Stories

Men refused to patronize my services when I started

My name is Precious Joseph. I am 27 years old. I am an orphan, but I have four older brothers. I became orphaned in 2004 at age nine. My education stopped after secondary school. There was no means to further. It actually started like a

He bought me like a chicken in the market

Al-Husseina Amadou never forgets the day she was sold. Like her parents, she was born into slavery in southern Niger. Forty-five years ago, when she was 15, a wealthy businessman from across the border in Nigeria arrived and bought her

I changed my look so I could fit in

"I do notice that I'm not being myself in the workplace," says Hilda Kwoffie. "I try to tone it down a little bit. You find yourself having to always slick your hair down just to fit in." The 24-year-old from Ghana says she's changed

Poverty taught me determination

As a young, black entrepreneur with few industry contacts, Timothy Armoo, 27 has more than beaten the odds to raise investment, scale and then sell his start-up. He grew up on a council estate in south London and puts some of his

My father taught me these three lessons

My father stands out as a very unique and consistent character in my life story for several reasons. He has always had a mysterious air about him which has only been enhanced by his being a man of few words (most of the time). To

The last generation of facial scar bearers in Nigeria

Facial scarification was once popular across Nigeria. Deep cuts, usually on both cheeks or the forehead, were carved on children by families and communities, mostly as a mark of identity. The marks also held stories of pain,

From Kenyan refugee camp to the World Cup

Australian footballer, Awer Mabil has said he owes Australia his very existence after scoring his crucial sudden-death penalty for the country, to qualify for the World Cup. According to the 26-year old, that goal was a thank you to the

The internet has made things a lot easier for me

I personally feel like the democratic nature of the internet has meant that the opinions and ideologies of the so-called gatekeepers - who are mainly white - are null and void. It’s made it a lot easier for people like me, who are of