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Enraged at Nigeria’s roads right now. Rest in peace to the beautiful and super sweet Mercy Akagu Omeike. We spent just under a week together at the Ake Arts & Book Festival, but I swear Mercy and her husband and all the staff at Ake were a perfect representation of Nigeria’s potential future. I was FLOORED by the way they treated us. I never got around to writing an article about the Ake Festival, though I very much wanted to, because I was too overwhelmed to find the words. It would have taken ten articles to capture the beauty of the people I met, the food we ate, the laughs we shared, the BEAUTIFUL time. I am so depressed right now that young lives of such beauty are cut short every day in this country we call home, only because of greed and utter stupidity. Rest in peace, Mercy, rest in peace to your unborn, may your spirits have Mercy on Nigeria. Strength, strength, strength, love, peace to her young husband Anthony. They were married just last February.

Posted September 12th, 2014 by in AFRiCKA, Blog

Lupita, Whitenicious and the Ownership of Beauty
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Lupita, Whitenicious and the Ownership of Beauty

Posted February 28th, 2014 by in Articles, Blog, Culture, Fashion, Race, Womanism

The notion that Lupita Nyong’o is beautiful has been breaking news for several weeks now. I haven’t been able to participate in the public celebration of her beauty for several reasons. Because I wonder if all the people posting and reposting would have hailed Queen Lupita if they’d seen her walking down an Atlanta street […]

Egusi, the Organic West African Miracle Food
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Egusi, the Organic West African Miracle Food

Posted July 23rd, 2013 by in African Foods are Healthy, AFRiCKA, Blog, Food Politics, Health & Vitality, Medical Anthropology

I have always loved egusi more than any other Yoruba soup. If I could eat it with my other Naija favorite, plantain (raw, baked, fried, boiled), every day, I’d be in heaven.  But it tastes much better with eba (dried, fermented cassava) or iyan (pounded yam) But what is Egusi, really?   Egusi (“Citrullus Lanatus”) […]