Discovering Africa

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...

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...

February is Black History Month!

Black History Month started some days ago, and we have had a few reminders on our history, our heroes past, and our many victories since the fight for black equality and all other issues...

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...

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...

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...

Entrepreneurship in Africa is just a pot of beans

If there’s anything millennials have proven with ease, it’s the fact that they’re in no way anything like the previous set of generations when it comes to making money. Baby Boomers and those under...
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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...

Not Everything Has To Be About Race, Colour, Feminism, Africanism, And All Other Wars

In assessing originally African issues, it is not uncommon to delve into African American matters as well. The blacks are us, and we are them; so, we occasionally juxtapose African American issues and African...

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...

Infractions: Jungle Justice in the City

The prevalence of Jungle Justice in Africa has been nothing short of worrisome. Year-in-year-out, news of extrajudicial killings and violent acts meted out to people for the minutest of crimes fills our airwaves. These...

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...

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...

The Poor People Are No Longer In The Slums

If you've heard me talk about Nigeria or Africa before, then you would generally spot the trend in my thoughts. I emphasize on how Africa actually has beautiful places, talk about how we need...

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...

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...

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...

Africa and Art

Art is one of those things that I have always loved, but never really understood. The idea I have had about art is that it is largely a function of the creativity of the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Populism: When quality is good but quantity is way better

Being a millennial as we are fondly called is arguably one of the most important labels of this generation. We have a voice, we air our opinions albeit baseless and uncensored, we demand personalised...

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...

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...