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Depression: Women, twice likely to suffer it



Depression: Women, twice likely to suffer it

Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person’s thoughts, behaviour, feelings and sense of well being. Women suffering from depressed mood often feel sad, anxious, empty, hopeless and helpless. They also feel worthless, guilty, irritable, angry, ashamed or restless in some cases.

Depressed person lose interest in activities that were once pleasurable, experience loss of appetite or overeating, have problems concentrating, remembering details or making decisions, experience relationship difficulties and may contemplate, attempt or commit suicide. Women have many life roles to play in life. They play as mother, wife (ves), employee, friend, healer, caregiver, endless one would say.

Some of these mood changes may be due to life events or activities such as getting in an argument with a friend in some cases. It could also be due to hormones changes (e.g. pregnancy, menstrual cycle).

Women are about twice as likely as men to suffer from depression. This two-to-one difference persists across racial, ethnic, economic divides and around the world. There are numbers of theories that attempt to explain higher incidence of depression in women.

Many factors have been attributed to include psychological, social and biological factors. Psychologically, women are more prone to causes of depression than men. With a tendency to be more emotional, women are more likely to rehash negative thoughts during bouts of depression.

Re- search has shown that ruminating about depression can cause it to last longer and even make it worse. Socially, coping skills, choice of relationships, and lifestyle choices affect women differently than men.

Women are more likely to develop depression from marital or relationship problems, work-life balance issues, financial troubles, and stressful life events, including the loss of a loved one, than men.

Biologically, Hormonal fluctuations during the menstrual cycle can cause the familiar symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), such as bloating, irritability, fatigue, and emotional reactivity.

Try keeping a log of where you are in your menstrual cycle and how you are feeling— physically and emotionally.

This way, you will better anticipate when you need to compensate for the hormonal lows and reduce or avoid the resulting symptoms. Many hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy can also contribute to depression.

The National Institutes of Health stated that signs and symptoms of depression vary from woman to woman.

According to the Institute, it is important to remember that depression, at any stage in life- for any reason, is serious and should be taken seriously. Just because you have been told that your symptoms are a “normal” part of being a woman does not mean you have to suffer in silence.

There are several ways a woman can treat depression and feel better.


• It is safer and saner for a woman suffering from depression to seek treatment early to improve her quality of life.

Her first course of action should be a visit to a doctor or mental health professional who will ask her series of questions and perform tests to rule out an underly- ing medical condition causing her depression or determine if certain medications might be to blame for the depressed mental state.

“But you can get there if you act as if you feel like it and make positive choices for yourself each day and draw on the support of others,” the Institute said.

*Sunlight can help boost your mood aim for at least 15 minutes of sunlight a day.

* Share what you are going through with the people you love and trust, ask for the help and support you need from them.

When you’re depressed, it feels more comfortable to retreat into your shell but being around other people will make you feel less depressed.

Recent studies have shown that regular exercise can be as effective as antidepressant medication at increasing energy levels and decreasing feelings of fatigue. Depression typically involves sleeping problems. It’s either you’re sleeping too little or too much, your mood suffers.

Get on a better sleep schedule by learning healthy sleeping habits.

A daily relaxation practice can help relieve symptoms of depression, reduce stress, and boost feelings of joy and well-being.

An irritable mood brought about by depression can cause you to be unnecessarily critical of issues and harsh to your loved ones. It can also cause you to lash out over situations that would not normally bother you.

Depression can also cause you to feel empty or apathetic, which could also result in neglect of your relationships.

If you have children, taking care of yourself and regulating your mood during depressive episodes or hormonal lows is especially important. Studies have also shown that being raised by a mother with untreated depression has a significant negative effect on a child’s social, emotional, and cognitive development.

•Wanori is a part three student of mass communication University of Maiduguri

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When young widows bear their burdens alone



When young widows bear their burdens alone

A woman becomes lonely and depressed when her better half and breadwinner departs from her, consequently leaving two people’s burden to one person. It becomes terribly unbearable when she has no shoulder to cry on. Inumidun Omobulejo, with agency, reports


Folakemi Adeyanju, a 27-year-old widow became naturally became depressed after losing her husband three years ago, especially as   she has to cater for her three children alone. Adeyanju is among many young widows suffering from depression who realised that the condition may eventually put an end to their existence. According to her, loneliness, grief, deep thought of taking care of the children, financial burden, unforeseen circumstances, rejection from both families, friends and colleagues, among others, cause depression for widows.

“Further to that, there are stigmatisations, fear of the unknown, and isolation, in most cases; you are so pained in horrible situations without a confidant.  Sometimes you have nothing left in the house to eat and everyone you contact gives a negative reply; you look at the children, look around and begin to wonder what the future holds for you and for them; it is terrible,’’ Adeyanju said.

Perceptive observers note that over the years, young widows are faced with various challenges ranging from rejection, stigmatisation, career loss, depression, loss of self-esteem, child’s care and property loss.

In a recently conducted survey, 63 young widows explain the major challenges they face and how they cope with the situation. In their separate responses, 88.5 per cent of the respondents say they are depressed, 63.9 per cent of them report experiencing low self-esteem, while 52.5 per cent of the respondents complain challenges in child’s care.

