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On Monday, I mentioned that I was going to announce a giveaway for people who like to write and I’m glad it’s finally here. {Click here if you missed Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter this week}

I am a strong believer that one cannot be a writer if one isn’t a reader. I love reading, wide and diverse and We Need New Names was my favourite book in 2014. It has all the elements a great book should have and I believe every writer should own and read a copy.

I’ve teamed up with my favourite radio girl, Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi to give Creative Writers a chance to win a goody bag which contains a pair of Gbemisoke shoes, a copy of NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names, and perfume oil from Body Shop. I swear by Body Shop products.

So what do you have to do to get this gift?
Write something creative, no more than 150 words with the first sentence being “He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes”. Special detail should be given to sentence structure, grammar, syntax and most importantly – creativity. Please don’t write “am going…” That would just kill all the writing fairies. 🙁 It’s “I’m”

Submit your entries in the comments section, with your name and email address. (No aliases – as we’ll need this for verification when it’s time to pick up the prize)

Submission of entries is open until the 5th of August 2015. So you can keep this page bookmarked to submit your entries. Cool?

The two most creative short stories will be picked and announced on Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter on the 10th of August 2015.

**This competition is only open to people who can pick up the prizes in Lagos! Staff of BellaNaija.com are exempt from this competition.

Have fun!

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A huge thanks to everyone who participated in this competition. The competition is hereby closed. Two winners will be picked and announced on Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter scheduled for 10th August 2015.

Peace, love & carrot batons!

 

You probably wanna read a fancy bio? But first things first! Atoke published a book titled, +234 - An Awkward Guide to Being Nigerian. It's available on Amazon. ;)  Also available at Roving Heights bookstore.Okay, let's go on to the bio: With a Masters degree in Creative Writing from Swansea University, Atoke hopes to be known as more than just a retired foodie and a FitFam adherent. She can be reached for speechwriting, copywriting, letter writing, script writing, ghost writing  and book reviews by email – [email protected]. She tweets with the handle @atoke_ | Check out her Instagram page @atoke_ and visit her website atoke.com for more information.

212 Comments

  1. jayjay89

    July 29, 2015 at 10:39 am

    darn was getting ready to write but live in uk 🙁

  2. haminat adetunji

    July 29, 2015 at 10:48 am

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes and he knew it’s the perfect gift to his wife on their wedding anniversary. He wrapped it smiling.

  3. Freda

    July 29, 2015 at 10:56 am

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes..his heart did phiam! They were the exact same shoes he got Dolapo yesterday, did Ada find out about his affair and snatch the shoes from her colleague as a hint on her from her that she knows about the other lady or did she buy the exact same shoes just to spite him showing her independence from him since he chose to buy it for his mistress instead of her, she could afford it anyway so to hell with him?
    No! they both had similar taste in shoes, it had to be it, that’s why he fell helplessly inlove with Dolapo, she and his wife are exactly alike in almost everything..except in bed.
    Despite Ada and Dolapo working in the same building, both ladies will never find out about each other because he has been very discrete..

    • Bobosteke & Lara Bian

      July 29, 2015 at 1:55 pm

      Oh my. I’ve laughed and laughed at “his heart did phiam!”.

  4. Bobosteke & Lara Bian

    July 29, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Atoke na, this type of James Bond torchlight with name and e-mail address to be made known to the world and its brothers. Why for do na? Anonymity is one reason we come here. Why we want to tell efribody and (confirm to suspecting persons) who we is? Its paining me o.
    Why don’t we just publish our e-mails and Bella names (or whichever else we chose for this purpose). You send a code number to that mail and when the winner is declared we glorify God then the person to whom such goodies shall be given comes forward to claim prices with the verifying code number.

    It would be great to participate even if just for the jollies.

    • Atoke

      Atoke

      July 29, 2015 at 11:20 am

      Oh no. You don’t have to put your email address in the public view. You just have to ensure the contact details you leave (in the fields as you comment) are accurate.

      I hope this addresses that.

    • Bobosteke & Lara Bian

      July 29, 2015 at 1:54 pm

      Yes it does. Merci.

  5. Azuka

    July 29, 2015 at 11:16 am

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes and his eyes welled up with tears. Packing her things was difficult. He got her the shoes exactly one year ago, Esther had been so obsessed with them he decided to propose with the shoes instead of a diamond ring. His friends said he was crazy, that she would never say yes.
    How wrong they were, she was so excited she danced around in the shoes screaming yes! Tears flowed freely now as he remembered that perfect day…his sight blurred and he wished he died with her in the delivery room. The baby cooed, he wiped his eyes and carried the her glad to have an exact replica of his wife, now the tears came with sobs because though she looked exactly like her mum, Anabel will never get to know what a wonderful person she was.

  6. Bose Bamidele

    July 29, 2015 at 11:20 am

    He looked into the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes…a feeling of deja vu engulfed him so strongly that he sat heavily on the bed and smiled, he was still smiling when Lara entered the room, the shoes were out of the bag and beside him on the bed.

    Lara stopped when he saw the sheepish smile on Timi’s face. She looked past him and saw the shoes. She smiled too, she knew what he had remembered. Until their deaths, Timi would torment her with that incidence, she knew.

    “Wipe that smile off your face, you look like a cat” she teased as she grabbed the shoes and shoved them back into the shiny bag.

    “Why did you choose green, shouldn’t you be tired of green?” He asked as he grabbed her hands and pulled her down.

    “No, I’m not tired” she replied and they both began to laugh…

  7. Halimah Tauheed

    July 29, 2015 at 11:27 am

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes.
    “Another pair?” he asked himself in dismay.He put his hand into the bag to check the price tag and the amount staring at Abdul made him sigh.He sat on the edge of the bed and put his head in his palms.He wondered how much longer he was going to be able to bear this attitude of hers.
    The object of his thoughts stood by the door of the room.His back was to the door so Abdul wasn’t aware that Zarah was watching him.She knew her husband was racking his brain to understand why she couldn’t be like the other married women he knew.Sometimes,she wondered why she wasn’t born in a place like lagos or Port-Harcourt as opposed to Minna.
    Zarah walked into the room,ready to receive yet another lecture.

  8. somto

    July 29, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Where can I buy perfume oil in Lagos? Nice smelling one.

    • Bobosteke & Lara Bian

      July 29, 2015 at 11:59 am

      Try City Mall, at Onikan , beside Race Course. There is a Body Shop retailer there. You go in through the main entrance of the mall turn to your right, the shop is on the far corner of the left side of the aisle between a children gift store and KFC.

  9. Olaoluwa Elsie Umukoro

    July 29, 2015 at 11:36 am

    He looked in the bag and he saw a pair of green gbemisoke shoes…. His eyes rolled indefinitely and finally, he looked across my room, struggling with emotions. You”ve been cheating right? I smiled deeply within but put a different facial expression on. I replied, that’s not true your majesty(in a sacarstic) tone. So you know one of the duties of a man is to give gifts regularly to his woman. (He was stunned by my reply) and you have deprived me of that happiness!!!
    I…but…..(he stuttered). The man (I walked very close to where he was standing) who knows my worth brought this and I must say its very beautiful and adds class to my style. I”ll make amends he said… Cheating is for small people (I continued) and fortunately I do (pause) not belong to that class. (I saw relief in his eyes) and as for you making amends… Why not start with taking me out to dinner? Of course I will but please accept my apologies, am truly sorry…….(she cuts in) only time will tell how truly sorry you are?

    • The K

      July 30, 2015 at 3:29 am

      Oh my! You just made the sole mistake Atoke specifically asked people not to; using “am” in place of “I am” of “I’m”

    • Tope

      August 6, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      Atoke would forgive her, her story line makes brain.

  10. Rebeccah

    July 29, 2015 at 11:41 am

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. Senses kicking into overdrive, he dropped the bag and made a mad dash for the gate just in time to see the familiar black Mazda pull out from the curb and slowly make its way into the flow of slow-moving traffic. Moyinsola! He gained on the fast receding car and pounded on the boot. Moyinsola! Please wait! I can explain!! His voice sounded pathetic even to his own ears. A few passers-by stalled to take in the unfolding drama but the driver of the car looked steadily ahead. She saw the next break in traffic veered to the fast lane, picking up speed as she did so, losing the man to the distance. The man stood hands akimbo oblivious to the flow of traffic around him, wondering how suddenly everything could go so terribly wrong…

  11. Ms. Lurve

    July 29, 2015 at 11:42 am

    And people will refuse to like comments, just in case they are giving the competitor an upper hand. 😀

  12. Nkem

    July 29, 2015 at 11:46 am

    **This competition is only open to people who can pick up the prizes in Lagos! I have people in Lagos who can pick it up for me. I live in Port Harcourt. Thank you.

    • Atoke

      Atoke

      July 29, 2015 at 11:48 am

      Go on then… jump into the pool!

  13. Tinuade Oyekan

    July 29, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. He brought the pair out from the bag and examined with keen interest .Impressed with what he saw,he exclaimed,”My girlfriend will love these pair of shoes”. The door opened abruptly and his sister walked into the living room. Startled ,he hid the bag behind him . ‘I forgot my bag with the pair of shoes and i’m here to pick it up,she said with a smile. With sad face,he handed over the bag to his sister.

  14. whocares

    July 29, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    LOOL. I do not live in Lagos and will not win the prize but nobody can stop me from writing. You just try and stop me. Now my take on your beginning line, well, that is how the spirits led me o. lol.

    He looked in the bag and saw a green pair of Gbemisoke shoes; the same ones he bought last month. He caressed the soft patent meditatively,and then he dropped it on the cold marble floor to begin a methodical process of destroying the shoes. It was his intent to diminish them into nothingness.
    Suddenly, he stopped. These were his shoes. He painstakingly picked them out with the matching bag and the shimmering silver dress. They were his. Sure, he had some things hanging insipidly next to Lisa’s belongings in the closet, but he considered those his uniform. A necessity to camouflage the chaos his life had always been.
    He picked up his torments once more and began to straighten them with as much vigour as he had squashed them: as if to do so would straighten him and his life.
    (141 words)

  15. whocares

    July 29, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes; the same ones he bought last month. He caressed the soft patent meditatively,and then he dropped it on the cold marble floor to begin a methodical process of destroying the shoes. It was his intent to diminish them into nothingness.
    Suddenly, he stopped. These were his shoes. He painstakingly picked them out with the matching bag and the shimmering silver dress. They were his. Sure, he had some things hanging insipidly next to Lisa’s belongings in the closet, but he considered those his uniform. A necessity to camouflage the chaos his life had always been.
    He picked up his torments once more and began to straighten them with as much vigour as he had squashed them: as if to do so would straighten him and his life.
    (141 words)

  16. regina agada

    July 29, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes and this marks the beginning of our misunderstanding as a couple.Jimmy has never expressed any form of concern throughout the course of our relationship about my fashion choices. “Baby, why do you have to buy another shoe you have more than enough shoes to last you a lifetime” while smiling I responded seriously baby, you mean you don’t know that Gbemisoke shoes is an everyday fashion staple. I can switch from work mode to evening mode in these shoes. That evening Jimmy asked me out on a date requesting that I put on the same pair of shoes.

  17. Lulu

    July 29, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    He looked into the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes…
    Gbemi had always been independent and creative. Two years ago, she worked with an advertising firm but returned home one night and decided she was going to quit her job to start up a shoe company. Her love for shoes was insatiable. She discussed this with Dele her husband but he insisted that she give it a little more time. They only just got married and were expecting their little one, every penny counted.
    Gbemi was not pleased with his response but she never mentioned it again. He found this bag in her wardrobe whilst packing extra clothes to be sent to the hospital since the Doctor said Gbemi and little Josh had to stay a little longer. On close inspection of the contents, he realized that she really did it and the shoes looked divine!

  18. PIUS CHRISTIANA

    July 29, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green gbemisoke shoes, the smile on his face was prizeless, Maami as he fondly called his mum had packed the shoes he just got her as a gift. She had been able to differentiate the shoes from the others without anyone’s help due to it unique sole, (Maami is blind). Dapo couldnt help but thank God for how far they have come, Maami and Dapo struggled all through his growing up years, sleeping on empty stomach and owing just a pair of shoe, in order to be able to pay his school fees, the meagre salary Maami earned as a teacher was little, but Maami was determined to educate Dapo irrespctive of what people told her ” You can’t train a child in this your condition, take him back to his father, you are blind, he will not turn out well”.

  19. Precious Ewomazino Unu

    July 29, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    He looked into the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes.. Just as I was about to beckon on the Conductor for my balance,My eyes couldn’t help but notice an aged witty old looking man I Presume in his seventies ,he has kept us entertained all through the ride,with so much humour in his speech,it was a perfect dose for a stressful monday evening.He gave a luring wink and said…,
    “Nice shoes you have my dear”
    Thank you sir I quickly replied. He took the half opened Nylon resting on my laps again he said
    “My Darling would love it”
    Every woman would love a Pair of Gbemisoke shoes I replied.
    Aha…, Maybe that would rekindle our love and remind her of the days our love was strong.He asked where he could get a similar pair,I quickly Furnished him with Gbemisoke,s adresss.
    mile two owa oo…..(The condutor’s voice).
    Heyyy heyy , I Shouted at the top of my voice”I don pass my bustop.
    All Passengers burst into an un~controlable laughter alonside my new tittle “Sisi Gbemisoke”….as they zoomed off in laughter.

  20. MzChizzy

    July 29, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes…and a pair of red hot lingerie. “Why would Kola give my wife a pair of shoes and lingerie?” Uche thought aloud. How on earth did he know her size?

    Uche and his wife have been having issues with their 2year marriage. She had complained about his unwillingness to make love to her after their first baby. Uche shared his concerns with ‘the boys’, telling them of how hornier his dear wife had become. Kola had always been quick to come up with recommendations & asking that he be a lot more tolerant of his wife & her cravings.

    Kola wanted his friend to be nice to his step-daughter-to-be. He was in love with his dear friend’s mother-in-law, who will soon be done with her ‘Omugwo’ duties…and wearing her green Gbemisoke shoes & sexy lingerie tonight…in his bedroom.

  21. Kachi

    July 29, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of Green Gbemisoke shoes he took one shoe out, sat on the bed and tried it on. They were a bit tight probably because they belonged to his wife who wears a size 42 as against his 44. Dipping his hand back into the bag, he took out the other shoe and put it on. He gazed at them lovingly and a smile broke out on his face. He twirled and danced as he walked towards the mirror. Suddenly, he stopped! Staring at him was a man he loved but he loved his wife and two kids more. The tears came rushing down as he came to the truth that he was not like others, he was different. Pulling the shoes from his feet, he walked back to the bed, dropped the shoes and walked out to meet his family.

  22. Gbemisoke

    July 29, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    He looked into the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes…this wasn’t what i ordered for, he exclaimed!

    Femi became confused, not knowing what to do next. The next day was his girlfriend’s, (Gbemi) birthday and the dress code was “all white”. Gbemi’s friend had offered to get her all the jewelries, especially the white shoe, for the high profile white-birthday bash.

    Suddenly, Gbemi’s phone rang. She picked the call with excitement as it was Femi that was calling. Are my shoes here? She asked. Gbemi, i don’t know how to convey this to you, can you believe they mistakenly sent a green shoe instead of the white shoe? replied Femi.

    For a few seconds, the line went blank. Gbemi, are you there? Hello, please talk to me, Gbemi, Gbemi…reiterated Femi….

    To know what happened to Gbemi, grab your copy of Gbemisoke part 2 now!

  23. Immanuel Unique

    July 29, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes, how beautiful and captivating it look. His heart beat in ryhthm to the tingle lovely feeling that overwhelm and envelope his thought that very moment, this affection grows, glows as the sparkle of the sun which reminds him of how he met the love of his life.

    She was wearing a green top and a dark green skirt with green themed accesories that bring out all her curves in the right places. It was simply heavenly and captivating just like how he is feeling now looking at the green gbemisoke shoes.

