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The EU: In or Out?

Mr Cameron said: “It is time for the British people to have their say. It is time to settle this European question in British politics.”

So our Prime Minister David Camron had promised to hold an EU referendum if he won the 2015 general election of which he did!

We only have a few weeks to go before the referendum commence and honestly the topic of the EU has become more and more tedious to me daily. Yes, I am exhausted with wait and anticipation on what is going to come on the 23rd June.

What is to come, when you and I are go to our local ballot stand and cast our daring vote!

Now I don’t know where you stand at this particular moment but I would love for you all to share your views on why we should stay or even leave. But for the purpose of this post I have chosen to remain as neutral as possible.

Some us may know already that the E.U. has faced numerous challenges in the past… economical downfalls, bailouts, laws/ regulations that are heavily placed in the U.K and the most discussed about migration!

But what exactly is going on?

On the 23rd June you and I will be able to make a choice on the fate of the British membership within the E.U. In the referendum you will be given a choice and hopefully you have thought long and hard on this choice and if you haven’t, hopefully I may be able to help you – so do keep reading, I will keep it short and sweet and I promise you it won’t be much longer.

“Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?”

Should we leave?

I am unable to directly answer that question. What I will say is that it is clear that the country is fairly evenly split, much of the public want to leave simply because they feel as if they are being held back by the EU, the main reason or principle for having the membership if for “free movement” and that has been removed because of the membership within the E.U. It is awful how the European Union are seen to impose to many rules on businesses and to make things worst, we are charged billions of pounds to remain in the E.U. for little or hardly any return. Why would anyone want to stay?

It doesn’t stop there! The number of people coming to this country is becoming ridiculous, numbers are growing and many feel that it is time to take full control of its borders and reduce the number of people that are coming to the U.K “They are only taking all of our jobs!” It’s no longer fair on the rest of us.

Should we remain?

Then of course there’s the other side, there has been arguments that Britain’s status in the world would be seriously damaged should they leave the E.U. and that we are certainly more secure within the club of 28 countries. More so, some of the public that do believe that quite rightly, the EU helps boost the economy. Those for remaining in the E.U. believe that immigration has helped and continues to fuel the economy.

Soo there we have it; I have mentioned here the most important aspects of the arguments being sure to keep to my promise. See I told you that I would keep it short and sweet!

Regardless of the outcome, the question that lingers in my mind is would we be better in or out? I ask myself this daily. As a country we have been within the E.U since 1975 (before some of us had even been born!) I still wonder what it would be like for us young people. I suppose it depends solely on where you are looking at it. Now the real question is: Are you in or out?

You decide.

Will you be voting in the referendum?

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We need more speeches like that of Jesse Williams

Let’s face it, we have all experienced racism at some point in life – whether you are white, black, yellow or green.

Memories…

I remember so clearly as a young child growing up in a predominately white area; recall knocking on my friend’s door for him to come out and play. I could see that the TV was on but no one came to the door. To cut the story short, my friend came to me the following day at school to apologise and say that his brother hated black people and that’s why the door wasn’t answered. I was only 11 then and simply laughed it off. What else could I do?

This short story brings me to discuss The BET awards that happened last week. More and more events have become more politicised! Isn’t it just great? It goes with exactly what I’ve been saying- which is, everything is politics … (within reason of course) There is a sense of black politicians arising, standing and becoming more and more unapologetic. I wish I had the sense to do at that young age. So because of my failure to stand up for myself when I had the chance, I’ve decided to open up a new page of political entertainment. So do read on.

Last Sunday was the BET awards, which had a lot of shocking performances. Beyoncé (my queen) and Kendrick Lamar’s opening performances. Ushers performance “Don’t trump America”. There was an underlying message being clearly displayed here don’t you think?

Jesse Williams who plays Jackson in the famous series Grey’s Anatomy spoke with integrity, displaying facts calling out and stating that we are not alone.

