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…

RELIGION HAS DAPPLED US.

Once upon a time, Christianity provided the official system of thought, Life and Law. And I say ‘Christianity’ for lack of a better collective term to describe the group of people who through their teachings and practices reflect the true identity of those who have been transformed by the renewing of their mind, and who…

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…

DIARY OF A PRODIGAL WRITER

I have been away from here for quite a while; maybe it’s because I’ve been working on publishing my first book…hmmm, how convenient. I have recently tagged myself the ‘Prodigal Writer’. In all honesty, I think I’ve just really become a bit lazy. It’s not the type of lazy that stinks of complacency, no; it…

SNAP JUDGEMENTS: WHY FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT

The human brain uses two very different strategies to make sense of situations. One is the conscious strategy. This strategy is logical and definitive, and it is familiar. But it is also slow and often requires a lot of information. The second strategy is quicker. The brain reaches conclusions without immediately telling us that it…

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…

THE ECONOMICS OF DEATH: THE GOLDIE, REEVA STORY

Death is not a pleasant eventuality, but it is inevitable. But you know what’s rather funny, how people start listening when you’re dead. Goldie Harvey, Nigerian hip-hop artiste and representative at the last Big Brother Africa Star Game reality show, passed away on February 14, Valentine’s Day. She had just returned from the United States…