​Call for Submissions | Heal the World Issue 12 | Parousia Magazine

  PAROUSIA Magazine is calling for submissions for it 12th Issue to be published by September 2020 The theme of this forthcoming Issue is HEAL THE WORLD Psalm 147:3 KJV He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. Heal the world is a theme inspired by the present pandemic that has plaqued our world today. The Covid 19 pandemic has brought life changing experiences to many, lives have been lost, means of livelihood have been forgone with people clamouring to remain alive and healthy. PAROUSIA Magazine looks forward to reminding people that there is one who can … Continue reading ​Call for Submissions | Heal the World Issue 12 | Parousia Magazine

LOSS by Carol Lauver | Flash Fiction | PAROUSIA Magazine

Mama was never the same after losing Grandpa, her twin sister, Charlene, and my brother Braylon. Mama stared into my brown eyes, grabbed ahold of my braids and whispered, “I will keep you safe Ashanti, no matter what. My life means nothing if you’re not with me.” “Mama, why are you talking like this? You’re scaring me. Tell me, please.” Mama ranted, cursing God for taking her family and allowing this to happen. “Haven’t I been faithful, and done everything humanly possible? Why am I being punished?” She stopped going to church. Grandma would plead with Mama to go to … Continue reading LOSS by Carol Lauver | Flash Fiction | PAROUSIA Magazine

LIGHT IN A TUNNEL by Peace Ufedojo Haruna | Fiction | Christmas Life Issue #10 | PAROUSIA Magazine

  LIGHT IN A TUNNEL  It was the 24th of December, Esther sat in her apartment feeling quite lonely, outside her apartment was buzzing with the Christmas spirit but she wondered why she felt nothing. It was the same experience she had for the past five years, after she lost her father the weight of running a family fell on her fragile shoulders so she had no choice but to leave school. She was a sex worker, that was how she trained her siblings but she didn’t go to work that evening because she knew most of her customers would … Continue reading LIGHT IN A TUNNEL by Peace Ufedojo Haruna | Fiction | Christmas Life Issue #10 | PAROUSIA Magazine

Grace & Beauty by April Vázquez | Fiction | PAROUSIA Magazine

Grace & Beauty After my first year of college, I moved into a house near the university at the end of a narrow road. The owner of the house, a stout, blond woman named Christine, worked for the company that made Cliff’s Notes. Her yellow bedspread was covered with bumblebees, tigers, and an assortment of other yellow or black stuffed animals. She traveled for her job, she told me, so more often than not I would be alone in the house. Financially she didn’t need a roommate, but she suspected the neighbors were beginning to feel imposed on about having … Continue reading Grace & Beauty by April Vázquez | Fiction | PAROUSIA Magazine

A CHRISTMAS OF SPREAD FRAGRANCE by Adesina Ajala | Christmas Cascade Issue 9 | PAROUSIA Magazine

  A CHRISTMAS OF SPREAD FRAGRANCE “Odun n lo so pin o Baba mimo “, the song punctuated my sleep that chilly morning. I dragged the blanket reluctantly off my squeezed face, yawned and searched for the light switch on the wall close to my bed. I clicked it and stared helplessly at the hour and minutes hands of the clock. They pointed at 6. I wished it was not yet day break. Sleep can be very delicious when it is served in harmattan. I still watched the second hand ticked past 40 seconds. I forced myself out of the … Continue reading A CHRISTMAS OF SPREAD FRAGRANCE by Adesina Ajala | Christmas Cascade Issue 9 | PAROUSIA Magazine

A SAMOYA VILLAGE CHRISTMAS by Denis Waswa Barasa | Christmas Cascade Issue 9 | PAROUSIA Magazine

  A SAMOYA VILLAGE CHRISTMAS You would know that it was a big deal when you started seeing women with nylon sacks trooping mother’s hut in the absence of father that a new season was approaching. They would conveniently make sure they arrived late in the afternoons because they knew the men of the homesteads were not around. Were they to be around, they wouldn’t approve of the women’s mission. Nevertheless, such men, as indeed the husbands to these women on a special mission, never complained of the new appearance of their mud walled grass thatched houses that would be … Continue reading A SAMOYA VILLAGE CHRISTMAS by Denis Waswa Barasa | Christmas Cascade Issue 9 | PAROUSIA Magazine

