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GOLD YEARS OLD

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I’m counting my riches as you lay at the mercy of feebleness; Your frail appearance is a treasure box containing my fondest memories. The hands that you can barely lift were once my compass; you always used them to direct my eyes to specific parts of the breathtaking landscapes that surrounded our road trips.   […]

QUEENDOM

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I have collected some of life’s most valuable treasures from the sacred palace of womanhood. I have found the sisters that my mother could not birth. I have seen the courageous rise of queens; they are likened to beauty, but it’s really beauty that tries to be like them. It is here that my sanity […]

WHOSE BEAUTY IS IT ANYWAY?

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I remember a time when I didn’t regard myself or others as beautiful or ugly, I was simply Busi and they were simply people. Those were the perks of childhood, looking at the world through the untainted glasses of innocence and purity. Unfortunately growth took over and I was introduced to the world’s concept of […]

ART AFFAIR

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The Turbine Art Fair is an annual South African art exhibition that takes place at the Turbine Hall in Newtown, Johannesburg. When I attended it for the first time last year, I was rather underwhelmed by the showcases. This year’s exhibition was on from 16-19 July, and with my expectations at a minimum, I decided to […]

PATRIARCHY’S COLD SOIL

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  The master called us flowers. He told us to position ourselves alongside your trunk, right underneath your branches. We were to be the graceful companions that softened the harshness of your bark. We lovingly obeyed.   You flourished in the summer; a wonder to behold. Your branches were gifted with luscious leaves that absorbed most of the sun’s […]

SPEEDING HEARTBREAK

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The look on his face made her afraid to blink It was a blank expression that reflected the current state of his heart Despite this, she still saw her hero He desperately waited for the bat of her eyelids, for he was the vandal that caused destruction in the dark Meanwhile she begged the stars […]

VICIOUS CYCLES

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The place is familiar; you’ve been here before. You know what will be said and felt. You know the details of the aftermath and how to temporarily resolve it. You know it all. Everything. With all that you know you are still a fool, because only a fool would still be here.   It goes away; […]

THE PETALS OF BASSEY IKPI

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A flower doesn’t need to do anything extraordinary to be beautiful, it is beautiful simply because it is. It cannot be anything else other than what it was created to be, nor does it aim to be; it can only ever be the most beautiful version of itself.   Her name is Bassey Ikpi; a […]

HOW IS YOUR NETWORK DOING?

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A couple of friends and I recently got together for dinner to bid farewell to one of our own. He was preparing to move from South Africa’s city of gold in pursuit of his own gold in Bloemfontein. My friend had been offered the opportunity to work and study for his PHD there, a call […]