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Is Western Racism A Problem For Africans Too?

Derek Luke, plays Silla Ba Dibba, in History's New Orleans-shot remake of the slavery epic 'Roots.' (A E Networks) 

Too many African Americans, adults and children alike have been shot by police in the back, unarmed, after stops for minor violations totaling in more than 500 deaths in just 2016 alone. Thanks to social media, the world is bearing witness to the face of systemic racism.

In 2010 a swell of violence against African-Italian farm workers in southern Italy left 70 people injured which lead to the evacuation of 300 farmers from the region.

In 2009 and 2010, there were increasing racist attacks against Indians in Melbourne. Fearing racist attacks and lynching, the Indian government issued an advisory warning on the dangers of travelling to Melbourne.

Racism goes beyond what makes up the thoughts of an individual person at the moment of a particular act. Racism is the swelling history of all those thoughts and acts. They add up to a system in which people of color are consistently treated differently from white people. Unfair racial stereotypes have taken root in the hearts of people. They cause us to react to people differently—in stores, on the streets, in encounters between police and citizens no matter what country. They even affect the way we see ourselves. Nigeria has its fair share of problems but as a Nigerian, when I see yet another black person gunned down on the news in a distant country, I see myself because they are in fact our brothers, the descendants of our ancestors stolen from our home. The treatment they endure is a reflection of the perception white people have on the citizens of African countries.


Racism splits people into groups, based on physical characteristics. Groups create cultures that they live by and groups with thriving cultures are difficult to repress.  A Racist society suppresses the cultures of a particular race by appropriating, smudging, profiting and distorting facets of that culture in order to spread myths about the races, their abilities, and their roles, which provide the bases for racist belief and action in the other social institutions.

There is a western invention called “whiteness” pushing black people to marginalise themselves. Culturally and aesthetically, all good and pure things are white and all bad and impure things are black. Jesus is white, the angels are white, history is white, religion is white, philosophy is white, white is right and the colour black denotes everything ordinary. But that is a lie, a lie that will always be perpetuated because of racism, because it still festers in the world. Who created those constructs that we all seem to adhere too? It wasn’t people of African descent I will say for sure.

Ironically Africa is the cradle of civilization, the originator of mathematics, medicine, architecture, dance, music, art and science but again comes “white washing” the erasure of our original authorship, a cultural smudging of what is ours becoming to become theirs. Culture is important because your culture is way of life and if it is taking away from you what do you have to live for.

Racist attitudes are now woven into our systems and institutions like poisonous threads, hurting us all.

The world is a global community with resources flowing through all channels. History has proven racist logic led to slavery and the raping of our land and resources. History has proven that racist stereotypes linger and have an alarming effect on the way white business employ black people, immigrants and do business with African countries.  Presently Nigeria still deals with the effects of pollution caused by western oil exploration companies and Libya still burns from the interference of the United States in their political atmosphere.

The media encourages this racist stereotype just for more clicks and hits. Hollywood distorts our history with casting white actors to erase our origin, identify countries in film as just “Africa”, ignoring our identity, restructuring our stories to brand us as helpless by-standers while white people are the heroes who set us free of our ignorance. Our music and dance founded in rhythm, beats and blues are exported out of our land, given a new name and replanted into the ears of the west as “edgy and innovative”.

Nothing real can be threatened and African culture is the real thing. It was the first concept ever made and will always exist no matter how many bullets go through its back. The bigots, racists and extremists all have an agenda against people of darker skins, which transcends countries, borders and blood. If they come for our brothers, one day they will come for us. I pray that the bank of truth, equality and justice shall never be bankrupt.



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5 Places We Want You To Consider For Your Next Vacation, Tour Guide Inclusive

This is an excerpt from our December 2015 Editorial.

