Religious, traditional leaders worked against my guber ambition – Mahmood

Hajiya Baheejah Mahmood, popularly called Mother of the Orphans (Uwar Marayu), was the only female governorship candidate in Bauchi State during the last election under the platform of Action Congress Democrat (ACD). In this interview, she told Ali Garba that religion and traditional leaders were against her at the last election; while on the other part, money and male marginalisation played a role that led to her withdrawal from the race a week before the election     You were confident that you will win at the Governorship election but…

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Fayemi: Waging war against domestic violence

Her pleasant disposition towards anyone that comes in contact with her could be described as permanent with accessible and amiable nature. But to perpetrators of domestic violence and child abuse, the above description about her could be an irony, Adewumi Ademiju reports     Erelu Bisi Fayemi, wife of the Ekiti state governor, Dr John Kayode Fayemi is a renowned feminist activist, writer and thinker. That is why any violator of gender equality, one may easily incur her wrath. In the journey of her advocacy so far, Erelu Fayemi (as…

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More women in political positions will stop insecurity – Tamraruwa-Dass

Maryam Tamraruwa-Dass (meaning the Star of Dass Emirate) was the candidate of the Green party of Nigeria (GPN) during the last State House of Assembly election in Bauchi State. In this interview with ALI GARBA, she talks of her challenges as a female contestant, religious role in it and her preparation to raise young female politicians before 2023. Excerpt   What really happened to your ambition at the state assembly level? I was the only female contestant among two men in our party during the Primaries. It was very challenging…

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We’re all guilty of failing morals in our society – Dr. Okeke

Dr. Uzoamaka Okeke is a seasoned teacher. The former principal of United Christian Senior Secondary, Apapa believes that the value system in Nigerian society has broken down to a point of no return. As such, negativity, she says, has become order of the day. She spoke with OLUWATOSIN OMONIYI     What will you consider your reward as a teacher? I don’t know the word to use but it was extremely satisfying, I’m really happy that I was a teacher; I still want to continue as a teacher. I don’t…

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Govt must protect vulnerable people from killings – Osakwe

For Mrs. Bridget Osakwe, National Network Coordinator, West African Network for Peace builder Nigeria, making the world a safe haven, mostly for women and children is the main focus of this interview with ALI GARBA. With the spate of killings and kidnapping in Zamfara, Borno, Benue, Kaduna and other states, she says citizens have become vulnerable in conflict prone zones. As such, she urged government to wake up to its responsibility     Why so much worry about the killings and kidnapping in the northern state, What do think could…

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My in-laws robbed me of my husband’s property – Widow

Life can sometimes be cruel and lethal to some people, but could be extremely pleasant and generous to others. For Taiwo Olajide, a widow and mother of five, to say her life is not a bed of roses is an understatement. For 12 years since her husband’s demise, she still finds it difficult to overcome her pains. Her in-laws have not assuaged her pains and those of her children. She tells OLUWATOSIN OMONIYI, how she and her children have been denied access to her husband’s property, thereby subjecting her to…

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Nigeria’s society no longer has values – Dr. Okeke

Dr. Mrs. Uzoamaka Okeke is a seasoned teacher who has taught in many schools. The down-to-earth, disciplinarian and former principal of United Christian Senior Secondary, Apapa, believes that the value system in Nigerian society has broken down to a point of no return, as such, negativity has become order of the day. In this interview with OLUWATOSIN OMONIYI, Okeke said that most foundations are destroyed, hence, it is what the family gives the society that the society gives back     What will you consider your reward as a teacher?…

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Buba: Divorce more prevalent in polygamous societies

Abdullahi Buba is a Bauchi-based social critic. In this interview with ALI GARBA, he talks about how lack of patience, dialogue and understanding have caused a lot of couples their marriages     How long have you been married? Yes, I am married for two decades with six children and I am happy with my family. What are those things that makes you happy at home? It includes the understanding between my family and I and the patience of nurturing a home. Once you are staying with someone, there are…

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Eugenia Abu: Women own half of the sky

Whenever her name, Eugenia Abu, was mentioned, heads turned, eyes opened wide and ears stretched to listen to the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) network news, where she was a regular feature. Aside being a newscaster, Abu is a writer, poet, educationist and a great mentor. She is also someone who one would love to be with as she is warm and inspirational. She is widely experienced in many other ways. Abu speaks with OLUWATOSIN OMONIYI on her life and the work she has been doing     So, what have…

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Heroines on the wheels

Riding commercial tricycle is a male-dominated job but that is gradually becoming a thing of the past. The old adage that ‘only the brave can milk a lion’, is now applicable to these women in their struggle for survival. IJEOMA OKEKE interacts with some women who now dare the devil in this field     Despite the challenges associated with riding tricycle and passengers insatiable requests, women now thrive in that field, they not only do commercial riding, they also display the characterisation that goes along with it. Most of…

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