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"Life through the eyes of a misrepresented and misunderstood African Girl Abroad" - This is a weekly podcast hosted by Stella Damasus, an award winning Actress and Entrepreneur. Through this platform, she will share her experiences and challenges, as well as her thoughts on different topics; ranging from Politics to Religion, Sex, Business, Entertainment, Human Rights and everything about life as we know it. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/excusemyafrican/support
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EP 65 - Sex For Grades

EP 65 - Sex For Grades

2019-10-1800:15:29

In This Episode:I’m going to be giving my opinion on the controversial BBC Africa Documentary Exposé “SEX FOR GRADES”.Who really is to blame and how can we find a solution?Mentioned In This Episode:1. BBC Africa: https://www.bbc.com/news/world/africa2. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/3. Kiki Mordi: https://twitter.com/kikimordi?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor4. University of Lagos: https://unilag.edu.ng/5. University of Ghana: https://www.ug.edu.gh/6. Busola Dakolo: https://www.instagram.com/busoladakolo/Connect:Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.comWebsite: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.comStella Damasus Website: https://www.stelladamasus.comTwitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafricanInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Excuse-My-African-1360118967397852/--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/excusemyafrican/support
In This Episode:I will introduce you to the Mother of Modern African Literature, Flora Nwapa. She was on the most popular African Authors, who changed the face of writing. She was a woman ahead of her time, a feminist before it was “cool” to be one.Flora Nwapa was a strong African woman with a voice, who expressed herself through her books.Mentioned In This Episode:1. Buchi Emecheta: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buchi_Emecheta2 Elechi Amadi: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elechi_Amadi3 Ngugi Wa tihiong’o: https://ngugiwathiongo.com/4 Wangari Maathia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wangari_Maathai5 Flora Nwapa https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flora_Nwapa6 Chinua Achebe:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinua_Achebe7 Wole Soyinka: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wole_Soyinka8 University of Ibadan: http://www.ui.edu.ng/9 Edinburgh University: https://www.ed.ac.uk/10 University of Lagos: https://unilag.edu.ng/11 Alvan Ikoku College of Education: https://www.alvanikoku.edu.ng/12 Efuru: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Efuru13 Things Fall Apart: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Things_Fall_Apart14 Heinemann: https://www.heinemann.com/15 Idu: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idu_(novel)16 Never Again: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/898307.Never_Again17 One Is Enough: https://www.amazon.com/One-Enough-Africa-Women-Writers/dp/086543323218 Women are Different: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/898305.Women_Are_Different19 This is Lagos: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/898312.This_Is_Lagos_and_Other_Stories20 Wives at War: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/898311.Wives_at_War_and_Other_Stories21 Cassava Song and Rice Song: https://www.amazon.com/Cassava-Song-Flora-Nwapa-Poetry/dp/B001CAT29M22 New York University: https://www.nyu.edu/23 Trinity College: https://www.trincoll.edu/24 The University of Minnesota: https://twin-cities.umn.edu/25 The University of Michigan https://umich.edu/26 The University of Ilorin: http://www.unilorin.edu.ng/Connect:Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.comTwitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafricanInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Excuse-My-African-1360118967397852/--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/excusemyafrican/support
EP 63 - My Country Nigeria

