#HearMeToo: Feminist First

Feminist First By Mercy Eni I am a feminist first Excuse me sir, you heard me? Yes, you mister with the litter of disdain you throw my way At my hair kinky as it gets, my face when that acne breaks, my shirt, my pants Armored in your spick and span, suit and tie Betrayed…

Overthrow patriarchy and what do you replace it with?

This was a question I was faced with recently at a session with women rights activists and gender equality advocates regarding feminism and what it means to be running a ‘feminist organization’.  Frankly this was one question I have never considered and critically examined as a feminist, whose choices, actions and pretty much everything, have…

Unscripted Character

She sat in the corner, on the small wooden chair that steadily held her weight in life, and would be kicked out from under her heavy frame welcoming her to the mysterious land of the dead. This small wooden chair that had been a participant in so many of the events leading up to this…

Fem*i*nism -the case of South Sudan

Fem*i*nism -the case of South Sudan, where the act of fem*i*nism has existed way before I was born but has not been called out– Fem*i*nism. Women in South Sudan have been practicing feminism though they have not called it out loud! Now the question we should be asking ourselves is why don’t we declare “I am a…

Are we failing our adolescent girls?

A few months ago, a feminist writer and friend wrote an article explaining the crisis Africa is currently facing. A crisis that is robbing our adolescent girls of a bright future –  teenage pregnancy. This, in addition to numerous reports we hear every day across the continent indicate that indeed this is a crisis. The…