Book Review: Ogadinma by Ukamaka Olisakwe

Book Title:  Ogadinma Genre: FictionAuthor:  Ukamaka OlisakwePublisher:  Masobe BooksYear of Publication:  2021Number of Pages: 266ISBN: 978-978-57645-6-7Reviewer: Tola Ijalusi Book Review Ogadinma is the story of triumph, a story of Ogadinma’s journey to liberation and self-discovery. A story that stands for the voice of many Nigerian women who has faced abuse, and patriarchal oppression. A true Nigerian story.  A good girl of 17 who want to study Literature at the University went to see Barrister Chima for assistance in gaining admission but the rich lawyer took advantage of her, thwarting her dreams and giving her some money to ‘take care of yourself’ which Ogadinma later used … Continue reading Book Review: Ogadinma by Ukamaka Olisakwe

Penuel by JLF Maikaho – Poetry – PAROUSIA Magazine

PENUEL (I have seen God face to face and survived) I bribed my way through favour Grabbing and holding unto power Unto the glitters and colours of the earth – Yet I remained unfulfilled I made gains both small and great A mighty man blessed indeed With wealth and wisdom and what have you – Yet unhappy I remained My bounty a sackful I carried all my life Hoping its presence could grant me happiness Holding on tight to it’s weight – Yet a weary soul I remained Until mercy came and attacked my lie Grace exposed the deceit I … Continue reading Penuel by JLF Maikaho – Poetry – PAROUSIA Magazine

Pride by Gabriel Oluwatomiwa Eniola – Poetry – PAROUSIA Magazine

He was fibbed to like a house on fire, He was maligned and unjustly criticized, But, despite all that, he pocketed his pride. He didn’t hurl back because of the goal ahead, And that is why his enemy is always abased. Why did you pocket your pride? They asked. It is highly legitimate if you fight back, they said. It doesn’t matter what is right, What matters is what He likes, he answered. I paid the painful price, To set the sinful free, he added. He further explained, You need to hold your horses, If you want to be unique … Continue reading Pride by Gabriel Oluwatomiwa Eniola – Poetry – PAROUSIA Magazine

O, Lord of Lives by Ujjal Mandal

when all men treat me as impostor let my mind fill with serenity and go out the flame of anger let my heart shine with melody and beauty like the pearl of great worth when all men turn down my tongue let you take back the sighs you gave me once to breathe endless and let me put on new dress of flesh O, my god! Bio: Ujjal Mandal is an Indian poet who hails from Ganguria, West Bengal, India. He is the author of two books of poetry: “Ambrosia in Budding Flowers” & “Shobder Phul.” Continue reading O, Lord of Lives by Ujjal Mandal

A CRY FROM THE WATERS by JLF Maikaho – Poetry – PAROUSIA Magazine

A CRY FROM THE WATERS It was you who called me out To walk upon water Why let me sink? It was you who calmed the storm And the waves obeyed Why not now? This unknown is indeed great My feet is failing me Darkness surrounds me, where are you? The waters are deep and wide Ruthless waves raging violently How long can faith stand? Is there a place where trust has no borders Where mortals live forever And sinners walk on water? Is there a presence where The soul sinks deeper in truth And joy overcomes darkness? Please lead … Continue reading A CRY FROM THE WATERS by JLF Maikaho – Poetry – PAROUSIA Magazine

AT CHRISTMAS by Giti Tyagi – PAROUSIA Magazine

AT CHRISTMAS POET: DR. GITI TYAGI At Christmas the merriment spreads around The festivities, the joy when fills the air And spreads the message far and wide The message of love, cheer and bliss abound The message of the Lord, so Divine and pure This time of the year when the music fills The hearts with joy and the hopes that fly High up to the skies, higher they reach The faith in the goodness rekindles And the arms stretch out, welcoming all It’s more of a time we’d spend to cleanse Our souls and hearts and the inner selves … Continue reading AT CHRISTMAS by Giti Tyagi – PAROUSIA Magazine

Divine Inspiration of the Holy Bible by Psalmuel Benjamin – Article – PAROUSIA Magazine

DIVINE INSPIRATION OF THE HOLY BIBLE  The Bible is a documented book that shows how God relates with His people. This documented book is called the scripture. The scripture is not a text or story but a divinely inspired word from God to His people. The word “inspiration” is a translation of the Greek word “theopneustos” which literally means “God-breathed.”  The translation of “theopneustos” found in the King James Version was derived from the Latin Bible where the word “inspiro” is used in 2 Timothy 3:16 to translate the word “theopneustos.”  The Importance, however, is that scripture was breathed-out by … Continue reading Divine Inspiration of the Holy Bible by Psalmuel Benjamin – Article – PAROUSIA Magazine

God’s Covenant People: Enforcing Kingdom Mandate by Vincent Oshin – Parousia Reads

It is with joy we announce the release of “God’s Covenant People: Enforcing Kingdom Mandate” written by Vincent Oshin. “God’s Covenant People: Enforcing Kingdom Mandate” explores the biblical concept of blood covenantagainst the backdrop of blood covenant in African indigenous religion/traditional societies and itspervading influence on African Christian thoughts. In seeking to separate the traditional concept andpractice from its variant in the Bible, the author highlights the context in which God establishedcovenant relationship with individuals and the nation of Israel, locating the relationship within God’sinitiatives at restoring His preeminent position in creation before the fall of Lucifer and a third … Continue reading God’s Covenant People: Enforcing Kingdom Mandate by Vincent Oshin – Parousia Reads