    He came back to himself , quickly repackaged the box, call her from the kitchen and present it to her as a gift for their 2nd year wedding anniversary.

    When she checked the bag and flip the box opened,she was speechless, the fountain of joyful tears broke and flow effortless down her cheek: this was the shoes she had always dreamed of having since her youthful years.
    She dropped the bag and gave him the most passionate kiss and melted into his arm: it was eternal bliss.

    • The K

      July 30, 2015 at 3:43 am

      I think you really need to work on your tenses, sentence construction, when to use upper-case letters, and punctuation. Cheers!

  24. Biodun

    July 29, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    He looked into the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes… He smiled sheepishly at the fact that he recognised the brand without even looking at the tag. He was probably the only straight man that recognised female shoe brands at a glance. He took them out of the bag and checked the size, it was a 44. “It is for the shop” he said to himself, his wife had size 38 feet. He sat on the edge of the bed and removed his socks and shoes. He carefully removed the green shoes and took a deep breath taking in the smell of leather and newness. He closed his eyes and rubbed the shoes on his stubble. He was crazy only when he was alone. What other word could he use for this thing…… this fetish for female shoes.? After a few seconds, he tried the shoes on, a perfect fit. He walked gently to the mirror and peered. He lifted his trousers and flexed an ankle… his loins tightened. He looked at the clock, he had enough time before she got back.

    • The K

      July 30, 2015 at 3:46 am

      Love this!

    • Dr. N

      July 30, 2015 at 8:42 am

      Me too

  25. O'kel

    July 29, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    He looked in the bag and he saw a pair of green gbemisoke shoes.
    In two weeks’ time he would be married to Kanie. They would be married in the yellow and brown modern building that was St. Matthew’s City Church. They would walk hand in hand down the aisle to the music of Mozart; symphony number nine, she would wear green shoes and all would be perfect. It had been his dream since he met her eleven months ago at Annie’s.
    He caressed the soft velvet of the shoes as his mind wandered back to a time when there was no Kanie in his life, a time when he had been without dreams. He met her, and suddenly he had the loftiest dreams ever.
    Now, though, all it had taken was one drunken driver and a rainy slippery night, and there was no more Kanie. No more dreams.

  26. Koffie

    July 29, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    He looked into the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes, startled he dropped the bag and looked around instinctively to see if he was being watched. These were not just any shoes, they were the same shoes Oluchi had been wearing the night she died, her favourite shoes. They were also the shoes that had been worn on her corpse the day she was buried, that was four months ago! Could someone have dug her up to put the shoes in his office and torment him or was this just a coincidence. He was sweating now and a little shaky, he heard brisk footsteps approaching his office and quickly hid the bag in his drawer. There was a knock on the door just as he hurriedly closed his drawer, “I’m so sorry to bother you but I left my white bag on the chair, I’ll just pick them and lea…” Hannah finished just as she discovered the bag was missing. Lanre could feel his face red just as he made up a story about how the bag got into his drawer and handed it to her. Hannah smiled, took the bag and changed from her heels to the green flats and sashayed out of the office. Dada was going to love the turn of events.

    • The K

      July 30, 2015 at 3:50 am

      Love this!

  27. ci

    July 29, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    “He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes”
    All my life, I have detested purchasing my man a gift because I was too broke to afford the original designers, too scared to end up buying a fake, and too big an ego to settle for something less, I mean not an original. He always bought me gifts, but with such personality, that’s a lady difficult to please. There you have it, a confused woman in love.
    Finally, I make up my mind to purchase something, not befitting my standards but that which compliments his person and shows a percentage of my feelings. I show up at his door step at 7am after my morning exercise and leave him a bag. I knocked on his door and hid by his car because I want to know his expression…
    .

  28. Sylvia

    July 29, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. He smiled with glee, and as he admired the awesome craftsmanship, detailed stitching and the stylish design of the shoes. Then an idea rang in his head. He click his heels three times, and the love of his life appeared. She sat down, and he slipped each foot of hers into the Gbemisoke shoes, and they fit like a glove. With that they walked into the sunset..

  29. Bisola Agboluaje

    July 29, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes; the footwear line that caters exclusively for large feet. I had thought it the perfect gift for the little ‘sendoff’ we had planned. I loved that he was leaving the country for good but I also knew I would miss him terribly. I braced myself for what I hoped would be a pleasant giggle.
    ‘What, Tinu?! You think this is a game?’ He yelled at me, disregarding his mom’s unsettling linger at the kitchen door. The mischievous grin that sat on my face vanished. Jide had confided in me about his confused sex identity and I had bought the shoes as a mark of our little secret. His bushy brows sat awkwardly at an angle that ever familiarly heralded his displeasure with something. I just stared at him, searching for the right words to explain my intentions.

    • The K

      July 30, 2015 at 3:53 am

      Love this!

  30. Priscy

    July 29, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    He looked into the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes, he smiled. He just could not wait to get it to her and he can only imagine how happy she would be when she receives it.
    She will be 60 in a weeks time. His first and only true love….his Fatimah, his wife. .
    He saw the way she was admiring them when we passed that boutique, although he acted like he did not even notice.
    A smile slowly formed on my lips as I remember when I first saw her, many, many years ago. He remembered how she smiled when she noticed me looking at her, that beautiful smile gave me the courage to approach her. Her petite frame, chocolate skin and the way she danced freely endeared me her.
    He took the next turn but did not notice the car coming from the other lane on full speed. All he remembers is a loud crash before he slips into coma.

  31. Edith

    July 29, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green gbemisoke shoes, he was so happy. Nothing felt happier for him than the fact he just obtained the ‘best’ anniversary gift for his wife. My sister Glory is a plus-size young beautiful woman who for a long time now has had difficulties getting her right shoe size in Nigeria. For someone who isn’t married to a well-to-do guy and most times in-charge of the financial expenditure in her home, ordering online from overseas is a huge problem for her.

    For years she has battled with wearing heels to almost every function with her hubby including official outings, this has resulted to inflammation and tearing at her heel bone.

    Glory’s joy knew no bounds as she saw the lovely green shoes. The perfect blend of colour to suit most of her wears. She thankfully kissed her man as she wore the lovely patent ‘lifted up’ shoes and excitedly muffled a prayer for Nigerian OAP Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi. Don’t ask me how i knew, I saw her do so as i watched keenly…

  32. Tkum

    July 29, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    the hustle is real…

    • Koffie

      July 29, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      Hello Edith.

    • Edith

      July 29, 2015 at 10:08 pm

      Hello Koffie…

    • Manny

      July 29, 2015 at 4:04 pm

      Not necessarily hustle. It is fun!

  33. Chioma Sylvia Okoye

    July 29, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes, then he turned and looked at me, and I could see the tears swimming in his beautiful eyes, “You would come?” and I could hear the unguarded wonder in those three words. I had barely whispered “Yes” before he enveloped me in his arms, like he would never let go.
    Of course I would attend his parents’ wedding anniversary although I had initially said I wouldn’t. You see, his mother and I have never exchanged a civil word, and his father has treated me like I don’t exist right from that first day he took me to their stately home. Yes, I would go knowing how desperately he wants me to like and be liked by his family. What more, I got the green shoes since his queen mother had dictated everyone come decked out in green!

  34. Ruth

    July 29, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes…how quaint he thought to himself,..Lara had always been the conservative, not that it mattered anyway…what’s done is done. He looked into his rear view mirror….still no sign of Dele, where the hell was he, why was he taking so long? he was torn between blowing his car horn and calling him on his mobile…but he had been instructed to sit in the car and wait it out,…he felt his conscience creeping up insidiously on him…he couldn’t back out ,not now, or could he?…she had been good to him…No…not after the long hours of painstaking preparation..this is the moment,..the big one that would set him up for life, suddenly…a sound…throws him out of his mid day reverie….and into warm reality…and the fact that his boss’s wife Lara , was regaining consciousness in the trunk of the car…

  35. Eguolo juliet Ejovwokoghene

    July 29, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoe. “Wow” he exclaim you got them. She smiled with fulfillment and said, a woman always put in much effort to get that which she so desire. She took bag from him and brought out her perfect pairs of green shoes,carefully slide her foot in and felt the softness once again, standing in front of the mirror, she laughed and said. Honey I feel so confident in them. O yes, he agreed. He walked to the door and stop to look at her once again,(speaking to himself) I never thought of it ,that a pair of gbemisoke shoe , will bring out the best in my wife (smile) I would have gotten her the whole shop( exaggerated). She called to him, honey please get me my pink summer flower gown, its going to be a nice pair tonight.

  36. Tomilola

    July 29, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes, Tunde smiled as he slipped them on, his feet filled it halfway. He slung the bag on his arm as he straightened himself in Angela’s prized little black dress, and then froze as he caught his reflection in the mirror. Above his nine-year-old head was his mother’s face, a look of pure rage in her eyes. The first slap sent him reeling backwards, he held his cheek as he first tasted the blood. She closed in on him quickly and punctuated each blow with a curse.
    ‘No child of mine will ever be gay, you hear.’
    As a well-aimed kick hit his lower abdomen, he crumpled to the floor and curled up into a fetal position. A sharp searing jolt of pain shot through his frail body as the darkness of unconsciousness loomed, finally he embraced it.

    • Tkum

      July 29, 2015 at 8:43 pm

      lmaooooooo

    • The K

      July 30, 2015 at 3:59 am

      Hahahahaha! Nice one

    • whocares

      August 5, 2015 at 10:00 am

      Boy, that escalated quickly.

  37. Timi

    July 29, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. He beamed happily, she always had good taste, he also knew she would easily notice the theft but he could not let his precious be embarrassed out of school for unpaid fees. He put his hand in the bag and took the shoes, he could always find another job.

    • Dr. N

      July 29, 2015 at 11:12 pm

      This one has my vote O!

  38. Temitope Ola-Sunmonu

    July 29, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    She checked for bruises on her knees and elb

    “I’m so sorry for the fall” he said. Rather than

    “Lovely shoes by the way” He handed her the

    She clung to it like she couldn’t believe its

    “I couldn’t leave them in the car. Another cust

    He laughed, savouring her sense of humour.
    It was the ultimate green light.omer was going to fight me tooth and nail for them. Can’t afford to lose them again.” contents were hers. Her brilliant smile parted and she spoke in a bubbly voice. bag. feel embarrassed, she remained composed as her eye lashes fluttered in gratitude. ows. Thankfully, there weren’t any. He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. Green, he loved green. Was this a sign? His magnetic gaze had certainly pulled her back from stepping into the pizza inn, so much that she tripped and fell.

  39. Manny

    July 29, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. He looked up at her face and barely caught the wink. He looked in the bag again and saw another pair of Gbemisoke shoes. He wasn’t good with colors and hues but he was certain it was the same color as the aso-oke her mother had picked for the wedding. Canary yellow she had called it, in that highfalutin manner. He glanced at her face and it was a full blown smile. She said, “do you see the bird?”

    He reached in for one of the second pair and affixed to the toebox was a canary. A smile formed on his face and as she whispered “for my mom, I got the birds from a taxidermist”, he burst out laughing and reached for her. With such humor, the future was bright.

  40. Temitope Ola-Sunmonu

    July 29, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. Green, he loved green. Was this a sign? His magnetic gaze had certainly pulled her back from stepping into the pizza inn, so much that she tripped and fell.. She checked for bruises on her knees and elbows. Thankfully, there weren’t any.

    “I’m so sorry for the fall” he said. Rather than feel embarrassed, she remained composed as her eye lashes fluttered in gratitude.

    “Lovely shoes by the way” He handed her the bag.

    She clung to it like she couldn’t believe its contents were hers. Her brilliant smile parted and she spoke in a bubbly voice.

    “I couldn’t leave them in the car. Another customer was going to fight me tooth and nail for them. Can’t afford to lose them again.”

    He laughed, savouring her sense of humour. It was the ultimate green light.

  41. Josh

    July 29, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    He looked into the bag and saw a pair of gbemisoke shoes and his breath caught in his throat. He could almost see her, her green eyes had sparkled the moment they fell on those shoes. She had tried them on and did her imitation of the Naomi Campbell power walk, head cocked to one side, she had looked so ridiculous that he had found himself laughing along. “Nene would love a pair” she said. He argued, she insisted. He was making breakfast when he got the call.
    He made sure she wore it for her funeral. Nene read the tribute as he had still not started speaking. As she walked to her seat he saw that she had on a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes…everyone stared as his laughter echoed through the hall, he could see her smiling “Nene did get her pair, didn’t she”?
    The next day he ordered another pair.

  42. Ajibade Adefunke

    July 29, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    He looked into the bag and saw a pair of green gbemisoke’s shoes, he smiled again and started the car, He was going to give his Zainab those shoes, she had always wanted them, the fact that his 18year old daughter was lying down in a hospital didnt stop her from insisting that he got those shoes.

    Two day earlier she had reminded them ‘Mama ki geya ma Baba wai ya si ya mun su fa’, her persitance made them give in.

    Zainab was his happiness he imagined how she was going to wrap her arms around him and playfully display them to her Mothr Aisha, 18 or not she was still his baby.

    Aisha had always inisted that he stop worrying about her, he coyldnt he wished he got her the whole world, as he drove into the hospital, he Loved the green pair of shoes on his little big daughter, the image he forned in his mind, her smile was everything.

  43. Miss Akinola

    July 29, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    He looked in the bag and he saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. The shoes his boss got his wife for her fiftieth birthday. He remembered how his boss jokingly said his wife would chase him out of their room for a month if he didn’t get her those shoes and after they had laughed about it he emphasized that he was serious.
    Quickly he sped to the airport.
    Minutes later…….
    ‘Sorry but we can’t help you.’ the lady at the front desk said.
    ‘This way madam.’ He saw a lady being ushered to the check in point. Quickly, it occurred to him.
    ‘Ma’am, please are you boarding Hope airline to Abuja?’
    ‘Yes.’
    ‘Please can you help deliver this to Mr Richard on sit 22?’
    ‘hmmm, ok.’
    Minutes later….
    He looked out and saw her put the package in her hand luggage with a dubious smile on her face.

  44. Hannah

    July 29, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. It was the first ever birthday gift she got for him and it was indeed the best. He wore his shoes with pride and received compliments from his friends and family on how perfect the shoe was with the Kaftan he was putting on. He smiled with fulfillment at the thought that this awesome Shoe which has gotten the compliments of many was a superb birthday gift from his Babe. From that day on he was fondly called the Man with the green shoes by his colleagues.

  45. Timbyen

    July 29, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes, Kelechi smiled in remembrance.
    Amina had always had a passion for shoes and she had told him in jss2 that she was going to own a shoe line someday and name it Gbemisoke shoes.
    Amina wanted a yoruba name so the wazobia circle will be complete, and sending the pair of shoes to him for his wife, was her way of telling him that her dream has come to reality. If not for the genotype incompatibility, Amina would have been his wife. Kelechi was truly proud of her.
    Kelechi smiled again as he stood up to go home to his wife who had made him understand that some things are just what they are, oh! How he loved that woman.

  46. bakare hidyah

    July 29, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes…A bead of sweat roll down his back. Sola had asked for the blue ones. His assistant had again jumbled his instructions. How hard could it be to remember blue shoes? He sighed and picked up his keys enroute the store.

    The outlet was bubbly . He moved quickly towards the last pair of blue shoes when something caught his left eye. A body was moving towards it. He moved faster pushed away a mannequin and lunged for the shoes.

    Then he noticed something strange. The floor was ascending. Alarms went off in his head. He opened his mouth but no sound came out. He realised he was falling. His coccyx hit the floor. Pain shoot up his spine. ‘Manly’ tears escaped as he heard a shutter click. Someone was actually taking his picture!

    • Manny

      August 7, 2015 at 3:12 am

      you have to win this contest. Any other winner would be ojoro

  47. ope ajai

    July 29, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of gbemisoke shoes, that’s when he knew he was dreaming, nothing this beautiful is made on Gods earth! Or is it?!

