Monday, 21 August 2017

QUICK SAND ON A PLATEAU


She always knew she wanted to be rich and famous; she wanted the world to know her name, girls to aspire to be her and boys to want to marry her. She wanted to leave a legacy of strength, ambition, love, change, power and wisdom. She knew it was conceited but she wanted people across the globe to know her name…for her principles, her drive and her humanity. She didn’t want to die without having left a mark in the sands of time. And best of all, she didn’t want the want the fame or money for just herself; she wanted it for everyone she knew.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

The Review: THINK LIKE A MAN


When you put the eccentricity of Kevin Hart, the sexiness of Meagan Good, Michael Ealy and Romany Malco, feistiness of Taraji P. Henson and Jennifer Lewis, relatability of Gabrielle Union, Regina Hall and Lala Anthony, a list of basketballers, a happy white guy and the goofiness of Chris Brown, what do you have?

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The Review: GOODBYE (SLAUGHTERHOUSE)


One of the greatest things you can expect from underground rap artists is the content of the song. They always have a message that is deep, strong and powerful.

This is why we were so excited when Yusuf ‘Y10’ Ma’aji from Abuja, Nigeria, requested that we review Slaughterhouse’s ‘Goodbye’.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Don’t Be a Menace


Rated 29% by rotten tomatoes, you will expect the movie, Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Sipping Juice in the Hood, to be a bumbling flop. But alas, that was not the case. It had its moments and for those who love slapstick comedy, it was a blast.

So what was it about the movie that got movies goers to pay a gross sum of $39.2 million to see?

We look discuss this on THE REVIEW today.


Listen here.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

The Review: CROOKED SMILE (J. COLE)


The Second Single off J. Cole’s second album – Born Sinner – was Crooked Smile. As a song, ‘Crooked Smile’ had an impact message, which stays true to the hip hop artist’s persona.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

THE REVIEW: PRETTY HURTS - BEYONCE



Hello you!

As promised, here is the first episode of our new show – SHADES OF US: THE REVIEW.

ANNOUNCING…SHADES OF US: THE REVIEW

Credit: Giphy

Shades of Us is designed to address social issues affecting Africa, Africans and people of African descent, and because of that, we had a struggle defining how we wanted our platform to work. This is because we love entertainment here at Shades of Us; music, movies, poetry, dance, radio, television, production and all things entertainment. So we did any and everything and we were at sea for minute. This is especially because we didn’t know how to marry the serious stuff and entertainment.

But…we solved the problem!

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

DO SEX WORKERS DESERVE TO BE ABUSED?


Disclaimer: This post has lurid details of sex.

I was scrolling through my timeline on Facebook when I stumbled on a post which, under other circumstances, would have thrown me off. The thumbnail was a naked black girl on all fours with what I could deduce was cum on her face. Normally, I wouldn’t watch such videos and would report it to Facebook to be taken down for sexually explicit content but the caption stayed my scrolling fingers.

‘Ghanaian girls are suffering abroad.’

Monday, 19 June 2017

HOW MEETING ATTAH SAMSON IGOCHE INSPIRED ME


As my taxi rolled to a stop in front of the building that housed Aiivon Innovation hub, I was a bit nervous. I was supposed to be meeting – for the first time – someone I had been chatting with on Facebook. I wondered what first impression I would be giving and more than that, what impression I would be getting. I was also nervous because I hadn’t done an interview in a long time and I hoped I still had my wits about me.

As I entered the building, I was awed by the sheer beauty of the place. My inhibitions began to ebb away as excitement swept over me. I suddenly became my old, fun and bubbly self. I was twirling around, taking selfies and being generally being goofy. I forgot that I was supposed to be professional and well put together. In my excitement, I didn’t know he had come up behind me. My only clue was the look his front desk officer sent past me. I turned and there he was.

Attah Samson Igoche.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

TONIA OREVBA ROBERTS: DROPPING HER PRETTY


I woke up thinking of Tonia Orevba Roberts.

Tonia is a beautiful actor cum model whom I met in 2016 at the Royal Arts Academy, Lagos. I had gone to brush up my directing skills and she had come in as an acting student.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

BASIC CHICK



Have you ever been hated or discriminated against?

I have!

Remimah: Ermmm...this isn't about Eminem, is it?
Ramat: No. It isn't.
Remimah: Right.
Ramat: Eminem just comes to mind as I write this piece. So let’s get to it, right?

