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Let's catch up, shall we?

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Let's catch up, shall we?

Hello, friends!

I know it’s been a long time, and *cue Aaliyah beat* I shouldn’ta left you (and so on…), but well, life.

Here are a few updates: Filmed a new show airing on Channels TV (which was my actually the first place I actually worked when I moved back to Nigeria). It brings together things I love: God and getting to know people and their stories. The show is called Church Culture, it airs every Saturday at 1pm, and is all about the intersection between the church as we know it, and our everyday lives and issues. We had some really great conversations, and I was definitely on my toes, what with all the bible verses and interesting opinions being shared. If you’ve caught it, let me know, if not, here’s a clip so you can see what we’re about... 

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The Wrong kind of Deja Vu

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The Wrong kind of Deja Vu

President Umaru Yar'Adua has been gone a long time. Back in 2009, when I was at City Uni, I was asked by one of my professors to write about the many things going on in Nigeria. Some of my fellow students couldn't understand the things we deal with in Naij, like PHCN, the "Enough is Enough" movement, and how we could have a missing president. So I wrote this:

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The Ask Series - Video Highlights

Just so you know I'm a woman of my word, here is the video from The Ask Series, which I wrote about here (do check it out if you haven't already, and would like to read and look at pics)

Let me know what you think! I tried to keep it short and sweet, but still interesting. Hope you enjoy it, and please comment, share, subscribe, and tell a friend or 5 to do the same!

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The Ask Series with Moi!

Don't call it a comeback!

Yeah, I know I've been gone more than a minute. Sometimes you need to take a break and then come back, right? Right. Onwards...

I was honored to be asked to participate in the Ask Series, organized by the folks at Belfry Africa at The Waterside Hotel in Ikoyi. It's a small, intimate event, where people can come and listening to the guest (me, in this instance) share their story, and get a chance to ask any questions about their journey, and whatever else they'd like to know.  

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Speaking Above Whispers on Gender Equality - #SupportGEOBill

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Speaking Above Whispers on Gender Equality - #SupportGEOBill

Today is the day the Gender and Equal Opportunities bill (#GEOBill) is up for public hearing at the National Assembly in Nigeria. After months of controversy and initially being rejected by the senate, the bill was "re-assessed" aka watered down, and re-presented. This version (click here to read - downloadable pdf) is what is up for public hearing, and addresses, among other things, inheritance law, equal opportunities in education, workplace discrimination, and maternity rights. What is being presented is in no way adequate, but it IS a beginning.

Key clauses addressing age of consent, reproductive rights, legal age of marriage, and sexual violence were left out, and while it is a huge issue that archaic ideas of what Nigerian culture is, and what it represents meant that vital parts were dropped, I acknowledge and accept that we must start somewhere.

These are some of the points I discussed a couple of days ago, when I was invited to discuss this issue and how it affects young Nigerians on a radio show called "Above Whispers on Air" on WFM. 

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Opinion: But Really, Who do they think they are?

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Opinion: But Really, Who do they think they are?

It is a thing of rage not to be able to be at peace with what your tomorrow will bring.

It is a thing of sheer frustration to live in a place where hardships come quick and fast, like a series of storms, ceasing briefly, only to come again when you're just coming to terms with the destruction the last one brought.

It is madness to wake up each day with dread, because "what are they going to do to make life harder and screw us over today?"

Who do they REALLY think they are?

Who do they think WE are?

Shot by Tobi Tejumola, Abuja 2016

Shot by Tobi Tejumola, Abuja 2016

We watch as fuel prices increase, electricity gets worse, foreign exchange gets higher and higher, and the small comforts some of us used to pacify ourselves become further and further out of reach,

We look as the price of pure water, gala, indomie, small fish in the market continue to rise, so even the most basic of meals become a struggle for the non-smartphone toting, regular (wo)man on the street.

