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The roof is on fire by Xabiso Vili

About

Full Name: Xabiso Vili
Country Represented: South Africa

Why did you enter this storytelling contest?

I had been inspired even last year to enter after a friend brought it to my attention, after making it to the top 30 – I experienced some personal problems – those of us who have lived through this pandemic will be all too familiar with – I was unable to upload my final story, so I promised myself that I would come back to tell my stories to its fullest capacity

What does storytelling mean to you?

Storytelling is a way for me to relate my internal world to the external world – it is my means of expression and communication. I understand the world around me through stories.

Why did you tell this story?

It’s part of a series I want to do revolving around fire and surviving death – this was one of the lighter fire stories I have and I think it sets up a great precedent for the coming stories.

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65 thoughts on “The roof is on fire by Xabiso Vili”

  1. ❤️

    Wow, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this narration. Playing with matches,fire burning houses, the inability to tell the parents the truth about our messing up.💯🙌

  2. I used to think I messed up worse when I was growing up, to put the house on fire?
    What a great narrator, loved your story telling. Hope you win

  3. I love the tone and theme of this story. It’s witty and thrilling at the same time. 👌🏽

    Looking forward to seeing what more you have in store! ☺️

  4. I’ve always been a fan of yours , but this story telling business, is on another level,…. I’m amazed at the boundaries you’re able to push through.

  5. David van Heerden

    You’re at it again! Romancing my ears with the speak from your tongue. You do it with such down to earth ease and perfect imagery… how can anyone resist.

  6. Zinzile Sibanyoni

    The ending mara🤣🤣🤣 dikeledi🤣🤣🤣 I totally loved it. My room once burnt eish the feeling, atleast you managed to get some things out 😱🙈

  7. You say that this was one of the lighter stories about fire and surviving death. I don’t know, but that ‘lighter’ word doesn’t seem like a great match to me. I too thoroughly enjoyed it, and maybe because at 13 I was learning how to make smoke bombs at home. Game recognise game.

    1. Here we are – making lighters match and burning smoke bombs and smoking our fathers’ cars – this story is bringing out a few more arsonists than I meant to

  8. I thoroughly enjoyed that story…

    It is the easy-going manner you tell it, or maybe the humour that you tell it with, or maybe it’s because I burned down my father’s car when I was 13 years old.

    Either way, I really can’t wait to hear the rest of the series.

    1. It’s definitely because you burnt your father’s car when you were 13!!! Fire follows all of us everywhere! I am always surprised by the amount of people who have a story about the flames

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