Donald Parenzee

Jane Dederick – “The Taste”

Jane Dederick"The Taste"The Taste The soft-boiled egg yolk was yellow and round like the great golden ball of sun setting over the veldt each evening. First, the egg was presented to her on a plate, in a little wooden cup made especially for it, along with a teaspoon....

Esinako Ndabeni – “Taxi Fare”

Esinako Ndabeni"Taxi Fare"Taxi Fare When I was six or seven years old, my grandfather, aunt, and I moved into a room in a small township called Waterfall in Mthatha. There isn’t much to be said for The Room in Waterfall, it was basic. There was enough space for my...

Carla Chait – “Mr Ntuli”

Carla Chait"Mr Ntuli"Mr Ntuli Mr Ntuli and I haven’t spoken before. I’ve assumed that we don’t speak the same language, which is really just an excuse for me not to talk to him. He’s been in the hospital for nearly two months. I know because I’ve been counting. He...

Rachel Ferriman – “Give and Take”

Rachel Ferriman"Give and Take"Give and Take As if to emphasize loss and limitation, Riva’s name, meaning “from the sea”, was shortened to Ree, meaning “to bind”. Her ancient female ancestors affected tides and raised storms. It took something within Ree—not a gene,...

Terna Abu – “Dream Guy”

Terna Abu"Dream Guy"Dream Guy A delightful, delicate scent coursed ahead, announcing the arrival of Adanma, the self-proclaimed Queen of Onitsha. All eyes turned to the entrance of the reception hall of the Jumbo Watamu Holiday Resort, Kenya. She could sense all eyes...

Adiela Akoo – “Suits” and “Urban Dance”

Adiela Akoo"Suits" and "Urban Dance"Suits They lied! It’s not the same! You watch re-runsto reconcile a semblance of reel and real lifeTo console and remind yourself of the reason you started… First to fade is the illusion of glamour:you swop heels for flats to parley...