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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    MY LOVE FOR SOCCER.

    When a friend heard I was writing about soccer and life lessons from playing soccer, he protested. “Your women readers won’t understand the game.”  Really?  The interest in woman’s soccer is surging.  The 2015 Women’s World Cup final was the third most watched football match in history with nearly 23 million viewers in the host country; 750 million viewers were reported to have watched the tournament worldwide. This is a game I have come to love as a kid having played as the only female among boys like Kolawole Balogun, Koleola Balogun, Seyi Omolade, Sunkanmi Olugbamigbe, my twin broter and some boys too here and there as a teenage girl…

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    MISCONCEPTIONS OF FEMINISM : THE PROPOUNDERS MEANT WELL.

    Many people bash feminism today because they misunderstand it or have a wrong notion about the movement. Some see it as a man-hating marriage-breaking movement. Others see it as a cause championing some values that are not aligned with what they stand for and so are not comfortable with it. While some others see it as a scheme trying to overthrow men. A good number of people, even those who believe in equality, refuse to be associated with the word “feminism” because a good number of key or forefront advocates have ideals or a lifestyle they don’t want to emulate or be associated with. But is a concept or idea…

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    THE SLAY-BALLERS 2019 – FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP- ENGLAND VS ARGENTINA

    England Vs. Argentina England will be looking to run riot against Argentina on Friday after edging out victory against auld rivals Scotland by a single goal margin in their Group D opener. The Lioness are one of the better teams in the competition and will fancy their chances of remaining involved deep into the competition. This should literally be a walk in the park. England are ranked 3rd in the world while the Albicelestes are ranked a staggering 34 places below them in 37th. To put the disparity into contest, Thailand who were victims of a record 13-0 thrashing at the hands of the USWNT are ranked three places above…

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    FEMALES : EARN IT, DON’T EXPECT SUCCESS ON A SILVER PLATTER.

    Tears rolled down Adanna’s cheeks. Who would have thought that they would choose Jude over her? But Jude was a guy. Their organization was well known for their gender inclusive nature. Didn’t it mean that it had to be her over him? Adanna groaned and held her tummy tight. It hurt to think they would kick her to the sidelines like this? After all she’d dreamed and imagined. Adanna was an executive at Hans Enterprises. She and Jude had been employed the same year and worked almost as hard as each other to get to where they were today. The only difference was that while Ada celebrated her little wins,…

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    SHE IS AT THE HELM!!!

    Juliet has been passionate about leadership since she was a child. Her parents raised her to be vocal and to see herself as capable of organizing people and leading them with goals and visions that helped bring change in society. In the earlier years of primary school, their teacher said that whoever scored the highest would be made class monitor. Juliet worked hard and was best that term. When it was time to reward her efforts, instead of making her monitor. She made her assist the boy who had just come after her in grades. She was upset and went to report to the headteacher. But her headteacher said, “Men…

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    Broken To Be Remoulded By Solomon Ayo

    This article is an encouragement to someone out there. Written by Solomon Ayo. Don’t settle for the defeat Don’t settle for the crush Don’t settle for the emotions! THEY ARE ALL A BATTLE OF THE MIND!!! Fierce and strong (builds) a warrior Though tough the battle but keep the badge high You may be shattered, broken, constantly wounded and crushed Your tears may seem to no know dryness Scars of your past keep reposting The memories of your hurt keep resurfacing!!!! HALAS!!! STOP!!! You are a strong one!! You are a made for a purpose. The memories of tears is to build a life. Your struggles of years are to…

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    MEN ON BOARD

    After second semester examinations, Adeola came home to announce that she had a C in Maths. Temitope, her younger brother, shrugged.   “Why didn’t you do better? You were so good in Maths. You even got an A1 in WAEC!”  He shrieked.   “It’s normal,” Adeola said, “Aunty Callista said as we go higher, it would difficult for us girls to understand very complex things because we are not supposed to do hard subjects… ”   Their father walked into the parlour just in time to hear Adeola’s bit of the conversation and cut her off, “Deola! What did you just say?”   Adeola bit her lip.   Their father…

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    Women shattering glass ceilings, breaking through concrete walls, striding on sticky floors and escaping career labyrinths : No falling off the Glass Cliff. Never.

