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May 23, 2013 / 3 notes

WANDERLUST

I am a dreamer… I spend my nights dreaming of distant lands, sunset on island paradise, strolling through ancient city ruins, marching through seemingly enchanted forests…i dream of discovering places, foreign faces and sounds…i dream of falling asleep on a beach in Bali, awaken by the muezzin’s call for prayer in Istanbul ….I have a vision of tasting local cuisine somewhere in Asia ,  passionately debating about life in a café in Egypt , climbing along the great wall of china , visiting a Buddhist Temple in Tibet, marching to ”la place rouge” in Moscow, being at the Taj Mahal in India…I would love to travel through Europe mostly Italy, Spain, Portugal, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Switzerland …i even yearn to experience that simple and comforting village life in some remote and far away place, possibly in Africa - I also want to see the savannah and be an eye witness to the mightiest of creatures in the animal kingdom…

I also dream of bursting cities like Tokyo and Dubai…and i must visit every country of my mother land AFRICA

And so much, so much more.

InchAllah

Dec 10, 2011 / 60 notes

In Africa…lets tell it like it is

Its been how long? 3 or 2 months since I’ve actually taken the time to write down a post here…i can’t tell for sure but tonight i felt an urge. An urge to share my latest adventures if we can call them that. 

So i’ve been in my country: Guinea, west Africa for a little more than 3 weeks now and although the time has been short, i’ve gone through many emotions. I’ve been frustrated, stressed, annoyed, angry, sad, bored, disappointed…but i haven’t only felt negative things here. I’ve also been excited, happy, grateful & simply at peace. Now to be able to go through all these different emotions in such a short time says a lot about my experience here. Africa , in that state that it is today, is much like a messed up sibling : That person can irritate you & frustrate you to the highest degree because they are a constant challenge but its often out of rebellion from feeling ( sometimes valid & sometimes not) rejection, anger & sadness. Therefore a lot of things about Africa really annoy me, many behaviors that people find logical which are just dishonest & disloyal and so on…but many other things make me so much attached like the beauty of the land, the many “treasures” & the immense potential.

There is so much to do in every area and i want to, just by my personal dedication and efforts be able to show its true beauty, but i know that which is not realistic. I know that every person who truly wants a better future for Africa needs to put in just as much dedication or at least participate , in a sincere way to its growth. As cliché as it can sound, unity is really the key. One person or many individuals can & will bring a great change but for the evolution to be constant, this will demand an on going process of revolution. 

…Well apart from that, this trip is very intense. Some days i get into certain situations where i learn so much and some days I’m bored out of my mind because i’m so used to the hectic, capitalist lifestyle we follow in the western world. Although the city is lively and keeping busy, everything is much more slower here….not time in itself but the way things are handled is much much slower. I’ll speak on this further on!

Well I’m enjoying this the best i can…i haven’t been here for awhile & i need to soak up every bit of culture i can. One thing i’m mostly excited about is all the african fabrics i got my hands on and the cute outfits i will make with them. :)

Well…hope all of you are good! Talk to you soon 

PS: im filming a little video diary will surely post it up once I’m back in Montreal

Very much mesmerized by my new little African Necklace ( i know its flipped)
Oct 4, 2011 / 7 notes

Very much mesmerized by my new little African Necklace ( i know its flipped)

pulitzercenter:

An info graphic depicting famine in Somalia by the numbers shared by The Washington Post.

Seven hundred and fifty thousand Somalis may die of starvation this  year. That’s equivalent to wiping out every single person in Washington,  plus 150,000 more.
Sep 29, 2011 / 420 notes

pulitzercenter:

An info graphic depicting famine in Somalia by the numbers shared by The Washington Post.

Seven hundred and fifty thousand Somalis may die of starvation this year. That’s equivalent to wiping out every single person in Washington, plus 150,000 more.

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Ms Afropolitan : The cosmopolitan African woman

About Feminism…

…One reason many women don’t consider feminism as an option is because they are afraid that it will alienate men. This is not untrue. I have alienated a few men simply by being a feminist, but turns out I’m quite happy to do that.

Those men that are not terrified by the F-word know that ‘even’ feminists can occasionally become intensely attracted to someone. They know that feminists too can feel sexy, feminine, playful and caring. They know that there is no necessary conflict between a woman’s sexuality and her power or intelligence. They know that feminists don’t necessarily have any desire to be manly. Most importantly, they are confident enough to know that feminism is not about blaming any individual man or undermining their masculinity.

In a loving relationship no part is subordinate because of their gender, no part is the neck or the head or none of that crap. Both parts are themselves, feminine, masculine, extrovert, introvert, tidy, messy, caring, selfish – whatever they might be, but always equal…

Read more here :http://www.msafropolitan.com/2010/11/african-feminist.html

May 25, 2011 / 7 notes
Apr 3, 2011 / 14 notes
If there’s one key message I’d love to share with fellow Nigerians and Africans, it’s to collectively redefine our definition of “success.” No doubt everyone wants to be financially successful and it seems that’s the expected track for most Nigerians: School -> job -> money -> house + car + wife/husband. So, you’re left with millions of people living in miserable situations because that’s what is expected of them. By focusing first on doing what you love and are naturally good at, you’ll begin to discover your true passions and sphere of influence.
 Lola (Akinmade) Akerstrom
Apr 1, 2011