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Beauty & Wellness

Discovering My Identity Through Natural Beauty Products.

I had my first haircut when I was three years old. My parents had discovered earlier enough that I had a preference for my natural self. I rejected body creams and hair extensions. My mother loved to buy us a big body lotion before the old one was finished. I would pretend to dip my […]

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How to Feminist

Intersectionality: A Tool for Social Justice in Nigeria.

Intersectionality shows that all forms of oppression can occur at the same time and when we try to make one greater than the other; we miss the point of what it looks to cure. It can exist on its own or within the identity of feminism. Intersectional feminism joins the ranks of radical feminism, liberal […]

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Beauty & Wellness

Diary of a Skinny ‘Un-African’ Girl.

I don’t remember ever not being skinny. I have too many disappointing memories of my younger self looking down into that extra space between the waistband of my trousers and my waistline. Then I would slowly look back up at the expectant and excited faces of my mother and aunt, and watch their expressions morph […]

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How to Feminist

Nigerian Women, To Shalaye* Is Necessary.

The most powerful thing you can do is talk about your life without care and fear of soiling a family name or reputation.

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In Your Feelings

What to Do When You Don’t Like the Kind of Friend You’ve Become.

Sometimes, we find ourselves in situations or circumstances where we have become the bad friends that we hate to associate with. What then do we do? We crawl back into our shell and begin to detest the kind of friends we have become to the people we care about. In today’s piece, Arekpitan Ikhenaode shares how she deals with friendship-induced self-loathing.