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#CongoIsBleeding

Usually, when we talk about Congolese people, we usually think of their music -- and rightly so. It has given birth to Blues, Jazz, Gospels and Afrobeats to name but a few. We often also talk about Congolese people as sapeur, in their bright colour shirts, completed with pointy shoes, to sooth the soul of the onlooker. It's a ritual that has now become a trend across the continent. But there is another group we should be talking about -- even protecting and supporting -- but as yet have not: Congolese women; the women my mother and I call aunties, koko and nieces and neighbours. Why? For the past 20-years, rebel groups in and outside the Congolese and Rwandan armies...

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#ENDSARS: The movement that has been rupturing through Nigeria

I’m sure that if you’ve been on social media lately, you must have come across multiple posts spreading the awareness of what has been going on in Nigeria. With many people protesting for the end of police brutality and the end of “SARS” I’m sure you must be wondering what has brought about this propaganda.  Well let me break it down for you… SARS, also known as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, is an armed police force unit in Nigeria which is supposed to tackle armed robberies and specific cases of that league. Unfortunately this form of security tasked with the job of protecting civilians has been terrorising the youth for decades leading to innocent people being brutalised, harassed, extorted, killed...

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Staying Active Without The Gym

As we do not have access to gyms with all its space and equipment, we must improvise, therefore there are no excuses for you not to keep in shape. You can turn your balcony, garden and even living room into your own fitness studio. Thanks to the internet it is now super easy to follow workouts online, from YouTube, Facebook and even from your favourite fitness influencers on Instagram. Keeping active is not only beneficial physically, but it is incredibly important for keeping a healthy mental state. Getting up and getting outside in the fresh air, eating healthy and exercising will help until the lockdown is lifted. Here are some great ways and home workout tips you can use at home to make the most out of...

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The Road to Recovery

You’re not too busy to take a few moments everyday to address mobility and stability problems. When it comes to rehabilitation in training and dealing with injuries majority of people have a “if it’s not broken don’t fix it” kind of approach. Where in normal life that may make sense in the athletic world it should be more of a “see it, say it & sort it” approach. The most important part of rehabilitation is patience, accepting that there’s an issue and having the will to wait whilst it gets sorted. This often means, not training, not lifting at the same capacity and sometimes being completely inactive. But see it as a temporary sacrifice for the greater good of your physical...

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Growing your glutes

When it comes to training glutes the main factors influencing the appearance are: 60% genetics, 20% nutrition and 20% training. Genetics plays a huge role in your glute appearance however don’t let that disheartened you, you can’t control your genes but you can change your mindset. With both nutrition and training you will be able to change the appearance of your glutes and grow that booty!  The first part of growing your glutes is glute activation. Glute activation involves activating the glute muscles before any major leg/glute exercises, basically a warm up for specifically your glutes. If your glutes are not warmed up and prepared, other muscles will compensate and work instead of your glutes. This is one of the...

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