  48. Amarachi A

    July 29, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    He looked into the bag and saw a pair of green gbemisoke shoes…… and that was it – the snap moment, where his head knew it was the right thing to do, to follow his heart, his desires, the shoes…the sexy metallic green shoes…. they would never look on any born woman, as amazing as they would look on him. It had to be now.

    He picked his phone and called E!.

    ‘Hello, you’re onto E! News’.

    ‘Hello’, he replied.

    ‘oh this sounds like Bruce. Is this Bruce?’

    There was silence at the other end. He almost changed his mind. But suddenly he found the strength to say the words…’Hello, yes, but henceforth, I would rather be referred to as Caitlyn, Caitlyn Jenner’……

  49. ope ajai

    July 29, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green gbemisoke shoes (just in case this wins!), but really its absolutely wonderful seeing that people actually support shoemakers! Its my craft and i am glad to know that it has a future, you all should get a pair tho, a little goes a long way!

  50. Zeni

    July 29, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    He looked into the bag and saw a green pair of Gbemisoke shoes. His breath faltered and his palms broke into a sweat. He hurriedly kicked off his wingtips. He had to feel the soft leather caressing his feet. He wiggled his toes into the Gbemisoke flats feeling like Cinderella at the ball – perfect!

    Knock! Knock!

    “Sir, your clients are waiting in the conference room.”

    “Thank you Peace.”

    As his secretary left, he exchanged pretty flats for purposeful wingtips and strode to the conference room. Who said it’s a man’s world?

    A smile traced his full lips as his thoughts wandered… Thanks to a bandaged chest, deep voice, and men’s clothing, she continued to rule in a “man’s world” while indulging in her one weakness – shoes! Her supportive fiancé surprised her with this pair last night. She loved him so much. She really had it all. Or so she thought…

  51. Gbemi

    July 29, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes before he fainted, She said

  52. Nma Uche

    July 30, 2015 at 12:49 am

    DON’T MESS WITH THOSE SHOES

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. “There are green shoes in the bag, ma.”

    “Ewoo. My new shoes that I ordered from Jumia. Thank you Oga Victor.”

    Tejiri suspected some shady things went down whenever she went to her 9 to 5.

    The 2000 Naira she had invested in a temporary watchman just yielded returns.

    When her phone rang during lunch, she knew there was business to take care of and left for home immediately.

    They were 4 in the room: Oga Victor, Tejiri, the thief, and the girl.

    She was Tejiri’s main suspect.

    To think that she claimed to be born again during the housemaid interview process.

    Tejiri spoke calmly as she packed the girl’s things.

    “First, you lie, then invite your lover to steal.

    Not in this house and certainly not my favorite shoes.”

  53. KAY

    July 30, 2015 at 1:56 am

    He looked into the bag and saw a pair of Gbemisoke shoes and broke into a smile.I loked at him in confusion wondering why this handsome stranger standing in front of me was smiling at me.
    ” I can see you are a woman of class” he said,with a coy look on his face.
    ” sorry sir do i know you” I asked still confused.
    ” I said you must be a woman of class” he repeated yet again,pointing down at the bag containing the Gbemisoke shoes i had just bought.
    “Oh this, thank you” wondering what this stranger knows about female shoes.
    ” I know where you got them from too”
    ” Really” I replied,not sure what else to say.
    ” You look like you are in a hurry,if you don’t mind, i can order for the both of us,don’t worry about the people behind you,they would think we were together”
    ” Wow! thank you sir,i just wanted the fried rice and chicken,if you don’t mind” Today must be my lucky day i thought to myself,I just bought my favourite shoes and now a gentleman is offering to help me buy my food so i wouldn’t have to stay long on the queue.
    ” Aren’t you going to ask me how i knew about the shoes in the bag” he asked.
    ” Er..err…” i started to stturter
    ” The designer Gbemi is my sister” He said proudly.
    “Oh wow! what a coincidence”
    ” Yeah! and if you don’t mind,after we order the food,i can call her and let her know i met another fan of her Gbemisoke shoes,and if you are lucky we can get her to give you a discount voucher for your next purchase”
    ” I am speechless,this is so cool,today must be my lucky day”

    6 months later!

    I smiled as Kola and i drove past the fast food joint we met the day i bought my first pair of Gbemisoke shoes.As if he knew what i was thinking,He turned and smiled at me.
    ” I know what you are thinking”
    ” What” I asked,not surprised that he knew.This spot has since been a special spot for us each time we passed it.
    ” What do you think,should we have dinner there tomorrow evening” he asked mischievously.
    “Hell no,you promised me chinese tomorrow ”
    “Okay,anything for you my love,anything,all the colours of Gbemisoke shoes if you like”

  54. babz

    July 30, 2015 at 6:39 am

    He looked into the bag,saw the gbemisoke shoes and exclaimed”chineke mu oo,na aba you buy me so?

  55. Joseph Akpan

    July 30, 2015 at 9:25 am

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. The audience clapped and cheered the champion of that year Professor Robinson’s annual creative writing competition. The star prize for the year was a goody bag but Olatunde didn’t know God was about to ‘butter his bread’ with the reigning Gbemisoke shoe he ordinarily couldn’t afford. Prof. Ola as he was fondly known wasn’t a popular face in St. Robinson’s College canteen since he couldn’t afford the luxury of three square meal like other students but he was definitely a known face in the library, classroom and the college debate club. Nature deprived him of so many things since he wasn’t born with a silver spoon but he was determined to walk through the thick and thin. For Ola, Robinson’s creative writing prize was just the beginning of great things to come because he never said never.

  56. omotomiwa

    July 30, 2015 at 9:30 am

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. He said to himself, Ehn Ehn! Where did Asabi get these expensive shoes from? could this be the reason why Asabi said she no longer wants to have anything to do with me? Could it be that she has found a man with a better taste and can afford to buy expensive things for her? Who could have given her these fancy shoes? Hmm, these shoes obviously cost a lot. Who in this village can start spending his money on Asabi? Or is it that rich boy from Lagos they call Charles? He has to be the one! Since he came to this village he had his eyes set on Asabi. I have to stop this rubbish before he steals My Asabi away from me. I love Asabi, I have to think wisely and do something fast…

  57. Agboola leah peace

    July 30, 2015 at 10:35 am

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. He smiled to himself and his mind drew towards his 16years old daughter, Leah. For two years now, Mr Faith has not been the best dad since his wife passed on. He would spend most times working without a thought to care for his daughter.
    Getting home, he saw his daughter sitting on a couch and reading a magazine. On seeing her dad, Leah dropped the magazine and immediately stood up to meet him.
    “Dad, you are back so early?” He was actually expecting this.
    “Yes. Come sit down Leah. I know I haven’t been the best dad lately. I’m really sorry about that. You are all I got left. This, you need to know.” He turned to pick the bag and handed it to her.
    “I got you this and I hope you will like it” Leah opened the bag and saw a pair of two beautiful green shoes. She exclaimed, “Wow dad I love it!”
    She hugged her dad tightly and happiness rubbed on their faces.

  58. Tierific

    July 30, 2015 at 11:37 am

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. He paused. Looked away. Then looked into the bag again. How did a pair of sneakers become green shoes? He was sure he had picked out a pair of sneakers…..so where were they?

    He took the shoes out of the bag and put them down beside his feet, still stunned. Must have been a mix up. Someone else must have taken his bag. Damn. And he had come to this secluded corner of the park to try them on.

    Just then, an elderly couple sat at the other end of the park bench. The lady glanced over, as if to say hi, and then spotted the shoes on the ground and her eyes widened.
    Instead, she something to the man who glanced and nodded.

    “Hi.” He said. “You must be transgender….like Caithlyn Jenner…we have a good pastor….”

  59. Tonye Willie-Pepple

    July 30, 2015 at 11:42 am

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes which Dr. Veronica had bought for your child’s first birthday.

    Staring at your changed husband, you wonder about Veronica, The neighbour who saved you from the barreness that threatened your marriage to him.

    You hear her daughter’s innocent voice
    “Good evening aunty, Good evening Mama.” she says to you and Mama Kamsi.

    “Good evening dear, how are you? Where is your Mummy?” You bend towards her asking, then the voice whispers warmly into your ear
    “Her mummy is here.” You scream joyfully, like a kin returning home.

    You embrace her, and in that moment both your eyes meet the children playing with icing sugar, your baby is there as well, Then the tears begin to roll down, tears of Joy and of friendship.

    At this moment, all, Your friend, Veronica can hear you say is

    “Thank you.”

  60. Id

    July 30, 2015 at 11:58 am

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes and heaved a sigh of relief. Ebere’s elder brother Sammy had searched frantically for Ebere’s bag containing the green shoes at the accident scene where Ebere was involved in a minor car accident. All the way to the hospital, in her shocked state, Ebere kept muttering “oh my shoes. I have lost my most comfortable shoes. Sammy ran back to the hospital ward where Ebere’s eyes were fixed on the door expecting him instead of paying attention to the treatment she was receiving. As he walked through the door with the bag, the smile that lit up Ebere’s face was priceless. Is it inside, she asked? He nodded, showed the bag containing her Gbemisoke shoes with her Bulawayo’s novel. That achieved, she relaxed and gave the medics her undivided attention delighted that she didn’t lose her shoes afterall.

  61. Purple heart

    July 30, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    He looked into the the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. It had been forgotten in the disarray of packing her things.
    The memories came pouring forth. The first time they met, the inquisition, the marriage proposal , the beautiful wedding, the birth of their children and the last time he saw her.
    His sweetheart in a coffin.
    Tears took the place of memories and a rivulet of tears ran down his face. The pain unending.

  62. Kiki Ukpo

    July 30, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green gbemisoke shoes.His sister was a lifesaver.His lady’s feet was having the blues,he prayed for the last time.this time,Gbemisoke shoes was the rescue.His,lady needed a ‘lift me up’,and there was nothing this shoes,couldn’t do,he hoped with nothing left to pull,he was at her front door,she answered with a glum on her face.Seeing the bag,she hoped it wasn’t another blistering shoe.
    He never did get her shoes right.He sat her dow,wore her the shoes.The only words she could utter was ‘no more tissues’. Sweetheart she said ‘Joor gbemisoke’,with a small walk,a dance and a swirl,he got a kiss,now all she could think of,was walking into the party blisters free,feet green as envy and comfortable as a haven.

  63. Kiki Ukpo

    July 30, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green gbemisoke shoes.His sister was a lifesaver.His lady’s feet was having the blues,he prayed for the last time.this time,Gbemisoke shoes was the rescue.His,lady needed a ‘lift me up’,and there was nothing this shoes,couldn’t do,he hoped with nothing left to pull,he was at her front door,she answered with a glum on her face.Seeing the bag,she hoped it wasn’t another blistering shoe.
    He never did get her shoes right.He sat her down,wore her the shoes.The only words she could utter was ‘no more tissues’. Sweetheart she said ‘Joor gbemisoke’,with a small walk,a dance and a swirl,he got a kiss,now all she could think of,was walking into the party blisters free,feet green as envy and comfortable as a haven.

  64. Purple heart

    July 30, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    He looked into the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. It had been forgotten in the disarray of packing her things.

    The memories came pouring forth. The first time they met, the inquisition, the marriage proposal , the beautiful wedding, the birth of their children and the last time he saw her.

    His sweetheart in a coffin.

    Tears took the place of memories and a rivulet of tears ran down his face. The pain unending, the shoes his keepsakes.

    • Dr.N

      July 30, 2015 at 10:09 pm

      Love

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      July 30, 2015 at 11:23 pm

      Doc, you’re not throwing your hat in the ring. Why, now? “Adire” was such a delightful read. 😉

  65. Mohammad

    July 30, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. First came anger. A flash, a shade of green deeper than the shoes. Then jealousy, just as green, coursing through his veins. Bad things have been spreading around, and he had done everything to tune them out. There is no art to disguising the truth now.

    “I have enough problems being black, before adding being gay to them” was what he had told him. Scraping through and settling; making do and living were his only choices. His boyfriend was getting married.

    The old him would never have a share in this farce, would never get dragged into this hurricane. But he is a bat now. He sees candles, liquor, feathers, bones. He will tuck them in crevices around the gnarled roots of the efa ekkpo. Making sacrifice, praying for his return, for their reunion. This is the idea he finds himself working on when he sees the shoes: “To fragment the narrowness of domestic walls while sipping rum punch with fruit tea.”

    As young lovers they had bared their souls with each other. Everything became silent once he became betrothed. And like the other woman, he must surround himself with superficial distractions while waiting for his calls; those increasingly-rare visits.

    Nothing else changed.

    “He may just mean to give them to his mother” is the lie he consoles himself with.

  66. Oluwaseyifunmi

    July 30, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes and his heart was gripped in a painful vice. Unable to breathe, Bode was transported back in time.

    ‘Please B, don’t be like that, it’s only three hundred! I promise I’ll pay back when I get my salary.’ Bode turned and looked into Jaime’s eyes, the forlorn look in the smoky green depths made him sigh. With a quick kiss, she grabbed the money and ran into the store.

    Jumping in a few minutes later, Jaime showed him the shoes. ‘She will love them! Let’s hurry so she gets them tonight.’ Putting the car in gear, Bode drove to the hospice. The door to the room was ajar, he found Jaime shuddering silently as tears trailed down her face. Brenda appeared to be asleep but her still chest told its own story. Jaime said, ‘she loved them.’

  67. Amanda

    July 30, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    He looked into the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. Yes! He screamed in his mind, I did it! Heaving, he wrapped up the Shoes of Life and continued running.
    He was bleeding from the wound in his thigh and pain zapped through his body as he ran. His vision was becoming blurry but he fought against unconsciousness; he couldn’t fail now, his whole village was depending on him. A creature screeched behind him; it sounded really close but he didn’t dare turn. He ran ardently as the evil creatures got closer.
    He leaped into the air and over the path leading out of the evil forest and landed with a tumble. The creatures stopped in their tracks, no longer able to follow him. He unwrapped the Shoes that were going to save his king’s life and couldn’t help as tears ran down his face.

  68. Zaynab

    July 30, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Hello Atoke would poetry be accepted other than Short stories

  69. Daisy

    July 30, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    “He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes”, Adekanbi looked on as if in a trance. His heart raced and thumped loudly. ‘Should I do it?’ He whispered. He took one last look at the river bank to ensure he was alone. His right hand wobbled as he put it into the bag to take the shoes only that it felt cold and slimy. His hand stuck, it won’t come out. His eyes pop out to the edge of the socket and rolled backwards; the veins on his neck bulged and appear as ropes under the skin as he made series of soundless scream.
    He fell to the ground in a thump, the heavens opened and an angel with four wings descended. She looked opaque like diamond, with long curly Afro hair and gold plated teeth. She asked Shola, ‘Why have you summoned me?’

    • Daisy

      July 30, 2015 at 7:11 pm

      A mistake with the names, It is Adekanbi and not Shola. I have sent in the corrected version in another entry. Thanks.

  70. freeman

    July 30, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes that Linda had brought as a gift for him. He became moody immediately he saw the green Gbemisoke shoes.
    Thirty minutes later; Ada is back!‎
     She sits beside her diary as tears roll down her cheeks. She couldn’t hold it any longer. Even the child in her womb spurs her for action. One thought tells her to kill her ‘di’ and take her own ‘ndu’. She has a kitchen knife in one hand and the bag containing a pair of Gbemisoke shoes which she had picked for her husband to mark their one year wedding anniversary on the other hand. Gbemisoke shoes was her engagement gift from her husband.
    With such energy as a dying dog,she brakes into her husband’s room. Alas!,a woman sees her man on top of her best friend on their matrimonial ‘akwa’. ‘Jesus!’ That was Amaka’s exclamation. 
    The bag containing Gbamisoke shoes fall off her hand. She lost hold of the knife too. 

