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TRADITION AND THAT THING AROUND YOUR NECK

Many years ago, when I was still in secondary school, we were watching a Nollywood movie—my family and I. So, in the fashion most common to Nollywood movies, the girl got pregnant. To a child that has no knowledge of the science behind conception, it would have seemed as though ...

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The Conscienceless Nigerian

And we spoke. Lowly me. And him, the scion of a nouveau riche family in Nigeria. “I was supposed to hit Naija yesterday but had to postpone it until next week.” “Why?” “I forgot to take my anti-malaria treatment and popsie insisted I take it before I come.” “Really? Me, ...

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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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14: An Anthology of Queer Art | Vol. 2: The Inward Gaze

Last year, the group simply known as 14 debuted its agenda with an anthology of LGBT art and stories themed “We Are Flowers”, which was very well received. This year, maintaining that agenda of protesting the injustice of the draconian anti-LGBT law signed into existence by President Jonathan and celebrating ...

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Four Years Later

It is exactly 4 years since the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) act was passed into law under President Goodluck Jonathan. I woke up the morning after the law was passed feeling ecstatic and filled with God’s love. Finally, after fifty-four years of independence, Nigeria was going to get so much ...

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A TALE OF A NIGERIAN MAN’S WOES AND THEREAFTER

The Taxify driver showed me a big black welt on his neck. It ran around his neck, bluish black, swollen. He told me that in October, he had gone to a real estate agency on Allen Avenue to pay for six plots of land in Lekki EPZ zone. The sum ...

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BRIDE PRICE – CUSTOM OR CRIME?

Today is my colleague’s traditional wedding. Two days ago, he handed a list of items demanded of him to effect the marriage. I could feel the exasperation in his voice when he said, “Bros, you don see am na. See wetin dey want make I pay.” Among the numerous items ...

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The Nigerian Christian And His Vulnerability

Never EVER underestimate the vulnerability of a trusting person. Do not downplay how weakened the mental defences are of the one who believes in you—who puts their trust in you. I speak for my mom. For my neighbours. For my friends and acquaintances. I speak for all men and women ...

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