Monday, May 20, 2013

You Are More Beautiful Than You Think - Dove

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I first understood what it meant as a girl to have others judge your physical looks. It was in my junior secondary school, we were in a group and the other girls were talking about how pretty each of them looked, from the hair, eye brows, nose and mouth, and how they felt this would determine their chances with being popular with the boys.

Folasayo Dele-Ogunrinde and Her Battle Against Cancer

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I got to know Folasayo Dele-Ogunrinde as a writer on the same website I met Atala and she wrote fiery articles about sexism, and gender, and relationships. You either loved her writing or you didn't. I loved the way she thought and how outspoken she was, and though she used an alias, I later got to find out her real name, and followed her career.

Folasayo was also a visual artist, performance poet, public speaker, filmmaker and actor, and one of the first Nigerians I know who used Kickstarter to raise funds for one of her projects. By then we had connected on Facebook and exchanged one or two messages. She went offline for a beat, and when she came back last year, it was with news that she had stomach cancer.

Is Infidelity Always The End Of A Marriage?

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We've all heard the story, either a public figure or celebrity, or someone we know confesses to an extramarital affair, and tongues start wagging. Sometimes, the marriage in question withstands the infidelity; other times, the breach of trust is too deep, and the couple splits. The question of which marriage will, and which will not withstand infidelity continues to be a guessing game.

Harrison and Tochukwu Nwozo - Be honest, Communicate. Compromise.

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Harrison "Harry Baba" Nwozo Jr. is the founder and president of Tribe X Entertainment, LLC which has been responsible for promoting some of the greatest African, particularly Nigerian, events in the Washington DC metropolitan area since 2001. An Entertainment Consultant, Management & Promotional Expert, Harrison Nwozo is married to his wife and company VP, Tochukwu Nwozo, and they have three beautiful daughters. Enjoy their marriage avowals below;

More Women Taking Their Husband's Last Names After Marriage

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Recent studies in America have consistently shown that the number of women taking their husbands' last name after marriage is on the rise. A longitudinal study published in 2009 found a increase in women leaving behind their maiden names after marriage, starting in the 1990s. In an April 2013 survey by HuffPost Weddings and YouGov, 61 percent of people surveyed said that women should take their husbands' name.

Behind The Prevalence of Baby Factories in Nigeria

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Babies rescued from a baby factory in 2011 - Vanguard

I started this post with the brief thoughts I shared about this news that another "baby factory" has been found so soon after a previous one was raided. I honestly feel that those taboos/stigmas I listed there have no place in a 21st century world. They may have worked in the past where the mass media was a word yet to be coined, or where most women got married before 15, not any more.

Beyonce Sings Back To Black For The Great Gatsby Soundtrack

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If there was one song I will never forget Amy Winehouse for, it is Back to Black. She has other classics that I love just as well, but the sadness of Back to Black just calls to that deep place that many of us never allow ourselves to get to. And I congratulate Beyonce for doing justice to this song for The Great Gatsby, though maybe using the original Amy Winehouse version may have been better?