New Story from Fungai Rufaro Machirori, Zimbabwe

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  We bring to you a new timely story from Fungai Rufaro Machirori, a Zimbabwean creative with a passion for the written word and photography. She is the Founder and Managing Editor of Her Zimbabwe (online at www.herzimbabwe.co.zw) , a platform to amplify Zimbabwean women’s voices online.       Excerpt: Leading story. June 27 2014.…

‘Walls and Borders’ by Ssekandi R Sseguja (Writivism 2014 Shortlist)

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The Jaguar Bus pulled up by the sides of Immigration offices at Katuna border post in Kabale District. Nancy, who was seated at the rear, got up from her seat as the bus turn-boy ordered everyone to make haste. She was now closer to home. She had replayed this scene in her mind countless times in the…

SURVIVED BY (Kelechi Njoku) – Writivism Shortlist 2014

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Mama wanted the hospital visits to stop, so she grumbled about this for days. At first, it seemed nobody in the family was listening to her. Then her youngest son Nwachi died. She grumbled louder. The hospital-going had to stop, she moaned, it had to stop. One morning, after breakfast, she slapped the hand of…

‘Devils’ by Wise Nzikie Ngasa (Writivism 2014 Shortlist)

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“This country is fucked up. What shit are they celebrating?” Mbatu nods towards the noisy bunch of students who have occupied every table in this open-air bar. They are singing and dancing as if someone just won a million dollars in the lottery. These are the boys and girls who say they have ‘swag’. Girls…

OUT OF THE BLUE by Saaleha I Bamjee (Writivism 2014 Shortlist)

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It was always the most complete kind of feeling. Her head underwater, deaf to everything above the surface. Her ears opened to her own heartbeat and the residual of another from years ago, thrumming above the womb she nested in. She sucked water in and out of her mouth. It was her childish triumph, to…

‘Lunatic’ by Saaleha Bhamjee (Writivism 2014 Shortlist)

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Fear has a taste. It is this metallic tang that floods my mouth as I quicken my steps. My heart is a frantic tattoo, my mouth impossibly dry. I swallow. My tongue glues itself to the roof of my mouth. I squeeze Fatima’s hand and feel her answering squeeze. My breaths slow. And then the…

Ellen Banda-Aaku Announces 2014 Writivism Short Story Prize Shortlist

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It was a pleasure to read all the stories on the long list. The themes of the stories were varied however many reflected in different ways the realities of life in our societies. Spousal abuse; the apathy of civil servants; the torment of living to a very old age; were some of the themes tackled…