The Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria announces the CIPM Annual Essay Competition 2018. The essay, which is ONLY for Nigerian Undergraduates, must be original, empirical and of local and international journal standard. Times New Roman and 12 points font type and size are not negotiable. The length of the essay must not exceed…

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“A woman is like a fading flower, she blooms and withers with time. Nkoli, biko, pick one of these men and settle down.” That was Nkoli’s mother. Every new birthday was a call for the “Marriage” talk. Nkoli had barely blown out her birthday candles when her mother’s accusing eyes chased her down the hall….

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Not suitable for children. Please. Six able-bodied men wearing white t-shirts with a blue inscription – ‘Apams Funeral Services’, lowered him into the grave. The shiny Mahogany casket hit the ground in a thud. The thud sounded like the echoes of her shattering heart. She was standing beside the heap of red soil, drawing her…

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The taxi stopped in front the red gate at no 22 Royal Crescent. I stepped out, holding the flowery shawl tightly around my body. The sun is scorching yet I shiver. I looked up at the house, blue roof, white house, same red gate. Memories rushed through me. Tears gathered in my eyes. I remember…

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STRICTLY 18+ Nobody tells you about sex in an African home. Not your mother, not your father, not even your priest. In Africa, they show you! I was 9 when my cousin, Nkenna showed me. He waited till my mother left for the market, then he sent my brothers, six streets away to buy Iruka…

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The first one came out mangled, like a diseased yam tendril twisted in circles. Eyes drooping in a state of permanent slumber. Arms, short like stunted stems. Saliva dripping from the corners of her mouth. Incoherent words sipping through her teeth. Agnes. You had named her after your mother. A child with so many dreams…

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***** Dawn In Ozara, it was forbidden for anyone to visit a man’s hut before the sun rose, but not for Cathetist Okechukwu. That was his own way of showing that he no longer walked in the path of his fathers. At the fourth knock, Ogazi opened his bamboo gate and ushered Okechukwu into his…

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He comes to me every night whether I’m lying under the Udara tree in the middle of our compound, nestled between my brothers or on the bamboo bed in Mama’s hut, he’d still come. Raising my wrapper, he’d run his fingers along my legs,forcing my clamped legs apart. He’d crawl to my neck, dropping a…

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Yaaaaaayyyyy! This is an opportunity for Writers to showcase their craft. In this season of love, writers must shine bright. Speak love through the tip of your pens! This is yet another contest and 10,000naira is up for grabs. This beautiful Pen of Roses Flash Fiction Contest is sponsored by Erin Kathleen and an anonymous person….

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Have you ever been in the that stagnant state, watching while life flows by? Have you ever been in that state where you lack the desire to do anything productive? You just prefer to amass temporary satisfaction of surfing the net, engaging in meaningless discussions only to sink into depression as unaccomplished tasks stare at…

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Today, we are getting outside our boxes and walking into a fantasy world. So, let’s go there! Envision a dragon. Do you battle it? Or is the dragon friendly? Use descriptive language. Write a 300-word story with a dragon in it. Here is mine! Dragon Rider. “Charge, Uzungu Warriors!” I yelled. Sitting astride my dragon,…

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If you read this to the end… You will be glad you did. I went into prostitution when I was at the University because I lost my father and there was no one to pay my tuition fees. I became an armed robber because my rich uncle threw my family out of the house. I…

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This is a true life story of a 33-year-old woman, let’s call her, Chioma. She has been married for five years and has three children (female twins and a boy). Chioma and her husband were perfectly in love and so when the man decided to travel abroad in search for greener pastures, Chioma supported him….

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