    Victoria is the only single woman living in Lincoln estate, the most expensive estate in the country. At 23, she drives a G – Wagon and works as a managing director of a very lucrative firm. Rumor has it that although she has two drivers, a laundry man, a housekeeper and two chefs, she has two personal assistants whose jobs are to read to her when she’s having a warm bath and file her nails. But she has none of those. Just a housekeeper, driver and a security man.   Everyday as she drives past, mothers huddle their female children inside because the kids gush at her in awe and…

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    STEREOTYPES AND HOW THEY COLOUR OUR PERCEPTIONS

    Franca sat on the floor, legs entangled like a yoga instructor.  “Why did she have to be the one to do all the work for them while they had hands and were all given the same assignments in school?” she thought, peeling cocoyam and hissing when the heat scalded her soft palms.   “This isn’t right,” She grumbled, looking at the books on the bed and the pile of dirty clothes just peeping at her from under the bed: Baggy jeans, hoodies, tee-shirts – Clothes that were not hers. .   She bit her lip and continued peeling the cocoyam, blowing her hands and trying to do each piece a…

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    Should gender affect our choices in things that have no biological consequences?

    The quality of our life today is a reflection of the choices we have made in the past – good or bad. Although we are free to make choices, we cannot choose the outcomes or consequences of those our actions.   There are, however, things we did not choose like our race, our skin color, our ethnic group or tribe, the family we are born into and our gender. These are the things we are born with or born into and had no hand in becoming. They should not be a basis of bias or discrimination against us. They should also not determine what choices are right or wrong for…

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    Just Because Girls Play Ball Too

    Just because Girls Play Ball too. I am that girl that grew up in the midst of 4 males. My mum and I were the only females around.  I like to call our family the ‘House of Blue’ because that was the colour we kept in mind while shopping for clothes, accessories or shoes. Most of the boys were older than me and we shared hobbies. My favourite hobby, among all the things I loved doing like singing and dancing, was playing football.   I can remember running to get the football as my brothers and I, ran to the community field every weekend to play football. I usually woke…

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    INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2019

    #internationalwomensday #ThinkEqual #BuildSmart #InnovateforChange #Balanceforbetter #iwd2019 On October 15, 2007, Condé Nast Portfolio Magazine published in it’s Masters of Invention Portfolio a list of the world’s most prolific inventors alive. The top 10 was dominated entirely by men. Inventions that could potentially shape the future are made mostly by men who though not necessary intentionally but subconsciously create technology that ignores women. How can we achieve equality when we are underrepresented in the fields of science and technology? How can we build when we don’t have builders?   This year, we are encouraging everyone to always have gender equality at the back of their minds when they are thinking and…

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    SUBMISSIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD

    It is still October, a month dedicated to celebrate the girl child all around the world. During the International Day of the girl child, prizes were given to girls who wrote poems and short stories. The theme for the poetry competition was ‘I am a girl’. This was borne out of the thought of what girls really think about themselves likewise the short story competition was on ‘My Dream Girl’ which made them think on how they want girls to be seen in years to come, the changes they would like to see and stereotypes they would want to see changing. There are interesting poetry submissions below. NAME: OLAJUWON OPEYEMI…

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    Together We Can-The New Feminine Anthem

    TOGETHER WE CAN-THE NEW FEMININE ANTHEM Recently, a hashtag trended in the U.S twitter space that reads #hersuccessisnotmyfailure. It was another feather to the caps of a new movement already generating waves in the U.S.A., the idea of women supporting women. In her latest post on her blog, HerViewFromHome, Heather LeRoss said, ‘I am a woman who champions my friends. I want nothing for them than to be successful, happy, loved, safe, and healthy…’ Interestingly, while speaking at Sworte Talk 9, which held at the Muson Center, Lagos, Toyosi Akerele shared these same views. Something is evident; the successful women have finally awakened to the fact that it is a…

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    The Role of Women In Nation Building

    The role of women in nation building. In the olden days, women were over looked. As a result of the patriarchal nature of the society, women were seen as inferior. Most times, they were just active in the private sphere. For the public sphere, they were not given the chance to explore their potentials because they were only seen as nurturers and home makers. The advent of globalization has served as eye opener for a lot of people on the role of women in the society. Gender activism has stressed the importance of bringing women to the fore-fronts of national development. More and more, gender equity is becoming stressed by…

