Friday, March 27, 2020

EP 70 - The Reality of COVID-19



In This Episode: 

The world is currently going through the Coronavirus Pandemic. Infected people all around the globe are being quarantined, while the others are asked to self-isolate and practice social distancing.

While these measures are significant to curb the spread of the virus, I fear for my brothers and sisters in Africa who live in countries where the government doesn’t necessarily provide benefits for them that would help them get through this period.

Mentioned In This Episode:

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

Friday, March 6, 2020

EP 69 - Stealing or Reaping From Africa




In This Episode: 

I used to be one of those people who would complain about foreigners coming to Africa to steal our resources and rip us off, but I watched a documentary recently that really shocked me and got me thinking. Are they stealing our resources, or are some greedy leaders selling our continent to them and embezzling the money, while the masses continue to suffer. 

Mentioned In This Episode:

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

Friday, February 28, 2020

EP 68 - THE RETURN OF THE CROWN



In This Episode:
Growing up in Benin City, there was so much culture, history, and art. I grew up learning about all the beautiful artifacts created in Benin and also how a lot of them were stolen from us by the 'White Man'. This didn't happen only in the Benin Kingdom but across the whole of Africa.
So you can imagine my joy when I saw an article about an artifact being returned to Ethiopia. Could this be the beginning of an era? I think that It is about time all the stolen artifacts are returned to their rightful countries.
Mentioned In This Episode:
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Friday, February 21, 2020

EP 67 - THE GOLDEN STOOL: MYTH OR REAL?





In This Episode: 

One of the things I love most about growing up in Africa is that our history and culture is so rich. There are so many stories, both mythical and real, from Africa, one of them being the story of The Golden Stool of the Ashanti people in Ghana. If you have heard of it, what do you think? Could it be real, or is it a myth? If you haven’t, now is a good time to learn something new. 

Mentioned In This Episode:



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

Friday, February 7, 2020

EP 66 - WHY AFRICAN FOOD IS THE BEST



In This Episode:
After a trip to my county Nigeria, I realize that there is a major difference between the ‘organic food’ we believe we consume in the USA; and the authentic organic food grown in Africa.
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Friday, October 18, 2019

EP 65 - SEX FOR GRADES



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:
4. University of Lagos: https://unilag.edu.ng/
5. University of Ghana: https://www.ug.edu.gh/


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

Friday, September 27, 2019

EP 64 - Flora Nwapa: The Mother of Modern African Literature




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:
3 Ngugi Wa tihiong’o: https://ngugiwathiongo.com/
8 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/
22 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.com
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com 

Friday, August 30, 2019

EP 63 - My Country Nigeria



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:
2. Jim Ovia: https://jimovia.com/
4. Africa Rise and Shine: https://jimovia.com/the-book/
7. Price Water House Coopers: https://www.pwc.com/
8. United Nations: https://www.un.org/en/
9. Chimamanda Adichie: https://www.chimamanda.com/
14. Ben Okri: https://benokri.co.uk/
23. Beyoncé: https://www.beyonce.com/ 
25. Fela Kuti: http://fela.net/

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

Friday, August 9, 2019

EP 62 - Meet Nollywood




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/Nollywood
  3. Nigeria: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigeria
  4. Hollywood: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinema_of_the_United_States
  5. Bollywood: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bollywood
  6. Bruce Lee: https://brucelee.com/
  7. Hurbet Ogunde: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubert_Ogunde
  8. 35mm: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/35_mm_format
  9. 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.com
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com 

Friday, July 26, 2019

EP 61 - Beyond Religion




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.html
  4. Bakin Lade, Plateau: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barkin_Ladi
  5. US Department of State: https://www.state.gov/
Connect:
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com 


Friday, July 12, 2019

EP 60 - #MeTooAfrica




In This Episode: 

I talk about a long-awaited movement, that has begun in my country Nigeria and the whole of Africa. 

#MeTooAfrica

For 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_Assembly
  3. Biodun Fatoyinbo: http://bit.ly/2LeW7r3
  4. Timi Dakolo: http://bit.ly/2LeW7r3
  5. YNaija TV: http://ynaija.tv/
  6. Stella Damasus Reacts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=035TdxJlrgo
  7. Elisha Abbo: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishaku_Elisha_Abbo
  8. Gambia: http://www.visitthegambia.gm/
  9. Yahya Jammeh: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yahya_Jammeh
  10. Human Rights Watch and Trial International: https://www.hrw.org/topic/justicia-internacional/international-criminal-court
  11. New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/
  12. Adama Barrow: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adama_Barrow
  13. Equatorial Guinea: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equatorial_Guinea
  14. Fatou Jallow: https://nyti.ms/2XC5nfs 
  15. Gambia Youth and Reconciliation Commission: http://bit.ly/2NSddx1 
  16. Senegal: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senegal
  17. Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en.html
Connect:
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com