• Sports

    France 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup: A marker for greater things!

    The curtains have been drawn on this year’s edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, and the event in France saw numerous gains achieved in Women’s football on a global level. In the spirit of advocacy, I launched the Slay-Ballers campaign to bring more awareness to women playing soccer particularly in the face of an ever-widening gender gap when compared to the men’s game. France 2019 saw a clear upgrade in the hitherto low standard of women’s football. The quality of soccer on display by the ladies this summer in France has been remarkably high, so much that many people have forgotten that two big regional men’s events (the AFCON…

  • Events

    INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD 2019 LOADING 70 PERCENT

    Last year, we took a bold step forward in a bid to crushing societal stereotypic thinking toward the girl-child, we ignited the fire that burns brightly in the heart of the girl-child and we helped guide her heart on setting her foot on the track of her own choosing. And as the annual International Day of the Girl Child draws near, we are here again, super-geared to help the girl-child break out of the cages of ready-made expectations in order for her to redesign her own dreams with the numerous blocks that pile up around her. We cannot fold our arms while the society continues to tag our girls with…

  • Lifestyle

    WHAT SKILLS ARE WORTH MONETIZING?

    Recently, I realized that some people who have been participants of some programs charging people as much as ₦25,000 or sometimes more when they ask them to help edit their application letters. I wonder why. The funniest thing is that their editing those applications doesn’t guarantee the person interested a spot in the program, conference or event. Once, I tried to talk to someone who I suspected was involved in this and the person said it was a need being met so it needed to be paid for. When the person said that, it reminded me of the time when I wanted to make enquiries about a Postgraduate Program. I…

  • Culture

    WILLIAM AND RITA

    PREPARING MEN FOR EMPOWERED WOMEN William and Rita have been married for three years. William has been comfortable with being the breadwinner while Rita stays home and does the chores. Rita has always wanted to further her studies and join the workforce. After the birth and the weaning of their second baby boy, she asked for William’s permission to return to school. He blatantly refused noting that she has no need for more education. He was able to provide everything they needed as a family since he was the man – the head of the house. As the days went by, William started to become irritated and restless. He would…

  • Education

    Assumptions and Facts; Are men really smarter than women?

    It is widely known that certain genders are more likely to find themselves employed in certain jobs- for example, a woman is more likely to be a teacher or nurse and men are more likely to be a Civil Engineer. This is generally believed to be as a result of differences in intelligence levels between the genders with men generally seen and considered as smarter than women. While the reflection of this dichotomy is clearly evident in the workplace and backed by hard employment data, it is imperative to also ponder if the former assertion is truly an effect of the latter- is the difference in intelligence among the sexes…

  • Culture

    THE WIFE MATERIAL TEST

    Daniella’s lower lip twitched as they pulled up at Moses’ family house – a beautiful maroon bungalow. After two years of dating, Moses was finally ready to introduce her to his mother before taking their relationship a step further. She was scared and nervous at the same time.  “Would she like me?” she asked Moses for the umpteenth time.  “Of course,” Moses said, turning off the ignition and looking at her.  She made a face at him and rolled her eyes.  “I’m serious. Anyone would love you babe,” he said, leaning in and kissing her cheek.  She forced a smile as she pushed open the car door. She wasn’t fully…

  • Education

    STEM (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS) IS NOT MEANT FOR GIRLS.

    “Please sir, I would like to create a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) awareness program for girls. It is an initiative to introduce girls from the junior secondary school to the wonders and possibilities of science, math, technology and engineering …,” the principal read aloud, his eyes widening. Then he glanced up from his letter, pulled off his thin glasses, placed it on the table as he stared at the younger man standing in front of him.    “That is my problem with you corpers. You come here thinking you can turn everyone’s head with white people’s nonsense then you go home disappointed when nothing really changed. This is…

  • Events

    PAN AFRICAN WOMEN’S DAY -JULY 31ST

    African Union has made 31st of July to commemorate the Pan African Women’s Day. We know the essence you live and we celebrate the unique woman in you. To all African women who are keeping the African spirit alive; to all women with the spirit of Pan-Africanism; we wish you all a hearty happy Africa Women’s Day. Go mama Africa; Go the mother of pearls; Go and make Africa even better. We really appreciate your effort towards the shaping of the future of the African continent and your commitment towards the advancement of Africa.   Keep breaking glass ceilings, breaking through concrete walls, striding on sticky floors and escaping career…

  • Lifestyle

    WHEN THE NORMAL BECOMES ABNORMAL ALL IN THE NAME OF PATRIARCHY

    One fine Tuesday morning in January, Dennis walked into his class for early morning lectures. Since he was late, he took one of the vacant seats in the last row, just beside a girl in his class. As the lectures commenced, he scribbled fast and paid rapt attention hanging on to every word the lecturers spoke. After classes, his stomach growled and rumbled so loudly that he picked up his bag, sprang up from his seat and started towards the door a little faster than he should have.   Suddenly, all the students started towards the door as well. It was as though someone had rung a bell because they…

  • Events

    KECTIL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE FOR LEADERS FROM DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

    Thanks to The Kectil Program for the learning opportunity through the years. I am grateful for this grace to be selected to be part of the Nigerian representatives for the Kectil Leadership Conference for leaders from developing countries at Georgia Tech University. This journey has been an amazing one. It has been particularly helpful for me especially in my leadership journey as a woman. It seeks to develop leaders without gender bias. It is indeed all inclusive. It has been a program that seeks to ensure a safer and more sustainable world for women. My knowledge has been enhanced through this conference through my interaction and learning from other young…

  • Culture

    STOP THE CRUCIFIXION; SOME SKILLS ARE NOT INNATE

    Society puts so many ridiculous expectations on women and sometimes experiencing it or thinking about it drives me crazy. One of the those I really hate is how you, as a woman, is expected to know how to handle a baby perfectly even when you have never had one around you all your life. Nobody takes into account your circumstances. All they see is a failure. A woman who is not worthy to be ‘wifed’. My life experience paints a better picture of this situation: I have a twin brother and we have no younger one so I have never known what it’s like to be actively involved in looking…