Tackling upsurge of child sexual abuse

The prevalence of child sexual abuse perpetuated mostly by family members and the elderly in Nigerian society is generating growing concerns from individuals, and especially Non- Governmental Organisations, NGO. This is the reason ‘Child and Women Against Child Sexual Abuse Initiative,’ (CWACSAI) an NGO, recently organised a seminar for students in Senior Secondary Schools in Lagos. The thrust of the seminar aroused from the upsurge of rape that has become rampant in the society among young children and older men old enough to be their fathers and grandfathers. The main…

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The president working from home: What it means to working mothers

Last week the media space was awash with the report that President Muhammadu Buhari will henceforth work from home. He had missed the Federal Executive Council (FEC) which held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja thrice in a row. Explaining his absence, the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed was reported to have said the President was still resting at home and will henceforth work from home. Following harsh criticisms from Nigerians, the minister said his statement was misrepresented, and that the president only worked from home that day, not…

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Why are women so good at putting off happiness?

You woke up really excited, it’s your special day. Your husband says good bye as he rushes through the door, he’s running late for work. You can’t believe he didn’t even wish you a happy birthday! Well, maybe he has a surprise for you…throughout the day… no call, no Whatsapp message, no post on Facebook, on his profile is still Arsenal logo …mmmhhh! He comes home in the evening in a hurry to catch up with the live football match on Super Sports, and screaming all through. And you’re sitting…

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Being Concord MD nearly destroyed my marriage – Doyin Abiola

The pioneer female newspaper editor-in-chief in Nigeria and wife of the late business mogul, Chief MKO Abiola, Dr. Doyinsola Abiola, has revealed that the status of being the Managing Director and Editor-in- Chief of Concord Newspaper, nearly destroyed her marriage. Mrs. Abiola, who spoke during the week at a colloquium in honour of the Editor-in-Chief of Genevieve Magazine, Mrs. Betty Irabor, noted that the most difficult thing to do for women was to engage in businesses with their husbands. Speaking on the theme; ‘Because Integrity Matters’, as part of activities…

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Conditioned by the times

It is no longer news to hear or see teenage girls getting into prostitution either willingly or by trick nowadays. But worrisome enough is the fact that it is increasing by the day in many parts of Nigeria. Alani OLUSeyi writes They lured young girls into prostitution in various forms with tokens and see-through dresses to work in brothels, bars and clubs. They also work as sex slaves in factories. This phenomenon, perhaps, is due to the present economic hardship of the country. Most of these under aged girls, during…

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What mothers owe the society…

When a girl child is born, the society owes her a safe environment, education, good health care and all she needs to grow and thrive and become who she is destined to be, one of which is to become a mum. When she becomes an adult she has to give back to the society that has given her so much, the most important of them all being what she owes the society as a mum – bringing into the world and raising responsible children. I watched an investigative documentary recently…

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Entrepreneurial skill for 60 Vesico-Vaginal Fistula Survivors

Their health condition may have crippled them emotionally and socially, their husbands may have rejected them thereby giving the society a topic for discussion or something to gossip. One thing certain is that it is indeed not their fault neither is it by their designs to be scorned at or become abandoned wives. They are victims of Vesico- Vaginal Fistula (VVF) survivors in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State. Luck smiled on them when the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow, Ms. Chidinma Mbanasor, recently concluded a series of vocational rehabilitation and economic empowerment program…

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More than just a mum

In the spirit of celebrating mothers all over, as Mothering Sunday was cerebrated recently – mostly in the UK and Nigeria. I wish to share a piece just to remind mums just how distinguished and indispensable we are. Unfortunately we often don’t feel that way, we undermine our place and our roles, and take ourselves for granted just because the job of a mum doesn’t comes with a pay and job description. I hope this mum’s experience changes all that. A woman, renewing her driver’s licence, was asked by the…

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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…

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