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28Feb

They say you never know what it is like to live in the shoes of an individual with no legs until you lose yours.  It is always so much easier to judge, criticise and give advice but when its your turn, you have no idea what to do with yourself.  I agree with Sawo Awoke […]






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24Feb

I wrote about my eventful journey to EC Osondu’s reading at the Southbank, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, I must add the journey to and fro was worth it. EC Osondu is as interesting in person as the stories on the pages of his book, full of warmth and humour. It was an evening which […]






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23Feb

Libya is on fire and the national state television was showing an opera of Muammar Gaddafi’s life. As unbelievable as that may sound, it is the reality on the ground.  If that was not bad enough, how about his son, who proved to be just like his father. It has been very interesting to watch […]






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22Feb

Muammar Gaddafi has resulted to drastic actions against his own people. Surely, this makes you question his leadership, which over the years, no one has dared to take on for fear of the consequences. But when a people get to the point where they are ready and willing to die for their freedom, you best […]






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21Feb

Muammar Gaddafi, has been in power longer than I have bee alive. I am often baffled by our ability as human beings to tolerate people like him among other African autocrats who have fallen like flies in recent weeks. Is it fear that keeps us bound and enslaved to them or is that we just […]






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17Feb

It is rather sad that the idea of reading is still relegated to school days. When you stop reading, you stop learning. The statistics in this report are disappointing and it is really shameful that people don’t feel the need to read anymore. Without a doubt, not every book you come across is for you […]






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16Feb

I have a lot of respect for Nawal el-Saadawi, though I don’t agree with everything she says. I once listened to her on the Strand, BBC World Service arts programme and I could not stop laughing. Her sense of humour is out of this world and her books have such great action on the pages […]






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15Feb

Keeping in line with my decision to post articles or videos of phenomenal women I come across or learn about, I was impressed by this CNN story about seven women who work as pilots at Durban Port, South Africa. The phenomenal woman series is about women, who challenge me mentally, intellectually and in different aspects […]






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14Feb

I don’t know about you but I prefer good news to bad news. The news media may specialise in telling the world bad news about Africa but CNN with its programme, Inside Africa does a great job with its coverage of the continent. I was watching these two stories over the weekend and was really […]






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10Feb

My journey to the Southbank for EC Osondu’s reading is one of the most eventful train journeys I have taken for a very long time. Got on the train as usual, nothing sinister or lurking about to make me think twice about the carriage I was in. As I make my way to take a […]






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9Feb

There is a music video, Mr Endowed Remix with D’Banj ft. Snoop Dogg, making the rounds on Facebook at the moment which I find very interesting because of the international collaboration between D’banj, a Nigerian artist and Snoop Dogg. Snoop Dogg is not one of my favourite artists. I have a passionate dislike for some […]






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8Feb

I have been feasting on African Voices for a few days now and really enjoyed this interview with the cast of Shuga. I remember reading about the TV show in an article a while back but seeing and hearing the cast members talk about the impact it had in Kenya, Zambia and other places where […]






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7Feb

I have always found Helen Zille to be an interesting person not for the mere fact that she is a woman but because of all that she stands for and her history. It is so easy to look at South Africa’s racial history and assume she is just another white woman, what has she got […]






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4Feb

We have all been glued to our screens as we watch the protest in Egypt unravel. From the violence on wednesday, which cost some protesters their lives to the scramble to dish out blame on all sides and of course, President Mubarak gave an interview to ABC News, yesterday, saying he is sick of power […]






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3Feb

In my opinion, Al Jazeera has had a fantastic coverage of the turmoil in Egypt  but their objectivity is questionable and sometimes, the views of commentators and questions asked by the news presenters has been acidic. Their bias in stating America’s hypocrisy has been blatant and sometimes, I wondered if this historic event was about […]






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1Feb

Across the Arab world, from Tunisia to Egypt, the Y generation is speaking out and the world is watching in awe. At their disposal is the World;d Wide Web (WWW,) which their parents didn’t have and they are using it to its fullest advantage. I say more grace to their efforts! The decision to take […]






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