Hadassah Egbedi is a storyteller who loves the magic of writing. Professionally, she's been writing for three years as a staff writer for Ventures Africa, and occasional contributor to The Guardian UK. Personally, she loves to write narrative essays, human-interest stories, poetry, and short fiction. Besides writing, she is keen on modelling, entertainment, art and photography.
Hadassah currently lives in Lagos, Nigeria.

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RASHIDA — MUST THIS GHANA GO – Hadassah Egbedi –

“I dey go my village tomorrow,” Rashida says as she leaves my apartment. “You dey come back?” I ask her. I don’t know why I asked that instead of, “When you dey come back?” “No,” she replies. My heart drops and I become sad instantly. “Why nau?” I ask her. She laughs shyly like she always does, hugging the wall of the corridor like she wants to hide in it. “My parent say make I come.” “So you dey go North tomorrow be that?” “Ehn?” She looks at me, confused. “Shey you be Hausa, no be North
Ventures Africa

On Wandia Njoya’s ‘Love and revolution.’

Kenyan writer and teacher, Dr Wandia Njoya surprised herself when she fell in love with an authentic African man who loves her, and said yes to getting married. Most of her life she had believed critics who told her she was too vocal and too knowledgeable for a man to fall in love with. She had accepted this, resolving that she wasn’t going to give up her identity to get a husband, and that she wouldn’t love herself any less simply because, or even if no African man would. Her reason? The revolu
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Victor Ehikhamenor: The innovative maverick of contemporary African art

The entrance of Nigerian artist, Victor Ehikhamenor’s home is a vibrant and diverse trail of his artwork. The first is a play on collage with hundreds of old film cartridges arranged into a square, around picture cut-outs of a camera in the middle, bare African women, and article clips from foreign magazines. The second is a multi-coloured painted carcass of an old generator, and the third is an old typewriter sitting on a wooden box covered with inscriptions and Ehikhamenor’s characteristic dra
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POEMS, MAYBE II – Hadassah Egbedi –

Red or green, you ask Yellow, I say Yes or no, you beg Maybe, I stutter Tell me what it is, you cry Give it to me straight  Enough with the zigzagging Do you want me or not I stand here, speechless Watching you burn with uncertainty It is you who’s unsure But you’re too scared to concede it And I too, I’m scared to admit; That it is green, yes, I want you Only to have you slip away So let’s keep up with this silly game Where my zigzagging is the only thing That makes you stay
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Welcome to Onitsha: the city with the world’s worst air

Approaching Okpoko market through thick smog on the back of an okada (motorcycle taxi), the natural reaction is to cover your nose to protect yourself from the dust storm – but the effort is futile. When a lorry zooms past, kicking up yet another red cloud of dirt, a trader turns the head of a sleeping toddler away from the road, a protective act that is as poignant as it is pointless. This is a typical day in the southern Nigerian port city of Onitsha – which last year gained notoriety when i
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The Merchants of Death

Ever heard that joke about a landlord and his tenant? No? Well then, let me share it. One fine morning, an aged landlord was sitting out on his balcony when his new tenant came out, headed for work. They exchanged greetings, and in the process the landlord asked, The tenant replies, “Business is good, but it could be better. It’s all up to you sir.” The landlord innocently asks, “Well, what do you do, and how can I be of help?” On my way home from work daily, I pass by a small casket shop, an
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The cycle of adversity: Will Egypt ever get the messiah it seeks?

“We will not leave, he [Mubarak] has to leave” Egyptians chanted throughout Tahrir Square, Cairo for several days of the month of January through February 2011. They were intent on seeing President Hosni Mubarak resign. At the time, Mubarak had been in power for 29 years, and with forgery and rigging rife at the 2010 parliamentary election, Egyptians dreaded the possibility of a seventh term; 2011 would have marked the 30th year of Mubarak’s rule, and Egyptians were having none of it. Thus began
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Love across borders: How a Sierra Leonean journalist and Nigerian nurse are redefining online romance

“There are lots of myths about social media relationships. Whilst some say they don’t work and should not be taken seriously, I had a totally different experience,” said Murtala Mohamed Kamara. Two years ago, Aisha Adamu was searching for her brother on Facebook; they lived in different states and she wanted to add him as a friend. She didn’t find her brother, but she found a namesake and decided to add him anyway. “I don’t have any friend on Facebook that bears the same name with my brother –
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I of Africa: Discover and celebrate the globalized Africa with Aina Fadina

Recently named a “top web series” by CNN, I of Africa is an original multimedia web series about Africa, Africans and those captivated by its allure. Founded in 2013, the series presents global cultural dialogues and stories that celebrate individualism and innovative thinkers and doers inspired by the continent.  From its foods and cultures to its natural wonders, Africa is the most diverse among all its sister continents even though it is often presented in mainstream media as homogeneous. I o
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Getting caught up in the minutiae: The hostility towards Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is uncalled-for

“Keep your love. Because, sadly, while I love to be loved, I will not accept your love if it comes with these conditions.” This was Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s reply to a Nigerian man who was concerned about how the author hoped to retain his waned love for her. A love, which according to him, had died since Adichie started talking about “this gay thing.” To put plainly, John Doe had said he had issues with Adichie being pro-LGBTQ, and also being very vocal about feminism. These past few days, t
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Kenyan Author Binyavanga Wainaina’s Bold TEDxEuston Talk on Homosexuality, Family, and Moving Africa Forward is a Must Watch

Celebrated Kenyan novelist Binyavanga Wainaina is more than an acclaimed author. He is an activist storyteller who has decided his form of leadership will be to start necessary conversations that will awaken his fellow frightened, slumbering Africans. Wanina won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2002 with his short story, ‘Discovering Home’. In April 2014, Wainaina earned a spot on the annual TIME 100 as one of TIME Magazine’s “Most Influential People in the World. He is the founding edito
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#GandhiMustFall: Should Gandhi’s legacy as a freedom-fighter trump his racist identity?

Earlier in September, professors at the University of Ghana started an online petition calling for a statue of Mahatma Gandhi on the university’s campus in Accra, to be pulled down. So far, the petition has gained close to 1500 signatures and the hashtags #GandhiMustFall and #GandhiMustComeDown have been shared widely on social media. Mahatma Gandhi was the primary leader of India’s independence movement. The highly revered “Father of India” led his country to independence, employing a form of
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Did President Buhari reduce Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, to a glorified figurehead?

On the 11th of November 2015, Nigeria welcomed a Federal Executive Council as President Buhari formally admitted his new 36 member cabinet and assigned their portfolios. The president also reduced the number ministries to 24 from 32 by merging certain ministries and eliminating others. Nigerians lauded these moves which the President has pushed as a way of reducing expenditures after suggesting that Nigeria is broke. Despite this positive step, some have questioned President Buhari’s moves, one