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My Feminism | Remembering to Scream | By Wana Udobang

  I don’t remember the first time my father hit my mother. But I often remember my brother’s hands muzzling my mouth shut whilst my screaming the words ‘leave my mummy alone’ would ease its way through the spaces between his fingers. Like that Saturday morning when my sister’s friend and I were doing jumping […]

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In Search Of Champeta

  I had never heard of Champeta. So when Juliana sent me the reading list for the fellowship, I was intrigued to find that a genre of music had been invented based on some of the music that came out of Nigeria and other parts of Africa. More extraordinary was discovering that this was happening […]

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The Bondage Of Masculinity

  By Wana Udobang A year ago at a time best known by the gender activism community as sixteen days of activism, I choose to flip the script a little. Sixteen days is set out towards creating awareness on sexual and gender based violence. So rather than my typical radio programmes dedicated to battered women, […]

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Learning To Love Again

  I know I am a glutton for punishment but I tell myself I create the work to engage with the audience and that is why I read the comments sections of articles I write. Well that is my story and I am sticking with it. I recently read a comment that took a dig […]

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Sand Castles

Just over a year ago i was part of the British Council’s ‘Through my eye’ project. Writers and photographers worked in pairs creating a photo story with accompanying fiction. It was quite a difficult story for me to write as sand dredging in a world i know nothing about. But i suppose when you really […]

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6 Tips to Crush Insecurity & Boost Your Confidence

  Lately I have been receiving tonnes of emails and equally having lots of conversations about confidence and how little of it there seems to be. I am coming to the realisation that much like a lot of things, we trivialise it all by making it about the peripheral – getting a new wardrobe, or […]

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Power Of People

  They say people cover our nakedness, so I often wonder why people beam with so much pride that they have no friends. I think people need people. We aren’t built to live in isolation. However, I understand the need for self preservation and protecting yourself from the fall outs and disasters of certain friendships. […]

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Beauty and the baggage

My friend the performance artist Wura Natasha Ogunji had just gifted me a 30 by 40 inch framed still shot from one of her performance pieces which I participated in titled ‘Will I still carry water when I am a dead woman’. The shot captures three out of many of us wearing hooded and masked […]

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Keeping it Real About Moving Back & Starting a Business

I am not a Harvard Business School graduate neither do I have one of those sixty five thousand pound executive MBAs people squabbled about in the commentary that followed my last article; heck I don’t have a post graduate degree full stop. The point here is, I’m by no means an expert. But as a […]

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GETTING REAL ABOUT MOVING BACK

My friend Tolu Ogunlesi recently wrote a witty and cynical piece offering a few words of wisdom to ‘we’ repatriates or returnees as we have been termed in recent times. I really shouldn’t be using the words ‘We’ because frankly my foreign accent has long disappeared and so has the relevance of my ‘Oyibo’ degree. […]