Short Stories

Storytelling is explored with the purpose of captivating our audience with fiction & creative non-fiction stories, broken down into a series of posts.

December 26, 2019

“Don’t eat anything after midnight and make sure you have your bath before midnight.” The nurses said to me as they were preparing me mentally for what was about to take place. I had not had major surgery before and all surgeries come with one risk factor; the possibility of bleeding to death. I channeled all the fear I had into prayer, and trusted God to hold my hands through it all.

December 23, 2019

There was this guy my aunt tried hooking me up with a year prior to all of this happening, but I was not interested in a romantic relationship with him. He was a very nice guy no doubt and we became friends in the process but as far as marriage was concerned, I did not want to marry him.

December 23, 2019

I felt like a failure heading back to Lagos. I mean I had spent 11 years in America, and it was not like I was returning with millions of dollars. If I had millions I would have been able to solve my problem at the drop of a hat. But how could this be?

December 18, 2019

I tried so hard to hide my sobs; I mean I did not even have the hands to clean the tears that found a way to make an escape. The lady officer who sat with me at the back of the vehicle was asking if I was comfortable—but how comfortable could I have been with both hands tied behind my back? I tried to hide the pain I was feeling.

December 16, 2019

I told a few of my friends that I was coming back and that they shouldn’t let the others know because I wanted to surprise them. Meanwhile I was the one fixing to get surprised.

December 10, 2019

I was overjoyed at the fact that I was not denied a visa, due to the circumstances that I had overstayed my welcome after college; God was surely on my side. I was sharing my testimony with friends, and we were all happy that I was going to return to life as we knew it. But in the midst of my holiday arose another issue. My feet were swollen from time to time, and I used that as an opportunity to constantly get massages from m...

December 8, 2019

There have been three defining moments in my life so far; the loss of my mother, the loss of a relationship and the loss of my home. This is the story about the latter.

August 28, 2019

My faith is something that has always given me hope in difficult situations. This is not faith, the way the world likes to throw the term around, but faith in the only true living God. So while it was horrible seeing my mother go through all the things she did, I had this inner knowing, full of confidence that all was going to be fine, regardless of the outcome. When we made our way to the hospital that day, she was already go...

August 26, 2019

I picked up the phone one day, while I was at my friend’s apartment, and it happened to be my dad on the other end of the call. “Mommy is coming to America in a few weeks,” he said to me. “Why? Is everything okay?”

August 21, 2019

“Okay madam, your results are in,” the doctor said to my mother after a series of tests. “We are sorry you have stage 4 breast cancer.” The revelation from the doctor hit my mom like a ton of bricks. “How could this be? Cancer? Are you sure, doctor?”  “Yes I am, the doctor said back to her, you are welcome to seek another opinion.” My mom was a fighter; she was so strong that we, the children did not even know she was already...

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