Category: Short Stories

Short Stories, Tale Africa

By The Sword…

By Fungai Chigumbura, Zimbabwe: I woke up this morning and she wasn’t crying. Her eyes, usually two Niles, gave nothing of their streams this morning. I could not recall if she had cried last night; my slumber had pressed me into blissful sensory numbness, and only the glare of the mid-morning sun had had the means to stir me. My […]

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Scaled!

By Fungai Chigumbura, Zimbabwe: Thursday—it used to be their day; their date day. Not anymore. It hasn't been their day for many-a-day. No day is their day, anymore. It's all gone, now. Her man, her pillar, her mountain that will not be scaled has left her before he has left her. He's been gone from their marriage longer than she […]

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Her Last Words

By David Tumusiime, Uganda: My girlfriend just left me ten hours ago. What is that? Girlfriend? She is a woman. Hmmm. She was a woman. Hmmm. Three years, ten months, three hundred nineteen days and she is gone. What's wrong with her?! No one leaves me! I leave!  The slut… three years, ten months, three hundred nineteen days and you […]

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Through Her Eyes

By Amy I recently became the other woman, something everyone thinks of as a horror beyond imagination. People think I am a little more than a common thief really, maybe a bit worse because what you are stealing isn't really just something dispensable but a life. You take his world which consists of the wife and kids and integrate it […]

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Call me Lu

By Fungai Chigumbura, Zimbabwe: I do not know what I am doing here. Well, I know why I am here; I am waiting for someone. If I had to be truthful about it, I would say I am here because I must have answers, despite logic saying I should steer clear of him. I need to know just how this […]

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The First Award

By Oyotunde Ojo, Nigeria: Just about the sun setting into the womb of the West, Tamunu ambled out of the thick forest that bordered Awa village. In it, he had wandered since day break, rummaging for animals. He bore a terrible look. He seemed ridded of the last dose of energy in him. It had been a bad day for […]

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Click “I Do” to continue

By Lloyd A Lutara, Uganda: Jason and Melissa went back and forth about this matter a number of times before finally deciding to get married on a Tuesday. Jason sat in front of his computer and Melissa in front of hers, just the way they wanted it. It was out of necessity rather than consensus, that the ceremony would take […]

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As Bad a Day as This

By Fungai Chigumbura, Zimbabwe: “You never hear the shot that takes you down”. These words are not famous, but they resound for me in a way that popular platitudes and hackneyed phrases never can. They represent a truth that I have known since I was a teenager and one that I have lived by for almost two decades. Simply put, […]

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An Inconvenient It (continued)

By Fungai Chigumbura, Zimbabwe: …continued. “You idiot!” she cut in, “Listen! What do you hear? Could it be the crying of my baby? The same baby who's been giving me endless sleepless nights and hasn't left my side since he was born? The same baby who's here with me! How on Earth could you even think that I'd just leave […]

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