Friday, December 8, 2017

EP 15 - WELCOME TO LIBERIA


In This Episode:

I will take you on an interesting journey through the beautiful West African Country called ‘Liberia’

Usually, when you speak of Liberia, all people think of immediately is the war that really destroyed the country or the fact that they have a female president; but Liberia is so much more!
From their food to their amazing Museums and National Parks, Liberia has so many wonderful destinations and sights to see.

Mentioned In This Episode:
1.  American Colonization Society - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Colonization_Society 
2.  Monkey Island - https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/znwwb3/the-lab-apes-of-liberia
3.  Sapo National Park - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sapo_National_Park
4.  Liberian National Museum - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberian_National_Museum
5.  Mt Nimba - https://www.lonelyplanet.com/liberia/attractions/mt-nimba/a/poi-sig/1556607/355353
6. Buchanan - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buchanan,_Liberia
7.  Royal Grand Hotel- http://www.royalgrandhotel.com/
8.  Mamba Point Hotel- http://mambapointhotel.biz/  
9. Krystal Ocean View Hotel

Connect:
Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com
Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella 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/

Friday, December 1, 2017

EP 14 - THE AFRICAN SKIN

 In This Episode:

Growing up, we were made to believe that the lighter skinned women were more beautiful than the darker skinned women. Today, that is no longer the case. We have seen a rise in the appreciation of Dark Skin. Women are proud of their black skin and their amazing melanin.

However, we have once again lost the narrative because now, dark skin is the only acceptable form of African skin. According to today's standards, if you aren't dark then you aren't truly African. Wrong!
Some Africans are very light, some are extremely dark. We have blonde hair and colored eyes too.

You cannot put Africans in a box. We are a diverse people.

Mentioned In This Episode:
1.  Skin Bleaching/Whitening  -https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skin_whitening
2.  Hollywood
3.  Lupita Nyong’o - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupita_Nyong%27o
4.  Miss Universe Pageant - https://www.missuniverse.com
5.  Miss Jamaica 2017 (Davina Bennett) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davina_Bennett
6. Miss South Africa 2017 (Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demi-Leigh_Nel-Peters

Connect:
Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com
Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella 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/

Friday, November 24, 2017

EP 13 - THE AFRICAN INSTINCT


In This Episode:

Many thousands of years ago, the Egyptians created Pyramids, Statues and other amazing architectural structures that still leave archaeologists in awe.

Have you ever wondered how they were able to do all of this, without any formal or advanced training?

It’s something that I like to call 'The African Instinct'

Mentioned In This Episode:
1.  Passbook - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passbook
2.  Ledger - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ledger  

Connect:
Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com
Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella 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/

Friday, November 17, 2017

EP 12 - INTERRACIAL MARRIAGE


In This Episode:

‘I always wondered why people looked at my fiancé and I funny when we walked down the street until I realized, they weren’t actually looking at us funny, they were looking at ME funny. It happens in my country of origin in Africa, and in the country, I now call home in Europe. Is it still that shocking to see a white man and a black woman together?’

That was the exact same question that was going through my mind when my Nigerian friend who had just gotten married to her German boyfriend, was telling me this story.

You would think that with all the technological advancements in the world, nothing would seem new or shocking to people, but that is wrong.

People still have this absolutely wrong and absurd notion not just about Interracial Couples, but about the African/Black person in the relationship.

Mentioned In This Episode:
1.  Green Card - https://www.uscis.gov/greencard
2.  Lagos - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagos

Connect:
Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com
Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella 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/

Friday, November 10, 2017

EP 11 - The African Natural Life


In This Episode:

My grandfather lived to be over 100 years old. I always wondered how he made it so far, until one day it hit me. Even in his 80’s and 90’s he would go all the way to his farm to get fresh ingredients to cook.
He never used a microwave or ate canned or processed foods. He and my grandmother always turned to natural remedies when they were ill, which they rarely were.

My grandparents were all about the ‘organic life’. Isn’t it funny how the world is coming back to this lifestyle? Organic foods, Natural Hair, Natural Remedies.

The world is gradually returning to 'The African Natural Life’.

