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Marie Kondo’s Netflix Show on Decluttering Sparks Faux Outrage From the Entitled and Privileged

Marie Kondo’s Netflix Show on Decluttering Sparks Faux Outrage From the Entitled and Privileged

Until recently, I had no idea of who Marie Kondo was, what she did, or the ideals she preached. When her name come up in one of my conversations with my editor, I silently chided myself for being out of date with “contemporary issues” and launched an investigative mission immediately (thank God for Google). As...

Nigeria Criminalised Homosexuality; Its LGBTQ Community Seeks Refuge in Fashion

Nigeria Criminalised Homosexuality; Its LGBTQ Community Seeks Refuge in Fashion

Abuja, Nigeria: The 2019 0scars have come and gone. Being a fashion enthusiast, one of the most fascinating aspects of the awards as far as I’m concerned, is the fashions on the red carpet. From Jason Momoa’s scrunchies to Spike Lee’s heels, all boundaries were pushed when it came to men’s dressing and the traditional...

How My Trip to Kainji Lake National Park Taught Powerful Lessons on Voluntary Simplicity

How My Trip to Kainji Lake National Park Taught Powerful Lessons on Voluntary Simplicity

I have long since considered myself an outdoorsman. From hiking to hunting, I have at different times engaged in all of that. But living in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, I often have to be contented with short hikes up surrounding hills and the occasional visits to the streams or fountains in the suburbs. At the end...

Can We Really Engineer Our Way Out of Climate Change?

Can We Really Engineer Our Way Out of Climate Change?

Groundbreaking innovations throughout the last decade has continually nudged us all to bear witness to the very many amazing feats of green technology. As an aside, green tech here loosely refers to technology that is considered environmentally-friendly based on its production process or supply chain. It also may refer to a means of energy production that is...

Dear America, Please Step Up and Do Your Fair Share of the Climate Change Heavy Lifting…

Dear America, Please Step Up and Do Your Fair Share of the Climate Change Heavy Lifting…

In November 2018, the second volume of the National Climate Assessment Report mandated by the US government and prepared by the American scientific community was released and was met with an equal dose of cheer and concern. The report was made very popular by the decision of the current US administration to “bury” the report...

Suicide Is Not the Answer

Suicide Is Not the Answer

Abuja, Nigeria: The first time I learnt of suicide, I was about five.  A man had committed suicide within my father’s jurisdiction and as the then presiding Magistrate; he had to sanction an official inquiry into the cause of death. He reviewed the pictures in his library at home and later that night, I overheard...

The Concept of Women’s Rights and the Fight for Equality: The Nigerian Perspective

The Concept of Women’s Rights and the Fight for Equality: The Nigerian Perspective

On the morning of December 3rd 1929, Nnayereuwa, a woman from the Aba region of Southeastern Nigeria, alongside roughly ten thousand other women created a landmark in the country’s history as it relates to the rights of women in the nation and by extension, throughout the African continent. That morning, after a scuffle with a...