Soul Cocktails

Good morning Story Tellers!

You know how sometimes you need a catchup post of all the gems you missed in the week? Like a cocktail you can just kick up your feet on the cushion to read while soft neo-soul jazz plays in the background?

Yes, we know the feeling.

Today we decided to bring you all the stories we loved last week in the hope that you love them as well. Did you miss any of these last week?

We forgive you.

But be sure to read these when you can. We feel everybody should!

Here’s the cocktail for the week that just ended (Feb 19th – Feb 25th)

  1. Asake of Rain | Okonkwor Oyor | Brittle Paper – A detached mother finally falls in love with her daughter in the midst of grief. Written in folktale style, this is a beautiful story of love, loss and redemption.
  2. Heaven’s Children | Kiah | – This sweet, sad little story about a couple’s yearning for children and their love for each other, despite their situation tugged at my heartstrings.
  3. Words are Powerful, Speak the Truth, Even if Your Voice Shakes | Ikhide Ikheloa | Brittle Paper – This is the 6th part in a series of writing advice by Pa Ikhide called ‘Dear Genevieve’. This letter advises Nigerian writers against pandering to a western audience and over explaining local language. Rich with links to other articles that also touch on the subject, this letter is a must read for writers and lovers of literature.
  4. 5 Tips for Dealing with a Partner who has Mental Health Challenges | Adebukola Ajao | OkayAfrica – This writer talks about her experience with dating a person with mental health challenges, the lessons she learnt and gives tips to help others navigate the same situation.
  5. What Americans Get Wrong About Africa | Chimamanda Adichie | The Atlantic – In this animated interview, Ms Adichie talks about some of the misconceptions some Americans still have about Africa and what discovering African literature did for her.
  6. How I Came To Be a Book Lover | Obinna | – An interesting tale that follows this writer’s discovery of his love for book after decades of being unable to pay much attention to books. Can I get a whoop from the community of book lovers?
  7. The Drinkard’s Itinerary | Nnamdi Ehirim | Kalahari Review – This writer takes us from his birth to where he is today, interweaving family, personal struggles and his drinking habits. A well written essay.
  8. The Weight Question | Miss Anon | – On our anon column, this writer muses about the importance society places on weight and certain other physical attributes, while forgetting the role genes play in all of these.
  9. From Exorcism to Acceptance – LGBT life in Nigeria | Wana Udobang | The Guardian – After going through Christian rituals in an attempt to change her sexuality, a Nigerian woman found a way to reconcile her faith and same-sex attraction. How do members of the LGBT community stay sane in a largely homophobic Nigeria? Read this essay.
  10. Open at the Close | Precious Arinze | Kalahari review – Two lovely poems, one exploring the tangibleness of home and cultural amnesia, the other a poetic war-song, of sorts.

* Bonus story – Hair Days | Ifediba Zube | Kalahari Review – This is a very familiar story about family and childhood in Nigeria. The narrator’s sister finally plaits her hair after a lifetime of low cuts enforced by their mother. Her sister gets a miss world treatment at school following her new plaits and things go downhill from there.

I hope you enjoyed these stories as much as we did and will be back in a week for another cocktail.

Until then, x.



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Phidelia Imiegha

is a Nigerian writer and literature lover. She is an African literature enthusiast and accepts book gifts all year round. She tweets at @thephidelia_ and blogs at

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