As a full blooded Lagosian, I know that no year is complete without a vacation to ease off the stress that is a part of all of our daily routines and completely unwind from the road rage (Lagos traffic can drive you mad sometimes). We plan our leave days so perfectly so we spend maximum time with our families and are free of the buzzing phones and endless emails. Sometimes, we may even have the luxury of taking a travel vacation outside of the country in order to soak in new sights and sounds. Unfortunately, choosing a vacation location can cause a headache with so many cities to choose from, travel options to consider, accommodation and cost of travel and vacation expenses.

So here’s my vacation wish list. Five cities I’d love to spend my vacation in, given the opportunity and maybe a bonus or two. If you can afford to, make sure to see all five cities. If you can’t, wait until you can and make sure to see all five cities (yeah, they’re definitely worth it).


Dubai, UAE

Dubai is one the fastest emerging cities in the world and a popular tourist destination within the middle-east. A city characterized by immense luxury and incredible architecture, it provides a rich middle-eastern experience without losing any of the comforts of today’s modern cities. Tradition blends with innovative technology to create a wonderful tourist experience you will not soon forget.

Where to Stay: Home to the world’s first seven star hotel, Dubai is teeming with luxury accommodation that caters to your every comfort. Even if you can’t afford to stay at the Burj al Arab, you can always book a room at any of the Hilton hotels all around Dubai known for their great locations and excellent staff. There are also a couple of Sheraton Hotels including the Four Points that provide a memorable experience. The excellent locations of luxury hotels all over the city coupled with top-notch architecture ensure you have wonderful accommodation anywhere with great views of the city.

Tour Guide: Begin with the dashingly new metro, going everywhere in the city, and then head for the traditional souks and magnificent malls, the lofty creek and the stupendous towers, and the breath-taking fountains show. Conversely, start at the Burj Khalifa which has one of most interesting architecture in the planet. The tallest building in world with more than 150 floors is an excellent symbol of engineering and lots of visitors come consistently to take a perspective of this incredible building design. Proceed to the Dubai Museum with its architecture and uniqueness that shows the culture of the city. Here you can explore the interesting history of the nation, and light effect give a mesmerizing view over there at night. A tour of Dubai of course wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Burj Al Arab and except you’re lodged there, this marvel of engineering is wonderful place to visit.

The Palm Island in Jumeriah is also another amazing feat of engineering in a city that is constantly pushing the boundaries and is an artificial island shaped like a palm frond. You have just got to see it from an aerial view; majestic. Then, there’s the Dubai aquarium complete with a diving experience, the Jumeriah mosque, the Al Badia Green hill, the Dubai creeks and the Wild Wadi Water Park which can provide fun for the kids; all a part of the excellent Dubai experience.


Dublin, Ireland

If you wanna visit a metropolis much similar to London without all the crowds or the extra cost, then Dublin is the place to be. With its small city feel and Irish charm, the city is as easy to drink in as a smooth pint of Guinness and although the Irish capital has undergone a number of changes over the years, it has managed to retain its history despite that. With its down-to-earth, friendly atmosphere and welcoming, open-hearted people; it is no wonder this vibrant city is one of Europe's top tourist destinations.

Where to Stay: There’s the hip new Dean Hotel located downtown, capped by a beautiful rooftop restaurant. If you don’t mind a 20-minute walk to the city centre, opt for a private room at the Generato Dublin, a design-forward hostel housed a former Irish folk-dancing hall. The Dylan, Shelbourne and Clarence hotels, all from the 19th century are also very wonderful accommodation steeped in the history of the city.

