Category: Short Stories

Short Stories, Tale Africa

Daddy Issues

By Emmeline Bisiikwa, Uganda: 'Don't go daddy, please stay with me.' She sobbed. 'You can always come to see me baby girl, my house is yours.' 'But I want you to stay here with mummy. I want to live with both of you.' Their eyes met at the top of Abigail's head. Her mother knelt down and held her as […]

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Waiting

By Emmeline Bisiikwa, Uganda: It's been three months since I last saw you but it feels longer. The days roll over side by side and lose themselves in sums of numbers, hours, minutes. I keep telling myself I should not count the time spent apart from you but I can't help it. Every bone in my body believes it should […]

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Lorraine’s Letter

I remember that day so clearly and the thought of it still puts my stomach in knots. You got to the restaurant first which was unusual because in the three years we had been together you were never early. You were always late and I used to hate it. We used to fight about it all the time. But in […]

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Makena

By Victor Karuga, Uganda: My heart was pounding, so hard I could hear it over the pressure cooker. I tried to tell myself that it was because of the silence: I had turned off the radio so that I could hear her knock over the din of my next-door neighbour’s incessant lingala music. Nice, considerate Congolese neighbours I had! I […]

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The Spark

By Tashinga Wazara, Zimbabwe: I hadn't seen her in almost a year and my heart was about to explode within my chest. I was outside her house and she would be out at any moment. So many thoughts were rushing through my mind. What's the first thing that I'm going do when I see her? Has she gained weight? What […]

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Smile Anyway

By Tashinga Wazara, Zimbabwe: My alarm goes off, its 7am. I'm slightly annoyed at the fact that it woke me up coz I was having a good dream but I'm also relieved because I need to get up. I guess it's what you could call an inconvenient convenience or is it a convenient inconvenience? I don't know. I open the […]

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The lecherous chess whiz

By Rogers Balamaga: During the December 2006 East African Inter-university Games, Carlos met “Msichana” — a nickname he gave to the infamous Kenyan Chess whiz who had made herself quite a name in the East African chess fraternity. Unlike many of the players he was about to meet in the week long tournament, the most competitive chess competition Carlos had […]

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Church II

By Mpuga Rukidi: I am back. Yes, I, the powerful man of God am back! I need to update you. All plans are under way. If you haven't seen the banners advertising this new all powerful, well connected, state of the art and so many other such powerful words church, then there is certainly something wrong with you! I have […]

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Is it worth it?

By Sarah Nsiime: It is a Thursday afternoon. I am walking up the road from home. I meet a group of young men standing by the side of the road. Two of them are engaged in a heated argument. One guy claims that the other guy owes him money, while the other guy vehemently denies the allegation. I walk past […]

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