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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.

WHEN I LEARNED AGAIN TO BE HAPPY

Happiness is letting go of what you think life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is. – Mandy Hale Recently, I went through a pivotal point in my life. It wasn’t anything monumental; just a flattening of the brakes, a tug at the brakes, ...

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Two Lives And A Soul (Episode 4)

I moved slowly toward the mirror I had earlier recoiled from. It had revealed to me something I hadn’t been ready to see; I figured there’d be more answers within that glassy reflective surface. The sound of bustle and laughter in the room receded to the background as my mind ...

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BOOK REVIEW: Odufa

I was very wary before reading the book Odufa; mostly because the book had a massive PR machine driven majorly by the social media. There was a lot of talk about the book, including a hashtag, but nothing actually on its content. I observed it the way I observe food ...

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TIERs To Premiere Nollywood LGBT Film, Hell Or High Water

The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs) in partnership with Asurf Films Limited has produced this short film themed around the traumatic experiences arising from socially-constructed expectations imposed on persons who self identify as Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual. The movie narrates the realities faced by LGBT persons in the Nigerian society ...

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HUMOUR COLUMN: Nigerians Are Not Happy

Hello Fellow Nigerians What are we angry about this week? The millions spent on imported police dogs The lynching of homosexuals The lynching of a man because of 10 naira The mobbing and stripping of a suspected kidnapper The rejection of the Gender Equality bill by the Senate The split ...

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Chimamanda Adichie: Another Word On Feminism

“I asked her what it meant to be feminist, and she said that every day she would wake up and say to herself ‘I woke up like this.’ Hearing her say that made me really start to think seriously about what it means to be feminist for young women today. ...

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THE HOUSEWIVES’ TALE (Episode 60)

Previously on The Housewives’ Tale, Adaku happens upon a pregnancy crisis her friend, Mimi is undergoing, a visit that took them to the hospital where Mimi gets to know that she’s had an ectopic pregnancy and will need an emergency surgery. Ever the good friend, Adaku sticks by Mimi’s side, ...

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Nigerian lawmakers vote down bill on gender equality citing the Bible and Sharia law

Nigerian lawmakers on Tuesday (Mar.15), voted against a gender and equal opportunities bill (pdf), which was being sponsored by Senator Biodun Olujimi. The bill, which did not pass a second reading, was aimed at bridging the gap between the rights of men and women in Nigeria. It also sought to ...

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THE DADDY DIARIES (Entry 12)

A quiet toddler is a mischievous one – My Mother-in-law. What you are about to read is the frustration of a mother. Oh yes, I didn’t write this one. I didn’t plan on submitting an entry for this week. I had already informed Walter. I was just too swamped with ...

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The Things They Say…About Nigeria Post-Antigay Law

“When we were saying you guys, don’t let them pass that anti-gay bill, y’all thought we were tripping. When we were saying that doing something like that empowers every ignorant person, when we were screaming our guts out, crying, begging, fighting, you people thought we were crazy. Our morality was ...

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