Sexual Assault: Dark Days In Dakar

The journey to Dakar from Bamako had taken 48 hours instead of the 36 Google maps informed us. A lot had happened on the way; our car broke down in the middle of the road twice, we had to chase after our bus across the border from Mali into Senegal in the scorching heat of…

Back-Packing Across West-Africa (All You Need To Know)

Wondering how I got on the road? here’s the full story again Back-Packing Across West-Africa I found the following tips helpful on this journey and based on popular demand, decided to share. Pack a substantial amount of French in your language bag Plis Mon Ami, your English will not save you, even if your English is…

Nomad Diaries: Ghana In 72 Hours On A Budget

The Third and final leg of my little ” West Africa on a budget tour” was going to take me to Ghana and I was estatic. The last 24 hours in Togo had been quite unpleasant and I could have walked all night to leave. I had stayed in Hotel Agbeviade, Kpalime and after a…

The Smiley (Frenulum) Piercing: Everything You Need to Know About It

I should pray more often that my spontaneity doesn’t put me in trouble but life is only one at the end of the day right? It was a typical Mani and Pedi day at my favorite nail bar https://www.instagram.com/nailsbydicey/ and somewhere along the lines of deciding what nails to go with I ended up coloring…

You Will Never Be Able To Earn Enough Love

I’m challenging myself a bit more each day, confronting the things I will no longer run from. In the spirit of that, I’ve read a number of books these last months and  all the authors told me to envision myself in 5-10 years and work backwards to now. I also started to seriously speak to…

Welp! I Dated A Psychopath

Picture all the “I Dated a psychopath” movies you’ve seen, just with my face as lead actress. Yup. It was beginning to look like a hollywood script I’d lived in for 7 months without knowing it. LOL. I dated a psychopath. One would assume the worst about psychopaths; you’re probably wondering if he strangled me…

Is Amala Trash? – The Truth No One Tells You

It was 11am and a phonecall from Seyi was what woke me up from my one-hour-long sleep. It was Amarachi’s (My friend) birthday the day before and we had stayed up all night playing cards, dancing and laughing a bit too loud. I was sore, groggy as hell and I’d lost my voice.    …

Yoruba Aunties And How They Mourn

It was a school day, and it wasn’t unusual that we’d been woken up by 6AM however, it was rather unusual that the house was crawling with people, sober with swollen eyes. My father had been in the hospital for 3 months before then so that was definitely not a good sign. I felt my…

Nomad Diaries – To Go Togo No More

I belong to a number of travel groups, on one of which we’d decided to travel to Togo last year. It never happened and it was a motivation for me to get on my little border-border West Africa tour. I was a first-time traveler without a lot of “street experience” but did that deter me?…