transitions of a naijaboi. images of the queer gender non conforming nigerian artist at work and play
happy born day to me!
it has been a year of growth, art making, challenges, letting go, resiliency, opportunities and new family. im grateful for the love of my life ni’ja whitson and her saying yes to be my spouse. im grateful for the love, support, spirit, excitement and joy we share together. im grateful the universe brought my souls desires and mate forward in she. im grateful for my mothers love and blessings of our union. im grateful she supports her gender non conforming child and is in my corner. im grateful the creator gave me life and ingenuity to be who i am. im grateful for old and new friends. im grateful for the brilliance and joy of the few i call chosen family. im grateful for allies who care and are allies in my life, organizing work and art making.
im grateful for the artist opportunities i have been able to make happen. im grateful that the universe and people are starting to acknowledge my skills, brilliance and artist sensibilities. finished a wonderfully spirit and community charged residency in austin with my love and allgo. ive gotten into great film screening this year and incredible innovative interdisciplinary documentary institute this year. the years not over just got into two great artist fellowship-more info to come. ancestors and universe are shining their light upon me.
i lost many people this last year, packed and closed up a spiritual/ organizing organizing doing work for communities of color and the queer community in the bronx for 15, fractured bones and didnt always know where the money would come from, amongst others things. ive had to step up to the challenges and learn how to be grounded in myself, in my relationship w spouse/family/ friends to make it thru this year. the universe revealed who the people are that care and took others away who were toxic. i hope the space that has been opened up will allow the good people in who need to be in this next phase of my life because much is happening.
im looking forward to finishing my film this year 2013 and looking forward to stepping into my world/work/life fully. ase’
may this year be filled with love, art, community, abundance, safe and sacred space, ritual, graduation and spirit womynifested! ase’
ese pupo orisa, ese pupo olodumare, ese pupo ori mi, ese pupo egun, ese pupo osoosi, ese pupo iyami, ese pupo osun. ase’
Yorùbá Yé Mi is an interactive, communicative, introductory, multi-media program intended to provide college/university students with basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills of language learning in Yorùbá. It exposes the learner not only to Yorùbá language in meaningful situations but also to the culture of the Yorùbá-speaking people of South-western Nigeria. It contains effective techniques for teaching and learning Yorùbá including tones, and is user friendly in its approach.
Yorùbá Yé Mi was initially sponsored by University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services. It is currently funded by the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning, http://www.coerll.utexas.edu/ and the U.S. Department of Education Title VI Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education. Yorùbá Yé Mi is an open access site that does not require fees or password.
so needed by many of us. great find.
Against the Grain Screening at Philly Trans-Health Conference
come check out the screening of my short film “Against the Grain” at the Philly Trans Health Conference this thurday May 31st, 2012.
Philadelphia Trans- Health Conference
May 31st - June 2nd 2012 at the Philadelphia Convention Center
Time slot: 31 May 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Gender Reel presents….
3 amazing films about the personal lives and experiences of trans people in our community who are dedicated to moving the transgender agenda forward personally and politically. Gender Reel, the East Coasts only multi-media festival dedicated to enhancing visibility of gender non-conforming and transgender people. The 3 films are: “Against the Grain,” follows the story of Oluseyi, a cultural organizer, artist, healer, Nigerian and Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) candidate whose spirit is transcending gender. The film traces their journey including hormone replacement therapy - testosterone - and the path of understanding identity as gender non-conforming or Tako Tabo (womyn/man). This is the first time this film is being screened in the Philadelphia area. “Changing Houses,” Rusty and Chelsea are a transgender lesbian couple who devoted fifteen years to making their Brooklyn home a communal living space for transgender women in need. A crossroads for transgender civil rights organizers, the house became home to Stonewall legend Sylvia Rivera in the last years of her life. The couples dream of a commune quickly became unmanageable as social workers referred more young transgender women to Rusty and Chelsea then they could accomodate, and eventually the self-made family lost their “Ma” Sylvia. This film commemorates the houses rich activsit history, reflects on the joys and challenges of communal living and discusses the continued struggles of the transgender community with regards to discrimination and homelessness. “Envisioning Justice,” is a short documentary about the life and work of Pauline Park, a transgender activist based in New York City. At the conclusion of the screenings, Oluseyi and Pauline will conduct a short Q & A with the audience.