UNCLE KỌ́LÁ by Stephen Adinoyi | PAROUSIA Magazine

    UNCLE KỌ́LÁ “I curse them in the name of Jesus; I bind them in the mighty name of Jesus! Let your heavenly fire burns them! Burn their brain so that they will become mad! Burn their legs so that they can become crippled. Scatter all my Philistines, destroy all my Amalekites, destroy my Egyptians! Scatter my enemies with your blood! Scatter them now! Now! Now! ….” Ose was hissing and turning on his bed because of his discomfort over the shrill prayer coming out from the room of his immediate neighbour. “Burn their families; let the families of … Continue reading UNCLE KỌ́LÁ by Stephen Adinoyi | PAROUSIA Magazine

Who Is Like God by Ernest O. Ogunyemi

        Who is like God? I used to believe all of Father’s words. I used to believe that God is good all the time and… the inverse. That church is the house of that God, and that He makes things work for those who go there good. I used to believe that Aunty Tọ́pé is a good woman that she is in all ways better than my mother. That my mother is a witch, and a bitch, too; that God indeed had commanded Father to send her packing like an unmasked masquerade.        And whenever I made the mistake of … Continue reading Who Is Like God by Ernest O. Ogunyemi

FICTION | The Man Who Forgot To Die (Chapter 1) by Michael Mulvihill

  The Man Who Forgot To Die (A novella by Michael Mulvihill) Chapter 1   What particularly comes to his mind, when Claudius thought of his state of being that he was now heir to was the icon, “Softener of Evil Hearts,” also known as “The Seven Swords,” depicting seven swords lodged within the heart of The Virgin Mother, stabbed with 3 knives cut through the right side of her heart, and four knives cut through the left side of her heart. This icon came to his mind because even as a protected person, his needs went beyond feeling physically … Continue reading FICTION | The Man Who Forgot To Die (Chapter 1) by Michael Mulvihill

FICTION | WHAT LIES BEHIND FACES by Su’eddie Vershima Agema

  WHAT LIES BEHIND FACES[1] A Christmas Tale   “Move!” came the single shout of the Captain, Chris. It lacked the bark of an order, though the loudness indicated it was directed at the men. It registered to a few as a word of encouragement. Minions repeated it automatically through cracked lips that had long defeated every form of moistening. Chris sighed. Her once bright coloured hazel eyes were now reddish, packed with dust and sleeplessness. Her thin shapely frame belied the matron who two years previously had been fully stocked. She had her weather coloured brown hair closely cropped … Continue reading FICTION | WHAT LIES BEHIND FACES by Su’eddie Vershima Agema

FICTION | THE CHRISTMAS GIFT by Cecil Jones Myondela

  THE CHRISTMAS GIFT   I tapped to play the audio that had been sent to me on my WhatsApp chat. It was an audio from brother Ngoni, in South Africa. He was not used to send me some audio on my number. I got stuck and suspicious of what that could be. When brother Ngoni reaches me through audio texts, he would be after making you understand the emotions he will be in. We had not quarelled or disputed over anything for whole of our past. But I knew it when I would hear him recording such emotional pieces … Continue reading FICTION | THE CHRISTMAS GIFT by Cecil Jones Myondela

FICTION | The Stubborn Mini-Skirt By Nsah Mala

  The Stubborn Mini-Skirt                                                             Miss Gwendolyn Ajehla was both popular and notorious throughout Government High School (GHS) Ibamakuo and even beyond. She was a teacher of English Language in the school. And she had graduated from the Higher College of Education (HCE) Yamandé, with a First-Cycle Secondary School Teacher Certificate in English Modern Letters some two years earlier. Given that Miss Gwendolyn was very young and beautiful, she became exaggeratedly proud. She was barely twenty three years old, with a light, slim skin and of an average height. Her popularity stemmed from her good mastery of the English language … Continue reading FICTION | The Stubborn Mini-Skirt By Nsah Mala

