02 January 2014 ~ 16 Comments

Let 2014 be a year of emotional awareness

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  Welcome to 2014. It’s going to be a special one coming up to the 4th anniversary of this blog, and especially as we are going to have the fearless African femme fatale energy present. But before settling in to the new year: if you could sum up 2013 in one word only, what would it […]

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28 August 2013 ~ 3 Comments

What is the purpose of education? What can we learn from Liberia

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Out of all the alarming news that we receive on any given day, the story about all 25,000 school-leavers failing a test of admission to the University of Liberia hit me like a can of whoop-ass yesterday! The Liberian newspaper, The News, has since reported that the university has agreed to lower the entry standards slightly to enable some permissions and […]

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20 February 2013 ~ 6 Comments

What do Oscar Pistorius, men’s liberation and asteroids have in common?

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Four things happened on February 14th, 2013, that were strung together in an eerie way. These were the celebration of Valentine’s day, the One Billion Rising protests in over 200 countries around the world, the murder of Reeva Stenkamp by Oscar Pistorius, and, Asteroid 2012 DA14 almost wiping us all out. You probably agree that there […]

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31 January 2013 ~ 11 Comments

Can women have it all? On marriage, motherhood and work

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  One of the most popular articles in 2012 was “Why women still can’t have it all“, by Anne-Marie Slaughter in The Atlantic. It received the most facebook likes any Atlantic article has ever received and everyone from Michelle Obama to Gloria Steinem weighed in on the matter. Whether or not women can have it […]

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28 August 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Huffington Post: Meditate Your Way Through Negative Articles About Black Women

Huffington Post: Meditate Your Way Through Negative Articles About Black Women

I submitted the below post to the Huffington Post editors before the racist and sexist cover image of Michelle Obama as a nude slave appeared in one of Spain’s biggest newspapers, El Mundo’s, supplement. This morning an interview with Gabby Douglas went live revealing that her teammates called her a slave. Unfortunately, the constant tending […]

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27 April 2012 ~ 13 Comments

Beyonce, skin colour and carrots

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Beyonce was crowned most beautiful woman in the world by People Magazine this week and that resurfaced the skin colour topic with many debating whether the light skinned Beyonce is an accurate representation of “Black Beauty”. The skin colour conversation is important, crucial even, for similar reasons that I think we should upkeep the hair conversation. […]

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11 April 2012 ~ 13 Comments

Bad leadership is NOT the problem in Africa

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Last week, Joyce Banda became the second female head of state in Africa. This kind of development is significant for the continent. Not only is Banda female, which accounts for progress in more equally gendered leadership, but she’s also got a solid background which should help get Malawi out of the economic and political mess […]

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07 October 2011 ~ 13 Comments

7 fucked up things

7 fucked up things

1. People that moan about the use of expletives. 2. The combination of capitalism and yoga. I can’t claim to know all there is to yoga but I can say for certain that apart from keeping you healthy, yoga philosophy aims to connect with something profound, some call it god, some peace, some essence. There […]

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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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03 August 2011 ~ 17 Comments

The best kept secret for youth

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It’s my birthday today. I’ve given myself two birthday presents. One was a day with nature. I started the day with a long and playful walk in the woods. The forests in Finland (where I am right now) make me feel like a little girl; the strawberries you can pick and munch on as you […]

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03 June 2011 ~ 25 Comments

African witchcraft and western psychology

  There are those who believe that Oprah is a prophet of Satan, spreading a message against Christianity. Then there are a growing group who similarly to Oprah, or maybe even because of her, are keen to explore alternative ways of connecting with divinity, not by dismissing the teachings of Jesus but by understanding them in […]

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26 May 2011 ~ 8 Comments

How to use isms to be more open-minded

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It is by acts and not by ideas that people live. Anatole France ~ Coming from an (unapologetic) feminist it may seem contradictory to say that I am weary of labels. I think that labels are somewhat like tampons; they exist not because they are necessary but because they are useful. It helps to know […]

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20 March 2011 ~ 4 Comments

The melodious song of longing, Baaba Maal – In Praise of the female voice

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Apart from lyrical gratification, what do you get when you fill the Royal Festival Hall in London Southbank with artists like Senegalese superstar and advocate of women’s rights Baaba Maal, Speech Debelle, VV Brown, Eska, Krystle Warren and Annie Flore? You get a powerful evening of inspirational female voices from across three continents aptly title […]

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06 March 2011 ~ 12 Comments

Listen. Risk. Help. One woman’s thoughts on how to do career.

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I eavesdrop a lot, my ears are like antennas picking up conversations that I’m not supposed to hear. It might be indecent but hey, it’s fodder for my craft. So the other day whilst enjoying a coffee at Starbucks, I pretended to read an article on my ipad, but in reality I was occupied by […]

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04 February 2011 ~ 34 Comments

Dinner with 7 African feminists and why

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in·spi·ra·tion Stimulation of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity. Thursday 03/02/11: Experienced lack of stimulation of the mind resulting in a low level of feeling towards activity = leth·ar·gy I’ve been feeling sluggish this week, and particularly yesterday. I tackled work assignments in the morning, went to an interesting […]

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03 February 2011 ~ 1 Comment

Breaking the rules

Breaking the rules

Rules are meant to be broken, so I’m going to go ahead and break rule no 4. in my previous post and simply post a link today. The link will take you to an interview I did over @ Afrilove, and I’m sharing that one in particular because it’s actually about the topics I’ve had […]

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12 January 2011 ~ 22 Comments

How I stopped being single

How I stopped being single

I am in love and I want to document the emotions as they develop so that I forever can read the memories. I want to take note of my affinity for your presence. I want to run on the streets naked (like Erykah Badu). Full of wild emotion. I roll my tongue softly when I […]

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01 January 2011 ~ 17 Comments

7 ways to love yourself more in 2011

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The year is 2011. I’m at home in Lagos, Nigeria. I feel excited about the year to come. I always feel excited about a new year, there is always a chance for more of everything, that’s what I like about it. I’m thinking about 2010, the people I met, what I learnt, what I (still) […]

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23 November 2010 ~ 16 Comments

A weakness is a weakness

A weakness is a weakness

Despite what I’ve said in many a past job interview I deal badly with stress. It’s one of the things that I handle with no finesse. Yet, last week I agreed to unreasonable amounts of work, which climaxed into a sleepless, frantic weekend. Then yesterday as the pressure released, I had a minor anxiety attack. […]

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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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