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12Jan

Lola Shoneyin’s debut novel, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, is a tragic-comedy, which tells the story of Baba Segi, a larger-than-life character with a boisterous personality, his four wives and their riotous polygamous household. Set in Nigeria, Shoneyin explores and exposes the detrimental effects of polygamy on those caught up in it. In […]

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11Jan

Here are two more women I find very interesting and powerful in my series,  phenomenal woman. More than a pretty face, Adenike Ogunlesi, entrepreneur, trailblazer, intelligent, what’s not to admire? She has her own money too. A woman with her own money can achieve a lot and change a lot. It takes a strong willed […]

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10Jan

Sick and tired of seeing women being presented as ‘just meat’ to be devoured with a free-for-all attitude, I have made a conscious decision to post articles and video clips of the phenomenal women I come across. This is not a moral crusade, our morals are determined by our values. I value being seen a […]

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5Jan

The name Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, conjures up an array of images and emotions; from enigma to polygamist to human rights activist and pioneer of Afrobeat, one of Africa’s most famous musical exports. Hence, it comes as no surprise that his life has become the focus of  the theatre stage in recent times.  Fela! the critically acclaimed […]

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24Dec

Precious: A True Story is described as a poignant tale about childhood, abandonment, identity, relationships, family, life’s obstacles and survival. In her own words, Precious Williams talks about her decision to write about her childhood and why she is not bitter about life or the vents that occurred. Belinda: How long did it take you […]

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14Dec

Some interesting news stories from Africa. Enjoy!! I love Tye & Dye. It is one of my favourite fabrics and I have a thing for Tye & Dye made in the Gambia because they are one of a kind and some of the best in the world as far as I am concerned. Northern Nigeria […]

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12Dec

An architect by profession, Dolapo James is no stranger to the world of designs. It started with her obsession of Ankara and other African fabrics. Though it was not a conscious decision to start a company, James is the proud owner of Urbanknit, a company she started over 6 years ago, which  specialises in handmade […]

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1Dec

We have come so far but we still have a long way to go. From Nigeria to South Africa to India, three countries with staggering statistics. I would like to believe the day will come, when more people have access to treatment and those already infected will no longer be stigmastised or live in shame. […]

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9Nov

Egg-Larva-Pupa-Woman is as intriguing a title, like the story it tells. Written by Ogo Akubue-Ogbota, it is the stirring tale of a young Nigerian girl who metamorphosises into a woman of great courage when mysterious circumstances befall her family. In her own words, Ogo Akubue-Ogbota and why she hopes her readers will be inspired to […]

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4Nov

This is a collection of intriguing short stories which transcend beyond the barriers of gender, religion and class. Sefi Atta, winner of the 2009, Noma Award for Publishing, Africa’s highest publishing honour, presents us with a range of versatile narrative voices, which gives us insight into their daily lives and experiences. In the title story, […]

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27Oct

October is the International Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Yesterday, I blogged about Princess Nikky Onyeri, a woman, who refuses to give up on her sisters and brothers on the African continent. Princess Nikky Onyeri has been credited for raising the profile of cancer in Nigeria and Africa. Her unwavering commitment to bring awareness about breast […]

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26Oct

October is the International Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it is my pleasure to introduce to you, Princess Nikky Onyeri. A woman, who refuses to give up on her sisters and brothers on the African continent. Princess Nikky Onyeri has been credited for raising the profile of cancer in Nigeria and Africa. Her unwavering commitment […]

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25Oct

It was back in 2005 and I was on my way to Ridley Road market. At Dalston junction, Hackney, London, my eyes caught a flyer minding its own business. But being a nosy lady, I could not help but notice it had the image of an elderly man dressed in African attire. I picked it […]

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8Oct

Set in the clamorous household of Baba Segi, a larger than life character with a boisterous personality, who believes he is the master of his home and can marry any woman he desires. Ironically, he is the only one  left in the dark about a family secret with the power to kill the pride of […]

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8Oct

“My Country,” a three-part documentary on Nigeria produced and presented by Funmi Iyanda will broadcast on BBC World, 9 and 16 October respectively. In celebration of Nigeria’s 50th anniversary, the BBC will air this three-part documentary which captures people and conversations around Nigeria. Embark on an epic journey around Nigeria and discover authentic Nigerian stories […]

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2Oct

Shell has been at the heart of Nigeria’s oil for decades. They have committed atrocities beyond reason, actions they would never take in America or their country of origin. However, the responsibility of development in the Niger Delta region is strictly in the hands of the Nigerian government. If they carry out their responsibility like […]

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1Oct

“Nigeria is fifty, electricity is a mystery, corruption is a priority, crime is prime, water never, security not a priority. What are we celebrating? Please tell me!” – This was the Facebook status of my baby sister, she is 15. Nigeria’s malaise affects all regardless of age. Nigeria is an eventful lady that much we […]

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27Sep

Meet Myne Whitman, author and publisher of A Heart To Mend, which has been described as an intriguing and emotional love story. Whitman’s story is different, she didn’t wait for that book deal from the ‘almighty’ publisher in order to achieve her goal. She went ahead and completed the journey with results to prove it […]

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