The Mama Mmiri by Walter Dinjos

This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Published: January, 2016 in Beneath Ceaseless Skies (You can read it for free at that link, or listen to it here)

Genre: fantasy

Setting: Near a river is what is probably Nigeria (based on Dinjos’ history)

Summary: The oyibo (white men) are constructing a bridge across the Ofia River. To keep mama mmiri, the river goddess, placated, they sacrifice a twin to the river every month, with the help of the narrator’s Baba Tunde. Udo, our narrator’s twin, has been sacrificed and the narrator knows he’s next. He heads to the river in the hopes of seeing the ghost of Udo, but only sees mama mmiri. He promises her Baba Tunde’s body, but he is still sacrificed.

Final thoughts: Living next to the Ofia River would get expensive, considering the sacrifices that had to be offered every month to appease her spirit. And why did she like twins so much? Our narrator is devastated when his twin dies, and is happy to join back up with him in the river.

Title comes from: The name of the river goddess


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