Monday, 15 April 2019

POOR PEOPLE WORK HARDER...FOR A WHOLE LOT LESS

Men watching from a gate.
Image: The Daily Maverick

I live in one of the poorer communities in Nigeria's capital city, Abuja. Like most of the communities surrounding it, Jikwoyi is a densely populated area. Because most things – accommodation, food, clothing and transportation – is much cheaper than other areas in the Federal Capital Territory, it is not unexpected that there are more people who live around these areas and places like this.

Monday, 25 March 2019

LONG DISTANCE: WHEN THE FAIRY TALE ENDS

Image: Raw Pixel
It starts with a long distance relationship that wasn’t working. Adon and Jason try to make things work and just when they think they are in a good place, Jason has an accident that makes him fall in love with Amara. When he returns to his senses, it is to find Adon is with child. For his best friend? The answer shocks him. He tries again and somehow, they end up together again. And then reality strikes.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

SEXUAL HARASSMENT ACCOMPLICES

(Very) Angry Woman
Image: iStock Photos

On the morning of March 19, 2019, I shared one of my older posts asking why men so easily harass women. Between 5:03pm and 5:30pm of the very same day, I would get sexually harassed by a stink-breathed, uncultured excuse of a human being.

Thursday, 7 February 2019

P I E C E S by Arunsi Othniel Fortune

Image: Mwangi Gatheca for Unsplash

I know what it's like being in your head.
Dark, cold, happy.
I know what it's like being in your soul.
Lit, warm, dead.
I know, what it's like to see right through your eyes.
Because we're both blind to a reality
where I had to sail across seas to find you, sinbad.
Heh, see I know that you're scared.
You're frightened by the waves and how much they've
Caught you, drowned you and made you lost, captain.

Monday, 14 January 2019

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

I MESSED UP...AND I WISH I CAN UNDO IT.


I was heading home on November 6, 2018, when my sister called me to get her some juice. It was about 8:50pm and I was really tired. I told her I wouldn’t do it but when I got to my junction, I decided it wouldn’t hurt to get her the juice. 

Monday, 29 October 2018

Monday, 15 October 2018

₦50 NOTE: HOW TO GET AWAY FROM THE POLICE

Corrupt policeman collecting N50 bribe. 

The Nigerian Police... Hmm.

I really think that we should discuss the things that are happening on our roads, especially as it affects motorists who have to deal with the policemen stationed at various checkpoints along these roads.

Monday, 24 September 2018

THREE COURSE MEAL by Tonton Nelson Raymond


Image: Ovayo Ntlabati for Unsplash
Lot of these guys talk much about how "shawty look like a snack"
But I think you look like a three course meal.
It doesn't matter if I do, or don't mind
A little belly fat is still fine
God is a tattoo artist and stretch marks are his design
You're not just a barbecue, you came with sides.
Peeking out of your hijab
These things are hard to hide

Monday, 13 August 2018

ANNOUNCING: 'QUICK-E'


Bitmoji of Excited Ramatu Ada

One of the best things about Africa is how diverse the people, cultures and traditions, food, clothing, values and beliefs, and what makes us African is. From the horn of Africa to the swamps of the Niger delta, we are as different a people as the topography of our regions are. Despite our difference, it is safe to say that we are the most beautiful people on the planet!

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

SHALL I COMPARE YOU, WOMAN?

African woman.
Image taken by Martin Kirigua for Pexels.com
By Abigail Abby Abok

Woman,
Shall I compare you to a giant sequoia?
You are stouter and more reverent.
For trees once stood where skyscrapers now do
And winds do strip forest of tough trees.
You, most precious creature, flourish amidst the flaming fires of society's limitations,
Defy expectations
And resist the pestilence of inferior classification.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

THE DWAYNE PROJECT


Beautiful Space Wallpaper
Beautiful Space Wallpaper
Image: Eliosh
'Life' scared the shit out of her. She knew that NASA and a host of scientists were really testing the possibilities of life on other planets. She also knew that for life to exist on any of these planets, they would have to be super intelligent and greatly evolved.

That wasn't what scared her.

Monday, 9 July 2018

Monday, 11 June 2018

UNSUNG HEROES: MAI RUWA

A typical Mai Ruwa with his truck. 
Image: Wikimedia Commons
Due to a failure of government to meet basic infrastructural necessities like constant power supply, running water, good health care and quality education for its citizens, many people are constantly having to provide these necessities for themselves. In fact, it has become quite normal for households to provide their own water and electricity and pay exorbitant fees for quality education and healthcare for themselves and their families.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

WEDDING MESSAGES HAVE TO CHANGE

Image of Naturalista Bride

I was at a wedding recently and as usual, was frustrated with the wife-centred message that came from most of the preachers at the event.

