A society like ours make seeing households with 7 children and above as the norm. Especially if the family in question wanted a particular gender which in most cases are male children, the number of children gotten in their quest is excused because they finally got their dream. I mostly don’t have an issue with that. What I find problematic is that doing this while in poverty with the excuse that the children will become rich or that God will take care of them, so the parents drop children like raindrops on a rainy day waiting for the children to grow up and lift them out of poverty. However, we see thousands of these children every day, prancing the streets, missing the fundamental requirements of a child.
This something I’ve wanted to pen down but got the needed boost after seeing Issa Rae’s speech for Women In Film Gala. As humans, women especially, humility is a required quality. This is great, especially for me as a Christian. However, I’ve realised that it has become very easy to reduce yourself to accommodate others and feed their ego.
For a while now, I have been extra busy planning Africanism Today a yearly event that is intended to promote African arts and culture. It will focus on, promote and celebrate different aspects of African culture.
The maiden edition held yesterday 29th July 2016. There were five invited speakers and I who introduced what Africanism Today is about. There were also giveaways and African art exhibition.
I had this nice handmade cowrie necklace on some days ago and someone said to me, probably to save me from eternal damnation “Cowries are demonic, don’t use it”. I found the advise hilarious and wondered if the devil handcrafted the necklace or if the Hausa man who made it with leather and sold to me was the devil.
African threading is an ancient West African hairstyle. It has been used for years by West African women as a means of protecting and beautifying the hair. Recently especially in the last two decades, the use of African threading has declined, as more foreign hairdos have been introduced.
I stumbled upon Okhai Ojeikere’s work online and I liked it. I saw some of the beautiful and inspiring vintage Nigerian hairstyles he captured. Okhai Ojeikere is a late Nigerian photographer. He is best known worldwide for capturing beautiful and unique Nigerian hairstyles. He pursued a career in photography when it was not popular and generally accepted in Nigeria. He is the forerunner of documentary photography in Nigeria. He worked for the Nigerian ministry of information as a photojournalist in the 1950s. He was born in 1930 and died in 2014.