About femaleoratory

Hi I am a Music lover, Phototaker, Book reader, Feminist and many other things including being fiercely bi-cultural. I suppose I read like a magazine since I love so many things including figuring excel sheets. I have been told I am an old soul. If I have walked the earth before why do I get confused as everyone else? Welcome to my world join me on this journey geared towards self discovery after the realization that there is really more to life than being a contestant in a rat race.

Team no team 

​I tried team natural, too religious, my faith didn’t last. Team natural  hair isn’t as easy as  YouTube natural hair vloggers make it look. 

You see YouTube hair has undergone so many changes they can be team big, bold, natural easily. 

Having manageable hair is more important to me than fad. What am I trying to prove? The independence of my hair? (I like the black hair discussion though)

 I tried letting it be and it just went wild. #myfuzzymane.

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5 Songs From The Voice To Update Your Music Library

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Music is one thing I really love. Can I say I have  passion for listening to music? Anyway, I like to think I have this ability to identify good music so am always on the search for new sounds.

While billboard charts and whatever my Facebook feed throws up prove useful, YouTube is one of my go-to places for new music especially blind auditions for music reality shows. Anytime I hear music from auditions I like, I search for the original artist and my library gets updated. Here are five of my new music for the week gotten from The Voice.

5. Song: Tennessee Whiskey

Artist: Chris Stapleton

Album: Traveller

Released: 2015

 

4. Song: Chain of Fools

Artist: Aretha Franklin

Album: Lady Soul

Released: 1967

3. Song: I Put A Spell On You

Artist: Nina Simone

Album: I Put A Spell On You

Released: 1965

 

2. Song: Do Right Woman, Do Right Man

Artist: Aretha Franklin

Album: I Never Loved A Man The Way I Loved You

Released: 1967

1. Song: Blue Bayou

Artist: Roy Orbison

Album: In Dreams

Released: 1963

I really like Linda Ronstadt’s cover.

Do share how you update your music library?

 

 

TEJU COLE: Every Day Is For The Thief

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Title: Every Day Is For The Thief

Genre: Fiction

ISBN: 978-0-8129-9579-4

Publication Date: 2007

Publisher: Cassava Republic Press

Format: Ebook

Language: English

Every day is for the thief is a fiction novel by Nigerian-American writer Teju Cole and was published in 2007.The book centers on a young man’s experiences in Lagos after 15 years in New York.Things are really different from what he left behind.

In this book Teju Cole explores the themes of inequality, corruption, religion, poverty, the struggle for survival, the Lagos spirit among others.  He also dissects Nigerians their values and hopes.

I appreciate the author’s take on arts in Nigeria and agree the arts have become sort of an elitist thing considering the economy.

“…If you want to learn cello, you must own a cello….They have set the bar quite high In Nigeria, it is prohibitively expensive for all but the most moneyed”

I also identified with his perspective on the religious nature of Nigerians.

 “I mean I don’t say things like I have malaria the tongue is very powerful you know…..”

“The idea that saying it makes it so”

This conversation was really hilarious.

I particularly found his perspective on the absence of any reminder that Lagos was a former slave trade route rather interesting. Defending his opinion he quotes Faulkner;

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past”

To the author Lagos being a former slave trade route is a great piece of history that sadly has been forgotten

“..In Lagos we sleep dreamlessly, the sleep of innocents”

I love how Teju weaves his writing with photography as the novel has a total of 19 pictures which gives it an eerie feel. I always knew grainy pictures could tell tales.

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I recommend every day is for the thief to everyone. It captures present day Nigeria despite being written in 2007. Funny we never know the young man’s name.

For more of Teju Cole’s writings and photography click here.

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What Nigerian authors have you been reading?

 

10 Stories I Want to Write In The Near Future

totally love this list especially the one on Biafra. What do you think about this list guys?

Afrocentric Confessions

A Pokot girl is smeared with a white paint to show she has undergone the rite of passage of circumcision. Photo by Siegfried Modola A Pokot girl is smeared with a white paint to show she has undergone the rite of passage of circumcision. Photo by Siegfried Modola

I’m always looking for a good story. I already have a lot of ideas on my brain shelf that I want to pursue journalistically. It’s just a matter of going out there on the field to write them! Here are some of the story ideas. What do you think?

#1 What Happens To The Clitoris?

