When women rage

I was watching the late night news recently when a woman was arraigned in court for allegedly killing her husband. She had her face covered like most people would do to avoid the camera especially if they are in the eye of the public for the wrong reasons. Social media is awash with stories of women who are so enraged they are lashing out on the culprits – the men in their lives! Some are having their heads chopped off; others their manhood, depending on the degree of sin committed…

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LASG to parents: Don’t abdicate your role on children

  Worried by the rate of child abuse and abandoned children in the state, the Lagos State government has charged parents to take responsibility of upbringing their children to enable them become productive. Speaking at a town hall meeting on better parenting held at the Lagos State secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, the state’s Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, decried incidences of abandoned children as a result of failure of the parents to pay adequate attention to their wards. She said parents unconsciously abuse and cause permanent emotional…

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Between discipline and abuse in marriage

Some have said it is necessary for the husband to discipline his wife as a show of love and care just as a parent would do to an erring child. Some have even come up with Bible verses to back up this claim. But then, who disciplines the man when he errs. Or doesn’t he err at one time or the other? I came across an article on VirginiasSecretGarden at mattforney.com where a woman shared her perspective and personal experience on wife discipline. The following are excerpts from the article…

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Kicking against child trafficking

In a move towards ensuring the wholeness of the African child, several governmental and non-governmental organisations have made it a priority to eliminate all forms of child trafficking in the continent. ELIZABETH OGUNBAMOWO reports       As part of the measures to achieving that aim, a project tagged ‘Civil Society Actions against Child Labour, and Trafficking in Nigeria and Border Communities (CSACTL) within the framework of a broader EU/ECOWAS funded project, ‘FMM West Africa (Free Movement of Persons and Migration in West Africa)’ is being implemented by the Hope-Aid…

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Punishing your wife: A show of love?

Recently we were jolted by the news of a Nigerian man who caused a serious traffic on the road when he forced his wife to push their broken down vehicle alone because she spent the money he gave her to fix the car. And according to the Twitter user who broke the news on his handle, said the wife used the money meant for the repairs to buy cream and hair. The story gave us all something to laugh about, but on the other hand, for some of us, something…

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Behind every successful man…

The atmosphere was electrifying. People were trooping in and out of the event centre and one thing they shared in common was the joy on their faces. It was the 60th Induction ceremony of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) 2017, which held recently. It was easy to identify the inductees all dressed in suits, the rest obviously were family, friends and well wishers who had come to grace the occasion, some in Asoebis, some couples in and co, babies were also present to share in the joy…

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When principles are limited to the girl-child

It is generally believed that female children are to be raised in a principled environment under strict parentage. This might be linked to the vulnerability of the girl-child to human predators. Media reports of sub-human treatment such as rape, violence against women flood our societies daily. Thus, parents have made it an obligation to ensure the protection of their female children by laying rigid rules and principles backed by threat of sanction if flawed. Asides the parental efforts towards protecting the female children, several organisations also organize educative programmes for…

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Taking up the fight against poverty, vices

Rather than taking to crime and other heinous activities which are of no economic or social values, Mr. John Adesina, a 27-year-old Statistics graduate of the University of Ibadan has made a commitment to reaching out to the needy and the less privileged. ELIZABETH OGUNBAMOWO and JOAN YAKUBU write     For Adesina, the aim is to help the needy become somebody and put smiles on the faces of less privilege in the society. This he hoped to achieve through his foundation- Praise Until Something Happens (PUSH) Adesina, founder and…

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Solution for women

Apart from God, No one can love you more than you. When you give up on yourself, you have sinned against your very soul. Yes, it’s hard having to live with an abusive or non-chalant husband, but the truth is, you can even command your husband to love and respect you by you first loving and respecting yourself. How? Yes it’s possible. What makes you happy? What do you derive joy doing? You know your desires, your wants, things that make you happy, you must grasp unto that. • Try…

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A vote against gender inequality

As part of efforts towards ensuring a world free of discrimination for the girl-child, the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), in collaboration with some international bodies recently hosted the commemoration of the International Day of the Girl-Child in Lagos state. The programme tagged “Girls speak out and speak right”, in line with the this year’s theme which focuses on adolescent girls and sustainable development goals, is specifically geared towards sensitizing and training girls in secondary schools to speak out, be aware of happenings around them, motivate each other to…

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