Jola Naibi

Writer and amateur photog. I seek to inspire and inform with the words I write and share and the photos I take. I have written a book of short stories: Terra Cotta Beauty, and I am working on a lot more. Reading and writing fuel my energy. In reading, I explore this vast and diverse world, in writing, I employ my over-active imagination and address the 'what-if' questions that life often throws at us.


A Life in Full and other Stories

By on June 19, 2017

As a short story aficionado, I am always ecstatic when the season for the Caine Prize rolls in, because it gives an opportunity to discover new short fiction which celebrates the diversity of the African continent. The coordinators of the coveted prize often compile the submissions (and then some) into a short story collection and here is the one from 2010. The title story is from Nigeria’s Jude Dibia:

Mabel recoiled at her daughter’s words. A long silence punctuated by the ticking of the wall clock ensued. All her life she had hoped to shield her children from the disappointment she had always felt about her marriage – the sacrifices she had to make; enduring the scorn of a man that did not love her or see her as an equal; her frustration with dreams unfulfilled. In a moment of clarity, she realized that in pursuing the happiness of her children’s lives and their marriages, she had  been trying to find fullness in her own life.