Sunday, February 18, 2018
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The Definition of She



‘She’ is defined by what she is not allowed


What she is not allowed to inhabit



‘Each morning redefines impossibility

Each morning says “Here I am. Again”

Each morning means I am possible

My Favourite African Divas & Their Songs


Cesária Évora singing Sodade

Cesária was a Cape Verdean singer. Nicknamed the “Barefoot Diva” for performing without shoes. She helped bring the amazing musical legacy of her homeland to the world’s attention. ‘Sodade’ means longing, longing for this land of mine.



Walk down the forested paths of the Congolese forest,

Watch the twinkle of the soft stars reflected in the Nile.

Be dazzled by the splendour of a Benin masked festival.

Marvel at the colour and smells of a Moroccan market.

And then learn to love Africa.

Borderlands and the Colonial


Every time I convince myself to stop talking about the colonial, something happens to drag me back. In a way, I suppose my continuous return to the colonial is a microcosm of the Africa’s relationship with the rest of the world. A reflection of ever-prevailing anti-blackness.

Speaking of Africa, Again


I read a fascinating article a few days ago, asking whether it was time to change the name of ‘Africa.’ I must admit that after reading it, I was convinced that the name of the continent should be changed.

Black Women & the Promised Land


Black women who overcome draw a line in the sand,

for the next generation to step over, over, over,

till we get to the Promised Land…

What Makes African Fiction, ‘African’?


I remember listening to a talk by Chimamanda Adichie, where she said some of her writing had been criticised for not being African enough. I wonder if the quota of starving children and ‘savage’ rituals had not been met.

Cry, Beloved Country by Alan Paton


This is one of my favourite books. The writing is exquisite to the point of pain. The story is laden with layers as deep as ancient crevices, exploring the extent of human frailties and the depths of human emotion.

Casual Racism: Speaking of Africa and Blackness

AUSTRALIA, Sydney: About 40 anti-racism protesters, including local residents and cosplay enthusiasts, picket a meeting organised by nationalist political group the Australia First Party (AFP) at its Sydney headquarters on July 26, 2014. The meeting was held to oppose the number of international students at Australian universities. Many of the anti-racism demonstrators also attended a counter-protest held earlier at a Marrickville Woolworths supermarket, where another nationalist party, the Party for Freedom, attempted to stage a protest over the company's celebration of the Islamic month of Ramadan. (AAP Image/NEWZULU/KRISTEN DALY). NO ARCHIVING, CROWD SOURCED CONTENT, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Let me start by saying that the idea that racism can be casual, or unintentional or without consequence is appalling.