12 December 2010

The Colours of Silence by Ifesinachi Okoli

PURPLE

I remember the first time dad slapped mum. I felt the contact on my cheek, hot and stinging as if I had been the one slapped. I heard – SPLAT! – the same sound as when I had clapped down my slipper on a mosquito on the wall. There had been blood smeared on my slipper like there was blood on mum’s split lip.

This story has been selected for the StoryTime anthology African Roar 2012, please go to the African Roar site for more info.




The Colours of Silence was written by Ifesinachi Okoli.

Copyright © Ifesinachi Okoli 2010.



Ifesinachi Okoli published her first novella Deep Regret in her teens, and many short stories since. She has a passion for arts and creativity, and hopes to carve a unique niche for herself in the literary world.

She has been a participant in the British Council Radiophonics’ workshop, the BBC World Service Trust Workshop and most recently, the Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop, which she admits exposed her to different styles of creative thinking and has encouraged her to find her own voice and style of writing.

She is currently working on a novel alongside pursuing a career in media/brand management.





12 comments:

Myne Whitman said...

I love the use of colors to flow with the progression of the story. A very touching piece too, money and the love and use of it...hmm..

Fredrick Chiagozie Nwonwu said...

Felt this story very much. Love the way you played with colours. You are so good it show without effort. Definitely a story many will relate with.

aimuan ogboghodor said...

i hail !! love this piece. the metaphoric translation of mood to colour. however , may i point to the later part of your piece where you mentioned a macintosh in a broke down shack. it seems a bit out of context, from the basis of a nigerian reality (assuming that was your point of reference) . why did you choose to put it there ?

that aside, this is more than a slice of your prowess. i hail.

Barzini said...

Brilliant......i was present all through the writing, never shut me out once.....i was the girl .....absolutely brilliant
Ifesinachi....will look out for you

Ifesinachi said...

Thanks everyone for your encouragement. I don't think i will be a lazy writer anymore...
@Aimuan...your observation was duly noted. Sometimes, you can find a dirty torn mackintosh lying around on the road though. But anyway, thanks a lot.

Onochie 'kkfox' Ike said...

Girl, your works are amazing.

Strong Self said...

I have always known Ifesinachi to be one good writer who writes stories one can always link with situations around. I like the simplicity this particular story uses to knit the message to the mind of the reader with ease.

Ike said...

Wonderfully delivered.
You got something good going, don't slowdown, don't stop

kesiena said...

Good one, Ify. Keep the flag flying.

David said...

a great story out of a simple synopsis. i love

David said...

a great story out of a simple synopsis. i love

Barzini said...

Brilliant......i was present all through the writing, never shut me out once.....i was the girl .....absolutely brilliant
Ifesinachi....will look out for you

 
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