Similarly, 37.7 per cent of the respondents said they lost their property, 18 per cent of them alleged that they were rejected by spouse family, 6.6 per cent of them reported career loss and 4.9 per cent of the respondent said they were stigimatised.

Mrs Ene Okolo, 26, said that widows were depressed in so many ways such as when they were threatened by the deceased family over property and money he left in his bank accounts.

“I was left to do the burial of my husband alone and foot the bills of my children education; and when I refused to get re-married to my brother in-law, they told me I would come back crying.

“Nine months after, my only son was crushed to death; did I not come back crying? Now, I’m always unhappy, lost the confidence to live as bills keep coming,’’ she said.  Mrs Shola Oluwanuga, Chief Consultant Psychiatrist with National Hospital, Abuja, said “depression is a mood disorder that primarily affects the person’s mood.

She said that a person suffering from depression would always be unhappy, noting that some people who did not enjoy a life he or she expected could be depressed. “If a person is just recently bereaved, they could be unhappy, they could be crying a lot, they may not sleep well; such a person is not depressed yet, the person is just going through grief.

“But when a person is bereaved and you expect him or her, within three to six months, to start reintegrating and carrying on with normal life but it is not so, then depression has set in.

“If he or she lacks energy, interest in things that are happening around, poor appetite, poor sleep beyond six months of bereavement, you may need to look at it as depression,’’ she observed.

She, however, advised that if a bereaved was in a sad mood, lack of interest in things that are happening around that usually interest him and lack of energy beyond six months of mourning, he should seek medical help.

Oluwanuga, nonetheless, observed that some widows might suffer mild depression that only required counseling. She advised family and friends to understand and be confidants to those suffering mild depression which might serve as immediate intervention in the onset of depression. But young widows insist that widowhood rights in the country are in short supply as almost every respondent agrees that 95.2 per cent of young widows do not have rights that could address the plight of widows.

However, 4.8 per cent of the widows noted that the Federal Government has a strong widowhood rights in the country. Mrs Damilola Adams, 29, said that the widow’s rights in Nigeria were not enforceable by law, stating that it was the reason for the widows’ nightmare. She said that nothing was done constitutionally to abolish treatments against the widows, insisting that only governments and stakeholders could create lasting solution to the challenges. “To resolve the challenges, governments and all religious bodies must always act, preach against it and detest bad attitudes to widows,’’ she said.

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Malnutrition clinic: Bauchi nursing mothers engage in petty trading to raise transport fare



Malnutrition clinic: Bauchi nursing mothers engage in petty trading to raise transport fare

Some less privileged nursing mothers in Bauchi state have resorted to petty trading to generate money for use in transporting themselves to Malnutrition Management Centres to acquire the Ready-to-Use-Theurapeutic Food (RUTF) for their children.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that one of such centers in Darazo Local Government Area, the Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) in Darazo, attends to malnourished children both in the town and neighbouring communities far and near, with the period of treatment covering about eight weeks.

However, most of the women can hardly afford the transport fare, thus resulting in their missing some weeks without coming to collect the RUTF being given out for free.

NAN Correspondent who went to the Darazo Centre on Tuesday, observes that such mothers now come to clinic with petty items from their respective communities, which they sell to make profit and generate transport fare.

Some of the wares include local brooms, cups, sticks for stirring food, local delicacies and mats, among others.

One of the women, Mrs Aisha Garba, said that transport fare was key in ensuring that the child did not miss the weekly clinic since the RUTF was free, adding that the fare was a major obstacle for most rural nursing mothers.

“I spend N500 .00 weekly to come for the clinic and get the RUTF for my 10 month-old son, so I thought of getting something to sell during the clinic days to enable me complete the eight weeks treatment.

“I come with our local broom that women use in sweeping floor, which I source from the bush and sell for N20.00 at the Centre to enable me generate transport fare for the following week”, she said.

Another mother, Mrs Uwani Shehu, told NAN that she resides in a community close to neighbouring Jigawa state, as such she sold local hand fans and mats at the Centre whenever she came for the clinic.

Also, Mrs Maryam Inuwa, a rural nursing mother, said she sold local food stirring sticks, called ‘muciya’ to generate funds for use as transport fare.

Other mothers who spoke to NAN narrated their ordeal in trying to overcome the challenges of logistics, and had been forced to initiate means of generating stipends to cover the eight weeks clinic period.

Meanwhile, checks by NAN at the Centre indicated that most mothers are ignorant of the nutritional contents of local farm produce like beans, groundnuts, vegetables and soya beans in checking malnutrition in children.

One of such mothers, Mrs Jummai Ado, said that she produced crops like beans and soya beans, and kept same for sale to raise money during hard times.

Another mother and farmer, Mrs Mariya Musa, said that such farm produce were only sold to solve family problems.

“We have farms and produce beans and other crops, but we do not know that they are useful for the children; the main foods we eat are maize, and sometimes rice.

“Even chickens that lay eggs and produce more chickens, we sell them to generate money,” she said.

NAN reports that most mothers of malnourished children that visit the Darazo Centre come from Dogon Rimi,Gapchi Yari and Doduwa, among other local communities, while others come from distant communities sharing boundaries with other states.

