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The Six Suitors (#2)

Hello! We are back with our newest series. I hope you are well! Last time, Jeneba faced all of the suitors. This blog post will focus on Samba’s story. Enjoy! Samba stood in the middle, holding his clammy hands together. He tried to stop thinking about the conversation he had with his mother this morning. It was quite discouraging. His mother wanted him to marry Jeneba. They were both from the same tribe so it would make everything easier. As his mother said, “Your children will better understand your language.… Read more The Six Suitors (#2)

The Six Suitors (#1)

Hello! New blog post, who this? I hope you are well! I wanted to change it up a bit, there’s this story I have been wanting to write for a while. I decided to make it a series on this blog. Enjoy our first post of Jeneba’s journey to choosing a husband. Jeneba glanced at her first aunt, Tanti Ne. Her mouth was moving, forming words that Jeneba could not hear. Maybe she was praying for her. Jeneba hoped she was praying for her. Today was the day. “Jeneba!” Tanti… Read more The Six Suitors (#1)

Black Lives Matter EVERYDAY.

Have you ever stood up in front of your class to present, and you can feel your heart sink, all eyes on you? Your hands clammy, a heavy lump that you can’t seem to swallow in your throat? You feel your legs shaking and you try to move it, just to shake off the feeling? You know this feeling. It’s too common. This is how I have been feeling lately while taking in all of the information in the media. Promising myself to take breaks, but wanting to be updated… Read more Black Lives Matter EVERYDAY.

Taking care of YOU.

Note: In light of recent events, I would like to acknowledge the people who have lost their lives to COVID-19. May they rest in peace. I would also like to thank the people who are risking their lives for us everyday. And to my people who are struggling to take care of themselves during this time, I hope this helps. Taking care of YOU. How does this even look like? How do people normally take care of themselves? I always tell people to take care of themselves, but I never… Read more Taking care of YOU.

“Meet my Suitors?”

I have a new fear, and it’s something I can get over. However, I think it will take time. I recently had a conversation with my mom and cousin about marriage. Let’s pause right here: I HAD A CONVERSATION ABOUT MARRIAGE WITH MY MOM. MY OVERPROTECTIVE MOM. My “I don’t want to see you around boys” mom. My “you can’t have boys as friends” mom. Yeah, I was honestly shocked by this conversation. But, the conversation took a turn, twist, jump, and spin that I did not like. On this… Read more “Meet my Suitors?”

“10 Lessons…from an African girl.”

I am ashamed of myself. I promise in 2020, I will be more consistent. But I am happy to share my 10 lessons of 2019. I am not going to lie… some of these lessons I had to keep learning. 2019 was an interesting year for me, and I am ready to welcome the new year 🙂 1. “A little bit of change won’t hurt…” I struggle with change. But recently though, I’ve learned to accept it. I was so used to a specific routine. To me, change could be anything. It… Read more “10 Lessons…from an African girl.”

Femme.

Yesterday Yesterday, I called my grandmother  I asked her what it meant to be an African woman,  To hold and protect a household, that you’ve built.  To carry a household on your back with a single yirame,  Tie it to your chest and your stomach,  To quiet it down whenever it cries, pacing yourself with calmness and ease  To feed it when it’s hungry,  To never scream,  Even when you’ve been told multiple times that you are just a woman,  To claim the kitchen as your safe haven because you’re… Read more Femme.