Chat with Producer Samson Falodun…Only on Outspoken!

A couple of days ago, I promised you that I would have Samson Falodun also known as Sammy shoots here on Outspoken! Samson is the producer of FacultyUK, a web series that supports  and promotes the talents  in the lives of young black people in London and around the UK. Any one who lives in the UK would know already that young people are blighted by negative press. They are stereotyped as unemployable and living on benefits. Samson is one of the thousands in London who are challenging that stereotype and making the most of their lives.  You would love reading this interview especially because Samson is the face and voice of millions of black Africans in and around London who have a desire to excel. Very humble and quietly spoken, Samson speaks to me:)
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A little bit about you….                    
My name is Samson Falodun also known as Sammy Shoots. I was born in Ogun State, Nigeria and I am a UK Based Photographer and Video Producer.

Video production sounds exciting.  How did you get into video productions?
Back home in Nigeria, I was always on a television set  or another with my mum.  She was a TV presenter and news caster at various TV Stations such as Ogun State Television, Galaxy TV and BCOS Ibadan. She presented a popular show called ‘Check It Out’ . I was always there in the background watching and learning from the camera operators. I wanted to be like them and shoot interesting videos that would entertain and educate people. Most people thought I would grow up to be a presenter but to be honest I prefer to be behind the camera and be that guy that makes things happen.
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Sweet!
 Is FacultyUk your first production?
 FacultyUK is not my first production I have produced various TV news and documentary reports for Ogun State Television which aired on a few of their shows. 
   Describe other productions you have done?
I have also produced promotional videos for various events and a few companies.  I have also just started shooting music videos. Some events promo videos that I have produced have  aired on some African TV stations in the UK.

Displaying DSC02539.jpgHow does this make you feel?
Very happy and humble.                                 
 Is this bringing you any income? Any challenges?
It does bring little money here and there but its not regular, right now I want to get better at my trade: to build myself up. One day, by the grace of God, I will get there. Challenges? Yes there are lots, but with God everything is possible. Video production is expensive as you need the right equipment. With the help of family I have managed to get my equipment, but over time, I will buy more sophisticated equipment.
  What is the idea behind FacultyUk?
FacultyUK is a platform to promote young talents across the UK. Its presented by Lola Michelle, an upcoming presenter. The aim is to showcase upcoming UK based artists and young people making positive change across the UK. Everyone loves music and in the UK we have a lot of talented artists that need to be promoted. I also love poetry by the  spoken word. So I took those two and added a short and very straight to the point interview segment and  FacultyUK  was created. 
 How successful has that been for you?
Its been quite successful, getting a team together I would say is the massive success.  The guys work really hard. Being on set and getting that experience helps improve your work, mentality and confidence. 
   What’s your dream? I know you are 21 years old… What would you like to achieve in five years? 
My main goals are to produce television shows and promotional videos. I also have an interest in short films so I will be trying my hands at producing some short films. In the future, I want to have my shows aired on  television stations across the world. 
  Who inspires you? Which producer do you like to be like?
I have a few people I look up to. For photography I look up to Henrik Adamsen, the fashion photographer based in Denmark.  In terms of video production I look up to Nigerias Clarence Peters, UKs Ben Winston and recently Nelson Spyk. Nelson is doing a lot and his work is one of the reasons why I want to give film production a go. Hopefully, I can assist him on his next project to get more experience. 
Displaying DSC02531.jpgWhat other ideas are you working on right now?
Currently, I am working on Launching a Web TV. It will be called Circle Channel. I will be working with a team of young people like myself to produce Various Web Shows. Two shows are now in Production Stage, I want everyone to look out for Uncle & Mistar Show. We will be hitting the streets of London and the presenters Uncle & Mistar will be asking some interesting questions to try and understand what goes on in peoples’ mind. I am a huge fan of Sahara TV and Ndani TV and they have both been a great inspiration and motivation. A big well done to the people that run it, they work really hard. 
  At the end of the day, how would you like to be remembered?
In a couple of years,  I  want to be known as the best  talents in the Television industry.
How can people reach you?
You can follow me on Instagram & twitter @SammyShoots.
 My website is www.bigcirclemedia.co.uk.   My company caters for  event promos, music videos, promotional videos and studio portraits. 
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Reasons why some women remain in abusive relationships.

