Not such a stupid thing

Not such a stupid thing © Folakemi Emem-Akpan   It was such a stupid, simple thing to do. They all sounded beautiful, and if there was one thing my life needed at the moment, it was beauty and a little simplicity. And they were all so very far away, and I needed to get very... Continue Reading →

A patch and a hope

A patch and a hope © Folakemi Emem-Akpan   My back groans in protest as I heave myself to my feet. It’s been a grueling two hours, weeding, trimming, planting. Yet, the sorry excuse of a garden looks forlorn. Actually, it mirrors the despair in my heart, the terrifying loneliness, the pain.   “Mom, haven’t... Continue Reading →

This wish

This one wish (c) Folakemi Emem-Akpan An achingly cold night. The Harmattan wind buffets my face, stings at the frozen line of tears there. I hurry on, my slippers plat-platting on the sidewalk, my heart beating at the frantic pace it almost always does these days. Mrs. Brown next door had called thirty minutes ago,... Continue Reading →

Fourteen

FOURTEEN (c) Folakemi Emem-Akpan Fourteen, bedecked with jewellery borrowed from sisters, aunts and cousins; made up with dark kohl and pink lipstick; grim-faced from lack of sleep; my heart everywhere but here. But I kneel as I have been asked to, kneel in front of my brand newly-minted husband, offering him a drink from the... Continue Reading →

Unprepared

(c) Folakemi Emem-Akpan Who knew life could be so chaotic, so fun-filled, so unpredictable, a veritable stretch of parties, of alcohol, of wild boys; of unbridled freedom. Before now, your life had been extremely sheltered. You were raised on DSTV, chauffeured drives, and overseas summer holidays. There was always a chaperone; at home the house... Continue Reading →

Feyikemi

Feyikemi (c) Folakemi Emem-Akpan 2020 Arms folded across my chest, seated in a locked and rigid position because my back wouldn’t budge, my heart beating in a pit-a-pat music of anticipation, I await the birth of my seventh child. I am seated on the rock at the far edge of the compound, away and removed... Continue Reading →

Coming soon…

  Unravelled, a Christian novel by Folakemi Emem-Akpan Children of the light, a storybook for Christian kids by Folakemi Emem-Akpan These Issues, a collection of short stories that addresses issues facing African women by Folakemi Emem-Akpan Coming in early 2020    

Saving the family

SAVING THE FAMILY (c) Folakemi Emem-Akpan You’d always known that this day would come. Yet, your knowledge does not equal acceptance, and your knowledge doesn’t stop your heart from threatening to beat out of your chest, neither does it stop you from breaking out in a hard, cold sweat even though the weather is bitingly... Continue Reading →

Posterity

Posterity (c) Folakemi Emem-Akpan My womb has never cooked babies right. Three times, it spat them out before they were ready to breathe. They would come, slick with blood, perfect little things, all ten fingers and toes complete, only that they were unable to take a first breath. They would present them to me from... Continue Reading →

Ablaze

Ablaze © Folakemi Emem-Akpan You knew you were going to die that day, and you were okay with it. In fact, you revelled in that knowledge. Your heart soared within its cage, your eyes were alight with a new kind of fire, and there was delight colliding with joy in your heart. It will all... Continue Reading →

Into God’s Kingdom

Into God’s kingdom © Folakemi Emem-Akpan   It is a decision no man should have to make.   Twenty minutes seems so trivial in the detritus of daily life. It is all that is required to take a bath, finish a meal, make a phone call.   It was also all that was needed to... Continue Reading →

For her sake

For her sake © Folakemi Emem-Akpan I am amazed at the radical change in my thought process, at the swiftness with which I cross the moral dilemma that has plagued me for years. Yes, I could kill. And yes, I would kill if I had to. There is something about newborns; that soft mewling sound... Continue Reading →

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