When we announced the I ❤️ African Literature writing contest two weeks ago, we honestly did not know what to expect. The idea was to celebrate our 6th year anniversary by having readers profess their love for African literature. The question on our minds was whether readers would find the topic inspiring enough to participate in the contest.
We are delighted to announce that we received a whooping 172 submissions. We are so grateful to everyone who participated. Thanks for taking the time out to send in a response. It’s because of you guys that the Brittle Paper community is thriving.
After collating the entries, Tiwalade and I hunkered down this weekend and read each and every one of the submissions. Let’s just say we had a great time reading, but a very difficult time deciding which, among all the lovely responses, should make it to the top five.
Here are the five responses that made the top five list.
To help us make the final decision, we’d like you to tell us which of them is your favorite.
To refresh your memory: here is what we asked people to write about:
Imagine African literature as a romantic partner—boyfriend, girlfriend, sidechick, main squeeze, wife, husband, whatever. It is your 6th year anniversary, but you’ve been going through a rough patch for while now. Things haven’t been as rosy as it once was. You’re determined to put things right by re-affirming your love—with just 300 words! Feel free to explore all genres and scenarios.
Which response do you think nailed it?
Let us know in the comment section!
You have until July 30th.
The winner will be announced on our anniversary date, August 1.
“One More Time” by Olaoluwa Oni
Remember when we first met? I told you that I could see myself, my life, in you. You smiled. We continued the story of Wilson Tagbo with his One Week One Trouble. You told me about Chike and the River, Kofoworola Odu and Tayo Browne’s journey to love in Time Changes Yesterday and Okonkwo’s journey to death in Things Fall Apart.
I could not get enough of you.
But my seat partner in Jss3B got in the way of us. He introduced me to Harry Potter, and I went off to Hogwarts with Harry— learnt as he learnt, cursed as he cursed, and lost as he lost. I moved from Harry to the triangle between Edward, Bella and Jacob and from the triangle, I started the quest to destroy the “one ring to rule them all.” Mills and Boon and Harlequin followed soon after.
And, somehow, Al, we drifted apart.
Then you told the story of Kambili and her crazy catholic father, and I saw myself again. I was Kambili — the awkward recluse with unrequited love. With my permed hair and phony accent, I came back to you, asking to discover more. You reminded me to read Achebe, Soyinka, Emecheta, Mariama and Ngugi. I read them all allowing the stories transform me, reminding myself that my experiences were as valid as the coils of my natural African hair.
It seemed like I would never be able to get enough of you. When I made the pledge to love you forever, I meant it.
That was six years ago.
But I did not keep my promise because I still craved the thrill of stories in the way that JK, Stephanie and Tolkien told it. And so, I cheated. I slept with them at night, and we laughed about your short-comings; about how your children would never be as diverse as theirs.
I was stupid, obviously. I had shut my eyes to Muhammad Bello Kagara, Samuel R Delany, Nnedi Okorafor and Oladimeji Ojo.
I am sorry.
I love you.
Let’s get back again. Exclusively.
“To My First Love” by Thando Nojaja
I remember the first time we met, you, all figures of speech, punctuation in the right places, me, lost and all alone, wanting to disappear. You allowed me to bury myself within your pages. You eulogized all my fears away. You taught me that sometimes goodbye is all that’s left to say between me and all the parts of myself that couldn’t stay. Thank you for staying, but most of all, thank you for opening yourself up to me when I needed a place to store my loneliness. You allowed me to read even the parts of you I couldn’t comprehend. It’s been amazing getting to know you. I know time has swiftly moved me away from your embrace, but you have always known what it means to hold on. Love, this is to say, I will forever find my reflection within your pages. You will always be my mirror. You birthed a love within me that went beyond your pages, my metaphor come to life. You are everything that remained behind when it felt like the world was moving on without me.
Thank you for staying up at nights with me, putting my nightmares at bay. Thank you for teaching me what it means to belong. You taught me happily ever after long before I knew of fairy tales. My heart lights up like half of a yellow sun at the sight of you. Thank you for walking with me on this famished road. I am no longer at ease now that things are falling apart between us. My doctor calls it a nervous condition because it feels like there’s a river between us, and I’ve always been a bad swimmer.
Thank you for allowing me to grow within your pages, and when they ran out, thank you for being a library. Thank you for allowing me to feel within your figures of speech, and when my ink ran out, thank you for reading my silence. I’ll write poetry to all the misunderstood parts of yourself. You mean everything to me.
“A Love Letter to African Literature” by Eddie Hewitt
We’ve been together for 6 years but I sense we are no longer at ease.
Our relationship has always been kaleidoscopic and you’ve often made me dream in colors. First, a big splash of purple. Then hot yellow, then a burst of orange, and more recently red, white and blue. But somewhere in between, you told me you needed space. You made me feel like that thing around your neck. You were just being realistic, but maybe a little too truthful, emotionally. I’ve read many similar descriptions of you, but I know there’s more to you than just a single story.
Then there was a stage when you seemed to get bored, disillusioned and angry. You wanted to establish a new identity. To define a generation. That was cool, but I’m not sure that new names are enough. I’m sending you flowers. African violets.
Remember when you kept speaking to me in a new form of language? A rather halting kind of English. Every time we engaged we quickly disintegrated into a pile of dust. You told me about how you suffered, what I did to you. But you wouldn’t let me forget the past. I want a love affair, not a wake.
More recently, you began trying to predict the future. I didn’t want to believe you, but I got hooked. It was just such a shame that your brothers insisted on going fishing. A modern day tragedy. Still, it was exciting. Rapturous. Maybe one day you’ll let me say your name on Twitter.
There’s a lot more I want to find out about you. I’d like to bring more to the relationship, too. We can get so much more entangled! But I can’t promise not to explore other literatures. You know how my attention gets diverted. Still, you are my favorite, and I gladly accept your invitation to ascend that wonderful literary staircase to the stars.
Your wayward reader and lover.
With thanks to Chinua Achebe, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Noviolet Bulawayo, Yvonne Owuor, Chigozi Obioma, Bessie Head and Brittle Paper.
“For Better or Worse” by Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam
There’s nothing new about our quarrels and threats of divorce. But something happened the last time we fought.
I thought about all our love had survived. Before I was born, you’d survived the transatlantic slave trade, colonialism and civil wars that saw you beaten mercilessly by rain and used to wipe the dirtiest of buttocks. You survived military coups, some of which prophets like Chinua Achebe predicted. By the time I came along, your prophet Wole Soyinka was awarded the Nobel for his semi-autobiographical novel of his civil war imprisonment. I, too, rocked along in cradled arms.
Don’t forget the paralysis of the birther of Chike and The River and the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa. These events plunged us into the dark ages, and I began to spend time with others, like Mills and Boon. I didn’t mean to hurt you, but your prophets had morphed into nagging hags and dates became drearier. It didn’t take long before I began missing your exoticism, your voice and your unpredictability, so I dumped the others and reinstated you at number one. With new prophets like Adichie, Bauling, Wanaina, et al, there was plenty to laugh and cry about.
