A Christmas Miracle by Emediong Edem – A Christmas Story – PAROUSIA Magazine

I could not hold back the tears again as I cried on his shoulder. Earlier that morning, I never believed that a miracle could happen but God surprised me. Indeed, it was a Christmas miracle. Truly, what God cannot do does not exist. Continue reading A Christmas Miracle by Emediong Edem – A Christmas Story – 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