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Female Circumcision. Some call it Female Genital Mutilation. It’s still happening to millions of female around the world. There are different forms of female circumcision, varying in how much is cut. What I wanna know is, what does the “cutter” do with the cut clitoris and genital parts? Is it thrown away in the garbage can? Is it burned in a fire? Is it dedicated to the gods? Hmmm…this deserves some…

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ZEINA

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Zeina is a book by Nawal El Saadawi an Egyptian feminist writer, anti female genital mutilation (FMG) activist  and medical doctor. She is popular in the literary world for her writings which have themes of feminism, religion,  FMG amongst others.
Her book Women and Sex published in 1972 has been said to be a foundational text for the second wave of feminism. The book was one of the reasons she was dismissed from the Ministry of Health where she worked as at that time.

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I became familiar with her works while writing an article on African feminists in the 21st century. Her book Zeina is her second work I have read and it speaks about the thing we all know but do not say for fear of being lynched or labelled. Little wonder she was imprisoned for her views which are by the way the truth.

Zeina is a book about Boudour a professor with a dark secret and Zeina a child that bears her mother’s name. Although the book speaks about female repression and oppression in Egypt, it can be related to female oppression in other parts of the world.
Nawal not only  uses the theme of religion to depict how religion has been used from time to relegate women to the background, but also to show  how men have used religion to dictate to women what should be and not be.

The emir issued a ruling that women’s voices were a source of shame. Every part of their bodies, in fact was a shame, including the head, the seat of thought and intellect.

She expands more on this thought in this video at 0:16-2:07.

She also questions religion

Why did God create Muslims and Copts? Why do Copts confess their sins to the priests if God already knows everything that goes on in their hearts? Why do women stand behind men in church? Why do Muslims pray 5 times a day and not three or four? Why does a man a marry four wives and a woman marries only one husband?

She also explores the themes of menstruation, sex, and male rape in the Arab world.
A theme I strongly identified with was the issue of having a mother’s name. What’s in a name? This theme would be identifiable to those brought up in societies that are highly patriarchal, for it is seen as a taboo to bear your mother’s name. I wondered is it not my fundamental human right to decide if I want to bear my mother’s name or not? Of this Nawal asks;

Why is  having a father’s name an honor and having a mothers name a  disgrace?

The conversation the book Zeina starts for me is this “is a woman lesser than a man in every form?

Contemporary society may say No, but our actions as a society says otherwise. Personally I have come across “educated” people who have a problem relating with women for some reason that I must agree with Nawal stems from religion. I say religion and not society because culture has become an infusion of religion and tradition.

Zeina is a thought provoking book, and should be read with an open mind. This is because it touches on sensitive issues that have been accepted and never questioned because someone said that was what was written. It encourages us to seek the truth for ourselves and interpret in our own way.
While some may say she is a crying feminist, I like to think she is a woman in tune with herself and has the courage to speak the truth. You really have to be to tell yourself certain truths.

I recommend this book to everyone one who wants to have a glimpse of what is like to live in a society filled with religion, hypocrisy and women.

You can purchase a copy here 

Do you think female oppression exists? In what forms have you experienced or seen female oppression?

Akube

Music has been my thing from forever ago. I think somehow I have a thing for identifying good music. I may be wrong, what do I know.

Despite my love for music I am biased towards Nigerian sounds. While I embrace tunes from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, I largely ignore anything after Blacky. That being said I appreciate current Nigerian music for their beats cant say much for the lyrics. So when I first heard this beat on kidathegreat’s video on instagram i was like nice one.

Luckily the post had information about the track and it was Akube by Nigerian artist Dotman. I quickly downloaded the full track. Still did not like the lyrics except for the first part about schooling abroad which reminded me of folks who spend all that money abroad and come hustle for jobs with us that never left.

Akube is a danceable track. Download here , listen here and watch the video below or here

kidathegreat is a cool kid dancing and has definitely given Dotman a boost. Check  out kidathegreat on instagram . Share what you think about kidathegreat and Dotman.

The African Child

 

The African Child a young boy with a butterfly. I was describing the book not the African Child. The African Child is a book by Camara Laye I read growing up.

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I stumbled on this book during one of my many holidays in Delta State South-South Nigeria.  Anyway I did not have to dig up the box that contained nearly all the books my aunts and uncles read, this one happened to just be lying around.

