Six Implications of Brexit, Through the Eyes of a Foreign Resident

Against all odds, Britain has voted to leave the European Union, astounding observers, policymakers and even the Leave campaigners. 52% of voters voted Leave in defiance of credible warnings of dire economic and geopolitical consequences by experts, economists, international organisations, Britain’s allies, U.S. President Barack Obama and pretty much everyone else. Brexit’s victory was a … More Six Implications of Brexit, Through the Eyes of a Foreign Resident

A Knee-jerk Approach to Managing Immigration in the UK

A proposed scheme by the UK government that would require first-time visitors from certain Asian and African countries to deposit a £3,000 bond to obtain a visitor’s visa to the UK has provoked outrage from these countries, notably Nigeria and India. The pilot scheme to commence in November 2013 would initially cover a select number … More A Knee-jerk Approach to Managing Immigration in the UK

Back to School

Me: “I just resumed school this week” Friend: “What!? School again?? Which school?? :-S Me: “Oh, lol! I just started my PhD this week…” Friend: “That’s rilli (really) nice, congratulations! Ah, Zainab, you too like book o…” This is just a sample of one out of numerous chats/conversations on my return to school to pursue a … More Back to School

Debenhams’ Adverts Signs in Hausa: Worth Celebrating or Shameful?

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?