Short Stories, Tale Africa

A Man’s Tears (1)

  By Katiso Thatho, Lesotho Another long day at work had passed and he found himself once again in the one place to which he had sworn never to return. Of course, he had sworn it ten times prior to that and yet he always ended up there regardless. It’s not that he particularly enjoyed being there, but there was […]

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For the Love of the Game (2)

    By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa Sibongile walks back to her apartment feeling exhausted, emotionally rather than physically. After the disastrous morning meeting with Njabulo Zulu, she rushed back to her daytime job as a cashier at a local grocery store and had one of her worst days. From complaining customers to being short when cashing up, her day […]

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City of Love (7)

  By Emmeline Bisiikwa, Uganda SK and I grew even closer in spite of my misgivings until it felt like we were two parts of one whole. He was the first and last voice I heard every day and the best part too. He inspired me like no other, every moment a revelation of how limitless my creativity was. The […]

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This Truth but no Further

  By Lerato Mensah-Aborampah, Lesotho, the Mountain Kingdom The truth is I am scared. I am really scared. But I will not tell you that. I will tell you only of how scary the things I fear are. I will speak about them as vaguely as I can. I will not personalise them too much. Because when I speak truthfully, I […]

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Letter to my Love

  By Emmeline Bisiikwa, Uganda My love, Through thick and thin we held on to this relationship because we had love. You were it for me and I was the same for you. We fought and cried and made up and laughed. I hope you know my last thoughts of you weren’t good. They were bitter. Because you know me. […]

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City of Love (6)

  By Emmeline Bisiikwa, Uganda I wanted to go home with him but the thought of our blossoming relationship failing scared me. I decided to decline SK’s invitation. He drove me home while holding my hand the whole way and after walking me to my door, he hold me close and hugged me tight. While drawing apart, he held my […]

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The Day Through Her Eyes

  By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa He was supposed to be her escape, The knight in shining armour that swept her off her feet. He was supposed to be the prince that rescued her, Like Rapunzel she was stuck in an evil tower. Parents forever fighting, Her home felt like hell on earth. He was supposed to be the breath […]

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Letters to my Daughter (4): Surviving

      By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa Dear Daughter, Once you get older you’ll realize that life is a battlefield You need to be strong Mentally, physically, and socially You don’t need to fight with fists Let your mind be wise enough Your words powerful enough And your body strong enough to walk away Walking away isn’t a weakness […]

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City of Love (5)

  By Emmeline Bisiikwa, Uganda   As part of my new life, I decided to take up outdoor hobbies so I could feel better about myself as well as meet new people. I took up jogging twice a week, gym twice a week and swimming twice a week. It’s on one of these excursions that I met SK. He was […]

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