Month: May 2015

Paper and Ink, Series

Paper and Ink: Femme Aimee (47)

By Emmeline Bisiikwa, Uganda: It bothers me that you don't like my writing. You are a chronic reader like myself but every time I show you something I wrote; you are lack luster about it, unexcited, uninspired, and bland. It kills me because you are my partner, a part of me wants you to be my biggest fan. But most […]

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Eve's Notes

The Menstrual Cup

By Cynthia Ayeza, Uganda: Previously, I wrote about my period and my experience thereof, and also about “Menstrual Misogyny”. As I indicated, I do not dislike my period; rather, I dislike the pain and inconvenience I often have to endure as a result of the menstruation, even if it is only for a couple of days. For example, for most […]

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Series, The Apprentice

The Apprentice: The Boy Child

By Kizzy Katawonga, Uganda: “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he grows, he shall not depart from it” is a proverb from the Bible that is so disturbingly true. Growing up as a young boy, I noticed how my parents were particularly stricter on my sisters regarding chores and lifestyle. Cooking, cleaning, washing, grooming, […]

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Poetry, Tale Africa

College Girls

By Chido Nyandoro, Zimbabwe: With their legs crossed They show off their patent heels We all know the cost And the way a good pair feels They look so tall with skin so toned, refined Coupled with matte lips and red wine Their sunglasses channel Catch their stubborn hair strands As they scatter their cigarette smoke to the air With […]

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Series, The Apprentice

The Apprentice: #FreeTheNipple

By Kizzy Katawonga, Uganda: I know what you're thinking and you've got it all wrong. Well maybe but this article isn't about breasts. It's really about a woman's right to bear her breasts in public. Confused yet? Let me elaborate. A few days ago, I was scrolling through my Facebook feed when I came across an interesting link titled “Women protest bare breasted […]

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Poetry, Tale Africa

The Dark

By Ojo Ayotunde, Nigeria: Didn’t we, by a twist of fate, saunter our way into pitch black – the dark? The dark, that knows no man, That no man knows perfectly. Where knowing the unknown, they say, is the ultimate undoing of all horizons. Where we are never the villains of our own stories Selfsame dark, where the moon and […]

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Reflections

The ‘WHY’ with no answers: Reaction to the Garissa attacks in Kenya

By Nastasia Thebaud-Bouillon, France/Kenya: Student – LLM in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa When a tragedy happens, you have three options: You can shut your eyes and pretend you have not seen it; You can observe and pretend you are not concerned; or You can look with your eyes wide open and react. I have chosen the last option […]

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Paper and Ink, Series

Paper and Ink: Femme Aimee (45)

By Emmeline Bisiikwa, Uganda: It's a sad thing that most people are afraid to feel, live and be. That someone could go their whole life too afraid to even love because they might get hurt. Well here's a question for you. What if you are not? What if you find the love of your life, get married and have adorable […]

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