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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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13Oct

In Beneath The Lion’s Gaze, we are immediately taken into a nation at war with itself and its citizens by Maaza Mengiste. Chaotic and unpredictable, the burden on the shoulders of the ordinary people is of immense magnitude and has the ability to rip the nation apart. Set during the Ethiopian Revolution of 1974, Beneath […]






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12Oct

Andrea Levy takes us to Jamaica in the 1830s during the last days of Slavery and early years after emancipation. A harrowing tale of oppression, July, her protagonist, is the daughter of a slave woman and a white overseer; however she is treated like a slave on the Amity Plantation where she was born.  Through […]






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11Oct

Welcome to Hay An Najat, Casablanca. This is where Youssef El-Mmekki lives with his mother. No, it is not the tourist idyll sold to the world by travel agents. It is a slum. A place he desperately wants to escape from due to the stench off poverty that hits you as soon as you enter […]






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11Oct

A new book, Conversations With Myself, about one of the most iconic figures in our lifetime and this Millennium, Nelson Mandela is out tomorrow. I cannot wait to lay my hands on it. The first book about Madiba I will ever read. His autobiography is still on my Amazon wish-list and I intend to go […]






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9Oct

In recent years, the African fashion industry has experienced a meteoric rise on the international scene. However, that is not an indication it has arrived for there is work to be done. To keep the momentum going is CamerCouture, a UK based Cameroonian fashion showcase with the aim of putting a spotlight on talented African designers […]






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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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4Oct

Aminatta Forna has been described as a writer of startling talent and in 2007, Vanity Fair praised her as one of Africa’s most promising new writers. The Memory of Love, her second novel is set against the backdrop of the Sierra Leonean civil war but with a twist. Forna weaves in real events like the […]






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4Oct

The Soho Theatre has been transformed into a mini-forest and its floor dressed with dry leaves. No, don’t go back, you are in the right theatre and the stage is set for Inua Ellams’ new play, Untitled, his second one-man theatre production. A poetic and magical story set in Nigeria, Untitled explores the intrinsic relationship […]






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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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2Oct

This is sad. There is no other word to describe it. If you have never been caught in the system, it is hard to understand. If you have never had a deportation order hanging over your head, it is hard to relate. Sometimes, I truly believe it is better to go back home and make […]






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2Oct

Looks like the recession is also affecting people’s ability to walk down the aisle. Look on the bright side, at least you both know you are not in it for the money! Well, one hopes that is the case.






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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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