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30Mar

“A Nation Exists When All The People Share The Profit of The Land” & “You Give Respect, You Don’t Take It” – Keme Tobodo from the BBC Series Blood and Oil. When I started watching this two-part series yesterday evening, I was at first put off by the stereotypes that instantly hit me. The silly […]






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29Mar

I have never really taken to Eryka Badu or her music. There are tracks of her different albums I thought sounded good but this new video which has got a few people raging like lunatics and frigging hypocrites, has got me thinking in a different way about Miss Badu. I am not one for showing […]






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29Mar

Armed with a sharp intellect and a fierce sense of social exploration through her creativity, Leboganag Mashile is a poet’s poet. She has won the respect of critics, her contemporaries and the hearts of ordinary South Africans.  In her own words, she explains why South Africa is intrinsic to her birth as a poet. Belinda: […]






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22Mar

Let me start by saying, I am not an American. I have nothing to gain or lose from the Healthcare Bill that was passed sunday night in the US House of Representatives. However, as an individual who has had to deal with a medical condition, I know for a fact that if I was based […]






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21Mar

Adewale Ayuba was and is the only Fuji artist that really impressed me when I moved to Lagos as a teenager. I danced the life out of his Mr Johnson track. I heard Ariya when I went to get my dress made a few months back and my tailor, who happens to be a man, […]






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21Mar

Have a fabulous sunday. I am loving this song, I hope you like it too. Enjoy!






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20Mar

I listened to this and thought it was best people decide for themselves. As far as I am concerned, every life counts regardless of race, gender, sexuality, social or cultural background.  I understand that sometimes, as women we have to make painful decisions whether or not to keep our babies. But for those sisters of […]






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20Mar

Have you ever wondered how different your life would be if you didn’t have a father or never knew him? I know its the dream of some little girls to be daddy’s girls but that is not a dream I carry about. Maybe if I was 10, it would have been cool but I am […]






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19Mar

It is one of the best ironies of life – the very thing that is connecting us to millions of people around the world is also taking killing  some of our most intimate and valued relationships. But we cannot blame this solely on the internet. We are responsible for the hollowness many of us feel […]






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15Mar

“When people walk past us, they look at us like we are dogs. They look down on us like we are not even people, just because we eat from bins” – Wanda Msani A powerful statement from a 15-year-old that makes your heart sink. It was only a week or two ago that the documentary, […]






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14Mar

I am getting in touch with the sentimental part of myself today, it is allowed.  For I am about to break my own rule. I wrote them, I can change them too. So, its Mother’s Day and we do the honourable thing by calling our mums and  saying lovely things to them. In time past, […]






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13Mar

It seems like years ago now…goes to show how time flies and why it is dangerous to stay in one place for longer than need be. It was one of the best features I had written…but I have since gone on to write features that are in a class of their own and I intend […]






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11Mar

The recent bloodbath in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria has left many fuming and asking questions.  It is a low down dirty shame that these killings have been going on for years, the first I remember of such chaos was when I was in my Junior Secondary School and that was over 17 years ago. Hence, […]






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10Mar

I wrote this after I heard the song, MAMA Africa by Akon. I may not be his biggest fan for many reasons but this particular tribute to the motherland made me think about myself as a woman and about other African women. Our similarities and differences, our likes and dislikes and the different things we […]






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8Mar

The Oscar buzz was frenzy like wild fire and in previous years, the media has a way of painting the picture to make you think; the actors, directors and producers hate each other and so it is a do or die affair. Getting an Oscar is an honour and one many most likely wish they […]






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7Mar

Two days ago, I wrote about the documentary Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children in my post, Zimbabwe: We Cried For Freedom. We Fought For Freedom, Only To Be Imprisoned By Bob. For some strange reason, I was really drawn to Obert and while I know I cannot save the world, it would not hurt to donate to […]






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7Mar

Colonised by the memory of you It suddenly hits that the hollow inside can never be closed off Not by anyone, not even the touch of a lover They say memories make or break you But yours has me intoxicated like alcohol makes nuisance of an alcoholic I remember the tears and the hugs The […]






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6Mar

I was having a rant a little while back when the film, Good Hair by  by Chris Rock came out. I was tired of everyone going on and on about it. The day it really cheesed me off  was when the BBC had this piece about hair and it was such a boxed up piece […]






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