The CMAM Centre in Darazo Local Government Area provides RUTF for more than 70 children weekly.

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Arresting scourge of sexual molestation of minors



Arresting scourge of sexual molestation of minors

Femi Ogunshola

Almost on daily basis, we read about rape and sexual harassment of minors even by those old enough to be their grandparents.

Psychologists blame this bizarre attitude on unbridled lust and insatiable urge for sex.

However, defilement of underage is outlawed by Section 218 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 42,Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.

The section provides that:  “Any person who has unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under the age of 13 years is guilty of felony, and is liable to imprisonment for life, with or without whipping.

“A prosecution for either of the offences defined above in this section must begin within two months after the offence is committed.

“A person cannot be convicted of either of the offences defined in this section upon uncorroborated testimony of one witness.”

Adegboyega Adenekan, a 47-year-old ex-Chrisland School Supervisor, who defiled a two-year-old pupil in 2016, was recently sentenced to 60 years jail term by an Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court.

Justice Sybil Nwaka handed down the sentence after convicting Adenekan on a count charge of defiling a minor.

The little child had given a detailed description of how Adenekan defiled her.

According to Titilayo Shitta-Bey, the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution, the defendant committed the crime in November 2016.

While narrating the nasty experience, the police officer told the court that “the child took us upstairs to the defendant’s office and his seat and the restroom where the offence was committed.”

According to the 2-year-old girl in a video clip of the interview with the police and shown to the court, the little girl said that the supervisor put his “wee wee” in her “wee wee” two times.

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Jigawa Command, also in March arrested a 65-year-old Adamu Abdullahi, for allegedly raping and impregnating a minor at Unguwar Gawo village, Babura Local Government Area.

The victim, a street hawker, who deals on onions, explained that the suspect used to buy onions from her and in the process invited her into his house, where he raped her.

She said that Abdullahi raped her five times and always threatened her life should she tell anybody about their affairs.

“He used to give me money and threatened to kill me if I refuse; or if ever I informed anybody,” she stated.

Mr Adeola Opeyemi, a human rights activist and lawyer, who shared experiences gathered at an Ogba Magistrates’ Court, Lagos State, lamented the increasing cases of rape and sexual assault against minors.

According to Opeyemi: “I saw many rape cases of underage, between 12 years and13 years old, with neighbour’s son or landlord’s son, as the case maybe.”

The lawyer said that there must be reason behind the rape of these little girls, when the perpetrators could easily satisfy their sexual urges with N1,000 at any brothel.

He stated that a campaign against rape of underage must be launched immediately to put a stop to such ignominious act capable of causing a devastating psychological effect on the victims.

Opeyemi noted that the campaign must be now, noting that any delay could further embolden the rapists to keep perpetrating their nefarious activities, adding however that “we must not wait until it affects us.”

The operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) in Abuja, also arrested two suspects for allegedly raping and impregnating four schoolgirls.

The suspects were one 41-year-old Festus Femi, an installation engineer and 51-year-old Luka Ekundayo, Bursar of Government Secondary School, Dangara, Abaji, Abuja.

Femi was said to have raped three students of Government Secondary School, while Ekundayo was alleged to have drugged, raped and impregnated a 15-year-old student.

Ekundayo, was the victim’s guardian in school, and she often spent short holidays in his house.

She was ill, while Ekundayo gave her some drugs to take, after taking the drugs she slept.

On waking up, she saw bloodstains and felt uneasy, but did not suspect that Ekundayo, whom her grandmother handed her over to, for protection, could do anything sinister.

The victim, who was on scholarship was said to have been threatened by the suspect into having sex with him continuously or he would be force to tell her sponsors to stop paying her school fees.

Mrs Cynthia Jude, a psychologist, blamed the rising cases to the reluctance of the victims to report the case to the appropriate authorities.

She said that the perpetrators cannot be punished to serve as deterrent to others, if the victims failed to report.

Jude said that most victims of rape suffer in silence because of fears of being stigmatised, adding that reporting rape can be emotional and difficult.

This, according to her, has left many victims to lick their wounds in silence, noting that the Nigeria structure do not encourage reporting rape cases.

She, however, advised victims to think less of stigmatisation and be bold enough to report rape cases.

Jude called for stiffer punishment for those who specialised in raping minors, adding that harsh provisions would dissuade perpetrators from committing the dastardly crime.

The psychologist also appealed to the government to create an enabling environment, where sexual assault victims can get access to forensic medical assistance and professional counselling services.

• Ogunshola writes for the News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN)

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Aishah Ahmad: Leading the charge for women in financial services



Aishah Ahmad: Leading the charge for women in financial services

More than being the Deputy Governor, Financial System Stability of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mrs. Aishah Ahmad is a study in critical thinking, resilience, and intelligence. Within a space of 20 minutes, at the just-concluded World Bank/IMF 2019 annual meetings in Washington DC, she held her audience which includes global financial players, spellbound.             

