The Other Room

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Settle in and get comfortable with your roommates — Aj, Celeste, Kesewa & Vee — as they provide unabashed commentary on issues relating to being a woman.

March 14

Ep. 05 | The Pressure…Style, Depression & Cassava Cultivation

Kess is reunited with the roommates after a week away. & What? No souvenir from her travels?!

For What’s Poppin’, the roomies talk personal style. AJ highlights our 2nd lady Mrs Samira Bawumia, Ghana’s latest style icon (1:35). Kess sees nothing wrong with her choice of attire during last week’s Independence Day festivities (2:50), Vee feels her personal stylist deserves most of the props (3:17) but Cel disagrees, shouting out Mrs B. for her taste in stylist (4:34) & proclaims her #styleGoals (6:27). AJ states a fact (7:09). Cel brings up a suicide case in recent news (9:54) & suggests change in how mental health is handled. AJ points out that mental health issues are nothing new (10:42) & looks forward to policies reflecting this. (12:29). Kess talks about the stigma associated with mental health services (12:46) & Vee offers condolences to those affected. Cel feels hearing people’s stories on depression will have a positive impact (15:44). The atmosphere is heavy.

The roommates woosah! (16:13).

Vee brings up a Twitter thread. (16:30) — Cel calls it “sincere & raw” & AJ appreciates the honesty of it (20:04). Kess wonders about marrying age (20:09) & the roommates discuss the societal pressure to get married. (23:23) AJ asks, “Who should we marry?” (24:20) The roomies talk about double standards (26:55) & cultivation (28:06)! Kess shares her personal experience with pressure to get married (28:10). Cel shares similar rhetoric. (28:40) whilst Vee brings up this generation’s BellaNaija aspirations (29:20). Cel calls for better prep for the reality of marriage from our parents (30:57)and AJ kills the fairy tale happily ever after (31:40). The roomies end the show talking about age gaps (33:55).

Song Credit : Special thanks to Adomaa & VI Music for use of their song, Traffic Jam. Find more of her work here.

March 7

Ep. 04 | Oscars and Strength of a Woman

Vee, Cel and AJ have on a special guest filling in for Kess. Lara is an advocate for African Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, using her online platform Levers In Heels.

For What’s Popping, AJ brings up Viola Davis’ big win at the Oscars (1.48) and the whole Moonlight-La La Land mix up saga. Lara thinks Viola’s speech to cast members was more emotional than to her hubby! ooh?! (2.20). AJ is mad at the aftermath of the Oscars blunder — Moonlight having to share the spotlight with La La Land on news, headlines, etc. (4.15) Can’t Black people ever win?! Vee doesn’t understand why Warren Beatty didn’t get as much backlash for the Oscars as Steve Harvey did for Miss Universe 2015 (5.09) Could it be a race issue? Cel highlights the academic achievement of Dr. Ellen Boakye, who swept 10! awards from the University of Ghana Medical School (5.45), and the efforts of Dr. Ayorkor Korsah who was featured on the cover of Forbes Woman Africa talking about Robotics and its future in Ghana (7.35). Vee applauds the increasing number of women in government in Ghana (9.05), while AJ wonders if there’s more to it than just female representation (10.30), but Lara believes people are starting to understand the role of women in decision-making and acknowledges women in leadership roles in the corporate world (10.59).

Vee’s love for African movies though! Cel urges Ghanaians excelling to actively mentor young ones in the society, schools, etc (14.07). Vee wonders what we have to show for 60 Years of Independence (19.26); Cel thinks we don’t highlight enough all the women who contributed to Ghana’s Independence (20.31) and AJ believes we should tell their story (21.29).

Happy 60th Independence Day!

Song Credit : Special thanks to Adomaa & VI Music for use of their song, Traffic Jam. Find more of her work here.

To find out more about Lara’s organization, click on this link : http://leversinheels.com/

February 28

Ep. 03 | To Doorways And Beyond

Yin with a hint of Yang; the roomies get a male perspective in the room from Moos.

What’s popping? (1.24) Vee brings Hunter queen, Aisha Bakari into the limelight and the roomies gush about her bravery in the face of terrorist threats in Northern Nigeria.

Cel introduces benevolent sexism with mixed responses from the roomies. AJ agrees it exists (5.46) but Kess doesn’t see the problem with it (7.47) Moos suggests that everyone is sexist (8.39) Cel jokes that women can’t be sexist (13.53) but Kess disagrees (14.05). AJ questions Moos’ stance (16.27). Cel thinks benevolent sexism acts are self-seeking (17.45) The roomies have veered off and Vee tries to bring them back on topic (22.43). Vee thinks there are more extreme forms of sexism than opening doors (23.45). Moos answers a hypothetical creepily and gets Cel questioning life (29.15). Moos judges AJ (30.18). Moos and AJ decide to take it outside- so much drama!(31.24).

Kess declares a formula for deciding whether to call out benevolent sexism or not (31.31) like math, but maybe better. The roomies run out of time (32.25), Moos gives the guys some advice (32.30) and AJ jumps in on time to stop a renewed debate! You don’t want to miss this!!

Song Credit : Special thanks to Adomaa & VI Music for use of their song, Traffic Jam. Find more of her work here.

February 21

Ep. 02 | Trash bags & Tighty Whities

Did Adele win Album of the Year because she’s white? The Roommates give their take on #GrammysSoWhite and Carlos Santana’s “sing-sing” remarks (1:06). Kess is loving her Twitter comeback (9:00) and receives a warm TOR acapella welcome. Vee weighs in on #HurtBae (9:53) after which Cel issues a public service announcement (11:43).

Disclaimer: The Other Room does not endorse, approve or recommend any acts of violence

AJ calls society out for unfairly policing women (13:48) and dishes out some free grooming advice for the fellas — you’re welcome! (14:34) The Roommates launch a new hashtag #WeLoveMen (15:12) and catchphrase, Monogamy is attractive (18:46). Cel wonders if beauty pageants are inherently sexist (21:39) while Vee dishes on her ideal men’s pageant (28:55). Naughty!

Song Credit : Special thanks to Adomaa & VI Music for use of their song, Traffic Jam. Find more of her work here.

February 21

Ep. 01 | Hair Chic and Energy Drinks

Lights out, roomies!
In the maiden episode of The Other Room, we find out more about the show (1:14) and catch up on What’s Poppin’ in the news. The Roommates discuss age differences in relationships (2:00) — is a 40-year gap a bit much or is age just a number? Cel weighs in on a certain pastor’s not-so-saintly utterances (5:44) and calls for checks on religious leaders who give churches a bad name (6:43). Vee leads a discussion on hairy situations (10:13) and AJ learns something new (10:49). Should certain hairstyles be deemed unprofessional for women in public office? Kess certainly doesn’t think so (15:06). Vee shares a first-hand account of age-shaming (16:33) and the ladies talk hair esteem and self-love (22:38). Plus, is that curl envy we smell on you, AJ? (29:36)

Song Credit : Special thanks to Adomaa & VI Music for use of their song, Traffic Jam. Find more of her work here.

February 21

Ep. 0.5 | Meet The Roomies!

Get to know the lovely ladies hosting The Other Room.

Song Credit : Special thanks to Adomaa & VI Music for use of their song, Traffic Jam. Find more of her work here.