We Are Not Cursed #2

(Part Two) Edited by: Darlene Jones Like a gardener, he had watched Okuoba grow. Now, the sight of her stirred him. For more than five full moons, he had suffered this exquisite distress even in his sleep. The face was the first place people looked to determine whether a woman was beautiful or not before … More We Are Not Cursed #2

Masquerades of Inyi

At last he yielded to his daughter’s persistent request. Her hair was shaved before she was dressed up in boy clothes. By sundown the pair left for the village square. Mmawu (Masquerades) Music was the breeze that flowed through the oja* and drums of the festival. The masquerades were swift, their dance energetic. While everyone … More Masquerades of Inyi


Although the Liberian war is now over, I cannot wish away the memories. There are nights in my sleep when I still find myself dressed in army uniform, AK-47 ready. On these nights I hear the voices of parents calling their children; others joking, shouting: “Where’s your bunker?” The air cracks and I hear the … More WHEN YOUR KILLER COULD HAVE BEEN A CHILD SOLDIER


Late yesterday, I received an email stating that I’d just won the March edition of Isuu’s online short-story contest (Isuu.com). Man! I couldn’t believe my eyes! I shouted for joy only to realize shortly afterwards that I was still at work. Trust my colleagues, they  gathered round immediately, read and said: “Congrats! Uzo, we told you it … More OMG! I’M NOW A PUBLISHED AUTHOR!!!!


Mr and Mrs Odiah were already late for the dinner party. But they couldn’t help it because they were waiting for the babysitter to arrive. Little Ola couldn’t be left all alone. No. Not after their long agonizing years of being without a child. Immediately as the bell rang, Mrs Odiah reached for the door. … More ANGEL ON THE PIANO