Why Being Mary Jane is not just another TV show.

As a self-confessed lover of fashion and all things beautiful, I was naturally drawn to Being Mary Jane, an African-American TV show that aired on the BET network in early 2014. When the pilot episode aired, I was drawn to the exterior trappings of the show—beautiful clothes, flawless make-up, and the exquisite interior design of … Continue reading Why Being Mary Jane is not just another TV show.

Xenophobic violence in South Africa: why it does more harm than good.

From Durban to Johannesburg, many South African locals have taken to the streets, armed with knives, stones and sticks to violently protest against foreign nationals living in South Africa. They are calling for foreigners to return to their countries of origin and have vowed to avidly maintain their stance until their demands are met. Many … Continue reading Xenophobic violence in South Africa: why it does more harm than good.

Long Distance Relationships: Are they worth the distance?

I have always heard phrases such as, long distance relationships or LDRs “don’t work”, “they are too hard”, “it’s expensive being in a long distance relationship”, “you will get bored and lose interest”, “you won’t really get to know him (in essence he might be a serial killer!!!), “what if he has another girlfriend on … Continue reading Long Distance Relationships: Are they worth the distance?

Why what happened in Garissa, Kenya matters to us all.

On 2 April 2015, members of the extremist Islamic group Al-Shabaab stormed into a university in Garissa Kenya, killing about 148 people. Witnesses say that the perpetrators divided the students into groups of Muslims and Christians, after which, Muslims were released, but Christians were shot and killed. It is believed that members of the grouping … Continue reading Why what happened in Garissa, Kenya matters to us all.

Nigeria has decided. What comes next?

On 28 March 2015, Africa’s most populous country went to the polls to decide who will occupy the seat of the highest office in the land. The Nigerian Presidential elections which were initially postponed from 14 February 2015, for a period of 6 weeks, took place relatively smoothly, despite fears of possible post-election violence caused … Continue reading Nigeria has decided. What comes next?