    Her wedding ring slipped off her finger.‎

    Her heart couldn’t bear the shock.

    And she crashed down falling on the Gbemisoke shoes.‎

    Written by Tochukwu Odoh
    Email: [email protected]

  71. Dada Modupeola

    July 30, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes and tears rolled down his eyes. It was the perfect gift for his sore cracked feet after years of wandering the streets of Lagos without shoes. It was one of many gifts he had received including a scholarship to finish his education after winning Atoke’s creative writing competition narrating his compelling story of how he had lost everything to armed insurgents. His words in the most brilliant diction ever seen from a northern local boy told in depth tales of the tragedy and how his mother had died on top of him saving his own life.
    A few years later, he strolls up a podium as the best graduating student at Harvard University in his signature pair of Gbemisoke shoes and starts his speech with the words “With the right pair of shoes, you conquer the world”.

  72. David

    July 30, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Nice!

  73. Bobosteke & Lara Bian

    July 30, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes
    He side-eyed the cockroach and did not know what to do
    Till the roach its wings arched, poised for flight
    His heart racing, he made up his mind
    Slowly reached he for a shoe as a prayer he made
    That the elevation doth promised would this prey nail

    His hand stilled as the thought came forth
    That this roach, “blattella germanica”, was of the german fort
    How his young mind knew this, I do not know
    But the word “Gbemisoke” this thought did mock
    That the roach not being Yoruba may not die
    But would instead make a beeline for his eye

    His bum did hurt as mama the stick applied
    But he knew the shoes didn’t tell no lie
    As it squished that roach till it breathed its last
    Gbemisoke wins in German and in brand!

  74. Daisy

    July 30, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    “He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes”, Adekanbi looked on as if in a trance. His heart raced and thumped loudly. ‘Should I do it?’ He whispered. He took one last look at the river bank to ensure he was alone. His right hand wobbled as he put it into the bag to take the shoes only that it felt cold and slimy. His hand stuck, it won’t come out. His eyes pop out to the edge of the socket and rolled backwards; the veins on his neck bulged and appear as ropes under the skin as he made series of soundless scream.
    He fell to the ground in a thump, the heavens opened and an angel with four wings descended. She looked opaque like diamond, with long curly Afro hair and gold plated teeth. She asked Adekanbi, ‘Why have you summoned me?’

  75. skulboi

    July 30, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green gbemisoke shoes. Gbemsioke is a renowed shoe designer in the whole of lagos city. The brand of her shoes is seen to be worn locally and internationally, it even flocked online stores such as jumia, konga, kaymu. Due to this popularity, the shoes were very expensive and ladies will die to have those shoes on their legs or in their wardrobe. Dave was suprised to see the shoe in amaka’s bag, his wife, he was searching for his car keys when he came across it. Amaka had once told him that she would like to get those shoes, after seeing an advert placement by jumia. He quickly checked out the website for the cost of the shoe; it was #50,000. He further checked the bag and saw a wrapper with jumia boldly printed on it and the shoe tags and receipts. How did she get it he thought.

    However, he remembered that he gave her that same amount in the morning which said she wanted to use to get foodstuffs for the house. Dave rushed to the kitchen to see if she bought anything, but it was as empty as it was in the morning. Dave’s curiosity started increasing, he started suspecting that he’s wife used the money meant for food to acquire shoes. It was unbelievable and absurd. He went out to check the car perhaps she had not carried the foodstuff in, he ransacked everywhere and not even a cube Maggi did he find.

    It was getting serious, amaka was at that time in the bathroom taking a shower. Dave went in to wait for her, soon she finished and came adjusting her towel. Dave was standing with the shoes and his right hand and the wrapper and receipt on the left. Amaka was shocked at the same time curious why her husband was going through her stuff. She collected it jokingly and kept it back, but Dave was not in the joking levels. That act even inspired his angered, he started questioning Amaka her she came by those shoes. She felt reluctant in answering her husband. This Dave more angry, he started yelling at her and accusing her of acquiring those shoes using the money meant for foodstuff. It became dawn on amaka that this matter had gone far than expected, so she humbly tried to explain to her enraged husband how she came by the shoes. Dave wasn’t ready for an explanation though he had come to a conclusion that his wife was extravagant in her spending.

    Amaka still trying to justify herself, went to get her phone: she started browsing through it like she wanted to show Dave something but Dave snatched it from her; she had already went to the message box before Dave collected it from her. He saw a messaged sent by jumia, this inspired his assumption so he opened it ; it reads

    Congrats dear customers, you are a
    Lucky winner of “a pair of green
    Gbemisoke shoes”, dinner for
    Two @genesis resturant plus
    Please, do come to our office to
    Claim your prize.

    Reading this, Dave was ashamed of himself, and now his wife has continued from where his angered stopped but the difference was that hers was justifiable and she left afterwards. He was at the same time confused, what of the foodstuff? He thought! The doorbell rang, Dave went to get it. A man was standing with a book on his hand; I am looking after Mrs Amaka Boniface, he said, I am a delivery man from http://www.foodstuff.com he added. Foodstuff.com is an online grocery store were one can make order on foodstuffs; Amaka approached Dave and the delivery man she signed a booklet and he gave her a package and receipt, it was the foodstuff she had ordered, she brought out her purse and counted #50,000 in front of her husband and paid the delivery man.

    Afterwards, Amaka stuffed the receipt into Dave’s pocket angrily and left. He brought it out, Amaka had ordered for the foodstuffs two days back and it was supposed to b delivered to her the current day. Since, he was the king of assumption he tried to put parts together and found out that he was at fault. He felt foolish because he wrongly judged his wife, assumed without putting facts into consideration and most of all instead of asking or allowing his wife to explain, he said so many things he should not have said. Now he has to deal with what he dreaded most saying “I am sorry” all because of gbemisoke shoes.

    • Atoke

      Atoke

      July 30, 2015 at 8:54 pm

      774 words? eL Oh eL Bro!!!!!!! You just gave the 400-word guys a run for their money.

      I think I have to say something here. The word limit for this competition is 150. This means your story can be 10 words, 100 words, 125 words… NOT MORE THAN 150 words.

      Write something creative, no more than 150 words with the first sentence being “He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes”. Special detail should be given to sentence structure, grammar, syntax and most importantly – creativity. Please don’t write “am going…” That would just kill all the writing fairies. 🙁 It’s “I’m”

      Thanks to everyone who has been a part of this competition so far. Please keep the entries coming.

    • Mohammad

      July 30, 2015 at 9:06 pm

      I realise that I had exceeded the word count and can’t win, but I’d already written the story and try as I might, I felt the story would be done an injustice if I were to have done away with the feelings conveyed by the “surplus” words.

      I posted it anyway simply because it was inspired by the line you suggested.

  76. Vee Busayo Joseph

    July 31, 2015 at 3:39 am

    He looked into the bag and saw a pair of Gbemisoke shoes. ‘Waoh!’ He exclaimed inaudibly. He looked at the woman who handed the bag to him. She was a light complexioned rotund lady.’ Is this the Atoke? Maybe Adesola’ , he wondered. A call to pose for photographs interrupted his thoughts. He went through the photograph session alongside the other winner and the fair lady very quickly.
    He could not wait to tell Niniola the good news so he called her phone but she did not pick. He dialled severally,he was becoming neurotic.
    ‘Thank God’ he said with a sigh. ‘Hello Nini’
    ‘Hello ‘ said the voice on the other end.
    ‘This is Moji,Nini’s sister’ the voice continued.
    Hey! How do you do? May I…
    ‘Niniola is in the ICU ward of the Teaching Hospital’ She said almost tearfully.
    She kept speaking but he was not listening. He stuffed his phone into his jeans pocket. As he rode on the bike to the hospital,he realized he had been completely smitten by her despite him knowing she was a sickle cell patient. She had urged him a couple of weeks earlier to take a creative writing challenge she read about on one of her favorite websites. Now he had won the challenge. It seemed a gust of tears was about to be released. He looked up to the heavens despite the intense sunlight but his eyes did not complain. He muttered to himself “O Jehovah! Help Nini to get well. I want to see her dance in these Gbemisoke shoes “. Just then, his phone beeped. It was a text message.

    • akinyemi t.a

      August 3, 2015 at 12:33 am

      Guess u a JW…u reminder if my aunt and late uncle, who were both SS…nice piece

  77. scarlet

    July 31, 2015 at 10:10 am

    He looked into the bag and saw a pair of Gbemisoke shoes, Amoke dropped her handbag and shopping bag to quickly use the restroom, she had a long day trying to shop for a befitting outfit for the dinner party later in the day, dressing to kill is not her thing, but going to a dinner with the most sought after bachelor in Naija? ta da!
    As a self-prided expert in feminine affairs these shoes only speak of few things ‘class and sophistication’ I really can’t wait to meet Amoke, thought Francis to himself.
    Even though she is his grandma’s name sake, the truth is, he was very discouraged with the name, like seriously who names their daughter Amoke these days?
    Francis has seen it all the rich, the beautiful, the classy, you name it. Few women impress him these days. As he sat down, he picked up the bottle of wine to pour himself a drink when he heard the restroom door opening, a slim effortlessly beautiful lady stepped out, this has to be Amoke, he needs no introduction and in his mind the deal has been sealed signed and delivered.

  78. Tobydonut

    July 31, 2015 at 10:23 am

    He looked into the bag and saw a pair of green gbemisoke shoes.Sweats broke out from every angle of his body, he was fidgeting. Oh Geez! he silently exclaimed, these were the shoes Maggie wore before she dissapered from his life six days ago. What’s going on here,someone explain this nonsense but unfortunately he was talking to himself then suddenly the lights went out.With wobby legs, misty eyes and a heavy heart,he walked to his drawer briskly to get a torch.. Upon switching it on, he saw a disfigured person on the bed as he hurriedly walked he sensed it was Maggie. He then shouted Magdelene! Arnold woke up with trepidation and went straight to his inner chamber to check on his priceless reminder of love. The bag sat on the topmost drawer, he reached for it to check for the lovely green shoes, he brought it out and sobbed continuously not till he saw Ariyike through the mirror standing hands akimbo and crying wearing the same pair of green gbemisoke shoes.

  79. Babyray

    July 31, 2015 at 11:10 am

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes, he smiled “she will love it”. He rested his rickety body on the sofa, picked up his phone and dialled his mistress’ number, the little girl his wife always fought with to gain his attention, but now she had grown into a beautiful successful lady and had forgotten they exist.

    On the fifth trial she picked
    “Hello girlfriend”
    “Dad, my sweetheart, good afternoon sir” she tried to sound patient
    “I know you are very busy I just thought I should tell you that your mother died…
    “WHAT!” She cried “WHEN”
    “This morning…
    “Oh my God… I have to see her… She can’t die…” She ranted on and he listened surprised she remembered their lovely moments.
    When he hung up his wife came out
    “What now?”
    “Give her some hours she will be here finally after 8 years…”

  80. Gabriel Deborah

    July 31, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes….,eyes blurring with tears,he remembered! That fateful night,the night his dearest was taken from him.His heart ached,the pain,the despair,the agony came rushing back all at once,it was as if it was happening all over again. Ooh the pain of losing one’s beloved.
    It was the day of their traditional wedding,he was going to giver her those shoes afterwards,he knew how much she loved her gbemisoke shoes.If only she ever got to wear them. Adaobi walked gracefully towards him all eyes on her,she looked elegant,majestic even.What a beauty! He exclaimed, everyone laughed and teased the groom.
    In the twinkling of an eye,in the space of a second,he saw her falling,he ran towards her screaming her name,he took her in his arms,rocking her,cradling her,he waited for the doctor only to hear she had gone.He refused to believe,he sat there believing he would rock her back to life.

  81. Olaoluwa

    July 31, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes that matched the emerald on the engagement ring. He knew she would love the ring. She had hinted several times already that she did not want the conventional diamond engagement ring. She wanted something different- her birthstone. And he planned on making this May a memorable birthday for her.

    He knew she would love the shoes too. She had already registered her complaint that morning about how hard it was to get cute shoes for her size 43 feet. What he could not imagine though was that she would love the shoes even more than the ring. As she put it that evening:

    “There is something about a man investing in my style that makes me fall in love over and over again.”

    Of course she said “yes!”

  82. lois Nwobodo

    July 31, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. He smiled ruefully. “Ever so conservative”, he muttered. When she’d given him a pair of Gucci’s on their second anniversary, he’d held his breath as he handed the green Gbemi’s to her…which he let out on account of her frenzied “Thank you babe!”. He began to feel warm as the memory of the kisses she’d given him that night came flowing back. The warmth he didn’t feel the night she lost her battle to cancer.
    He sees a note in one of the shoes. “A pair of Gbemisoke’s shoes handed down, is love in its simplicity. To our daughter, walk tall in these and never forget your roots”.

    • Dr.N

      August 2, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      Awwwwww

  83. Maryam

    July 31, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    He looked into the bag and saw a pair of green gbemisoke shoes. Perfect! he thought. He smiled but his eyes glistened with tears threatening to fall. He had always watched her from a corner every time they took classes together. Her beauty could not be subdued by the hardships he knew she faced. Tall and slim with the most beautiful eyes he had ever seen, her long outer garment did a good job to hide that lovely body he had seen develop before she began covering. That was years ago. Her sister’s illness and death had taken a toll on her family’s finances. Despite it all, she was determined to complete her education. Fatimah, her friend will be giving these shoes to her just like the other needs of hers he’ll fulfil from now on. These shoes are the first step but she’ll never know………..

    • Eke Linda

      July 31, 2015 at 7:42 pm

      He looked in the bag and saw a pair of Green Gbemisola shoes.

      #silence, he did commonize her as a local from afar he had studied her “No, not that kind of study for interest/relationship” just the kind you give to everybody in the everybody box.

      #shocked, how can a branded local have taste for exquisite quality item?

      #Embarrassed, never judge from afar without personal encounter.

      #New found respect, A person that has qualities in good shoes “Gbemisola shoes” knows life and respect the carrier “foot” without it some dreams wouldn’t have taking those steps of the thousand miles (Greatness)

      #Get to know her, if she can have this taste in shoes then she shouldn’t be in the everybody box.

  84. UgoTalksAlot

    July 31, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes, it was just for a second but he knew what he saw. He had spent too long drooling over it on the Internet. The more he thought about the shoes, the sadder he became. He closed his eyes and imagined a world where he could afford those shoes for his wife. The smile it would put on her face and the joy it would pour in her heart.

    As he opened his eyes reality seemed to slap him in the face. He knew he couldn’t afford the shoes, his wife would never even be able to walk in them. He couldn’t even afford the medical bills for his quadriplegic wife. His eyes watered as the reality stung. As he alighted the bus and walked into the burning Lagos heat he thought that the glance was the closest he would come to buying those shoes. He hoped life had other plans.

  85. Jennifer

    July 31, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. He chuckled. “Women and shoes”, he said as he reached for his phone to call his wife Onyinye.
    “Sugarplum, the delivery man just delivered your shoes.”
    “Haha! Yaayyy! Finally! My green Gbemisoke shoes! Thank you sugar! I’ll see you soon.

  86. eke linda

    July 31, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of Green Gbemisola shoes.

    #silence, he did commonize her as a local from afar he had studied her “No, not that kind of study for interest/relationship” just the kind you give to everybody in the everybody box.

    #shocked, how can a branded local have taste for exquisite quality item?

    #Embarrassed, never judge from afar without personal encounter.

    #New found respect, A person that has qualities in good shoes “Gbemisola shoes” knows life and respect the carrier “foot” without it some dreams wouldn’t have taking those steps of the thousand miles (Greatness)

    #Get to know her, if she can have this taste in shoes then she shouldn’t be in the everybody box.