About the Conference
Now in its eleventh year, PTHC proudly offers a space for transgender people and our allies, families, and providers to come together to re-envision what health means for transgender people. The focus of this unique conference is promoting transgender health and wellness in mind, body, spirit, and community. PTHC recognizes the interconnections among all aspects of our well-being; including health, safety, education, employment, housing, and social support.
Millionaire Nigerian Pastors- Buy your way to Spirituality
check out the video here
Miracles, expensive cars, exorcisms and bodyguards: religion is big business in Nigeria. Reporter Seyi Rhodes and director Matt Haan travel to Lagos to reveal the extraordinary world of the millionaire preachers.
By promoting a dream of escaping poverty, they have turned their churches into corporations, which are changing the face of Christianity.
Every Sunday millions of Nigerians crowd into thousands of competing churches. The team visits one church in Lagos run by Dr Sign Fireman, an up-and-coming preacher who is attempting to break into the big time.
They find 2000 people at an event billed as the Burial of Satan. After a rock-star entrance, Dr Fireman begins his service by exorcising the demons in his congregation.
Many Nigerian Pentecostal Christians believe that demons are the root cause of their problems in life and come to people like Dr Fireman to get rid of them. Over 20 men and women, including some who worked for Dr Fireman, have the evil spirits inside them expelled.
Sick members of the congregation come forward for miracle healing. Dr Fireman claims to have God-given powers that can change people’s lives, from raising people from the dead to curing earache. One man tells the crowd he is crippled and blind. Dr Fireman then channels his powers to help the man walk and see again. Yet, earlier the team has seen the man walking unaided.
At the close of the event the crowd swarms forward and throws money at Dr Fireman’s feet. There is so much cash it has to be collected in dustbins. Rhodes talks to one worshipper who says that those who give money are repaid by God with good fortune.
Some Nigerian Pentecostal Christians believe giving 10% of their income will bring God’s blessing into their lives, their families and their businesses. With the service over, Dr Fireman leaves in his yellow 4x4 Hummer.
Through the marketing of his talents, Dr Fireman has expanded his Perfect Christianity Ministry to 40 branches. Key to this growth is the emphasis on prosperity preaching: teaching that prosperity is a sign of spiritual blessing. The idea is that to become rich, you should give money to the church.
Pentecostal and independent churches in Nigeria tap into the Nigerian dream: the aspiration of having and being seen to have cars, houses, money and power. To get more people to join his church, Dr Fireman believes portraying the right image is essential and shows the trappings of wealth his church has brought him. He travels everywhere with his bodyguards in one of his three yellow luxury cars, which have a combined worth of more than £150,000.
Dr Fireman’s business model is not a new one. Most of the richest pastors in Nigeria use similar methods of expansion. The team meets Pastor Chris Okotie, the fifth richest pastor in the country, who had hits in the 80s with records such as Secret Love and Show Me Your Backside.
His church, House of God, attracts Nigerian film stars, celebrities and musicians. Pastor Okotie has used his power base to run for the last three presidential elections, believing the principles of prosperity preaching will provide a better future for Nigeria.
Local journalist Simon Ateba says it’s almost impossible to establish their true wealth. Simon takes the team to the headquarters of Christ Embassy. He claims that two years ago when he tried to take photographs of the building, security guards dragged him inside and beat him until he fainted. Soon after he tells this story, security guards drag Rhodes into the building by his belt. He escapes unscathed.
The team visits Dr Fireman. He’s busy in a music studio recording a new song as he expands his business into the music industry. Rhodes asks him how he can square his wealth and celebrity status with the teachings and life of Jesus.
Dr Fireman says that God wants him to be rich and denies that Jesus had a humble life. ‘Jesus was rich and had an accountant who followed him around,’ he tells Rhodes.
THIS IS HILARIOUS: UNT ASO African Rap Battle Parody
“But I’m not an African”
I waited 34 years for the love of my life. Queer brown love is a beautiful thing. Ase’
spirit told me she was the one. i asked her to marry me. Engagement photo (#3)of a happy naijaboi.
queer brown love gives thanx to the universe 4 love.