Ode to the Flip-Flop

Yemi Stephanie Laotan


Nigeria is a land of great diversity, but one thing everyone has in common is flip-flops. Bright-coloured flip-flops are worn by the people of 250 different ethnic groups, regardless of clan or origin. Yemi Laotan misses wearing hers in Toronto, where the summer months are all too short. But the familiar footwear remains a symbol of unity and equality for her.

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