  87. Okunrinboye Irede

    July 31, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of Green Gbemisoke shoes. He smiled remembering that unforgettable day. She wearing was a Green Dress. He had been having a meeting when she rushed in. She was so excited running to him and screaming we did it baby! Suddenly she realized he wasn’t alone. “Oh I’m so sorry” Dropping the paper she was holding in front of him she left. He tried to stop her as he looked at the paper. He screamed! Then cut himself cleared his throat and said “sorry guys this meeting can not continue” . He immediately ran after his wife. He couldn’t believe it. After six years of marriage he was going to be a father.

  88. Tochukwu Obi

    July 31, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green gbemisoke shoes. I watched as a smile lit up his handsome face but it soon changed to one of dismay.
    “The shoes are undoubtedly beautiful but how would I know if it would size her?” He asked
    ” Don’t worry your head Tunde, I have a feeling it would be the perfect fit.”
    I danced around the room as soon as he left. Tunde was finally going to ask me out tomorrow- Valentine’s day! Boys can be so dense sometimes. Imagine Tunde giving me money to get a nice valentine’s gift for a girl he likes. Of course, I bought what I liked. Afterall, i’m his closest female friend. How could he think I wouldn’t figure it out? Boys will always be boys. No, Tunde is a man and I can’t wait to call him my man!
    Maybe I will wait forever since I never saw Tunde or the shoes the next day. I saw him the day after with him gushing about how Fadekemi loved the shoes and how perfect they were. He told me how great a friend I was and I knew my friendzone was stamped forever.

  89. Tunmise

    July 31, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes.

    And at once he knew. This was characteristic of her, leaving him messages without uttering any words. These green shoes said so much to him. To the passerby, they were just shoes but HE knew what they represented. She had to send shoes! And damn good ones at that; he knew they were to remind him of when she walked out of the life they had shared, he could still hear the echo of her footsteps in the hallway.

    Then the shoes had to be green! Sure, she was enjoying her new life. Her independent life without him; he would have preferred if she left to be with another man, not to be alone!

    He sounded off even to himself, but he had never imagined living life without her. But wait, was it really her?

  90. Chiagozie J.M

    August 1, 2015 at 5:51 am

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. His expression changed instantly. As soon as I stepped into our bedroom, I sensed the tension in his stance. I took stpes backward as he moved towards me like a predator.
    “Where did you get this pair of shoes from?”, he asked menacingly, “haven’t I told you that a pastor’s wife should not indulge in the material things of this world?”
    “But they are made In nigeria shoes!”, I replied, raising my voice too.
    After six years of emotional and financial abuse, I took a step towards freedom the day I made that purchase.

    • akinyemi t.a

      August 3, 2015 at 12:19 am

      Guess the title should be “freedom”

  91. oluwadunsin

    August 1, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green gbemisoke shoes. He sat down wearily; shaking his left leg in despair while tapping the other on the bare floor, burning tears slided down his cheeks as he looked at the thatched roof, the cracked walls and the scanty room. He wished his parents were alive, the burden was too much; he worked hard day and night, his back hunched from the heavy weight of bags of cement, the veins under his skin popped out, his eyes were always red and hard. He strived to give her everything she wanted, he tried to provide everything she needed, yet! she was never satisfied… He removed the pair of green shoes from the bag and held them feebly as she entered; a smug smile plastered on her face, he looked at her despondently and asked “Awero, why did you steal again?”

    • Dr.N

      August 2, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      *nods head*

    • Bobosteke & Lara Bian

      August 3, 2015 at 5:54 pm

      Joins in the head nodding.

    • akinyemi t.a

      August 3, 2015 at 12:19 am

      Guess the title holiday be “awero”

  92. Kunmi O

    August 2, 2015 at 12:12 am

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. Yvonne would love it. He knew that for sure. A part of him was just glad to be making a woman – any woman – happy. Ever since Sinmisola lost the baby, she had become a shadow of herself. He understood, as best as he could, but hey, he lost a child too. That didn’t change the fact that he still needed to be loved. Once, Sinmisola had given him so much of that; more than he felt he deserved, but these days, they didn’t share more than a roof.

    He hands the Konga deliveryman N8000, mumbles a quick “Keep the change”, and hurriedly sends Yvonne a photo of her present. ‘Just because it’s Tuesday, babe. Love you.’

    Strangely, he doesn’t get an immediate reply, but 25 minutes later a message from her comes through: ‘Lovely shoes. Size 6? I’m an 8. Hope she likes them. My lawyer will be in touch soon. Sinmi’

    • akinyemi t.a

      August 3, 2015 at 12:17 am

      Hope kinda would pay you for this ads…nice piece.

  93. skulboi

    August 2, 2015 at 12:13 am

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of gbemisoke shoes, he wore a big smile because it matched atoke’s asoke.

  94. jinkelele

    August 2, 2015 at 12:33 am

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes; he closed the booth a smile slowly curling up at the sides of his mouth. In a few short strides he was at bottom of the staircase that led to his 1st floor flat. He sniffed and shook his head slightly; the smell of petrol from the kegs was messing with his sinuses again. Well it was either that or the smell of blood irritating him again; it was time for a trip to Alpha beach then. As he pushed his front door open he bit his bottom lip nervously and dropped his car keys on the table.
    ‘Time to give those shoes a befitting burial’, Dele said as he thought about his fetish with his victims shoes. The strong winds at the beach always got rid of the smell of blood from his nostrils.

  95. Hope

    August 2, 2015 at 12:41 am

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes… green Gbemisoke shoes!!!, but… but.., he didn’t understand. His room mate had no female visitors over and neither did he, for all he knew Alex did not have a girlfriend or did he?. Could that explain the feminine scent that sometimes hovered in the air, the lipstick stains on the wall?. He had always thought something was off about his room mate but green Gbemisoke shoes? Is his room mate Alex or Alexis?.

  96. Bolodeoku Oluwafunke

    August 2, 2015 at 1:47 am

    ‘He looked in the bag and he saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes.’ Akin swooned with delight at his new purchase. He thought of it adorning his beloved Omo’s size twelve feet with unmatched beauty and how the colour would accentuate her stunning green eyes.
    It was their fifth moon together.It was also Omo’s last day as an apprentice. He thought of no better gift to show his love, his mother told him that shoes to the feet is what the brain is to the head.
    Akin…Akin… His mother called
    He woke up,soaked in his sweat. No sign of Omo or the shoes. He had been dreaming..again.
    Five hours and five miles later, he walked into the screening hall and he saw an angel..with the same shoes as the one in his dream.Today is a good day,he muttered.

  97. Ayanleke Ayandola

    August 2, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. Immediately, he knew this was exactly what he needed to get his mother for Christmas. He was glad Ronke, his girlfriend thought to get herself these shoes and so, fostered this ingenuous idea. His mother had been nagging him on what he planned on getting her and had also made it her duty to lecture him on how he had to make sure the gift would wow her. He wondered how she could call it a gift when she was practically forcing it out of him. Although he acted irritated at her constant nitpicking, it amused him and if he was completely honest, he enjoyed it. It surprised him how his mother could annoy and concurrently make him smile. Well, It was just as well because he would not have her any other way.

  98. akinyemi t.a

    August 3, 2015 at 12:13 am

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green gbemisoke shoes,he thought for a while…”who owned the bag,how the bag got into his closet,why is the shoe “green” not “jade”?,because the color he bought for the royal wedding of March and Gbile was “jade”… loads of questions crossing his mind,he dipped his hands into the bag further to see other stuffs therein,maybe, that will answer his questions…he then saw a copy of NoViolet Bulawayos- We need new names and body shop perfume oil. Rather than having answers, he has more questions on his mind. He emptied the whole bag and saw a big tag down, inside the bag,boldly written in red “Atoke of bellanaija loves you”…in amazement he jumped up because his dream has come through,he’s being looking forward to having Atoke being his wife…and from behind he saw her,beautifully dressed for the royal wedding,he jumped up again in so much joy but alas…
    It was only a dream.

  99. Ore

    August 3, 2015 at 12:16 am

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green “Gbemisoke” shoes. I had a black pair of shoes on, but I wasn’t able to decide which colour was better with my deep pink dress, so I decided to leave the house with both shoes.

    I could see him looking at the bag where the shoes were and trying to get a good look at my feet. This was what I got for going to a wedding- a seat at the singles table and a nosy, judgmental man. I looked around for an escape but none presented itself.
    I concentrated on my jollof rice, nothing tastes better than party jollof rice, it is heavenly.
    My clumsy hands didn’t cooperate with the spoon and it slipped and rice spilled on the off white table cloth, my dress and his shoes and trousers.
    I was so embarrassed and on top of that, my sorry didn’t come out right when I said it because my mouth was full of rice. I chomped it down quickly so I could apologize properly.
    He handed me a napkin from the table to clean my dress and kept saying “it’s okay” every time I said sorry.
    It was nice to meet a gentleman, I thought, but he just had to ruin the moment. “Do you mind my asking about the shoes?” he asked. I gesture for him to keep talking, “what are the green shoes in the bag for?” I explained to him. I thought he would laugh, instead he remained silent.
    When I was finished he said “in my opinion the green shoes are better, and would you like to dance?” he finished.
    I nodded, changed into my lucky green shoes and danced till my feet hurt

  100. Ronke Adeleke

    August 3, 2015 at 9:50 am

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. He ran his fingers over the fabric, taking note of the smooth feel and slightly puzzled by the chill running down his spine. He turned the shoes over, placing the bottom to his open palm.
    He wasn’t sure what it was, but the urge to smell it suddenly came over him. He only realised it when he found himself putting the open part to his nose and taking in a deep breath of air.
    The dank scent of newness sank deep into his forehead. The smell of camphor mixed with new plastic. That “bend down select” newness he had come to love.
    He was about to try it on when Sade walked into the room. She took one look at him then the shoes.
    “Jide…” She said, “Tell me you were not about to wear my shoes?”

  101. Debola

    August 3, 2015 at 11:13 am

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. The lights flickered then went off. It was time. He picked the knife and caressed it. The glint of the blade made him smile just as a sliver of moonlight caught it. He ran out to the deserted street.

    ‘You will know when you see the clues’ Baba had said.

    She had been obsessed with buying Nigerian brands so he wasn’t surprised. The BMPro red lipstick advert was to alert him and the billboard with the yellow dress by ABK was for him to get ready. As he slashed branches with the knife, the chirping crickets and humming breeze added to the sinisterness of the eerie night. He met his late wife by her grave; a vision in white. He lowered himself into her.

    Later, he was in ‘the room’ watching as it rained currencies.

    He grinned.

  102. cindy

    August 3, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    He looked in
    the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke
    shoes.He had been told several times that he needed help this last one made him acknowledge that fact.He was a fugitive on this land.Something sent him fleeing and it has come back to hunt him.He thought it was over but this thirst keeps coming.He recalled her subtle smile when she entered,he remembered that he had carefully calculated her movement when she took that route.He knew the route was lonely, like one on a mission he stalked her moving in gentle strides,Grabbed the object and clubbed her to death.Then for no good reason,took the shoes and turned himself in.Here he was at the Police Station with the Cops staring unbelievably at him,yes his eyes were still fixed with disdain on the shoes.
    [email protected]

  103. Eaglebabe

    August 3, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. His heart missed a beat as he caressed them. This is the same way he feels every month. His guilty conscience will really not let his mind be at peace.
    Olamide could not hold back his tears, as he remembered all the times when Ada had danced around the entire house whenever he bought her a pair of Gbemisoke shoes. Sadly, Ada cannot even stand up to talk of dancing around in shoes.
    Olamide’s life has never been the same since that accident. “it’s my fault!”, this was all he could mutter after he was told that Ada could not walk again. However, he intends to keep his promise, after all, that is the least he could do to put a smile on her face.
    He will buy Ada a pair of Gbemisoke shoes every month although she cannot wear them.

  104. Amarachi A

    August 3, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    He looked into the bag and saw a pair of green gbemisoke shoes. He stared at them for a long time, wondering how Pee knew what he needed most. While growing up he didn’t have even a pair of shoes, yet here he was, with not just shoes but gbemisoke shoes!

    Green was his colour. It made his eyes light up. Green! The colour most associated with his beloved country, one he hoped to serve as a public leader some day.
    He was still engulfed in his reverie when Pee called out…’Jonah, no worry say you no get shoes when you dey grow up. One day, you’d be the president of this country and have enough money to buy more shoes than you can imagine.”

    Picking up the bag, they walked towards the river, where he had to continue fishing so Pee could make nice fish pepper soup for him before going for his Ph.D. classes the next day.

  105. Bukola Alade

    August 3, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes…he had bought for her among other things. He had been married to her for thirty-five years; so he knows she’s obsessed with shoes, and her best colour is green. It’s going to be her birthday in a week and he had never planned a surprise birthday for her so he called selected family and friends to know of his plan, and strongly warns them not to share with anybody else so it wouldn’t flop. She observed he’s being acting strange; taking calls just as much as he calls out to other people. She suspects there’s something fishy but doesn’t want to think the worse. Could something be wrong? Could one of her children abroad be in danger or God forbid be arrested? These and many other scary thoughts are on her mind which breaks her heart and she knows no glue or tape could mend it if it becomes reality…

  106. Missy

    August 3, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes
    One more strike, his death to ensure
    Papa had said that this girl would be the death of him
    Maybe he should have listened
    But her revolving derriere, no prisoner takes
    She lured him with her eyes
    And he envisioned a promise that her lips never made
    Tonight will be the night, he told his spongy pal
    One more bag to join the others slung across his shoulder
    He remembered the words that got him here
    Take my card and purchase whatsoever your heart desires
    Her fingers clasped the slim piece that held his life
    And thus began the shopping spree of death
    As the alerts buzzed in his pocket and the bags distressed his back,
    He assured himself one more time;
    Tonight surely must be the night

  107. Oluwatoyin

    August 3, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    He looked into the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. And then he sat back and laughed. He laughed till the tears rolled down his cheeks. He laughed till he was out of breath. He laughed till his chest started to hurt.
    By the time he got himself together, she was shooting daggers at him with her eyes.
    “I’m sorry, babes,” he said. “But you really can’t be serious!”
    “Why not?” she said stubbornly. “They’re cute and I love them.”
    “But- they’re green!” he exclaimed. “Do you really intend to wear green shoes on a white wedding gown?”
    “Yes, I do,” she said, and he saw that her jaw had that stubborn set to it.
    “Okay,fine. Have it your way,” he said.
    Then he remembered something else. She had gleefully told him on the phone that her veil was going to match her shoes.
    Oh,boy.

  108. Debbie O

    August 3, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. He stared at the well-worn pair, puzzled.
    Then it hit. She was back.
    He sat with a thud – heart pounding, hands shaking.

    He remembered. Both sobbing at the airport. She, wearing ‘their’ green shoes.
    She wanted to find herself, she said. Orphaned at three. Raised, home-schooled and house-bound by perverted zealots – until her eighteenth birthday, when he had knocked to ask for directions.
    He understood. But it didn’t stop him from hurting like hell – the literal hell.

    Now, she was back. Nine years later. A month to her thirtieth birthday.
    And two weeks to his wedding.
    He gazed at the invitation card. Ajoke weds Charles.

    He sat unmoving until dusk fell. Then he dialled. With steady hands.
    Tony Braxton’s ‘Unbreak My Heart’ filtered through the phone.
    Then ‘Hello, Ajoke’. Pause.
    ‘We need to talk.’

  109. Adenike A

    August 3, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. Gleefully, Tade placed them in the drawer. Shoot! He forgot the key. A power cut followed … Eventually, he was able to turn on the generator.

    On Mother’s Day, with a spring in his step, he walked to the drawer, and his heart paused. There were no shoes. Just an empty drawer. After frantically searching for them to no avail, he moped back to the bedroom.

    Soon enough, Jola, his 4-year old daughter waltzed in, with a smile on her face. “Mummy”, she squealed, “I look just like you!” Pulling her into a hug, his wife said, “Beautiful shoes you got there sweetie”, and gave her a kiss on the forehead. Jola continued, “I prayed to look just like you, and God put them in the open drawer downstairs.”

