It’s a subdued Saturday in Nigeria after news of the bomb blasts in the North have spread. These terrorists that seem to be growing in size all over the world are so worrying; so my first reading for you today is this article that makes an attempt to demystify what ISIS really wants.
Still on the topic of war, this article helped me understand the Syria situation and resulting immigration disaster.
There’s been an increase in the conversations about what it is like to be a woman in Nigeria. This is good. The hope is that these discussions actually lead to a shift in mindsets. I read this lady’s retelling of an encounter with a man in Onitsa market that broke my heart.
Eloghosa Osunde wrote this emotive story about womanhood edited by Chimamanda Adichie.
Some women are candles; will weep under the heat of the fire, and then wax cold.
Chimamanda herself wrote The Feminine Mistake about what is asked of women and why we should break these rules.
I read this excellent story by Lesley Nneka Arimah set in the future of Nigeria. Read it! It left me breathless.
And on more things that took my breath away, here is this poem titled Candor that I have read over and over. Sigh.
Joanna Walsh who did hotel reviews for a living at some point wrote this enchanting piece –Hotel Haunting – that I really really enjoyed.
…A ghost erases the present by repeating the actions of the past. That’s what haunting is. Was this what I wanted from hotels – to be haunted?
I’ve gone hunting for everything else she’s written and here’s another I liked.
A few weeks ago, Wana Udobang wrote this article for AlJazeera English that evoked such a profound reaction from the public; spearheaded by Lesley Arimah, over $12,000 has been raised for the only Rape Support Center in Lagos. My heart is full.
Jalada has its new anthology out, check on that. I found this non-fiction piece especially fascinating. I wrote this story and that story in Omenana which I have gushed about before. In the vein of ‘other’, my friend, Wole Talabi, wrote this amazing story.
I’ll leave you with this short video on ‘why popular attributes of romantic love meant nothing to Sartre in the face of freedom’.
Wait! Daughter has a new song out! Whoop! Enjoy.