"Bush Baby" (Chikodili Emelumadu)

"He spits out a molar. It’s crescent-shaped as if something took a bite out of it. My head swells and goose pimples pop all over my body. My brother opens my palm and places the damaged tooth in it."

"He spits out a molar. It’s crescent-shaped as if something took a bite out of it. My head swells and goose pimples pop all over my body. My brother opens my palm and places the damaged tooth in it."

Nigeria / 2015

When Ihuoma's brother, Okwuchukwu, shows up at her doorstep totally dazed and exasperated, he won't, at first, tell her what went wrong. When time starts ticking, he has no choice but to reveal that he's been cursed by a reckless spirit. He has two options: withstand the painful curse for seven days, or falter before day seven and face a gruesome death. Will he manage to survive? "Bush Baby" first appeared in the 2015 collection of African speculative fiction, African Monsters. "Bush Baby" is nominated for this year's Caine Prize. The Caine Prize for African Writing is a literature prize awarded to an African writer of a short story published in English. The winner will be announced on July 3rd.

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