So I am off to Nigeria today. I am looking forward to going home after what seems like eternity because the last time I was in the motherland was August 2011. I put off my trip home severally last year, and in the interim, I “endured” concerned, cheeky and some downright snide remarks such as: … More Off to Nigeria
I first met Hannah Hoechner in May this year, at the Oxford University Pan African Conference. I was outside the conference hall, getting some fresh air and chatting with several people when this friendly long haired brunette came to us and said hello in Hausa. Fascinated, we proceeded to ask her how come she could … More A Glimpse into the World of Almajirai in Northern Nigeria
On Tuesday 15th May, Nigeria witnessed its first mass wedding in the Northern city of Kano when 100 couples were married off by the Kano state government under a programme to address the high rate of divorces in the state. Mass weddings around the world are nothing new; with the earliest recorded in 324 BC … More Nigeria’s First Mass Wedding
For the first time in my life, I am ashamed of being Hausa-Fulani or rather, at our behaviour. Usually I am one who is extremely proud of my identity: I love the Hausa language, how it flows easily and I relish the slightest opportunity to speak it in the midst of friends and acquaintances of … More Debenhams’ Adverts Signs in Hausa: Worth Celebrating or Shameful?
“I should have known that ambition and success were not to be expected in an African woman. An African woman should be a good African woman whose qualities should be coyness, shyness, submissiveness, incompetence and crippling dependency. A highly educated independent African woman is bound to be dominant, aggressive, uncontrollable, a bad influence.” … More Celebrating the Resilience of African Women
The year 2011 went by in a minute, in a flash. And as we bid farewell to it and herald 2012, we’ve made or are making resolutions consciously or subconsciously to make changes in our lives: to realize a long set of goals, to be better people, to be nicer etc. Usually, kicking old habits … More A Long Shot at Crafting New Year Resolutions
To start with, I am one of those die-hard Michael Jackson fans. No, not the crazy, stalker-type fans with a Michael Jackson tribute-type-shrine and memorabilia gala tucked away somewhere in the corner of my room. No, I am just a normal, MJ-obsessed fan. However, I must say I wasn’t entirely shocked to watch the guilty … More Conrad Murray Found Guilty: CAN WE PLEASE MOVE ON!?