All posts by Jemila Abdulai

  • Poetry/Prose – Paralysis: Mannequin on Fashion Ave.

     Inspired by a condominium of thoughts, and stylistically influenced by my interpretation of Regina Spektor’s “Eet” They call it an outer body experience. And they’re right, that’s exactly what it is. It’s like floating out in the universe, and watching the earth chug along on its axis. Like planning a speech to the very last …

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    True (W)African Sport: The Art of Bargaining

    Jemi: You are soo cheating! RealJemi: No, I’m not. J: Really? RJ: Yes. I think. J: Didn’t you feed the same lines to the other fella from yesterday? RJ: Yes…but, it’s not the same. J: [Raised eyebrow] RJ: What?! This interaction has the potential for something much more different. Much better. Much more…challenging and stimulating. …

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    True (W)African Sport: The Art of Bargaining

    Jemi: You are soo cheating! RealJemi: No, I’m not. J: Really? RJ: Yes. I think. J: Didn’t you feed the same lines to the other fella from yesterday? RJ: Yes…but, it’s not the same. J: [Raised eyebrow] RJ: What?! This interaction has the potential for something much more different. Much better. Much more…challenging and stimulating. …

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    A Medley of Contradictions: Finding “My Place”

    For today’s post, I’d planned to recap my “hectic” travel experience from Accra to Abidjan and then to Dakar. But the ‘powers of inspiration’ have something else on their minds. So instead, we’re going to talk about finding one’s place in a new country, culture, situation and so on. Now, this is somewhat of a …

  • Having “The Talk”. What’s Your Take?

    A TED spin on the birds and the beesSo, the TED Global talks are taking place in Oxford, England this year and as I was looking around at their latest pool of videos, I came across this short “Talks in Less Than 6 Minutes” piece. What’s the topic of discussion? “The Talk”. Now, in case …

  • Dettol: The Distinguishing Factor

    Dettol. That’s what’s distinguishing Senegal from Ghana. Otherwise, I might as well be in Accra. Well, Adenta, Accra to be specific. I’ve pretty much just moved from the Adenta of Accra to the Adenta of Dakar. From outskirts of the capital to outskirts of the capital, or rather suburb to suburb, dare I say village …

  • Bittersweet: The “For(e)-bidden” Fruit

    First post in a month! It’s been a while coming and it’s finally here. Warm breeze playing softly on the nape of your neck, you gaze up enthralled.There it is. What you have longed for for eons on end; finally within your grasp.You take in the expanse of it all. The red-golden-green colors silently inviting …

  • Circum-Alert: Tikulma (My Travelogue) is LIVE!

    Just a quick heads up that the travelogue – or in this case should I call it a relocatologue – I mentioned in my coming/going home post is live!! Found a pretty swell template that relays the excitement, disorder, and pure spontaneity of it all. So, if you’d like to hear about my travels (yes, …

  • Dreaming About….Ghana Chow!

    It’s 1:00am and I’m still up. I can’t sleep, can’t concentrate on my studying (smart me scheduled my GRE right before my trip) and it’s been like this the entire week! I’ll be sitting at my computer working on an article and my mind wanders off…to Ghana! Then my heart’s a-racing and palms are a-sweating …

  • Introducing Tikulma!

    Hi and welcome to Tikulma!I hope you’ll all join me on this journey back home. This blog will feature the good, the bad, the ugly, and the surprisingly bizarre facets of making that big move back home! As the world becomes more globalized more Africans are moving back to their respective countries to do what …

  • Circum-Flash: I’m Coming/Going Home!!

    There’s  a time for everything. A time to laugh and a time to cry. A time to pursue and a time to roll back. A time to leave and a time to return. Home. Yes, I did just say return home. Finally, after 4 years, 8 months and 5 days (and counting), I will be …

  • Poetry/Prose: Dangerous Seduction

    When you first arrived in town, you’d asked, “Where are all the pretty lassies of this land?” Many names were delivered, but only two had stuck out: Avril and Soleil. “That Soleil is quite a feisty one, she is!” one guy said. “Pretty hot and tempting. No doubt, she’s definitely phat,” another added. “She would …

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