Pray to Jesus – A Poem from Ujjal Mandal – PAROUSIA Magazine

Pray to Jesus O Jesus, wake us up From the shell of darkness. An apple tree stoops to the ground When many succulent apples Decorate the tree with their skins Of red, green, yellow and pink. O Jesus, make us like the apple trees. When spring leaves the tree, she stands With bare jewellery looking at the skies Straight. She never bows her head down. O Jesus, do not let us be like this arrogant tree. O Jesus, wake us up From the shell of numbness. Ujjal Mandal, a Postgraduate scholar and an emerging poet from West Bengal, India. He … Continue reading Pray to Jesus – A Poem from Ujjal Mandal – PAROUSIA Magazine

DAYS by Jewo Oghenetega – A Christmas Story – PAROUSIA Magazine

There are days when I wake up in twisted bed-sheets, drenched in sweat birthed from pre-jentacular nightmares that accompany me into the morn. There are days when the melodious songs of birds mixed with the chirping of insects, seep in under my billowing curtain and remind me of a reason to live. There are days when father wears his smile backwards like prosthetics on his face; as the loud voice of a newscaster blares the rising toll of a voracious virus. There are days when the hallways remind me of the sound of missing laughter. When reminiscences of the pre-covid … Continue reading DAYS by Jewo Oghenetega – A Christmas Story – PAROUSIA Magazine

Happiness by Afolabi Oluwaseun – A Christmas Story – PAROUSIA Magazine

           In the month of December, in the grand mansion of the president of Nigeria at Abuja filled with guards to protect on case of any emergency, a parlor filled with antique things there sat president Iraub watching the news of how the youths are using cybercrime to scam people of their wealth and how peace is being disrupted in other states so the reporter posed a question to the public on how to curb it as Christmas is coming soon. With a cup of whiskey in his hands, he stared at the dark night through the window thinkingof the … Continue reading Happiness by Afolabi Oluwaseun – A Christmas Story – PAROUSIA Magazine

CHRISTMAS AT HOME by Udochukwu Chidera Amarachi – A Christmas Story – PAROUSIA Magazine

                        “Deck the halls with boughs of holly, falalala…” Christmas songs blared from the speakers in the Town Square. It was just few days to Christmas Eve and I walked through the Square, an empty shell of my former self, tired, dirty, young and restless in spirit. I imagined what Christmas would have been in my home. Every year, we travelled to our village nestled deep in the enclaves of South Eastern Nigeria, our car overburdened with our belongings, one big foam toppled against cage of screeching chickens. Shouts of  nno would rent the air as our Range Rover Evoque pulled … Continue reading CHRISTMAS AT HOME by Udochukwu Chidera Amarachi – A Christmas Story – PAROUSIA Magazine

A Christmas Miracle by Ngwu Nneoma – Christmas Short Story – PAROUSIA Magazine

It is that time of the year again, the wind blowing, the whole environment beaming with beautiful decorations. Indeed Christmas was around the corner. I had looked forward to this Christmas ever since the beginning of the year. The season is usually my best period of the year but this year it was different. I was not so expectant of this very season drawing nearer. This is because it was not going to be as usual. Something was missing, a very important part of my life was missing. How could Christmas still be the same? How could it? I still … Continue reading A Christmas Miracle by Ngwu Nneoma – Christmas Short Story – PAROUSIA Magazine

A Christmas That Smiles Brightly by Adefemi Fagite – A Christmas Story – PAROUSIA Magazine

We kneel down to pray with the Yoruba version of our mother’s King James Bible open before us, what used to be its fine spine is now a splintered woodwork from endless use. I hold John’s hand with my left and place my right hand on the Gospel of Mark 10 that talks about how Jesus said the kingdom of God belongs to little children, and adults would not make heaven unless they become children. It makes me ponder and also pity Miss Bukky who teaches us at Sunday school. Does that mean she will not make it to heaven? … Continue reading A Christmas That Smiles Brightly by Adefemi Fagite – A Christmas Story – PAROUSIA Magazine

FREEDOM AT CHRISTMAS by Ikenna Igwe – A Christmas Story – PAROUSIA Magazine

That particular night – as I lay on a faded tattered mattress in a cement cell, ravenous and cold, in the female section of the Condemned Criminals Cells (CCC) of Kirikiri Maximum Security Prison – I thought about death; about the fact that I had been sentenced to death, by hanging, for first-degree murder. And, as fate would have it, my execution had been scheduled for the 25th of December, 2009…which was just a week away. ***I’m Rachael Adeoluwa – the first child in a family of five: my parents and two younger siblings – male twins. My parents were … Continue reading FREEDOM AT CHRISTMAS by Ikenna Igwe – A Christmas Story – PAROUSIA Magazine

SHORTLIST – PAROUSIA CHRISTMAS SHORT STORY CONTEST 2021

We were in awe by the number of submissions we received for this year’s contest. We appreciate everyone who wrote a story and submitted it for the contest. Your Christmas stories were worth reading. After careful judgement of all the entries, here is our 8 shortlisted writers 1) Ikenna Igwe – Freedom at Christmas 2) Alex Kadiri – Not all boys grow up with their fathers 3) Afolabi Oluwaseun – Happiness 4) Oghenetega Jewo – Days 5) Chidera Udochukwu – Christmas at Home 6) Nneoma Ngwu – A Christmas Miracle 7) Adefemi Fagite – A Christmas that Smiles Brightly 8) … Continue reading SHORTLIST – PAROUSIA CHRISTMAS SHORT STORY CONTEST 2021