I even jumped on the bandwagon of prophets and learned that writing is a series of personal failures. When I said, “I quit!” You grabbed me by the scruff of the neck and laughed, “I’ll teach you that it’s easier to stop breathing than it is to stop writing.” So I continued writing stories and blogging about your literati. I gained friends and satisfaction but became broke. Yet, I’m addicted to you and all the drama.
So when next we quarrel about the Caine shortlist, the Etisalat prize for literature or the Commonwealth prize, remember this thing between us is for better or worse.
How does it feel now? Have you forgotten “us”?
Let me help you remember.
Remember when we started writing our dreams,
Creating archetypes of our own making,
Stories of pre-independence, memories of love, dystopian fantasies, and the joys of our lives screaming out for affirmation.
As I told you then, I’ve loved you through countless forms throughout time
Through civil wars, dictators, famines, disease outbreaks, and corruption
The years pass, but it seems like we’re stuck in his-tory, repeating old mistakes
Creating new horizons for ourselves,
New narratives of Africa Rising, rather Africa re-imagined
Over a thousand and one tales
Not of Arabian nights, but of beautiful tidings to come.
….What other beauty does such things?…
Achebe, Soyinka, and new storytellers,
Artists of unique tapestries,
Like sculptors carving angels out of stone
We can never give up on our dreams.
And in the liminal state of half-wakefulness, in medias res,
Time collapses, we re-recreate the past as the present,
Wearing masks, blending images, and performing experience
Hearts and souls mingled in words
Returning us to ourselves
And we shall rise together again, like a Phoenix never seen before.
Like dandelion seeds carried by a mystic wind, to a new golden dawn.
About the Authors:
OLAOLUWA ONI is a Creative Genius daylighting as a legal practitioner.
THANDO NOJAJA is an aspiring writer from South Africa. She writes mostly poetry but has recently ventured into short stories and is loving it. She is a recovering optimist, a superhero stuck in routine, and she writes on days when she can forklift the metaphors out of her chest. She writes because it is the only way she knows how to breathe without choking on her sadness.
EDDIE HEWITT is a reviewer, columnist, and author. He is also the guardian of Connected Cultures, a portal for Culture and the Arts. He is committed to social equality in all its forms. And, not least, he is an avid reader of African literature especially.
CHIOMA IWUNZE-IBIAM is rounding off a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education. Her first novel Finding Love Again was published by Ankara Press. Her second novel, The Heiress’ Bodyguard, was longlisted for the Saraba Manuscript Project Awards. An alumni of the Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop(2010), she offers editorial consultation on her award-winning website, creativewritingnews.net. Her short stories have appeared in several newspapers and literary journals. Some of them include: MTLS, Long Story Short, Fiction 365, Saraba, Tribes Write, Flash Fiction Press and others.Awards and prizes include the 2014 ACT award semi-finalist, Cecilia Unaegbu flash fiction contest and farafinablog’s Voice of America flash fiction
HAROUN HABIB is a leader with a passion for global health, social justice issues and fostering coalitions that empower others to improve their lives. As a lover of African literature, Haroun has written on the portrayal and role of the African woman as a heroine in African literature. Professionally, as an experienced global health and international development professional, Haroun has worked for many development organizations and traveled extensively throughout sub-Saharan Africa. He earned a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in international health from the Boston University School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Science degree in health policy/administration and English literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004. Born in California, raised mostly on the east coast of the U.S., and with a family background from Sierra Leone, West Africa, Haroun considers himself a global citizen.
COMMENTS ( 406 ) -
Conversations With Olaoluwa Oni - The Afro Reader August 22, 2020 01:31
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Sana August 13, 2016 01:51
Haroun has my vote
A McB August 01, 2016 19:54
I loved Haroun's response!
bibo July 29, 2016 09:01
Dear Eddie, Thanks for sharingYour love affair with African literature
Niyi July 29, 2016 06:46
I have argued against this lady in court. Looks like she is just as formidable in the literary space as well. Olaoluwa has my vote!
Shile July 29, 2016 06:44
Haroun Habib's piece was excellent!
Ikeade July 29, 2016 06:44
"With my permed hair and phony accent, I came back to you, asking to discover more." This line does it for me! Olaoluwa has my vote!
Tutu July 29, 2016 06:39
Olaoluwa's piece spoke to me!
Adesuwa July 29, 2016 06:38
Creative Genius daylighting as a Legal Practitioner. I think Olaoluwa's genius shines through. She has my vote!
Dipo July 29, 2016 06:34
It was hard to select the best story as they were all amazing so I selected the best picture. Olaoluwa has my vote.
Ariel July 29, 2016 06:33
Olaoluwa did the best job of fulfilling the brief. She has my vote
Oseme July 29, 2016 06:32
I am in awe of Olaoluwa's writing. One more time was simply amazing
Toyosi July 29, 2016 06:29
I absolutely loved Olaoluwa's story. It was amazing!
Victoria July 29, 2016 06:27
Olaoluwa's story did wonders!
Timothy July 29, 2016 05:59
I loved Olaoluwa's One MoreTime. Clarity precision and beauty
Helen July 29, 2016 05:50
One More Time does it for me.
Nuhu July 29, 2016 05:46
One More Time is the best story in this contest, i believe
Gloria July 29, 2016 05:44
Olaoluwa's piece was goals!
Aicha July 29, 2016 05:34
Olaoluwa's piece gave me nostalgic goosebumps
Ehime July 29, 2016 05:33
I liked olaoluwa's piece best
Mary anne July 29, 2016 05:31
Olaoluwa's piece was as captivating as it was exciting!
Opeyemi July 29, 2016 05:29
Olaoluwa's story has my vote in this contest
Balo July 29, 2016 05:25
Olaoluwa's piece stands out as the best in this contest
Harry July 29, 2016 05:23
This contest goes to Olaoluwa. Absolutely!
Harry July 29, 2016 05:23
This contest goes to Olaoluwa, absolutely!
Bisodun July 29, 2016 05:18
I vote Olaoluwa's piece a hundred times over
Jennifer July 29, 2016 05:18
Olaoluwa's piece was the best.
Rachel July 29, 2016 05:17
Olaoluwa's piece has a rare quality to it
360 Human July 29, 2016 05:16
Olaoluwa's story had beauty in it
Ene Abah July 29, 2016 05:15
Eddie's piece gets my vote with is beautiful play on words.
Thompson July 29, 2016 05:15
One more time has a rare quality to it
Ajike July 29, 2016 05:14
The best story is One More time. It gets my vote
Kola July 29, 2016 05:12
One more time was the best.
Seye July 29, 2016 05:11
One more time is the best
Jite July 29, 2016 05:11
Olaoluwa's piece was magical
Ajoke Aderibigbe July 29, 2016 05:10
i vote One More Time as my choice
Oge July 29, 2016 05:08
Olaoluwa's piece was amazing
Wobinuola July 29, 2016 05:07
I love olaoluwa's piece. It was fantsatic
Fisayo July 29, 2016 05:06
One more time is enchanting!
