All posts by Jemila Abdulai

      Woman.

      “She does not show herself, and therefore is apparent. She does not affirm herself, and therefore is acknowledged. She does not boast and therefore has merit. She does not strive and therefore is successful. It is exactly because she does not contend, that nobody can contend with her.” ― Lao Tzu I came across this …

        The Definition: Censorship, Freedom & Responsibility

        Tunisia. A country which has made history numerous times in recent years: as the birthplace of the Arab Spring and for passing one of the most forward-looking constitutions in the Arab world.   What price did the country have to pay? Perhaps the trash-littered streets of Tunis give an inkling to the level of breakdown …

          Musical Inspiration: Cwesi Oteng

          Going with the theme of “Gratitude”, I came across Cwesi Oteng’s “Count Your Blessings” video which was released in December 2013. I am simply awe struck. Had to watch the video twice over, because I literally broke down in tears at different points of the video. The words capture much and make me appreciate just …

              Africa

              Poetry/Prose: Hybrid

              Grand plans. That’s what we had. Of where we’d end up, how we’d end up, when we’d end up. I mean, we said “let’s leave it to Allah, let’s wait and see”. But really, the levers in our mind had long clanked away. Breaking news: I will never be Ghanaian, African [insert whatever label] enough. …

                      Africa

                      Ghana’s Komla Dumor – Insights on Courage & Embarking on the Narrow Path [Tribute]

                      Source: Komla Dumor’s Facebook Page “There’s so much more to tell about Africa than the usual stories about war, famine and disease.” Komla Dumor. Son, husband, father, Ghana’s “Boss Player”, Africa’s storyteller, BBC World News broadcaster, inspiration – courage personified. If anyone had told me that Komla Dumor’s Black Star would burst out into eternity …

                        The Definition: Authenticity

                          Tunis, November 2013 The memory is vivid, fresh. Cradling the phone in the middle of the night, listening to the dial tone, waiting for the person on the other end to pick up. Waiting to deliver with finesse the speech prepared. About how this charade, this farce of a relationship, should continue, because the …

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