I Like Girls - with Aisha Salaudeen - is a show exploring the diverse stories of African women. Each episode offers firsthand insights into how gender shapes women's lives.
The Medication Didn't Treat Me Well
47:01When she turned 20, South African youtuber, entrepreneur and student, Zinhle Mnguni, was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Before her diagnosis, she spent a significant part of her life dealing with symptoms she didn’t understand. In this episode, she talks about what it’s like living with a mental health disorder, and how she is able to work through hard days.Through her story, we learn the importance of mental awareness as well as how to help loved ones who may be struggling mentally.Zinhle’s Youtube channel:here. -To get behind-the-scenes information about every episode, subscribe to our spam-free newsletter here.
39:16Fike Odulaja spent a significant part of her life studying and preparing to be a lawyer. But when she started practicing at the age of 23, she realized that the profession wasn’t for her. She made the difficult decision to quit and start from scratch, crafting a new path for herself. In this episode, she opens up about her new beginnings and what it took for her to reinvent herself in a new field - product management. Through her story, we learn about the power of self-discovery and how, as women, it’s okay to carve out new career paths.-To get behind-the-scenes information about every episode, subscribe to our spam-free newsletter here.
That's My Bestfriend
34:28Simi and Nma are best friends in a long-distance friendship. Despite not having seen each other in person since 2019, their bond remains as unbreakable as ever. In this episode, they discuss meeting each other in university, growing into becoming best friends and how they navigate being thousands of kilometers apart. Through their inspiring story, we gain insight into the profound significance of female friendships and the powerful role women play in supporting one another.-To get behind-the-scenes information about every episode, subscribe to our spam-free newsletter here.
That's Not My Name
38:35Across the globe, many women adopt their husband's surname post-marriage. In Nigeria, there's no legal obligation to do this, but it remains standard practice. However, a growing number of women are challenging this norm and sticking by their birthnames even after marriage.Nigerian artist, entrepreneur and designer, Damilola Marcus is one of them. In this episode, opens up about how her name is an integral part of her identity and shares some thoughts on the tradition of changing names post-marriage. She also discusses the pushback she sometimes gets for choosing to retain her birth name. -To get behind-the-scenes information about every episode, subscribe to our spam-free newsletter here.
Once Upon My Little Blue Dress
29:15In November 2022, after almost two years of dealing with pockets of targeted harassment on social media, Zippie Githaiga, aka Spicy, chose to log off from her social media accounts. The Kenyan producer and radio presenter had been subjected to cyberbullying by bloggers and social media users due to her choice of wearing a short blue dress during one of her radio interviews.In this episode, Spicy discusses the impact that this experience had on her as well as how she managed to find solace amidst the deluge of hurtful comments. She also addresses the societal tendency to exert control over women's decisions, including personal matters such as their clothing preferences.-To get behind-the-scenes information about every episode, subscribe to our spam-free newsletter here.
Let's Talk About This Marriage Thing
27:36British-Nigerian aesthetician, Maxymilia’s life was significantly shaped by her Nigerian parents' decisions. Throughout her childhood, she found herself obliged to conform to her parent's wishes, leaving little room to express her own desires. In this episode, Maxymilia opens up about how her upbringing profoundly influenced her educational, career, and relationship choices. Particularly, she discusses her initial struggles with the concept of marriage due to the lasting impact of her parent's influence, as well as her journey of healing and growth from those experiences. -To get behind-the-scenes information about every episode, subscribe to our spam-free newsletter here.
I Am Not Mommy
25:29In African societies, becoming a mother is considered standard practice, as many women choose to get married and have children. But what happens when you decide not to? In this episode, Nigerian Public Health Specialist, Chizo, openly talks about her decision to be childfree. She talks about witnessing the risks of pregnancy firsthand, which contributed to her choice, as well as realizing that raising children was not aligned with her long-term aspirations. She also discusses how, despite societal expectations, she has found peace and contentment with her decision not to have children.-To get behind-the-scenes information about every episode, subscribe to our spam-free newsletter here.
I Am Mommy
36:15Becoming a mother is a life-long journey that transforms the course of one's life. It’s a road paved with an abundance of love, sacrifice, and responsibility. In this heartfelt episode, we dig into the story of Motunrayo Oladeji, a Nigerian Communications Manager, who discusses the impact of having a child. Motunrayo candidly narrates her experiences with pregnancy, giving birth, and the ongoing process of discovering the best ways to nurture her little one.-To get behind-the-scenes information about every episode, subscribe to our spam-free newsletter here.
39:59Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a medical condition that impacts the functioning of a woman's ovaries. It is a lifelong condition that comes with symptoms such as irregular periods, ovarian cysts, and an excess of male hormones.In this episode, we dig into the experiences of Courtney Daniella Boateng, a British-Ghanaian entrepreneur and women’s wellness advocate, to shed light on PCOS and its unique manifestations in African women. Courtney candidly shares her personal journey and how she has managed to lead a healthy and joyful lifestyle despite her diagnosis.-To get behind-the-scenes information about every episode, subscribe to our spam-free newsletter here.
You Can't Shame The Shameless
29:15Nigerian nursing student Temitope Fatima has pursued multiple careers throughout her professional journey. She has held positions as an associate writer, teacher, social media manager, communications advisor, and most recently, a healthcare support worker. In this episode, she shares her experiences of constantly navigating various jobs and explains why it is important for her to explore as many roles as possible until she discovers what truly brings her fulfilment. What are the consequences of frequently switching careers? What are the gains and losses involved? Through Fatima's journey, we gain insight into the process of reinventing oneself as a woman repeatedly.-To get behind-the-scenes information about every episode, subscribe to our spam-free newsletter here.