Bidemi July 29, 2016 05:05
It goes without saying, Olaoluwa
Lizzy July 29, 2016 05:03
olaoluwa's story gets the gold medal
Jiboye July 29, 2016 05:02
I like Olaoluwa's story. There is something enchanting about it
wendy July 29, 2016 05:00
i vote olaoluwa's piece again and again
wendy July 29, 2016 05:00
i vote olaoluwa's piece
Crystalbelle July 29, 2016 04:57
Of course one more time is the winner
Bella July 29, 2016 04:54
One more time gets my vote
Michael July 29, 2016 04:52
I vote for One More Time
Abimbola July 29, 2016 04:49
One More Time
star girl July 29, 2016 04:48
I vote Olaoluwa
Chi chi July 29, 2016 04:47
Olaoluwa's story is the best
Udi July 29, 2016 04:45
This is a hard choice but at the end of the day, I think I'll give it to Olaoluwa. Her story is remarkable
Adetoun July 29, 2016 04:42
Olaoluwa Oni. One More Time
Bisi July 29, 2016 04:41
I am shouting Olaoluwa and dancing azonto
Tolu July 29, 2016 04:39
Olaoluwa definitely has my vote!
Afeez July 28, 2016 17:14
Haroun Habib's entry gets my vote
ThankGod July 28, 2016 17:13
Laolu's story sends shivers down my spine.
ThankGod July 28, 2016 17:13
Laolu's story sends shivers down my spine
Nigerian B July 28, 2016 17:12
Majeska July 28, 2016 17:11
Olaoluwa story is great
Habib July 28, 2016 17:10
My cousin olaoluwa has the best story
Farida July 28, 2016 17:09
One More Time
Jumai July 28, 2016 17:09
I love Olaoluwa's one more time
Genevive July 28, 2016 17:07
Laolu oni's story
Eric July 28, 2016 17:06
Olaoluwa gets my vote
Hajara July 28, 2016 17:05
I vote olaoluwa's story
tammy July 28, 2016 17:03
victor July 28, 2016 17:00
Olaoluwa's story fulfills the brief
Aramide July 28, 2016 16:59
Abi-girl July 28, 2016 16:57
Olaoluwa for the win
Jide July 28, 2016 16:53
I absolutely loved Olaoluwa's story
Barakat July 28, 2016 16:48
Olaoluwa gets the gold medal
Eunice July 28, 2016 16:46
Olaoluwa oni has a way with words
onyeka July 28, 2016 16:44
Olaoluwa has to win this. Her story is awesome
onyeka July 28, 2016 16:42
Olaoluwa has to win this
kingsley July 28, 2016 16:38
I am voting olaoluwa's story over and over again
obama's son in law July 28, 2016 16:33
Olaoluwa oni's story was the best
obama's son in law July 28, 2016 16:32
Trizon July 28, 2016 16:31
One more time gets my vote
ayodele July 28, 2016 16:27
oyinda July 28, 2016 16:23
I love, love, love Olaoluwa's story
Bruno Mars July 28, 2016 16:20
Olaoluwa is another african si-fi enthusiast! She automatically gets my vote!
Kunle July 28, 2016 16:10
Where was I when the call for this competition was open? Anyway, I vote Olaoluwa's story
Rukky July 28, 2016 16:08
Olaoluwa deserves the prize.
Kenechi July 28, 2016 16:05
Olaoluwa's One more time does it for me!
Maureen July 28, 2016 16:02
Can we scream Olaoluwa from the roof tops?
Deji July 28, 2016 16:01
Olaoluwa for the win yo!
Robert July 28, 2016 15:59
One more time- Olaoluwa Oni
Angela July 28, 2016 15:58
Olaoluwa has my vote
Bai July 28, 2016 15:56
Olaoluwa's story is very articulate. I like that. It has my vote!
Bisoye July 28, 2016 15:54
How many times can we vote coz I need to vote Olaoluwa's story one billion times over
Ebun July 28, 2016 15:53
I love the way Olaoluwa writes. One more time has my vote
Zainab July 28, 2016 15:52
Olaoluwa has my votes
Donald July 28, 2016 15:45
Gabriel July 28, 2016 15:44
I vote for Olaoluwa's story
Tinyade July 28, 2016 15:43
Of course this goes to Olaoluwa
Carson July 28, 2016 15:42
Olaoluwa!!!!!!!!!! One More Time
Fumito July 28, 2016 15:40
I loved Olaoluwa's story!!!! More please!
Moyo July 28, 2016 15:38
One more time has my vote
Chelsea July 28, 2016 15:37
Olaoluwa has to win
basit July 28, 2016 15:34
One more time! One More Time! One More Time!
Ronke July 28, 2016 15:32
Olaoluwa's story is goals. One more time
Ronke July 28, 2016 15:29
Olaoluwa's story is goals
Joy July 28, 2016 15:28
I vote Olaoluwa's story. I found it comforting
Blake July 28, 2016 04:36
Olaoluwa's story is beautiful
Rodney Roskruge July 27, 2016 12:15
Thando NoJaja, takes it for me.
Tomiwa July 27, 2016 10:54
Haroun Habib's poetry is Lit!
Ngozi July 27, 2016 10:53
Olaoluwa gets my vote
Anabelle July 27, 2016 10:52
I have been following Olaoluwa's writing for a while now. She did not disappoint with this one.
Mabel July 27, 2016 10:51
Olaoluwa's story is the best as far as I am concerned
Kunle July 27, 2016 10:50
Olaoluwa gets my vote
Ladyb July 27, 2016 10:49
I am voting for olaoluwa's story
soso July 27, 2016 10:48
I loved Olaoluwa's story
Omakin July 27, 2016 10:46
One More Time gets my vote
Acha July 27, 2016 10:46
Acho July 27, 2016 10:45
One More time for Olaoluwa!
Use July 27, 2016 10:44
Olaoluwa Oni- One More Time
Ojim July 27, 2016 10:39
One more time by Olaoluwa has my vote
Efosa July 27, 2016 10:38
I vote one more time
Efe July 27, 2016 10:38
Akpenwe July 27, 2016 10:37
#lovehashtags July 27, 2016 10:36
Olaoluwa gets my vote
Yemisi July 27, 2016 10:34
Olaoluwa's story is sooooo good.It gets my vote
Onyi July 27, 2016 10:31
I vote Olaoluwa's piece
Mr. Agaga July 27, 2016 10:27
Olaoluwa is a friend and this piece is very good. She has my vote
Joseph July 27, 2016 10:25
The way Olaoluwa crafts words is something to watch out for. She has my vote
Jumai July 27, 2016 10:24
I vote One more time
Asabe July 27, 2016 10:23
Olaoluwa gets my vote
Kauna July 27, 2016 10:22
One More Time
Damina July 27, 2016 10:21
I loved Olaoluwa's story the most
Auta July 27, 2016 10:20
Tough choice but I'm most comfortable giving it to Olaoluwa.
Tito July 27, 2016 10:19
One More Time!!!!! Again and Again!!!
