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THUNDER FIRE YOU

I wake up with a headache – too much sleep. My phone says 6:05am and if I rush, I’ll meet morning mass. Morning masses are shortest, yes, shorter than evening masses. As I pull my shorts up over my legs, guilt rises with it – am I going for mass to get it over with, […]

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THE CLUB OF GOD-FEARING MEN: THE FINALE

Hello WAWfuls. Its been fun following our mannest man, Genesis on this long eventful journey, but today, we are finally here.   When he knocked on Lola’s door, his wristwatch read 8:05pm but Genesis was past caring. There was a slight rustle at the window and the curtain shifted to reveal a face-presumably Lola’s. A […]

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THE CLUB OF GOD FEARING MEN: EPISODE 19

He took a deep breath before knocking on her front door. He had parked outside the gate, careful not to alert anyone to his presence. ‘Who is it?’ her voice sounded muffled. ‘It’s Genesis,’ he said, holding his breath, knowing what was to come. ‘Wha…’ The key turned in the lock and the door cracked […]

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The devil and the lagoon

(Word length: 400-500 words) I boarded a molue back from church on Sunday. This is one side of a telephone conversation by a fellow passenger. “Yes? Why are you calling? Shebi I said you people should not call me?” Pause. “He did what?” Pause. “What do you mean ‘he is not talking’?” At this point, […]

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THE CLUB OF GOD-FEARING MEN: EPISODE 2

When he was six, Genesis had given his life to Christ before the congregation of children. It was his first attempt at that and he could faintly recall the childish excitement that had plowed through him as he stood among others, bowing his head and repeating those words after the children teacher. He had taken […]

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THE CLUB OF GOD-FEARING MEN: EPISODE 1

THE CLUB OF GOD-FEARING MEN: EPISODE 1 The alarm clock plus the continuous jabs to his back caused his eyes to peel open in a slow unhurried manner. “Ahn ahn, wetin sef?” he croaked, rolling on his side. “Seven ‘o’ clock don knack, dude. You don forget today na Sunday?” The owner of the voice was Sly whose real […]

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Roses and Angels V

continued from last week… “You…you know…” “Yes,” the old lady interrupted, “I know exactly what you are. You are a light, child, so why are you hiding?” Your afternoon just went from one amazing high to a terrible low, and now you are just bouncing back and forth, your mind a jumble of abrasive thoughts. […]

Looking for God in Germany

It took Brother John four weeks to find a church in Germany and when he finally did, he had more questions than answers. Since he came here, his spiritual life has gradually receded into comatose. Praying which used to be the first item on his daily routine back home has now become such a difficult […]