Tour Guide: Dublin has a myriad of visitor attractions to suit all interests so that you enjoy maximum fun during your stay in the city. Top on the list of attractions to visit during your time in Ireland has to be the Guinness Storehouse located in the heart of the St. James Gate Brewery. Whether or not you’re a fan of the black stuff, this is a must-see. This seven-storey building has been remodelled into the shape of a giant pint of Guinness and its tour comes with a complimentary stout at the Gravity Bar. The St. Patrick Cathedral and the Book of Kells are a pointer to the city’s rich religious history and a time when it wasn’t so metropolitan and will make for a divine tourist experience. The Book of Kells was written around the year 800 AD and is one of the most beautifully illuminated manuscripts in the world. It contains the Latin texts of the Four Gospels and it was deposited for safe keeping in Trinity College Dublin in 1653. The Botanical Gardens and Dublin zoo are also wonderful for nature lovers. Art enthusiasts are welcome to indulge at the National Gallery or the National Museum of Archaeology as a part of a wonderful Irish experience. Finally, there may not be leprechauns in Dublin but there is a world’s first; The Science Gallery at Trinity. It’s a masterpiece that is now being cloned all over the world. Their collection is always changing and there’s always something new to see. Make sure to visit different pubs, art galleries and shops and get the feel of the city through the eyes of locals.


New Orleans, U.S.A.

Home of jazz music and known as the Crescent City for the curving shape of the Mississippi as it snakes through town, New Orleans is truly cosmopolitan. It is also one of America’s most astonishing cultural melting pots. The French left their language, and the Spanish their flamboyant architecture. Africa donated the rhythms that morphed into jazz and the blues. The Caribbean left a love of celebration and a touch of voodoo magic, while Cajun Americans pulled all these influences together to create one of America’s most eclectic cuisines. Whether you come for Mardi Gras or the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival or any other reason, a visit to this unique destination is never the same trip twice. Now getting over the disaster caused by Hurricane Katrina, the city seems to be on the rise again.

Where to Stay: The French Quarter is the ideal neighbourhood for anyone coming to New Orleans. It’s historic, festive, artsy and at the centre of everything although it’s usually in high demand and kinda expensive. I would recommend other places but the French Quarter is just too awesome. So find a way to get yourself accommodation in the Hotel Mazarin or the Hampton Inn (or even any Bed and Breakfast) cause staying anywhere else isn’t even half as amazing.

Tour Guide: The attractions of New Orleans are the same as they have always been – riding rattling streetcars and the Algiers ferry, snapping your fingers to hot jazz in colonial cafes, seeking out occult relics in ancient cemeteries, or just admiring the stately architecture in the French Quarter, Bywater, Faubourg Marigny and Tremé. Then of course there’s the greatest-show-on-earth that is Mardi gras, held in late February or early March. If you miss it, don’t panic; there are few weeks in the year when there isn’t some festival or other filling the streets with crowds and music. As the locals say: “Laissez les bons temps rouler!” (“Let the good times roll!”). There’s just so much to do that you’re never at any moment, bored. Immerse yourself in the city’s rich cultural history and incredible body of art. Make sure to visit the National WWII Museum and enjoy incredible music on Frenchmen street or Jackson Square.


Seychelles, Southern Africa

 The islands of Seychelles has being a holiday fantasy of mine for a long time. I came across Seychelles during my geography class in my first year of senior secondary school and it had a mystic appeal to it that I was very much drawn to. Years later, when holiday plans were no longer dictated by my parents, I decided to look up Seychelles and my hunch was confirmed; it is an exquisite place to be. Stunning and unspoiled, the Seychelles star in countless tropical island fantasies. Beautiful boulder-strewn beaches, virgin jungles, thriving coral reefs, and UNESCO-listed nature reserves are just some of the many attractions of the archipelago's 115 coral and granite islands, which are the peaks of a vast underwater plateau.

Where to Stay: Like any beautiful island with unbelievable scenery, Seychelles is littered with hotels and resorts dedicated to catering to the needs of the large amount of tourists who make their way there every year. Some of the top hotels with the best views include the luxurious Four Seasons or the Raffles Praslin although the cost of lodging is pretty steep. However, if you want accommodation that’s affordable with a feel of the local flavour, you can lodge in at the Indian Ocean lodge. Whatever your proclivity, there is just about a lodge, hotel or resort that is well suited to it.