        WALE ELEGBEDE, who witnessed her presentation on ‘Cybersecurity Exercises: Experience from Sub-Saharan Africa’, reports





or the audience that witnessed the capacity development session of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on ‘Cybersecurity Exercises: Experience from Sub-Saharan Africa’, held at the Gallery, HQ1-R-700 of the Fund in Washington DC, United States, the brilliance and delivery of the Deputy Governor, Financial System Stability of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mrs Aishah Ahmad, is clearly a round peg in a round hole.


With her impeccable competence and first-hand understanding of issues under consideration, she held her global audience at the just concluded World Bank/IMF 2019 annual meetings, spellbound; digging issues beneath the surface, providing multiple perspectives, challenging the conventional arrangement and addressing issues in context.


Taking over the podium after a brief introduction on the topic by IMF’s Christopher Wilson, the delectable Aishah Ahmad, who looked smart as a whip in her colorful grey suit trousers, explained the technological innovations and shifts that the CBN is adopting to prevent breaches in cybersecurity within and outside Nigeria.


Ahmad also shared the experience from Sub-Saharan Africa following the exercises undertaken by the IMF in six Sub-Saharan African countries and this has helped to strengthen cyber resilience and identify priorities for improvement.


Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks. These cyberattacks are usually aimed at accessing, changing, or destroying sensitive information; extorting money from users; or interrupting normal business processes.

No doubt, cyberattacks and data breaches have been on the rise globally and have become a big challenge for many. In simple language, cyberattacks affect the automated teller machine (ATM), disrupt Bank’s customer data and corrupt the payment and receipt system.


“Cybersecurity is not an IT issue, it is not an issue for chief information officers. It is a business risk issue and a regulatory risk issue. And because it has the potential to disrupt IT operations and financial sectors and its ability to disrupt the mandate that we have as for financial stability, it is important that central banks focus on resilience,” she said.


While noting that the CBN has some guidelines and frameworks in place, she said the frameworks it’s about strengthening and identifying where there is a need to improve layout regulations so that they are fit for purpose.

On the activities of financial technology (fintechs) companies in Nigeria, she said that the CBN has taken steps to enhance the regulation of their activities, adding that the apex bank will ensure that the regulation does not stifle innovation in the segment of the market.

She pointed out that a lot of disruptions from the fintech has been from the payment space, stressing the need for increased supervision by the regulator.


“The way fintechs are disrupting the Nigerian financial space, a lot of it has come from the payment space. So, you see them more active in the space for receipts where they are already getting licences from us.

“We’ve seen disruptions in the savings space and disruptions in the micro-lending space.


“So, these are not organisations that the CBN is not aware of. But broadly speaking, our focus has been to identify these organisations.

“That is why we are trying to finalise the incubation of some of these companies. So, there are those we need to identify and watch what they are doing and there are those we need to refine our regulatory framework for; because right now, it is skewed to banks and the payment service companies.”


Continuing, she said: “We are also looking at moving from regulation by identification, to more around regulating their activity.


“So if you are not a bank, you cannot get a banking license, but if you operate as a bank then we have to regulate what you do. We are looking at ensuring professionalism as well as in what we do in terms of regulation.

“We don’t want to stifle innovation, so we want more companies to come up and assist, because fintechs do a lot in furthering the financial inclusion objectives of the central bank.


“The central bank is working very hard in that respect and we are open to all organisations that are willing to come on board.”

“So you see them more active in the space for receipts where they are already getting licenses from us. We’ve seen disruptions in the savings space and disruptions in the micro-lending space so these are not organisations that the CBN is not aware of but broadly speaking, our continuum shall be to identify these organisations and that is why we are trying to finalise the incubation of some of these companies”.


Fielding questions from the audience, Aishah, said because cybersecurity has the potential to disrupt IT operations as well as the financial sector and its ability to disrupt the mandate that central banks globally have for financial stability, it is important that central banks focus on resilience.


Alongside the IMF, Aishah said hands-on innovation on inclusive cybercrisis management to strengthen cybersecurity across sub-saharan Africa is already in process.

A banker and investment adviser, Aishah Ahmad has over 20 years of certified experience with global financial institutions such as Stanbic IBTC Bank, Zenith Bank PLC and Bank of New York Mellon, Diamond Bank, among others.

With a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Abuja, Ahmad did not rest on her oars. She also bagged an MBA with a specialisation in Finance from the University of Lagos and an MSC in Finance & Management from Cranfield School of Management, United Kingdom.


Aishah Ahmad is an accountant, financial analyst and financial manager. She was appointed Deputy Governor of the CBN on 6 October, 2017. She replaced Mrs Sarah Alade, who retired in March 2017. Prior to her appointment, she was Head Consumer Banking & Investment at Diamond Bank.  She was confirmed by the Senate on 22 March, 2018.[6] she was born in sokoto, although she’s from Bida, of Niger State


Although she was born in Sokoto, she is an indigene of Bida, of Niger State. The energetic  Aishah graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Abuja. Her Master of Business Administration, majoring in finance was obtained from the University of Lagos. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Finance and Management, awarded by the[8] Cranfield School of Management in the United Kingdom. She is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).



