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Chapter One

  ONE Advice is a stranger. If he’s welcome, he stays for the night. If not, he leaves the same day.   MALAGASY PROVERB Four days before my wedding to Rabiu, … Continue Reading →

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Q & A with Shelah L. Maul

Kevin Peter of caught up with author Shelah L. Maul and got her to talk a little about her book Hausa Blues. You can find the original interview here: … Continue Reading →

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Hosting a book club?

Shelah has been an active participant of book clubs  for almost ten years. She enjoys spending time with book lovers, discussing plot nuances and hearing what others have taken away  from some great titles. This … Continue Reading →

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Meet Zenab

  I met Zenab while working in a classroom for medically fragile pre-schoolers with multiple disabilities. My role was to facilitate functional communication skills and hers was to assist one of … Continue Reading →


A woman without children is a useless wife!

Excerpt from Hausa Blues: “What are you even doing here?” my mother-in-law, Lami, asked when visiting. “You are worthless— just wasting time, and eating food.” The respite between family visits was … Continue Reading →


Someone worth listening to

Who do you believe are the people best equipped to give insight and guidance in your life? I wonder if we’re all subconsciously drawn to listen to people who have … Continue Reading →


Are you resilient?

  I’ve encountered two extremes of people in my life. The first person was born into the best possible earthly circumstances with equal measures of good looks, intelligence, and opportunity. … Continue Reading →