I was able to catch up with  Ayo Sonoiki’s Thinking Aloud With Ayo-Love Doesnt Hurt episode on Domestic Violence. She interviewed  Mary Akangbe, author of Gifts, Roses and Bruises and a survivor of a domestic violence.

I liked the episode so much, I decided to write reasons why I think some women remain in abusive relationships. I have known women who have had abusive partners over the years. My counsel had been for them to leave the home and the relationship.They have moved on from those relationships, but it took a while.  For one, it took years to finally leave the relationship.

Domestic abuse takes different forms: it could be verbal, physical, financial and emotional.  Most times, it hides under a camouflage of love. This weekend, I visited a friend up North and what was meant to be a nice afternoon bbq turned out to be rather sad. For the first time, she divulged  details of verbal abuse she was enduring in her relationship. She told of her private tears and her anguish, her frustrations and mental torture at what her life had become. Frankly, you would never know!

 It is not always easy to counsel your friend to leave her man.They live in a beautiful home, they drive fancy cars,  on the surface, they have a lot going for them……… I  did what I did best: listened and gave her a hug or two. She had some major decisions she needed to make. I couldn’t make them for her.

Domestic abuse is a reality within all communities especially black ones. A lot of the constraints women face are cultural. ‘I must be respectful’.’God can change the man’, ‘ I can bear all things’, when you are in that situation, the obvious solution is unclear as one remains falsely optimistic that the aggressor will change or that the abuse will stop. It never does. Men who hit their wives, who abuse and batter their women never, ever change. Their brutality only gets worse.

What I offer here are 5 reasons or snapshots why some  women found it hard to leave abusive relationships.

1.  There was a pattern of low self esteem.  A woman stays in a relationship where she allows only the man to validate her.  A woman who lacks self confidence in her own abilities will find it hard to walk away from the abuser in a relationship if she is wrapped in the bubble of his words. It also may well be that over a period of time, the man’s words have eroded her confidence.

2.  Many women think they cannot find love ever again aside from their abusive partners.  Most will love again if they exercise due patience. Some women find that they are indebted to their partners for whatever reasons, they spend the rest of their lives in servitude.

3. Financial reasons tie some women down  especially if the man is the bread winner or if the woman has low earning power. It can also work the other way where the man takes out loans  and credit cards in the name of his wife (who is more financially stable) and refuses to pay it back. I have seen African men act as bullies financially to their wives. I have seen some men refuse to pay their rent, bills and so on knowing fully well, that the woman is unable to pay because she is looking after the children. These men are just wicked.

4. A woman may have been brought up with the idea that marriage lasts for ever and that it is for ever or for worse. Along side this is the compulsion to remain because ‘he is the father of my children’.  I know women who stayed in abusive relationships for years only to leave after decades of tolerating the abuse. If you would eventually leave, why not leave now? No woman should endure emotional, financial, sexual and physical abuse.   A  man who is violent emotionally, sexually, verbally is not setting the right example for his children. No child should remain in an abusive home, abuse on the mother damages children and in many cases, irreparably.

5. Many women stay because they are afraid. The unknown may be traumatic for whatever reasons.
There are many more reasons. Like I have said, when I first wrote the piece, I was inspired by Ayo’s episode, but this weekend’s bbq showed me that not all marriages are well, not all men are sane and not every woman would leave her bully/abuser husband.

Tundun Adeyemo

Violence against Women

 Violence against women in war time and non- war time situations is at an all-time high. India’s Uttar Pradesh district has become notorious for the gang rape. In May, the gang rape of two girls aged 14 and 16 sparked world-wide condemnation as the girls were hung on a tree. In the same district, another woman was found hanging on a tree. It is alleged that she had been raped. If care is not taken, as a global community, we are sleep walking into an epidemic we may never recover from. 

The website www.unwomen.org states that as at 2013, global review of data suggests that 35 per cent of women world-wide have either experienced either physical and /or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence. Some national violence studies show that up to 70 per cent of women have experienced physical and /or sexual violence in their life time from an intimate partner. In the following countries: Australia, Canada, Israel, South Africa and the United States, intimate partner violence accounts for between 40 and 70 per cent of female murder victims. 