The bright and vivacious Aishah started out in the private sector as a Group Accountant at “Manstructs Group Nigeria Limited”. She then worked at Z.O. Ososanya & Company. She transferred to First Interstate Bank (Nigeria) Plc., as Executive Assistant, Treasury Group.[4]

Amazing on all kinds of level,  she later worked as head of Retail Banking at Zenith Bank Plc and as Head of Private Banking at NAL Bank Plc, which today trades as Sterling Bank (Nigeria). She has also served as the head of business development at Zenith Capital Limited.[4]


Other assignments in the past have included stints at the Bank of New York Mellon in the United Kingdom and at Synesix Financial Limited, also in the United Kingdom. From 2009 until 2014, she served in various capacities at Stanbic IBTC Holdings, including as Head, High Net Worth Individuals.

A mentor par excellence, she is passionate about women’s development, hence her stewardship as the chairperson of the executive council of Women in management, Business and public Service (WIMBIZ); a Nigerian Non-Profit organization where she was part of the establishment in 2001 which focused on addressing issues affecting the interest of women professionals in business, with particular attention on promoting leadership development and building capacities to engender growth. The doting mother of two wonderful teenage boys was listed as one of 100 most inspiring and influential women in Nigeria by Leading Ladies Africa and Ynaija.   She is happily married to Abdullah Ahmad, a retired Brigadier General of the Nigerian Armed Forces,from Bida, Niger State. She is also known as “Nee Ndanusa.”

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Sperm bank taken to court after mum who picked ‘6ft donor’ gives birth to dwarf



Sperm bank taken to court after mum who picked ‘6ft donor’ gives birth to dwarf

A sperm bank’s website has been blocked after a woman gave birth to a child with dwarfism.

The woman – a successful writer whose identity has not been disclosed – chose a father for her child from pictures of donors on the site.

She and underwent successful IVF treatment at her private Moscow clinic after paying for his sperm, reports

She was attracted by his fair-haired looks, higher education – and height of more than 6ft, according to reports in Russia.

At more than 40-years-old she believed this was her last chance to have a child.

But in the later stages of pregnancy, the unborn boy was detected with suspected achondroplasia, a rare incurable disease suffered by one child in 20,000 that causes dwarfism, a Moscow court heard.

This was confirmed after birth and she was told her son, now two, would grow to a maximum adult height of roughly 4ft, and that his limbs and facial features would not develop “correctly”.

The woman said she wanted to warn other sperm bank customers of the risk.

Koptevsky district court ordered the blocking of the website of Danish sperm bank Cryos in Russia, and ruled that using its services would flout Russian laws.

Health watchdog Roszdravnadzor said it was not satisfied with case details handed over by the sperm bank.

These included a “medical genetic examination” of the donor, analysis of his “mental and physical condition” and a family tree with details of relatives.

“However, it is not possible to confirm the reliability of the information received,” said the watchdog.

The company says it screens donors for 46 of the most common recessive genetic diseases.

The sperm bank told ‘Moskovsky Komsomolets (MK)’ newspaper that all the sperm it supplied was of excellent quality “but we are not responsible for the mistakes of the clinics” which carry out IVF treatment.

“We only know that our biomaterial is of high quality,” the paper was told.

The clinic called Mama did not comment.

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67-year-old woman gives birth in China, may be country’s oldest new mom



67-year-old woman gives birth in China, may be country’s oldest new mom

She may look like a grandmother — but a 67-year-old woman in China is believed to be the country’s oldest new mom after giving birth to a healthy girl.

The sexagenarian, who was only identified by her surname Tian, welcomed her bundle of joy Friday at Zaozhuang Maternity and Child Health Hospital via cesarean section, according to CNN.

Tian, a retired doctor who’d worked at the same hospital in the Shandong region, naturally conceived after taking traditional Chinese fertility treatments, a hospital spokeswoman told the network.

“We were quite lucky, given that the mother was at an advanced maternal age and had a variety of complications,” Chief Physician Liu Chengwen told the state-run CCTV Plus.

The fact that the mom’s reproductive system was in great shape likely contributed to her ability to get pregnant late in life.

“When we examined the woman’s reproductive system during her labor, we found that she, unlike most other women in their 60s who have withered ovaries, has ovaries similar to that of women in their 40s,” said Chengwen. “That’s probably one of the reasons she was able to conceive naturally.”

Tian and her husband, 68, are believed to be the oldest couple in the country known to have naturally conceived a baby, CCTV said. They learned they were pregnant during a routine checkup in May.

Tian’s pregnancy was not without complications, however. She suffered from severe preeclampsia, heart failure and abnormal liver and kidney function — which is why doctors opted to deliver via C-section.

Their healthy baby girl weighed 5.6 pounds at birth, reports The New York Post.

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67-year-old woman gives birth in China, may be country’s oldest new mom



67-year-old woman gives birth in China, may be country’s oldest new mom

She may look like a grandmother — but a 67-year-old woman in China is believed to be the country’s oldest new mom after giving birth to a healthy girl.

The sexagenarian, who was only identified by her surname Tian, welcomed her bundle of joy Friday at Zaozhuang Maternity and Child Health Hospital via cesarean section, according to CNN.

Tian, a retired doctor who’d worked at the same hospital in the Shandong region, naturally conceived after taking traditional Chinese fertility treatments, a hospital spokeswoman told the network.

