Still searching

  Still searching © Folakemi Emem-Akpan The first man stole my money and dignity and left me with an unwanted baby. The second drove all my friends away and turned me into a recluse. The third…well, the third man put my daughter in the family way and made me an untimely grandmother. I have stopped... 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 →

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 →

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 →

Bare

Bare © Folakemi Emem-Akpan   It took all of three hours for my home to turn from full to empty. Three hours, a drunken truck driver and a faulty traffic light.   They called me at work, buried in the midst of the ancient tomes I was quite proficient at translating. I can’t remember going... Continue Reading →

A legacy of unremoved shoes

A legacy of unremoved shoes © Folakemi Emem-Akpan   The day had begun to shorten, the sun slipping behind the mountains of Sopot. Yet, the mourners would not leave. To one side, Djordje and Jovana held hands, forgotten by all.   The previous year, they’d lost their father and their lives had suddenly shrunk to... Continue Reading →

Losing myself

Losing myself © Folakemi Emem-Akpan As I do every morning, I leave the little boy behind in bed. He is a persistent little bugger, the little dude is, and would come in to me every night, climb into bed beside me, wrap around me those long-forgotten dreams, aspirations, and hopes. He would talk to me... Continue Reading →

Not anymore

Not anymore © Folakemi Emem-Akpan   I stepped into the cool foyer, relieved to be home after a very long day of negotiations and tantrums. I could hear the faint whisper of a TV set, the dull roar of a toilet flushing, and Melinda’s snores.   These were the sounds of home, the sounds that... Continue Reading →

Healing

Healing (c) Folakemi Emem-Akpan Smells and sounds. The cloying odour of disinfectant just applied. The mewling sound that starts from the throat of one canine until it is repeated, echoed, chanted from every dog in the enclosure, until the sound is a boomerang in my ears. “They know we’ve got visitors. That’s how they behave... Continue Reading →

Natural surrogates

(c) Folakemi Emem-Akpan I stepped into the cool foyer, glad to be home, yet wary of the conversation that was bound to be. The pit-pat of soft shoes from the staircase made me look up. There she was, her eyes shining with something that was between gladness and sadness. For as long as I’d known... Continue Reading →

Lost years

Lost years ©  Folakemi Emem-Akpan For five years I hid my eyes behind my hands. Figuratively. For the same five years, my sister hid away from me. Figuratively. And for five years, a wall of silence sat between us. Literarily. I sit in the living room of the home where we grew up together. Asides... Continue Reading →

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