A LIST OF ESSENTIALS FOR THE NEWLY-DEAD

By Innocent Chizaram Ilo
Read the entire pamphlet thoroughly.
Welcome To Death Portal
1. The first thing you really need to do right now is breathe. Yes, stretch your lungs until you fear they will snap. As absurd as this may sound, you have to…

WHY DO WE MYSTIFY THE BODIES OF OUR DAUGHTERS?

This is going to contain some deeply-embarrassing personal events of my not-so-interesting life.

I grew up in Aba-- a bustling, congested, commercial town in southeastern Nigeria. My father, my mother, my brother, my two sisters and I, lived in a volatile…

ABA

Aba smells of mingled bursting hopes and shriveled dreams. On Monday mornings, the sky is stark blue with a sprinkling of white. Emenike, the roadside mechanic, is already sniffing the gallons of engine oil to decide the one he will adulterate. Mama Akara’s shop is tinged with the sizzling…

Confidential

Innocent Chizaram Ilo

DEAR GOD,

We talked a year ago, on a Sunday, during the Thanksgiving Service for my husband’s successful prostate surgery. My husband Dele, my sons; Ade

and Bolu, and myself were kneeling on the altar. …

FOR TODAY AND ALL THE DAYS YOU DIDN'T BELONG

INNOCENT CHIZARAM ILO

The call comes in a few minutes before the end of my shift.
"Is this the BBC?" The voice at the other end asks between gasps and short breaths.
"Yes, Madam. This is the Durban Sub-Office. Who am I…

Innocent Chizaram Ilo

Witch. Ogbanje. Genre polyamorist. Commonwealth Short Story Prize Winner (Africa). Gerald Kraak, SSDA, Wilbur Smith, and Iggy & Litro Finalist. Futurist.

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