EP 63 - My Country Nigeria

2019-08-3100:13:51

In This Episode:For the past few weeks, my country Nigeria has been in the spotlight of World News, but unfortunately, it hasn’t been for great things.I do not condone or support any acts of fraud, kidnapping, or violence. However, I have noticed that even though 80% of Nigerian’s are good people who are doing great things around the world. The media has decided to concentrate on the 20% who have done shameful things.While we stand up against the evil acts of the 20%, we must not forget to also celebrate the good things that the other 80% are doing.Mentioned In This Episode:1. World Economic Forum: https://www.weforum.org/events/world-economic-forum-on-africa-20192. Jim Ovia: https://jimovia.com/3. Zenith Bank: https://www.zenithbank.com/4. Africa Rise and Shine: https://jimovia.com/the-book/5. UNESCO: https://en.unesco.org/6. Nollywood: http://www.nollywoodweek.com/en/whats-nollywood/7. Price Water House Coopers: https://www.pwc.com/8. United Nations: https://www.un.org/en/9. Chimamanda Adichie: https://www.chimamanda.com/10. Half of a Yellow Sun: https://www.amazon.com/Half-Yellow-Chimamanda-Ngozi-Adichie/dp/140009520411. Purple Hibiscus: https://www.amazon.com/Purple-Hibiscus-Chimamanda-Ngozi-Adichie/dp/161620241612. That Thing Around Your Neck: https://www.amazon.com/Thing-Around-Your-Neck/dp/030745591213. Wole Soyinka: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wole_Soyinka14. Ben Okri: https://benokri.co.uk/15. Chinua Achebe:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinua_Achebe16. Davido: https://www.instagram.com/davidoofficial/17. Wizkid: https://www.instagram.com/wizkidayo/18. Buna Boy: https://www.instagram.com/burnaboygram/19. 2Face (2Baba): https://www.instagram.com/official2baba/20. D’Banj: https://www.instagram.com/iambangalee/21. Tiwa Savage: https://www.instagram.com/tiwasavage/22. Universal: https://www.universalmusic.com/23. Beyoncé: https://www.beyonce.com/24. Lion King: The Gift: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lion_King:_The_Gift25. Fela Kuti: http://fela.net/26. Broadway: https://www.broadway.com/Connect:Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.comWebsite: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/excusemyafrican/support
EP 62 - Meet Nollywood

EP 62 - Meet Nollywood

2019-08-0900:06:27

In This Episode: I will introduce you to the world's third-largest film industry, Nollywood. I’ll take you a journey, from the beginning of Nollywood to where we are today, and how quickly we have grown and achieved world recognition. Mentioned In This Episode:1. Stella Damasus: https://www.stelladamasus.com/2.  Nollywood: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nollywood3. Nigeria: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigeria4. Hollywood: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinema_of_the_United_States5. Bollywood: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bollywood6. Bruce Lee: https://brucelee.com/7. Hurbet Ogunde: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubert_Ogunde8. 35mm: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/35_mm_format9. TIFF: https://www.tiff.net/10. Cannes: https://www.festival-cannes.com/en/11. Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/12. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/ Connect:Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.comWebsite: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.comStella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafrican Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Excuse-My-African-1360118967397852/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/excusemyafrican/support
EP 61 - Beyond Religion

EP 61 - Beyond Religion

2019-07-2700:08:13

In This Episode: I would tell you a story of an amazing man, who put his love for humanity before faith and religion. It is sad, however, that this story came to light over a year later because Imam Abubakar Abdullahi was one 2019 recipients of the International Religious Freedom Award, in the USA. We as Nigerians and Africans need to learn to honor the good things our people do. We should not wait for foreign countries and their media to do it first Mentioned In This Episode:1. Goodness Network: https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/2. International Religious Freedom Award: https://www.state.gov/international-religious-freedom-award-winners/3. Imam Abubakar Abdullahi: https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/18/africa/nigeria-cleric-honored-intl/index.html4. Bakin Lade, Plateau: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barkin_Ladi5. US Department of State: https://www.state.gov/ Connect:Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.comWebsite: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.comStella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafrican Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Excuse-My-African-1360118967397852/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/excusemyafrican/support
EP 60 - #MeTooAfrica