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    The Feminine Identity

    Sometimes I think about my life, have I been swayed by winds of voices around me, have I been silenced just to receive validation from people. I have seen and experienced a lot and definitely there are still a lot to experience. Years passing by asking questions, asking questions about who really I am; asking questions about my identity. Where are the dreams I have woven carefully as a little girl, dreams which really took me time to weave.Where is that glittering hope I foresaw then, where is that life I hope to achieve as a little girl. I see them all shattering. I always prayed then for my dreams…

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    FGM

    Female genital mutilation (FGM) according to World Health Organization (WHO) comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. Furthermore according to this health organization, this procedure has no health benefits for girls and women. From statistics, this act is prevalent in 29 countries in Africa including Nigeria and Middle East. Why would a fellow human be made to suffer all in the name of culture, why will someone be made to go through excruciating pain all because culture has to be practiced? Everything all in the name of culture, why must women be…

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    Women In Leadership Positions

    WOMEN IN LEADING POSITIONS My name is Kimberly. I love leadership and this has been my flare right from childhood. I was really an exceptional child. I excelled well in anything I do, I have always been active in politics. I read news all over the world and how politics has evolved over the time. I argue about politics with my male friends and sometimes most people marveled at this because I was a female which wasn’t really peculiar t0 my gender. I have been assigned with leadership roles at different points while growing up and couple of times I have been awarded best leader of the year. I was…

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    La Fille (The Girl)

    Breast ironing, female genital mutilation, sexual violence, arranged marriage among others are what a girl child goes through in some communities. Yes I vow to the blueness of my ink to stop madam cash from trading our daughters for jewelleries our mothers of tomorrow Yes I vow to the scars on my heart to tarnish senator kasalis integrity our 13 year old mother-made-girls concubines at his villa Yes I vow to humanity’s groans to punish mama alero for pounding aleros breast brutality in the name of protection Yes I vow to the terror in my voice to format education schemes for putting our ladies at the back row our intelligent…

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    Girl Child Marriage

    The palm wine tappers daughter Growing small tangerines attracted you Abandoning the thighs of a ready-to-be mother You tore into soul of an adolescent You bought a bride with a price And inserted your knife of greed into her emotions Sucking the milky drops from her eyes Is this marriage of slave trade? A penny for a night So you promised her father Free water supply and light So you promised her mother Go ask the gods What killed senator lagbaja the other night It was one word one knife Deadly blows that stole cruelty from his sight Girl’s marriage is a taboo I will fight till the last drop…

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    NO TO GENDER DISCRIMINATION

    Out of the Ashes we rise For the sun that was out that evening The moon that shone that night For it came out in all its might And they flooded the town with light  As all the vestiges left me of the fight The fight where I was supposed to be the Knight but I was held tight because of my sex I lost my place at the table to one of the men But out of the Ashes we shall rise For I rose, that day when Bro Akin, that uncle in my neighborhood touched me affectionately, I slapped his hand away and told mummy about it That…

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    Girls Smash Stereotypes

    My bangles cast with mud Vegetables adorn my head Forever stuck in this hell-hole Ever heated kitchen -stead  My gender is my sentence My home, my prison Condemned to serve the man I’m forced to be content with second place Though, for enlightenment, I’ve fought Wielded my flag against my mistreatment The system fights right back, always to put me in my place In class, in the office, my good work disdained Down-trodden by tradition,all the more by men Cursed to be a glorified house-help All my abilities lie potential within me My soul bleeds, wishing release from inertia If only to let loose the fountains of innovation, foresight, oh,…

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    Excism

    Excism To realise self is to command To command self is to live. What does a fruit, unripe, detached from its source sing? Slimy lamentations of unattainment. Devouring birds may not get a look to see her, ripen and stomach to their fill her delicacy. I mean, desire for debauchery averted. Good riddance, yes? There is a sorrow that nature speaks of when form and expression is bound. Choice is the insignia of higher life. “Come to knowledge” the elders counsel. Futility i say when the tentacles of the mind, cut off. Good riddance, no? She wriggles in pain weeks long, trudging along the wilderness of confusion, conflation of existential…