Monday, 11 November 2019

CHERRY BLOSSOM - A COLLAGE BY OTHY



Arunsi Othniel Fortune, better known as Othy, has put out a collage of poems called Cherry Blossom.

Monday, 28 October 2019

PAY THAT MONEY

Image: The Guardian Nigeria

I am constantly seeing people rant on social media about the debtors in their lives. It is so common place that I don’t think one week goes by without one person or the other getting called out for owing money.

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

OVERCOMING LOW SELF-ESTEEM by Gima Okhiulu

Gima Okhiulu delivering her speech at the Half the Sky Speech Contest in Akure, Ondo State.

We attended Half the Sky, a speech contest commemorating the International Day of the Girl Child in Akure, Ondo State, and it was at this event that we met Gima Okhiulu, a student from the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) Group of Schools in the State. Gima was amazing with her storytelling, linking each of her points to the next in a way that just made you stay glued to what she was saying. And because of how well she delivered her speech, we gave her a cash price and promised her a spot on the blog for any article of her choice. Here is Gima’s piece on her struggles with low self-esteem.
Low self-esteem is like a silent destiny killer in the lives of growing kids, especially girls. A lot of unfulfilled destinies can be attributed to this ‘plague’.

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

GIRLS HOLD UP HALF THE SKY


Participants at the Speech Contest
I have been volunteering with Sow Purpose Initiative since 2017. At that time, it was called SOW Foundation and the general mandate was to empower young (and vulnerable) women and girls by reaffirming their worth, addressing societal bias that keep these women and girls struggling to catch up with men and boys in this century, and promoting a culture of excellence for them.

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

I HAVE AN IDEA ABOUT PRISON(ER) REFORMS


Image: New Stage
We have all heard the stories of prisons in Nigeria; dinghy, overcrowded, desperately inhumane and busting at the seams with more people awaiting trial than convicted felons.

Monday, 9 September 2019

(MIS)DIAGNOSING DEPRESSION

Photo by Ian Espinosa on Unsplash

I was at a literary event recently when the conversation swung to depression. It started when a man presented a poem about this state of mental health and suggested that ‘a smile, a hug, and some love’ could get people out of their depressed state. For the most part, the poem resonated with people because it was relatively well written and delivered, and being a sensitive topic, people could relate; or so I assumed.

Monday, 12 August 2019

The 2019 Writivism Festival



The 2019 Writivism Festival is here and we are pumped!

Here is all you need to know about the festival…and why you should definitely attend.

Monday, 24 June 2019

THE MALE IDENTITY CRISIS


Man staring intently.
Image: Pexels
Most of us have probably heard that a woman's identity is tied to a couple of things; her beauty, skin tone, demeanor, chastity or purity, and ultimately, her ability to use these qualities to square herself a husband and bear 'his' children. This can be further expanded into the duties she is supposed to play in these roles of wife and mother; roles defined as the epitome of her womanhood. And we all know that those duties are many, unreasonable and often times, downright wicked. But these roles are so firmly woven into the fabric of society that choosing a different path almost always results in backlash, shaming and in some cases, physical and sexual abuse. Very few people expect a woman’s identity to be tied to her intellect, career, goals and aspirations, or achievements. It why women are constantly asked about their husbands or children; regardless of what other achievements they have outside of that.

Monday, 3 June 2019

POLICING CHILDBIRTH AND RISKING WOMEN'S LIVES


Woman breastfeeding her newborn
Image: Feature Shoot
My first experience with childbirth was when my youngest sister – Sadiya – was born. I was seven years old then. I remember my mum trying to put on a brave face as she was aided to the car. In all honesty, I didn't understand what was going on, but my aunts and uncles seemed to be in a panic. I can't remember what my father's demeanor was, but I know we didn't see our mother until the next day when we were introduced to our newborn sister. There was happiness, excitement and an air of love all around. If my mother was frazzled after the birth, she didn’t show it or…I didn't notice.

Monday, 20 May 2019

A CULTURE OF ANIMAL CRUELTY



Sad Dog
Image: Petfinder
Have you seen where dog meat is prepared? It is the epitome of cruelty and wickedness.

Monday, 13 May 2019

A CULTURE OF FILTH

Image: Baastrop
If you follow me on Twitter, you will (probably) notice that every week – and sometimes, almost every day – I talk about people who litter the environment with either their urine, feces or other waste products generated from their daily activities. From my tone, you can always tell that I am constantly angry at the unsightly result of our improper waste disposal and management.

Monday, 6 May 2019

WHAT HAPPENED TO KAINENE?


Old woman looking out; expectantly.
I was sitting in the bus when a thought came into my head.

‘What happened to Kainene?’

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

ACCOMPLICES OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT

(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

HOW CAN WE HELP POOR(ER) WOMEN?

A Page from Tom Paulson
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