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 that…

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Women

Taking a Stand Against Rape & Supporting Rape Survivors with Mirabel Centre

On Tuesday last week, I had the opportunity to be at the launch of the Friends of Mirabelevent organised by the Mirabel Centre. Established in 2013, The Mirabel Centre is the only rape support centre in Lagos. Since the centre opened its doors, they have welcomed 1074 rape survivors so far. The centre was largely unknown until a moving AlJazeera report about the challenges the centre…

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Women

Is Virginity Is A Myth? This video explains it all

Did your hymen break the first time you had sex? I’m asking the ladies here. Did you ever wonder why the sheets weren’t blood stained the first time you did the deed, and you wondered if your partner wondered that you lied about your virginity (yes I’m talking about me here)? Well, wonder no more. This short video from Adam Ruins Everything explains…

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News, Women

The state with a male commissioner of women affairs appoints 49 administrators- only one is a woman

The Gist Governor Muhammadu Jibrilla of Adamawa state swore in 49 newly-appointed Development Area Administrators. The lone woman is Esther Pius. Why’s this important? Back in September, the Governor appointed a man, Aliyu Tola, as the Commissioner of Women Affairs. His chief press secretary, Yohannna Mathias, defended the governor’s actions by stating: “It’s a normal practice as it happened in Bauchi and…

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Women

The Lady Goes House Hunting

“You aren’t married are you?”I looked up from my phone screen and shook my head. No. Up until then the conversation had been in Yoruba, a language I did not speak or understand.For the last five minutes Femi, my housing agent, had been pleading, cajoling on my behalf. He had wanted me to view a place he’d heard was perfect…

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Women

Hey…don’t hide your period

Nigerians are some of the least environmentally friendly people I know. Man, woman and child, we toss garbage out of our moving cars. We unwrap items and let the packaging fall where we stand. We then innocently wonder why our roads flood when it rains. Where other countries are trying to cut back on plastic bag usage (Wales, for instance,…

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Women

Pepper Spray? All I Need Is A Ring

This week, I thought about buying a wedding ring. No I’m not trying to get married to myself a la Sue Sylvester in the much declined (how did it get so bad so fast!?) Glee. No, I’m not going to do the uber-feminist thing and propose to a man. You see, I just need a ring for protection. Not pepper…

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