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31Jan

In my lifetime, I witnessed a president fleeing his own nation. The events in Tunisia goes to show how countries need to develop an inter-dependent relationship not a co-dependent one. If relationships are inter-dependent, we would not worry about what the west would do or the east at that? In addition, we have to practice […]






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27Jan

We all knew it was coming…






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25Jan

We have been glued to our screen as Tunisians say no more. What I have found very intriguing is the fact that the Y generation stood up for themselves and said no more and together, they made the unthinkable happen.  This goes to show that, all you ever need do is change your mind about […]






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24Jan

I have been engrossed and fascinated by events in South Sudan over the last two weeks. I am not sure if I am ready to pour my heart into a full lengthy worded post but I have enjoyed watching various documentaries and news programmes about the region and thought to share with you all. i […]






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21Jan

The more I learn about Sudan, North and South, the more I realise there is so much we don’t know about that nation but the image of war we have seen on our screens. Enjoy watching and I hope you learn a thing or two.






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20Jan

In Order to understand what the people of South Sudan are voting for, it is important to understand the history of the nation as a whole, North and South and gain insight into the conflict between both sides of the border. Enjoy!






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19Jan

The saying goes that ‘It takes a village to raise a child.’ Well, in the words of Christine Karumba, country director of Women for Women International, DRC, “One woman can change anything but many women can change everything.” There is something about the economic empowerment of a woman which changes the dynamics of her destiny […]






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18Jan

Fela! has been described as a provocative and unique hybrid of dance, theatre and music, which explores the extravagant, rebellious and controversial world of Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. However, little has been said of the women, who shaped his life. As the acclaimed production prepares to bring down the curtain down on its London run, […]






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17Jan

Stella Damasus is one of Nollywood’s biggest and most popular female stars. However, when the lights are out and the cameras are not rolling, this free spirited woman with a strong sense of self and desire to impact the lives of young people is busy building a business empire. A little while back, she told […]






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14Jan

Omar Bashir, rarely gives interviews to western media and the last time I saw and heard him speak at length was during the interview with the BBC, conducted by Zaina Badawi. He spoke to Al Jazeera about the possibility of the South going ist way after the referendum vote. The question is, do you believe […]






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13Jan

South Sudan has been on our screen for days and weeks now, leading up to the referendum vote and during the vote.  It is not enough to be interested if the nation will split into two or not. We also need to understand the reasons behind the journey South Sudan has been on. watch, Enjoy […]






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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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7Jan

The internet is filled with the story of the man with the golden voice;, hat an amazing story. I am in awe of his humility and really wish him well and that he takes his second chance with both hands and makes the most of it. Art the same time, i hope he can handle […]






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6Jan

We cannot continue blaming men, when we as women are willing to sell our soul and body by shaking our booties and twin girls in front of the camera; while the man has all his clothes on.  We cannot complain they are taking advantage of us either. Old, excuse, old story, find a new one… […]






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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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4Jan

Cornelius Dupree Jr, is a better man and human being that I am because if my life was turned upside down this way due to mistakes in the justice system or the fact that someone lied against me or wrongly picked me out in a police line-p or that race played a role in this […]






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