Arungs July 27, 2016 10:16
"But I did not keep my promise because I still craved the thrill of stories in the way that JK, Stephanie and Tolkien told it. And so, I cheated. I slept with them at night, and we laughed about your short-comings; about how your children would never be as diverse as theirs" Olaoluwa. One More Time
Zulieat July 27, 2016 10:15
Olaoluwa's story is great. Her picture is even better. One More Time for the win!
Bolu July 27, 2016 10:14
I loved Olaoluwa's piece!!!
Ada July 27, 2016 10:13
One More Time gets my vote.
Chinaza July 27, 2016 10:09
I love the way Olaoluwa tells a story.
Lola July 27, 2016 10:04
I am sorry. I love you. Let’s get back again. Exclusively.- Classic Olaoluwa has my vote.
David July 27, 2016 10:03
Olaoluwa Oni- One More Time
Akintayo July 27, 2016 10:02
Olaoluwa's language is simple but elevated. I vote her piece.
Titilayo July 27, 2016 09:56
I love Olaoluwa's "One More Time
Bosola July 27, 2016 09:51
One more time.
Mopelola July 27, 2016 09:48
How am I just finding out about this. I love love love the concept. I'll give it to Olaoluwa's story
I love African Literature July 27, 2016 09:43
Olaoluwa's story was awesome!!!! She is going to pen a page turner one day.
Adeoluwa July 27, 2016 09:41
I vote One More Time
Toju July 27, 2016 09:40
I like Olaoluwa's story. It stood out from the rest
Siya July 27, 2016 02:06
I vote Thando Nojaja. It touches, excites me about meeting my first love. Someone who's pages I can read and write.
Abubakar Sulaiman Muhd July 26, 2016 14:52
I feel Thando Nojaja should go home smiling with whatever BP intends to give out, a kiss, a hug or a gentle thank you. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, nervous condition in her writing. Tell her I can swim in kududdufi - a Hausa name for a river. Buy her beer for me if you meet her, shake her hand for me.
Donna July 26, 2016 14:29
Eddie Hewitt's piece is thoughtful and touching so he gets my vote.
phil onyinye July 26, 2016 12:56
I vote for chioma iwunze-Ibiam
Shadrach July 26, 2016 10:49
i vote Laolu
Sam July 26, 2016 09:06
I vote for Eddie Hewitt for his heartfelt piece.
Kansiime Anne's Biggest Fan July 26, 2016 08:22
I like Olaoluwa's story. It reminds me of growing up. And I grew up in Kampala. I guess that's what literature does. Connects people who would otherwise never have met. #onemoretime.
Ai July 26, 2016 08:19
Haroun Habib for the African Literature Enthusiasts dem.
Alice July 26, 2016 08:14
Chioma's story does it for me. @Chibundu, you said it, Bire it a troll!
Chibundu July 26, 2016 08:13
I remember Olaoluwa from Ake Festival 2015 Air France prize. She was shortlisted for the loveliest fan fiction on achebe's Things Fall Apart. I voted for her then and I'm voting again. She is someone to watch. And who is this Bire person talking about crap stories? Where are your own? Troll!
Bire July 26, 2016 08:10
To be completely honest, all crap stories. But Olaoluwa had the best sentences so I'll give it to One More Time
Nengi July 26, 2016 08:09
Olaoluwa's story was great! Awesome read, Easy to relate to!
Faisal July 26, 2016 08:07
Olaoluwa Oni. I vote One More Time
Dumebi July 26, 2016 08:04
I liked Olaluwa's own best. One More Time
Dami July 26, 2016 08:03
All the entries are great. I'll go with Olaoluwa's piece in the final assessment
Adura July 26, 2016 08:01
Adekoye July 26, 2016 08:01
Olaoluwa's One More Time
Tomi July 26, 2016 08:00
Hmmm...this is hard. I guess Olaoluwa sha. She did something for me.
Ari July 26, 2016 07:57
Of course Olaoluwa's piece. It's not even a contest
Mr.X July 26, 2016 07:55
Lemme kuku add my voice to the wagon. Olaoluwa's One More Time
Tobi July 26, 2016 07:54
Olaoluwa. Apparently her writing is not only in the stellar briefs she writes
Chichi July 26, 2016 07:52
I am all about One More Time right now. Beautiful story and beautiful sentences
Tiwa July 26, 2016 07:50
I'm in love with Olaoluwa
Kennena July 26, 2016 07:49
Oh my goodness. Another Oladimeji Ojo fan. Olaoluwa because she is good people, obviously
Kehinde July 26, 2016 07:47
Spoilt for choices but I'll settle with Olaoluwa's story. Comes close to magic
Titi July 26, 2016 07:44
Olaoluwa for the win!!!!!!!!!!
Bifuro July 26, 2016 07:44
I expected something wilder but I'll Olaoluwa's story because in the land of the blind...
Elizabeth July 26, 2016 07:43
Can I just say Olaoluwa's story hit a spot for me
TY July 26, 2016 07:41
ONE MORE TIME
Aiten July 26, 2016 07:41
Anne July 26, 2016 07:40
Of course we are all about Olaoluwa. I loved her story
Shirley July 26, 2016 07:39
Becuase of the Harry Potter shout out, I'm giving all my love to Olaoluwa! One More Time!
Biodun July 26, 2016 07:37
Of course this is quite clear. Olaoluwa's story takes the trophy.
Mariam July 26, 2016 07:36
I am tempted to say Hewitt but it definately goes to Olaoluwa. She fulfilled the brief!
Benard July 26, 2016 07:35
Olaoluwa's One More Time
Gathoni July 26, 2016 07:34
Hmmm....Olaoluwa's story is my pick
Diari July 26, 2016 07:33
I want to say Chioma's story but you see, that ending of Olaoluwa's story just sold me. Olaoluwa's One more time gets my vote
Abiye July 26, 2016 07:32
"I am sorry. I love you. Let's get back again. Exclusively." I should have used that on my ex. Olaoluwa's story for the win!
Ramoni July 26, 2016 07:30
Ainehi you did an awesome job with this. Olaoluwa's story is my favourite
Bashiru July 26, 2016 07:29
"Then you told the story of Kambili and her crazy catholic father, and I saw myself again. I was Kambili — the awkward recluse with unrequited love".- You and I both Olaoluwa. Your story brought back memories mhen!
Tonye July 26, 2016 07:28
Hmmm...Olaoluwa's story is the best for me. As is her pose btw
Bibi July 26, 2016 07:27
One More Time
Ose July 26, 2016 07:26
I want to say this is hard but it was a pretty easy decision. One More time
Funky Mallam July 26, 2016 07:25
Only because of the wild hair and red lips..Olaoluwa. Actually I'm just kidding, also because "One More Time" is awesome!
Ajaji July 26, 2016 07:24
Hmmm...difficult choice but Olaoluwa's story does it for me.
Titi July 26, 2016 07:23
I say Olaoluwa because i entered for this contest and I'd rather loose to her
Bisoye July 26, 2016 07:22
Olaoluwa's One more time. Also please publish some of the stories that did not make the cut
Keona July 26, 2016 07:21
One more time for Olaoluwa!!!!!
