More Than a Gatekeeper

WE ARE NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT FEMALE INCLUSION, WE ARE SEEING IT TAKE CENTER STAGE.

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2018 was the year of the feminist; the women created a battle, outlined their own battlefield and went out to meet their opposition head-on. They created movements that shook the world and reshaped the thinking of Africans and the world in general. Need you to know that the women aren’t done, they are taking time to sharpen their arsenal and would soon be on the battlefield once more as 2019 is not going to be any different from the previous year. In fact, it is going to get fiercer. Watch out world, the women are coming!

The narrative that has surrounded women over time is one of being gatekeepers; this doesn’t do justice to the stature of women in the society and gladly that narrative is gradually eroding as women are becoming more and more involved in daily activities and/or indulgence. The women are crafting their own narratives.

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As mentioned in the first paragraph, 2018 saw a fierce battle for the inclusion of women in every facet of the economy especially in Africa and I dare say that they won that fight to a large extent even though there’s still more grounds to conquer. They were able to shake up the strongholds of African culture without making men feel emasculated – brilliant. In 2019, we will see more women vying for political offices, giving male counterparts a run for the money in the offices, schools, and everywhere else. It’s time to take up the spoils of battle.

The Older the Better

YOUNGER MEN ARE BEGINNING TO DATE OLDER WOMEN, WHY?

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You know the saying, “the older the wine, the better it gets”? This is seemingly becoming a mantra across Africa because we are beginning to see young men aim for the better tasting wine, I mean, who doesn’t want the best things in life, but with the African culture we aren’t totally certain if this trend is permissible but it’s happening anyway.

At the moment, younger men are fancying the possibility of dating older women. This used to be a trend we only saw in European countries or the Americas, for example French President Macron and his Wife Gritte who is 24 years older than him, Nick Canon and Mariah Carey who is 10 years older than him, and the list goes on. One example we learned of was in Nigeria, Ojukwu and Bianca but Ojukwu (the man) was a lot of years older than his wife – meaning that Africans don’t really believe that the woman should be older.

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However, Africans are fancying the option and these are the possible reasons why:

1. Times are hard: Older women have already gone through life and have gotten somethings fir themselves, so the man could just get intimate with her and have everything made –this in my opinion is the cowardly, lazy option.

2. She’s more focused and independent: older women have proven to be more focused as they know what they want and aren’t dependent on the male counterpart.

3. Minimal troubles: men generally believe that younger women are problematic due to inexperience.

4. Comfortable with sexuality: older women are more comfortable with their sexuality as they already know what works for them and what doesn’t.

5. Symbiotic relationship: it is believed that older women offer a symbiotic relationship as they can bring more to the table in terms of experience, guidance, finances etc. which isn’t always the case with the younger ladies.

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The reason we weren’t able to highlight an African example earlier is because they never took it to the marriage level, but with the intensity observed, this trend is poised to walk many younger men and older women down the aisle in Africa pretty soon.

Black Women Appreciation Post

IN HONOUR OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY, HERE IS A CAREFULLY PREPARED PLAYLIST OF OUR FAVOURITE "BLACK WOMEN" SONGS WE WANT YOU TO LISTEN TO TODAY

In the society we live in, being a woman is hard, being a black woman is harder. As a woman we are from time told to do the most; talk more girly; that's not how a girl laughs; close your leg while you sit; you must be able to cook (to keep your man); if you are not married, you are either cursed or not doing the right thing; you should not to be successful, so a man can approach you; you are at fault if you get raped or molested, were you properly dressed? Oh as a black girl it gets even deeper; hated for everything we have from our lips, hair, body, skin and for merely even existing; segregated from everything that has success attached to it. 

So in honour of international women's day, we have a playlist that represents black women in a way we would proudly associate with as well as lyrics you can totally relate to.

1. Don't Touch My Hair- Solange

2. Black Girl Pain- Talib Kweli

3. U.N.I.T.Y- Queen Latifah

4. No Scrubs- TLC

5. Greatest Love Of All- Whitney Houston

6. Doo Wop (That Thing)- Lauryn Hill

7. Feeling Good - Nina Simone

8. I'm Every Woman- Chaka Khan

9. Formation- Beyonce

10. Superwoman- Alicia Keys

11. Strength, Carriage, Wisdom - Indiana Arie

12. New Agenda- Janet Jackson

13. Q.U.E.E.N- Janelle monae ft Erykah Badu

14. Feeling Myself- Nicki Minaj Ft Beyonce

Happy International Women's Day, especially to all my strong black women! and happy listening.

Nike is Bold for Change

NIKE IS EXPANDING POSSIBILITIES FOR WOMEN NOW MORE THAN EVER, FIRST WITH A PLUS SIZE COLLECTION FOR WOMEN, NOW WITH A HIJAB COLLECTION FOR MUSLIM WOMEN IN SPORTS, NIKE IS BOLD FOR CHANGE.

Nike Pro Hijab // Photo via Mashable

Nike Pro Hijab // Photo via Mashable

The world is fast changing and global view towards women is expanding beyond the kitchen and home. Women are daring roles and positions that were seen as impossible decades back. 21st century women are broadening the lines along all social, political and economic barriers. With a more and more corporations, organization and bodies leading a voice to inclusion and inequality for women worldwide, popular sports brand, Nike this week has taken more than just one bold step in this cause. First with the launch of a plus-size clothing line for women encouraging women and men to accept themselves beyond body statistics and second with the recent announcement of soon to come collection for Muslim women athletes labelled “Nike Pro Hijab” The collection will be released by Spring 2018.

Nike revealed in a statement as quoted by Al Arabiya English saying

The Nike Pro Hijab may have been more than a year in the making, but its impetus can be traced much further back, to an ongoing cultural shift that has seen more women than ever embracing sport

With more Muslim women taking on sports, It was only a matter of time for this move to materialize. With this move, Nike makes a bold step towards inclusion and equality   

Nike says, according to Al Arabiya English. In reference to Saudi Arabia's Sarah Attar’s bold step into sports, Nike said

This movement first permeated international consciousness in 2012, when a Hijabi runner took the global stage in London...

Other inspirations to the birth of this collection includes Amna Al Haddad’s visit to Nike’s Sport Research Lab. Amna is an Emirati female Olympic weightlifting athlete who has stood out over the years.

#BeBoldForChange

2017: Year of the Consumer - Trend III [Culture & Lifestyle Shock]

Full Afro-African Hair // Source: answersafrica.com/

Full Afro-African Hair // Source: answersafrica.com/

Natural hair became a trend. Dedicated black hair online shopping platforms like oriki.com and natural hair salons like Yellow Sisi were established. ‘Hair’ in 2016 became a tool of power, as South-African students fought to wear their hair.

Black people stepped into a realm of their own, achieving amazing feats from white house appointments (Bayo Ogunlesi, Economic Advisory Team), to the #blacklivesmatter movement gaining much needed momentum addressing blatant injustice by the police and constantly raising issues of America’s deep rooted racism.

Organizations like She Leads Africa and Women in tech, Africa played major roles in advancing the cause of women in Nigeria.

All Female Performance on Stage

All Female Performance on Stage

Another great welcomed cultural practice was the prompt to buy Nigerian made goods and services, a campaign was launched to that effect #buynigeriatogrownigeria;

Food dragged along a tag “dishes and stitches”, that meaning quite a number of food fairs and festivals like the Eat Drink Festival fast became a norm, and a fusion between food and fashion occurred.