The website further reveals that more than 64 million girls worldwide are child brides with 46 per cent of these women in South Asia and 41 per cent percent in West and Central Africa reporting that they married before they reached the age of 18. Child marriage resulting in early and unwanted pregnancies poses life threatening risks for adolescent girls worldwide , pregnancy related complication are the leading cause of death for 15-to-19 year old girls.  Furthermore, 140 million girls and women in the world have suffered female genital mutilation/cutting.
In the United Kingdom, the foreign secretary William Hague and the actress Angelina Jolie, who is also the UN Special envoy hosted a four day summit on ending sexual violence during war at the London Excel Centre. The event – hailed as the largest ever of its kind- was the result of an intense two year campaign to raise awareness of violence to women in conflict situations. There are more than 114 countries representatives in attendance. The Summit aims to launch a new international protocol for documenting and investigating sexual violence in conflict, encourage countries to strengthen domestic laws to enable prosecutions, urge countries to train all soldiers and peace keepers to prevent sexual violence, increase funding to support survivors of sexual violence, change attitudes towards rape in conflict. 

The Summit is important because rape is a rampant tactic in modern wars. Conservative estimates suggest that 20,000 to 50,000 women were raped during the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina while approximately 250,000 to 500,000 women and girls were targeted in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. These numbers do not include Uganda and the havoc wrecked by the Lord’s Resistance Army or Somalia, Sudan and Ethiopia.  Sexual violence is an issue everywhere in Africa.
Nigeria and Nigerians are not strangers to sexual violence. Every day, we read about men who are either teachers, pastors, imams, fathers, step fathers, sexually assaulting their wards or girls/women they have a responsibility to look after. The Nigerian nation is under severe scrutiny and embarrassment for failing to rescue the 267 girls from the Chibok School who were kidnapped by the Boko Haram terrorists on April 14th this year.  The Nigerian government has displayed a lethargic and rather insolent approach to rescuing these girls. Their experiences, a blight on all women, is a reproach on a nation where leaders and top ministers have no empathy on the seriousness of the on-going situation. The business as usual approach has made Nigeria a laughing stock internationally. A British girl Madeline McCann went missing on holiday with her parents seven years ago in Portugal. There has never been a day since then when she was not actively sought for. Metropolitan Police officers are digging parts of Portugal in the hope that they may find a body.  Over 200 girls are missing and in the hands of deadly criminals in the deadly Sambisa forest. They are a daily ‘feast’ for the blood thirsty terrorists. Nigeria is playing politics with the situation and Nigeria’s media have moved on to other stories.
The UK Charity AFRUCA- Africans Unite against Child Abuse in partnership with CEE-HOPE, a local charity put on a conference in Nigeria over two weeks ago where over 200 delegates attended. To all intents and purposes, it was the first ever conference on safeguarding held in Nigeria. The event titled ‘Building a Child Protection System Fit for the 21st Century in Nigeria’ was also a transfer of knowledge between child protection experts in the UK and their Nigerian counter parts. The conference focused on a number of key issues including enhancing the protection of children in conflict areas of the country, protecting children from sexual exploitation especially in orphanages and educational institutions and perhaps most importantly, building a strong and robust culture of child protection and safeguarding across  Nigeria as well as preventing and protecting children from trafficking. The conference is an important one given the lack of understanding and adequate national recognition of the need to protect all children. It recommended that Nigerian Federal and state governments should establish agencies or Ministries with the sole responsibility of looking after all children and their issues.  All policy makers and practitioners working with Nigeria s
hould be trained in child protection and safeguarding. This seems a monumental task for Nigeria’s officials who are only excited about projects they can profit from.  The writer has called for this recommendation before in her previous writings: there should be a vetting and barring system that will help to protect children in schools and other agencies from pedophiles and other child abusers.

Sexual violence is an issue that must be dear to the heart of every Nigerian as most children who are attacked are at risk from people they know and not strangers. A child is most likely to be violated by a guardian, teacher, uncle, and brother, relative, father and so on than a stranger. It is for these reasons, the wider community needs to be on alert and watch over every adult with every child. Practical things parents can do: children especially girls should not be encouraged to sit on their uncles’ laps for any reason. Secondly, girls and boys should be taught to tell an adult if anybody has been touching their private areas. 