Zain July 26, 2016 07:20
I know Olaoluwa and I think she writes really well. This is not even the best she's written but this is still awesome. Olaoluwa for the win
Thano July 26, 2016 07:18
Of course Olaoluwa. Is this even in doubt?
Amina July 26, 2016 07:17
Oh my goodeness. I rememember Harry potter from way back in the north. Lol. Had to hide to read it. Only Olaoluwa's piece took me back like that!
Chika July 26, 2016 07:16
Mini Mini Many..it's not even necessary...the choice is clear...Olaoluwa!!!!!!!!!"One more time
Fisayo July 26, 2016 07:15
Olaoluwa's piece does something to my soul mhen!
Tutu July 26, 2016 07:14
One more time!!!!!!!! Takes the cake....over and over and over agan
Bimbo July 26, 2016 07:13
I vote Olaoluwa's piece. There is something about the way she weaves her words
literati lyambee kahtapot July 26, 2016 06:27
i think i love chioma's piece and i sure vote for her
Mk July 25, 2016 17:17
Chioma gets it
Bellz July 25, 2016 14:56
I vote for Thando Nojaja. She's good.
Alexandra Onwualu July 25, 2016 11:35
I Vote for Olaoluwa Oni. Because her story is sooo familiar i feel like she just entered my head an took it all out.
Tee July 25, 2016 11:20
I vote for Thando Nojajat
Samkelisiwe July 25, 2016 11:14
Thando Nojaja, touches somewhere very special with her words. Thank you for such a wonderful piece. My vote goes to you.
esihle July 25, 2016 11:03
I vote for Thando Nojaja
Sixtus Merlin July 25, 2016 09:55
I Like her choice of words, and her opening; "There’s nothing new about our quarrels and threats of divorce. But something happened the last time we fought." this blow me away...and I can't help but read the whole article. My Vote goes to “For Better or Worse” by Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam
Deborah Afadapa July 25, 2016 07:11
Olaoluwa succeeded in convincing me AL is a real life lover. Her personification of AL was strongest and I think that's what this competition is about. the others were good too but I think the ladies did way better. my vote is for Olaoluwa Oni.
ola July 25, 2016 05:53
I vote For Better or Worse by Chioma Iwunze-Abiam
Kenny July 25, 2016 05:42
I vote For Better or Worse by Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam
Belema Iyoyo July 25, 2016 05:25
I vote for Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam. Great delivery
ifunanya Okafor July 25, 2016 04:52
I vote "for better for worse" by chioma iwunze, awesome piece
Amu July 25, 2016 03:22
I vote for Thando
George Owah July 25, 2016 00:05
Nice piece Chioma iwunze....thumbs up!!
Chioma Cynthia July 24, 2016 16:51
I vote for Chioma Iwunze Ibiam. Nice one
Babalwa July 24, 2016 16:42
My first love... What a beautiful piece. My vote goes to This.
Philip July 24, 2016 15:21
I vote for Chioma iwunze ibiam
Jideofor Ozodinobi July 24, 2016 14:32
Chioma, your write up appeals to the heart. Very brisk and precise. You have my vote all the way.
Lily July 24, 2016 13:47
I vote for 'My First Love' by Thando.
Paula July 24, 2016 13:15
I vote for Thando I vote for Thando
Augusta Anyanwu July 24, 2016 12:57
Chioma Iwunze Ibiam keep it up. You nailed it. Cheers
Susan July 24, 2016 10:25
Wow Nojaja...I vote for Thando.... over and over again
Ifeanyi July 24, 2016 09:41
Its chioma iwunze all the way
Onyeka Favor-bel Nzekwe July 24, 2016 09:01
For better for worse by Chioma Iwunze Ibiam is a nice read, so she has my vote
Nze July 24, 2016 08:57
For better or worse by Chioma Ibiam has my vote. Very good read. N
Andropov Abuul July 24, 2016 08:43
Voting for Chioma Biam. Indeed '...it is easier to stop breathing that it is to stop writing'
Okolo Peter C July 24, 2016 08:08
My Vote goes to Chioma Iwunze Ibiam... She got me longing for more piece to read...
Kecyl July 24, 2016 07:54
All great writers, but Chioma Iwunze's piece goes with the prefix- "master". Trailblazer!
Cynthia inyamah July 24, 2016 07:44
I vote for Chioma iwunze
Chinedu Nwachukwu July 24, 2016 07:04
Mesmerising tale of love by Chioma Iwunze. For better or for worse!
Victor Orlando July 24, 2016 07:02
Phelokazi July 24, 2016 07:01
Beautiful indeed Thando my vote goes "To my first love"
Anu July 24, 2016 06:51
I’ll teach you that it’s easier to stop breathing than it is to stop writing. :).. Voting for Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam
UdemeDaGreat July 24, 2016 06:19
It is indeed for better or worse. African literature has come long long way and with the likes of Chioma, we will travel far still.
ama July 24, 2016 06:00
For me it's 'One more time' by Olaoluwa Oni The other stories are really good too but one has to choose sadly.
Alawo July 24, 2016 04:41
I vote Chioma Iwunze. She is the best.
ify July 24, 2016 03:41
For Better for worse by Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam!
Uche Osita July 24, 2016 02:38
I vote for olaoluwa on I for writing a creative literary story although I agree that chioma for better for worse was embellished with more streaks of hard reality. But its a contest after all and I believe the stories shouldn't be judged only by how relatable they are bit on how literary, creative and striking the story imprints itself on the mind of the readers and ultimately the judges. #peace.
ngozi July 24, 2016 01:58
chioma iwunzie is d best
Lola July 23, 2016 23:26
I vote for Chioma.
Ebuka July 23, 2016 22:14
I give it all up for Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam. She actually made me feel the kind of love i would personally want to go through and still rock hard on
Ebubechukwu Maduekeh July 23, 2016 19:34
Olaoluwa Oni and Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam are exceptional in their write-ups. However, I vote for Chioma because she was able to identify with the challenges her lover have had to go through even when such challenges predate their relationship. Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam#
francisayo July 23, 2016 18:42
Chioma Iwunze-ibiam has my vote.
Onyeka Nwankwo July 23, 2016 17:01
I vote for Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam
Iwunze Ekelaka July 23, 2016 16:41
Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam my vote
Akudo Iwunze July 23, 2016 16:38
All to Chi, my vote goes to Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam
Pasar Bongo July 23, 2016 16:37
She's good, i vote for Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam
Iwunze Obioma July 23, 2016 16:34
I vote for Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam
Bem Max July 23, 2016 16:31
Chioma did it for me. "Yet, I’m addicted to you and all the drama."
Nwobodo Tochukwu July 23, 2016 15:53
Chioma nailed it. I like the way she explored the friendship without delving so much into romance... she definitely friend-zoned her husband (African literature) without even knowing it
folakemi July 23, 2016 15:30
I vote for "For better or worse" by Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam. Indeed, we are joined at the hip to African literature forever. At least I am, even though we sometimes have a love-hate relationship
Ify Tony-Monye July 23, 2016 10:38
For Better Or Worse by Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam does it for me. She reminds me of me. Go girl
mimi July 23, 2016 05:32
One more time by Olaoluwa is so beautifully written. I can definitely relate with her journey and the 'cheating' and the returning... she nailed it for me!
