Short Stories, Tale Africa

For the Love of the Game (7)

  By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa “I’ve been submitting full chapters to the editors so that the work goes faster. They will handle the order in which they will appear in the book, and the book layout is up to the publisher.” “How many chapters left on your side?” “About three” “Do you still need Zulu?” “Not really. I know […]

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Reflections

The Unquotable Stance

  By Damali of Kyanjja I have not always been comfortable with silence, and in fact, I am still quite on my way to fully embracing it. From my experience, silence has meant the unresponsive grave of my mother, a friendship gone wrong, a relationship that was ended with surgical precision, a family member’s cancer diagnosis, being made aware of […]

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City of Love (10)

  By Emmeline Bisiikwa, Uganda The next time SK took me out, he suggested a new restaurant that I had never been to. On reaching there, we sat and chatted while we waited for a waiter to come take our order. While we were chatting and holding hands, he leaned in and whispered, Do you know why I wanted us […]

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For the Love of the Game (5)

  By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa Weeks have turned to months and the centenary celebration for the Cranes Football Club is drawing near. There is a celebration tonight at the club village, this because of their recent win against another country giant, Badimo FC. They beat them 6-0 in the Battle Knockout, the country’s toughest competition. The team was nervous […]

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A Man’s Tears (Finale)

    By Katiso Thatho, Lesotho For some reason he found a lot of comfort in the friendship of this young teenage boy whom he had only known for a few hours. After finishing their breakfast the two began to chat for a while. Rex told Hopolang all about his life. How he had lived at his grandmother’s with his […]

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For the Love of the Game (4)

    By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa The days after Zitha’s alleged drug overdose passed by like a tornado – fast, dusty and overwhelming. Sibongile was running around like a headless chicken. She had to juggle her jobs with visiting Zitha every day. Her sessions with Njabulo were the least affected because he would go to the hospital with her […]

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City of Love (9)

      By Emmeline Bisiikwa, Uganda The dinner seemed like a first date in so many ways. I don’t know if it was the intimacy of the rooftop restaurant, the expectations or airing our feelings that had freed us to express ourselves. He sat next to me and kept caressing me as he watched me. I was nervous and […]

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A Man’s Tears (2)

  By Katiso Thatho, Lesotho The booze finally kicked in and the racket became the most beautiful sound he had ever heard. He hobbled and swayed his way to the dance floor for a while, but then after one or two songs, everything became a blur. One minute he had his arms wrapped around a woman with a rather wide […]

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For the Love of the Game (3)

By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa There is intense awkwardness in Sibongile’s lounge as Njabulo Zulu gently places himself on the couch. The Njabulo Zulu on Sibongile’s couch! She’s starting to feel intimidated and even nervous. This guy is a superstar. He is a celebrated striker who has done wonders for both his team and the national team. He has been […]

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