2017 Best Of The Net Nominations | PAROUSIA Magazine 

As the Editor of PAROUSIA Magazine, I’m pleased to nominate the following poems for Sundress Publications’ 2017 Best of the Net Anthology. Congratulations to all nominees.  NON-FICTION Santa’s Wish List by Luisa Kay Reyes FICTION The Exorcism by Doohemba Gwa POETRY a love poem by Rick Davis …His Bone Cord by Francis Annagu Holy Thursday Blues by Kariuki wa Nyamu Lost in love by Elemide Benjamin The Joseph and Mary of Kampala by Samuel Kamugisha SECOND HOME by Oki Kehinde Julius Continue reading 2017 Best Of The Net Nominations | PAROUSIA Magazine 

FICTION | The Man Who Forgot To Die (An Extract) by Michael Mulvihill

Again, and again, repeating the truth, Claudius insisted his spiritual war had not ended. His war for his soul had only gotten worse. He prostrated on the ground, holding his cross. He vowed verily, I will not be found wanting in my fight for salvation. I will not fear my attackers though they shall hurt me. I will not be found with an amputated and corrupted soul, nor signed over with my blood to the Devil in exchange for his false promissory of a truce. I will fight his demonic horde verily with my love for Christ. Vehemently I swear … Continue reading FICTION | The Man Who Forgot To Die (An Extract) by Michael Mulvihill

FICTION | The Exorcism by Gwa Doohemba

   The Exorcism The weather was different today. That was the first thing he noted. And the first thing that woke him up. The window had lines of water dripping from it as a result of moisture the dew left there. He loves the grass when dew falls on them. Without thinking, he reached towards the curtains to pull it wider so he could have a clear view of the grasses. He winced. He gnashes his teeth and rolled the blanket over him.   Uwesi will never tag himself “Religious.” But he is more comfortable with him been called a … Continue reading FICTION | The Exorcism by Gwa Doohemba

PAROUSIA Magazine Christmas Issue #4

Dear Readers, I welcome you to the Christmas Issue which is the fourth Issue of PAROUSIA Magazine. I bless God for the success of the previous issues which are Easter Issue, Purity Issue and September Issue. I am grateful to God as PAROUSIA Magazine is a year older already. All glory to his name. My sincere appreciation goes to the Board of Advisors Oyin S. Oludipe, Su’eddie Vershima Agema and Tola Oyediran for their encouragement and support. Thanks for being there. Also, my gratitude goes to you our readers for reading PAROUSIA Magazine and our esteemed contributors for sharing your … Continue reading PAROUSIA Magazine Christmas Issue #4

PAROUSIA Magazine Issue #3

PAROUSIA Magazine Issue #3 POETRY CRAFTSMAN by Oghenero Ezaza – Issue #3 Self-Righteous by Olaiya Tobi – Issue #3 BLOOD by Okuwoga Eyimofe – Issue #3 HAKUNA MATATA! by Onwuchuruba Francis Ikedichukwu – Issue #3 I FELL ON MY KNEES by Kariuki wa Nyamu – Issue #3 EXTINGUISHED by Ugochukwu Chimerem Victory – Issue #3 In the Blind Man’s Shoes by Samuel Kamugisha – Issue #3 But My Spirit Holds by Chalya Princess Miri-Gazhi – Issue #3 SECOND HOME by Oki Kehinde Julius – Issue #3 AN ORDINARY PRAYER by Rick Davis – Issue #3 Cover Image Bolu Akindele Cover … Continue reading PAROUSIA Magazine Issue #3

Elusive God by Doohemba Gwa

  For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. That verse of the Bible in times past held a deep fascination for Jesse. It was an illuminator that served to illumine his path of righteousness from his childhood through his adolescent years. He sat quietly in his lonely room on the bed the size that screamed of not only the external loneliness he was feeling but his internal loneliness that succeeded in filling him with emptiness. His mind rewound to the life … Continue reading Elusive God by Doohemba Gwa