Blog entries from: MsAfropolitan

African Feminism, Society and Popular Culture

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July 24 2014

From MsAfropolitan Thu Jul 24 2014, 09:58:43

The majority of Europeans take for granted that the EU was set up to create peace and stability in Europe. After all, the EU won the Nobel Prize for "advancing the causes of peace, reconciliation, democracy and human rights". Yet this fabrication of the truth would make Alfred Nobel do a triple turn in his grave....

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July 11 2014

From MsAfropolitan Fri Jul 11 2014, 10:54:15

It's about 6pm on the 12th of June 2014. I'm at the World Trade Organisation in Geneva, a characteristically grandiose European institutional building made all the more incredible by its waterfront view and bright, modern yet noble style. It is the type of space that - bewilderingly - makes you think of both justice and injustice. Today...

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July 2 2014

From MsAfropolitan Wed Jul 2 2014, 12:40:39

Patriarchy is an unfashionable term. But it is also the only term that describes the oldest, most widespread and most enduring form of governance. It is much older than democracy, for example. It seems to me that patriarchy, which is the 'system of society or government in which men hold the power and women are...

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June 21 2014

From MsAfropolitan Sat Jun 21 2014, 10:17:57

Sharing a link to an interview of mine posted at the African Book Review earlier this week. We covered a lot: decolonisation, African feminism, blogging, sexuality, poetry and more. I hope you like it, I put a lot into it. Minna Salami: An Interview with the Creator of Ms. Afropolitan Let me know if you have any...

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June 13 2014

From MsAfropolitan Fri Jun 13 2014, 15:05:11

This post is inspired by a piece  CNN published on Wednesday about the Nigerian bride price app, an app/quiz which calculates the marital value of a woman by pricing attributes such as her height, weight, beauty, cooking skills, education and dialect. All in jest, yeah, the app, as the site's disclaimer says is, "a joke, and...

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June 5 2014

From MsAfropolitan Thu Jun 5 2014, 18:27:42

"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice," said Martin Luther King famously in a speech. This may be so, but for Americans of African descent, one might add that it bends toward justice only when the unjustly treated bend it. Few groups of people have collectively been so wronged, over...

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May 30 2014

From MsAfropolitan Fri May 30 2014, 11:51:47

If I were an alien visiting our planet this week I'd think, "Whoa, how's that for a mess, one half of the species trying to annihilate the other half!" We on earth don't see it that way ourselves; or we would be in revolution against misogynist warfare. Yet an eye that has not been conditioned to normalise the...

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May 21 2014

From MsAfropolitan Wed May 21 2014, 18:31:41

This week, more than 3000 delegates are at the annual meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Kigali discussing new strategies to tackle poverty, underdevelopment, and put their weight behind global schemes that ensure Africa's progress. To mark the occasion, UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, published an OpEd today titled Women's Role in the Next 50...

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May 15 2014

From MsAfropolitan Thu May 15 2014, 19:07:42

As reckless forces of terror-driven religious fundamentalism ravage Nigeria we would be wise to remember the insights of the ancestors. Unfortunately, as Soyinka argues in his most recent book, Of Africa, Africa as we know it today, "remains the monumental fiction of European creativity" marked by a type of religiosity that is a "destabilising agent";...

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May 7 2014

From MsAfropolitan Wed May 7 2014, 14:18:24

In March this year, GirlHub Nigeria invited me to give a talk during Social Media Week Lagos, which I started with a prayer that I wrote for little girls. I'd like to share it with you bearing in mind that it is not religion specific. Dear God, may the next generation of girls not grow up to...

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