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Elites Have A Responsibility To Elevate Our Food Cultures: Ask Your Grandmothers, By Bunmi Fatoye-Matory

The elites of each Nigerian ethnic group, big and small, must do their best to document, preserve and elevate the traditional food of their people. What are the culinary traditions of the Idoma of Benue, the Chamba of Taraba, the Ebirra of Kogi, the Quanawuri of Plateau, the Izondjo spread…
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Who Is Black? Serena Williams Vs. Naomi Osaka, By Bunmi Fatoye-Matory

Nowhere could brown-skinned Naomi be possibly mistaken for a blonde, but Mark Knight, following a well-worn racist path, made her white, claiming her success for whiteness, and pitting her against an unflattering image of Serena. The fact is, Naomi and Serena are both black; they are both descended from people…
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Ipa Is Killing Itself But Says It’s Killing the Dog: Earth Violated!, By Bunmi Fatoye-Matory

Ilera loro - health is wealth. The health of our environment is our own health. When we can no longer eat the fish from our waters, or breath the air around us, when plastic and garbage cover our earth like invading monsters, and we cut down our trees without any…
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Talking About Sex: “Five Minutes Enjoyment Is Everlasting Sorrow”, By Bunmi Fatoye-Matory

A lack of sex education means young people don’t know much about human sexuality and can’t protect themselves from unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. Most people fumble into this territory, with married couples not being able to talk about their difficulties. “Five minutes enjoyment is everlasting sorrow” was my…
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Parenting In America: Raising Children Without The Eye, By Bunmi Fatoye-Matory

The use of the “eye” as a form of behaviour control also quickly goes out of the door in America. One diaspora mother who was trying this technique to correct her child’s misbehaviour in public said the child asked her loudly, “Mommy, what is wrong with your eyes?” It might…
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Slavery and Colonisation: Africa’s Unfinished Business, By Bunmi Fatoye-Matory

It is time for Africans to stop playing the ostrich and man up on slavery and colonisation. They caused an unhealed oozing wound that needs urgent attention. The healing and restoration of our dignity is the beginning of all Slavery and colonisation have to be a part of the curriculum…
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Ekiti Values: A Love Letter to Ekiti Sons and Daughters, By Bunmi Fatoye-Matory

The question to ask at the dawn of this 21st century is who we want to be. Even in the midst of the national disorderliness and disorientation in which Ekiti has found itself, we need to strengthen our personal convictions and institutions that affirm our values and lives. There is…
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Toxic Siblings: A Menace To Family Relationships, By Bunmi Fatoye-Matory

Sibling animosity expressed in all forms of destructive behaviour is rarely addressed in our culture, because of the deceptive cultural ideology of seeing the family as a bulwark against outside enemies, as a site of love and support, and as having deep roots that are unassailable. Many years ago, an…
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Searching for Identity and A Happy Place In Diaspora, By Bunmi Fatoye-Matory

This Sunday, it would be my family’s turn to host my Happy Place people, Yoruba Unite members. As customary in our meetings, there would be a lot of feasting after the meeting, with Nigerian delicacies provided by the host family. It is a great opportunity for me to cook sumptuous…
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Oil Boom Generation: Moral Leaders Needed, By Bunmi Fatoye-Matory

...We of the privileged generations need to rise and do whatever it takes to ameliorate the sufferings of younger Nigerians. While we retire in comfort, with our children well-educated inside or outside Nigeria, we must remember we owe Nigeria a debt. Oil wealth is responsible for the good life that…
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