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Walt Shakes(@Walt_Shakes) is an award-winning Nigerian writer, poet and veteran blogger. He is a lover of the written word. the faint whiff of nature, the flashing vista of movies, the warmth of companionship and the happy sound of laughter.

A JUSTIFICATION FOR BITTERNESS AND REVENGE

I have jokingly called myself Pacifist-in-chief of the Federal Republic of pacifists. I want peace, I mean, why shouldn’t I? But I’m afraid that perhaps I want it too much. I am even willing to accept that my desire for peace is idealistic and I’m beginning to think unrealistic, especially ...

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THERE WAS A BOY

And we raise psychopaths. These are the parents who blame the government for their woes and yet can’t raise their own children to be sane, civil, courteous, law-abiding and functional individuals. My friend came to see me with her son this morning. He was a seven-year-old. At the door, I ...

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BEHOLD, THE POST OFFICE

I get a call in the morning. The connection is very bad – hissing static and a caller’s voice that keeps crackling in and out of focus. “Hello… Are you Walter Ude… Have a package… Come to our office…” “Hello, hello, I can’t hear you well, sir,” I keep saying ...

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A Book About Queer People Is Coming From Cassava Republic, And It’s Called “SHE CALLED ME WOMAN: NIGERIA’S QUEER WOMEN SPEAK”

‘These true stories are beautifully told, the pain and honesty and hope and joy in these accounts is strong like a song.’ – Stella Duffy Cassava Republic Press is proud to reveal the cover for She Called Me Woman: Nigeria’s Queer Women Speak, a ground-breaking collection of 25 first-hand narratives ...

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KINDRED SPIRITS

You know how sometimes you lock yourself up, turn off the lights and shut the blinds because you’re trying to hide the cracks? You know how some days you wake up with a loud hiss because you keep wondering what the hell you’re doing with your life? You know how ...

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THE HUSTLE OF A RAINBOW (Episode 9)

The last time you heard from me, I was in a relationship with Cici, happily in love and all. That was in faraway February. It was just another February past and I’m in a different relationship. I should fill you in on what happened shey? Oya grab your popcorn and ...

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#HowIResist Campaign 2

It is time to look inwards into the deplorable mess of cultural, religious and legal restrictions that we have tired ourselves in and open our hearts, minds and spirits to the joy, progress and advancement that truly equitable and fair laws can bring to a thirsty nation. That is not ...

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ALL SHE DID WAS LOOK LIKE A GUY!

As a Nigerian, I should not be shocked by some of the stories I hear. But on that day, when a good friend of mine shared with me an ordeal she went through some days back on account of her physical disposition, a sensitive chord was struck in me. I ...

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#HowIResist: A Campaign Dedicated to the Voices and Visibility of the Nigerian LGBT

In a collaborative effort, a number of LGBT young Nigerians came together to lend their voices to a campaign engineered to provide visibility to the Nigerian LGBT community. They are young professionals. They are people in relationships. They are individuals with struggles. They love. They live. And every day of ...

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A Timeline of Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker’s feud as the ‘Sex And The City’ star lashes out at co-star following brother’s death

Kim Cattrall has hit out at Sarah Jessica Parker after her former co-star reached out after the death of Kim’s brother. Kim’s brother Chris passed away after going missing in Canada, with fans and friends offering their condolences. Sarah Jessica Parker was among these people, commenting on Kim’s Instagram: ‘Dearest ...

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