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Apr 11 2014

THE MAIDEN

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Her sultry eyes Pierce at hearts Tempting full lips A promise to sip Graceful neck In beads deck High breasts glistening Svelte waist slithering Long Legs gliding Sensual beads jiggling The jungle rumbles Scavengers scramble Eager to stake a claim With a stamp of chain Young, innocent and ripe She takes her place of pride …

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Mar 08 2014

Don’t Call Me A MAN, It Is Not A Compliment. Happy International Women’s Day!

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“Man is defined as a human being and a woman as a female – whenever she behaves as a human being she is said to imitate the male.” Simone de Beauvoir.  As we celebrate International Women’s Day, the words of Simone de Beauvoir ring loud in my ears. As someone who became fiercely politically active …

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Dec 17 2013

Sex Workers Need Rights Not Rescue!

December 17th is International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. From a feminist and also a trade unionist perspective, I know supporting Sex Workers’ Rights is the logical thing to do. As I wrote in my blog post ‘Organising Sex Workers Within Mainstream Labour Movement’,  the stigmatization and consequent exploitation of sex workers would …

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Oct 07 2013

THEY SAY IT IS CULTURE, I SAY IT IS TORTURE!

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They say it is culture I say it is torture Born a woman, a reason to be oppressed It is culture, a woman must be suppressed I must never be too forward They will only drag me backward As a woman I must learn to be submissive For a man has the power to be …

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Sep 14 2013

8 year old Yemeni girl died on wedding night and Of Nigerian Child-Brides Apologists

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It was reported that a young girl in Yemen had died after having sexual relations with a 40-year-old man who became her husband in an arranged marriage. The 8-year-old was identified as “Rawan” and died from torn genitals and severe bleeding in the northwest city of Hardh.  Some media reported that the practice of marrying …

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Aug 30 2013

50 Shades Of Abuse: Ese Walter, Pastor Fatoyinbo, Coza and God

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The scandal rocking Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) has brought to light another shade of abuse that goes on everyday; the constant abuse of authority by influential men who prey on impressionable women. It is sad that once again, a victim of abuse is being blamed for the crime of the abuser. Sexual abuse is …

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Jul 30 2013

Pope won’t judge gays who share something in common with him: The Lord and Expensive Fabrics!

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Well, the man in the stylish cape, silly hat and all that expensive fabrics says he won’t judge gays. How so cute! Pope Francis magnanimously announced that: If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge? This news has been heartily welcomed in the LGBT …

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Jul 26 2013

Senator Pedophile Sani Yerima, Bishop David Oyedepo and guilty Nigerians, She is a: #ChildNotBride, #ChildNotWitch, #ChildNotHouseGirl!

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Nigerians have suddenly woken up to the ills of child abuse because of an obscure part of the constitution. While we are all getting self righteous and indignant about children’s rights, let us also look at ways we are guilty of perpetrating child abuse. After all Child abuse comes in different colours, shapes  and sizes. …

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Jul 22 2013

On S29(4)b and the #ChildNotBride saga: Let’s get the facts right

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It was one of those days when everything hits you at once. I was physically, intellectually, emotionally and politically tired.  I decided to check my mails to take my mind off ‘issues’ but instead of some funny cat meme, the headline ‘Nigerian Senate Okays Child Marriage’ jumped at me. I screamed “Whaaatttt?” I clicked on …

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Jul 09 2013

Because I Am A Girl

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Trembling she holds her tummy Knowing this fourth baby coming Will be her making or breaking She moans, her world hanging Groaning she strains Not just from labour pains With one more push, I came panting With just a look, she screamed fainting A reprieve from the moment of truth Husband in-laws with new wife …

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Jul 05 2013

Stop telling black women what to do with their hair or skin!

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A woman’s body seems to be the one thing everyone wants to control. Country, religion or even gender is not a barrier, everyone wants to tell a woman what to do with her body and that include her fellow women.  No surprise there, even ‘gods’ seems obsessed with women, but really what is this growing …

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Jun 28 2013

Rachel Jeantel is not on trial: Judging her accent is a show of your ignorance not hers.

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What a sad society we live in with people valuing appearances more than content. Hypocrites who in their own actions and judgments are no less racist than Zimmerman who shot a black boy because he thought his black skin did not belong in his precious white neigbourhood. Now, those racists think Rachel Jeantel’s accent and …

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Jun 20 2013

I Am Reaching, Reaching For The Stars

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I am reaching, reaching for the stars Though I bear the brunt of the scars I spread my wings for a flying spree This cage I will break to set me free Although the sky looks scary and vast I will explore with bravery and a blast So long my wings were clipped Now I …

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May 29 2013

Organising Sex Workers Within Mainstream Labour Movement

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The controversy of whether “sex work” can be defined and treated as real work or not is one that evokes a lot of emotion and sentiments. This is not surprising because the answer to this will determine whether or not this area of “Work” deserves to be acknowledged and given as much legal and social …

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May 26 2013

Free Amina Tyler NOW: It is her body, her choice, her right!

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Few months ago, Amina Tyler, a Tunisian woman, posted two photos of herself topless on Facebook. The first image showed Amina with the words “Fuck your morals” written across her chest. The second image has the words “My body belongs to me and is not the source of anyone’s honor” written in Arabic. Since that episode, …

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