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1. Personalities, Shapes and Sizes
Am I the only one who checks out other girls more than guys? Sure, I had a phase where I was all guy-crazy (ahem, Trey Songz), but now I am definitely more interested in my fellow females!

Iโ€™m perfectly straight. When I talk about admiring other females, I mean it in a completely non-romantic way. It amazes me how diverse females are in personality, shapes and sizes across all age ranges, and I see them all over my Facebook feed, Twitter timeline, Instagram, Tumblr & even WordPress reader. I honestly appreciate females for all their uniqueness.

(Yes, guys also come in different personalities, shapes and sizes but hello? Female appreciation post!)

Most times, wherever I go Iโ€™m basking in the awesomeness of another ladiesโ€™ skin, shape, clothing, hair, makeup, personality, achievements etc. Iโ€™m throwing them all sorts of compliments in my head!

TBH: I havenโ€™t always been like this. I used to constantly roast and find things to pick on, but I attribute this to my lack of self-confidence back then. I guess misery loves company, like they say. Iโ€™ve tried to change for the better now.

We come tall, come short. We come in a range of different skin tones, a range of face types โ€“ long, heart, oval โ€“ you name it! We come skinny, curvy, chubby, plus sized. Thereโ€™s just so much diversity when it comes to women! Short hair, long hair, straight, curly. I appreciate the versatility that comes with being a female! I know most are tired of being seen as sexual objects and thatโ€™s a sad reality. However, I must appreciate the abundance of beauty and diversity when it comes to women!

TWO - Diversity in Clothing
I have always appreciated being a female because of this. When I look at menswear, all I feel is confusion and acute boredom. In my eyes, all guys wear are shirts (dressy/fancy/corporate), t-shirts, singlets, boxers and pants (long or short) and thatโ€™s about it.

Then they also wear dressy, fancy shoes or the usual sandals, sneakers etc. Basically, I feel with menswear itโ€™s either casual or corporate. All in all, that bores me to tears. Donโ€™t get me wrong; Iโ€™m sure if I was a guy/actually knew my way around menswear, I would think otherwise.

On the other hand, when I think of how much clothing is available to females, It is simply amazing! We have all sorts โ€“ tops of different lengths, designs, patterns and prints, skirts, pants, dresses, high heels, low heels, flats, hats, handbags, purses, etc. Thereโ€™s just so much made available for us! Now, sometimes this can actually be a negative as so much choice can bring confusion and make us spend more money (cough, me especially). Somehow though, I wouldnโ€™t trade the diversity in clothing for anything!

THREE - Other Women
I also like being a female because of other women. What do I mean? Well, other women and their achievements! Letโ€™s face it, women have come a long way in the struggle to be allowed more opportunities to thrive. This development has seen women achieving amazing feats! I feel some appreciation about being a female when I hear of women doing amazing things, especially when they had to face serious trials. Some of my favourite women include:

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie โ€“ An author I love and adore! So graceful, so smart.

Oprah Winfrey โ€“ A Queen.

Michelle Obama โ€“ A pillar of strength, even when so many were dragging her for the most trivial reasons, calling her a man and whatnot.

Oby Ezekwesili โ€“ Another amazing woman! Sheโ€™s so strict and no-nonsense. Sheโ€™s the perfect mentor.

Asiyami Gold โ€“ Do I really need to explain this?

These are well known names, but letโ€™s also come to grassroots level. I see many awesome women everyday, going about doing their thing. Hustling, working towards a better tomorrow for themselves and their families. From the women at the markets selling foodstuffs, the ones hawking, the ones starting whole businesses from their rooms, the ones in offices. I appreciate all of them, because I know that they are going somewhere. Everyday females that inspire me are;

Queen โ€“ Queen is one of my mains who I go to when I need to do my hair. I go to her for fixing, and she does a pretty good job in my opinion! What is amazing is that when I first patronized her, I thought that she was just one of the workers because of her small stature (Iโ€™m a giant next to her). Imagine my shock when I realized she was the salon owner! She owns a small but gorgeous salon at Apo Fish Market, Apo Resettlement, Abuja. Itโ€™s completely pink! 22 and making something for herself!

Linda Iriza (@lindvv) โ€“ Yass, why would I not shout out my very own co-owner of ELCI? Linda, a Rwandese queen, has always been an amazing person, inside and out. She amazes me with her creativity and perspective on life. I will always appreciate her, because she introduced me to many awesome things that have shaped me.
To see how awesomely creative she is, see her works on @elcithreads!

Happiness Uwingabire (@happi_u) Owner, Beat by Happi โ€“ Also my best friend from high school! Happi faces a lot of challenges especially with her health but she is still out there doing great things! She recently started her makeup business (@beatbyhappi) and I enjoy seeing her beat faces on Snapchat. Sheโ€™s always been awesome, and weird like me!

Joan Akob โ€“ (Blogger, The Curly Christian): Frankly, all bloggers inspire me, as content creation is an amazing process. Joan stands out especially because sheโ€™s just awesome. Sheโ€™s like a big sister, writing about her experiences with life. Her posts are rich and full of life.

All in all, though there are some things which just make you dislike being a female sometimes, some things (and people) make it just a little more awesome!

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