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    Dashed Hopes – A short story to commemorate Internatonal day of education

    Panting, Miriam sat under the mango tree, hands on her jaw.    She had just run out from the room adjoining the parlour from where she had overheard her father discussing with the yellow-stained teeth pot-bellied short man, Mr Lazarus.    Tears rolled down her eyes as their conversation played in her mind:   “My son will like her,” Mr Lazarus said, “She’s perfect, with the right curves in the right places.”   Her father, who would on a normal day cringe at such statements and even sternly warn or assault the speaker, had tossed his head back and laughed shamelessly.   After recovering, he had said, “She’s not only…

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    MEN PICKING UP THE GAUNTLETS!!!

    I started advocacy because of my experiences as a young lady. I believed that it would inspire young girls and help them choose to rise above the discrimination and inequality that they were facing from society. Some people, especially some men, belittle efforts of women by saying that all gender advocates do is focus on girls while leaving out boys. I know that I am not very good at male advocacy because it’s not my strong forte – not because I wouldn’t have the right words to say but because I don’t fully understand or live their reality as well as a man would. I suggest that this talk that…

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    The role of the Cosmetic Industry in promoting or encouraging women in STEM

    No doubt, women are the biggest target audience of the beauty and cosmetic industries. Most products designed and created by these industries serve to make women feel a lot more beautiful, confident and empowered. As a great asset and tool that beauty is, I believe that women should be directly involved, not just as recipients of these products but also as part of the researchers, developers and eventual producers of said cosmetic or beauty products. At a time, it was unheard of women to be interested in anything else other than looking beautiful to attract a man’s attention, getting married, having children and keeping a home. Today, however, we have…

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    Is the Nigerian Constitution Sexist? – Oyinlola Olufunke Adeboyin

    A tweet, where a man lamented the lacuna in the Nigerian Constitution which prevents him from attaining Nigerian  citizenship by virtue of his marriage to his Nigerian wife, has gone viral. A post which some considered hilarious, others considered a matter of great concern and some others a waste of time. In the western world, a man or woman can attain citizenship of a particular country by virtue of their marriage to citizens of that country. A reason why many Africans marry citizens of some countries where they are domiciled, I learnt. Section 25 to 32 of the Nigerian Constitution provides for attainment of citizenship in Nigeria. Section 26 provides…

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    The Bearded Lady; An insight into Hirsutism

    The Bearded Lady; An insight into Hirsutism “Witch!” “Wicked person!” “Man!” “You should have just had a flat chest and scraped your hair to complete the look.” “Should have? Abi she already has a flat chest and so she just needs to scrape.” Maureen held her head high and sashayed down the street as the mumbled insults from different corners of the busy area whizzed past her ear from all directions. Smiling, she walked on undeterred. She had learned that people would never understand that she didn’t choose to be this way. She had also come to appreciate her a different kind of beauty and didn’t mind who didn’t. But…

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    Teach Him Too!!!

    It is a Thursday evening. The day for brothers and sisters forums. Samuel and Grace, a brother and sister seeing each other live around the same area so they often prepare and leave together for the forum every week. Taking the cab to church together helps them save transport fares. Then, they can spend their spare money on a snack on their way home or buy whatever else they want.  At church, however, they part. Samuel goes round to the back of the main auditorium while Grace walks into one of the halls in the building. The brothers’ and sisters’ forums hold their meetings in separate halls. The brothers prefer…

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    The Role of Religious Leaders in Raising Unscripted and Unstoppable Girls.

    After four years in a land far away from home, Jane had successfully bagged a degree in Economics and was ready to return home. She looked through the airplane window and smiled at the little country she was leaving. She had made friends here, seen beautiful sights and even found a church that reminded her of home but she didn’t mind missing all that if it meant coming home to where it truly mattered. She smiled as she thought about the entourage that would welcome her at the airport and mummy’s soup and semo that would be waiting for her. The welcome party was larger than she thought. “You have…

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    THE ROLE OF EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS IN RAISING UNSCRIPTED AND UNSTOPPABLE GIRLS

    “Candidate 34 has been disqualified. The elections would have to be rescheduled.” Regina could not believe her ears. Just as she was about to be declared winner of the faculty presidential election, she was disqualified! What had she done wrong? Murmurings arose from among the voters, supporters and everyone around. Everyone was just as bewildered and perplexed as she was. The only person with a smirk on his face was Prince, her closest rival.  She followed the presiding officer out of the hall.  “Surely there has been some mistake, sir,” she said, huffing and puffing and trying so hard to catch up with his extra long strides.  “No mistake Regina.…

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    THE ROLE OF PARENTS IN GROOMING UNSCRIPTED AND UNSTOPPABLE GIRLS.

    Some weeks ago, I was invited to speak with a group a individuals on the International Day of the Girl and when I realized I wasn’t going to be speaking to a group of young girls, it birthed the idea for this post. Most times, gender advocates love to speak with and inspire young girls because they are the ones who have tons finally realize who they are and what they’re meant to be but my interactions lately have shown me that beyond talking to these girls, we also reach them by interacting with the people who have the biggest influence over their life. So this months, this will be…

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    YOUR BODY, YOUR RULES: TOWARDS A RECLAMATION OF FEMALE BODILY INTEGRITY – DEBORAH ADEOJO

    Some months ago, I completed a 5-day vlog series (for my Whatsapp status audience) underscoring women’s journey to reclaiming bodily integrity; a conversation that is becoming increasingly crucial in feminine and feminist circles. Two days before I started, I had commented on my experience reading The Vagina Monologue and how that narrative disrupts the normative thought processes and attitudes that underpin conversations about the woman’s body. Shortly after my comment, a friend had sent me a message on how only after decades of being sexually abused (a term I think grossly underrepresents the grievousness of the breach of bodily autonomy and integrity women are subjected to and the multiple burdens imposed on them as survivors) has she found…