Each week here at YNaija, we round up the best Nigerian writing on the internet, highlighting the stories, profiles, interviews and in-depth reporting that rise above the daily churn. Here are the ones that caught our attention:
A guide to restaurants in Lagos owned and run by women – Love Akinkunle
Tarragon is one of the most popular fine dining restaurants in Lagos with executive Chef Tiyan Alile serving up avant-garde cuisine. Chef Tiyan also founded the Culinary Academy, the country’s first culinary school. A well-accomplished Chef and teacher, Chef Tiyan has authored a story cookbook’ “Tale in a Pie” and is dedicated to developing culinary craft in Nigeria, and sharing Nigerian cuisine with the world.
How the COVID-19 pandemic has affected feminine hygiene – Shade Mary-Anne Olaoye
Extreme poverty, menstrual stigma, and taboos, the increase in the price of menstrual products, limited access, as well as the high cost of mobility due to the pandemic, expose people who menstruate such as vulnerable women, prison inmates, persons with disabilities, shelter residents and displacement camps, makeshift communities and more, to harmful and unhygienic menstrual practices.
Nigeria’s Yoruba women announce their arrival in style – Nduka Orjinmo
The Yoruba are Nigeria’s second largest ethnic group with a reputation for loud celebrations and incessant parties – anything from a new child to a new house warrants a huge gathering of friends and family and music, food and drinks.
The moves made by these women, and many others to ensure the safety of Seyitan, shows that women have always been a strong support system for each other while helping to fight against the oppression of women in society.
We have definitely become irreverently louder in dismantling the societal structures which aim to discriminate against some members of our society, and this activism should extend to the LGBTQIA+ society, as we all know it’s not easy navigating life in a country like Nigeria where people’s sexual orientation and identity are still criminalised.