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The Eyes of A Dead Girl


– Have you heard the tale about the ghost orange seller? – They say she wears a white dress and if you buy an orange from her… – You’ll die too! – You guys don’t really believe in that, do you?   They look at me with wide eyes and I can see that they believe. But of course, it’s not true. It can’t be true. I excuse myself and go to the bathroom. It’s a public...

She Sells Her Oranges


Ayoola is on the street, balancing a tray of oranges on her head. She was up before the sun; there was not even a whisper of light as she cradled each one in her hand and used a sharp knife to free them from their skin. She could smell the strident scent emanating from them and could picture the sinking of white teeth into the tender orange flesh. Her first customer is a woman in a dark blue suit...

Lipstick Called Forever


  She wrapped her five stubby digits around the lipstick. It was the colour pink, which was her favourite colour, and she wanted to look nice today. She turned the tube until it came all the way out and then she pressed it on her mouth, leaning against the mirror so that she could see clearly. Chief Teddy was watching her with his dark beady eyes. He was supposed to be the lookout but...

Interview with Uche Okonkwo


Uche Okonkwo’s story – Neverland won the 2013 short story competition for Etisalat! I have read it three times already and still find it funny, touching and a little chilling as well. For a story that is shorter than 500 words, Neverland has several different layers to it and it’s no real surprise that it stood out for the judges. It’s an excellent example of what a really short story can...

How To Tell The Difference Between A Short Story and Flash Fiction


As an individual who has written in both forms, I’m still never entirely sure that I do not cross the very thin line that separates short stories from flash fiction. As if I wasn’t confused enough, I came across a quote by South African writer Nadine Gordimer: ‘Short story writers see by the light of the flash; theirs is the art of the only thing one can be sure of – the present moment.’ So I...

NaijaStories – The Premier Destination for Nigerian Writers and Readers


Naijastories.com was a site that I was introduced to by Farafina. I was actually asked to scout for writers (so if you are posting on Naijastories or any public forum, don’t stop! You have no idea who is watching.) and so began my interest in the site. On Naijastories.com you will find the good, the bad and the ugly. There will be stories that baffle you mostly because every other word is spelt...

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