Short Stories, Tale Africa

No Real Heroes (1)

  By Katiso Thatho, Lesotho The sound of a woman screaming as she was cornered by a group of thugs was all too common in the city. Most times it happened in dark alleys where no one could see, but even in the few instances when there had been witnesses they simply turned a blind eye. It would be easy […]

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For the Love of the Game (10)

  By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa “Njabulo” she whispers again, this time accompanied by sobs. “Njabulo come on wake up” she is crying now but Njabulo isn’t moving. Sibongile takes her phone from her bag and tries calling Christopher but there isn’t any signal in the area. She curses and gently gets out of the car and crawls towards the […]

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For the Love of the Game (9)

    By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa Thabo Madlala, popularly known as Tee, is what you’d call a real play boy. He is easy going and bubbly–an absolute pleasure to have around. Zitha recently discovered this and they’ve been the best of buddies lately – if you can put it that way. Tee and Zitha met at the club celebration […]

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For the Love of the Game (8)

  By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa “If you weren’t already married I’d say marry her son, such a beauty!” Jokes the old woman who has been the sweetest host since their arrival. Sibongile blushes while Njabulo laughs out loud. The Rock scans Sibongile up and down as he says; “Son, are you really going around with a beautiful woman like […]

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For the Love of the Game (7)

  By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa “I’ve been submitting full chapters to the editors so that the work goes faster. They will handle the order in which they will appear in the book, and the book layout is up to the publisher.” “How many chapters left on your side?” “About three” “Do you still need Zulu?” “Not really. I know […]

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The Unquotable Stance

  By Damali of Kyanjja I have not always been comfortable with silence, and in fact, I am still quite on my way to fully embracing it. From my experience, silence has meant the unresponsive grave of my mother, a friendship gone wrong, a relationship that was ended with surgical precision, a family member’s cancer diagnosis, being made aware of […]

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City of Love (10)

  By Emmeline Bisiikwa, Uganda The next time SK took me out, he suggested a new restaurant that I had never been to. On reaching there, we sat and chatted while we waited for a waiter to come take our order. While we were chatting and holding hands, he leaned in and whispered, Do you know why I wanted us […]

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For the Love of the Game (5)

  By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa Weeks have turned to months and the centenary celebration for the Cranes Football Club is drawing near. There is a celebration tonight at the club village, this because of their recent win against another country giant, Badimo FC. They beat them 6-0 in the Battle Knockout, the country’s toughest competition. The team was nervous […]

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A Man’s Tears (Finale)

    By Katiso Thatho, Lesotho For some reason he found a lot of comfort in the friendship of this young teenage boy whom he had only known for a few hours. After finishing their breakfast the two began to chat for a while. Rex told Hopolang all about his life. How he had lived at his grandmother’s with his […]

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