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Health is a major part of our lives, something I am currently experiencing since my recent bout of malaria has left me restricted to my bed, unable to walk or even eat without taking multi-vitamins to make me feel hunger and a state of constant headache – literally.

But thankfully, I’m getting better but time is ticking.

Before this onslaught of malaria, I attended the World Bank Youth Forum (WBYF) of which I have the privilege of being a member of. The Forum is an eclectic mix of young …

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It’s sad when you hear saying like the title of my article. You may even feel incensed, outraged that a young woman like me would write that. But what if I showed you, what if I proved to you that it’s true.

The Human Development Report in 1995 made that statement after a research done that showed that out of the 1.3 million people living in poverty, 70% of that population comprised of women. Talk about cornering the market on being poor. Not something one should aspire to, not …

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It was my first year in the University of Abuja, and I must say, I wasn’t impressed. The student hostels were an abomination, and goodness knows that I still haven’t a clue how I got the resolve to stay there during the entire course of my studies at the University. That was 5 year too long, if you ask me. The hostels were filthy and badly maintained. It also didn’t help that the spaces we were all crammed into had the breathing space of a can of sardines, or less. …

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I just read an article online by Kenechi Uzochukwu on the online Nigerian magazine called “YNaija” titled “Men Can Do Nothing against Rape.” He was trite and came from the perspective of a bigot parading as an enlightened man.

I’ve been lead to believe that this type of behaviour comes from a society of men who thing that all men who rape are victims of the oppressive and taunting women-folk who parade themselves in too short, too skimpy outfits without understanding the consequences that their actions, and in some …

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In the report titled United Nations Millennium Project titled, “Population, Reproductive Health and the Millennium Development Goals”, I read, like I’ve been doing so for the past 5 years that in order for achievement of the MDGs to be probable, gender equality is essential in this struggle.

Now that, dear readers, is putting the “uh” in “Duh“. Talk about stating the obvious.

Over and over again we have heard that specific interventions to address gender inequality should be an intrinsic part of all MDG …

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I stumbled upon these extraorinary women at Hanneh Le’s blog a few minutes ago, and I must say, I am inspired.

Started by Sampat Pal Devi, a mother of five, the Gulabi Gang is women’s movement formed in 2006 in the Banda District of Uttar Pradesh in Northern India. This region is marked by a deeply patriarchal culture, rigid caste divisions, female illiteracy, domestic violence, child labour, child marraiges and dowry demands. And yes, it’s known to be an extremely poor area. All the ingredients needed for a meal

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I love Valentine’s Day, but not for the reason you’d probably think.

I’m areally not the flowers and candy kinda girl. I’m more open to be wined and dines, gifted (with something expensive) and taken on an exciting adventure (I’m a born Nigerian…I like to have fun and enjoy…).

But really, before I realised that men use that day to gift women to the point that some would probably have no choice but to give in to a man’s (or woman’s) advances due to the whatever feeling coursing through …

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Everytime I saw a Bollywood movie, the culture used to fascinate me. To be honest, it still fascinates me now. For a nation filled with such rich culture and heritage and human resources – especially the women who are all so beautifully dressed in an attempt to match their outfits to the extent of their beauty – with their long hair flowing like black gold, one would think somethings wouldn’t be the norm in India.

They founded and polished technology, ideas and even the kama sutra (yes, I am …

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I always pity them, then I feel this feeling of derision at their situation and I always have this thoughyt in my mind:

Why don’t you just leave ?”

I love him, they say. He loves me thats why he hits me, she says. I have nowhere to go…

Several global surveys suggests that half of all women who die from homicide die in the hands of someone who they were intimate with, a current or past lover or husband.

And trust me, that fact isn’t at all …

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Call me crazy, call me backward and repressed due to my education and culture because I was born and breed in a highly religious yet corrupt nation like Nigeria. Call me stupid and call me unsophisticated…call me what you will.

But whoever called parents irresponsible, unknowledgeable, unconcerned for the welfare and self esteem of their daughters at Abercrombie and Fitch must have a very crappy relationship with their daughters.

Whoever heard of push up bikinis for & year olds? Why would someone think up of a ridiculous thing like …

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Let the record show that this U-DGurl is in absolute LOVE with Laci Greene!

