Category: Tale Africa

The Best Stories, Poetry and Inspiration from the continent

Short Stories, Tale Africa

Ukuthwala (7)

By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa: Today is the big day! My husband and I have been working towards this day for months now. It has taken insults, tears and hatred and we stood strong, together. He stood by me against his family despite the Chief threatening him countless times. Ndebele has turned into the man I want to spend the […]

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Ukuthwala (6)

By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa: Home is different from what I’m used to. It has been repainted; fully furnished with a chocolate lounge suit, a new kitchen suit and a new bed in my mom’s bedroom. The lounge used to be a big, empty space where we slept when we had visitors. As we toured around the house I had […]

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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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