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13 September 2013 ~ 8 Comments

In pictures: My hair gets a SKIMDO

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What is a SKIMDO? It is many things in one: a product, a look and a style treatment for curly hair. It was created by Kimberley Cowans, a woman of Russian and Jamaican heritage who, frustrated with not finding the right products for her hair texture, decided to create her own. The result was SKIMDO, […]

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04 June 2013 ~ 0 Comments

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

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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10 July 2012 ~ 2 Comments

Ms.Magazine features African Feminist Bloggers, my interview

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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06 July 2012 ~ 3 Comments

GIVEAWAY Afropolitan Apple MacBook case by Della

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It’s giveaway time! Apple is joining the increasing number of brands celebrating African style by including fabulous high-quality Ghanaian made MacBook cases by the socially conscious brand Della to their range. The fun and protective cases will hit the Apple shelves on July 10th but in the meantime I’ve  teamed up with Della who are kindly going to […]

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06 March 2012 ~ 6 Comments

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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14 October 2011 ~ 4 Comments

1-year anniversary of the African Women’s Decade

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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14 September 2011 ~ 15 Comments

Dating while feminist

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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29 July 2011 ~ 36 Comments

Is feminism really un-African?

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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17 May 2011 ~ 11 Comments

Michelle Bachelet at the House of Commons

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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24 February 2011 ~ 9 Comments

Ntozake Shange & Michaela Angela Davis on Feminism & More

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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08 January 2011 ~ 2 Comments

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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28 December 2010 ~ 18 Comments

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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24 December 2010 ~ 3 Comments

Season’s Greetings! & the winner is…

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Happy Holidays people! See, I’m supposed to be writing this from Lagos, Nigeria but then we had this snow incident in London last Saturday that meant my flight got cancelled. And honestly speaking it would have been irresponsible for me to fly regardless because I’m down with a relentless flu. So I’m in London, recovering, […]

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10 December 2010 ~ 2 Comments

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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14 October 2010 ~ 15 Comments

African Women’s Decade 2010-2020 official launch

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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19 August 2010 ~ 11 Comments

Feeling down is a part of happiness

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I started writing this post feeling down. That’s the last part of this post, a bit pathetic. Like many, I’ve developed an online attention disorder. My attention span online is 140 seconds and I don’t even have the patience to convert that into minutes. It’s no surprise that my attention span has reduced so dramatically. […]

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14 June 2010 ~ 17 Comments

American Apparel joins the black hair debate

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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08 June 2010 ~ 18 Comments

Affair advice

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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30 May 2010 ~ 4 Comments

The women that paved the way

To me, the ultimate role model is a kind of person who manages to personify to great extent the highest vision that you have of yourself. I came to the conclusion that in my case it would need to be a woman, one that I can identify with, one that I have learned from and […]

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16 March 2010 ~ 6 Comments

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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