I am literally watching her video on “A is for Abstinence” and I think it’s such a great thing to do for those who need (and may not need) to be informed about abstinence and making the choice

She’s funny and so real…did I mention funny, too?

I do wish there was a Laci Greene symbol back in my high school days. So many girls grew up, confused about the changes in their bodies, confused …

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I once read a book in high school involving a sequence of events that highlighted a certain detective’s fight against sexual offenders interested in the participation of child as sexual objects physically while they filmed the act and distributed it to the black market. At one time, the detective watched a video where this poor little girl was cajoled into entering the pool or hot tub with this man, where he did things to her, and subsequently ended her life – while still in the water with him. That …

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Beggars:

1. One who solicits alms for a living.
2. An impoverished person; a pauper.

- thefreedictionary.com

Begging, is all around me. In Nigeria I mean, not literally around me, trailing me, holding me down with entreating eyes and dirty hands holding my shirtsleeves begging for a few nairas to spare. Alright, that does happen. They are everywhere: by motor parks, along the streets in busy traffic, at the doors to shopping malls, at restaurants looking through the mirror at you – a ploy to make you feel guilty …

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I have always found a foreigner’s perspective on the Nigerian society quite interesting and much needed, after all, it often takes one standing on the outside looking in to fully grasp the situation at hand: they are detached and sometimes, not always, tend to have an objective view. Islamist extremists and terrorist cells in the North; Niger Delta militants and independent kidnapping groups in the South; over population, disease, over riding impoverishment of its people everywhere else; and of course, the corruption. We cannot forget about that.

For a …

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 If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.
Francis Bacon (1561 – 1626)

On the 21th of September the world celebrated the International Day of Peace. A day where citizens of the earth are encouraged to lay down their arms, animosities, antagonisms, to come together in peaceful repose for 1 day of 355 days to become what we were meant to be: a planet filled with tolerance, kindness and, yes, even love. The special day of the year provides …

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‘On July 20, 2008, a body was spotted in Khajeri village and preliminary investigation revealed that she was Promila, who was five months pregnant then. The girl was brutally put to death by her very own father Jaswant and brother Sunil. Both sanitation workers, the accused apparently first strangulated Promila and then bludgeoned her with a stone. To mislead investigators, they poured acid on the deceased’s face and tore her clothes to indicate she was rape and then killed. However, medical reports nailed their lie and suggested she

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I don’t know about you, but paying mothers to attend ante-natal classes in a country like Nigeria that’s rife with intelligent and abundant human resource who all think corruption is the best form of making money, that finding ways to siphon money anyway possible is the status quo, doesn’t seem like the cleverest way to reduce maternal mortality.

Granted this idea makes quite a lot of sense. It’s worked in some countries with education and improving family planning and child spacing in India, but Nigeria isn’t India. Nigeria is …

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I don’t know about you, but paying mothers to attend ante-natal classes in a country like Nigeria that’s rife with intelligent and abundant human resource who all think corruption is the best form of making money, that finding ways to siphon money anyway possible is the status quo, doesn’t seem like the cleverest way to reduce maternal mortality.

Granted this idea makes quite a lot of sense. It’s worked in some countries with education and improving family planning and child spacing in India, but Nigeria isn’t India. Nigeria is …

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I’ve always, always believed that women have rights and asserting those rights, contarry to popular African chauvinists point of view, is not a crime. Sadly, many don’t belive that. Women have treated like property, some property not to be valued. 

So it’s no wonder that I am more than a bit excited about UNiTe to End Violence Against Women‘s Orange Day.

Those are the days where young people around the world want to claim 25th of every month, starting with 25 July and leading up to 25 November, …

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The Berlin Patient. Sounds like a Hollywood hit movie or a bestselling spy novel. Definitely nothing like the man who who researchers and HIV community believe might unlock the cure to HIV/AIDS.

Timothy Ray Brown
, popularly known as The Berlin Patient is the man giving HIV researchers and millions of people living with HIV and their loved ones hope for a cure.

Mr Brown had undergone bone marrow stem cell transplants because of non HIV-related leukemia, but the transplants came from a person whose cells were HIV-resistant, courtesy of …

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You know, it’s funny how we stumble upon seemingly new information everyday that re-establishes the saying that you learn something new all the time.

