Between here and there, Nigerians in the world
Given a few things that have happened lately around Nigeria and (popular) culture, I imagine I should write about something to do with fashion.
Any unified relationship requires the ‘T’ word
Year ago, while earning my degree in Psychology, I ended up having to endure the Trust Fall test in a few team building and social psychology exercises.
More than one face to show the world
I don’t wear a lot of makeup. Mostly because it takes too much time but also because I rarely like how I look in it. I always feel a little bit like a clown or an imposter, and not the real me.
Why Nigeria needs a National Poetry Month
When I was about thirteen I memorized my first real poem. It was “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” by Robert Frost. I loved the melodic sound of the words as they slipped from my mouth, sliding in rhyme against one another.
Enuma Okoro - “I was raised to approach the world with courage and curiosity”
Enuma Okoro was raised in four countries on three continents. It is no surprise that her work focuses increasingly on issues of culture and identity. She is a Nigerian-American award-winning writer, public speaker and communications consultant.
The practice of not being God
I have always been fascinated with the idea of religious practices, customs and traditions that have been used to give people a guideline or template for how best to live their lives in the face of mystery and challenge.
Signed, your Valentine
Valentine’s day is an economic gold mine for chocolatiers, greeting card companies, florists, and likely every merchant of red heart shaped purposeless trinket you can imagine.
Signed, your Valentine
Before the month of February even began, the commercial industry was already gearing up for one of the most popular days celebrated around the world. Valentine’s Day. The publicly recognized day for declarations of undying love, surprise marriage proposals, over the top attempts to win affections or in some relationships dramatic romantic displays to secure…
Sipping tea and sifting through the narratives
Over the past several weeks, I’ve been doing some research for a few articles in progress in Northern Nigeria. So far, my work has led me to meet and talk with women from various states across the region.
Be the change and celebrate those who are
Maybe it’s the social media feeds I follow but lately I have been reading more stories about Borno in international media outlets.
Appreciating Nigeria’s gift of cultural diversity
I didn’t know the Shehu of Borno had traditional shoes! Beautiful cream mules with intricate circular patterns embroidered in shiny silver threads. The toes of the shoe curling up slightly, while a tongue of fabric decorated in what resembles yellow pompom....