“We were quite lucky, given that the mother was at an advanced maternal age and had a variety of complications,” Chief Physician Liu Chengwen told the state-run CCTV Plus.

The fact that the mom’s reproductive system was in great shape likely contributed to her ability to get pregnant late in life.

“When we examined the woman’s reproductive system during her labor, we found that she, unlike most other women in their 60s who have withered ovaries, has ovaries similar to that of women in their 40s,” said Chengwen. “That’s probably one of the reasons she was able to conceive naturally.”

Tian and her husband, 68, are believed to be the oldest couple in the country known to have naturally conceived a baby, CCTV said. They learned they were pregnant during a routine checkup in May.

Tian’s pregnancy was not without complications, however. She suffered from severe preeclampsia, heart failure and abnormal liver and kidney function — which is why doctors opted to deliver via C-section.

Their healthy baby girl weighed 5.6 pounds at birth, reports The New York Post.

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When children have to fend for their families



When children have to fend for their families

As the economy bites harder, women and children seem to be mostly at the receiving end of it. They feel the pangs the more. Nowadays, more children are seen braving the odds on the roads, at bus stops and inside traffic,  hawking different items. Most of those that New Telegraph spoke with, insisted that their parents asked them to hawk in order to support the family. For them, it is a means of survival. AUGUSTA NKENCHOR reports


Born into the slums in Egbeda axis of Lagos, having her mum died during child birth, eight-year old Enitan Adebayo was forced by life circumstances to live with her grand mum who also died five years ago. Hence, she had to live with her aunt and living with her aunt turned out to be a nightmarish experience she didn’t imagined. Her aunt according to her, gave rules that for her to have access to formal education just like her peers who attend schools, she must hawk bottles of liquid soap and plantain for her. After school closing hour, she has to continue hawking till it gets dark. With this, she doesn’t have enough time and settled mind to read and do assignments given to her from school.

As for Ikechukwu Okafor, 14, who hawks groundnut, life has no meaning outside hawking, as that is his only means of survival. In fact, he had to drop out of school in order to assist his family to eke a living. He told New Telegraph that he sells seasonal fruits and items, for this season, it is groundnut and garden egg to support his poor family.  Okafor said he had to leave school when he noticed that his parents were struggling to feed him and his siblings, even to pay their school fees.“Right from primary six, my parents, especially my mother have been struggling to take care of us.  If they do not pay school fees on time, the school authority will chase us out of the classrooms and I usually got embarrassed. It continued like that till I got to government Secondary school where only text books and PTA fee were the only demands they make of us but still, my parents found it difficult to still meet up, thereby subjecting me and my siblings to ridicule,” he said.

Okafor resolved to dropping out of school from JSS 2, but he said it was difficult at the initial stage to be on the streets instead of the classroom where his friends and peers assemble every school days. As time goes on, he got used to hawking and hawking anything that he comes across. As it is, Okafor is thinking of going to learn handiwork, mechanical engineering precisely. For him, education has been totally ruled out.

Speaking with, Amina Tajudeen, 12 is a primary six pupil who hawks soft drinks, bottled water and sachet water in basin, said she was forced by her parents to hawk because they are facing economic hardship. Even with that, she still finds time to go to school but she was not in the classroom as at 12.33 pm when New Telegraph met her at First Gate bus stop along Ogba road, Ikeja.  Her excuse that day was that, there was no food at home, their electricity unit got exhausted and her parents needed to pay for her elder sister’s Junior WAEC exam. According to her, her daddy is a factory worker but has not been home ever since her mother tabled the list of needed items in the house, consequently, the mother asked her children to go out and hawk anything that would sell fast. Reason, she was found inside the traffic hawking soft drinks but she claimed that was her first time on the road. She explained that she makes between N800 and N1000 a day.  Contradicting her ‘first time on the road’ claim, she disclosed that she doesn’t do well in school again because she misses class to hawk and she has to hawk after school in which she was always unable to do her assignments. “Any time it is terribly unbearable at home, my mother cancel school for me for that period and ask me to face hawking fully- morning and nights. My classmates used to make jest of me when they see me on streets, I would cry and even be ashamed but not anymore. They have stopped making jest of me because I give them money and some of the items I hawk,” she said.

According to Tosin Akinkuowo, age 14, “I work because we are poor in my family and we are too many in the family, that’s why I carry loads for people inside the market to get money.” As for Akinkuowo, nothing like school on his mind because he ekes home daily minimum of N8000 from load carrying he does in the market. With proceed from his work, he said he has been able to establish his mother with petty trading in kerosene and small scale provisions. His father, he said is doing ‘just fairly well to support his mother and the home front with his vulcanize work

Initially,  Akinkuowo said he went to learn Photography so that he could gain freedom soon and start making money but it wasn’t as he planned because he couldn’t raise money to buy the needed camera. That was what drove him to go to ‘Oja Oba market, along ABule Egba axis of Lagos to do little load carrying in order to raise money for camera but got hooked to the job. “On the day that I am lucky, I go home with the sum of N15,000 and minimally, it is between N8000 and N5,000. I just told myself what else am I looking?” He said.     