Tour Guide: Start off your holiday in Seychelles by sun-soaking on Anse Intedance; a small and secluded crescent of sand on the island's south coast. Beautiful and a favourite spot for surfing, this picturesque palm-framed strand is a delight for photographers. Proceed to the Baie Lazare with its neo-Gothic Baie Lazare Church; dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi, which provides a panoramic view of the area. Looking out to sea at Beau Vallon, mountainous Silhouette Island shimmers on the horizon and the alluring curve of glittering sand is a magnet for both tourists and locals. Visitors will find a variety of water sports on offer, including jet skis and water skiing plus this is also a good choice for families with small children. The national parks including Ste Anne Marine Park, Morne Seychellois, Vallee de Mai, Cousin Island and Aride Island are an enormous delight with wildlife of incredible diversity. Even more beautiful islands complete your tour of the country and you simply cannot get enough of nature’s breath-taking beauty in Seychelles.


Venice, Italy

Since the Roman Empire, Italy has been long associated with beauty and grandeur. The Vatican, the Colosseum, the tower of Pisa and beautiful cities with impeccable architecture yet Venice manages to stand out. Whether you’ve been to Venice two or 20 times, there’s always something new to discover. Indeed, even the most seasoned visitors get lost in the city’s labyrinthine network of islands, bridges, pedestrian alleys, and canals. And therein lies the beauty of the destination: afternoons spent wandering from palace to piazza, exploring the small art museums, shopping the stalls that line the streets, and encountering a fresh side of Venice, a fascinating amalgamation of influences—Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Italian—every time you round a corner. Swoon-worthy beauty is Venice's calling card. Canals and bridges crisscross the Italian city, people gather in 17th-century palazzi, Renaissance masterpieces hang in museums, and not a single car traverses its stone paths.

Where to Stay: Venice is filled with quality hotels and lodging like most cities in Italy and you have an endless array of beautifully structured accommodation that houses you until you’re ready to step out and soak in the city’s beauty. If you’ve got a little more money, feel free to lodge in at the Aman Canal Grande with sumptuous interiors and excellent views of the Grand Canal. The Belmond Hotel or Gritti Place Hotel are also excellent choices.

More affordable choices include the Al Ponte Mocenigo hotel, the Locanda Orseolo hotel or the Oitre il Giardino. Whatever your budget, you are still treated to beautiful accommodation befitting of the splendour of the city of Venice.

Tour Guide: If you do not take a boat ride along the Venice Grand Canal, then you might as well not have come to this beautiful city. The canal begins at St. Lucia and terminates at St. Mark Basin after taking you through the central districts.  Also visit the Campamnile di San Marco—Erected in 1912, the bell tower of St. Mark affords spectacular views from the top and is another Venice travel must and make sure to see the Torre dell'Orologio; a restored astronomical clock. The Ca 'Pesaro museum houses a serious collection of modern art; and despite no large bags or cameras of any kind being  allowed inside the Basilica di San Marco, this architectural wonder still makes for a wonderful experience. Galleria dell' Accademia di Venezia is one of Italy's best art museums and a paradise for art lovers. Make sure to visit various shops, galleries and restaurants for an all-encompassing stay. See a Verdi or Puccini masterpiece at the newly restored Teatro La Fenice; the city’s famous 1836 opera house (whether you’re a fan of opera or not). Stop at the Da Fiore for some oysters or fritto misto and just get completely lost (maybe literally) in all that the city has to offer.



Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio is a beautiful city with a tropical setting that is enjoyed to the fullest by its fun loving citizens and a deep history with the sport of football. Brazil’s former capital has managed to retain much of its distinguished character with magnificent churches and mansions clustered in downtown Centro. Forget the sites though, Rio’s best quality is its party loving, happy go-lucky citizens. There’s sure to be a party at any time of day somewhere in Rio. The sunny beaches and bodacious beauties aren’t a bad way to relax either. Its non-stop entertainment in this wonderful South American city and it epitomises the best parts of the Hispanic people.

