hello and welcome to our podcast!
We are Adeola and Salem, two Nigerian women loving life, living loud, and shaping culture who love to talk about socio-political things with each other and want to bring these discussions to our larger community.
For too long the loudest stories we've heard about African people on a global scale have been told by Western voices. Obviously we can and do speak for ourselves, so we want this podcast to be a place where you get to hear raw, nuanced and often untold stories of living at the intersections of womanhood and west African. Exploring difficult issues of how we shape society, and how we make decisions globally based on our identities as West African people who live in the Western spaces like Europe and the US.
S3, Ep 1: Diversity - What Nigeria can teach the world about inclusion
Nigeria is a vast multicultural country with the largest population on the continent of Africa and more than 300 groups of people.Adeola schools us all on the importance of recognizing Nigerian cultural groups as kingdoms rather than tribes.
We center this episode on the ways Nigerians are navigating their varied experiences and narratives without the erasure of others.
We touch on specific examples of how our cultural identities as Nigerians are very different from each other, Adeola a majority identity Yoruba and Salem who is Efik, Annang & Ibibio - minority Nigeria tribes. We talk through the fact that there is no homogenous black identity, rather there are cultural similarities and niche experiences. We tackle the unique ability within Nigeria to have majority non-domination, and how we as a culture are successful at dismantling the idea of tolerance by creating spaces for people to co-exist within the structures of their own unique identities.
We end this conversation with a recognition that Nigeria is still very imperfect, however the diversity present is one of the biggest things that make us great as a Nation and the rest of the world could learn from it.
Intro To Season 3
Intro To Season 3 by Thrive Table
S2, EP 6: Best Of 2017 & Intentions for 2018
Join Adeola & Salem as we share things we are ditching and leaving behind in 2017. And some things area's of growth we are manifesting in 2018.
P.S: we give our listeners a shoutout for being part of our awesome growth process in 2017. Thank you for taking our words in!
We cant wait to keep bringing you good content in the new year.
S2, Ep 5 - Sisterhood; we have many faces but we don't have to become each other.
Here we navigate the big and bold topic of sisterhood: what it means to us, what it looks like in the various different settings, how it has saved us and how it is necessary to stay sane in these times.
Adeola shares a really great tip for those who are asking how to find that community or sisterhood.
Salem shares how the Trinity teaches her about sisterhood.
Our introductory conversation tackles the idea of travel as the new black, the millennial expectations we have of what our lives should look like at this point, and how summer self care affects winter feelings.
S2, Ep4 - An ovulation induced conversation on Thirst, ambition, Forbes & Idris Elba as a Zaddy.
The title says it all:
We are both ovulating and decide to channel all our baby making energies into addressing thirst and ambition.
We tackle Forbes 30 Under 30 and Salem's disappointment at being nominated but not selected. Adeola gives some amazing insights as to the unrealistic expectations of achievement we place on ourselves.
We also spend a lot of time talking about gorgeous men in light of the sham that was People's Sexist Man Alive 2017 and Salem composes a wacky admiration poem dedicated to Idris Elba's shirtless body.
S 2, Ep 3: Saying goodbye to procrastination & the stigma of sexual abuse
We finally tackle sexual assault in light of #metoo & all the recent allegations.
Adeola is glowing because of her lovely skin care routine, salem chokes on her wine..umm, fermented rose lemonade.
Salem is learning that the most loving thing she can do for herself is to stop procrastinating and Adeola is learning boundaries from people who want to take but never give
We highlight Afri-Ameri Trade Store as the Thriving business of the week, and our African badass of the episode is Cambridge student Lola Olufemi who championed the cause to decolonize british lit curriculum.
We share a poem on hovering over our bodies in light of harassment to our bodies and some practices we can do to come back home to our bodies and care for ourselves as we heal from various forms of violence and misogynoir.
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