Our children should be taught that reproductive organs are theirs and not for anybody to touch and that they shouldn’t be touching others. Mothers should be careful with whom they leave their children. Schools should do more than pray at assemblies, they need to talk and voice out what can go wrong. They need to ask children to watch over their friends and to call out on pedophile teachers. We must teach our kids not to accept sweets or gifts from teachers and the like.

Finally as parents, we must embrace the PANTS rule from the NSPCC: Privates are privates, children must be taught that no one should be in their privates except their parents or designated adults who can help clean up children under a certain age. Always remember that your body belongs to you and no one has the right to make you feel uncomfortable about your body, No means NO. We need to teach our children how to scream NO if need be. Talk about secrets and Speak out to someone. Angelina Jolie was right, we must send a message across the world ‘ there is no disgrace in being a survivor of sexual violence’. Together, we will stand guard till our girls come home and we will watch our children carefully and making sure they are not easy victims.
Tundun Adeyemo

Published in TELL.

The man behind FacultyUK!

To be honest, when we see, hear or get to know what others around us are doing, we can be a part of that process by helping them get the word out. I choose too anyways. It takes a lot for any one to be somebody. It takes even more in our post religion, post family, post God world to find a group of young people who are making a difference in their communities. These young people have chosen to over come their limitations and challenges by exploring a side of them, they are passionate about. We all face limitations anyway, it is not peculiar to any one group. The most important thing is how we shine through inspite of all.

I have only recently discovered the talent in the young man/visionary Samson Sammy-shoots Falodun. Samson amongst many other things, is able to do wonders with cameras.  I have seen a couple of the things he can do and I like them. I can do things as well, I do not think, I have it yet on cameras and videos. His baby is Faculty Uk : a web based show created to promote talent in acting, raping, singing, acting and anything creative pretty much. His shows have respective view numbers as well.

I haven’t spoken to Samson, but  I will soon on my radio show, so watch this space. Already, I know I am going to be bowled over by what Samson wants to achieve  with his life. I love where he is now and I want to help him get more work if that is what he needs. I just to let the world know that there is an amazing producer out there, who can work magic with pictures and photos.

I will find out why he is so motivated and what he wants more than anything else. I want to know why he is so keen. This is a young man who has chosen to be different. I salute that.

I have also taken the liberty to take Samson’s photos from his Facebook page. I am sure he wont mind:)
The name of his website is: Big Circle Media.
Twitter: FacultyUK

Sammy Shoots on Outspoken!

Hello all

I have just seen this video directed and edited by Samson Falodun and it excites me! He is a young man in his early 20’s, holding down a job and doing this. Take a look at the quality of his videos. I feel so inspired that I am writing a post about his first video production. Have a watch and tell me what you think. It is not all about job seekers allowance, getting girls pregnant or getting into drugs and crimes, here is a young black man doing something creative. I want to salute that. A big up then to Faculty UK!

