“Some [wo]men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.” – Robert Kennedy
No longer at ease.
With the can nots, the should nots, the do nots, the try nots…
I’d rather stick with the why nots.
At least those birth some answers to this knot-filled life.
He can not make it with that idea. It’s stupid.
You should not have your natural curls out.
Do not ask so many questions.
Try not to draw attention to yourself.
For heaven’s sake…
They can not be serious, music/art will get them no where.
It’s one (wo)man for him(her)self. We should not expect anything from our country.
This is how it’s always been done. It’s tradition. Do not even think of proposing another way.
Try not to be so ambitious. You are a woman after all.
I am not good enough. I cannot do this.
You should not expect much in life. Be happy you even have a job.
Do not even think for a second that you can lead the company. You’re too young.
Try not to challenge your superiors.They know better than you.
Inspired by my hot pink blouse with “WHY NOT” emboldened in black.
Jemila Abdulai is the creative director, editor and founder of the award-winning website Circumspecte.com. A media and international development professional and economist by training, she combines her business, communications and project management expertise with her strong passion for Africa. Besides writing and reading, she enjoys travel, global cuisine, movies, and good design.