Live long and prosper

It is much to my chagrin that I am unable to give the Vulcan salute. I have tried, believe me. But for all of my twentysomething years on this planet, I cannot overcome my genetic inability to create a space between my middle and ring fingers. Sigh. My disappointment at my lack of dexterity has […]

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YorubaGirl's Brief Encounter

I’m wearing a pair of indigo skinny jeans, a blue embroidered t-shirt and black low top Converse. My hair is in a ponytail with a side fringe and I am wearing two of my most froufrou rings. I’ve a leather satchel slung across one shoulder, and a canvas tote containing my laptop on the other. […]

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Running for your life

“We can’t all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.” ~ Will Rogers Yesterday, the sun was shining again (we could get used to this!) and saw more than 35,000 people take to the streets for the 28th annual London Marathon. These people, from all walks […]

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YorubaGirl + Obalende Suya = UNALLOYED JOY

I haven’t been to Nigeria since 1998, so from time to time, I get nostalgic and seek to suround myself with Nigerian things. For example, my YouTube viewing history is mostly full of items like old Nigerian TV commercials (Super Visco Static, anyone?) and the opening credits to the shows of my youth – Ripples, Checkmate, […]

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Ile la n’wo ka to somo l’oruko*

I was lucky enough to be schooled in both the UK and Nigeria, and so got a taste of the different ways subjects are taught in both countries. Thankfully, one subject that was not an option at my East London secondary was Yoruba. It was easily my most hated subject at school. I remember pretending […]

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You wait ages for one bus…

The sun is shining and so the newspapers are once more proclaiming how much warmer it is in London than Rome. Of course, they’re conveniently forgetting the other 50 weeks of the year when this is not the case, but why spoil their fun? The consensus is that we’re ushering in bikini season. The evidence […]

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YorubaGirl's Interview – The Verdict

It appears that come September, I shall be reprising my standard student uniform of jeans and hoodie, because… I WAS ACCEPTED ONTO THE MASTERS COURSE!!! I am trés excited by these developments, as you can imagine, and have been telling everyone – complete strangers among them – of my good fortune. I am chuffed. Like […]

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Who likes short shorts?

If you’re in London, you’ve probably been enjoying the last few days of glorious sunshine. Suddenly, it feels like summer is on its way. Whenever I take a deep breath outdoors, I am rewarded with the heady, musky scent of fresh pollen, and the world seems lighter, brighter, and filled with endless possibilities. Did that […]

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You Can't Choose Your Family…

For my birthday last November, my friend K gave me the Mary S. Lovell book, The Mitford Girls. I began reading it right there in the pub. Like many, I was only peripherally familiar with the Mitford family, mostly due to the infamy of Diana, the prettiest middle child, who had an affair with and […]

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