Because national trauma is hardly discussed in the context of its effects on diasporans, we often experience a dissonance between the distress we feel as we watch our motherland bleed, and the unspoken message that we should not be as affected because we are far away from home. The lack of validation and under recognition of the impact of national trauma on the wellbeing and mental health of members of the diaspora is a huge disservice and quite frankly harmful.”
How Kabaka uncovered an alternate curriculum of consciousness.
We talk to Kabaka about the ideas behind his music, and how he uncovered an alternate curriculum of consciousness
Be our Guest
A celebration of the food we love. The food that reminds us of home and awakens our senses of nostalgia.
A most sacred plant
I love ganja, herb, marijuana, cannabis, weed, trees… whatever name the plant goes by in your world. I love everything about it. The colour, the smell, the taste, the texture, what it represents, how useful it is in the world, how it makes me feel, the ceremonious way I encounter it within Rastafari, the space that it brings me to. …
Chapter 7: Why the spider spin’s its web
All the curry from her fingers rush into my nose. She was the peppers under her skin, and light as basil. All of her flowed into me as my nose swallowed the scents from her scarf. Her voice summons me to the places in between what is true, and what is possible. The living room became an auditorium, an arena, …
Yoruba Is the Gift My Grandmother Gave Me
Yoruba is a language that exists entirely in the realm of my grandmother’s house, and here, in this church, where it is mine and ours, where I finally feel like a part of something.
Types of People at a Habesha wedding
The rich aunt touched by Marzel: Elegant and beautiful. Foreshadowing a season of drought in my life – she makes it rain ! Bless her heart !
Mama and Papa Chisom are getting married—again. Or, at last.
There is an unspoken rule that the child of a couple that has not celebrated a traditional wedding in full cannot celebrate one of their own. So Mama and Papa Chisom are doing their winecarrying ceremony, at last; they are moving on from the Imego fulfilled 25 years ago to the Igba nkwu
Joy and Rebellion
We should not be afraid of change. Instead, we must explore the ways in which we are still connected. We are all on a common journey to freedom.