Where to Stay: I wouldn’t advise you to do much sleeping or staying indoors but since your luggage must reside somewhere, you could lodge in at the Belmond Copacabana Palace or any Windsor hotel that offers luxury service. There are also other top-notch hotels including the Sheraton Grande Rio Resort and the JW Marriott. Any other adequate lodging suited to your budget will also suffice and can be booked through a proper travel agency.

Tour Guide: Your stay in Rio is absolutely incomplete if you do not get to visit the Maracanã Stadium, Christo Redentor or Copacabana. The Maracanã Stadium was once the world’s highest capacity football venue (it was able to hold nearly 200,000 people when it opened in 1950). Safety concerns may have reduced that number but this still remains a soccer shrine and home to some of football’s greatest moments.

Perched atop the 710 meter (2,330 feet) high peak of Corcovado Peak, the statue of “Cristo Redentor” stands with arms outstretched, gazing serenely out over the city is a pointer to the city’s rich religious culture and history. Visitors can take a vertical cog train to reach the base of the summit. Copacabana and the other beaches are also great for sunbathing and soccer or volleyball. You may then proceed to see the Sugarloaf mountain, Tijuca National Park and Botanical Garden which are a mind blowing sight to behold and express the beauty of nature in all its forms; topography, wildlife and vegetation. The culture rich neighbourhoods (Lagoa, Santa Teresa and Lapa) are nice for interactions with the locals and for a heck of a good time.


Of course you don’t necessarily have to go to any of these places to make your holiday a wonderful one and the more important aspects of a holiday such as spending time with your family and getting to relax should be foremost on your mind. Make the best of whatever location you get to spend your holiday (even if it’s just your house) and ensure to let go of all the stress and just have fun!




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We Aren't All Leo Messi: This Popular Football Star’s Final Attempt To Dribble Justice

Everyone who has been alive for at least 10 years has surely heard the name Lionel Messi. He usually makes the news for doing something no other player has done but these days, although he still does that, it’s not been for the greater good. Lionel Andrés Messi just recently lost yet another national final after losing to Chile on penalty shootouts, having lost three international finals in three years, Messi decided to hang his boots and call it a day, at least for international football.

Just 4 days ago, the 29 year old footballer was dealt another major blow; he has been sentenced to 21 months in jail for tax fraud. The Spanish court came to this decision after months of investigation which led to Messi and his father, Jorge earning a fine of (£1.7m; $2.2m) and €1.5m respectively for defrauding Spain of €4.1m in 2007-09.

The pair also face millions of euros in fines for using tax havens in Belize and Uruguay to conceal earnings from image rights gotten from deals with Pepsi -Cola, Procter & Gamble, and Adidas which date as far back as 2005.

Although neither of them is expected to serve jail time because under the Spanish legal system, prison terms less than 2 years can be served under probation, Messi’s lawyer says his client and his father will in fact be appealing the court’s decision in an attempt to clear the air.

"The sentence is not correct and we are confident the appeal will show the defence was right," Messi's lawyers said in a statement after his client was found guilty.


Fc Barcelona’s Position

Barcelona believe for some reason that their talisman is innocent and have devised an elaborate scheme to get people to show unwarranted sympathy to their star player.



All we know for now is that this plan requires people take photos of themselves in Barcelona prints and tag #WeAreAllLeoMessi

Twitter has gone off on this as majority see it as a senseless campaign to let a guilty man go free just because he's popular.


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This Is The Coolest Music Video Of The Year And Yes, Kanye West Is In It

Yeah, so we all heard the Summer Friends song from Chances Mixtape earlier this year, well that part at the end that got us all giddy and stuff happened to remind me of this song which after finding out happened to be the same song except with no rap - I knew i wasn't mad when i heard Bon Iver in Summer Friends. Anyhow, this is the video and it features Kanye West who really didn't do anything in it anyway. This is my favorite song now.