I remember the words were tiny so it was kind of a long book for me. Then there was the name “Fanta” how can Fanta be a name? I had heard the name Fanta in one of Alpha Blondy’s Songs “Fanta Diallo” Our Ghanaian cook played on when we were getting ready for school. The only Fanta I knew was the soft drink.

The African Child is loosely based on Camara Laye’s childhood in Guinea and was originally written in french and titled L’Enfant Noir.

The African Child is much more than media displays, we are full of our rich culture and Camara Laye captures this quite correctly.

What book captures your culture?

 

 

About Ama Atta Aidoo

Reading has been my hobby since i discovered books had the power to make us travel around the world without a ticket. Mum had loads of books the first book i remember was one that had Monkey Dey Walk Bamboo Dey Chop written on it. Now, I do not know if that was the title but i remember the cover was red with women wearing Afro’s.

Sadly I never got to read it, cause I could not find it. Many times I wonder if that book ever existed or it was a figment of my imagination.

Since I could not find the red book, I moved on to Peter and Jane the Ladybird series, out grew those kids and found Captain Africa in the Vanguard newspaper cartoon section. I and my siblings always looked out for this section. I evolved to Enid Blyton spent my days as the school library prefect reading all her books. They always made me smile.

There was one that had a guy with the name Rufus, I wondered what kind of name is that? There were comics too. Book fairs made our day we would get new books.Pretty soon I started reading anything that I could find. Mum warned me children did not read everything but that never stopped me.

Holidays in Igobdo my mum’s village were always exciting.  It literally rained books.  The Passport of  Mallam Ilia, The Drummer Boy, Tales Tiv Tell, An African Night Entertainment (this book gave me chills), we devoured them all.

Then came Mariam Ba’s, So long a Letter. This was my first serious book. As a kid i could not really understand the theme of the book but I remember feeling it was wrong for someone to get married behind one’s wife’s back. I had an attraction to the the main characters friend Ramatoulaye who did not accept polygamy and therefore left her husband.

Working on a piece on  African Feminists, I came across Ama Ataa Aidoo. Ghana’s literary icon. So i researched her and came across her talks on you-tube. Her talks and interviews were not only  insightful but also entertaining. I fell in love with her instantly. She’s witty, sharp and original, someone we would like to have as a grandma.

Her books and plays focus on the contemporary African woman and the choices we have to make.  Everybody has been raving about her book Changes which I tried to get a free download but could not. Yeah I am all for free books. Anyway I saw it on Konga but probably will check stores in town first before I order online.

How did your reading journey begin?What new authors have you discovered recently ? Do drop a comment.

 

Opportunity Tuesday!!!!

Having a routine that involves seating at a desk fro 12 hours  can be very tiring. Yes I said 12 hours, No I am not working the grave yard shift. The story of my working hours is a story for another day.

So I set out to find opportunities online that would take me further to my life goals. Here are a few sites with  scholarship, grant, conference, and training opportunities I found useful. Do apply you never can tell which will be successful.

  1. Scholarship for Africans provides information  for scholarship opportunities:  scholarshipforafricans.com
  2. Opportunity Desk is an online platform that  shares information on relevant learning and growth opportunities for youths around the world. opportunity desk.org
  3. Advance Africa enables thousands of students in developing countries get scholarships and further their education.They also enable hundreds of volunteers to work in communities in Africa providing desperately needed services such as helping in hospitals or teaching.advanceafrica.com
  4. International Opportunity provides information on scholarships, free and low tuition universities internationalopportunity.org/
  5. Youth Hub Africa is an online platform dedicated to a new generation of African Thinkers, Leaders and Innovators.youthhubafrica.org

Enjoy The Journey

There are a million things that could possibly go wrong in an instant, but some days one thing goes wrong and upsets our day, week, year, life.Why do we let it when there is so much that could go right and will go right?

Yesterday was a weak day. Weak being I was emotionally tired. Aren’t we all. Someone said it was part of the academia journey. I gave a huge sigh. In a world where time waits for no one and people move up the ladder of accomplishments ever so fast, it is rather easy to sit and feel sorry for one’s self when a day goes bad. However,I choose to cherish yesterday for it will only make tomorrow much better.

This post is to every young woman on a journey. May wisdom guide your path.