Shot by Tobi Tejumola, Abuja, Nigeria, 2016

Shot by Tobi Tejumola, Abuja, Nigeria, 2016

Aso Rock is a fortress, protecting only those who have access to it by hook or by crook - and many of them are crooks to the core.

They pontificate over the things that don't matter, and avoid the things that do. It is almost as though they take delight in seeing how much they can drag people down and kill their spirit.

They kill businesses each day. Honest people can't make a living. Crime is on the rise. Sadness and anger are the default emotions for many.

WHO DO THESE PEOPLE THINK THEY ARE?

What kind of leader has a heart and mind so impenetrable that the suffering of the masses doesn't prompt him to listen to voices of reason, and change his thought pattern?

What kind of man ignores what's happening as those who make the laws push ONLY the things that benefit them, so they can continue to rake in the benefits and money this country DOESN'T EVEN HAVE, while the most vulnerable are forced to suffer more and more daily?

It is a thing of shame that this my country is bent on making life so hard.

It is a thing of shame that this is who we are. That there is no arm of government which is truly FOR THE PEOPLE. That the laws you make in that Senate house are for your own gain. That daily we have to wonder "how are they going to kill my joy today?"

Shame on you, Nigeria. Shame.

*Pictures courtesy of Tobi Tejumola - Instagram @BadmanTej*

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48 Hours in London

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48 Hours in London

Just a quickie post: Last week, I went to London for a couple of days to attend two events centered around Nigerians in the Diaspora. On Day 1, I attended the APPGN's (All-Party Parliamentary Group on Nigeria) event, chaired by Labour MP & Junior Shadow Minister on Women & Equalities Kate Osamor. It was held at Parliament, with lots of Nigerians in the UK attending to find ...

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FUELING MY FRUSTRATION (Part 2)

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FUELING MY FRUSTRATION (Part 2)

3 guesses on what this is about...

I wrote this post on the Accelerate TV website about 10 months ago, when we had a fuel scarcity. I am beyond upset that this is now our reality. Everyone, everywhere is affected. The long queues causing horrible traffic as they stretch longer and longer by the day, blocking entrances/exits, taking up precious road space. And if you've ever been in Lagos, you know many of us already think of road rules as those funny things we don't need to obey. *I'm not even joking*

Here are a few of my favorite bits that are still (very sadly) our reality...

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Cheers to the women!

It was International Women's Day yesterday, and every year it passes by, I think (even more than usual) of the women who inspire, who mentor, who share, who give without knowing, and  those who give intentionally.

I think of the media landscape and how women are working within it to push women forward: sites like Levo (I'm featured here), and Clever Girl Finance, which shares amazing tips regarding finances and building wealth, and spotlights women in business, and The Young Empress, which also tells the stories of female entrepreneurs to inspire others. I know a lot more exist, so please share  in the comments.

I think of Nigerian women doing amazing things, like those on this list of Nigeria's 100 most influential (I'll make it on there someday) ladies, and many more besides - those in my home, in my family, my friends, colleagues, and even random strangers here or anywhere in the world, who despite, in spite of, or even because all the people who say they can't; can, and DO.

#OneDayIWill

Here are some tweets I thought to share - to make you think & to make you smile:

Hope you all had a wonderful #IWD2016. Cheers to all us women; we do a lot of heavy lifting, and frankly, we deserve more than just one day!! :) 

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"Black Lives Matter" aka My Seattle afternoon experience

For many Nigerians, and some of my African friends/colleagues with whom I've discussed it, the 'Black Lives Matter' movement is something that they can sympathize with, but don't feel that deeply. For many more, who are insulated and haven't experienced life outside their neighborhood/town/country, it's just another "oh, that happened? Wow!" story. That's my experience.

I don't say this to say we don't care or we don't see the injustices and feel sad and helpless when we hear the stories, or see them debated/discussed on social media or on the news; I say this to say that (to paraphrase a saying I've heard in many forms) it's the person whose shoe the stone is in that feels the pain most acutely. Some of us just cannot relate.

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