The Wicked Walk
Publication Year: 2016
Published by: African Books Collective
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It was a beautiful, warm Dar es Salaam morning. The famous coastal music, taarab, blared from radios set at full blast. It mixed with the sounds of people yelling at each other, calling each other, exchanging nasty words and the result was one big roar. ...
Part One: Sugar
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She was a prostitute. Throughout her womanhood all men had been hers and all women had been a challenge to her. She felt herself in a world alienated from that of other women; they seemed to look at her through eyes coloured with hostility. When she got the news of her brotherâ€™s death in hospital a few weeks past, ...
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She was sixteen. A beautiful, well-shaped girl when she was young, Ana, their neighbour and her motherâ€™s friend, used to call her mkewe jumbe, which meant â€˜wife of a chief â€™. Many women who came to visit her mother commented on her beauty. She used to hate it when she was still a very young girl ...
Sugar on the Streets
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That Saturday Nancy was walking home from school alone. Rosa had an appointment with Frank and had gone to meet him early, before lessons were over. Thoughts of Deo had been running through Nancyâ€™s head that whole week. His image occupied her mind, invincible against any other intruding thought. ...
Part Two: Sugarcane Interwoven
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The mellow, full voice of Isaac Hayes filled the room. â€˜I donâ€™t know what to do with myself,â€™ it crooned, and the harmony of the saxophones, drums and guitars behind the voice turned the room into an auditorium. Deo lay flat on his bed and let the music swallow him. ...
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A car honked outside. Maria raised her head and peeped through the small window, expecting to see it, but it was not within her view. She lowered her head and sat sluggishly on a stool charcoal glowed brightly in the earthen cooker which heated the small room into a semi-oven. ...
Part Three: Fire
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Nancy was pregnant. She had gone to a private doctor at Umoja wa Wanawake Street after having suffered from nausea on several occasions and feeling a bit unusual. The doctor had said she was about two months pregnant. She told him that she was in school and that she would be having her examinations in November. ...
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Deo turned over the pages of the Bible, reading a paragraph each time he came across an interesting line. Most of the time he looked at verse. At school he used to write a lot of poetry for the school literacy magazines. He was not a very good poet, but his understanding of a few poets, ...
Page Count: 118
Publication Year: 2016