Category: Short Stories

Short Stories, Tale Africa

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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Church I

By Mpuga Rukidi: It's no joke. I am opening up my church, and very soon! Of course I had an inspiration for this: – I am sure you have heard about the OPM Scandal – the Office of the Prime Minister Scandal here in Uganda.  These days our media is awash (hate the word, but what to do?) with reports […]

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We Young Women…

Mpuga Rukidi: We stood in neat little rows. Our uniforms spot clean and our teeth an entire story of how much sugar we had each eaten. Our stockings, the grey type with huge blue and white stripes, pulled to beyond our knees, shone arrogantly. Our foreheads, knowing no sorrow, were full of happiness. Yours truly, eager to be appreciated by […]

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A heart of darkness

By Lebogang Sewela: When streams won't flow any more, that moment when you feel like your soul is absconding in you and you try so hard to latch it but it's just too late and it hits you that you've been knocked. That moment when you are trying to hold on tight to something valuable because you believe in it, […]

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Singing for the Minister (II)

Egan Tabaro: The road to Boma Grounds is a dusty one that snakes its way through the beautiful hills of Komunteete. We pass by our Parish church, St Jude Thaddeus the Turgid and there, tending to the garden around the Vicarage, is our Parish priest, father Chrysostom. Father, as we all call him, waves at us, bellowing “Hello my children!” […]

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