   Episode 1: FacultyUK
   Presenter: Lola Michelle

Outspoken! The Column: Sunny Sunday.. stories from the Park

I wrote this a couple of days ago for Trumpet…..publishing it here. The idea behind the Column is to write about issues which affect women  and children in the UK. 
Yesterday the 8th of June was very sunny. For sun lovers, it was the perfect day to go to the sea side or  play outdoors. The sun was like back home in Africa: hot and sweet.  It was moderated by the occasional cloud cover. Every one was out it seemed.  It  The local Asdas was parked to the brim, Sainsbury’s was the same. There was no place to park and even though it was a Sunday, the Eastern Europeans car wash attendants were out in full force to get you to wash your car.  This time last year, it was hard to buy ice cube packs, thankfully, the shops had not run out by the time we got there.  Opposite Asda’s was a park with swings, slides and stuff for the local kids. There was an ice cream van stationed nearby too.  Being a Sunday,  one could spot the Africans in their local attire coming or going to church. 
 It was a perfect day. Not to be left out, I took my daughter to the park; not the one next to ASDA, but the one down stairs opposite our house. We live in a relatively new build development which has both flats and houses. The park does not distinguish between who lives where, it is for every body.  We have been going to the park ever since she was a baby. 
 Femi had one more reason why we had to go to the park: she wanted to show off her new bicycle. Interestingly enough, she was not the only one with one. There were at least six other kids with bicycles so she did not get  the effect she wanted. Having said that though, over  the course of the afternoon, her purple bicycle was complimented several times.
 We were not the first to get to the park, others had beaten us to it. Tara was there with her new baby. Whilst we talked, breast feeding Luke, she counted four other kids that were hers. She is not going back to work anytime soon. Her babies are a year apart with the eldest being three years old. It turned out that the other two kids were her step children. She seemed too fragile and delicate looking after five children. At some point in the afternoon, one of her little kids ran off chasing a ball  into the main road. It was a miracle that averted what would have been a nasty accident. Motherhood comes with a price  and which is rewarded by little things your kids say to you or the new friends you make which you otherwise would not have made if you were not blessed by God with your kids.
I had not met Kenya before. She was not new to the area, we just had not met. When women meet together in the park, they talk about all sorts of issues: from their partners to money issues and whatever else that is bothering them. We women, our issues are similar. We all need more money, more love, more attention and more independence. Kenya is a mixed breed of African and Indian. Very soft spoken, she revealed that she was a single mum of two. She pointed out her two children: Damon and Latanya.  She still wore her wedding band as she explained that her husband had been an abuser. I didnt want to hear the sordid details and thankfully, she wasnt willing to tell. Her youngest daughter was just two. Her husband still supported her as she was going to school to get a nursing degree. Nick’s mum is Olivia who is from Poland. With poor English, we made small talk which revealed that  Nick was her son from a previous relationship. The baby in the push chair was Amanda and she was married to the dad. She was also in an Access to Nursing Diploma course. Her car was the loud one which woke us all up at 630am when her husband jump started it for her. We all laughed. We knew the car.
What could have united four of us women from different back grounds, families, stories, life styles? We couldn’t possibly be any more different but we were the same. We wanted more for ourselves, our children, happier relationships with our partners and  more for our kids and ourselves. Without coming into the park, I would not have met Olivia, Kenya and Tara.
As we sat talking, a dad came with his two children and a radio set and his wife (presumably) carried with her a disposable bbq set. They ignored us all and just set along doing their own thing. After a while though, the kids all started to play together and their parents had to say hello.
Another couple had also come in to the sun. They were lying down on the grass, wearing sun glasses and facing the sun. The lady was in her bikini and the man was topless. They laid down oblivious to the screams of the children, the sound of the radio and to every body really. Two more girls joined them. The day would not have been perfect without them.
The next set of people who came by the park were the older children. They didnt bother us. They sat in a corner of the field with their cans of beer. Ginger? It would have been beer anyways. When they were not drinking, they were passing a ball around and a skinny girl dressed for the sun was chasing the ball around. The lads were laughing. It was a pitiful sight. We all shook our heads. Before long, we know she would be pregnant, pushing a buggy.
After a while, a W Reg Mercedes Benz with loud music drove around the block, possibly looking for attention  but his noise was over shadowed by the ice cream van who was even louder. The kids raced to the ice cream van and their parents too.  The sun taners and the big kids also joined in. The ice cream man made some good money.
There was a scream. It came from the nearby woodlands. I was the only one without much in my hands and as such was the  first one to get there. Lucy climbed on a tree and could not get down. By this time, all the parents had come to where I was looking to help get Lucy. The park was surrounded by woodland on the rear. The recent rain had made the trees more dense and the woods an unsafe place to play as you could no longer see through it. Lucy brought down by an able parent and we all cheered.
A little while later, it was time to go.
See you next week.

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P.S: The picture is not from our park but a brand new park in Tennesse.Wish ours looked that good. The others pictures are were randomly taken from the internet. 

