled with hydrogen cyanide, studied the highly noxious solution for a minute or two, and...

Jessica’s Lunch Date

After three years without even a wink from a man, Jessica will finally have a lunch date at 1 PM She should be excited, but she is not She’s apprehensive, confused even What...

My Father’s Head

Note by The Real G: I just had to share this story here My Father’s Head  was penned by  Okwiri Oduor, and it bagged the Caine Prize for African Writing 2014 That is eleven...

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