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IN THE NAME OF TRANSCENDENTALS by Ibe Obasiota Ben

IN THE NAME OF TRANSCENDENTALS by Ibe Obasiota Ben

IN THE NAME OF TRANSCENDENTALS by Amarachi Iwuafor In the Name of Transcendentals - Second Runner-up of the 2020 Kreative Diadem Annual Creative Writing Contest (Poetry Category) in faith i write that this poem is not a hangman even though there are too many lifeless...

SHE STARED BACK AT US WITH HER EYES CLOSED by Amarachi Iwuafor

SHE STARED BACK AT US WITH HER EYES CLOSED by Amarachi Iwuafor

SHE STARED BACK AT US WITH HER EYES CLOSED by Amarachi Iwuafor She Stared Back at Us with Her Eyes Closed - First Runner-up of the 2020 Kreative Diadem Annual Creative Writing Contest (Poetry Category) When death walked in, it took in its arms           one person, ...

HYDROLOGY by Chiwenite Onyekwelu

HYDROLOGY by Chiwenite Onyekwelu

HYDROLOGY by Chiwenite Onyekwelu Hydrology - Winner of the 2020 Kreative Diadem Annual Creative Writing Contest (Poetry Category) You were my first undoing. You         whom I met at the shorelines of my life. In the sizzling of oatmeal too close        to ruins     ...

NOTES ON CRAFT: ON SECOND PERSON POINT OF VIEW by Olakunle Ologunro

NOTES ON CRAFT: ON SECOND PERSON POINT OF VIEW by Olakunle Ologunro

Notes on Craft: On Second Person Point of View by Olakunle OlogunroDear Writer, The second person point of view (POV) is a very tricky one to pull off. It’s not as though the other POVs are easy, but with the second person, there’s the additional damage of trying to...

PORTRAIT OF LOVE AS AN ARSONIST by Oluwatosin Babatunde-Olotu

PORTRAIT OF LOVE AS AN ARSONIST by Oluwatosin Babatunde-Olotu

PORTRAIT OF LOVE AS AN ARSONIST by Oluwatosin Babatunde-Olotu I I was eight or nine when I learnt to balance  my gaze and heart       on broken bodies and dreams. Each time father returned from another fruitless journey to Egbeda in Ibadan, he’d mouth denial as if...

HERE IS WATER by ‘Gbenga Adeoba

HERE IS WATER by ‘Gbenga Adeoba

HERE IS WATERby 'Gbenga Adeoba(After Kechi Nomu’s Your Old Bones are Seeking Wooden Crosses) At the waterside in Boyo, the rituals of movement intensify at dusk.  The pull of tides reinvents the shore into a space for things intimate and lost. You could find trinket...

THE MAN WHO WEARS THE SEASONS by Jide Badmus

THE MAN WHO WEARS THE SEASONS by Jide Badmus

THE MAN WHO WEARS THE SEASONS by Jide Badmus On the surface you are weak &Your smiles are a broken streamBut nightmares could not break your sleep. You hang your fearsLike jackets in closets& bury sullen memoriesIn unmarked graves.  You carry your flaws like a...

WHAT IS YOUR BODY by Onyekwelu Chiwenite

WHAT IS YOUR BODY by Onyekwelu Chiwenite

WHAT IS YOUR BODYby Onyekwelu Chiwenite Kingsley  Shortlist (Top Six) of the 2019 Kreative Diadem Annual Creative Writing Contest (Poetry Category)And he throws my body open, the way youmove into a riverwhen someone is drowning. And my bodyis a dark room...

REMEMBER US by Chibueze Obunadike

REMEMBER US by Chibueze Obunadike

REMEMBER USby Chibueze Obunadike Shortlist (Top Six) of the 2019 Kreative Diadem Annual Creative Writing Contest (Poetry Category)“Someone, I tell you, in another time will remember us” — Sappho   a drunk man walks into a room and hits his lover till she begins...

HOW LAST TUESDAY BECAME BLACK TUESDAY by Praise Osawaru

HOW LAST TUESDAY BECAME BLACK TUESDAY by Praise Osawaru

HOW LAST TUESDAY BECAME BLACK TUESDAYby Praise OsawaruShortlist (Top Six) of the 2019 Kreative Diadem Annual Creative Writing Contest (Poetry Category)last Tuesday began with showers of sunlight/the kind that melts your spoonful of ice cream/before it arrives at the...

FALLING WATERS by Lade Falobi

FALLING WATERS by Lade Falobi

FALLING WATERS by Lade Falobi Falling Waters - Second Runner-up of the 2019 Kreative Diadem Annual Creative Writing Contest (Poetry Category) My mother says when it rains and one needs to pee/one does not need to find a toilet.I cry in the rain so she doesn't see.The...

Isolation

Our third issue ever, "Isolation" is out. We had thought-provoking conversations with Alexis Teyie and Tobi Nifesi. It's a collection of works from some of the finest minds out there -- poetry, short stories, interviews, and creative essays.

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