I watched his speech more than once. When he won his humanitarian reward, his speech was more than powerful, it was political. It stood for the political movement of black lives matter and touched me when he said:

“What we’ve been doing is looking at the data and we know that police somehow manage to de-escalate, disarm, and not kill white people every day. So what’s going to happen is we are going to have equal rights and justice in our own country, or we will restructure their function in ours. …

Yesterday would have been young Tamir Rice’s 14th birthday. So I don’t want to hear any more about how far we’ve come when paid public servants can pull a drive-by on a 12-year-old playing alone in a park in broad daylight, killing him on television and then going home to make a sandwich. Tell Rekia Boyd how it’s so much better to live in 2012 than it is to live in 1612 or 1712. Tell that to Eric Garner. Tell that to Sandra Bland. Tell that to Darrien Hunt.”

He spoke up not just for the audience that stood up and clapped for everything he said but everyone of black skin (like myself) that still today fights the prejudice, discrimination and hatred of racism!

You don’t need me tell you he was right because you know that he was! It is about time that we unite and speak out for what is right! Using music to get the message out is just one of the ways we can do that. There, of course, needs to be more said and more done, we still have a long way to go and we can do it!

We, therefore, need more speeches like that of Jesse Williams.

Peace peace. Thank you, Debra. Thank you, BET. Thank you Nate Parker, Harry and Debbie Allen for participating in that {video}.

Before we get into it, I just want to say I brought my parents out tonight. I just want to thank them for being here, for teaching me to focus on comprehension over career, and that they make sure I learn what the schools were afraid to teach us. And also thank my amazing wife for changing my life.

Now, this award – this is not for me. This is for the real organizers all over the country – the activists, the civil rights attorneys, the struggling parents, the families, the teachers, the students that are realizing that a system built to divide and impoverish and destroy us cannot stand if we do.

It’s kind of basic mathematics – the more we learn about who we are and how we got here, the more we will mobilize.

Now, this is also in particular for the black women in particular who have spent their lifetimes dedicated to nurturing everyone before themselves. We can and will do better for you.

Now, what we’ve been doing is looking at the data and we know that police somehow manage to deescalate, disarm and not kill white people everyday. So what’s going to happen is we are going to have equal rights and justice in our own country or we will restructure their function and ours.

Now… I got more y’all – yesterday would have been young Tamir Rice’s 14th birthday so I don’t want to hear anymore about how far we’ve come when paid public servants can pull a drive-by on 12 year old playing alone in the park in broad daylight, killing him on television and then going home to make a sandwich. Tell Rekia Boyd how it’s so much better than it is to live in 2012 than it is to live in 1612 or 1712. Tell that to Eric Garner. Tell that to Sandra Bland. Tell that to Dorian Hunt.

Now the thing is, though, all of us in here getting money – that alone isn’t gonna stop this. Alright, now dedicating our lives, dedicating our lives to getting money just to give it right back for someone’s brand on our body when we spent centuries praying with brands on our bodies, and now we pray to get paid for brands on our bodies.

There has been no war that we have not fought and died on the front lines of. There has been no job we haven’t done. There is no tax they haven’t leveed against us – and we’ve paid all of them. But freedom is somehow always conditional here. “You’re free,” they keep telling us. But she would have been alive if she hadn’t acted so… free.

Now, freedom is always coming in the hereafter, but you know what, though, the hereafter is a hustle. We want it now.

And let’s get a couple things straight, just a little sidenote – the burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander. That’s not our job, alright – stop with all that. If you have a critique for the resistance, for our resistance, then you better have an established record of critique of our oppression. If you have no interest, if you have no interest in equal rights for black people then do not make suggestions to those who do. Sit down.

We’ve been floating this country on credit for centuries, yo, and we’re done watching and waiting while this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of mind while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil – black gold, ghettoizing and demeaning our creations then stealing them, gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit. The thing is though… the thing is that just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real.

Thank you.

Racism is still live!

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Do You Really Need A Travel Bucket List?

Do you have a travel bucket list?

Take a moment to think about that… have you ever written down a place you would like to go and found that you have gone there? I have to say I really do enjoy reading posts with peoples dream destinations, bucket lists and travel wish-lists. But do you think it’s important to have a ‘Travel Bucket List’?

There’s been a lot on social media, you know, about how a certain female travel blogger has recently completed all 196 countries in ‘record-breaking’ time. Read the full article here – World at her feet Female traveller, 27, visits all 196 countries in record time… but it cost £170,000

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However, sometimes you need to feel a country, breath the same air as the local people and understand the culture. I mean there is no strict timeline on how long you should spend in a country, nevertheless what is the point if you can’t talk about the feel of the country?

