All posts by Jemila Abdulai

  • Anti-Climax

    Chais pas pourquoi, I don’t know why But there’s this feeling of anticipation Right in the center of my chest It rushes up through my wind pipes And floods my eyes with tears I can’t quite put a finger on it But it feels like something is happening Or rather, something big is about to …

  • Tribute to Angel Wainaina

    Angela Wainaina(center) was an exceptional and beautiful person, both inside and out. To some she was a sister, a daughter and a friend. To others, she was that voice on the radio who represented their struggles and talked about the issues that others avoided. To many of the participants at the 2008 Young Women’s Knowledge …

  • Ghana’s Strain of Racism: Tribalism

    ** This is a testimonial on identity that I wrote for my Intergroup Dialogue Class. Comments and criticism are welcome, but should be constructive and respectful. I have always been one to ponder things, so I stumbled upon the fact that I am complex quite early in my life. I also consider myself to be …

  • Happy Philosophy Day (Apparently)

    It’s World Philosophy Day – an opportunity to contemplate one’s very existence and whether computer monitors really exist, says David Bain. People expect different things of philosophers. Some expect us to be sages. When these people meet me, my heart sinks, since I know theirs is about to. Others expect us to have a steady …

  • The Obama Effect and the African Illusion

    *This article was published in the Oct 30, 2008 edition of the Mount Holyoke News. Many years from now people will talk about the “Obama Effect.”Generations will talk about the revolutionary movement ignited by one man’s fervent belief in people’s ability to come together to effect positive change. Should he win the election, he will …

  • Words Are Not Enough

    I feel the need to write, for I know not how else to express myselfTo let these words surge forth from inside me, a weak reflection of the intensity of my feelings, yet nevertheless quite helpful in relaying what the blur of sensations is likeI feel the need to formulate – form everything up word …

  • Call Me A Rebel

    Okay, since I seem to be on a trend of being very personal with my entries, here’s one that might be pushing the edge a bit. In recent times I find myself opposing or rejecting just about everything I thought I knew about myself, life, and so on. It’s literally getting out of control because …

  • In Transit

    I often remark to myself about how similar our lives are to the very systems we set up.Like cars speeding on the highway, we seem to head in similar directions but often end up at different destinationsNow, before you contend the fact that we head in similar directions, stop and think for a moment.Yes, stop …

  • Meeting Me – By Nana Oye Odame

    I bumped into myself the other dayI said sorry and almost walked onBut there was something strikingly familiarThat made me wonder where I knew this stranger So I turned back to call herAnd there she stood wearing this wistful smile“You didn’t even recognize me did you?”The sadness in her voice was almost painful to hear …

  • Senior Year!

    Hi All, It’s Senior Year!!! I am back on campus and I have been soooooooooooooooo busy since I got back so I haven’t been able to update you guys about much. I am currently taking a whole bunch of awesome classes (Economic Development –we actually get to attend a conference and talk to very important …

  • Your Awakening by Virginia Swift

    The truth if I ever heard one…this is a piece by Virginia Marie Swift forwarded to me by Moiyattu, and its soooo on point…I just had to share with you guys. Lol. Your Awakening———————–A time comes in your life when you finally get it…when, in the midst of all your fears and insanity, you stop …

  • My YOWLI Experience

    Once again…I’m back. Back in the US, and gradually getting back into the swing of things. YOWLI and going to Senegal was, in one word, breath-taking! And yes, I literally had to slow down sometimes at the enormity of the things I learnt, at the people I met, at the emotion of it all, and …

  • New Year, New Challenges, New Horizons

    …And at the end of the day, when all is said and done, you inhale, and then exhale. Alhamdulilahi (Thanks be to God)My 21st year has been simply exceptional. It was a year of so many blessings – in circumstances, realisations, people, places, ideas, notions…gosh, a myriad of shapes and sizes! It was also a …

  • Salt, Mosquitoes and Book-Writing

    Okay, so I have been back on the continent (by the continent I mean Africa) for about 2 weeks, and I have finally been re inducted into the genetic makeup. And by ‘re-inducted into the genetic makeup I don’t mean that there was an official welcoming ceremony where I was the guest of honor…or maybe …

  • Fighting A Losing Battle?

    Sometimes ignorance is a cloak that protects us from our sad realities. The G8 summit is currently underway in Tokyo, Japan and world leaders are addressing issues related to international trade, the current energy and food crises as well as Africa’s development. Honestly speaking, it’s time to quit all the formalities and cut right to …

  • Tourist on Native Soil

    Reminders. So far I have been in Senegal for about a week and every nook and cranny seems to echo strong reminders – reminders of who I am, where I come from, what the real-life, on the ground, living conditions are, and most importantly, why I am undertaking the educational journey that I am. It …

  • Brainstorming Session: The Undercurrents

    Another College Application Essay…a good 3/4 years ago.— A slight breeze moves lazily across the beautiful landscape of the Savannah. Though the leaves of the trees ruffle as she passes by, the serenity of the land is left immaculately untouched. The sunshine produces diamonds as it glistens in the clear waters of the lake below. …

  • Factors or Underlying Factors

    Okay, so I was just going through old mails and came across these essays I wrote for college applications. Vraiment interessant. More often than not people concentrate on the facts of an issue rather than on the underlying factors. This in my opinion is just a clear instance of pure human nature at work. As …

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