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…

WOMEN IN HATS (Episode 1) | by Steve Carr

Sitting on the edge of the cobalt blue satin upholstered chaise lounge, Michelle reached out her hand and with her long slender index finger tapped her cigarette, dropping ashes onto the intricately designed Persian rug. In front of her on a Brazilian teak coffee table, the solitary gold fish in a small bowl floated belly…

​After the Kids are Gone | by Rob O’Hara

A natural part of becoming an adult is pushing back against your parents and taking a stand for something you believe in.  I remember the first time my son stood up to me and took a stand for something he believed in.  He was twelve years old. “Come on!” I yelled from the living room…

​Hello, Dolly, Goodbye | by Pam Munter

Nearly everything about the musical comedy “Hello, Dolly” is legendary. It’s a nostalgic time capsule set to music, not only of the early 20th century but of Broadway’s golden era. And yet, it remains timeless to audiences. Bette Midler has been playing to sold-out houses in a recent revival and in January Bernadette Peters will…

MY FATHER’S NIECE | by Okunlola Azeezat

Stepping hard on the pedal, I brought the car to a halt. While the air smelled of the tyres’ screeching. No, it couldn’t be… I mustn’t have heard right. I could feel my heart race, adrenaline coursing through my veins. Unable to get out of the car, I wondered how I managed to get home…

Two Poems | by Kemi Okunade

FINDING HER PIECES You sold me the story of forever, ‘Cause you knew I would hear no other So you painted the world we will be friends forever, ‘Cause you knew a girl like her won’t take lesser. You held my hands and we walked down the aisle For anything less, would have been a…