Bloggers Uncensored: with Zikanni's Musings
Welcome to this weeks Bloggers Uncensored! This is my longest running blog series, and definitely my favourite. This series is a perfect opportunity to read your favourite bloggers' honest and uncensored opinions on real life topics, and to discover new bloggers that you can start following! This weeks blogger is Zikanni's Musings.
Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Jennifer Igbokwe. But you can call me Zikanni. I'm a 19 year old final year law student in the university. I live in Nigeria. I'm the eldest child in my family.
Why do you write?
I write because I love to express myself with words. I love to read and the styles of so many writers appealed to me. When I'm sad or down, reading helps me calm down. So does writing.
Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging because I felt I needed to share my thoughts on a larger scale. Not just WhatsApp statuses and Instagram.
What do you love about the blogging world/community?
I love that the blogosphere is so helpful. I joined Twitter in December last year. I've never felt any affinity towards this medium but the Twitter blogosphere welcomed me. Everyone was willing to share ideas, posts, retweet your posts. It's amazing.
In your opinion, who are the most underrated bloggers?
To me, I think the most underrated bloggers are those ones who try to start from the ground up with no followers, no nothing. It's very hard to convince people.
What are some hard truths you have learnt about life?
Everyone gets to learn some hard truths about life. If you choose to learn anyway. I haven't lived very long but I've learnt that if you don't love and value yourself enough to speak you truth without shame, to speak your mind, no one will do it for you. Also, live your life for you. No one else. People will still talk anyway.
What does freedom mean to you?
To me, freedom means being allowed to live my life on my own terms without fear that it's going to be taken away.
What are your thoughts on mental health and how it's portrayed in today's society?
I think mental health is downplayed. Especially in Nigeria. People think it's one of those excuses you give to get out of doing things. Mental health is serious business. If it's not all good up there, it's not your fault. Help is everywhere. Society portrays it in the light of total helplessness.
What are your thoughts on feminism and how it's portrayed in today's society?
I believe that the tenets of feminism are true. Women should have equal rights with men. No one should give or not give me something on the basis of "because you're a woman". That's total nonsense. Society get's it wrong. True feminists are not fighting with men over who gets control. They want equal rights and equal responsibilities.
What advice would you give to someone who is fighting a mental illness?
To someone who is fighting a mental illness, I would advise you to seek the help of a professional. It's nothing to be ashamed of. Honestly. Don't listen to anything different. You're still you.
What advice would you give to someone who is being bullied or harassed?
I would advise you to love yourself enough to stand up for yourself. Report to a teacher or adult. Bullying seems harmless till it's not.
If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?
If I could rid the world of one thing, it would be never having enough.
What else do you feel strongly about?
I feel strongly about bullying and self esteem issues.
Let's end this with some fun 'This or That' questions:
Love or money?
Work hard or play hard?
Cups in the cupboard: right side up or upside down?
Chocolate or sex?
Plan everything or wing it?
Happiness or money?
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