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the past few months it’s that for every country you visit and for every person you speak to; you want to visit more places.  I think I want to travel to at least one country in every continent around the world and it looks like I will hopefully do it. It has become a competition in my head. Can I tick off ‘X’ amount of countries by my 30th birthday? I most certainly will.

Countries I have been too…

I’ve lived in Singapore, visited Australia, Cambodia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Morocco, Nigeria, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United States and Vietnam. I would say 24 Countries before I’m 26 is pretty damn good. But then I take a step back and have a moment of thought. Now, don’t get me wrong, I do LOVE TRAVELLING, seeing the world and all! However, travelling isn’t just about jetting into a country, spending a few hours there and then jetting out, just so you can tick it off a list. I have been a victim of this, I’m SORRY!  Travelling has now changed for me… I want to eat good food, see pretty sites, and do things I will never forget. Oh and stay somewhere nice. That is always a PLUS.

There are so many places I would like to revisit, you know look at the land with a fresh pair of eyes, the older version of myself.  I would love to go back to Singapore; I seriously fell in love with the food, the culture, the people and the landscape, not to mention the sunshine. I say that sat in the snow right now!

I lived there it was my home it became my place of refuge. Whilst, living out there, there were so many things I didn’t do and see and what a ridiculous concept that we would consider not going back to see more because it would perhaps compromise my chances of not adding another number to my running tally. I have this concept when I visit the US – everyone knows that every state is like a new country, but it still is the same country, so although I can’t add a new country to my bucket list. I can most certainly say I have seen a few places around the world.

A Travel Bucket List?

I do have a bucket list and with a full time job, I have honoured myself 1 big country and 1 European country a year far so good, then everyone around me knows how much I love travelling so always invites me along and I end up going to about 5 countries a year. Well next month I will be going to Coachella so I am praying that my bank balance will stretch me to 5 countries this year, but if it doesn’t, I will make sure you know about the festival!

Any request let me know! What are your thoughts? Do you have a travel bucket list?

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FOR NOW, IN MY OPINION, “SLAVERY HAS NEVER BEEN ABOLISHED”!.

Such a bold statement: yet once you have read my article and watched this powerful documentary, you will most likely share the same opinion. In the light of Black History Month and with the American (USA) elections approaching, I recently decided to take some time out and watch a documentary called 13th (only shown on Netflix as far as I am aware – do correct me if I am wrong). One thing I did learn immediately was that Slavery was and has never been abolished – yes in my opinion.

Carry on reading why I believe slavery is still alive.

Director Ava DuVernay produced the documentary called 13th. It challenges and even dismantles the collective idea that we as a world believe in the word “progress”.

How does one define progress?

The 13th amendment: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.”

What does this mean?

The definition above gives the assumption that American citizens are protected under the Constitution – yet when you watch this powerful documentary you begin to understand that really and truly, slavery was and has never been abolished in the USA! It has quite simply been amended to fit into the purpose of the people in charge of the so called free world.

A chilling fact is that the USA is home to 5% of the world’s population; yet 25% of the world’s prisoners are in the USA, with an even greater percentage either on probation or on parole! And guess what colour the vast majority of these prisoners, etc are? The percentage of black people, compared to their total population in the USA – men and the  poor in particular, who spend their lives in prison, on probation and on parole, was and is still horrendous. Simply put, the number and proportion of Black people imprisoned, on probation or on parole is higher than any other ethic group – even though Black people are less than 20% of the total population of the USA!  Some of the more damaging effects are that large numbers of households are headed by single women – resulting in even more children growing up without fathers or father-figures; thus creating the perfect storm for perpetuating more poverty, poor education, lack of upward social mobility and consequent future incineration and recidivism! To think that the numbers are continuously rising is extremely disturbing!

The Documentary

The documentary covers the inescapable and undeniable connections of the legal and political systems to the mass incarceration of black people. It goes far back to the time of slavery and up to where we are now – with civil rights for black people. While it’s fair to say that the system appear to have changed, with you begging to under the use of language like you learn that there hasn’t been any real change in that the essentials and spirit of the legal and political system are still very much the same – keeping black people as “criminals”, and in chains! Its only more complex now; but the historical examples of slavery are still happening today! You and I still live in an era of slavery!