    Tade couldn’t help but watch in disbelief.

  110. Moyosoreoluwa Aiyekitan

    August 3, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    The Note
    He looked into the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes and it all started to make sense; her detachment of late, the simmering joy he sensed whenever she was around him, joy so rich but now lacking his signature. He remembered a time when that joy was for him, evoked by him and he wept. He wept for love that blossomed and died because it was playing second fiddle to pristine-love that was birthed in the innocence of two kids. Now he understood the pity that dances in her eyes, the war that plays on her face when her guard is down. She didn’t know how to tell him, she didn’t want to hurt him and that soothed his wounded soul, on a sticker note he wrote her a message, his last gift to her – I know and its Ok.

  111. Christy

    August 3, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes….”I must have missed this while packing, Ada will never have forgiven me”…Ifeanyi thought aloud.
    His wife Ada had a penchant for shoes and had only recently told him of a new brand of shoes she was going to add to her collection the next day – Gbemisoke. As he continued packing in preparation for their summer trip, memories of their four year old marriage flooded his mind, their biggest fights never came from the fact that they had no children yet but on her huge budgets on shoes. They had however finally reached a compromise on her passion and he even indulged her.
    Darling, did you finish the packing yet? Ada’s question jolts him back to reality. Almost done dear, he replies and I almost forgot your shoes. You are joking she retorts…he holds her in his arms laughing and soothingly says …you know I will never!

  112. BeingTemitope

    August 3, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green gbemisoke shoes which he had ordered, he only hoped that this could be the sign they had been waiting for.
    Uche loved his family so much, married for 5 years to his high school sweetheart, Lola and now blessed with a beautiful daughter Ify. Ify had been diagnosed with Autism, she has never spoken a word but he always knew how to communicate with his daughter. The day she saw the green shoes on someone at the mall and pointed to it, he knew he had to get her a pair. Could this be the sign he had always hoped for? Could this be the breakthrough that will cause his Ify to finally speak? He could only hope….

  113. Tolulope O

    August 3, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green gbemisoke shoes and immediately the emotions came rushing. He remembered every single detail like it was just yesterday…..
    Tamara was the love of his life, they met in Uni and became very close friends, a friendship they knew would last a lifetime. It was not long after school they decided to get married. It was only 2 years later that she was diagnosed with Leukemia. He remembered how she fought disease, he remembered how she ate her last meal, he remembered the last time he made love to her, he remembered her last words and he also remembered her last birthday wish “to own a pair of gbemisoke shoes”. He chose green because it was her favorite color, he remembered the way her eyes lit up on seeing them, yes he remembered!

  114. diaryofdido

    August 3, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes.
    This had been the exact shoe he had ordered- only in red.
    Regardless, he was excited they were finally here- right on time- all of the hangers-on that were normally perching in his flat were thankfully away on some sort of holiday.

    He sat on the edge of the bed and removed the paper stuffing in the left pair of shoe before slipping his left feet into it.
    There was a slight pinch but he knew he’d break into these shoes in no time.
    Slipping on the right pair, he stood up and sashayed down the length of his room, testing their balance, then turned around and walked to the mirror: this, THIS was who he TRULY identified with!

  115. Temitope O

    August 3, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. They still looked as amazing as he had always known them to be.
    Lara loved the shoes with every fibre of her being and the thought of her being unable to wear them again struck a nostalgic chord in him.
    How would he pull this off? How will this ever be possible again?  
    He shoved the questions to the furthest corner of his mind and prayed with every iota of energy he had.
    It just did not seem fair that life had it numerous dark twists and turns which upset even the best laid plans.
    He stood up and headed for the door. He was going to see Lara, his wife. If it was the last thing he did, he will see to it that Lara wore the shoe. Again! He knows she will walk. Again!‎

  116. Deizy Ezebuiro

    August 3, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. ‘These are the Gbemisoke shoes you been longing for?’
    Christ, he was sharp. ‘Yes, dad. They are.’ Jane replied, looking faintly surprised.
    ‘Well, aren’t you going to put them on? He looked at her this time, ‘you’re wearing them tomorrow, aren’t you?
    ‘Yup. I am.’ She replied, and hurriedly put them on.
    ‘It’s nice, It suits you,’ he said.
    ‘Thanks Dad,’ Jane looked back at her dad carefully. She had been expecting him to chide her for borowing the shoes from her friend, but he was obviously on a different path today.
    ‘Where did your friend get it’? He went on.
    ‘Oh, dad, I don’t really know, I think she got it from an online retailer, why are you asking?’
    ‘Call up your friend and ask, I want you to have yours,’ he replied, grinning at her.

  117. Aleesha

    August 3, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes.
    Ade admired understated elegance and poise in a woman, and Biola’s gaudy, over the top style made a Vegas showgirl look like a nun in comparison. He would never have looked twice at a woman like his wife, Biola, but he had been forced to marry chief Mufu’s daughter in a bid to cement the longstanding business relationship between his father and the man.
    Biola’s collection of hooker heels, and her love for short, tight clothing and shiny baubles were a source of torment for Ade, so he was pleasantly surprised to find the shoes on their bed, next to a simple polka-dotted skater dress.
    “Hope dey for this babe” he thought, chuckling under his breath.
    ‘I like your new shoes’ he said to Biola as she walked in. “those are for my friend Kaine.” she replied. “

    • diaryofdido

      August 3, 2015 at 8:36 pm

      Loved this Aleesha 🙂

    • Aleesha

      August 3, 2015 at 10:25 pm

      Thanks!

  118. EMMANUEL UYI IGHODARO

    August 3, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. . . Akande’s phone rang. His eyes darted around the room until he saw the phone on the dining table. He was going to fetch the phone when he tripped and fell . It turned out that what he’d tripped over was a shoe— Tinuade’s. Akande got up. Tinuade emerged from their bedroom, and their eyes met.

    ‘Why are you staring at me like that?’
    ‘You hardly think about us starting a family. All you do is acquire shoes!’

    Immediately, violent sobs racked Tinuade’s body. She scurried back into the room. Akande felt like going to console her. The door bell rang. There was a delivery for Tinuade. Akande received it : He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes.

    ‘Oh great, an addition. . . ‘ Akande left the shoes and padded off towards the bedroom.

  119. RozonRotimi

    August 3, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Its Time

    He looked into the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes ;The color of envy, the one thing he demanded, his only levy.
    With trembling fingers, he reached for the picture attached to its sole,jerking slightly as pleasure coursed through his veins.
    Tonight he will feel the warmth of the red caramel on his fingers.Tonight he will dance in its pool under the moonlight. Tonight, this girl’s life would stain his fingers.
    Quickly he walked to the black shelf on the other side of his white room and pulled out the crescent shaped knife
    Brandishing it, he chanted in low guttural tones the address written behind the picture, swaying to the rhythm of his words. He stopped when the clock chimed at midnight, “it is time” he whispered into the nothingness of the night.

  120. Decoco

    August 3, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green gbemisoke shoes.
    “Why would mother leave her shoes on the kitchen counter? Aren’t these the same shoes she’s to wear tonight?” Junior mused silently.
    “Oh well, I’d better take them to her room. The award ceremony starts in five minutes and she’s late already. They are so pretty and will fit………. yeeeeehhh!”
    The shoes flew out of his hands as he landed on his buttocks whilst trying to side step little Chima who was driving his tricycle into the kitchen.
    “Junior, did u see……” Chichi stared in dismay as she watched her shoes land in the hot ogbono soup pot!!!

    • barbie-lahut

      August 4, 2015 at 12:17 am

      Best have read here! Atoke take note ur PA af spoken

  121. Maryam

    August 3, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green gbemisoke shoes. Using the sleeves of his dirty shirt, he slowly wiped his eyes and stared unbelievingly into the bag again.

    “Osanobua! Which kind joke be this?”

    “Nosa! Nosa! Wetin happen? Where our package dey?” A breathless young chap in blue tattered sweatshirt queried as he joined Nosa.

    Nosa silently handed the bag to his excited “partner”. Lucky had earlier passed the bag to him after he’d made away with it from the lady’s car. Their hopes were high. This was the breakthrough they’d always dreamt of.
    Moving farther away from the rows of shops, Lucky emptied the contents of the bag on the floor. A few seconds later, both boys burst into tears!

    The bag wasn’t filled with money after all!!!

  122. Oyindamola

    August 3, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    He looked into the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes – and he sighed.
    Green always looked good on her,and these pair were olive-green,but still he disliked them.

    “Bayo, you’ve got to let me do it my way this time!” She took the bag from him and brought out the shoes.

    Bayo wanted to beg her not to wear them, but he knew she was right. He was being selfish. He also knew she wore the shoes he liked just to please him.

    “How do I look?” She was wearing the Gbemisoke shoes now, and she looked happy.

    “You look gorgeous!” He was smiling, but he felt like a liar. She would always look better in high heels.

  123. Oluwapelumi Simpson

    August 3, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes and he burst out laughing hysterically, gesticulating at the bag as he did so. “My what ugly shoes you have there! Are they to stomp on your enemies with?” Faramade looked up startled, with tears in her eyes, “But…but…but…those were the shoes Diana wore yesterday, and you complimented them.”

    Tunde adored his sister, who as a toddler was nicknamed Diana, she had always acted like a princess in waiting. Faramade was always quick to listen to her style suggestions, and mentally run through her wardrobe each time she saw Diana, putting together her own pieces to match each delectable ensemble on the princess.

    Tunde smirked, “Diana wears EVERYTHING gracefully.” In that instant Faramade saw herself through her boyfriend’s eyes, the insecure tubby girl who mimicked his sister in every way hoping to gain his commitment.

  124. Jadesola Odujole

    August 3, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    He looked into the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. Audu immediately began to think of just how much money he could get form pawning the shoes on the black market. “This should be worth at least one week’s meal at Iya Ruka’s cool spot once I pawn them”.
    That was when she caught his eye, the most beautiful and kind woman he’ll forever know. Her morning smiles are his pleasant weather forecast for the day ahead. She doesn’t smile today though, and he wants to make it all go away.
    Gbemi told him how she lost her shoes and he ran away without uttering a word, her sadness quickly overshadowed his absence. Going back home was her only option, the Cinderella entrance at Funto’s wedding would have to be modified.
    Audu caught up with her right in front of Iya Sefiu’s shop and handed her a mud-stained bag. She looked into the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes… Her very own.

    I live in Lagos!!! Yaaay!!!

  125. Jadesola Odujole

    August 3, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Please disregard the first one, in my haste I copied the old one instead. I live in Lagos o and i want that book badly!

    He looked into the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. Audu immediately began to think of just how much money he could get from pawning the shoes on the black market. “This should be worth at least 20 meals at Iya Ruka’s buka”.
    That was when she caught his eye, the most beautiful and kind woman he’ll forever know. Her morning smiles are his pleasant weather forecast. She doesn’t smile today though, and he wants to make it all go away.
    Gbemi told him how she lost her shoes and he ran away without uttering a word, her sadness quickly overshadowed his absence. Going home was her only option, the Cinderella entrance at Funto’s wedding would be modified.
    Audu caught up with her in front of Iya Sefiu’s and handed her a mud-stained bag. She looked into the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes.

  126. inspired by falz

    August 3, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green gbemisoke shoes. Tire never expected it hence attributed it to oluwa who never retires but refires. He said it is Ah-May-Zeen and captivating like atoke no oh not the mtn everywhere you go toke.
    The plan was to wear it to the holiday with the girlfriend and snap some elevator pics , then again he thought about wearing it to the thank you soiree since gbemisola would be in attendance
    Oh oluwa ti gbemisoke he said in excitement

    • whocares

      August 4, 2015 at 10:14 am

      LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. You best believe I read this to myself initially in Falz’s voice and then I read it out loud in Falz’s voice also. If I do say so myself, I do a mean Falz. LOOL.

  127. Beverly Asemota

    August 4, 2015 at 2:43 am

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. And all his anger at his fiancee of two months disappeared. “So this is what the whole drama has been about” he mused as he took steps back to the sitting room where his beautiful fiancee was lying on a sofa, pretending to be sleeping. He knew she wasn’t. He chuckled a little.
    Patrick Odi loved his fiancee Osas more than anything in the world. He was ready to give her the world but things have been slow and he thought she understood. He didn’t understand the need for a new pair of shoes when she obviously has more than enough in her closet. But those shoes he saw, (sigh),if he was a babe, he will buy it too. “I do need a pair too, for the wedding” he said to himself.

  128. R.B

    August 4, 2015 at 6:51 am

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. He failed at trying hard not to giggle loudly.

    “What is the problem Uncle?” I asked irritably.

    Uncle is my husband of 3 weeks. I know it’s not a romantic name to call one’s spouse but there’s a reason to it. I met Uncle when I was 16 years old and in my first year of university. He had just returned from some African country where he went in search of his birth father without success. As a well brought up daughter of my parents, I could not refer to him without a prefix though he introduced himself to me as Joe…just Joe…simply Joe.

    “The salesgirl mistakenly packed up green shoes for you instead of pink”, he replied. I snatched the bag and checked, to my dismay, I realized he was telling the truth.

    I hate green.

  129. Ized

    August 4, 2015 at 7:19 am

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes…

    Perplexed, He reached in and pulled them out, who designs such magnificent shoes and names it: G-bee-my.. He gave up trying to pronounce it.
    He was told the name meant “Lift me up”, they were symbolic.

    It was his “walk out of the closet (hospital)” shoes, he was scared, yet excited, he was worried too, would the World accept him for who he was?
    “who she was”, he corrected his mental ramblings with a smile.

    “WOMAN” he whispered, carresing the shoes gently like it was a genie’s lamp. The glorious thoughts of having breasts filled his heart with Joy..

    The doctor signaled, he got up… it was time.

  130. Uchechi Okere

    August 4, 2015 at 9:58 am

    He looked into the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. He couldn’t believe it, was this a joke? Wondering how the shoes got there, he recollected the events of the day. How could he make such a mistake? How would he explain the switch to his boss? He wondered if she has also noticed it too. He pondered on what might be going through her mind right now. He has to track her down and get his bag back, before she discovers its contents.
    He admired the intricate design and quality of the shoes knowing she’ll be a lady of class, he regretted not getting to know her better on the plane. His eyes rested on a card attached to the bag, well, at least he could start from here. He’ll love to meet the lady who owns these beautiful shoes again, that’s for sure.

  131. Beti Baiye

    August 4, 2015 at 10:14 am

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes and his heart fluttered. Green meant she was going back to the time before she became Wofai; back to the time when she was Candy. Candy of the scented massage oils, handcuffs and extra batteries for the ever present vibrator. She had been a girl-scout in the other life therefore, she took the motto ‘Be Prepared’ to heart. He had met her as Candy and after years of struggle, was finally able to turn her into Wofai, in whose handbag you would find books – always hardcover, never fiction – , pencils for when she got the urge to line a sentence and lip gloss, always plain, never colored. But when he saw the green shoes, he knew he had failed. She had never become Wofai because at 38, Candy was too old to change careers.

  132. Anie Ufia

    August 4, 2015 at 10:21 am

    -A MUST READ-ENJOY!

    ”He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes,then turned facing me with eyes as huge as the sun.His gaze filled me with mixed emotions of fear and excitement,it seemed like forever until he eventually said , ”Awero,e ku orire”.

    I sprang up from the raffia mat where I sat and hugged him.Tears poured from my eyes saying the ‘thank you’ my mouth was too heavy to mutter.He gave me a beautiful ‘adire’ fabric wrapped in an old newspaper.The fabric’s perfect blend of green and orange colors had occupied my thoughts, from thinking of what style to sew, to the new bead design Iya Asake would make for me to combine with the new shoes my sister in Lagos had sent; that the words he said ”Pataki fun o” fell on deaf ears.

