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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS; What you need to know about Monkey Pox

I am currently in Nigeria and there has been an outbreak of a disease called Monkey pox. This ‘Alien’ disease has come with a lot of tension, uncertainty and myths. So I decided to do a thorough research about the disease to assist my readers. Below is a question and answer summary. WHAT IS MONKEY POX?  Monkey pox is a rare viral Zoonosis disease. Zoonosis means that it was transmitted from Animals to Humans.  It is an infectious disease. WHY IS IT CALLED MONKEY POX? …

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Why you don’t believe in God

I remember a time when the thought of not believing in God was ‘alu’, an abomination. It was heresy. Saying that out loud could earn you a slap from your mother. Sure, not everybody agreed as to how to actually worship Him or the exact way to. There were Christians and muslims and even traditional idol worshippers; but all of these people believed in one supreme God. The Christians too had and still have different dominations with different doctrinal beliefs but they all agreed that …

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NIGERIA’S INDEPENDENCE.. what’s there to celebrate?

Well, happy Independence Day to all Nigerians! I’m proudly Nigerian and I do sincerely love my country. Today I saw quite a number of people celebrating and in fact today’s church service was one like no other. I almost wished every Sunday would be Independence Day. There was dancing, laughing, jumping and sweets! I had a really good day. I’m happy we’re celebrating this beautiful country and its togetherness. I love how diverse we are; our different languages and cultures, it really makes us colourful. …

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A Nigerian view of money and recession

Sometimes I hear of, or read about people who spend so much money on so little things and believe me, I don’t judge them. In my mind I’m like, “a million naira to me is like ten naira to them”. I mean, some people go to huge shopping malls and buy onions that would ordinarily cost a hundred naira for one thousand naira. I once asked a friend why she preferred to buy lemons in a shopping mall instead of going to a local market …

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THE NIGERIAN MUSIC INDUSTRY TO ME

The Nigerian music industry is full of every genre of music: gospel, hip hop, RnB, rock, afrobeat, fuji, you just name it. Nigeria has one of the biggest music industries in Africa and the world at large. However, I’m fascinated at how our minds are blown when we see a white person dancing to our music, or hear it in a Hollywood movie. On the other hand, it’s no big deal to hear western music in our movies or to see our people dance to …

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THE COMPLEXITY OF FUNERALS IN NIGERIA

I entered a shop a while ago and this lady was telling her friend that her brother in-law was dead. Immediately she said this, I instantly felt sympathy and even a little bit of empathy, after all the death of a loved one can be a difficult thing to bear. However, my feelings of sympathy and empathy quickly developed wings when the next thing I heard was, “why the man kon die now? This period wey money no dey.”  In hindsight, I find it a …

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WHAT’S RIGHT WITH FEMINISM

Still in honor of South Africa’s women’s month. I wrote about the beauty of womanhood and how I loved being female yesterday. I felt as though every woman must love being a woman; that every girl must see and appreciate femininity. Thinking on though, I realized that this was not the case. There are women around the world who curse femininity every day; women who can’t appreciate the beauty of being a woman because of the people around them. So many Nigerians (especially the men) …

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CRAZINESS IN A SUIT

As uncivilised as they say Nigeria is, I’m still grateful for this nation. For one thing, it’s usually easy to identify a mad man. For the westerners, it’s not quite as easy. The really mad people wear suits and carry briefcases and seem very normal. A true case of ‘all that glitters ain’t gold’. They appear “civilized” on the outside but are really twisted upstairs. They really have the worst cases of mental disorders. Now I don’t mean to mock them or make light of …

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PEOPLE OF COLOUR

  The typical definition of a person of colour is someone who is not white or of European heritage. My first thought then is, when did white stop being a colour? Addressing only blacks as people of colour is very absurd to me. As far as I’m concerned, whites, blacks, browns, and whatever colour people choose to place themselves under all come under the phrase, “people of colour”. Therefore addressing only blacks with that phrase makes me feel as though the whites still believe that …

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STANDING AGAINST STEREOTYPES, LOVING WEIRDNESS.

As human beings, there are certain things that influence the way we talk, the way we dress, the way we walk, even the way we live our lives, but most especially, the way we view the world around us, and by the world I mean the people. Amongst such things we have the family upbringing, i.e. the background, we have peer pressure, just to mention a few. Now to me, the biggest influence of all is the society, the stereotypes that are passed down from …

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