On my Valentine’s list…

To do: Embrace JOMO
Movie on from one crime to the English language to another with this abbreviation. For those of us already tired of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out, in case you never caught on to it), it is time for JOMO (the joy of missing out).

Coupled up, no Valentine’s spent outside at a fancy venue for an over-priced dinner would ever compare to staying at home with your significant other. Dine in, snuggle up, Netflix and chill… Make Valentine’s that little bit more special by creating your own rituals rather than spending your house deposit on tacky, generic ones imposed on you every season.

To watch: Loving
On top of my list of Oscar nominees to watch is Loving, the American historical drama which tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, the plaintiffs in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, which invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage. Joel Edgerton stars as Richard while rising Ethiopian British star Ruth Negga as Mildred, both nominated for Best Actor and Best Actress respectively at the 74th Golden Globe Awards.

To read: Season of Crimson Blossoms by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim
A story of love and longing – set against undercurrents of political violence – reveals deep emotions that defy age, class and religion, Season of Crimson Blossoms tells the captivating story of an illicit affair between a devout 55-year-old widow Binta Zubairu, and a 25-year-old street gang leader, Hassan Reza. Set in a conservative Muslim community in Northern Nigeria, through Binta, we follow the intimate daily life of a Muslim Hausa family, where life revolves around domestic disputes and divorces, friendships and family. Following whispers of scandal at the local madrasa, the situation comes to a head and Binta’s wealthy son confronts Reza, with disastrous consequences.

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