Stories

I am 46, single and pregnant – This is my story

Not having a child would be the greatest regret of my life. And with my biological clock ticking down, if I was waiting for the right man to come along before I did it, well, I might just find myself out of time. I decided to take control…

My life with borderline personality disorder

Compassion and empathy really lacked for me in that environment (boarding school), and so to have someone that said to me: "Don't worry about school. It is not about the grades, focus on your health." That was the first time I felt heard

The sand doodler who conquered her Somali Islamic critics

Nujuum Hashi, who has overcome traditional prejudice to become a respected artist in Somalia, decided on her career as she drew pictures in the sand as a seven-year-old in the capital, Mogadishu. Her family had no fixed abode as this

I was trafficked, turned to sex slave at age 14

I am from Effoi, in the Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. I am 17 years old, an orphan who stopped school in SS2. The man’s name is Okon and the incident happened in 2019. I was 14 years old at the time. I met the man on

I was shot by rebels for being a journalist

During the bloody rebel war that raged in Sierra Leone for more than a decade, fake news and rumours abounded - without the aid of social media. At a time when only the elite had landlines and there was no internet or mobile telephones,

Michaela Coel and the path to Wakanda forever

Michaela Coel doesn’t like to sit still; she’s a self-​described mover, the type to run a half-​marathon in the middle of the night for fun. So I’m not all that surprised when the 35-year-old actor-writer-​director suggests meeting for a