A couple of things stuck out like thumbs dipped in palm oil and I knew I just had to talk about it.
First, one of the preachers - someone you can tell is old fashioned - spoke a lot about the role a wife should play, which, if you attend many weddings, is submissive. I was not surprised by his message; I had heard it one too many times. What surprised me was a statement he made as he rounded up his message. 

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

A WAKE UP 'KONK' ON MY BIG HEAD

Picture of me confused
Ramat (AKA the Crazy One)

I woke up this morning and as usual, I went online to get a sense of what happened in the hours that I slept.

As I scrolled through Twitter, I basked in more stories about Beychella, was super proud of K.Dot's Pulitzer, lost my cool at hearing of Cole's album – which drops on April 20, 2018 – and got shocked out of my shoes by the fact that Joe Burden put his pettiness aside to compliment Nicki's Chun Li.

You can say I had a roller coaster morning.

It was as I was going through these emotions that I stumbled on a tweet that made me bolt upright.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Here is Why You should Subscribe to My Channel…Even though it is a Mess Now

Picture of me

My Vlog. Sigh.

I started my video log in early 2016 as a way to put a face to my online persona and hopefully reach more people. But it wasn’t until I got a rude awakening at the end of 2015 that I began to think of my vlog.

Settle in. I’ve got gist.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

THE BIRTH OF A PODCAST

GIF of Crystal Starr with a Microphone
Crystal Starr with a Microphone
GIF: Giphy
February 7, 2013. Time, 5:25pm.

I was in the ‘corpers’ lodge thinking of what I was going to have for dinner. I was low on cash and had been pretending I was on a fruit diet. That day however, I knew I couldn’t eat one more piece of fruit without going stark raving mad.

As I pondered on whether to get Indomie or go to another corps member’s room to stylishly ‘beg’ for food, my phone rang.

‘What are you doing?’

Friday, 2 February 2018

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

SEEKING VALIDATION OUTSIDE MYSELF

Picture of Ramatu Ada Ochekliye

It has been a little over 40 days since I last put up any content on my blog, podcast or video log. In reality, it has been longer than 40 days since I wrote anything for my blog and even longer since I had a new video on my YouTube channel.

So what was the problem? Why did I abandon my babies for more than 40 days?

Monday, 4 December 2017

Love on the Brain and Everything We Didn’t Do Last Week


GIF of man sighing



Hey you!

Last week was super slow! I mean, snails achieved more than we did last week. But…thing were uber tight at our 9 to 5 and we just couldn’t deal. 

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

ENDING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, QUEEN LATIFAH’S U.N.I.T.Y AND CLOSING LONG DISTANCES


Hey Roommates!

This past week has been…extra! We almost wanted to hide under a rock for a few days. Of course we couldn’t find a rock that would serve us breakfast in bed, with strawberry dipped in chocolate and masseuses kneading all the knots and kinks out of our very weary shoulders and body. So…we worked!

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

LONG DISTANCE (THE FINALE)

GIF of heartbroken couple

Two people in a long distance relationship are trying to find each other. An unexpected turn of events tear them apart when they finally do. And it keeps pulling them apart until…they find themselves here. This is the final story. There were three others before this. (Read here, here and here to understand the story...or continue on here 👇)

Adon Kato heard the loud voices as she gradually slipped out of consciousness. Where was she? And why were they yelling?

Monday, 20 November 2017

On Bad Fathers, Body Shaming and Eminem’s New Song Featuring Beyoncé


GIF of an excited girl

Hey hey!
 
So this is coming a bit late in the day but it is here! 

How was your week? We hope it was as full and fun as ours was? ‘What did we do?’ you ask. A lot…even if we say so our self.

Monday, 13 November 2017

ON GETTING OLDER, FUTURE FAMILIES, CREATING RECORDS AND ADAPTING TO CULTURE SHOCKS

GIF of an excited woman

Hi people!

How have you been?!

So starting this week, we want to try something. Thing is, we tried before but got quite lazy and it never hit the ground running. We know; shame!

Anyway, starting today, we will be doing an overview of all the posts we shared the previous week and what the new week will feel like.

Excited?! So let’s get to it.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

RUNNING WITH A PURPOSE 2017

Photo off Save Our Women Foundation

We are excited to announce that we will be attending the second Running With a Purpose Conference organized by Save our Women (SOW) Foundation in Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria.