Category: Tale Africa

The Best Stories, Poetry and Inspiration from the continent

Short Stories, Tale Africa

A Clockwork Made

By Fungai Chigumbura, Zimbabwe: A sliver of sunlight filtered through the blinds. As Myk's eyes caught it, so too did the faint sounds of moving traffic break through the surface of his sleep and bring him forth to the new day. He smiled to himself, eyes still half-closed. Another minute in bed and he rolled out, feet planting squarely on […]

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Sink In Sanity

By Fungai Chigumbura, Zimbabwe: It came one day, the madness. Like a torrent of inevitability, washing away the man's sanity. He started acting crazy, as they say. But I don't think it was acting—if anything, it was the sanity that was always a play at pretence. At some point, I gather, he simply felt keeping his sense was no longer […]

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‘Ukuthwala’ (5)

By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa: Even though Bheki has been kind to me lately, I haven’t really forgiven him for the way he treated me when I got here. Even if I were to marry him it wouldn’t work; I don’t want a weak man who is controlled by his mother and sister. I want a tough guy, confident, in […]

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‘Ukuthwala’ (4)

By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa: The family ululates as we walk inside the yard but instead of going back to the main house Bheki takes me back to my hut. We sit silently for a few minutes and then he asks if I would like something to drink. I do not feel like anything. Looking at him, I ask; “Why […]

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