Podcast

Do You Remember What It Was Like When Abacha Died?

When Princess Diana died, I was in Makurdi. Sitting on the cold tiles on the floor of my parents bathroom, crying. Yes, I let drama wash over me sometimes. When Aaliyah died, I was at university and seriously worried about my friend Nkem. Nkem absolutely adored Aaliyah. She dressed like her (wore half top in Gwagwalada), mimed and performed all her…

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Interesting

Lagos Asked Me To Leave…

It was the last day of my life in Lagos. I make it sound like I am writing this from beyond the grave but I just mean that I moved. What else do you do when you feel a city doesn’t want you anymore? The next morning I was going to get on a 6.25am flight to London. But that…

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Feminism

Feminism Is A “Dirty” Word

Feminism is a “dirty” word. And as with any dirty word, people would rather not be labelled with it. They twist themselves into knots to avoid the tag even if they believe in its basic tenets. Sometimes they call themselves humanist, which is another kettle of fish. Even the Oxford dictionary links the definition of rabid (marked by excessive enthusiasm for…

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Feminism, Women

What Olajumoke Tells Us About Nigeria and Ourselves

You’ve probably heard the story by now. Bread. Tinie Tempah. TY Bello. Then came the luxury flat,  features by international news outlets, elocution lessons and an influx of brand endorsements. If you haven’t heard about Olajumoke Orisaguna, you can catch up here. I’m always interested in the way Nigerians react to popular events. It reveals so much about the bits…

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Interesting

10 Things I’m Glad I did in 2015

I enjoyed 2015, I think. This is not some life affirming, deep post though. You will not come away feeling like a bit of your life just slid into place. But if you do…fair enough. Here’s just some things that I, Mnena, I’m glad I did in 2015. Farafina Workshop. This was my 3rd try and encouraged by Buhari’s win…

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