The Chibok Girls by Helon Habila

'The Boko Haram Kidnappings and Islamist Militancy in Nigeria' Two years after Book Haram kidnapped 276 schoolgirls, Helon Habila travels to Chibok town, in Northern Nigeria, to track down the survivors and the bereaved families of the girls. On 14 April 2014, this once peaceful and sleepy town was rattled by the terrorist group Boko … Continue reading The Chibok Girls by Helon Habila

Review: Jazz by Toni Morrison

"What's the world for you if you can't make it up the way you want it?" The early 20th century marked the growth of jazz music in America. In the 1920’s the music spread into parts such as New Orleans, and Harlem, the ‘City’ where we find the characters in Jazz. The music began way … Continue reading Review: Jazz by Toni Morrison

Review: Sula by Toni Morrison

Nel and Sula share an intense friendship while growing up in the neighbourhood of Bottom, the hills above the valley town of Medallion, Ohio. Nel comes from a neat and orderly home and a rigid and conventional family, while Sula comes from a disorderly household, a family of disregard for social conventions. Sula has a … Continue reading Review: Sula by Toni Morrison

Review: A Song Flung Up To Heaven by Dr Maya Angelou.

Before reading A Song Flung Up to Heaven, I had only read the beloved I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. This was after I had found her poetry online, seen her in movies and watched her beautiful poetry videos. I read this right after watching her Netflix documentary, Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise … Continue reading Review: A Song Flung Up To Heaven by Dr Maya Angelou.

Lessons from YOU ARE A BADASS by Jen Sincero

“How to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life.” ‘You Are a Badass’ promises to help you confront and change your self-sabotaging behaviour and creating a kick-ass life. Its chapters are filled with stories to inspire you and exercises to guide you through your badassery journey. She uses straight talk and humour … Continue reading Lessons from YOU ARE A BADASS by Jen Sincero

Review: The Mourning Bird by Mubanga Kalimamukwento

"'NEVER LET AN OWL STAY, mwanake,' my father warned. 'Why, Tate?' I asked him. 'Because,' he replied, throwing a stone at the mango tree, 'they are a bad omen. They mourn at night so that we mourn in the morning.'"- The Mourning Bird, Mubanga Kalimamukwento The 1990s in Zambia were a devastating period of a … Continue reading Review: The Mourning Bird by Mubanga Kalimamukwento

A Girl From The South Side – Reading ‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama

And the Best Spoken Word Album | 2020 GRAMMYs goes to… A toast to Michelle Obama for her win. We’re adding this celebration to the collage of all the iconic women who are allowing other women and girls of colour to see themselves in places they couldn’t have otherwise imagined. Since the award is for … Continue reading A Girl From The South Side – Reading ‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama

2020: Time To Refocus

“Remember, nothing will change until you do.” It’s a new year, filled with new goals, new beginnings and a drive to be and do better than last year. It happens every New Year, and a lot of times that fuel runs out quickly. How can you make 2020 different? What challenges are you currently facing … Continue reading 2020: Time To Refocus