Category: Tale Africa

The Best Stories, Poetry and Inspiration from the continent

Short Stories, Tale Africa

‘Ukuthwala’ (2)

By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa: I quickly bath and just as I finish, Bheki comes in with a dress and a pair of shoes. He apologizes, puts the clothes on the bed and leaves quickly. I’m sure he is apologizing because he walked in on me undressed, which makes me wonder about some things. I’m starting to think this is […]

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Running

By Lethica Nair, South Africa: I'm on a treadmill of nostalgia I keep running our lines over and over again Wondering where we went wrong What did I say to you that made you choose a different part? I have to tie myself to the edges of my pride So I do not fall for you every time I see […]

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‘Ukuthwala’ (1)

By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa: ‘Ukuthwala’ has always been a part of our culture. It’s not really ‘abducting’ women but it’s marrying them off to a man who sees potential in her, even if she doesn’t agree or see potential in him. I have been in isolation for more than two months now, I lost count somewhere around day 40. […]

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Surviving on Old Prayers (07)

By Vimbai Lole, Zimbabwe: Isaiah 55:8. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the LORD. 2 Corinthians 12:9a. …but He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” My grandmother had always been a pillar of strength and a wise woman of note. Until […]

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Cheesy

By Muchy Wytee, Zimbabwe: Vividly l can still see The smile on your face When you saw there was chete on your plate, Yes l can still see Your lovely beautiful face light up In a way that no artist can ever make up, Shining bright like the meaning of your name, Oh if only you knew How much l […]

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