The way the other side lives

The way the other side lives © June 2016 Folakemi Emem-Akpan You have had a second hand experience of the way the other side lives. You have seen and then practiced the loose-limbed yet regal walk of the confident, and you’ve drank tea with your pinky finger sticking out like the rich do. But you... Continue Reading →


Crux   My eyes involuntarily travel to the painting. This is what I do every morning as I clean our humble living room: gaze at the painting of Jesus dying on the cross. The painting is from another time in our lives. An era so far away I sometimes wonder if I’ve made things up,... Continue Reading →

Every shade – Short story

© Folakemi Emem-Akpan By the time I pushed our daughter into the world, she’d been fourteen years long overdue. And we’d not expected, hoped to hold an infant again, to watch a baby sleep, to be the ones to ease the cries of a newborn. And I for one had not expected to suckle a... Continue Reading →

God’s girls – Short story

God’s Girls © Folakemi Emem-Akpan   Seven girls. Stair-step look-alike sisters, with the same enormous eyes, pink lips, and black hair. My daughters.   “Mommee, can we eat now?” Yemi asks, already reaching for the simple fare on the table.   “We always pray before we eat.” Funmi, the youngest of the triplets by two... Continue Reading →

All over again – Short story

All over again © Folakemi Emem-Akpan Hope. Her name is both a reflection and a supplication. Hope because we waited eleven years to have her. And Hope because we anticipated that her arrival would bring more babies. We were mistaken. The adoption process was smooth. The surgery to remove my numerous fibroids was not. I... Continue Reading →

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