CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: NIGERIAN STUDENTS POETRY PRIZE 2018

Consequent on a press briefing at Virgin Rose Resorts Lagos, on the 15th of January, 2018, Poets In Nigeria (PIN), unveiled the website for submissions for the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize 2018. While the event was attended by PIN’s Board of Trustees in Persons of Sir Eriata Oribhabor (President PIN), Kolade OLanrewaju Freedom (Executive Secretary…

Our love in letters | Olamide Tejuoso 

“He smiled at me…” I blurted out in front of my friends during break time. My excitement that day cannot be exchanged for a plate of fried chicken after my crush, Tobi, allowed me a glimpse of his white teeth. Believe me,  I couldn’t tell what fell over me but I knew I was in…

Now that the year is over again | Olamide Tejuoso 

Most times, after the “all-happy” yuletide celebrations, I feel less excitement for the horrors of cleaning that follows. As the first child and second female of a family of seven, I have so been honoured with the title of Miss. Sparkling of the year . Well, naturally I don’t like the sights of dirt or…

Three poems | by Rajnish Mishra

Poetry speaks best Let’s talk about dissection in poetry. The form is easy to dissect, fix and copy. Fixed on dissection trays with pins, or kept in formaldehyde filled jars for future dissections, it’s dead. Heart does not beat in there; blood does not run in those veins. That’s not the poetry I talk about….

​”Be careful with the gun you pull” | by Sofia Kioroglou

Forgive yourself and each other Spew hate and watch it slap you in the face Be careful with the gun you pull the finger on the trigger may be your own- but the target might be yourself Sofia Kioroglou is a missionary, a pilgrim and a wife who happens to write poetry and flash fiction…

Two poems | by Pat Ashinze

Babylonia Echoes of nostalgia Memories of sweeter yesteryears Scenery of lustrously groovy nights; All gone, all done for Like wind dispersing chaff   Apparitions of regret Specters of repugnant guilt Climb like crag panthers upon our wasted shoulders; Shoulders that once tore feral beasts apart Shoulders that once gave warmth to keen dames Shoulders that…

CR7 Wins Record-Equalling 5th Ballon d’Or

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the fifth Ballon d’Or of his career, equalling his arch-rival Lionel Messi’s record after a phenomenal season that saw him lead Real Madrid to the Champions League and the LaLiga title. The 32-year-old, who is the all-time record goalscorer in the Champions League, was presented with the award, which recognises the…

JINXED | by Betiku Ayokunle Samuel 

They surrounded him, their fiendish gaze reflecting fury and peharps frustration. To the gang composed of very young lads, George seemed invincible. There appeared to be a repelling force around him playing upon their emotions and inducing somber thoughts of the worst kinds. Still, they would not relent. They’d spent days mapping out the best…

Three poems | by Ana M. Torres

​The Shattered World What is wrong with our world? Where has sense gone? Afraid I’ve become Of the human spirit. What have we done? Does anyone care? We can’t trust What we see anymore. Perhaps too informed To the point of ignorance, We no longer speak Its hatred we spew. Some show ugly souls. Compassion…

SAME NUMBERS FROM BEHIND | by Bliss Akinyemi

It was  the evening of my twentieth birthday that I met Kola. I was working in a Laboratory as an office attendant and we were having registration issues with the Ministry of Health. Our office was shut down, but we still had to go to the office to assure our clients that we were still in business….

Photography | by Fabrice Poussin

Sphynx  ​ Good night   Teasing Heaven  Heaven  Soothing  The Courtroom                    *** Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at Shorter University. Author of novels and poetry, his work has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and dozens of other magazines. His photography has been published in The…

WOMEN IN HATS (Episode 2) | by Steve Carr 

​“It was horrifying,” Michelle said as she unlocked the door to Connie’s apartment. “I couldn’t stop bawling and all the time Miss Purcell thought I was having an attack of grief.” “What were you having?” Danielle said. “An extreme case of nerves,” Michelle said. “If you hadn’t agreed to let me pick you up to…

Ozil and Sanchez star as Arsenal gun down Spurs

Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez proved amid the uncertainty over their futures that they remain Arsenal’s star performers with match-winning displays in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over rivals Tottenham. The build-up to the derby clash had focused largely on the supposed power shift in north London as Mauricio Pochettino has turned Spurs into Premier League title…

Pogba reigns supreme as Manchester United thump Newcastle

Paul Pogba marked his return from injury with a goal and an assist and Zlatan Ibrahimovic made his comeback as Manchester United turned around a first-half deficit to record a convincing 4-1 Premier League win over Newcastle United. Frenchman Pogba teed up compatriot Anthony Martial for the equaliser before tapping in a third, helping Jose…