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Ngozi Cole


Location icon Sierra Leone

I am a writer, editor and communications professional. As a freelance writer, I cover gender, human rights , culture and feminism. My articles have been featured on platforms such as Inter Press Service, Culture Trip, and Women's Media Center.

With close to four years of experience in communications for development, my work focuses on creating strategic communications and partnerships, using digital media tools and channels. I have a BA (Cum Laude) in History from The College of Wooster, Ohio, and an LLB from the University of London.

I am a FRIDA Young Feminist Fund Media Fellow( 2018 ) , a FRIDA Advisor and a Moremi Africa Leadership Fellow.

I am also the founder and editor of Poda-Poda Stories, a digital platform sharing Sierra Leonean literature. I have a personal blog,

Building Sierra Leone's next generation of feminists - Women's Media Center

The next generation of feminists are being nurtured in Sierra Leone, and Moiyattu Banya-Keister, a Sierra Leonean educator and feminist, has created a safe space for this to happen. Along with a small group of volunteers, Banya-Keister founded Girls Empowerment Sierra Leone (GESL), a feminist organization that helps girls become leaders and make positive changes in their communities, in Freetown, the nation's capital.

Disaster Strikes Freetown - over 400 Dead and 600 Still Missing

In the early hours of Monday morning, August 14, torrential rains hit Freetown, Sierra Leone's capital city. Several areas of the city were flooded, as houses were either partially submerged under water or destroyed. In Regent, a mountainous community on the outskirts of Freetown, extreme flooding triggered a mudslide on Mount Sugar Loaf, burying several houses and underneath dirt and rubble.

A Thin Line of Madness: by Ngozi Cole

Sweat dripping everywhere, the mattress was drenched with sacrilegious demons. The black ropes bound and bit into her coarse skin, her bones were now brittle and her tongue hung out lustily, from thirst and exhaustion. Every painful groan, every bellow from the pits of her hollow belly, was interpreted as a message from hell.

Religious leaders thwart abortion rights in Sierra Leone - Women's Media Center

The Safe Abortion Bill For every 100,000 live births in Sierra Leone, 1,360 women die. According to a 2015 World Health Organization report, Sierra Leone has the worst maternal mortality rate in the world, and complications from unsafe abortion procedures contribute to 10 percent of these deaths.

Brittle Paper
The Strangest Thing | by Ngozi Cole | African Poetry

It's hard to get inside my head. Many pendulums of unfinished thoughts Each swiveling recklessly off the edge of a careless charade. Words dripping from an orange amber suckle Succulent metaphors ready to burst from a Fragile nectar. Often, these blobs have become liquefied, And they've seep

The Patriotic Vanguard
The value of the 10%- The urgency of the Safe Abortion Act

Commentary By Ngozi Cole, Freetown, Sierra Leone. 1.7 million -this is the number of women who seek treatment or unsafe abortion complications in sub-Saharan Africa annually. 1360 per 100,000 live births-this is the maternal mortality ratio for women in Sierra Leone. For every 100,000 live births-1360 women die due to severe complications.

Thought Catalog
Just Eat More: For Skinny Girls

"Just eat more!" "Bo you dray o" "Of course you can afford to eat another doughnut, look at you" "Somebody feed her-fufu or a Big Mac " ... The gentle violence. The rib counting started early, when the crooked finger poked at her collar-bone , the grey eyebrows furrowed, and the rice matriarch cast a disapproving glance on her flat chest and flat ass ...

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