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28Feb

The circumstances of my birth Defines my space within the space of human existence You ask why your parents, the ones who screwed each other So your father could pop a sperm into your mum had to leave so early We agree that they were of no use to us anyway Maybe life knew they […]






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28Feb

In the pit of despair Death calls out to my soul Dark like midnight Lonely and icy My soul is cold Fear has never been so chilly My spirit is frozen in motion as death whispers ‘What if you ended it right here and now? To read the full poem, please go to: The Poetry […]






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27Feb

Been sitting here for an hour, contemplating on what to write about. And so, it comes flooding back, I have a gratitude journal that has become my best friend in the last one year. I have a page dedicated to stepping out and stepping up, and the first line says, thanks for the rejection, thanks […]






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26Feb

Dear Nigeria, Now that you’re 50 years old, I wish you would wake up and get your act together. It is appalling that you have taken a backseat in the affairs of your life. I would like to know, what do you have to show for half a century but a convulsed existence laced with […]






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24Feb

The Washington Post picked Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani’s, I Do Not Come To You By Chance, as one of its books for 2009. It was recently shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Africa’s Best First Book. When I interviewed her in 2009, Nwaubani told me the idea for the book started with the determination to […]






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23Feb

There is a song on the soundtrack to the film, Diary Of A Mad Black Woman, titled, Aint It Funny. It is one of my favourite on the album, I never get tired listening to it. Fair to state the song focuses on how life circumstances change with the line, ‘Aint it funny, how life […]






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22Feb

As always, scouting the web and came across this. It is a nice feeling to know you are appreciated. But when an author of Irene Sabatini’s standing talks about you in her blog, then you truly must believe that your work is good. Sabatini is a brilliant writer I totally enjoyed reading her book, The […]






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22Feb

Travelling by any means necessary, from mules to bikes and lorries may not be your ideal adventure but for sisters, Chioma and Oluchi Ogwuegbu, this is the only way to make the dream a reality. I spoke to the formidable sisters whose adventure around Africa made headlines they did not expect when they set out […]






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21Feb

Are you allowed to call music beautiful? Who cares. Ayo’s music is beautiful. From the opening track to the last one, nothing is missing in my opinion. I have had this album for over a year now but recently, I have been listening to it more than usual. They say songs grow on you but […]






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20Feb

The first time I bought The Africa Report, I was a student. I picked it up at WH Smith and was instantly drawn to it. It was the first magazine with the sole purpose of telling stories about Africa that I had ever seen inside WH Smith. It was when I went back the following […]






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19Feb

We go through life and for long periods barely take account of who we are, what we are and where we are heading. Today, I am in a reflective mood and its all down to my mother. My mum and I have been through a lot together. I have loved her and there have been […]






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18Feb

I had heard so much about Tennessee Williams and his plays. However, I have never been lucky to see any on the live stage. So, when I was offered a ticket to see Cat On A Thin Roof, currently showing at the Novello Theatre, London, I was truly looking forward to it. Finally, I was […]






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17Feb

When was the last time you went to the theatre and got a full course meal, served up with words and nothing but words? “I come from a long line of trouble makers.” If there is a line I know I will not forget in a long time, it is these very words spoken by […]






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16Feb

  A few years ago, I wrote a poem titled, ‘So, What I’m Black!’ Reading it again, these words jumped at me. “So, what I’m BLACK? My BLACK is power. My BLACK is strength. My BLACK is beauty. My BLACK is survival. Yes I’m BLACK but I’m much more than my colour.” However, it is […]






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14Feb

You know how we get so fussy about picking out cards for our loved ones on their birthdays or when they are celebrating grand occasions. You walk round and round in the shops, yet come out with nothing. That has been my experience on a few occasions. Giving anyone a card is a very personal […]






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12Feb

I am trying harder at this photography thing, some are taking shape, others I dare not show anyone but I know I will get there…somehow, someday.  These were taken on wednesay on my way home from the National Theatre. I saw a fine show, the 14th Tale by Inua Ellams. If you don’t have a […]






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10Feb

The question of who should take responsibility for these heinous crimes in my opinion is straight forward. The very same people who committed the crimes should pay for their actions. They must realise that actions and decisions have consequences and when you do wrong, you don’t get a way with it. Listening to both interviews […]






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9Feb

South Africa has given the world its fair share of great theatre talents and productions. From Athol Fugard with Sizwe Banzi Is Dead to Barney Simon with Born In The RSA. Lara Foot Newton, playwright and director has also found her voice and place on the world stage among her contemporaries. I interviewed her for […]






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