Discovering Africa

Who taught you to hate yourself?

“Who taught you to hate the colour of your skin? Who taught you to hate the texture of your hair? Who taught you to hate the shape of your nose and the shape of...

Top 9 Books on Feminism by Black Women

Feminism, gender equality, and all terms relating to the advocacy of women’s rights; has its way of leaving its footprints on the sand of time. From time immemorial to now, the ideology behind feminism...

When life throws you lemons…

There are two kinds of people in the world. There are those who live, constantly aspiring for growth, change, wealth and ultimately perfection. Then there are those who live, work, eat, and breathe but...

Africans are not Enlightened People?

Being born Nigerian, you are acquainted to one too many beliefs and clear-cut behavioral patterns that define who you are and how you act. You are raised by people who know you more than...

Of Time and Age: The Emancipation of the African Child

A few weeks back, while I was going about my usual weekend shopping for foodstuffs, I met this eloquent little girl of about twelve years old. As she attended to me on behalf of...

#BlackLivesMatter

” I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created...

The ‘Now’ syndrome: Proposed cure to ‘African Time’

Have you ever been in a church service where the preacher says 'something great is going to happen to you” and the congregation echoes now!!! You most probably have. I wonder how the concept...

Africa is Not a Country

The African continent has for long been painted in a very bad light. You know, acute poverty, starvation, bad roads, people that wear leaves with no shoes, poor water systems, and an oh so...

Blindfolds of Tradition and Culture

“…this is how it’s done; it’s the tradition of the land…” Hold that thought. Why is the fabric of the Nigerian society woven with thick edges around culture and tradition? It is a stalemate; neither...

On Labelling and Stereotyping

Ever been in a room with completely random strangers and you can already tell the kinds of people they are? Most people can – or think they can. That is exactly how labelling and...

Unity in Culture is a mere façade

I have always wondered how many unique and completely different people were placed under one single galaxy to thrive and exist. Think about it for a second. A big sand box, that is our...

Racism, Sexism, or just a case of the stronger preying on the weaker?

Racism, Sexism, and all other forms of “ism’s”, have dragged a whole lot of weight over the past decade. The initial saga around these issues, probably centuries ago, was characterised by slavery, patriarchy, and...

Rethinking Feminism in Africa

Most of the Nigerians reading this would be already be aware of the video below. For those who do not understand, here is the president of Nigeria, making a ‘joke’ in reply to a...

The need for proper documentation in Africa

History has its way of showing its face every once in a while. Basically, if it does not come up in history books, ‘not-so-current’ affairs, and occasionally on days earmarked to celebrate it, then...

Is the Westernization of Africa really something to run from?

Yesterday, I happened to meet a few animation filmmakers who got nominated in the same category as my younger brother did. Most of these people were Africans from either Nigeria or Ghana. On screening...

On returning Africa’s stolen artefacts

Much has been said about the preservation of Africa's heritage. In the very least, a good extent of its culture and languages have stayed with us. Many books have been written to show relevant...

Let’s talk about Africa’s most beautiful places

I read a piece written by a Nigerian professor a while ago that spoke about the way western media representatives in Africa, selectively sift through all the possible good news within Africa and report...
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#ScienceMustFall: Science is not from Africa and should be decolonised

Social media and the media at large was stirred up a little when a young South African girl, eloquently said that science was a product of the western world and unproved based on African...

How do Africans name their kids again?

Your name is probably the first form of recognition you receive as an individual. Asides the tags and other umbrellas such as gender, race, class, nationality, colour, and other forms of pigeonholing that a...

Why Buy Hennessy?

Somebody, somewhere, once said ‘Alcohol is the Devil’s Piss’. Slightly comical, this simple phrase holds truths that many of us cannot oppose. Picture for a second, half a glass of golden brown Hennessy. One...

Democracy: Is Africa really ready for it?

Democracy represents freedom; it represents choice, and it represents oneness. Over time, one definition somehow stuck – “Democracy is government of the people, made by the people and for the people”. For some countries...

The Dawn of Identity Crisis in the 21st Century

I have heard stories and watched the Ted Talks of young and ‘happening’ individuals that seem like they have the world at their beck and call. They are the ones who left when the...

Dead but not forgotten: 7 Heroes of black history

Over time, the black community has experienced so much change and so much growth. We have gone from slaves, second class citizens, and back-of-the-bus candidates, to so much more than that. Asides the near...

The problem of unavailability of youths in African Politics [A Case study of Nigeria]

The African political system is interesting; almost comical, in its trend of political growth and transcendence. Nigerian social media got buzzing a few years ago when the majority of the appointed ministers were much...

Precolonial or Postcolonial Religion, and the Concept of Control in Africa

Religion is one topic I would normally avoid because of its sensitivity and expected controversy. However, there is just one part of it that I just have not been able to ignore – the...