The Girl Slave In Our Backyard

Watching CNN’s Freedom Project a few weeks back, I thought about how slavery never really went away. To me, it just evolved and ended up in some cases in our backyards. You heard me right. Our backyards. Right under our noses and no one really talks about it. You see in Nigeria, my birth country…

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HARVEY WEINSTEIN & WORKPLACE SEXUAL HARASSMENT

  You’ve probably heard about the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment case making the news. If you haven’t, I’ll summarize it. In a nutshell, British filmmaker Harvey Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment, assault and rape by dozens of women including actress Rose McGowan, Angelina Jolie, and Gwyneth Paltrow (full list here). Reading the accusations,…

When Will You Get Married?

Photo by Lydia Harper Growing up, there was a song we skipped to. It went along the lines of “when will you marry? January, February, March…” This song reminds me of how family, acquaintances, and strangers are eager to get a wedding date from single women. Being in my late twenties, I haven’t escaped these…

Childfree Women And The Freedom To Choose

One fine evening during dinner, I started a conversation around being childfree and everyone stopped eating. In response to my rather culturally disturbing thoughts, I was given the “what the hell is wrong with you” look. Now, the displeasure at the table was understandable considering the fact that we were Africans, Nigerians to be specific.…