The Mama Mmiri by Walter Dinjos

This is a story of a bereaved brother facing a hungry river spirit, appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Issue #190, edited by Scott H. Andrews.

The Mama Mmiri (podcast) also at Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Issue #190, read by Walter Dinjos and edited by Scott H. Andrews.

The Mama Mmiri (reprint). Appeared in Event Horizon 2017, edited by Jake Kerr.

The Mama Mmiri (reprint). Appeared in Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Year #8, edited by Scott H. Andrews.



…the quality of the writing and the spiritual, emotional, horror, fantasy, colonialism and revenge elements make for a powerful story. Recommended.

~ Wole Talabi, My Favourite AfroSFF Short Fiction of 2016.

…A tale of magic and slow-creeping horror and colonialism and revenge, and making deals with…well, not the devil this time…

~ Maria Haskin, Nine Weird & Wonderful SciFi Short Stories.

…Despite that it’s not an overly gloomy tale, is told with a fresh and humorous voice and an easy flow. There are moments of great physical comedy snuck into a piece that is, ultimately, about loss and death and balance. And there is a beating heart to the story…

~ Charles Payseur, Nerds of a Feather Flock Together

 The story does a good job of building up suspense. We wonder if the narrator will somehow manage to sacrifice Baba Tunde after all. He does, but at terrible cost to himself...

~ Greg Hullender, Rocket Stack Rank

…It’s a cycle and it’s violent and not incredibly pretty (though it does have a great sense of humor) but there’s also something beautiful to the tragedy, to the way everything winds together…

~ Charles Payseur, Quick Sip Reviews

…Interesting short story about human sacrifices to a river spirit in colonial times…

~ Kinsey, A Goodreads Review.

…We visit Africa, which took a while for me to click, the name of the river and reference to a “Baba” made me think of a Russian fairytale setting. Of course this is more my problem then the authors. Overall a nice story

~ Peter, A Goodreads Review

…We travel to a village near Ofia river, in which the villagers are sacrificing a pair of goats once a month to Mama Mmiri, the mother spirit of the river…

~ Christos Antonaros, Tangent Online.

Written by Walter Dinjos
A Nigerian writer of African-themed fantasy and science fiction stories. A Writers of the Future winner. And a runner-up in the Writers Bureau Writer of the Year awards 2017. Life goals: Tour Du Mont Blanc, interstellar space travel, immortality, godhood.