I recently turned 30 and at first I wasn’t sure what to make of my new milestone. Sure, everyone says you get wiser and smarter with each decade, but 30 was uncharted territory for me. I was so accustomed to being 20-something, that I didn’t quite know what to make of 30. But then I … Continue reading 20 things I learned in my Twenties
Being the daughter of a former diplomat, I am under no illusion about what it feels like to grow up in the diaspora. From the tender age of four, I got quite accustomed to moving from one country to another. We never stayed in one place for too long, due to the demands of my … Continue reading Growing up in a world where you don’t quite fit in: the phenomenon of being a “third culture kid”.
“Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay” Habakkuk 2:2-3. A few years ago, … Continue reading Vision boards: the art of visualising and realising your goals.
On 9 August 2014, the world was shocked by the senseless killing of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson Missouri, by a white police officer. The killing sparked protests in Ferguson and neighbouring American cities, and even inspired a recent episode of the popular American TV show Scandal (season 4 episode 14 “the Lawn Chair” … Continue reading Ferguson’s rage: a tale of social injustice and racism in modern day America.
When the crop-top trend first hit the fashion scene, I thought I could never wear it for various reasons. For one, I felt quite uncomfortable with the idea of exposing my midriff region to the entire world. I mean I’m already 30 and counting (call me conservative or whatever). But I felt it quite inappropriate … Continue reading The crop-top trend.
As I thought about this topic, I reflected back to my time as a first year politics student at university. In one of my history modules, we learnt that in 1884, during the famous Berlin conference (also known as the scramble for Africa), Africa was divided up into different States by European powers. And since … Continue reading Africa is a continent, not a country.
A few years ago, I started to wonder about Africa’s new noticeable presence in the world. I mean from African prints to Afro beats, the continent seemed to be taking the world by storm, with it’s renewed sense of identity in its people, talent and agency. Having realised this, I began to trace Africa’s current … Continue reading An African Renaissance: the rise of Africa in the fashion and music industry.
As I write, I can’t help but hum the words to “brown skin, you know I love your brown skin…”a famous song by Indie Arie. I indeed love my brown skin. But unfortunately, I can’t say the same for other black women around the world. This is because of the increased use of skin lightening … Continue reading Black is beauty: why skin lightening is a really bad idea