EP 60 - #MeTooAfrica

2019-07-1200:12:50

In This Episode: I talk about a long-awaited movement that has begun in my country Nigeria, and the whole of Africa. #MeTooAfricaFor many years, RAPE CULTURE has been overlooked in Africa but not anymore. Our people are finally beginning to see the importance of speaking up. Hopefully, we will also begin to severely punish these rapists for their crimes, regardless of their gender, educational background, and status in society. Mentioned In This Episode:1. Ese Walters : http://bit.ly/2NOeSUk 2. COZA: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Wealth_of_Zion_Assembly3. Biodun Fatoyinbo: http://bit.ly/2LeW7r34. Timi Dakolo: http://bit.ly/2LeW7r35. YNaija TV : http://ynaija.tv/6. Stella Damasus Reacts : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=035TdxJlrgo7. Elisha Abbo :https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishaku_Elisha_Abbo8. Gambia : http://www.visitthegambia.gm/9. Yahya Jammeh : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yahya_Jammeh10. Human Rights Watch and Trial International : https://www.hrw.org/topic/justicia-internacional/international-criminal-court11. New York Times : https://www.nytimes.com/12. Adama Barrow : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adama_Barrow13. Equatorial Guinea :https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equatorial_Guinea14. Fatou Jallow : https://nyti.ms/2XC5nfs 15. Gambia Youth and Reconciliation Commission : http://bit.ly/2NSddx1 16. Senegal : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senegal17. Canada : https://www.canada.ca/en.html Connect:Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.comWebsite: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.comStella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.comTwitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafricanInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Excuse-My-African-1360118967397852/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/excusemyafrican/support
 In This Episode: According to UNESCO, the Igbo language would be extinct by 2025. It may seem like it's many years away, but in reality, it's only 6 years away. When I read this, I was so worried about my people and our language.Which is why I decided to have this amazing woman, as the first guest on the show. Her name is Chimmie Gbugu and she is the founder of Akwukwo LLC. Akwukwo is dedicated to creating fun and exciting learning materials that teach the Igbo language to children. Mentioned In This Episode:1. Akwukwo: http://www.akwukwo.com/2. UNESCO: https://en.unesco.org/3. WhatsApp: https://www.whatsapp.com/4. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com Connect:Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.comWebsite: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.comStella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafrican Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Excuse-My-African-1360118967397852/--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/excusemyafrican/support
In This Episode: When I moved to the USA, I had a shocking realization. This was something I didn't see a lot in my country (Nigeria). People above the age of 60 or 70, still in the workforce. In Nigeria, almost everyone within that age bracket is retired.However, in the USA, I have seen several elderly people working and even doing odd jobs. Listen to the episode to find out how I feel about this.Mentioned In This Episode:Nigeria: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigeria  Connect:Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.comWebsite: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.comStella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafrican Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Excuse-My-African-1360118967397852/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/excusemyafrican/support
In This Episode: Most of the time, we as Africans tend to overlook the First Ladies of our countries. We fail to acknowledge their hard work, contribution, and even sacrifice. That is why I have decided to dedicate this episode to African First Ladies, and one of them in particular who has done great things for her country Rwanda, Jeannette Kagame. Mentioned In This Episode:1. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_Johnson_Sirleaf2. Jeannette Kagame: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeannette_Kagame 3. Imbuto Foundation: http://imbutofoundation.org/4. Paul Kagame: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Kagame5. Kigali, Rwanda: http://rwandatourism.com/destinations/kigali-city/6. Organization of African First Ladies against HIV AIDS: http://www.oafla.org/#page28_container5 Connect:Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.comWebsite: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.comStella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafrican Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Excuse-My-African-1360118967397852/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/excusemyafrican/support
EP 56 - #FreeOurGirls

EP 56 - #FreeOurGirls

2019-04-1900:10:04

In This Episode: No country or continent is perfect. I love Africa, and I know this show is dedicated to informing people of the beauty of Africa that the media doesn't show you. However, I love my continent so much that I also want us to be better and do better. That is why I have decided to speak on the #FreeOurGirls issue that occurred in Burundi a few weeks ago.Mentioned In This Episode:1. Burundi: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burundi2. Pierre Nkurunziza: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Nkurunziza 3. CNN: https://www.cnn.com/4. Lewis Mudge: https://www.hrw.org/about/people/lewis-mudge5. Justice Minister Aimée Laurentine Kanyana: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aim%C3%A9e_Laurentine_Kanyana 6. Global Citizen: https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/ Connect:Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.comWebsite: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.comStella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.comTwitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafricanInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Excuse-My-African-1360118967397852/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/excusemyafrican/support
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