Browsing tag: Chimdinma Onwukwe


I woke up this morning to find Chimdinma Onwukwe’s story, Women Like Me Don’t Die on my Facebook newsfeed. Lately, I’ve been reading quite a bit of writing by young Nigerian women and I’m struck by how bold and fearless they are. Chimdinma and I were raised in different worlds. She in Nigeria, I in the United States. The details of our stories might be different but the essence is the same. I understand what she’s talking about. Yet, as a young woman, I never had the courage to speak the way she does. I was alone in the dark. I

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WOMEN LIKE ME DO NOT DIE:Chimdinma Onwukwe

It always begins with this numbness on the spot where I know my heart lies, my inside becomes heavy as though every organ has just been assigned a gruesome task - twist and pull. Then my mood dives, my children become intolerable and their whines irritate me. During the day, I eat everything, anything - like a lactating mammal, and at night, I get doused in my own tears. It is an unending cycle. I am telling these to my best-friend Ifeyinwa when she says in that gentle attitude of hers 'Look Oby, If what you want is for me to

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