Category Archives: Serious stuff

Telling it as it is, as always

A Year Off Dating

Good morning, dears! After much introspective reflection, I’ve decided to take a year off romantic love and dating. That means no romantic entanglements or endlessly swiping left and right in search of “the one”. It means re-learning to be alone … Continue reading

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Gendered Poverty, Inherited Debts and Structural Adjustment Policies

Research Question: What are the gendered impacts of “structural adjustment” policies in the developing economy that is Nigeria?   “The earth has enough for everyone’s needs, but not for some people’s greed”. – Mahatma Gandhi   Inherited Debts – IMF … Continue reading

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On Nigeria’s Indigenous Cultures and Postcolonial Feminism

  I was raised as a member of the Roman Catholic Church. I was baptized when I was three months old and named “Loretta” after a noble European saint, but the church secretary or catechist got the spelling wrong, he/she … Continue reading

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Raising Sons in Patriarchal Nigeria

My younger brother – younger by 11 years – cannot cook any Nigerian soup and that’s troubling. It’s troubling not just because cooking and being able to carter to one’s basic needs is a necessary survival tool. It’s troubling because … Continue reading

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Diary of a Black Feminist

“My feminism will be intersectional or it will be bullshit” – Flavia Dzodan The first time I came across the above quote from Amsterdam based writer and media analyst, Flavia Dzodan, I nearly squirted feminist joy. Finally, here was someone … Continue reading

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Of Nigerian English And All The Linguistic Ties

Yesterday, I told a friend and colleague of mine who’s working as a Research Assistant at the university, that I’m proud of her accomplishments and glad that she’s now “working class”. She took mild offense to being referred to as … Continue reading

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Onye oku n’agba be ya, o na achu oke…

I like to think of myself as apolitical. I am of the breed of young Nigerians who are currently sitting on the fence, watching the aged titans play Politricks. I’m not pro-Buhari/APC, neither am I pro-GEJ/PDP. Yes, I yay’ed when GEJ … Continue reading

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