Chizzy Ndukwe N July 22, 2016 16:18
My vote: “One More Time” by Olaoluwa Oni
Lulamile July 22, 2016 13:40
Beautiful figure Thando... I mean piece. I vote for "My First Love"
Thia July 22, 2016 11:04
I loved and related more to Olaoluwa's piece... It reignited parts of African literature that I thought I had forgotten... Good luck to all the contestants though.
Ololade July 22, 2016 09:14
Olaoluwa has re-ignited my passion for literature. Since I read ur piece, my mind has bn drawn again to those days in school when I derived immense pleasure and a kind of unexplainable natural romantic feeling, when I read African novels, poetry and so on. The liikes of "we have come home". Things fall apart, etc. I vote Olaoluwa one more time. I'm presently reading a novel by Bayo Adebowale since yesterday.
Zipho July 22, 2016 06:40
Thando's piece for the prize
Olawole. Aminat Ololade July 22, 2016 04:12
BOlaoluwa's write-up is epic! It's breath-taking. U av effortlessly and sucessfully personified African literature the way it was intended with every sentence and came up with a romantic, yet coherent story dt provokes nostalgia. Ur write-up is exactly at d top,where it belongs!!! U av made me remember my love for African poetry again!
Ose Binitie July 22, 2016 04:07
Yay, One More Time by Olaoluwa Oni!
Kemi July 22, 2016 02:08
Olaoluwa Oni for the win!
Judy M July 22, 2016 01:17
Pambili ngoTando pambili!!! that's a very very nice piece nontombi, keep it up
Nompumelelo Peculiar July 21, 2016 17:39
Thando Nojaja's piece does it for me. It reminds of my high school days in the English class. My imagination was put to good use as I read her piece. Well done girl, Mzansi is very proud.
Olufemi July 21, 2016 15:12
Can't think of a better way to express the natural draw and connection to African litreture than how Olaoluwa expresses it in One More Time. A momentary tryst with others may interrupt, but never disconnects. Good theme but an even better story told.
Princess July 21, 2016 14:59
One more time by Olaoluwa Oni is Epic
Beverly July 21, 2016 14:17
I love 'one more time' by Olaoluwa Oni
Lesetja July 21, 2016 12:00
Thando Nojaja.that's beautiful Girl,keep it up.
consyspark July 21, 2016 11:42
olaoluwa oni one more time. beautiful story.
Popo Bk Boko July 21, 2016 10:42
"Thank you for staying up at nights with me,keeping my nights at bay.." Viva SeNti "Thando Nojaja" Viva.
Toyin July 21, 2016 10:19
Olaoluwa keep it up
Toyin July 21, 2016 10:18
Olaoluwa.... Keep it up
Ncediswa July 21, 2016 10:03
Thando Tee Teee love your piece
Shasha July 21, 2016 08:48
Thando's art of writing is beautiful
Dumisani Baleni July 21, 2016 07:37
Thando Nojaja....nice piece. .
Benitta July 21, 2016 07:35
Olaoluwa oni's "one more time" is the one
Ify Obienu July 21, 2016 07:20
Olaoluwa's One More Time is INTRIGUING to the last letter! "Let's get back again. Exclusively." Just beautiful!
Damilola July 21, 2016 07:14
Olaoluwa - One more time
Flex July 21, 2016 04:58
Thando Nojaja..... This girl knows her story. Love her piece
Tolu Daniel July 21, 2016 04:34
Olaoluwa Oni's piece truly. One. Ore time
Sj July 21, 2016 04:26
Love Olaoluwa's piece
Akem July 21, 2016 04:17
Olaoluwa Oni just put my life into words with the creative piece: One More Time
Adesola A. Oni July 21, 2016 03:53
OLAOLUWA's piece. Without a doubt!!!! "One more time", once more please
khusie July 21, 2016 03:45
Beautiful Thando Nojaja.. Love it!
Tash Makaba July 21, 2016 03:41
Wow Thando Nojaja thats awesome,each sentence is givin me goosebums...i read more than once its just beautiful beyond measure!!!u shud write more
Abimbola July 21, 2016 03:38
Olaoluwa brings back the past with so much freshness. Some experiences are too endearing, too lovely... to be in the past. Can we have the days we scavenged for those books with missing covers "One more time"?
Ayo July 21, 2016 03:30
Cool story by the daylighting legal practitioner Olaoluwa, her first love and the lust for her new love is quiet apt. In the end it's a hide and seek game as one can't be chosen over the other.
Oluwatosin Popoola July 21, 2016 03:20
Olaoluwa nailed it! A fantastic piece! A depiction of Love that's worth having one more time.
Olaolu W. July 21, 2016 03:00
One more time by Olaoluwa Oni definitely nailed it for me.
Lele July 21, 2016 02:57
Thando Nojaja <3
Bukola Shobowale July 21, 2016 02:55
I like Olaoluwa's " one more time"
Thuso July 21, 2016 02:55
Thando Nojaja made me wanna change my ways...LOL
Timilehin July 21, 2016 02:53
Olailuwa Oni made me want to love again. Definitely Olailuwa!
Blacks July 21, 2016 02:52
wow Thando Nojaja's piece does it for me..!!
Oluwadamilola Akinrinadr July 21, 2016 02:44
Beautiful piece Olaoluwa. I vote 'one more time'
Brian July 21, 2016 02:35
I vote Olaoluwa, One More Time.
David July 21, 2016 01:33
One more time, olaoluwa Oni
Ayesha July 21, 2016 01:01
Well done Thando Nojaja! Love it
Dr Ajayi July 21, 2016 00:14
Olaoluwa, one more time
mbulelo July 20, 2016 16:28
Thando nojaja ufuze mna ngobhala such beautiful poetry
Amanda July 20, 2016 15:33
I really enjoyed Thando Nojaja's piece...
nangamso July 20, 2016 15:33
Thando go get this you know how we bleed in #Phaaa Dog
Faruq Abbas July 20, 2016 15:20
I enjoyed Olaoluwa's piece and wish her all the best on 1st August. Good job!
Herman Mzwandile Mashaya July 20, 2016 14:50
Thando Teedos Nojaja has figured out how to fit figures of speech in figures infinite....what a piece!!!
Bathandwa July 20, 2016 14:44
Thando Nojaja.... Beautiful piece
Themba July 20, 2016 14:31
thando Teedos Nojaja.... that's a nice piece mchana
Samuel Leimela July 20, 2016 13:48
Thando is a very good writer. I never cease to be amazed. I am a fan of her work and this nice piece, like the rest, brings out the life of words right out of the picture. U deserve the price, queen.. :)
Seko The Boy July 20, 2016 13:42
I'm not much of a reader, but Thando Nojaja does it for me. Her piece is "Upper" as the youth Says... I really like it.