  133. Jennifer A

    August 4, 2015 at 10:32 am

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green gbemisoke shoes, fear gripped him. He rushed out to look for the delivery guy, maybe there was a mix up, he checked the address again and it was addressed to him.
    The gbemisoke shoes have been the only constant thing in the ongoing serial killer case. A pair of gbemisoke shoes was always found right beside the bodies. The company had been called in for questioning. Gbemisoke is an international company finding the buyer of each shoes was like looking for a needle in a hay stack.
    The “gbemisoke serial killer” as he is now known targets ladies only, so why was he getting a pair of shoes? He wondered. He knew he had to call the police but first he had to call his daughter……
    He did not notice the size of the shoes; they were size 45…..

    • Eaglebabe

      August 4, 2015 at 12:46 pm

      I love this….so different!!

  134. Oluwapelumi Simpson

    August 4, 2015 at 11:58 am

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. He was used to over-the-top, brightly coloured and outrageous heels. “Keep looking…” she said “There’s more”. Mr. A continued his emptying of the bag, out came his and hers thongs, 4 silk ties, 2 tubes of lube and a whip.

    Ruby and Mr. A met on a website that hosts a club for individuals who wanted no-strings-attached sexual adventure. They instantly connected; both witty and with the same love of the absurd. That afternoon, Ruby was a demure, naïve au-pair seduced by her pupils’ masochistic father.

    Ruby left through the back door, taking off her afro wig and pair of glasses before she exited. Mr. A took the front, whistling and carrying his alligator man purse underneath his arm.
    They used aliases, they didn’t need real names.

  135. Gift

    August 4, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green gbemisoke shoes with an accompanying note that read ‘For your Queen with all my love – Gbemi’. Green was his fiance’s favourite colour and Kola found himself thinking to himself how much Gbemi really knew him and realized that the thought made him slightly sad.
    Kola and Gbemi had been best friends for as long as he could remember and neighbours would call them ‘No Kola-No Gbemi’ as it was rare to find one without the other. When he was 17, Kola received news that a distant Uncle living in the US had offered to take up his education and he was to leave in three weeks to join him. He was distraught at the thought of leaving his best friend behind and Gbemi was equally heartbroken and inconsolable. The night before he left, while walking him home from a visit, Kola pulled Gbemi into an embrace, kissed her with all the awkwardness of a 17 year old having his first kiss and made her promise him that she would wait for him. She did!
    Fifteen years and many unanswered letters and emails from Gbemi later, Kola was getting married to Sancia – the half Caribbean, half American love of his life. His Facebook profile proudly declared his excitement and announced the colours of the day – green and gold. In spite of his betrayal, Gbemi, who had gone on to become a successful shoe maker, had made this beautiful pair of shoes and shipped it half way across the world for his fiancé. He concluded in his mind that angels truly do walk among men and Gbemi was undoubtedly one of them.

  136. Joshua Olanrewaju

    August 4, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes next to the receipt from Body Shop. He expected the receipt but the shoes were a surprise. It did not matter, he had all he needed, almost everything.

    He grabbed the bag and reached for the door but paused – someone was coming. He stood still and listened, it was Fola! He backed away from the door and rushed for the wardrobe but it was locked. There were no curtains and the bed was too low, he had no place to hide.

    He heard the key turn in the lock and the door creak as it opened. Fola entered, saw the bag and smiled.

    “Give me those shoes.” She said.

    He looked at the shoes and he understood, they were the missing piece of the puzzle. There was only one problem; Fola had a gun.

    • whocares

      August 5, 2015 at 9:53 am

      I dont understand. Why does Fola have a gun? To steal the shoes? Clearly I need a life, but oh well.

  137. Glowing Sapphire

    August 4, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    “He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes”. Damilola narrated her ordeal to the Police Officer confronting her with the truth. “Shola was my husband, but I killed him!” she confessed.
    The outcome slowly turned reality, she mused, crying.
    His whorish escapades began her quest to nag. That fateful night, he arrived home as usual, brandy in hand and a foul breath. Shola staggered to their bedroom, regretting matrimony. Hennessy sipping through the bed sheets, he flung the bag containing the shoes on the terrazzo floor.
    “Materialistic Woman,” he mumbled.
    “Fool, fulfill your marital vows.” She blurted after him. His bloodshot eyes glimpsed at the mirror, turning away from her.
    Raged welled within, seeing her new leather shoes on the floor. Furious, she grabbed the whiskey bottle and smashed it on his bald head. The blow sent him sprawling, then unconscious. “Honey, honey!” she screamed.

    • Glowing Sapphire

      August 5, 2015 at 12:57 pm

      Hello Atoke! I’m Ann. Just saw the ‘No aliases’ instruction. Entries still come in today, so I’m hoping I can correct a bit of my editing errors . Please, no rules were against that 🙂 Love your weekly entries by the way.

      “He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes”. Damilola narrated her ordeal to the Police Officer confronting her with the truth. “Shola was my husband, but I killed him!” she confessed.

      The outcome slowly turned reality, she mused, crying.
      His whorish escapades began her quest to nag. That fateful night, he arrived home as usual, brandy in hand and a foul breath. Shola staggered to their bedroom, regretting matrimony. Hennessy seeping through the bed sheets, he flung the bag containing the shoes on the terrazzo floor.
      “Materialistic Woman,” he mumbled.
      “Fool, fulfill your marital vows!” She blurted after him. His bloodshot eyes glimpsed at the mirror, turning away from her.
      Rage welled within, seeing her new leather shoes on the floor. Furious, she grabbed the brandy bottle and smashed it on his bald head. The blow sent him sprawling, then unconscious. “Honey, honey!” she screamed.

  138. Uju Lilian Ikegbune

    August 4, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes! He thought to himself Ah! who has such big feet? Why the colour green? But every lady loves a red shoe for glam, a black shoe to match most of their outfits. Who is she? Who owns this bag? I cant wait to see the lady he said to himself, she must be my spec, “Tall, beautiful, brown skinned, with long legs and a good sense of humor like my mum he wished” then he looked up in amazement as another man picked up the bag he was gazing at, to his greatest surprise, it was his brother who asked him what will you get Mum for mother’s day? here is my gift to her – This green pair of Gbemisoke shoes.

  139. sussy

    August 4, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes, closing his eyes, Deji slowly opened them again “Impossible” he thought, because the shoes .remained but this time a splatter of blood was visible on the shoes. “Was yesterday a dream or real?”, his head turned and he caught a glint from the knife on the bedside table. The bedside lamp light shined brightly and he noticed the blood on the knife and shrieked. The memory started rushing back, her smile, her face, her snide comments, my angry retort, the arguement and then…. Deji jumped up from the bed and ran to the living room and his worst fears were confirmed as he gaped at her lying in her pool of blood.

    He jerked up from the bed with rivulets of sweat running down his whole body, the room was in total darkness, reached for the light and the first thing he saw was the damn bag with the words “Gbemisoke”written across it.

  140. Olamicit

    August 4, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    MISSING
    “He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes.” His accusatory look was quickly replaced by an embarrassed one, “ I am…, I am really sorry” he stammered as he handed the bag back to her, “my wife entrusted a very similar bag in my care and I couldn’t find it so… I figured,” “Its ok,” she interrupted, “ hope she finds her bag,” she said as she walked out of the beauty parlour
    “Nice shoes!” he called after her
    She murmured a “Thanks” and stopped briefly to dig into her bag for her car keys. As she drove out, she didn’t fail to notice a lady walking down the road, holding a bag very similar to hers, she thought of calling her but didn’t know what to say to her, she assuaged her guilt with the thought that it was none of her business!

  141. Ufuoma Jamani

    August 4, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. Kunle paused for a while wondering if Funmi purchased these shoes despite their present
    predicament.

    He started to reflect on their situation. Since he was sacked , he hadn’t got another job for months now , this experience changed his perspective , any form of indulgence was prohibited since they were only surviving on his savings.

    He confronted Funmi as she entered the room , but she calmly told him that she had jokingly collected it from her friend Susan who didn’t get her a birthday gift.

    Oh! is that all ; Kunle exclaimed and went straight to the bathroom.

    Funmi unconsciously waited to hear the sound of running water and soliloquized ” I shouldn’t have collected this gift from Fred my admirer , but how can I resist when all my friends are rocking the latest and Mr man can’t provide”. Mstchew

  142. KAY

    August 4, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    He looked into the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes, and broke into a smile.I loked at him in confusion wondering why this handsome stranger standing in front of me was smiling at me.
    ” I can see you are a woman of class” he said,with a coy look on his face.
    ” sorry sir do i know you” I asked still confused.
    ” I said you must be a woman of class” he repeated yet again,pointing down at the bag containing the Gbemisoke shoes i had just bought.
    “Oh this, thank you” wondering what this stranger knows about female shoes.
    ” I know where you got them from too”
    ” Really” I replied,not sure what else to say.
    ” You look like you are in a hurry,if you don’t mind, i can order for the both of us,don’t worry about the people behind you,they would think we were together”
    ” Wow! thank you sir,i just wanted the fried rice and chicken,if you don’t mind” Today must be my lucky day i thought to myself,I just bought my favourite shoes and now a gentleman is offering to help me buy my food so i wouldn’t have to stay long on the queue.
    ” Aren’t you going to ask me how i knew about the shoes in the bag” he asked.
    ” Er..err…” i started to stutter
    ” The designer Gbemi is my sister” He said proudly.
    “Oh wow! what a coincidence”
    ” Yeah! and if you don’t mind,after we order the food,i can call her and let her know i met another fan of her Gbemisoke shoes,and if you are lucky we can get her to give you a discount voucher for your next purchase”
    ” I am speechless,this is so cool,today must be my lucky day”

    6 months later!

    I smiled as Kola and i drove past the fast food joint we met the day i bought my first pair of Gbemisoke shoes.As if he knew what i was thinking,He turned and smiled at me.
    ” I know what you are thinking”
    ” What” I asked,not surprised that he knew.This spot has since been a special spot for us each time we passed it.
    ” What do you think,should we have dinner there tomorrow evening” he asked mischievously.
    “Hell no,you promised me Chinese tomorrow ”
    “Okay,anything for you my love,anything,all the colours of Gbemisoke shoes if you like”

  143. Omotayo

    August 5, 2015 at 7:22 am

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green gbemisoke shoes….. He threw his hands over his face, fell on the floor and wept his heart out. He couldn’t believe it! No, he shook his head. He wouldn’t accept this as reality. Could she……? He couldn’t bring himself to finish asking the question. Slowly, he heaved himself to his feet and walked out of the building. He looked upward to the sky, the sky had turn a dull shade of grey mirroring his present mood. He set out on foot not sure where his destination was just as the sky started weeping in solidarity with him

  144. Adeyinka Zaynab

    August 5, 2015 at 8:55 am

    He Looked into the bag and saw a pair of Green Gbemisoke shoes
    He exclaimed ,what a sight to behold
    Alas His pen was near and his book was at hand
    He decided to write………..

    The Green Gbemisoke shoes
    What angelic feet, It would fit in
    Cinderella couldnt have asked for a better shoe
    To help her get home before the strike of 12 Midnight

    Gbemisoke shoes, comfy for the salsas and ballerinas
    Swaying you to the sides like Jingle over
    Muteis the sound of her feet
    Till she appears like a magical duchess
    A walk in Gbemisoke shoes is a stride of freedom
    Feets are safe in leather enclosure
    More Organic than fertilizer
    Rooted in the soil of the earth
    Sun up to Sun set
    Striding like home coming
    Beauty in her toes
    Toes that were denied of love

    Home is where the heart is..
    Home is Gbemisoke shoes.

  145. Temitope Olarewaju

    August 5, 2015 at 9:05 am

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. He remembered his mum raving about them the day before. Tayo was not a fan of chit-chatter but he would do anything to see his mum happy, including not telling her that her only daughter wanted to quit school to set up a clothing business. He wondered why his sister always had to be so headstrong. Was it a women thing, being so resolute? And what was the bag doing on his bed anyway? He looked in it again and saw a note,
    “Hello Ope, I’m sorry about the way I spoke to you over the phone yesterday. I hope you like this gorgeous pair of shoes, Tayo said he’s stopping by to see you. Let’s talk about what you wanted to tell me at night. Love, mum.”
    Tayo grinned. This ought to be an interesting day!

  146. Chiemeka Osuagwu

    August 5, 2015 at 9:09 am

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes with two beautiful feet in them. He grabbed her ankles and heaved her stiff body out of the duffle-bag to the floor, beside a shallow grave. Her eyes wide; terror plastered on her face. “I had to” he said as he kicked her into the hole.
    Today was their anniversary and she had some big news for him. They met at a quaint restaurant. He handed her a bag with neon green pumps. She loved them. She loved him, but never got to see him as much as she liked. He was always too busy with his wife. She leaned in and gave him the good news: “I’m pregnant!” He looked disappointed. She inquired, but he brushed it off and insisted they leave to their hotel room right away. They did.
    Some hotel room, huh.

  147. Damilola adejola

    August 5, 2015 at 9:21 am

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green gbemisoke shoes; not a box filled with trust, for they have fallen off through arguments and name calling, or a box with love bursting out, for night after night as they lie next to each other, their bed space seem wider as she lies at the end of the world far from his touch.
    He exchange look conversations with his younger sister “are you for real?” she replied with a ‘just do it’ look. In front of her, within her divine presence, he spoke as he stretched the bag forward ‘ Kemi, Happy anniversary’, she pasted a smile and opened the bag, her expression was priceless, her eyes showed more beauty than a thousand stars, for he had ticked all the boxes. She planted a kiss on his lips that lasted for eternity, his sister winked saying ‘i gat this’.

  148. Homowhumee

    August 5, 2015 at 9:39 am

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of Gbemisoke shoes, and he screamed! Not out of joy, but of sheer disbelief.
    10 years ago, he decided to brace up and tell his parents about his status. He was tired of hiding and pretending. He told them, of how he loved to dress as a woman and make himself up. His mom developed a heart attack instantly and his dad disowned him. He cried for months non-stop and finally decided to go to far away china. Yea, china because he knew he could start life afresh,without the disapproving look of family members. He became a painter who dressed like a woman. He is married now with a kid. That morning, a delivery came through, from his father and he saw the shoes-the symbol of his father’s approval. He cried.

  149. f

    August 5, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Rjf

  150. A.A

    August 5, 2015 at 9:58 am

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of Gbemisoke shoes, then back at the woman stood beside him. Searching through the woman he no longer recognised.

    “Bimpe, ọmọ dudu bi koro ṣin.”

    A girl well known for her velvety blackness, smooth textured skin but of a tone he had ignorantly and mercilessly teased. Not just him of course!

    Kayode wasn’t a cruel sort. It was only so she would know her place; their’s was no more than play. Absolutely no future!

    Bimpe, whose figure-eight may have tempted him otherwise; who often left after weekends, who would have otherwise claimed pregnancy and her people demand marriage.

    Bimpe, no longer smooth, but an assortment of the orange-clay, pinkish flesh of artificial “pupa”. Bimpe, who knew this man’s heart more than most, his longing for a yellow “Onyinye” now stood beside him, her veins now very like her green Gbemisoke shoes.

  151. Adeyinka Zaynab

    August 5, 2015 at 10:01 am

    He Looked into the bag and saw a pair of Green Gbemisoke shoes
    He exclaimed ,what a sight to behold
    Alas His pen was near and his book was at hand
    He decided to write………..

    The Green Gbemisoke shoes
    What angelic feet, It would fit in
    Cinderella couldnt have asked for a better shoe
    To help her get home before the strike of 12 Midnight

    Gbemisoke shoes, comfy for the salsas and ballerinas
    Swaying you to the sides like Jingle over
    Muteis the sound of her feet
    Till she appears like a magical duchess
    A walk in Gbemisoke shoes is a stride of freedom
    Feets are safe in leather enclosure
    More Organic than fertilizer
    Rooted in the soil of the earth
    Sun up to Sun set
    Striding like home coming
    Beauty in her toes
    Toes that were denied of love

    Home is where the heart is..
    Home is Gbemisoke shoes.

