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14 Aug


So, I just posted a picture on my Instagram page wearing an embellished off-shoulder adiré gown. I had 37 pictures taken by my sixteen years old brother but decided on the selfie and the last picture of me with my mouth slightly open because I’d promised him it would be the last one and I didn’t want to be late for the event. The rest of the pictures actually made me send a quick text to him “No wonder you don’t have a girlfriend?.”

Figuring out a caption for a picture is now a brainstorming battle because you have to shut down for some minutes concentrating on the picture and think of what day of the week it is and what story the cloth tells. You basically have to dig deep into your brain and it is really a miracle for me to get a caption.  I decided on “I dare you in my Adiré” and posted it. I randomly double tapped on some pictures, closed the app and continued into the hustle and bustle of the day.

On my way home, the traffic was terrific. I got my phone from my bag and opened my Instagram app. Below, I saw the heart notification with a “32” and my best friend’s only comment “They are not ready!!!!!!!!!” I went back to the picture I posted and scrutinized it. What’s wrong with this picture? I have less than 200 friends(including Instagram friends). I saw a plate of beans and plantain garnished perfectly and better photographed than my picture and annoyed, I closed the app.

Five days later, my picture has garnered a total of 38 likes and I doubt an extra like is in its future online foray. I am a pretty girl with a lingerie model body. My melanin is popping. My hair is short and eats healthy doses of shea butter and drinks lots of coconut oil. Why do people find a double tap a big deal? You saw my picture and you know it is as fresh as sliced bread. Am I the problem or is it the picture? All the pretty girls are getting more than 100 likes. What’s wrong?

To be continued…

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Fatima Allahnanan Mohammed

My name is Fatima Allahnanan in my 20s. I wear Andrea Iyamah in the morning, Sisiano in the afternoon and LDA in the night. I am an accounting graduate and a certified fashion designer trying to find balance overall and one day leave the world better than I met it.

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