All posts by Jemila Abdulai

  • Overwhelmed

    Gosh! I am so overwhelmed…with emotion – gratitude, thankfulness, awe, amazement, more gratitude – yea, it seems I get to be very sensitive during the summer. (my personal theory for that is the fact that the sun is usually out and therefore melts away any traces of insensitivity from the winter before. Total twum, I …

  • Thoughts on Studying Abroad in France

    Tout est bien, qui finit bien. I’m back in the US, and all I can say about my year abroad is ‘wow’. I keep saying ‘I’m blessed’ and its not just something I say for the sake of saying, but rather because it is the core truth of my entire existence. Living, studying, working and …

  • Alicia in Africa: A Journey To The Motherland

    So Finally! The movie we have all been waiting for : “Alicia in Africa, A Journey to the Motherland” This movie is like other movies in so many ways…it delivers a message, and has an objective. But it is also soooo different from all the other movies in that it is the potential vector of …

  • Poetry/Prose: Breathe

    Another season is coming to an end, and with it another period beginsIt’s always a bittersweet moment, arriving at that juncture of culminations and new beginnings Memories of both the good and the bad flood in and seemingly overwhelm youThe kiss of a smile might grace your lips or the sorrow of a sigh might …

  • A Journey of A Thousand Experiences

    At one point or another, everyone travels. Whether you’re walking down a couple of blocks to the supermarket to get your favorite snack, or you’re seated in an airplane thousands of feet above the ground, traveling offers an opportunity to experience something new. In my life time I’ve done a good deal of traveling, and …

  • Playing Away

    Hiya! Wow. It’s been sooo long since I wrote anything on here and I’ve been slacking so bad. That’s not to say that nothing has been happening though. Nah, the earth still rotates. Okay, so I’m just gonna do a quick recap of a number of stuff that went on. Sometime in November we had …

  • MHACASA Misconceptions Videos:

    Every year the Mount Holyoke African and Caribbean Students Association (MHACASA) has an event called African-Caribbean Day (AC Day) which is used to sensitise the college community and general public on African and Caribbean culture, issues, etc. These are videos that were shown at AC Day 2006 and 2007 respectively. The main topic covered in …

  • Eid Soiree Chez Moi

    Bonsoir! Or should I say Bonjour since its already 12:33am. So on Saturday night, my roommate and I had a special Eid Soiree to mark the end of Ramadan which was actually last weekend. We decided to host it this weekend because 1)My roommate and a couple of the potential guests were off to Barcelona …

  • Re-Connecting With The World

    Hi all, Its been a while since i’ve spent a considerable amount of time on here and honestly, I feel so overwhelmed when I get on cos there are sooo many changes and what nots that I know absolutely nothing aba. lol Simply put, i feel lost on facebook. lol. Anyways. France/Montpellier is heavenly. I’m …

  • The Uni-Versatality of Ramadan

    Since ancient times, poverty and starvation have been blots of ink on the seemingly well-written manuscript of human society. Although many organizations and societies work hard to eradicate poverty and ensure that everybody enjoys their right to the basic necessities of life, the dream of a well-fed, poverty-free society is yet to be realized. Day-in …

  • Montpellier: Ghana In France

    Like many who set off on a new journey in life, I looked forward to my year in France with many hopes, a couple of doubts, and a determination to make the most of my year abroad. Having travelled a thousand or so miles to the United States from Ghana, the plane ride from the …

  • Women’s Human Rights In Africa

    Women’s Human Rights in Africa. Do they even exist? One would be tempted to ask this very question given the large number of human rights abuse cases in African countries. Well, the answer to this question is…. Silence. Let’s just say that you cannot really qualify it as a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’. There’s no …

  • Senegal’s Migrant Situation: A Fishy Deal

    “If today, as we speak, I see a boat going, I would be among the volunteers, let alone tomorrow,” said Malick Sall, a young electrician in his mid-twenties. “If most of us are trying to leave this country, it’s because we have no opportunities here,” he said, blaming the “government for not helping the youth …

  • Elections In African Nations

    Democracy in Africa is kin to a newly hatched egg that needs to be protected and kept warm in order to ensure its full development. The slightest disturbance and that egg could fall, break and literally shatter into a thousand pieces. The mother hen might not be too happy about losing her baby, but what …

  • Africa: The Newest Global Dumping Ground

    Imagine a plot of land, dry and wasted. In the distance, a woman and her two children sort through the ground, looking for remnants of what used to be their farmland. Nearby, construction is underway for a cigarette factory. Even before the factory is completed, the devastating effects this ‘investment’ will have on the cultural, …

  • I’m Through With All This NON-Sense!

    It’s just one of those days…one of those weeks…one of those months…Its like a constant swirl…a constant circle…a constant cycle…Do we ever really actually eventually get to where we’re going?Or do we just walk the high mile and come back to the startJust a little bit stronger…a little bit wiser…a little bit more sure of …

  • Helplessness Helplessness. That’s what there is to feel.To Know there is a time bomb being planted right at your doorstep and there’s nothing you can do about it.What more can you do? To know a gang of thieves is being let in under the guise of friends yet we just stand there and accept them …

  • Ramblings Of My Heart Once in a while you encounter situations, people, things that make you realize that somethings you just say, or think or do are really inconsequential relative to what other people are going through. I’m not one who usually sets new year resolutions on january 1st. Why? Because my actual new year …

  • Circumstances Coincidental? Destined?I dunno, you tell meExciting? Interesting? Pure Waste of Time?Beats me!Confusing? Mind Boggling? Mysterious?You bet. Okay, so as always, I dunno half about what I wanna write. Just feel like scribbling…but int tht jus a circumstance? Coincidental or destined? Yes. So thats the bottomline. Regardless of whatever adjectives or adverbs or other descriptive …

  • The Soul Of Africa

    First come the winds, strong as a lioness pursuing her prey,Then comes the drizzle, sharp as pin-needles, fast as the gazette,Soon enough the lightning strikes, blazing its glory across the evening sky,All too quickly the storm takes over. Trees are hurled, pulled up by their roots; the foundation of their livesLost birds in flight try …

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