Celebrating Trailblazing Nigerian Women.

Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on her first day as WTO Director-General

International Women’s Day celebrated on the 8th of March is, according to the international women’s day website, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

On this day, I am celebrating seven Nigerian women who I personally view as heroes. I’m highlighting their achievements and acts of courage and determination which has played extra-ordinary roles in the history of their communities, Nigeria and the world at large. …


Addressing the issues and its causes.

Image by Jennifer Luxton / The Seattle Times

On the news yesterday I watched as body guards patrolled a china town in America because they had been getting attacked at different times by both white and black Americans. They, the attacked, had to address themselves, organize rallies to talk about their experiences and educate others on it, create a Gofundme to finance security and then sort out the best security agency to employ its services for themselves.

No government agents or politicians or anybody in power had come out to form rallies and educate people on the consequences of racism, why they…


This is not a compliment, please.

Young Girl Reading, 18th-century oil painting by Jean-Honore Fragonard

In November of 2020, I was sitting at the Abia Mall’s food court eating pasta and reading Ben Carson’s, You Have A Brain, when a pot-bellied man in a Tom Ford shirt and overly tight denim pants walked up to my table, pulled the chair by my side and sat down — of course, no excuses were asked and a little offense was taken at the unprovoked invasion — “Hello angel,” said this intruder with a confident grin, “why is a pretty girl like you sitting alone?” I looked at him, scoffed and carried on with my eating and reading.


Can any woman escape the lies?

Kamala Harris is sworn in as vice president during the 59th presidential inauguration at the US capitol in Washington, Wednesday January 20,2021 (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

On Wednesday the 20th of January 2021, Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States of America alongside his vice president, Kamala Harris, the first woman to ever hold that office.

I knew it was coming as it always does when women walk the hall of fame. I logged on to my twitter on Sunday morning and the first post I saw was, "Kamala Harris did not deserve that office, she slept her way to the top."

Deep sigh. I am past the point of anger at such statements, it is now resentment and frustration…


A short story

I hear the child crying, I hear the crack of the whip, I hear the deep pleas of the child, too often it reminds me of my childhood.

I am familiar with that scenario. I know the pain. I close my eyes and rest my head on my palms, make it stop, please. …


What changes when the calendar reads 2021.

photo by Mohammed Nohassi on Unsplash

2020 for many has not been a good year.

People lost friends and family, jobs, homes, savings, a lot. They sit in their corners and wonder what life really is, I wonder too.

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness” — Desmond Tutu.

The only thing most of us have is hope. Hope for what the new year will bring. It’s not like 2021 is going to come with a custom installed Thanos that’ll snap away the pandemic and it’s negative effects and the world will continue like nothing happened. No.

The…


A short story

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The Christmas/New year holiday that so many Nigerians went to Cape Verde, I too went.

It is beautiful island country off the coast of west Africa, with pastel coloured buildings and beautiful scenery. I went alone as is my usual way of doing things, swam in a salt lake, ate fresh smoked fish by the water, toured the city at the back of a truck and just sat and stared because it was so peaceful.

That year, my mother said the slave traders were letting go of the lands they’d captured from us before the colonial times, a man from…


They are as sexy as smooth legs, leave them alone!

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For the first time, in December 2019, I shaved my legs.

I was preparing for detty December like every other fun-loving privileged person. I have always been averse to the idea of shaving one’s leg hairs, I have a lot of it and constant attempts at shaming me into shaving it always met with deaf ears.

Here comes December ’19 with lots of ads on my Instagram from a particular depilatory cream brand with two of my favorite lifestyle bloggers advertising for them as well. I gave in and decided to shave my legs, to see what it felt like.


A short story

The thin, ratty haired woman walked into the shop. With a washed out and we’ll worn wrapper, a baby with an equally ratty hair was strapped at her back. It was obvious their hair could have taken a different shape had the condition of their nutrition and daily living been better.

'peace be upon this shop,' she said in a surprisingly loud voice, as she unstrapped her baby from her back and sat on the chair closest to the door.
The hairdresser turned to her with a bright smile, 'Grace, I was beginning to think you had forgotten about me, welcome…

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Women, Young people and shared experiences.

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