Andrew Dakalira from Malawi is the winner of our Africa Book Club Short Reads competition for June. His entry, Perseverance, highlights the plight that many women suffer at the hands of their spouses. Etornam Agbodo from Nigeria is this month’s runner-up with his story, Half a Loaf, about a young girl’s life struggles, as she […]
Today Ichendu fell. It was a long way to school and she had not eaten. Yesterday she had been lucky. Mrs. Bula had bought her a ball of kenkey with one finger of fried fish for lunch. Mrs. Bula was kind to her.
Nabanda was in deep thought as she added wood to the fire and adjusted the pot on top of it. It was beans again. Lanjesi would not be pleased. But they had no choice. That was all she had in the house.
The chiperoni winds were particularly bad that evening. She wrapped her shawl tightly around her shoulders as she sat outside her matrimonial hut, tending to her cooking. The sun had set. Mavuto and Chimwemwe were not back yet. Their father was going to beat them up again.