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A Letter To All Women In The World


Women, we are created to live for greater reasons than we are living for now.

Dear women,

As I live each day, I learn more about womanhood and all that we are capable of

achieving in life. Recently, I realized that I am so passionate about women, which is why I have decided to write this letter to all women in the world and I hope my readers share this letter with various women around them too.

First, I would like to remind my dear women of some special characteristics that we usually forget. We are beautifully and wonderfully made by our creator, God. The son of God came through a woman, so we carry a special spiritual covering that keeps us aside for sacred tasks. Our bodies are temples of God and are to be used to glorify God in ways we ourselves cannot imagine. We are to teach our children obedience and submission to authority by respecting our husbands. In us are all the values of this life and we think like geniuses that the world has never seen. Men think straight but we think like waves moving in numerous directions. This creative thinking of ours adds color to men’s way of thinking. We are the strongholds of our homes and the pillars of our relationships. We are smarter than we think and stronger than men can imagine. The worth of women is more valuable than gold and silver. We are so precious that God put his son in a woman’s womb to live in for nine months. He did not need to be afraid of attack because he felt safe and secure in a woman’s womb. We are protectors and serve as shields for our friends, husbands, and children.

We are homemakers, world changers, and people builders. In addition to all these unique characteristics we have been endowed with, we are also "criers" and "worriers". We are called to share other people’s pain and joy. We are awesome human beings. Even the strongest and toughest man can be softened by the beautiful smile of a woman. Not a single word can describe a woman because she is worth more than words and poetry can express. She is specially made by God.

The problem with women is not that we are inadequate but that we are so powerful that we tend to doubt our strength and capabilities. It breaks my heart to see women act and see themselves as worthless or incapable of achieving their dreams. Many of us feel we are doing more than necessary and ending up settling for less than we ever dreamt of.

My dear women, God has blessed us abundantly for us to bless the world and not to settle for less than his intentions for us. Change the way you see yourself. You are the product of a perfect God so you do not need validation from any person as to how they view you. If people do not see your worth it is no problem because they are looking with the wrong lens. Remember whose you are and live like a daughter of a king, because you are one. A princess walks tall and smiles, she does not settle for less because she is aware of who her father is. Never forget who your king is, keep living with confidence, and settle no more for less than you have ever dreamt of. If you can dream it, you can achieve it.

With Love,

The King’s daughter

Derby Chukwudi

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This Is How To Make Bomb Jollof

This will be the second recipe of jollof rice, the first one was with basmati rice and a lot of people seem not to like basmati rice. I love it and I hardly eat long grain. We all know the importance of jollof rice in West Africa especially Nigeria and Ghana. The number one party meal.


  • 2 cups of rice
  • 1 onion
  • 1 red bell pepper / tatashe
  • 500ml chopped tomatoes
  • 100g tomato purée
  • 2 scotch bonnet
  • 100ml vegetable oil
  • Maggi cubes
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon curry
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 2 cups water or stock


Blend your tomatoes, scotch bonnet and tatashe together. Chop your onions and keep them aside.

Put your rice into a bowl and soak with hot water. Allow this to soak for 10-15 minutes. Then, wash with warm water and keep aside, or parboil your rice and wash. This is important as you will get rid of excess starch in the rice.

Put your oil in a pot and allow it to heat up.

Add your chopped onions and allow to fry, but be sure not to burn them.

Add your blended ingredients and purée and allow to fry, just until you get rid of the sour taste (about 10-15 minutes).

Add your maggi, garlic, ginger, curry, thyme and salt and mix together. Be careful with your maggi as you do not want it too salty (2 maggi cubes for a cup of rice). Add your stock or water, and mix too. Taste to adjust to any seasoning.

Pour your rice into the pot and mix together, making sure it is covered in the tomato sauce.

