KBF said … An old man is needed in a country

“Mag mat naa bayyi ci’m reew” Ahhh – the elders. “Respect” was the only word I ever associated with them growing up. It was like their word was law. If you ask my mother, she will still tell you that their word IS law. It may be because she’s one of them now … anContinue reading “KBF said … An old man is needed in a country”

TIDIANE

CLARA: “ñaareel xaritu jëkkëram” – second wife I know he loves me more. He left her home so many times to be with me and I never understood why he stayed with her if he said he loved me so much. She’s basically his maid; she does everything in the house. I gotta give itContinue reading “TIDIANE”

THIANDELLA

It was the night of their wedding and all the guests had gone home. They were preparing for their honeymoon but there was something standing in the way. Madeleine owed her family one clarification before leaving: her virginity. They had to give the verdict. It was 4 AM, three hours after the couple snuck offContinue reading “THIANDELLA”

BALLA (ADAMA’s sequel from women’s series)

**At the Ndiaye residence** Balla stared at the destitute plate of food in front of him. He attempted yet again to make a meal for himself. It had been a long three weeks of not speaking to one another. At first, Adama tried to explain herself but eventually gave up as Balla refused to believeContinue reading “BALLA (ADAMA’s sequel from women’s series)”

MOUTAROU (guest writer)

***Unlike the other stories in the men’s series, this story is real. I’d personally like to thank our very own Moutarou for sharing his personal story.*** In Senegal there is a lot of social pressure.  Practically everyone throughout the country faces this phenomenon, women as well as men. As for the effect on me, I am the eldestContinue reading “MOUTAROU (guest writer)”

MBAYE

Mbaye: I am sorry. I’ve done everything anyone could think of… Laila: Shhh. Don’t beat yourself up about this. It’s not a big deal. I can wait. Mbaye: But you have been waiting. And it’s not fair to you. Laila: Baby, we’ve talked about this. We’ll just keep trying and going through treatment until weContinue reading “MBAYE”

BAMBA

All I’ve ever wanted was to be enough for my family and for myself. It’s hard when you have so much weight to carry on your shoulders. I sometimes think to myself that being a man is so hard when you’ve got all eyes on you. The older you get, the more responsibilities fall inContinue reading “BAMBA”

AIDA: A special self-reflection – « Jigéén dafa wara doxe ndank, waxe ndank » (A woman should not speak much)

My personality is strong. I don’t filter my thoughts and freely deliver my opinions as I see fit. I’m not ignorant or disrespectful; but I am confident and I am stern. I have been guided numerous times on how to “soften” myself up, especially if I want to find a good man to marry. LetContinue reading “AIDA: A special self-reflection – « Jigéén dafa wara doxe ndank, waxe ndank » (A woman should not speak much)”