Ntando July 20, 2016 13:25
Thando Nojaja, her piece left me thinking and reminiscing. I love it.
Peppy July 20, 2016 12:34
Thando Nojaja, I loved it, without any doubt your piece stood out for me. Thank you for... taking me back to my first love... lol
Babalwa July 20, 2016 11:59
Noluthando Nojaja :)
Onesipho July 20, 2016 11:37
Thando Nojaja takes it for the team
Azile July 20, 2016 11:31
Thando Nojaja Simplified. The best!
Abigail July 20, 2016 11:01
Eddie Hewitt's is brilliant. Profound and humorous with great references.
Hector Mawonga July 20, 2016 09:58
“For Better or Worse” by Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam does it for me... Coming from Windhoek, Namibia, my Africa is one filled with potholes in townships and beautiful paved roads in the suburbs. But you have to love it warts and all!
Lobisa July 20, 2016 09:35
Thando Nojaja... Great article ❤
Nthabiseng July 20, 2016 06:34
Thando u alwayz the best
Nolubabalo July 20, 2016 06:32
Thando (ntinti) yeeees boo,nailed it.
sonwa July 20, 2016 06:01
Thandi Nojaja wow cc
Babes July 20, 2016 05:17
I am loving Thando's story...big up to u my sister
Zama Mabaso July 20, 2016 04:57
Thando Nojaja, I'm with you on this one. What a wonderful story.
Dama July 20, 2016 04:57
Thando is the best.
Sebe Skampula July 20, 2016 04:35
Thando Nojaja, Wow! That's awesome
Siyakholwa Boko July 20, 2016 04:27
Thando Nojaja ain't just a Queen, She is a god!
Mila July 20, 2016 04:12
A beautiful draft by Thando Nojaja "to my first love" I love it
Hairy Jandy July 20, 2016 03:57
Thando Nojaja the price is your you nailed it Beautiful Piece
Thandokazi Maseti July 20, 2016 03:52
Thando Nojaja...love it
kuhle July 20, 2016 03:45
Tando Nojaja nailed...Proud. :)
andile Hlahla July 20, 2016 03:42
Good peace by Thando Nojaja
Nono July 20, 2016 03:40
What an amazing piece Thando, so well written and too beautiful !!
azinga July 20, 2016 03:30
Beautifuly written Thando Nojaja, I lost and found myself in there.
Zuki July 20, 2016 03:28
Fortunate July 20, 2016 03:24
Thando painted a beautiful picture.. I enjoyed it
Bea July 20, 2016 03:12
It's Thando Nojaja for the win.
Vido July 20, 2016 03:01
Beautiful piece Thando u painted a clear picture and gave a clear expression you arranged your words and poured out the story in a way I haven't seen before.
Zizi July 20, 2016 02:55
Thando, omg sis
Felix Mashingaidze July 20, 2016 02:47
Thando Nojaja, an architect of words. She is the best of all time. Her work is remarkable to the world of literature. Thando Nojaja deserves a prize.
Tipo July 20, 2016 02:39
Thando Nojaja's piece deserves this prize. Well written and very interesting!!!
Thapelo Leburu July 20, 2016 02:19
After reading all the stories,Thando yours gets my vote,you nailed it..the prize is yours.
Babalwa July 20, 2016 02:16
For a sec I forgot I was reading about literature, I like Thandos interpretation...
ncebakazi July 20, 2016 01:32
Thando Nojaja,interesting story
Dez July 20, 2016 01:23
Thando Nojaja's piece is an amazing read, definitely my pick!
Masingita July 20, 2016 01:10
01 August should be Thando Nojaja's prize-receiving ceremony. Loved it!
mothusi July 20, 2016 01:05
Thando i feel you gal, your writing opened up a page that has been closed for a while now, thank you for opening it once more.
Mo July 20, 2016 01:05
So I guess I'm the only one that would say these pieces are quite basic, lacking any jngenuity, I was hoping to see something refreshing, not just a history lesson lined with a rehash of popular titles. Hewitt and Olaoluwa came close but only because in the land of the blind, a one eyed, man js king!
Zain July 20, 2016 01:00
Olaoluwa is in love with African literature in a way that one is in love with a lover. Not as a subject to be studied but as a partner to be cuddled. I vote "one more time"
Koye July 20, 2016 00:57
Olaoluwas piece has something about it, something akin to magic. I vote "one more time"
Mohau July 20, 2016 00:50
I Love Thanto Nojaja simple because its much has an inside and one can relate.
swazi ngwamba July 20, 2016 00:42
Thando Nojaja killed it.
Toy O. July 19, 2016 22:46
"Remember when we started writing our dreams, Creating archetypes of our own making, Stories of pre-independence, memories of love, dystopian fantasies, and the joys of our lives screaming out for affirmation." This was my absolute favorite. My vote goes to Haroun H.
Oluwadunni July 19, 2016 22:19
These are all so beautiful, my favourite is Eddie Hewitt's though! It was so gripping, so poignant, the allusions relevant. "I’ve read many similar descriptions of you, but I know there’s more to you than just a single story" This line is perfect.
Sinawo Bukani July 19, 2016 19:40
I loved Thando Nojaja's entry Love Love Love
Akotowaa Ofori July 19, 2016 17:35
Thando nailed it! As much as I understand why the given prompt/theme would draw one in such a direction, I still find it hard to accept how the love of literature from different continents is made to sound like sin. LOL. But maybe I'm just reading too deep into it. :)
Alinah Tokota July 19, 2016 16:42
Definitely drawn to Thando Nojaja's "To My First Love". Beautiful piece ❤
oretayo July 19, 2016 16:13
Olaoluwa's story reminds me of my history with. African literature. Not as if I was in a classroom receiving lectures. But as if I took a trip back in time. I vote One more time.
Lavinia July 19, 2016 16:02
I love Eddie Hewitt's entry. His piece is very touching and evocative. As I read his love letter, I found that it summoned a certain tenderness and poignancy within me and a lingering sense of nostalgia for certain novels; I love that this was what he intended to do, as it is evident from the title! Best of all, I love that he expresses his renewed commitment to remain entwined in the throes of African literature and its evolution. A masterful piece! Well done Eddie!
Amanda Harper July 19, 2016 15:44
Thando Nojaja's My first love I just love it
Lynette July 19, 2016 15:30
Thando Nojaja nailed it! Written like one who breathes poetry.
Mali Manono July 19, 2016 15:20
My vote goes to "To My First Love" by Thando Nojaja
Matoane Jay July 19, 2016 15:02
To my first Love by Thando Nojaja...That takes first place for me...beautiful piece
Patamedi July 19, 2016 15:01
Thando Nojaja's personification of African Literature resonated with me. Simple, subtle yet passionately written.
Akumbu Uche July 19, 2016 14:56
Eddie Hewitt! Very moving and he paid homage to excellent books.
Solethu July 19, 2016 14:53
Wow To my first love by Thando Nojaja is deep..
Ebaide July 19, 2016 13:46
Olaoluwa's one more time is it. I vote that as number 1,Weldone.
