I have a new blog design, yippee!

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  MsAfropolitan has got a new look! From top to bottom, page to page, it’s more bespoke, beautiful and easy to search. Actually, it’s more than a new look, my hope is that this new design will bring you an improved reader experience that’s clean, uncluttered, informative and engaging. One of my favourite things about…

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What I liked about Louise Mensch’s reality-based feminism piece

In a much debated OpEd last week by former conservative MP, Louise Mensch, Mensch defiantly declares that intersectionality is bollocks and that she for one, has “no intention of checking her privilege”. Mensch went on to hold this intersectional bollocks culpable for “the modern feminist movement […] wasting most of its time in frenzied internal debate about…

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Ms.Magazine features African Feminist Bloggers, my interview

  I’m delighted to be featured in the legendary Ms.Magazine today. Ms. Magazine was not only the first feminist magazine to go mainstream but it was also the magazine that inspired the name of this blog. Here’s the first of a three-part series The Femisphere: African Feminist Bloggers, Part 1 Despite centuries of cultural practice that…

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Mentor and panelist at Southbank Centre WOW-Women of the World festival

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The WOW – Women of the World festival returns to the UK’s largest arts centre, Southbank Centre, on Thursday 8th of March coinciding with International Women’s Day. Throughout history, many women’s achievements have gone unnoticed or unsung. I created WOW – Women of the World Festival to celebrate the formidable power of women to make…

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1-year anniversary of the African Women’s Decade

Today marks the one year anniversary of the AWD. The idea of a Women’s Decade was hatched in 1975 at the First World conference on women, but it took years of efforts to dig the path that in 2008 manifested as the proposal for an African Women’s Decade (AWD) by ministers of gender and women affairs in…

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Dating while feminist

I prefer going out on a date with a guy who’s read my blog than one who hasn’t. When a man hasn’t visited this site, at some point during the date something like this happens: Guy: You mentioned that you’re doing an MA at SOAS. What’s your area of study? Me: (clears throat, prepares): Gender…

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Is feminism really un-African?

As my feminist consciousness has developed the more I’ve become aware, both explicitly and implicitly, that there is a popular notion that feminism is un-African. Every time I write a post about feminism in an African context, I get at least one response about how feminism is this flawed, white supremacist ideology. The internet is rife…

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Michelle Bachelet at the House of Commons

I attended the UN Women: The Opportunity of a Generation parliamentary event at the House of Commons today. Given the speakers; UN Under Secretary General (UN Women), Michelle Bachelet, Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell, and Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Harriet Harman, my expectation was to leave with a plethora…

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Ntozake Shange & Michaela Angela Davis on Feminism & More

I get many emails especially from young women asking about feminism, and who inspired my feminism. In another post I quoted the poet Jessica Horn about her mothers influence on her feminism. And personally, her words resonate. I was raised by a woman that I have come to recognise as a revolutionary mother, who used the…

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MsAfropolitan Boutique Interview Series – Dielle N’Diaye, founder of Lady Soül Rebel

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The mission of the MsAfropolitan Boutique is to showcase and offer a handpicked range of products made by African Diaspora women on a rotating basis. Visit us here. As part of my journey to achieving this goal, I’ve met many inspiring women whose stories I want to share with you in an interview series features which…

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7 black UK blogs to bookmark

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Sometimes blogging makes me want to pull out my hair. I subscribe to some social media blogs and by no means do I follow their blogging advice religiously but sometimes a recommendation catches your eye, like the other day when I read that every self-respecting blog should have a featured posts box. It made sense,…

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MsAfropolitan Boutique Interview Series – Clare Eluka, founder of Raw Skin Food

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The mission of the MsAfropolitan Boutique is to showcase and offer a handpicked range of products made by African Diaspora women on a rotating basis. Visit us here. As part of my journey to achieving this goal, I’ve met many inspiring women whose stories I want to share with you in an interview series features which…

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African Women’s Decade 2010-2020 official launch

It’s the launch of the African Women’s Decade 2010-2020 today. Yes, a whole decade dedicated to us, recognized by the UN (United Nations) and AU (African Union) and supported by a manifesto called the Maputo protocol. Did you know about it? No? Shame on you. OK, it’s not actually your fault, after all we have…

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American Apparel joins the black hair debate

So in short – Zeitgeist brand American Apparel prefers Solange to Beyonce. Following the recent revelation that when it comes to staff the company is more interested in the natural hair look than what they wrongly referred to as the trashy look, there’s been a lot of hoo ha about American Apparel having policies on…

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Affair advice

You find out that your friends partner is having an affair. If you tell them you risk ruining their relationship, however, they might not split up, then you’ll become the archenemy to their happiness. Then again if you don’t tell him/her, you’ll start avoiding your friend. What would you do, would you rely on someone…

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Choosing a name for your blog

I’ve renamed my blog! Let me tell you, I now understand how difficult it must be to name a baby Sarcasm aside, I’ve been cracking my brain trying to think of a suitable new name. If you look at the url you’ll notice I’ve changed the name to ‘msafropolitan’. MsAfropolitan is still personal but also…

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