Nigeria is in equatorial West Africa and is Africa’s most populous nation. It has a southern coastline on the Gulf of Guinea and borders Benin, Cameroon, Chad and Niger. Nigerian history can be traced back to around 400 BC and nowadays there are over 250 different ethnic groups. Nigeria also has a huge diversity of butterflies and movies – “Nollywood” produces about 200 movies per year. Nigeria
 
Short story in which the writer reflects on his sense of alienation from the profound changes which his country of birth is undergoing
Chicken
Emmanuel Okafor   The plump clay-coloured weathered-face woman sitting beside you presses your lean body against the side of the bus; but you do not complain. You are less bothered:...
Image accompanying a short story from Nigeria describing describing how a twelve year old girl resorts to drastic measures to resist a forced marriage
Rukiyat
Ebele Nweje   Rukiyat had been crying since last night. The December harmattan was blowing through the trees as she hastened with Hauwa, her younger sister, to fetch water from...
Image accompanying a short story about a young woman seeking admission to university who misinterprets an offer of assistance from a male student
Stealing from the Honeypot
Ebele Nweje   “Emma Nnaemeka! Anybody for Emma Nnaemeka?” shouted the bus conductor from where he stood at the door. “Yes, e dey o,” chorused some passengers. As the bus...
Image accompanying a short story set in Lagos in which a woman recalls her and her father's suffering at the hands of a cruel and overbearing matriarch
The Broken Pieces
Emmanuel Okafor   ‘There are only two ways a man can meet death,’ my father once said, ‘either by the derogatory words of another man or by forcefully taking his...
Image accompanying a short story about a widow's rejection and loss property at the hands of her late husband's family and community in provincial Nigeria
When he Died
Ebele Nweje   Early before nine o’clock in the morning, the February sun was already up and hot as the small group made their way through the bush path to...
Image accompanying an account by a fist-time visitor to Lagos about her irrational fears of the city in contrast to the reality of her experience
Am I Safe?
Alba Kunadu   "Everyone who goes to that place hates it!” “They are all thieves!” “You'll hate the place!” “They are fast-o, and so smart you have to be very,...
Image accompanying a short story about family tragedy in Nnewi, Nigeria
Coming Home
Emmanuel Okafor   Ifeanyi prayed silently for the professor to end his lecture as he had been teaching for over two hours. He muttered under his breath: Doesn’t he ever...
Image accompanies a short story about an old woman's reminiscences about the Biafran war
A Broken Dream
Hope Nwosu   It was an unusually sunny day in early spring. I had just succeeded in putting the children to bed for their afternoon nap. That was a tough...
Image illustrates a short story about madness, set in Lagos, Nigeria
Nyama: Chronicles of a Lost Mind
Olohi  Ilevbare   They came to me again tonight in my sleep, Crawling all over my body, spindly legs and skeletal frames, determined to burrow into every crevice, to devour...
Archiving
Gavin Alexander   About one year on We closed your file Needing space for other lives It had moved back and forth across my desk Gathering dust The tale told...