Words flowing like magic to who you are

Solace in writing. Meaning in the deepest and truest sense. How are my words will be seen? Am I vulnerable enough for people to see the real me? Do I know what or who the real me is? I feel joy, inspiration and freedom when I write. I get to be unapologetically me, clearing out…

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On being a boss.

Bosses. You either hate them or love them, but once you enter the workforce, they will shape your career, and possibly your future. In the scale of authority figures, employers, follow the next step after teachers, clergymen, with parents being at the highest. Throughout my adult life, I've had all types of bosses, but African…

Fashion, fashun, fashion

Chimamanda N'Gozi Adichie is one of my favorite authors and a model of intellect, African modernism I greatly admire. Her novel " Americanah" ( a book I devoured in one day) was a revelation to me, to continue writing, because never before has an author written so clearly about  what is was like to be…

Telenovela this, telenovela that

For the past couple of weeks, the Ivorian netizens have been obsessing about a certain page on Facebook called, " Avant, Avant'. " Avant, Avant" means literally "Before, Before" in French, and is a page dedicated to nostalgia, of better, prosperous and happier times in Ivory Coast. Every minute, members create and post their favorite…

Insecurity in the city

In recent months, Abidjan, the city I live in, has been affected by a scary phenomenon, or should I say a social scourge: violent acts of crimes committed by children. In every newspaper or social media posting, there are at least one or multiple accounts of citizens being robbed, hurt or killed by gangs of…

Diaspora blues

Recently I read an article on BBC Africa about Akon's efforts to promote several business ventures in Africa and revigorate the image of our continent. His new venture is a music service that will give African artists a fair platform to share their music, thus catering to local tastes first, and eventually compete on an…

Food will save our souls

It's early Sunday morning, and I am wide awake thanks to a nasty flu and lots of things on my mind. Loopy and tired from the medications, I am doing what makes me happy these days: writing. I've been blocked for the past weeks, but my muse helped me see the inspiration I needed to…

On loving in the time of political unrest

For this post, I want to talk about this beautiful land I was lucky to be born on: Cote d'Ivoire. Yes, my gorgeous, sweet, lush and bountiful, blessed country, I have started to slowly and surely reconnecting with. Just like an old, faithful lover, we have grown apart, but forever linked in our heart and…