November 3, 2018 Zeta

I should be more consistent with my literary wish/lust list but I am not. I thought of making an excuse why I’m not and I realised I’d rather just push that aside and share why I should be consistent with my wish/lust list. The last literary lust list/ wish list I made in April (here), I got two novels like three-five months after. This tells me that if I wrote out my lust list/wish list more often, I’d have more chances of buying at least a couple of the novels I want to read. It may not make sense to…

October 20, 2018 Zeta

On this episode of #AdventureswithChi, I had a Daycation at Omu Resort in Bogije with my family and I thought it will be great to do a video and share my experience with YOU! We visited Omu Resort to celebrate my nephew’s 5th birthday (You’d get to see him in the video below). It was an exciting experience to be in Lagos and experience something different from the usual hustling and bustling the city is known for. If you ever get to visit Omu Resort, here are five things I recommend. Visit the zoo at 4 pm! We went on a…

September 22, 2018 Zeta

This novel was a gift from one of my favourite people on the planet and a long read after, I am utterly smitten by the complexity and simplicity of Roxane Gay’s essays in Bad Feminist. Swiftly moving from one of the most controversial schools of thoughts to the issues of race, representation to sexuality. I particularly love how enlightening and immersive it was to read Bad Feminist and feel, nod and research on the topics Gay speaks about. She writes from a perfectly flawed perspective which speaks to the most human part of your consciousness. Perhaps, that is why I did…

August 31, 2018 Zeta

The words ‘feminism’ and ‘feminist’ can trigger a volcanic reaction in any conversation in Nigeria. On this episode of ‘Conversations with Chi’, Coco of the Albimazing Network and I shared our thoughts on the Nigerian problem with feminism. Last week, a lady on social media shared her experience in breaking grounds with feminism in her tradition and this (image shared below) broke Twitter out with the same narrative of reducing the aim and mission of feminism. Hence, the problem with Nigerians and their views on feminism.

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The problem…. People lack understanding of the concept and have…

August 26, 2018 Zeta

When Jude Abaga hit the scene with his Crowd Mentality single in 2006, Nigerian hip-hop heads welcomed the freshness of his idea, the audacity of his witty lyrics tightly packed in bars and a healthy dose of social commentary. And when his debut LP, Talk About It, hit the shelf on December 11, 2008, there was an acknowledgement that the hip-hop torch held by the kings such as Modenine and Ruggedman could be passed onto the “Short Black Boy from Jos”. That acknowledgement manifested in him winning the Best Hip Hop and Best New Act at the 2009 MTV Africa…

August 24, 2018 Zeta

To begin the I AM Series, I put out an open call on Twitter asking to feature amazing individuals. There was a lot of radio silence at first, and then a handful of people responded. Jessica (Jess) Gordon was one. I remember her moving email titled, ‘Beautifully Created’ #Rebirth: I have never seen myself this beautiful or should I say I have never accepted how beautiful I really am. For once, I feel like this is a means to express the joy I feel, I am a huge advocate for happiness but I have never been truly happy myself.  In…

August 19, 2018 Zeta

Maria has been in a popular hospital for three weeks since the delivery of her twins. She says her husband ran away after he found out she was pregnant. Despite the cheap cost of the medical bills, Maria cannot afford to cover her bills. Since then, doctors, whose profession is characterised by owed salaries, have been attending to her needs and that of her child out of goodwill. Having lost two children to avoidable ailments at birth, Maria escaped from her rural community to Lagos to seek a better delivery opportunity for her child. At 32, Maria cannot afford to…

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As I grow older, I learn that certain things I felt to be normal aren’t normal and living with them right from the age of four when my consciousness kicked in is one reason I am different shades of fucked up. It felt pretty normal to be a part of this dysfunctional love stamped and approved by society. It felt normal for my parents to fight in front of us and threaten to kill one another while saying things that you shouldn’t say to a loved one. At first, I cried when it happened and because of the frequency; I adapted…

August 12, 2018 Zeta

For every rational human being, finding love is, arguably, one of the best things in life. And when that love enjoys the support of friends and family, the joy is fuller. But for Shalom Shoremi, finding love pitted her against her family. The problem? Her partner was of the same sex. As a woman, her family had expected her to bring a man home. Regardless, Shoremi requested for a special marriage license at the Federal Marriage Registry in March this year. The request was turned down. Unlike many western countries, same-sex relationships are criminalised in Nigeria. Her family consequently disowned her….

August 5, 2018 Zeta

Sex, a word often regarded across traditional cultures as that which must be spoken with caution. In some traditional societies, anything related to sex and genitalia must not be said euphemistically. The perceived vulgarity must be attenuated so minds might not be corrupted. In fact, sex education is a no-go area. Such is the perception and consequently, sex education becomes a casualty of a belief that has, in itself, become anachronistic in an era where the internet makes every information anyone needs seamlessly accessible. To read more, click here!