Ladies, have you ever been called a 'Basic Chick'? You all know 'chick' isn't the term, right? It is more like a B with an itch.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

IDPs: SEEING BEYOND THE STATISTICS


A visit to the Internally Displaced People’s camp in Durumi, Abuja on May 28, 2017 was everything I expected it would be; emotionally draining.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

#JusticeForChisomAnekwe: WHY YOU NEED TO JOIN THE CAMPAIGN


I was scrolling through my Facebook timeline and happened on this story by Milly Milly.

MEN-HATING FEMINISTS

 

As more women are finding (and using) their voices, the dark forces of patriarchy seem to be retreating; albeit slower than a snail’s pace. Oh, there is still a long way to go before we can confidently say that women share the same pedestal with men but for the most past, we are not where we were one hundred years ago. Women in some climes can work, vote, run for office, choose their life’s paths, and receive inheritance. Though the strides are small, women are becoming visible; and not just as walking vaginas for the pleasure of men. What do we have to thank for it? A lot of it is hinged on ‘Feminism’.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

CHOOSING YOUR FEMALE ROLE MODELS


Growing up, I only had Oprah Winfrey to look up to. Yes, I wanted to be a neurosurgeon who found the cure to cancer but whenever I saw Oprah on TV, I totally connected to her. I was barely seven when I knew I wanted to be like her.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

ETIQUETTE FOR SEMI-FORMAL MEETINGS


Hey! Hey!

Ramat is in the building!

So by now, you must have heard I did a post about what turned out to be a horrible meeting BECAUSE I didn’t get food. I don’t play with my food at all!

Sunday, 7 May 2017

'1 GIRL, 1 PAD' CAMPAIGN


Shades of Us is a forum for open discussions on issues affecting Africa, Africans and people of African descent, with a view of changing the ‘dark continent’ narrative of Africa. Since our inception in 2014, most of our work have been online campaigns for or against social issues and dysfunction. At the start of the year, we pledged to start doing more people-to-people work to affect our society; one community at a time.

It is in lieu of this that we are partnering with Save our Women (SOW) Foundation for the ‘1 Girl, 1 Pad’ campaign.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

WOMEN ARE OUR BIGGEST PROBLEM


It saddens me that I have to take this stand today but it has become necessary.

Let me make this assertion; Women are the greatest hindrance to women’s advancement. Not men, not patriarchy, not society. Oh! You need me to speak a little louder? Sure! I have all the time in the world.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

WE ALL LOVE GOD. YET...


We all love God
As is evident
In our packed churches
On Sundays
And all our masjid
From Fajr to Isha
Five times every day.

FIND YOUR MOTIVATION


Today I woke up with absolutely no desire to do anything. I was burned out physically and emotionally and I was beginning to feel like my life could be likened to a hamster and her Ferris wheel.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

THE TRULY INTELLIGENT ONE


People read their posts
And say to themselves
'Oh! What intelligence!
What intellectuals!'

Sunday, 16 April 2017

THEY SOLD US A WHITE SAVIOR


They sold us a white savior
With blond hair and blue eyes
Porcelain skin so clear
And beard so perfectly groomed
He was everything we were not
And represented everything we couldn’t be
So we latched on to his saving power
And hoped that one day
We just may qualify
To be and look like him

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

SHE FELL IN LOVE…WITH HER BEST FRIEND


It all started like a bad joke in a boring movie. Kayla had gone to see her boyfriend when she bumped into him. He was tall and big; exactly how she liked her men. She smiled and said hello. He did the same. As she walked past him, she mentally noted that his voice was soft, smooth…almost like he was shy.

Monday, 10 April 2017

WHY DO MEN SO EASILY HARASS WOMEN?


Most women have been sexually harassed one way or the other. This could be in the market, at work, in schools or just walking down the street. Some women have come to expect it as part of their lives. Before I go on my rant – and this is going to be a rant – defining what it means to be sexually harassed is the first call of duty.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

DON’T ASK ME WHEN I AM GETTING MARRIED. OR ELSE…


The pressure has begun; in earnest.

‘Ramat, when is your wedding? When will you settle down? When are we coming to eat your own cake?’

Thursday, 30 March 2017

TO AFRICANS IN COUNTRIES THAT DON’T WANT THEM


It started in South Africa. Well…it didn’t really. It was however the first time I had seen something so disturbing. So for me, it started in South Africa.

Monday, 20 March 2017

THE OVERWHELMED MOTHER IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD


There is this woman in the neighborhood I currently reside in. She has a shop where she sells provisions, food items and…wait for it…even fuel! Her shop is right at the corner and every time I have passed her shop on my way back from anywhere, there always seems to be a myriad of people she is attending to. Let me put this out there. I like her hustle.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

SPEAKING THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROPERLY


English is my first language. Though my father is Idoma, my mother Igbira and my birthplace a chiefly Hausa region, English was and is my first language.