The 10%-The Urgency Of The Abortion Act

This article originally appeared on the Patriotic Vanguard , a Sierra Leonean online news site, with headquarters in Vancouver. 1.7 million -this is the number of women who seek treatment or unsafe abortion complications in sub-Saharan Africa annually. 1360 per 100,000 live births-this is the maternal mortality ratio for women in Sierra Leone. For every 100,000 live births-1360 women…

6 Inspiring African Photographers You Should Know

I’ve been doing a bit of research on photography and visual arts on the continent and it is exciting to see how the range of amazing work by African artists. Each photographer featured here brings out the endless  abundance of beauty that we possess as Africans,in their work. Joana Choumali is an Ivorian  researcher , documentarian and photographer based in…

Protest: transGlobal Groove Collective

I was lucky to attend a college that has the coolest professors ever!Incredibly  intelligent, intellectually stimulating and inspiring men and women who have influenced and shaped the way I see the world around me today. At The College of Wooster ,Professor Amyaz Moledina hosts a music radio show every sunday on the college radio station and this past…

My ‘Fun’ Fiction on AFREADA

My passion and first love is storytelling,so it is an honor to have my short story published on Africa’s newest and trending online literary magazine. Please read it here A Thin Line of Madness by Ngozi Cole

Congo Market

Dried Pepper Dried Okra Dried beans Dried oysters     Funde Bulgur,     Tola irreverent spices that spit and burn Healing herbs that cast away evil eyes and   wandering spirits.       Save

Data Journalism in Sierra Leone

Last week , I was fortunate to be at the Data Literacy Bootcamp at Sensi Tech Hub in Freetown. This was the first ever data bootcamp held in Sierra Leone,thanks to IDT Labs, CodeforAfrica and Sensi Innovation Labs. Many journalists attended and sadly I could only be there for one day  ,but I’m happy I went….

“Aw for Do” and Freetown’s Urban Poor

It is no secret that most of these disasters and epidemics, are completely avoidable and can be controlled with efficient and effective programs. The slum communities of Kroo Bay, Moa Wharf, Dwozark ,and Susan’s Bay-to name a few, have been the assumed recipients of Government interventionist programs-and have still remained the same to date. These projects have either been under-funded

Births and Deaths

There was  shock Then the first tears And after that, there was no time to grieve There were people all around, many people, everyone was talking at the same time, we were pulled here and there, called here and there…we had to answer questions, we had to explain what happened-over and over and over again,…

A 9:15am Rant about Drunkenness,Entitlement and My Safety.

“Ngozi! Ngozi come here! I want to talk to you!” I had passed by quietly, saying a polite “Good Evening”, my “good home training” had taught me as part of the culture, to respect  elders , especially one’s landlord and his friends. The landlord and some of his buddies were outside, enjoying cold club beer…

I’m Cool with the Shepherd,Not Sure About the Flock.

I tried again
“ shabablababala…yokosamadada…”
Hmm,it just didn’t sound right. When would I finally receive this anointing that I always heard about?One time, in my Grandma’s prayer group meeting, I simply just fell down dramatically,as the pastor placed two fingers on my belly to “remove unclean spirits”. I hadn’t felt any sudden ecstatic possession by the Holy Spirit,but I was scared. If I didn’t “fall under the anointing”, others might think I was demon-possessed…

Self Care is an act of Self-Preservation: Tips

Self Care is simply the art of taking good care of yourself. Sometimes we tend to over commit to work, activities, etc. Taking care of ourselves doesn’t mean being overly selfish, it just means that you are making sure that you are a priority-your body and your soul. I’m on a self care journey and…

For Harriet : On Rape, Silence and Power

I recently had the chance to post a story on one of the most popular blogs for women of African ancestry-For Harriet magazine. Please read my story here : For Harriet: On Rape, Silence and Power.