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Colonial Legacies of Policing in Nigeria: Why We Need Abolition Everywhere

Over the past week, we have witnessed a global uprising in response to violence against Black lives. Black people everywhere have rightfully expressed their rage and the rawness of their grief. While downright exhausting, the release was necessary for our survival. Within the last week, mayors have committed to reducing police budgets, white supremacist monuments […]

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The Urgency of Softness

There is no hiding place. The current pandemic has freed some of my deepest anxieties from the confines of my mind and allowed them to walk in the global sphere. I have been forced to sit and negotiate with my fears — to understand when they were born, when and why they grew wings… to […]

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3 Months In Nigeria: History, Spirituality & Connectedness

I travel the world, but rarely go home. I have vague, surreal memories of my time in Nigeria as a toddler. I have vivid, recent memories of my time in Nigeria for my sister’s wedding, but no memories of exploring Nigeria as an adult who studies and adores the country from afar. Although my primary […]

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Travel Journal: Exploring the Beauty of Blackness in Bahia

As tired as I get of airplanes, airports and TSA, having the ability to travel is a privilege that I truly hold dear. For this reason, one of my personal goals is to figure out ways in which I can commemorate my travels, so why not start with blog posts?! As a child I remember […]

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As We Approach New Year’s Day My Main Prayer is for Clarity

2017 has come to end and for many of us this is a time of deep reflection. While some are preparing resolutions, others are taking on the new year with a different approach. Personally, I have never been big on new years resolutions. I know a lot of people say this but… if I wanted […]

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Going Backwards To Go Forwards: A Tool Of Remembrance & Transformation

This year marked the 20th anniversary of the death of my grandfather – Ali Jibril-Ellams. To remember his life, my family members met in Nigeria this April for prayer, fellowship and celebration. Due to a variety of reasons, I was unable to go. I felt compelled to ask my mother to bring me sand from […]

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HOME

It is October and the cold is calling me home. Over the last few weeks, I have spent long periods of time reflecting on what home means to me only to discover that my definition was greatly centered on people. In the past, I liked the poetry of people referring to others as home, but […]

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Self-Care After the Incense Burns Out: Giving Myself Back to Me

Lately I have been preoccupied with exploring and dismantling my old definition of self-care and building a new one that is tailored to my own experience. This exploration was in part sparked by  a dissatisfaction for the typical framing of self-care as being synonymous for pampering. I also grew tired of conversations about self-care being […]

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