Cook on low medium heat. Check your rice after at least 10 minutes, using a wooden spatula to dip into the rice. This helps with getting the sauce to get the bottom of the pot, so that it does not start burning when the rice is not cooked.

Cook until soft. Do not overcook your rice or get your rice too soggy. When rice is soft, lower the heat and allow to simmer so the water will get completely dry.

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6 Amazing New Albums You Should Listen To All Weekend

Maren Morris Hero

Maren Morris’ hero is a classic example of what 90’s country would sound like if it met the 20’s poppy vibe. It’s a great album if you listen to new age country music as she talks about the things she loves and the way they make her feel.


American Authors What We Live For

If there’s one thing American Authors will never do, it is producing a below par album and they surely lived up to expectation with this amazing work of art. Their energy and synergy have not been well put together like this EVERRRRR. Claps, sneers, shakes and feet stamping, this is the album.


PUP The Dream Is Over

PUP is a Canadian punk band from Ontario and if there’s anything to take away from here, think of them as a more edgy punk Bon Jovi with full on yelling yellingness all through their songs.


Jon Bellion The Human Condition

Practically one of my best albums from this year, this album is everything you wish Chris Brown will do. He raps, he sings, and he writes his own music from inspiration drawn from god knows where.


The Temper Trap Thick As Thieves

Coming from Conditions and their self titled project, the temper trap reminds us why their music is evergreen with some of the pop/synth sounds found on their second album, The Temper Trap. Thick as thieves is a subtle touch from the rest and stands out for me.


Kygo Cloud Nine

You could search for months for a better compilation this year but you just simply would not find one. Kygo has his production on fleek with every song put out in this project.


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This NGO Is The Face Of Mental Awareness In Nigeria

It always starts with not knowing, doesn’t it? Especially when excuses become likely but as we’ve all come to accept, ignorance isn’t an excuse anymore.

Let’s task our minds a bit.

Imagine waking up to find that by no fault of yours, you can no longer smile; you feel unnecessary guilt; don’t feel like doing anything at all; and you are getting irritated far too easier than normal. You don’t have a fever; you are not coughing, but somehow food no longer appeals to you.


Imagine having to feel that way for a week, then a month, then some more.

Imagine not knowing why exactly you feel that way or have anyone to talk to about your issues.

Imagine finding out that you are indeed, sick, and still not be able to tell someone about it.

Then the voices in your head start to have a voice. They torment you with persecutory thought insertions. Insomnia follows; no interest in anything pleasurable.

Imagine finding out about a terminal illness, but not having someone to take care of you because of societal stereotypes.


That’s just a glimpse into what people suffering from mental illnesses have to deal with and more so, in this part of the world.

Contrary to popular opinion, mental illness isn’t madness. Yes, shocking. What’s actually shocking is that there are more mentally ill people at home than on the streets and in the markets. It’s clear that people need to start taking their mental health serious.

Mental illness is likened to the cancer of the mind; one that has been cruelly and unfairly neglected in our society even with the advent of civilization and education. We need to do more. We need to understand that with the way the world is set up right now, it’s important to be in optimal health; physically, and mentally. There’s the need for everyone to agree that health isn’t complete if we can’t maintain healthy minds.


In making conscious efforts to create awareness and take a stand to end stigma, a few of us decided to institute a platform to reach out as advocates for mental health. We formed a non-governmental organization whose primary goal is to take advantage of the reach that social media offers to enlighten people about the importance of maintaining optimal mental health.

Using campaigns that run every other month and sometimes throughout the year, we will look to engage with people, using both online and offline events.

We hope to impact people’s line of thoughts positively even as we advocate for greater focus on our mental health by the government.

To become a part of this great and long overdue cause, do visit: to volunteer and get involved with our campaigns.

Also, follow our social media accounts:

@mentallyawareng twitter and instagram

And like our page on Facebook – MentallyawareNG.

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