The inevitable direction of my life

One of my very girl-best friends calls me and after we exchange a string of sentences, she asks me, “are you happy, Emmanuel?” I respond without thinking, “yes.” I respond without thinking. She asks me if I am happy, and…

PART 1 – SEBATI MAFATE: Hollywood’s African Star

PART 1 – SEBATI MAFATE: Hollywood’s African Star

I have read many books in 2012 and one of the books that touched me the most is “Memories of Lotsane: The Chronicles of an African Boarding School” by the gifted Sebati Mafate. Mafate hails from Botswana and is not…

QAR: Weekly

Repolitizing Pride — a queer feminist revolution tags: pride LGBTI+Africa Johannesburg PinkWashing Movements JOBURG PRIDE MARRED BY SCUFFLES | Mambaonline.comThe group of activists, from the 1 in 9 campaign, ran out from behind the Goodman Gallery building and set up an impromptu blockade. A number…

Texting Poetry – 5: When……

  When I look in the mirror I see a beautiful woman I see a woman’s woman I see the reflection of a Goddess looking back at me: Oshun, Oya, Moremi, Mirror, mirror show me The Great Goddess I feel, Tara, saviour, me, I see.   When I look in the mirror I don’t see impositions I don’t kowtow for bread I don’t disappear into thin Air on hatred’s lashes. I See a bodhisatsva’s flair. I See tolerant compassion Deeper than any surface Glimpse -I see humanity.   When I look in the mirror I feel empowered, free, I feel loving kindness, I feel purposeful prime -I, Human consciousness so Far and vast beyond the Veneer of infrastructural Daily dangled tokens. I’m above empty platitudes.   When I look in the mirror I see a beautiful woman I see a woman’s woman I see the reflection of a Goddess looking back at me: Oshun, Oya, Moremi, Mirror, mirror show me The Great Goddess I feel, Tara, saviour, me, I see…     Mia Nikasimo (c) July ’09

Queering the game of life Via Queer and Present Danger

Texting Poetry – 4: Why?

  Because even you are Human, Because you are my Sister, Because you are my Brother, Because, only if u allowed Yourself, we could be pals, Because, in a past life, you Were my mother, Because, looking through Eons of the ether, you Were my father, Because you’ve been all Creatures to arrive here, Because we all Interconnected…   I’ll reach out to you all the Same, you and I. Why? Because all creatures are bright and beautiful no matter their surface seas.   Mia Nikasimo (c) May 2009

Rom Isichei – A Way of Seeing

Rom Isichei – A Way of Seeing

  Today, while working with my new boss Victor Ehikhamenor, I stumbled on an amazing Nigerian visual artist, Rom Isichei. Accoridng to his website, he was born in Asaba, Delta state, Nigeria, on the 8th of September, 1966. Between 1984–1989, he was a student of Yaba college of technology, Lagos, where he obtained both ordinary and higher national diploma in fine arts, (specialising in painting). Seven years after graduation, Rom criss-crossed three advertising agencies in various management positions before finally channelling his energy into full time studio work since 1997. He has exhibited widely, both within and outside Nigeria. He lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria. He was recently involved in a Chelsea College of Art and Design exhibition. Reading his artist statement for the exhibition, I picked the following, quoting him directly in most cases: I develop new ways to expound my visual viewpoints. The human form inspires me I probe the synthesis of human actions in close proximity to their immediate milieu. I engage my audience in an intimate dialogue My styles and themes has always been elastic and organic I reconstruct found objects layered with absurdities and myth into new conceptual realities, and a visual language that resonates with the style of the avant-garde. My Art are my self-portraits, frozen in time. You can view some of his work on his website. Read more about my side-project Afropicking