When the assailant is one of us

By Clear Peaceful Mind *trigger warning: sexual assault  Rape. For most women, this is one of the scariest words in any language. When your mother warned, “You could have been murdered, or worse!”, rape was and still is the unspoken “worse.” All over the world, rape is the most common violent crime ever committed – by […]
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Remembrance

By Nana Brantuo Does my presence make you uneasy? Does my story force you to face truths and realities you’d rather ignore? That’s unfortunate You see, I’ve lived my life Recalling that day Remembering that hour Jumping at the touch of foreign hands Shivering meeting unfamiliar eyes I can’t seem to understand who plays the […]
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This is the African Woman?

  Do you know about the War against Women? Do you know about the female infanticide because I am not male –Woman? Do you know about the dowry deaths because I was not a virgin when I got married –Woman? Do you know about the honour killings for perceived immoral behaviour, Just because I was […]
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Pre – Colonial Igboland: On Woman to Woman Marriage

By Cosmic Yoruba Nwando Achebe writes that “woman-to-woman marriage in Africa has absolutely nothing to do with homosexuality” (emphasis, hers)…and I actually agree with this…kind of. While I strongly believe in pre-colonial lesbian secret societies littered across the African continent, at the risk of falling into the trap of Eurocentric and Western (mis)understanding of African social institutions, it […]
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