Lamentations about Nigeria

Reflections
Lamentations About Nigeria
The #Bringbackourgirls has become the new battlefront for war on Twitter as the hashtag has generated an international outcry, one that possibly jolted Nigeria’s political leadership into action. The twitter hashtag cannot be undermined as the story it symbolises makes it impossible to stay indifferent to the plight of over 200 girls in the hands of wicked, blood sucking, demented men who have no regard for life or limb. Their ordeal is unimaginable at the hands of these horrible men.  These girls are future mothers, future scientists, future leaders an entire generation of young ladies held against their will in a forest. It makes us all uncomfortable.  The kidnapping of these girls is not an issue for feminists only as well. It concerns everybody in our Nigerian community, for what if those girls were your sisters or daughters?
Unfortunately, hashtag or not, the situation remains the same. A little back ground here for anyone who is oblivious to the story: 200 or so girls were abducted from their school dormitory in Chibok community in Borno State on April 14, 2014 as they were about to write their General Certificate of Education exams.  Borno State has been under a state of emergency for about a year now.  It is home to the notorious Sambisa forest where Boko Haram terrorists have their headquarters.
Here in England, like it is across the world, #Bringbackourgirlshas generated quite a furore at the work place of the writer. A non-Nigerian colleague had pasted posters of the Chibok girls around the work community.  They – most workers – found it hard to believe that the Presidential position on the kidnap was that the kidnap was a stunt engineered to cause maximum embarrassment to the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP. 
Likewise, Patience Jonathan’s high profile involvement was hard to explain away. A video showing her crying as she held a stakeholders meeting with mothers and parties involved in Borno State, was unfortunately ridiculed and viewed in bad taste. But, it is vintage Patience Jonathan, the President’s wife. We can pardon her ignorance whilst we wonder why her husband allowed her to turn such a sensitive issue into a circus. The concurring view was that she was a distraction and a poor surrogate for the missing girls. The situation at hand is frankly not about the PDP neither is it about the APC, it is about the safety and security of all Nigerians, especially vulnerable ones like the soft targets taken.
Many international figures like Tinie Tempah, Chris Brown, Mary J. Blige, Dr Mike Murdoch and numerous others supported the noble cause, even more actively than the Nigerian government.  The American government has since offered to help with the intelligence side of things. We hope they would not be too disgusted with the Nigerians by the time all is said and done. The British government has a team on standby ready to help sort out the Boko Haram terrorists.
Frankly, one cannot say the Nigerian government has performed its duties on this matter. The lukewarm stance of Aso Rock until a couple of days ago has been most disconcerting. It is unthinkable what the Boko Haram terrorists would be doing or have done to those girls. In a country where education is the way out of generational poverty, those girls were not caught in their boyfriends’ houses or in a night club. They were kidnapped in school.
The school should have been closed. Having said that, apportioning blame is not the way forward. The best thing to do at this time is hope that under the leadership of the Nigerian government, the girls would be released. But, the recent Presidential chat revealed that even the President was clueless as to the whereabouts of the girls. His best shot was inaugurating a committee to help secure their release and ordering security chiefs to do all that is possible is to release those girls. We all know that command like others before it is a Presidential rubber stamp stand on absolutely nothing. Also, committees are usually a clear sign that the situation is hopeless.
Nigeria is in a cycle of self-destruction. This year has been an exceptionally bad year. Two bomb blasts in Nyanya, chronic unemployment, lack of adequate health care and myriad of other problems. Nigeria is struggling to keep it all together. Whilst the government battles to make sense of Boko Haram and the country’s numerous problems, Boko Haram always seems a step ahead. Recently, it took responsibility for the kidnap threatening to sell the girls. As if that was not enough, eight more girls were kidnapped again in Borno state last week.
The answers to our national problems lie neither in the Presidency nor his team but in the power of ordinary Nigerians who are able to galvanise talking points from their Twitter handle and new media fronts.  Every angle you look in Nigeria, there is a moral deficit and a widening gap in equality. The Vice President’s loss was more important at a stage than the missing girls; retaining the Minister of Immigration’s portfolio has been more important than the Nigerians who died during the Immigration recruitment fiasco. The seeming inequality between politicians and ordinary Nigerians is a new low this government has taken. The truth is no longer spoken as it is sacrificed for the pay packet. Most people associated with the administration have to tow the official lines: ‘all is well with the country’.
Hopefully, the girls will be returned eventually and life hopefully will return to normal. Our prayers remain with the families of the girls and with the entire Chibok community. Hopefully, we can learn lessons from this saga in our collective journey as Nigerians with one voice.  The level of participation given to #bringbackourgirls should develop around the moribund areas of our social polity.

Published in TELL Magazine
 Tundun Adeyemo


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Hello!

I have a new blog on Trumpet Newspapers as part of my work to focus on the  lives and times of women of African origin living in the UK.

I write a column for TELL Magazine which compares life in the UK with Nigeria.  This new blog is important though because I have felt for a long time though that African women need a voice. This is that voice. It looks at life  in the  UK for us black women with a fresh set of eyes.

Hope you enjoy reading. Watch this space for the first column.

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