Novel Excerpt: Emily’s Diary – Beneath My Beautiful

I am sharing this excerpt from my unpublished novel about a 14-year-old girl diagnosed with Breast Cancer (Emily’s Diary – Beneath My Beautiful) in commemoration of #WorldCancerDay today February 4, 2015. With the theme “Not Beyond Us”, World Cancer Day is highlighting that solutions to tackling cancer do exist and that they are within reach.…

SILENT NIGHT.

This Christmas will be exactly eighteen years since my parents died. I was only four years old. If there ever was any appreciation I had for Christmas, I lost it that night. I remember it so well. It was the 25th of December 1993, a cold and dry night and we had just had dinner.…

SAVING MAGGIE: An Excerpt from DAPPLED THINGS

Culled from DAPPLED THINGS, a Fiction Novella by Iweka Kingsley This weekend is my best friend’s wedding. I am her maid of honour. We have been friends since high school. We went our separate ways immediately after school. Life blew us away from each other. The separation made us fight our battles alone. We fought…

PARCHED.

When he started towards her it was like it was in slow motion and everything went into a tight focus. When he moved his feet forward, her whole body tensed up. She could not feel anything from her chest down. Everything was focused forward, watching him progress towards her . Her vision was focused on…

LETTERS FROM SUNSHINE 1

Sunshine misses you…You take so long when you sojourn far from me…The clouds converge…The rains threaten. Thankfully, the moon smiles at me with its golden edges, reassuring me that you’ll come home again, soon. I stand in dark hallways daily, the shadows of you and me are fearful. Even in the dark, your eyes call…

JASMINE

Jasmine? No. I am a rose or lavender lady; rose for its romantic essence, and lavender for its earthiness. I am not a jasmine lady. My husband returned unusually late from work that evening. I was excited when I heard his car come in through our gate, I had missed him so much and I…

FOR HALIMA’S SAKE…

He said her ‘cocoyams’ were ripe. That was all the reason he needed to approach Halima’s father to ask for her hand in marriage. The smile on Adamu’s face was disgusting and not because it was hard deciphering how much of his teeth his lips covered for they were of like shade and colour. Worse…

LOVERS OR FRIENDS 4

Dave ran into Nike on her way out of Juwon’s apartment. She looked startled and stuttered as she tried to greet him. He was surprised as well to meet her there, but was more confused that she was stuttering just to say hello. He remembered her from the other night at the dinner table, how…

LOVERS OR FRIENDS 3

Nothing is ever as it seems. Juwon is a classic example. Kunle paced up and down the room, “I’m not sure how much longer I can keep this secret”. He nearly screamed. He punched the wall and let out a loud “Arggh!” “Relax Kunle; he’s never going to find out if you just keep your…