Celestine Chimmumunefenwuanya July 19, 2016 11:30
Olaoluwa's prose audibly vocalizes the heart of a fanatic African literature lover. I can relate to this as a zillion of other African literature lovers. She smacked off others from the orbit with an impression she had indeed immersed her self in both the old and recent African literary outputs with an incomparable love, zeal and zest. and artistically she eulogized the African spirit and observation. others immersed us in the old history we know too well. One more time picks the medal.
Biodun July 19, 2016 11:24
Olaoluwa's "one more time" is my choice!
ogochukwu July 19, 2016 11:03
Olaoluwa killed it. Nice one. Keep it up!
Andrea July 19, 2016 10:46
Wow! I almost bursted into tears... Excellent entries. My favorites, Olaoluwa and Haroun.
Nedu July 19, 2016 08:13
For Better or Worse by Chioma. Nice piece, with great history of African literature.
TJ Benson July 19, 2016 05:26
Ed Hewitt wowed me I am wowed!
temie July 19, 2016 04:45
I vote Olaoluwa's 'One more time'. I loved it!
Tomiwa July 19, 2016 03:51
I think Olaoluwa's prose is that one that every one can relate to.. It reads like a perfect love story..I think it's awesome..
Nina July 18, 2016 23:23
Wow, so captivated by all your works! In my eyes your are all winners! Artistically and beautifully put! Olauluwa big props, my final choice goes to Haroun.
MrsKhiba July 18, 2016 22:18
"One more time" is my favorite
SU July 18, 2016 21:32
Haroun and Olaoluwa are my favorites. Very different and yet very revealing both. I cannot choose. I choose both.
IfeO July 18, 2016 17:01
Olaoluwa's own is my favorite! Great job, Sade. I'm rooting for you :-)
Adebayo July 18, 2016 16:23
Olaoluwa rocks! I give it to her. Her story reads like a real love story not like history. Her title is very apt and enthralling. Nojaja's second paragraph is also very nice. Chioma's story is good too but for too much history. I just want to enjoy a story for being a story. Therefore, I vote for Olaoluwa.
Hilya July 18, 2016 15:40
wow all this writer are talented!! but I am moved by Haroun Habib piece.The words of choice is extremely amazing , it bought the story to life .Love the great message of Hope it bought , to never give up on our dreams.
Elizabeth July 18, 2016 15:08
What amazing pieces of writing. I have got to say Edward Hewitt story is touching to the core. Beautifully written and very engaging to the mind...
Oge Akwarandu July 18, 2016 14:50
Olaoluwa Oni nailed it.
Romeo Oriogun July 18, 2016 13:58
Olaoluwa captured my journey. The way she weaves words into beauty filled with nostalgia is astonishing. And she also nailed it, too many goodness in one piece.
Romeo Oriogun July 18, 2016 13:58
Olaoluwa captured my journey. Thee way she weaves words into beauty filled with nostalgia is astonishing. And she also nailed it, too many goodness in one piece.
Billy July 18, 2016 13:08
“For Better or Worse” by Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam has to be the top pick. She has creatively woven history to tell her story. Concise and captivating! Billy
Immaculata July 18, 2016 11:42
One more time for Olaoluwa's story.
Dapo July 18, 2016 11:24
Wonderful work by all the shortlisted writers. I think all writers managed to do justice to the theme. My top picks in no particular order are Thando, Olaoluwa and Chioma. All the best to the overall pick.
Chidi July 18, 2016 10:49
It absolutely has to be Olaoluwa's story. There is something about it that draws the reader in. I like Chioma's own as well but there is just something about Olaoluwa's own that makes me feel like here is a long, sloppy, wet kiss lurking just beyond the end. I'll give it to "One More Time"
Kojo July 18, 2016 10:33
Oh, my God! Such artistry with words. They are all winners in my eyes.
Miriam July 18, 2016 10:15
I sense the same theme circling the shortlisted stories and they are all lovely still I cannot deny that Chioma's story resonates with every writer. I read all of them and I read For better or Worse twice. I can't believe Chioma packed all that history in 300 words. Her letter tells us how she was seduced by foreign literature, how she found her way back, how she gave up her comforts for him. Every line is excellently delivered. If I were African Literature, I would take her in my arms and tell her how much I love her. I would promise her everything will be fine now and that I would chase her to the ends of the earth should anyone try to take her from me. Great writing Chioma!
Azeezat July 18, 2016 10:06
Olaoluwa's story!!!!!!! I loved it. Took me back to secondary school. Plus, it incorporated western authors that I like. "one more time."
Maks July 18, 2016 08:26
For Better or Worse.......Chioma's story
Honiilols July 18, 2016 08:24
Great justice to contest theme. I vote Olaoluwa's 'One More Time'. Easily relatable plus the titles and authors' names had a smooth fusion with the story.
Adesola July 18, 2016 08:14
" I read them all allowing the stories transform me, reminding myself that my experiences were as valid as the coils of my natural African hair." <----This sentence right here. I like Olaoluwa's story.
Modupeola July 18, 2016 07:49
Really great pieces but I I'll give it to Olaoluwa's story. It captures my on and off relationship with African literature. Although I don't know that I am ready to do the exclusive commitment that she wrote about.
Anita July 18, 2016 07:39
I love Olaoluwa's story. I love that it reads like a love story,not trying to inform or instruct, just loving.
Vanessa July 18, 2016 07:31
I love For better or worse by Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam. She's an amazing storyteller. I want to read but atlas there was no more. *walking away unhappy *. I want to more!!! Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam
George Diepiriye rita July 18, 2016 06:53
I love the story For better for worse by Iwunze-Ibiam
Obinna Udenwe July 18, 2016 06:41
'For Better or For Worse' by Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam merges literature, with the history of Nigerian politics and how the two have moved us backward and forward at same time. Kudos to Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam.
jyde Joseph July 18, 2016 05:54
“One More Time” by Olaoluwa Oni is my choice, I love the use of wordsand literatures without clashing against each other...Though a little disappointed my poem didn't make it. Its a contest anyway, we've got a winner and a "try next timer"...
Iquo DianaAbasi July 18, 2016 05:40
What's teh rule though? One vote only? I like Chioma Ibiam's "For better or Worse". But I also think OlaOluwa Oni's story is quite good too
Feyi July 18, 2016 05:26
Olaoluwa is a genius. I really love the uniqueness of her strory
Joe Okereke July 18, 2016 05:12
Mine is between one more time and for better for worse.
Michelle July 18, 2016 04:23
I like Olaoluwa's story.
Akintayo July 18, 2016 04:07
One More Time by Olaoluwa Oni. Everything!
Kadiri Alex July 18, 2016 02:42
Frankly, I think it's a tie between Olaoluwa's One More Time and Thando's To My First Love, but I'll go with Thando Nojaja because of what she did with those great African titles. I loved how she incorporated them into her work and made them more than just titles.
Frances July 18, 2016 02:19
One More Time by Olaoluwa Oni. Awesome story!
YEMI Adesanya July 18, 2016 01:54
One More Time by Olaoluwa Oni is beautiful. I love it more than the others.