Mentioned In This Episode:
1. Africa Victory Hour - https://mikearnoldministries.wordpress.com/africa-victory-hour/
2. Mr. Mike Arnold - https://mikearnoldministries.wordpress.com
3. Sprouts - https://www.sprouts.com
4. Palm Wine - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm_wine
5. Zobo - http://www.naijachef.com/recipe/zobo-drink-hibiscus-drink/
6. Ori (Shea Butter) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shea_butter
7. 4c Hair - https://blacknaps.org/know-your-hair-type/
8. Palm Oil - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm_oil   

Connect:
Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com
Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella 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/

Friday, November 3, 2017

EP 10 - GHANA, MY SECOND HOME


In This Episode:

When you speak of Tourism in Africa, some of the first places that come to your mind are South Africa, Morocco or Kenya, but there are so many other beautiful places to visit.

Ghana is one of my favorite destinations in Africa. Even though I am originally from Nigeria, Ghana has always been a second home to me. It’s a beautiful place, full of beautiful people and it is most definitely a tourist destination worth visiting.

If you enjoy traveling and exploring new places, then this episode is for you because I would be telling you about some of the most amazing monuments, markets, hotels, food, fashion and lifestyle in the wonderful country called Ghana.

Mentioned In This Episode:
1.  Ghana - http://www.ghana.gov.gh/
2. Kwame Nkrumah - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwame_Nkrumah
3. Elmina Castle - http://www.elminacastle.info/
4. Transatlantic Slave Trade - https://www.britannica.com/topic/transatlantic-slave-trade
5. Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum & Memorial Park - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwame_Nkrumah_Mausoleum
6. National Theater - http://nationaltheatreghana.com/
7. Jamestown  - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamestown/Usshertown,_Accra
8. Makola Market - http://www.viewghana.com/famous-makola-market-accra/
9. Labadi Beach - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labadi_Beach
10. Aburi Village - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aburi
11. International Emmy Awards - https://www.iemmys.tv/
12. Melanie Crane Couture - http://www.melaniecranecouture.com/
13. Labadi Beach Hotel - http://labadi-beach.accra-hotels-gh.com/en/
14. Movenpick Ambassador - https://www.movenpick.com/en/africa/ghana/accra/moevenpick-ambassador-hotel-accra/overview/overview-2017/
15. African Regent - https://www.africanregent.com/
16. Villa Monticello - http://villamonticello.com/
17. Ramada Resort (Accra Coco Beach) - http://www.ramadaresortaccra.com/
19. Fiesta Royale - http://fiestahospitality.com/
20. La Villa Boutique - http://www.lavillaghana.com/
21. Becca - https://www.facebook.com/beccamusic/
22. Sakordie - https://www.facebook.com/sarkodie.obidiponbidi/
23. Efya - http://www.efyasworld.com/
24. Van Vicker - https://www.facebook.com/officialvanvicker/
25. Nadia Buari - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nadia_Buari
26. Jackie Appiah -  https://www.facebook.com/jackieappiah/
27. Chris Attoh - http://chrisattoh.com/
28. Juliet Ibrahim - https://www.facebook.com/julietibrahimpage/
29. John Dumelo - https://www.facebook.com/mrdumelo/
30. Majid Michel - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Majid_Michel

Connect:
Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com
Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella 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/

Friday, October 27, 2017

EP 9 - Cartoons & Pornography


In This Episode:

I found out something about a month ago that absolutely blew my mind. It is crazy what our kids could be exposed to.

Some sick individuals decided to create a porn industry out of cartoon characters. What kills me the most, is that some even sicker individuals decided that it would be a great idea to create porn using cartoon characters from shows that our children love.

This episode is aimed at parents and guardians. We need to be very careful and do what’s necessary to protect our kids from the evils of this world.

Mentioned In This Episode:
1.  Stella Damasus Blog - (THIS POST IS FOR 18+ ONLY) http://www.stelladamasusblog.com/2017/08/why-your-child-could-be-watching-porn.html
2. Youtube - https://www.youtube.com
3. iPad - https://www.apple.com/ipad/
4. App Store - https://www.apple.com/ios/app-store/
5. Google Play Store - https://play.google.com/store?hl=en

Connect:
Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com
Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella 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/

Friday, October 20, 2017

EP 8 - BLACK ON BLACK RACISM


In This Episode:

When you hear the word RACISM, immediately you think of a white man oppressing a “black man” or “people of color”.

In the USA, when you say “black man” or “people of color”, immediately you think an African American man, but what about the African Immigrant? What about the Latinos? The Indians? The Caribbean’s? Are we not people of color too?

