How social media is helping atheists survive in one of the most religious places on earth

Nigeria is a religious place. But what if you aren’t? Atheism, while not illegal, is certainly taboo. Some young atheists are using social media to fight the stigma of not believing in God. [recommended id=20106] Mubarak Bala knew what he’d done was risky, especially living in Kano. Still, he could never have predicted what happened next. ‘IContinue reading “How social media is helping atheists survive in one of the most religious places on earth”

What Sugabelly’s ordeal reveals about rape culture in Nigeria

If you haven’t read Nigerian blogger Sugabelly’s blog post on her alleged sexual assault at the hands of her former boyfriend, you should. It’s harrowing, graphic and provides a depressing but unsurprising, insight into rape culture in Nigeria. In between paragraphs, where she details the shocking abuse she suffered, there are selected screenshots of reactions toContinue reading “What Sugabelly’s ordeal reveals about rape culture in Nigeria”

Why is single woman Linda Ikeji’s success still all about men?

When Nigeria’s number one blogger Linda Ikeji revealed she had bought a luxury mansion in one of the most exclusive and expensive neighbourhoods in Lagos, the Nigerian social media sphere quickly turned into a frenzy.   See inside my new luxury Banana Island, Ikoyi home..:-) (photos) http://t.co/SLXb9Aq76S — Linda Ikeji Blog (@lindaikeji) October 19, 2015Continue reading “Why is single woman Linda Ikeji’s success still all about men?”

Fela Kuti had the balls to protest. When did Afrobeat stars get so tame?

On a quiet, otherwise nondescript street in Lagos stands the Kalakuta museum. The striking white, three-storey building opened in 2012 to honour Nigeria’s most influential and outspoken musician and activist: Fela Anikulapo Kuti. The museum houses numerous artifacts, photographs and mementos from Fela’s life including his saxophones, an impressive shoe collection and even his bedroom, leftContinue reading “Fela Kuti had the balls to protest. When did Afrobeat stars get so tame?”

What’s the point of Nigeria’s National Youth Service Corp?

It was somewhere between the fifth and sixth hour in the registration queue that I began seriously to question my decision-making abilities. Of all the strange choices I’d made over the years, this was definitely one I was sure I’d regret. I couldn’t quite wrap my head around the fact that I had signed upContinue reading “What’s the point of Nigeria’s National Youth Service Corp?”