On A Day Like This

“Everybody has days like this, sis” my big brother simply said, after checking on me for a bit longer than he usually can. We didn’t really talk about it, because…well, what new thing is there to say when you’re feeling kind of disheartened for no ‘apparent’ reason? You already know what to do about it…find…

A Thought About Africa

Luca Neghesti wrote: “Maybe it isn’t about democratizing Africa, but about Africanizing democracy” This really has me thinking. Maybe the issue with many of us around the world, including Africa, is that we have bought the belief that Africa is ‘less than’. That somehow we, Africans, have to apologize for being who we are, how we…

Angels & Olive Oil

I know if I hadn’t done it I would have asked myself that everlasting “what if?”, and that is not a fun open-ended question with which to live.

An Unlikely Meeting

While swimming in open waters, immersed in a world set a 1000 years from now, the Princess was happy to be alive. Being a princess sounded fancy, but most people didn’t know of the physical, mental, and emotional battles the Princess fought figuratively and in actuality. Most people didn’t see the scars she kept so…

Sophia Who? An interview with Tes Silverman

Sometime around this past February, after the publication of Sofi’s Short Stories, I was approached about being interviewed for a phenomenal podcast, r(E)volutionary Woman. That episode aired today! Tes Silverman is the artist behind the scenes and founder of r(E)volutionary Woman. She interviews women from around the world to ask them about the amazing things…

Let’s Grow Old Together

Have you ever looked at someone romantically, and thought ‘I’d grow old with this person’ ? You might even be with such a person now. Well, the details of getting older sure are different than what I had in mind in my teens, and early 20s. I saw it as something…cute. Growing old together looked…

Beauty is in the Eye of the…Beheld?

Okay, Hi. Here me out. Here’s what I’m thinking & I would love to hear your thoughts on it 🙏🏽 Some people’s beauty is just seen for longer moments, and some for shorter moments, but everybody can see at least a passing moment of beauty in everybody, and beauty is in the eye of the…

Who Said? She Said! (Perspective)

The more you learn your lessons, the less you feel the losses; not because the opportunities won’t be there, but because your perspective will have changed. Who said? Sophia Neghesti-Johnson said.

Who Said? She Said!

“Konokono ndiyo anabeba nyumba” (Translation: The snail carries its home; (inferred: humans don’t carry theirs”) Who said? Bibi Fatma said.

Who Said? She Said! (Stankolada)

She said: “Pineapple and coconut are great together but not in the form of funk!” Who said? Yomi (7yrs old) said. (In reference to a deodorant 🤣)

Who Said? She Said! (Art & Soul)

She said: “God is such a Painter. To remove art from schools is like removing soul from humanity.” Who said? Sophia Zarina Neghesti-Johnson said.