Speaking to David,13-year-old who sells pure water, goes to school in the morning and hawk after school. And at weekend, he tag along with senior Disc Jockey (DJ) to learn to be a DJ. It is not easy for him because he has little time to concentrate on his studies. He said he sells because his mother told him to be selling water so that he will be able to pay his school fees and buy his textbooks. “But I make money from the DJ apprenticeship than the hawking. I just hawk because  my mom’s  ask me to and I love my mom, I wouldn’t want to disobey her,” he said.

Mrs. Patricia Nwoye, a parent and trader at Egbeda market told New telegraph that they don’t like the way their children hawk on the street, but because they are poor and there is no enough money to send them to school and foot other necessary bills, that is why they  ask their children to hawk on the streets. Nwoye also said that though the governments have tried to stop them by arresting any children they see hawking on the streets but they still don’t have choice but to continue because that’s the way they can get more money.  She explained that is not what she wants for her children, “I actually want my children to go to school, to be well educated but I have limited power money wise. But I believe that one day they will make it and become somebody in the society too,” she said.

The above mentioned stories are few out of millions of Nigerian children who have to hawk to survive and if possible be educated so as to meet up with their peers in the society. According to UNICEF, more than 10 million children in Nigeria live below the poverty line  i.e they live below two dollars per day and more than 12 million are out of school.  Despite the fact that they do their hawking business, they still find out time to do their homework at night with the dim light of nearby shops  and their trays by the side of the table to hold their writing materials.

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Govt should design policy for mental health – Oma Anona



Govt should design policy for mental health – Oma Anona

Marilyn Oma Anona is a young Nigerian TV host who illustrates that starting from the scratch is not a myth. Apart from a mental health therapist, she is also a multimedia and social entrepreneur, coach/counsellor,  writer, public speaker, master of ceremonies, event host and the host/producer of the phenomenal TV talk show “Oma Living Show” that runs online



What brought about the ideal of the NGO?

As the first child out of seven children, the goal was for me to study medicine and surgery at the university being very academically sound, but I took everyone by surprise when I decided to take another path which is actually a path of purpose and destiny. I made history by daring to become the first entrepreneur in my entire extended family which used to be dominated by academicians, civil servants and corporate professionals. Today, because of my courage, some of my family members have also ventured into entrepreneurship. Today, thousands of Nigerian youths have also found their purpose because of Marilyn.

Before I became a full time entrepreneur, I worked as a presenter for MYTV Africa where I hosted a show called Poetry Pot. I also worked for Media Options, a media organisation in Abuja where I was a writer and Vox Pop presenter. Since 2015, we have produced 50 episodes of the Oma Living Show which is about four seasons.

So what else do you do?

We run a humanitarian platform known as ‘The Right Stage Project’, which is focused primarily on human capital development for young people in our public schools, school drop outs, women, girls, less privileged in the society and the millennial. It seeks to empower and provide lasting solutions to nagging issues in the society. This has also led us to lead several campaigns, aimed at making our society better.

Campaigns like S.A.D which stands for-suicide, anxiety and depression. We started this in 2018, which provided awareness, education, advocacy and support for mental health issues that are the leading causes of suicide. And we have had a lot of that lately. 

What is your impression about how the society views depression?

People think that depression is not an illness. They also think that it some voodoo sent by their “village people” as a result, our people do not pay attention and before you know it, suicides occur. But depression is a health challenge that can be treated through therapy and clinical help. It has become a serious issue in our country and I think there should be a proper policy to tackle mental health challenges. There should be clinics around communities where folks can get in and get help.

How about jungle justice, sexual assault, what do you say to those?

There is still a lot of work to be done there. Even our law enforcement carries out jungle justice too. But it is nothing compared to what the people do. The campaign on sexual assault is to help curb or reduce high incidence of rape and other sexual offences that impede human development and endanger lives.

We equally champion campaigns on domestic violence and other societal vices. Right now, we have the campaign on balance through the Balance Network.

What is the Balance Network about?

We realise that there is a lot of dysfunctional young people who need help. So we decided to reach out or enlighten millennials on importance of making adequate time for various aspects of their lives based on their values and purpose in order to live a more fulfilled life. Basically we try to bring order and purpose to the lives of young people in various aspects of their lives, like relationships, job hunting, work ethic, start-up, emotional intelligence, social interaction, patriotism and many others.

Tell us about your TV Talk Show?

The Oma Living Show started as a TV Talk Show, but has since grown wider and bigger to be a media and social brand engaging in real projects aimed at positively transforming and changing our society and humanity by concentrating on the people that live in and make up the society and humanity. The show which is multi themed is known for, tackling nagging issues like entrepreneurship; celebrating unsung heroes and bringing them to limelight; soft skills inculcation, training and orientation; values, purpose and character orientation; mental health advocacy and awareness and other social campaigns.