13th goes deep into breaking it down as to why this still happens and what the benefits are to the community of captors. One word – and that is profit! Which is exactly what it was all about during the era of slavery. The present private prison system earns millions in profits for its shareholders, simply from the head count of prisoners. So, its in the interest of the managers, shareholders and other beneficiaries to lock up as many people as possible – be it Black, Hispanic or anyone else who doesn’t fit “the real American agenda! “

13th is not just a documentary, but a demand. It is demanding that we know what has happened and how much our world hasn’t changed. Like I said in my last article, black history month: what for? With the American election fast approaching (on Tuesday November 8, 2016), it doesn’t matter now who you vote for; the constitution and laws still stand!

Unfortunately, our history is still exactly the same, only now just a different use of language!

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Could Nigeria Be Home Permanently?

Nigeria  is a country estimated of around 167 million people. English being it’s official main language with other languages, Yoruba, Ibo and Hausa. Its main religious beliefs are Christianity, Islam and indigenous beliefs. It is known to be the most populous country in Africa. Nigeria is one-third larger than Texas and is situated on the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa. The government today is run by a multiparty government which has formally been transitioned from a military to civilian rule.

As I sit in Nigeria I have to say that there is always something incredibly amazing and exciting about going home. Every time I do go back I fall more in love with my parent’s country. My parents are originally from Nigeria and although I was born and raised in England, I still consider Nigeria a country that I can call home.

For me going home has become very personal to me, it goes as far as growing up in a very predominately white neighbourhood where as a young child I knew nothing to very little about either of my parent’s cultures (my mother being Igbo and my father being Yoruba). However, as I have got older I have wanted to gain more knowledge and insight on my parents culture so when I did start going to Nigeria I began to really appreciate the country and gain real excitement  about learning something new, culturally or historically.

 Nigeria as a country, has and is becoming very important to me even up to today.

In the last year, I have encountered a growing number of young people who are considering, or have now gone back to Nigeria to start a new life, and with the lack of opportunities that young people appear to be facing in the UK, the Motherland does seem less far reaching than it has done previously.

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Me In Nigeria-wearing Delta Igbo traditional clothing.

Since I lived in Singapore as a student I have always had interest in moving abroad and starting a new life where there is opportunities for me to take so when my friend sent me this video  ‘Nigeria: the “repats” who have returned. It got me questioning myself on whether I myself would move to Nigeria.

Indeed there seems to be a fresh era of people who want to challenge the stereotypical views of Nigeria which, have been portrayed by the media and for some of us our parents.

But believe me when I say more and more young people are now seeing Africa in a new light and want to challenge the perception of the country by starting industries, building land and improving Nigeria’s country infrastructure and growing economy.

young people are now seeing Africa in a new light…

Someone like me that studied International Politics at Kings College London, being able to go back to Nigeria and get into the political industry has been seen to be a struggle amongst my family and peers. Nigeria  is perceived to be a country that suffers from huge political corruptions. However, there appears to be a new government… The new President Muhammadu Buhari has shown his quest to kill the high levels of corruption that lies heavily in this country (others may disagree).

So would I personally move to Nigeria?

For me I know that it would be exciting I have had past friends and family that have or are currently doing NYC who had said that the locals had said that for us “repats” coming to Nigeria was an adventure. Whilst this stereotype may be true there is a keen interest for “repats” to promote a new image of Nigeria as an upwardly mobile population who have masses of opportunities.

The more the year goes by, I am seeing more migrants return back to Nigeria not only just to visit families and friends, but also to launch business and to start new lives. It is becoming more and more acceptable to see Nigeria as the land where the economy is vastly growing, which inevitably is eradicating the portrayal ‘poverty porn’ image and negative stories of Nigeria.

If I was going to move to Nigeria I would need to convince my Farther first and I think I have a long way getting around that, but it is definitely something that I would never rule out of my life.

I personally would like to think that moving anywhere was an adventure, but at the same time I think that moving to Nigeria is a huge decision that could provide huge benefits for anyone that is willing to grab it with both hands. Even if you do not move at least go home to visit.

I don’t know guys … Maybe it is time to go home.

Remember:  It’s ok if life knocks you down, it’s just not ok if you stay down!

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