Why We Are Protesting in Nigeria to End SARS — blog post from mariamshittu.com

Why We Are Protesting in Nigeria to End SARS — blog post from mariamshittu.com

For the past few days, #endsars has been trending worldwide and even if you aren’t Nigerian, you must have stumbled across it on social media or the news.Why We Are Protesting in Nigeria to End SARS — MARIAM’S WORLD Young Nigerians are currently engaged in a battle for their lives, as the government opens fire on [...]

5 LGBTQ+ African Short Stories to read online

5 LGBTQ+ African Short Stories to read online

After reading Akwaeke Emezi's The Death of Vivek Oji, an imaginative novel about a queer human in an immigrant community in Aba, Nigeria, I scoured the internet for short stories that feature LGBTQ+ African characters. There's something captivating about good short stories. I just can't seem to get enough of them, especially now in the [...]

Thoughts On | So Long a Letter by Mariama Bâ

Thoughts On | So Long a Letter by Mariama Bâ

So Long a Letter (originally published in French as Une si longue lettre) is a semi-autobiographical novel by Mariama Bâ. It presents the story of an ageing, Muslim woman in Senegal, who mourns the loss of her husband, and reflects on her marriage, in the form of a letter written to a friend. The novel [...]

Review | I’m Telling The Truth, but I’m Lying by Bassey Ikpi

Review | I’m Telling The Truth, but I’m Lying by Bassey Ikpi

I'm Telling The Truth, but I'm Lying is a memoir about Bassey Ikpi and her journey with Bipolar II disorder. It is raw, emotional, and moving. For more details, read the goodreads summary here. I had a hard time reading this book in the beginning because I was unfamiliar with the writing style. In one [...]

Review | Hibiscus by Lopè Ariyo

Review | Hibiscus by Lopè Ariyo

Hibiscus is a beautiful cookbook filled with not-so-traditional Nigerian dishes. The book has a heavy British influence, which is expected, since the writer was raised in the UK. It was birthed after, Lopè Ariyo won the Red magazine and Harper Collins publishing competition in 2016, and the result is stunning! If you leave this post [...]

Books to Read | July 2019

Books to Read | July 2019

Hello summer! Hello lovelies! How is everyone doing? This post is a little late. There are so many exciting things happening in July for me. Well, not really, just my birthday. But I'm studying for an exam, and trying to organise my life for the second half of the year. So I'm lowering my reading [...]

10 African Literature Classics I am yet to read

10 African Literature Classics I am yet to read

What's the first book that pops in your mind when the topic of Classic Literature comes up? I think about novels like Pride and Prejudice, Animal Farm, Jane Eyre, and the likes. Reading African literature has taught me to expand my view beyond the largely white narratives, and explore classics within my own culture. Classic [...]

What I Learnt | Hibiscus by Lopè Ariyo

What I Learnt | Hibiscus by Lopè Ariyo

Hibiscus is a beautiful and colourful cookbook filled with Nigerian-inspired dishes. I say Nigerian-inspired because the dishes are based on traditional Nigerian food and ingredients, but feature unconventional methods and spices, to offer a unique experience, and cater to a Western (British) audience. I was a little shocked by some of the dishes featured in [...]

Review | David Mogo, Godhunter by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

Review | David Mogo, Godhunter by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

David Mogo, Godhunter is a gritty narrative about the Lagos underworld, Isale Eko (or Eko Isale) after displaced gods start inhabiting the city. Read the goodreads description.  It is not a 'pretty' or 'flowery' novel. There is crime, blood, violence, and a good dose of profanity. A chunk of the dialogue is in Pidgin and [...]