Ọbalúayé ~ Jide Badmus

You held the sun By the throat, Made love to darkness. She screamed your name —But your name, Sopona, Is not to be spoken— We fell to the Wrath of earth. The air we breathe Stalks us Water can't cleanse this curse. you are death, You are antidote. The sun is your wife, The moon, [...]

Berbere ~ James Murren

Driving home from the office on Addis Ababa evenings, but not all,   The berbere makers would grind chiles and spices into a mix   In small mills on the back streets, the smells floating over the beeswax   Candlestick sellers and men drinking coffee, passing through the car window.   Berbere is found in [...]

The Talisman ~ Yaqub Abdullahi

"You ill-mannered woman!" The yell that filled the room startled Adesua as she walked into her father's quarters. The woman who yelled pointed a finger at the other. "Why would you think my son stole the talisman?" The older woman didn't budge at the act. She only adjusted her crown before speaking up, "Do you [...]