Chidlren’s Day: Celebrating Nigeria’s future

But for the Covid-19, the Children’s Day would have been celebrated with fanfare as it is usually done annually on May 27.  While some children celebrate on social media, zoom, WhatsApp or Google group, some are crying for safety and good welfare package for them. OLUWATOSIN OMONIIYI writes with Agency reports     More than 250 displaced primary schools pupils from eight different communities of Miango, Irigwe chiefdom of Bassa Local Government of Plateau State gathered on Wednesday at LEA Primary school Miango Play ground to celebrates this year’s  children’s…

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Checking rampant rape cases with legislation

In what is becoming a harsh reality, reported cases of sexual violence and defilement seem to be steadily surging. Various means have been employed to stop such but to no avail. Perhaps, a stronger legislation might do the trick. OLUWATOSIN OMONIYI writes with agency reports     Last month, 2020, the Lagos State Government through its Domestic Violence Response Team (DSVRT) revealed that issues of sexual violence against minors have been on steady rise in, especially the state. DSVRT explained that, statistic with 3,247 reported cases involving minors, a class…

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Nestlé partners 17,000 children on healthier lives

As Nigeria mark the 2020 Children’s Day, Nestlé Nigeria has partnered with stakeholders to champion activities that help Nigerian children live healthier, happier lives through research, product innovation, food fortification, nutrition education and the promotion of an active lifestyle. In a statement from Nestle Nigeria to mark Children’s Day 2020, the company stated that Nestlé for Healthier Kids (N4HK), which is run in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Education, the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), Universal Basic Education Board, Ogun State, FCT Universal Basic Education Board and the Nutrition…

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NGO celebrates 100 African women leading change in development

  Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Co-Founder of Sahel Consulting, Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli; and art enthusiast, Bolanle Austen-Peters have been listed among 100 women leading change in development across Africa. A survey conducted by Donors for Africa Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, listed other women pacesetters to include former Liberia President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Ekiti State First Lady, Erelu Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi, Kiki Mordi, Ini Abimbola Sarah Lagot, Onyeka Akpaida, Hauwa Ojiefor, Chisom Obi-Jeff, Jokate Mwegelo and H.E Sahle-Work Zwede among others. Speaking on why these women are being…

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COVID-19: A wedding without the groom

The date had been fixed for May 9, 2020. And that was the date to cement a seven-year-old relationship between Timothy Aondohemba and Miss Jane Jegu. They had planned since last year for the wedding and dreamt of an elaborate ceremony. The bride mostly, had planned to dance and to throw the bridal good luck flower to her bridal train for a catch. Jane and Timothy, as they were fondly called were in a courtship for over seven years and decided to join the marriage club and traditional marriage date…

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When you get disappointed in your child!

The old adage has it that there is a beautiful side to every ugly situation. The deadly Coronavirus seems to have actually helped in bonding and mending relationships. It has helped some parents to fully see who their children truly are. OLUWATOSIN OMONIYI writes      Recently, the news about two siblings left at home by their mother has been going viral, generating controversies. Some argued that their mum was careless; others said it is inherent in the child just that their mother had been careless and some were of…

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Aisha Baba: I’ve no regrets getting married at 9

Married at the age of nine, Hajiya Aisha Baba, a producer with Freedom Radio Kano, now 51, has nearly seen it all in terms of marriage and relationships. She shares with ALI GARBA in this interview, her belief, views and experience with marriage       When did you get married? I am married for the past 41 years but didn’t attend school at my early age. Both my parents were educated. So, I was not allowed to attend school at all. It was later, after bearing five children for…

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Priotising issues of women, girls during COVID-19

It is an unprecedented time for the world with the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Just like in any other crisis period, women and girls are disproportionately affected. To address the uneven treatment, the United Nations convened a virtual roundtable to create a more gender-inclusive path during the crisis. OLUWATOSIN OMONIYI reports     Convening and chairing an online meeting with the theme Women Leaders´ Virtual Roundtable on COVID-19 and the Future, the duo of Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, and Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff…

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International Day of Girl Child: Redefining girlhood

Women and girl children around the world especially Africa, face great adversity, violence, child marriage, injustice, poverty, domestic, structures within society and some African traditions (both new and old) which adversely keep women down and oppressed. OLUWATOSIN OMONIYI writes   October 11,Nigeria joined the world to commemorate the International Day of the Girl Child. The annual celebration xrayed issues and the cruelty Nigerian young girls mostly northern girls are exposed to. With this year’s theme, “With Her: A Skilled Girl Force”, highlights girls now taking charge of their own future…

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A walk for children living with cancer

  The Children Living with Cancer Foundation (CLWCF) last Saturday held the 2018 edition of its annual rally for the sake of children living with cancer. Popularly known as Walkathon, the annual walk held annually mainly with the aim of creating awareness for cancer in children, took place on Saturday, September 29. Taking off from Hall 36 Car Park inside the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) in Idi Araba, the procession marched through many streets in Surulere along with a band, with a major part of the awareness being the…

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