Category: Short Stories

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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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Singing for the Minister (I)

By Egan Tabaro: “Today is going to be a special day for all of you,” said Teacher Eudia, our Science teacher “I hope you are all well prepared!” Well prepared indeed! We have spent many hours a day after school rehearsing for the songs we are to sing at the Independence Day celebrations at the District Boma Grounds. Each year, […]

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At the bottom of the glass (I)

By Egan Tabaro: When he woke up this morning, it had been a normal day for Andrew; he had had his usual bachelor's breakfast; black tea and deep fried cassava chips he bought the previous night from the roadside canteen. Yet now as he climbs up the stairs – his phobia for enclosed places forbade him from using the building's […]

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Bleeding Hearts

By Emmanuel Adebayo: Anita was trying really hard to mask her unhappiness; it was supposed to be a happy day for both of them, a dream – come true. They had waited for this day with great anticipation. David could see right through her; he stopped what he was doing and moved close to her, hugged her from behind in […]

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Jacob and I (IV)

By Kathryn Yule Mweupe Kazibwe: It took Jacob a week to remember me; seven long days during which I waited eagerly for his call. They don't say the first cut is the deepest for nothing! Even after his less-than-poetic treatment of me, I subconsciously held the hope that maybe there was some truth in those poems he wrote me. Yes, […]

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