“We Will Rise” is a CNN film that showcases young women overcoming incredible odds to change their lives and do extraordinary things in their society. It is a mission by Michelle Obama, America’s first lady with the help of other strong women like CNN’s Isha Sesay, Meryl Streep and Freida Pointo. We Will Rise is one of the most compelling film-documentary that I watched in the last days of year 2016 and it made me realise that despite the fact Nigeria is evolving in so many great ways, there are a lot to be done to improve eradicate educational discrimination in some parts of the country.
Mama, I hear the field is green and the roses are red
The wildflowers are growing in the farmlands and
I just wonder when the girls will be one, Mama
When will the girls be like the boys?
Free like the air with a voice of authority
When will I truly live?
Mama, why cannot the girls be like Papa,
Working day and night to be somebody
Let me run till my feet grow weary
Let me fly till my wings grow faint
There is more to me as there is to life but
Doing nothing and being ill-informed is going to eat me up like a canker worm
Tell me Mama, am I just a sold out slave to nothing and everybody?
A help mate you say I am but how can I help when
I am just a bag of culture, religion, norms and limitations.
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Bibiana Ossai © 2016.
ArtxLagos an International Art Fair was able to unite Africa in one building as it was the first of its kind in West Africa. The event took place in Civic Centre located at Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue, Victoria Island Lagos on the 4th to 6th of November, 2016. Art xLagos featured the works of 65 African artists from various African countries with 14 exhibitors. The three-day event saw artists, patrons, collectors and lovers of art from all works of life. It also saw over “30 local and International speakers delivering talks and conversations on the unwavering growth of African art in the global art scene and how African creative economy can lead to the rise of reshaping the African narrative” http://www.artxlagos.com
Let me love you with the whole of me
It should not matter whether you would do the same
The thought of loosing you haunts me every night
And I am loosing my mind
Because I cannot bear to live without you.
What have you done to me?
Have you given me fufu to chop like my mama warned me?
If you have charmed me,
then I should thank the gods, should I not?
Everyone speaks about hatred,
My family and friends see only fire in your eyes
Yet all I see is my fate tangled with yours.
Why I love you so much is wetin me no know
But if I talk say I care
It will mean my love for you don die
So make I love you now wey I do
Because it does not matter what anyone says.
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Bibiana Ossai © 2016.
To the African woman, whom I admire, love and am grateful for:
My pastor screamed, “Your Boaz will find you this year!” My father was the first to stand up with his hands up screaming, “Amen!” His Amen was obviously for me while mother hits on the side to say “Amen.” Continue reading “How to Resist the Pressure to get Married this Year?”