REVIEW: On Black Sisters’ Street by Chika Unigwe

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Publish Date: September 2nd 2010
Publisher: Vintage Books
ASIN/ISBN: 9780099523949
Format: Paperback
Genre: African Literature, Contemporary
Pages: 298
Date Finished: November 4, 2014

On Black Sisters Street tells the haunting story of four very different women who have left their African homeland for the riches of Europe—and who are thrown together by bad luck and big dreams into a sisterhood that will change their lives.

Each night, Sisi, Ama, Efe, and Joyce stand in the windows of Antwerp’s red-light district, promising to make men’s desires come true—if only for half an hour. Pledged to the fierce Madam and a mysterious pimp named Dele, the girls share an apartment but little else—they keep their heads down, knowing that one step out of line could cost them a week’s wages. They open their bodies to strangers but their hearts to no one, each focused on earning enough to get herself free, to send money home or save up for her own future.

Then, suddenly, a murder shatters the still surface of their lives. Drawn together by tragedy and the loss of one of their own, the women realize that they must choose between their secrets and their safety. As they begin to tell their stories, their confessions reveal the face in Efe’s hidden photograph, Ama’s lifelong search for a father, Joyce’s true name, and Sisi’s deepest secrets—-and all their tales of fear, displacement, and love, concluding in a chance meeting with a handsome, sinister stranger.


Parameters of happiness change.

The first 40 or so pages of this book bored me to death. Reading was a drag. I wasn’t into the story and it was all floating about my head. I decided to press on and not give up on it so early (mostly because I bought it myself and my friends said it was actually an enjoyable book).

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You Are More Than Your Vagina

Before I start this post, I’d say that yes, I’m a virgin. [For all of you that have asked or have wanted to ask]. The plan is to be a virgin when I get married because I’ve made a personal decision to not have sex with someone who I haven’t committed to spending the rest if my life with.
But again, this thing isn’t easy because: desires of the flesh and all of that.

Okay, now that that’s out of the way, unto the post.

Women are more than their vaginas
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What is This Poem?

This poem is a poem
This poem speaks of me; it speaks of you
It speaks of our hopes and our dreams
It speaks of days and nights

This poem is not a poem
It is me talking
It is my thoughts
It is my words

This poem is Africa
Continent not country
Large, diverse, populous
This poem can be great; will be great

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#ThisTweet – My Tweets

This is a compilation of my tweets from the #ThisTweet hashtag off MutaBaruka’s “Dis Poem”

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Women Nobel Prize Winners [Infographic]

The Nobel Prize has been awarded 47 times to 46 women since it was created in 1901. This infographic shows the spread of women by category and continent.

Marie Curie became the first woman to win the prize [Physics] in 1903 for her research in radiation. Maria Mayer is the only other woman to have won the prize in Physics (1963).
There have been four women winners in Chemistry, 11 in Physiology and Medicine, 13 in Literature and 16 in Peace.

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