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When Sanwo-Olu, Hamzat’s wives cleaned Lagos drainages



When Sanwo-Olu, Hamzat’s wives cleaned Lagos drainages

It can only be passion and commitment that will make the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO) kick-off activities to herald the 19th National Women Conference in Lagos. This, they did with cleaning of drains and visiting patients in critical health conditions. Muritala Ayinla reports



“I am not going to be talking about medicine alone. It is going to be political-medicine, diagnosing the society and trying to take it to the next level. Lagosians shouldn’t be surprised seeing a First Lady cleaning the gutter or sweeping the street. It’s going to be work, work and work.”

That’s  was the wife of the Lagos State Governor, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu while taking ov    er leadership baton  of the Committee of Wives of the Lagos State Officials, COWLSO from her predecessor, Mrs  Bolanle Ambode.

Despite raging arguments over constitutionality of the office of the wives of presidents or governors in Nigeria, emerging developments in the country are pointing to the fact that women are indispensible in the lives of their spouses in the state houses.

In Nigeria, wives of the Presidents and governors usually spearhead one initiative or the other aimed at empowering the vulnerable in the society. Their programmes are usually centered on women, children, widows and feminine related issues. They empower, sponsor and rescue those in need. They sometimes take care of the aged and other categories of the less privileged in the society, depending on the seriousness of the “First Lady” as they are usually called.

In Lagos, the nation’s commercial capital, the name “COWLSO” rings a bell. It’s is a community based gender organisation, working to complement the effort of the Lagos State Government to promote child healthcare, empower women to discover their hidden treasures and protect the environment.

Usually headed by the wife of a sitting governor, COWLSO was founded in 1974 by the wife of the first Military Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Funmilayo Johnson. Today, the association has achieved and still achieving its set objectives through interventions and pro-people projects through all the wives of the democratically elected governors and military administrators. 

Speaking while addressing journalists on the activities lined up for the 19 edition of National Women Conference in Lagos, wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu  said that  the theme of this year’s Conference was strategically framed to drive the T.H.E.M.E.S which is the six-pillar developmental  agenda of the administration.

According to her, the theme of this year’s COWLSO Conference is titled: “UNLEARN, LEARN AND RELEARN: 21ST CENTURY WOMEN’S T.H.E.M.E.S PERSPECTIVES/APPROACH.”

Harping on the need for women in the state to join hands with their men counterparts in the task of making a cleaner, safer for residents, Mrs Sanwo-Olu who led members of COWLSO in the cleaning and desilting of drains in Ikeja Local Government, it was time Lagosians learn, unlearn and relearn better habit of taking care of their environment.

“Come rain, come sunshine, we women of COWLSO are ready to support our husbands to ensure that the ideals of this government are delivered in order to have a greater Lagos. Transport, traffic and environment management is paramount to this administration. So, we are all in it together, our slogan is together, we will work to ensure greater Lagos.”

According to her, if everyone develops special interest in the environment and conscious of waste disposal habit, Lagos environment would be better and cleaner, adding that, “it is very important to educate our populace right from kindergarten up to the university level and community leaders that cleanliness is close to Godliness. It starts from the home and in the schools; we should ensure that our environment is clean. The leftover food should be kept in the black nylon bag while the re-usables and recyclables such as the water bottles and the rest should be kept in the purple nylon bags that are being distributed across the state.”

Mrs. Sanwo-Olu, who also led the awareness walk from Ikeja to the State House, Alausa, used opportunity to join the rest of the world to celebrate the International Day of the Girl-Child, which was marked across the globe. She said the present administration is deeply committed towards ensuring that all the issues affecting girl-child are addressed frontally with the required vigor, zestfulness and determination.

“T.H.E.M.E.S, as we all know, is the policy thrust of the present administration of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu which stands for Traffic Management and Transportation; Health and Environment; Education and Technology; Making Lagos a 21st Century Economy; Entertainment and Tourism; as well as Security and Governance. 

On the women conference, she added that it is the tradition of the conference to strategically empower women to contribute positively to the development of the State and Nigeria at large, saying that this year’s theme was carefully selected in line with the vision and aspiration of the present administration in Lagos State to bring about greater Lagos of our dreams.

She hinted that wife of the President and First Lady of Nigeria, Hajiyah Aisha Buhari, has graciously accepted to be the Mother of the day and would declare the Conference Open while Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State, is the Special Guest of Honour at the opening Ceremony, while his counterpart from Nasarawa State, His Excellency, Governor Abdullahi Sule is the Special Guest of Honour at the Closing Ceremony.

She added that buses will equally be available to convey participants who would be going back to their various homes and destinations after the gala night.

Speaking during a courtesy visit to LASUTH as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of COWLSO, Dr Sanwo-Olu who is the Chairman of the Committee said it was important to make the right investment in healthcare delivery to play up the health of the people, and also support the needy.

She said, “We decided to do our CSR here; this is Ayinke House in LASUTH. We are hoping that we would send the message down to the people that there is need for us to invest in our patients, as well as invest in our doctors and nurses so that they can deliver good healthcare to our people in Lagos State which is one of the key pillars of the development agenda of the government of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for a greater Lagos.

“We have come here and we have identified something we can take up as our project and that is endowment fund for the Pediatric Surgeries that are being done here. Already, the Lagos State Government is doing 0-12 free healthcare for children but we need to also partner with them to do endowment fund and encourage a lot of people to also partner with us.”

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