*On Nigeria – not much to say any more but here is an excellent one from Ore’s Notes on the election results
A friend called me this evening and asked me excitedly if I had heard “the news.”
– “What news?”, I asked. At work, our Internet connection has been patchy and we don’t have radios.
– “Yar’Adua has been declared president-elect!”
I almost collapsed laughing on the phone.
– “That’s it?” I exclaimed, barely choking down my laughter. “Is that one news? No, what would have been news is if someone else had won.”
and oh another surprise “runner up rejects results”!
* On housing in Lagos
Nigerian Village Square reports that
72.5% of Lagosians live in one room apartments, (8-10 per room), while only 4 million Lagosians have access to pipe-borne water. Disturbed, I arranged with a friend to go on a tour of Orile-Iganmu, a densely populated community in Lagos State
* On Surviving Cancer
Nasra Al Adawi has an interview on Liquid Plastic with cancer survivor, Rebecca Musi “An Everyday Heroine”.
When Rebecca was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of forty-nine, her mother became ill at the same time. “I never got a chance to tell her as I did not want to upset her”, said Rebecca. “This was just before I started my treatment, so I suspended treatment and looked after her.” Ironically her mother died four months later. She was ninety-five years old.
Today, Rebecca Musi is a breast cancer survivor, and she travels around the world supporting other breast cancer survivors. She works for Breast Health Foundation (BHF) in Johannesburg. She is also a participant in the Avon Foundation initiatives for cancer awareness. Avon has launched a campaign called the “Global Connection Ribbon Tour”. This tour links survivors from one country to another.
* On Cultures of Domination
As evidence of this naturalisation, to bring it into awareness, I collect images of my local cultures of domination. Take a look at the selection of them below. I’ve found, as I hope you will, that rather than seeming to be a given, like the weather, by bringing them out into the light of day they become more susceptible to choice, interruption and confrontation. And less undermining of ‘living from love’.
*On Hijabs and snippets of flesh
Pinko Feminist Hellcat
Granted, I’ve already given the “women are dirty temptresses” crowd their drubbing, but it seems women can’t win. We’re either whorish for showing too much skin, or we’re grossly offensive for covering up.