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…

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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…

On taking another trip around the sun

Couple of weeks ago, I added another year under my belt. I celebrated my birthday, this year after so long, with my family only. It was a quiet day, filled with some of my favorite things: gifts, food, and wine. Being that it was a holiday, I spent the day relaxing and laughing and being…

On being a woman in the workplace

Earlier this week, after spending too much time laughing at memes on Instagram, I was stopped by a picture on Dolly Parton's page. I discovered the beauty and talent that is Dolly Parton, when I moved to the States, and have loved her boldness, her strength of character, and her music catalog ever since. So…

The sky must be falling on us

When I was in the US, curious Americans would ask me, among many other fascinating questions, if in my country, we had four seasons, how hot it was, if we had snow. Innocently enough and with puzzling looks, I would always answer that we had only two seasons: a dry season and a wet one.…