It is hard until it is easy

    One day you learn to trust yourself  Or how to style your hair Or to be clear about your needs You learn to write To tell which is your right hand and which is your left To speak a language To go after a dream To love someone To change your style To…
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Making a society : doing the work

  I don’t know if there is a part of the world that was untouched by the results of the U.S. elections. My friends and family in Nigeria, the U.K., Canada, passionately followed it, maybe more than me. I want to try to find a way to reflect on this by taking a step back…
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Thinking about writing

  As I round up my doctoral programme I have found myself doing more thinking about writing than writing (creatively) itself. Beside the occasional spurts of a poem or a story idea, I haven’t done much especially since the first quarter of the year. Although I haven’t written much this year, I’ve been fortunate to…
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Becoming A “Smart” Human

A smart device is not so much a machine that comes with all the inbuilt capabilities its user will ever need as it is a machine that has the inbuilt ability to interact and learn. Over several iterations and interactions with its user, it learns and never stops learning how to respond to its user’s need,…
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Bridging my vision, communication and actions

    There is a certain power of execution that comes when we risk being clear about what we truly want. It helps one know what they do not want, makes you intentional and formidable. It also creates vulnerability since having become clear about you want you expose yourself to the fear of it not…
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Jonathon Stalls: walking across the United States & creating a movement

“I walked for 242 days and stayed with 120 strangers” – Jonathon Stalls Currently conducting my research on place and urban health, I was so excited and inspired to meet Jonathon Stalls who has turned this to a movement. He and his work embody and make the connection between walking, health and within-city equity common…
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Toward more empowering visions of empowerment

    Human rights na my property So therefore, you can’t dash me my property Human rights na my property Dey wan dash us human rights – Fela Kuti What is empowerment? Of yourself, of your community, of others, of the oppressed, the marginalized, the poor, the old, the young? In our imaginings of empowerment,…
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The power in our mistakes 

I have come across this line of thinking that says that we can either have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. I enjoy the perspective it offers.   A fixed mindset is an approach to your life, creations, relationships where you see things as fixed. If everything is fixed, then it means that you…
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Kechi Okwuchi: from surviving a plane crash to crowdfunding her MBA

  I learned by… choosing not to see my scars and disfigurations as permanent obstacles – Kechi Okwuchi When I was finishing up secondary school in 2005, there was a day that it seemed like the world had come to an end. We learnt that a plane carrying young students just like us had crashed. 107 people died…
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The cost of our illusions

I have often wondered why it is that despite the fact that we all came from Africa it is usually black Africanness at the bottom of the racist pecking order- from Italy where a Nigerian man was killed in a racist attack to the United States where there have been more shootings of innocent black…
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