Olustories

Top New York legal recruiter, Emily Witt is finally pursuing her childhood dreams of being a broadcast journalist after a long and steady successful career as a leading legal recruiter in New York. Emily was a senior legal recruiter at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, which is routinely ranked as the number one most prestigious law firm in America. While a managing director at another New York legal recruiting firm, the pandemic which forced New…
Contemporary African American writers of fiction must deal with the issue of how blacks are represented in their works. Often using blacks as their protagonists, the tendency has been to channel the black experience in reality, and depict the harmful consequences of racism in America. Historically, race in America is inextricably linked with social class, as blacks are often depicted as poverty-stricken in contrast to their white counterparts. However, significant changes have occurred post-civil rights…
keep the faith Check out this mask: It embraces the times we now live in. Through art, I continue to find creative ways to inspire and send motivational messages. If you have a keen eye, you will notice the ‘Faith’ bracelet too. Not only do I live by this prophetic word, but also it is the slogan our new President stands on when he says, ‘Keep the faith’. Shiri, you may protest, but we’ve seen…
[The mistaken assumption that we have achieved so much racial progress] that we should discontinue [legal] efforts born of the reactions to slavery and Jim Crow suggests that those who believe that we are in a post-racial environment are [either] naïve […] or racially insensitive – Charles Ogletree, Director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, and Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, Harvard Law School In July of 2009, national media broadcasted a disturbing…
When punishment must be swift and severe to protect the sacred symbolism of democracy The whole world except America’s caviar chugging, wine swigging elite knows the implications of what happened on January 6, when a mob instigated by Trump took over Congress. America’s elite which has always closed its eyes to the travails of common Americans and squeezed its nose at minorities and Black people, is playing ostrich. It is the manner of the elite.…
Garuba also had an immense gift for friendship. Harry Garuba who passed in February 2020 was a well-known figure on the Nigerian literary scene primarily as a mentor to many budding writers at the University of Ibadan (UI) where he taught for two decades. He also served as an assistant general secretary of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) in addition to editing the ANA Review, the association’s journal. In 1998, he relocated to South Africa…
Picture this for life with #46! When Shiri Achu and her family took a photo with the future 46th US President, Joe Biden. July 2007. “Wake up!  Wake up!!” Ecstatically, we tried to wake our big brother up from his deep slumber. It was 3  in the morning. We had just driven to his flat—ok, apartment—in North London and we had an early morning flight to catch. “What are you guys doing here?” he said…
Claudia’s grandfather from China, Siu KanChiu who changed his name to Guillermo Siu, born circa 1914. A world of immigrants When the major networks finally projected that Joe Biden had been elected the 46th President of the United States in the afternoon of November 7, 2020, after finally crossing the 270 electoral votes threshold with the winning of Pennsylvania, I had not been prepared for the massive celebrations that followed. The customary projections declaring the…
The Food Pantry at Columbia How Black men experience discrimination in university campuses I knew just what to do. As I retrieve my university ID from my wallet, I start to record the incident on my phone. My previous experience from a false race-based call at George Washington University, where I had earned my law degree just last year had prepared me, and this time I was ready. I did not attribute my replayed perennial…
A tale of Nigeria’s crooked killer cops October 20, 2020, video showing how soldiers fired at unarmed Nigerian youth peacefully protesting against police brutality and bad governance. My childhood friend, Bola Afilaka was murdered by Nigerian police in 1995 after refusing to pay ‘egunje’ (a bribe) at a police checkpoint. He was an economics major at Ahmadu Bellow University. A few days ago on October 20, I received an article on WhatsApp from a childhood…