• 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…

  • Culture

    WOMEN WITH ONLY DAUGHTERS ARE NOT LESS; CHILD-BEARING NOT A METRIC FOR DETERMINING WOMANHOOD

    “Congratulations Mr Jeremiah. It’s a girl.”   Jeremiah hissed at his wife turned, walked out of the hospital and drove off leaving mother and his fifth daughter to sort themselves out. Tears ran down Angela’s face. Why was their having girls her fault? Why couldn’t he just accept that children were not hers to give but nature?   ****   Jeremiah and Angela had been married for seven years. After their fourth daughter, Jeremiah had started withdrawing and becoming distant. When she asked him what was wrong, he didn’t say anything to her. Sometimes, he would get upset at her question and leave the house again.   He wasn’t much…

  • 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…

  • Sports

    THE SLAY BALLERS 2019 – FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2019 – USA VS NETHERLANDS

    USA vs. Netherlands The big day is finally here! The United States will play the Netherlands in the final of the 2019 Women’s World Cup on Sunday. The reigning World and European champions square off in Lyon on Sunday in what promises to be a thrilling encounter. There couldn’t be any more contrast in the pedigree of these teams going into this match with the USWNT making their third consecutive appearance in the final (winning the last one after losing the last one to Japan) and the Netherlands making only their first and in the process becoming the eighth different country to play in a final and the fourth European…