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Know Safa Idriss Nour (then & now)
Super model Waris Dirie Somali model insisted Safa Idriss Nour, the child who played her suffering FGM in biopic, had to be spared the same fate
When she was three years old, Safa Idriss Nour received something no girl in her slum in Djibouti had been given before – a signed contract from her parents stating they would never inflict genital mutilation on her.
In Djibouti, in the Horn of Africa, an estimated 98% of girls and women have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM), a procedure that usually involves cutting off the clitoris and some of the labia, so this was a remarkable event. Equally remarkable is the story of how Nour came to get the contract and, indeed, of her battle to ensure that her parents stuck to the terms of the deal.
Nour starred in a film adaptation of Desert Flower, the international bestselling autobiography by Somali model and anti-FGM activist Waris Dirie. Published in 1997, her first book follows Dirie from her birth into a nomadic family in Somalia – from whom she fled, aged 13, after her father attempted to marry her to a 60-year-old man – to her becoming an international supermodel.
In 2007, Nour was asked to play the young Dirie as she undergoes FGM – on condition that her parents sign a contract agreeing never to perform the same ritualistic operation on her (keep reading)
Two girls eat sweets as they wait for food during food distribution in Minkaman, Lakes State on June 26, 2014. About 94,000 people have sought refuge in Minkaman after fighting broke out in neighbouring states. (Andreea Campeanu/Reuters)
Don’t you just want to eat this all up? Nigerians would understand me 😩😩☺️
So I disappeared for a few days because I went back home to Aba to attend my father’s wedding. At 70 years old, I guess it is never too late to find some sort of happiness. Having been single for goodness knows how long and over a decade of coming home to a dark (we literally have no electricity at home) and empty house, I’m so happy that things will be a bit different. Everyone danced in the rain, both the young and old and everything smelt of sweat, palm-wine and firewood. My father wanted a small affair and was a bit grumpy that it turned into a full out celebration, but who could help that??!
I’m really okay with all these selfie shots since I never take them… But a girl got an iPad and was feeling special
Super-heroines spotted somewhere in Lagos Nigeria, West Africa.
So, don’t you underestimate the STRENGTH OF A WOMAN.
I really don’t know who came up with the name but “Obroni wewu” actually means “Dead white man’s stuff”. Second hand clothing and stuff are called Obroni wewu in Ghana. The upper middle class and rich are normally too shy to come to the Kantamanto market to shop so they either send someone else with a shopping list or they get the sellers to package and deliver the goods in their homes or offices. A more friendly name for the shops where you get used clothing is “bend down boutique”. #kantamanto #usedclothesmarket #ghana #marketscene
Photo by Nana Kofi Acquah @africashowboy (Copyright: 2014).
Eduwoji ft. Keche - Akyea Lege
African girls step in the club like…
i love it
My girls 💜
Roland, 20, MD.
#Lil #cousin #wedding #today #my #first #official #asoebi #gele in #lasgidi #londontolagos 😉 #selfie #nigerian #mode