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    First-Class Citizen

    Day 4: Write about someone who inspires you. The first time I read The Joys of Motherhood, I must have been about eight or nine years old. I was staying at my grandmother’s and I had found her old, torn copy of the book. I remember as I rushed through the pages, I was amused at the irony in the title as the motherhood in the book was not very joyous. Years later I would come to learn about the author, Buchi Emecheta, this woman who defied such odds, who refused to let life’s difficulties dim her lights.

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    Of Pets and Peeves

    Today’s post is about something on the other side of favorites: pet peeves. You know, those seemingly little things that drive us nuts. It was a tough call choosing them but these are some of my top ones. Writing this was quite an experience as the thought of them alone makes me shudder. 1. People who come to the movies to chatter non-stop. I understand the irrepressible need to pass a few comments every now and then during the course of the movie, but there are people who insist on talking through the entire the length of the movie. This might come as a shock to you but we didn’t…

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    Aspire to Perspire, or Something Like That

    Helloo again. Today I’m to write about some words of wisdom I’ve come across that speak to me. Though naturally, you might find me laughing my head off to motivational speaker-centered jokes, the truth is somewhere in the midst of all the aspire to acquire and respire, you find some words that never leave you. These are three of them that have stayed with me, and that I go back to remind myself ever so often. 1. Advocate for yourself. We usually say ‘life is too short’ when we’re referring to enjoying life’s pleasures, but I think life is too short to not ask for what you want. Not the…

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    Raindrops on Roses

    Hi guys! Let me begin by saying massive congratulations to all on the exit of Ozo from the Big Brother house. So thanks to the interwebs, I have a guide on things to write for each day, and for today, I’m to write about ten things that make me happy: 1. Bookshops. There is a comfort I find in that atmosphere, in being surrounded by books. Though I go with the intent of buying one or two books, I spend hours wandering about, from book aisles to vibrant book covers. It’s my go-to happy place when it seems the trials and travails of life are about to swallow me.

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    What Now? (Not the Song by Rihanna)

    I am both scared and excited to see how the coming days will go. I hope I go through with this, as if I don't I will have no choice but to run away in shame and start a new life in Indonesia. Please do not look for me. Allow me to live a quiet life with whatever shred of dignity I have left.

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    How To Look Like You’re Not Losing It When You Are In Fact, Losing It

    As I type this post I see how it follows the pattern of my life right now: a freestyle, a scalar entity with no particular direction in sight, running exclusively on vibes and the grace of the Lord. I am ashamed to mention that since the last time I wrote, I let you guys down and gave in to the pressure. I signed up for some online classes. I am only human, a creature subject to influence. On the bright side, I haven’t actually started taking any of them, so in part I am staying true to my nature. A lot of other things have happened since then. People have…

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    Why You’re Broke During This Quarantine

    And now you’re taking three online classes on bag and shoe making, because you think that will save you. Are you not the same person that has listed the restaurants in your city and is already making plans on how to storm them after the Rona is over? I pity you. You also have the nerve to not only watch countless Instagram live videos, but you also go as far as to comment “I love you Burna!” Does the African Giant know that you have declared bankruptcy? I didn’t think so. This holiday handed to us has given me time to gaze upon my bank account and reflect on all…

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    Stayin’ Alive (Not The Bee Gees Song)

    I apologize for the dramatic title but these are the times we live in. 2020 was supposed to be all about getting my life together. If life was following the calendar we had all agreed on, I should be in my rural Community Medicine posting, taking a few classes, doing some research work, but mostly enjoying my life. Living, loving, laughing. I thy known. After spending about four weeks at home, I am assured that school was designed to put some distance between us and the adults. To put it mildly, living with my parents has been war. We’re now at the point where I am no longer pretending to…

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    The Beginner’s Guide to Sex and Contraception

    I think we should start by addressing the real problem here, which is a group of afflicted individuals who inhale the earth’s oxygen with us. They look like us. They walk among us. The people who type the word ‘sex’ as ‘s*x’. If you are one of them and you are reading this, what exactly is the problem? Please share with the group so we can pray fervently for you. There was an incident recently in my school, involving some students rumored to have gotten pregnant. Of course people found it sensational and had the time of their lives bantering about it, but the news made me unhappy largely because…

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    Still a New Year (or Please Don’t Rush Me)

    As I type this post, I am listening to Korede Bello’s Godwin at maximum volume because I’m supposed to go for a 12-hour call and I need all the motivation to get my body moving out of this bed. Happy new year guys. I’m not going to ask about your new year resolutions yet. I hope so far the year has been decent to you. I hope you’re still holding on to the light, that you’re winning against whatever darkness threatens to envelope you. At the start of the year, I decided I would get ahead of the spirits of procrastination (I wrote about that affliction here), and try to…