I had always wondered why muslims in  Nigeria tended to marry relatively earlier than most Nigerians, and why a lot of their women were simply content to remain housewives and mothers. Don’t get me wrong, I think the greatest, the hardest and most rewarding job ever is being a mom. But the way I saw it, most of them never entertained the thought that they …

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Considering the months of preparation prior to the actual event of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development: you know, the incalculable hours, days, months activists from fields spanning climate change, women’s rights, poverty alleviation and even religious institutions spent planning, deciding. The buzz of excitement from the lucky sods who could afford to attend the conference; the plastered smiles on faces of the unfortunates, like me, who could not attend due to “extenuating circumstances” and “previous engagement” one would think, or at the very least, have hoped that …

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Ever since I became a youth blogger for Advocates, I’ve had a little bit of trouble defining what exactly it is I do.

“You write?” they’d ask. “What do you write for them?”

Now the answer to that particular question rests on who asks. If it’s a younger person, someone around my age, maybe about 13 to 35 years old, or someone I knew was in the same field, I’d give it to them in detail. I add the words ‘sexual’ and ‘reproduction’; ‘women’s issues’ and ‘young people’s

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Two weeks ago decided venture out of my little slice of heaven I call Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, its haven of calm, its blissful organisation to Lagos, Nigeria’s very own Sin City: the economic powerhouse of my great nation, over flooded due to bad drainage and pollution; overpopulated with many of its residents living in squalor. Clean water scarce if available at all, and barely no electricity – they survive on generators – and absolutely no peace and quiet! Darkness, noise and filth as far as the eye could …

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Children’s Day, Nigeria. Another 27th Day in the month of May has approached and children (but not all parents) are overjoyed when it approaches. No school. What could be better than finally getting a break from that laborous mathematics class; or from that economics teacher who bores us to sleep? 

Joy wouldn’t feel so good if it weren’t for pain, neither would education feel so relevant, if one hasn’t experienced the bitter taste of ignorance. Sadly, that’s what 10 million Nigerian children are going through – or more likely, …

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You’d think that cutting a cake in another part of the world wouldn’t cause this much of a fuss in other continents. But then, that would have been before you heard about what Black Looks, for instance, has described as racist and misogynistic. Other women’s rights groups called it insensitive, scandalous and cheapening the issue of Female Genital Mutilation. But mostly, that what was done was just wrong.

Wrong, that is, if you happened to be at Stockholm’s Museum of Modern Art to celebrate the 75th birthday of the …

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The sound of the explosion shook the first floor windows of my house in Wuse, at least a 30 minute drive fro, the site of the attack in Abuja, NIgeria’s capital city.

Another day, another explosion, I thought somewhat coldly. I was beginning to think that Boko Haram was a bit low on funding. 
Nigerians have this unique yet terrible ability to get used to negative things: the devastation in the Nigeri Delta and cities, the terrorist attacks, the corruption, the leaders, the lack of adequate maternal healthcare in …

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In my somewhat short yet informative life I have had the good fortune to have met very interesting individuals with strong views on so many diverse topics and issues. On such an encounter, I met the head of the Doctors for Humankind foundation, a Nigerian based organization focusing on street medicine, climate change, disaster relief and reproductive health in Nigeria.
According to Dr. Uche Uruakpa,

"Unless we reach a firm, ambitious and binding agreement, we are all doomed to a 6 degrees temperature rise path that will plunge us

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http://ti.me/GUSfQK I just found out that the Nigerian President and my very own “Oga” – that’s broken English for sir – is a one half of the Chairmanship of the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children. Apparently he’s also, through the medium of the global body of course, going to find a way to reduce maternal and child mortality in the WORLD! WOW! Now that’s an incredible feat to accomplish, most especially for a President whose nation currently holds the highest reported cases of maternal mortality, …

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Will I make an impact on the world by being an activist, or just another anonymous donor? Will I fight on the battlefields of life, be amongst the brave ones struggling for a better world, or more disappointingly – would I be one of life’s many spectators and waiting and watching as things happen, not making them happen?

These are some of the questions I often ask myself growing up in Nigeria. Being torn between what the societies expects of me, and from what I expect of myself.

Nigeria …