    [email protected]

  152. Olaitan

    August 5, 2015 at 10:09 am

    He looked into the bag and saw a pair of Green Gbemisoke shoes, the last golden ray of light heralding sunset pierced through the window blinds, It formed lines on his face,His masculine face was filled with grief, the ever bubbling Tamuno has been silenced by sorrow. Few hours ago,he received thesaddest news of his life.His mum had transcended to the great beyond after a brief battle with the deadly Ebola virus.the Still and Chilly ands of mortality took her away, few weeks backHis stocks had crashed at the Stock Market, he had to stand up to his woes
    The tick tock of the clock was the only sound that could be heard, still holding the bag he retrieved from his mum’s bed side, looking further into the bag he saw a scribbled from his mum :” TO DIE IN THE HEART OF THOSE YOU LOVE IS TO LIVE FOREVER’,She had also instructed him to give the shoes to a beggar girl they both met while driving on Aboyade Cole street weeks ago, The had been touched by the girl’s miseries Here was a woman even in death was a survivor,a jewelof unquantifiable value, a Lotus plant that blooms in the mud and he hoped the beggar girl would survive the storms of life in her gbemisoke shoes

  153. A.A

    August 5, 2015 at 10:10 am

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes.
    “Thief!”
    The girl Ada had indeed grown wings! Ada, sweet, sweet Ada!
    She had come to them when not quite ripe and had ripened right before his eyes.
    It had seemed almost heaven-sent! As Buki dried up, Ada had ripened even more. From sport bras to C cup. White coloured brassiere, black brassiere, and the poka dots, each carefully selected and purchased by yours truly!
    Ada, Ada, sweet beautiful Ada-nna. Growing, beckoning him with her cries!
    “Oga”, in the afternoon, at dinner time, after each chore. “Oga!”
    Always “Oga!”
    Even clenched tight at his first entry, was filled with her usual cries of “oga”
    He’d never forget that night’s sound of “oga.” Unlike the ones before and the crying. Sounds of different “ogas” nights after; after the discovery of his wife’s stolen shoes and Adanna’s failed escape!

    • whocares

      August 5, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      fecking hells mate. LMAOOOOOOOOOOOO. I’m at work and I am cracking up like a loon. LOOL.

  154. Olaitan

    August 5, 2015 at 10:11 am

    He looked into the bag and saw a pair of Green Gbemisoke shoes, the last golden ray of light heralding sunset pierced through the window blinds, It formed lines on his face,His masculine face was filled with grief, the ever bubbling Tamuno has been silenced by sorrow. Few hours ago,he received thesaddest news of his life.His mum had transcended to the great beyond after a brief battle with the deadly Ebola virus.the Still and Chilly ands of mortality took her away, few weeks backHis stocks had crashed at the Stock Market, he had to stand up to his woes
    The tick tock of the clock was the only sound that could be heard, still holding the bag he retrieved from his mum’s bed side, looking further into the bag he saw a scribbled from his mum :” TO DIE IN THE HEART OF THOSE YOU LOVE IS TO LIVE FOREVER’,She had also instructed him to give the shoes to a beggar girl they both met while driving on Aboyade Cole street weeks ago, The had been touched by the girl’s miseries Here was a woman even in death was a survivor,a jewelof unquantifiable value, a Lotus plant that blooms in the mud and he hoped the beggar girl would survive the storms of life in her gbemisoke shoes

    [email protected]

  155. Akunne

    August 5, 2015 at 10:46 am

    He looked into the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes and in that instant outrage snatched the bag from her and flung it out of the window with eyes blazing like hot iron. The bag landed with a tiny thud outside the window.
    Snapping out of her reverie Atoke stared at her husband in amazement and asked what the matter was.
    “The shoes”, replied Efe. You have diverted all attention to these shoes since arrival that I seem no longer important to you. Always staring at it with that stupid lazy smile on your lips.
    Atoke explained that finally she was able to get the perfect shoes for her aching ankle and cannot help but admire the velvety feeling and the relief they gave her. Apologizing, Efe picked up the bag, ordered three more pairs for her which rekindled their love for each other even more.

  156. Alexandria Nnamaka

    August 5, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes, surely this must be a mistake he thought to himself over and over again. He had left Sade specific instructions about the package and this wouldn’t fit in nicely with his plans, it just wouldn’t do. Shaking with rage, he dialed her number and went off on a rant when she picked, she calmly replied with “empty the contents of the bag” and there was a click. He hurried to the room and emptied the bag on the bed, tears of relief flooded his eyes when he spotted the small black velvet box, he opened it to inspect the content, satisfied, he put it back in the bag and rushed to the restaurant, his soon-to-be fiancée would surely love the added bonus of a shoe.

  157. Amaka Obanor

    August 5, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    ” He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes”. I had decided to do something different for him. It was about 12noon, i stormed out of the office and zoomed away in my new ride. Traffic was really friendly,perfect timing. I drove into a busy mall on Allen. I was looking for something uncommon. I brushed through the different sections but could not find that perfect gift. Moments later , I was arguing with a police officer, I just beat the traffic. I was able to get off the police hook, if you know what i mean. Some minutes later Bola called, he wanted to know if i had found something for his girlfriend ; did I forget to mention , I am a private shopper. At that moment it hit me, green is Sade’s best colour and she wears an 8 for shoes. I dialled 0909 500 9908 and placed an order, the smile on my face was priceless.

  158. Mohammad

    August 5, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    A shorter attempt:

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. First came anger, then jealousy. Both as flashes of green deeper than the shoes, coursing through his veins. There is no disguising the truth.

    “I have enough problems being black, before adding being gay to them” he had told him. His boyfriend was getting married.

    The old him would never get dragged into this hurricane. Now he tucks candles, liquor, feathers, bones around the gnarled roots of the ‘efa-ekkpo’. Making sacrifice, praying for his return, sipping rum punch with fruit tea to fragment narrowness in domestic walls.

    As young lovers they bared their souls to each other. Everything fell silent once he became betrothed. And like an ‘other woman’, he surrounds himself with superficial distractions. Waiting for his calls, those increasingly-rare visits.

    “He may have bought them for his mother” is the lie he consoles himself with.

  159. Akpo Uyeh

    August 5, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. Without even thinking, the next thing he did was to “attack” her.
    “Who gave you these?” He asked suspiciously, raising his eyebrows.
    “Oh this…” Her face lit up at the sight of the shoes. Before she could go further, he had already cut her short with scathing remarks.
    How could he think that she was cheating on him? Imagine him believing that she had gotten the gift from a boyfriend. How long would she put up with his jealous behaviour? He was just too possessive. It did not matter to him if he was choking her.
    She had tried to explain that the Gbemisoke shoes were from her brother but he would not just give her a chance. As usual he was sticking to his assumptions. While he ranted, she used her palms to cover her ears.

  160. www.hephiebrown,wordpress.com

    August 5, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. Jemima didn’t even get to wear them. He got it for her first birthday, and she wasn’t even alive to wear them. His parents had warned him not to marry Elizabeth but he couldn’t help himself. She was the love of his life.. Still is. And even after losing their first baby and after her fourth attempt to give birth, he would still love her and she would still love him. Of course they were sad. Their sickled baby is gone. They couldn’t afford a genetic disorder test. He considered adoption.. Come to think of it, so many orphans out there. He put the shoes in the shoe box as she walked in. They held each other and cried vehemently in the dark silence. There was no going back. It is crazy love but it is theirs.

  161. Chijioke Nnamani

    August 5, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. Jeff had been dared to talk to the pretty lady in the blue mask, so he walked up to her. ‘Hi I’m Jeff, will you like to dance?’
    ‘Nah’ she said sipping wine ‘but I would dance with you anyway’
    ‘Are you always this honest?’ he said, she laughed and they danced. They talked about everything they could while the song played and then she left for the bathroom. She was amazing, he wanted to know her name and see her face and he would ask her when she came back, but she didn’t. He couldn’t forget how lovely she looked at the party in that simple dress that matched her classy shoes, the very one he was staring at one week later in the bag by his desk and he smiled…he knew whose it was.

  162. Yetty

    August 5, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. Sondra had flung the dirty nylon bag containing her shoes on his side of the bed. His wife considered herself queen of the castle and had little regard for other people’s things.
    “Why do I even know what brand these are?” Blaze wondered aloud.

    Titi, Blaze’s sister, sighed dramatically. She was sitting at the ornate dressing table helping herself to Sondra’s stash of designer perfume. “Because you, my friend, are whipped.” Titi said.

    “I’m not whipped!” Blaze barked.

    “Sure you are. Ask anyone.” Titi responded flippantly.

    Blaze bristled but he suspected Titi was right. Lately, his life did seem to revolve around Sondra’s needs.

    “Whatever. I have to go cook dinner. I’d advise you to jejely drop that bottle of Victor & Rolf Flowerbomb before Sondra gets home.”

    “Victor and who? Who is Victor?” Titi asked, confused.

  163. Anne

    August 5, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green gbemisoke shoes. Tucked between them was the ochieze Hollandis wrapper he had given her a month before. He peeked into the darkness of the closet. There were faded gowns hanging on metal hangers, threadbare brassiers neatly folded on the rough wood extending from one upper part of the closet to the other, and the three-feet high silver box he had bought her when she visited him at Onitsha. He wheeled the box to the the part of the room lit by the afternoon sun. Inside the box were her most priced possessions-jewelries, rumpled niara notes in polythene bags, laces, and pictures of the two of them — mother and son. He would come another day. He picked up the white blouse with a cape and the blue wrapper with the image of the Virgin Mary–she would be buried in them.

  164. atinuke

    August 5, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes…thats the latest sentence trending at the moment,he thought for a while .a quick look at what the sentence is about,wont be a bad idea. He took his phone and punched the website on the browser apps..he couldn’t but have to smile at loads that were sent in. infact,you would know them by their writings,from different professions,social strata etc .all of them were represented. beautiful pieces and write ups,here and there.tudents,doctors,corper,teachers,workers,socialites,puritans,gossipers,undergraduates etc putting in their writings,he laughed in awe of imaginations he was thrown into by the writings and conclusively,he said “may the best post wins”…am actually a “she” not a “she” she recalled,Atoke has thrown me out of my gender world, successfully. She murmured to herself,smiling sheepishly.

    This is my third post but I couldn’t see the first two .i had fun writing in,though. It brought out that other side of me,but I feel fulfilled. thanks,atoke.

  165. Franklin Anuligo

    August 5, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. His eyes and mouth widened. It was the shoe he looked for. He picked one leg of the shoe and caressed it like it was her hair. He brought it close to his nose. “Mmmmh . . . haaaahhh,” he had an inhale and exhale. Imagine the unique scent and peculiarity. He closed his eyes. It reminded him of her. It smelt just like her.
    He opened his eyes. Behold, she was before him. No, was only a mirror reflection. She was behind. “Gbemi!” he said, his face dashed with a thousand smiles as he turned. “I’ve found the shoes and I’ve found you.” She smiled back at him, seated on a couch. She stretched her legs. He knew what it meant. He went down on his knees. Holding her legs like a guitar, he perfectly placed the shoes.

  166. Chijioke

    August 5, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes and everything made sense. He had decided to check Akpan’s room when his shirt went missing, perhaps he had left it there when he went to iron earlier – he checked the pile of washed clothes and on the table but it wasn’t there, he knelt to the ground to see if it had fallen under the table when he saw the bag.

    Tobi had the same feeling he had the first time he saw his sister’s diary, that it was something sacred and private to an individual, but like the diary he opened it anyway and that was when he saw the shoes.

    The break-in last week, the stolen jewellery, his sister’s green shoes, his iPhone 5, and the time he had heard Akpan say over the phone ‘I bought you fine shoes’ everything made sense.

  167. salewa

    August 5, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes, he flung them away in disgust. He sat down on the sofa with a sigh and inhaled the scent of the flowers wafting in through the open window. The door creaked open and his sister came in. A look of shame was exchanged between them. He wished he could cut out that part of his body that had sinned so terribly. His sister picked the shoes up and quietly wiped away the tears streaming down her face as she rose up from her bent position. “What have we done?” she intoned. “My beautiful sister; how I love you so.” He kissed her lips gently, smiled and walked away.
    On getting to his room, he opened his bedside drawer and caressed his gun. He lifted it to his lips.
    She heard the shot from the room and screamed.

  168. Toyin O.

    August 5, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. Yes, he was prying but what else was he supposed to do? He needed more information.
    They had met at a polling booth during the last general elections. This was their second meeting. Conversation was struck during the break before the ballot boxes arrived. He was gaining good ground and she was laughing so hard at his jokes. That was a good sign.
    He’s still lost as to how the conversation turned to their background. Too much information had been shared. The break must have been that long (were the ballot boxes just being manufactured?)
    Well, now he’s sitting across an empty chair (previously occupied by the stranger turned sister) in a restaurant, prying into her bag and wondering how many other daughters his dad had fathered.

  169. Korede Bamigbola

    August 5, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. He dropped the package and sat heavily going over his last moment with Tolani. He tried saying a word of prayer but couldn’t instead, he let his prayers roll down his cheeks. It’s been a long battle and a hard one. Lost in thoughts, he remembered her last words…I love you. Several minutes passed before it struck him that the shoes delivered were feminine. Tolani’s shoes. He reached out to it with mixed feelings and a small note fell off. It read’ fill these shoes ‘signed Tolani. Puzzled, Femi stared at the shoes and it dawned on him she knew. She knew she wasn’t going to make it but wants him to live and love again…Green is the colour of life, renewal. Fresh bout of tears came rolling because even in death, she thought about him.

  170. Temilade Jebutu

    August 5, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes. Another one?! He thought. When will this end? Her noticeably fuller closet was an evidence of the dent she had created in his bank account in the past week.
    “Agatha!” he spat “You’re getting carried away. Remember we have kids to care for.” “Jerry.” She called out coolly from atop their bed. “I have ‘oniomania’. Triggered by stress and depression, no thanks to you! My ‘disorder’ has to subside naturally no matter the cost!”
    “Otherwise, the Pastorate and the entire congregation will discover that ‘revered’ Pastor Jeremiah Godspower was compelled by the ‘spirit’ to drink of the ‘holy’ fluid oozing out of our maid’s loins. You wouldn’t want that to happen, would you? So ‘support’ me in my ‘trying’ time. Now! A brand new Toyota Venza will speed up my recovery. What do you think?”

  171. onayi ogbori

    August 5, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    He looked in the bag and saw a pair of green Gbemisoke shoes.He was surprised.He gave his mother a smothering look,trying to pick his words carefully in his head.
    “How does this explain why you have asked me to stay away from Kelvin and Richard?”.Dapo asked his mum,who had been watching him with keen eyes and a smile on her face.
    “Tell me three things you have observed about the shoes dear”.Dapo’s mum said,placing her left hand under her chin. Dapo lifted one of the shoe pair and examined it carefully.He wanted to be sure there wasn’t more to it than met the eyes.
    “Well,it’s beautiful,green and feminine.I really like it because of it’s colour,but it’s useless to me”.Dapo had replied,shrugging his shoulders.
    “My point exactly dear”Dapo’s mum began to say.”You like Richard and Kelvin because they interest you,but they are going in different directions with you.They want to engage in youthful exuberance that brings destruction,but you want to pass your SAT exams so you can go to college abroad.Right now,they won’t point you in that direction.They are like these shoes in your life,beautiful but without much use”.
    “Dapo,are you okay?”Kike said,trying to jolt Dapo back into reality as he held her pair of brand new shoes with so much passion.
    “Yes..I.am”.Dapo said with teary eyes.”I remembered my mum when I saw these pair of Gbemisoke shoes.she had these exact pair,and taught me a life long lesson with them…so these for me,are not just shoes,they are life”
    Kike reached out for his hand and squeezed it lightly,in a reassuring way.

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