Black on black racism exists and it’s about time we start talking about it.

Mentioned In This Episode:
1.  Racism
2. Black Lives Matter - https://blacklivesmatter.com
3. Daniel Ademinokan - https://www.danielademinokan.com
4. Colorblind PSA - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsFcq6EVeW8&t=12s
5. UBER - https://www.uber.com

Connect:
Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com
Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella 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/

Friday, October 13, 2017

EP 7 - THE GIRL


In This Episode:

We live in a world where it’s ok for a man to marry a CHILD
We live in a world where this CHILD loses her right to education to satisfy the sexual desires of a psychopath she now calls a husband
We live in a world where this CHILD is then forced to bear a CHILD for her ‘husband’
We live in a world where this CHILD is then tossed aside, and made to live like a wild animal due to the repercussions of early childbirth
We live in a world where the GIRL CHILD is treated like she is less than human, and then grows up to only continue the fight to be treated like a human.

It hurts to see that after all these years and all the advancements in technology, the Girl child still faces the primitive issues she has struggled with from day one.

Today I raise my voice LOUDER, as I speak up for the rights of the Girl Child.

Mentioned In This Episode:
1.  Stella Damasus’ “Day of the Girl” Monologue - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLet1Nd-47Q&t=15s
2. The Day of the Girl (International Day of the Girl Child) - http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/girl-child
3. Mental Health Awareness Day - http://www.who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/en/
4. Girl Child Education 
5. Al Jazeera - http://www.aljazeera.com/
6. Stella Damasus on Al Jazeera - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nypkT5OewuA
7. VVF (Vesicovaginal Fistula) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vesicovaginal_fistula
8. Women Equality
9. Girls Not Bride - https://twitter.com/childnotbride
7. Twitter - https://twitter.com/
8. End Child Marriage - https://twitter.com/End2ChildAbuse

Connect:
Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com
Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella 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/

Friday, October 6, 2017

EP 6 - WRONG PARENTING


In This Episode: 

“My 4 year old told me he is gay” … 

How can a 4-year-old, who hasn’t been involved in any sexual activity know his sexual preference? 

These are the exact thoughts that came to my mind when I heard a couple on TV make that statement. What could this child have been exposed to? What have these parents allowed their child to see or even do? It’s a whole different case when it’s a young adult or an adult, that fully understands what sex and sexual preferences are, but with a child, I think that’s just not right. 

As parents, we should not forget that our first job is to raise our children before anything else. Call me old-fashioned, call me a typical ‘African Parent’, but there are somethings that I just can’t agree with. 

Mentioned In This Episode:
1. Mental Health 
2. Doctors
3. Pediatrician 
4. Psychology 
5. Sex Education Expert

Connect:
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com 

Friday, September 29, 2017

EP 5 - HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY NIGERIA


In This Episode:

I have never admitted it publicly, but for a while I have had this love/hate feeling for MY country, Nigeria. From the place to the people, I just couldn’t deal with it. BUT, that feeling didn’t last very long becuase honestly, I REALLY DO LOVE MY COUNTRY! There are so many experiences and opportunities I have today that I won’t trade for anything in this world, because it’s a big part of who I am.

That’s why in honor of our Independence Day (1st of October), I decided to dedicate this episode to my country. I am going to share with you, all the amazing things that I love about Nigeria.

Mentioned In This Episode:
1. Nollywood (Nigerian Film Industry)
2. Oscars - http://oscar.go.com
3. Hollywood
4. Bollywood 
5. United Nations - http://www.un.org/en/index.html
6. Toronto Film Festival - https://www.tiff.net
7. Nigerian Music Industry
8. Nicki Minaj
9. Drake - http://www.drakeofficial.com/music.html
10. Akon - http://www.akon.com
11. Jay-Z
12. Roc Nation - http://rocnation.com
13. Beyoncé - https://www.beyonce.com
14. Trey Songz - http://www.treysongz.com/#
15. Missy Elliot - http://www.missy-elliott.com/#
16. Queen Idia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idia
17. Queen Amina - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amina
18. Obaseki
19. Oba Ovonramwen - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ovonramwen
20. Festac 77 Head - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FESTAC_77
21.  Will Smith - http://www.willsmith.com
22.  Concussion - http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/concussion/

Connect:
Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com
Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella 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/