8 women docked in Lagos for allegedly soliciting sex in public

Eight women believed to be sex workers, who allegedly solicited sex at a public place, were on Thursday brought before a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

They were, however, released on N400,000 bail.

The eight women — Jessita Nelson, 25; Chinyere Elon, 25; Cynthia Nwoke, 38; Taiwo Ali, 45; Abigal Moses, 29; Ifeanyi Okoro, 30; Chiwendu Anah, 40; and Ivie Osasa, 25? — are facing a charge of soliciting for immoral purpose.
They all denied the charge.

The prosecutor, Christopher Okoliko told the court that Ms. Nelson and Ms. Elon committed the offence on March 27, at about 12.30 a.m. on Babs Animashaun Road, Surulere, while the six others committed the offence on March 27 at about 12.00 a.m. along Adeniran Ogunsanya Street, Surulere.

?According to him, the eight women have been sighted at the various spots for alleged solicitation of prostitution.

The offence contravened Section 142 (b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015 (Revised).

The Chief Magistrate, A.A. Paul, granted the women N50,000 each with one surety in like sum.

He said surety must be gainfully employed and also provide evidence of tax payments to the government.

The case was adjourned until April 11for mention.


Source: NAN

Imo First Lady, Nkechinyere Okorocha Challenges Women Over Governance.

The wife of the Imo State governor, Nkechinyere Okorocha has called on the government to give women a chance in governance and public offices.

She maintained that the importance of women in the development of the society can not be overemphasized.

In line with the International Women’s Day, themed “Be Bold for Change” the wife of the Imo state governor urged women to take advantage of the theme of this year’s programme and plan on ways of attaining greatness in all ramifications.

“As women we have to take advantage of this year’s theme and plan, we have to go back to the drawing board and realize that out importance on this earth can not be overemphasized.

“We will have to take up more responsibilities and challenges to shape the world and make it a better place.

“The government will have to increase the opportunity given to women, in all sectors of the economy and I am sure we will not disappoint the society” she added.


Source: Channels TV

Cameroon repatriates 517 Nigerians

Cameroon has forcibly repatriated more than 500 Nigerians who had fled into the country due to the Boko Haram insurgency, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

A total of 517 Nigerians were sent back to their home country, including 313 who had applied for asylum, according to a UNHCR statement.

UNHCR Cameroon tweeted that it was “very concerned by these repatriations and continues to advocate for access to asylum and the principle of non-refoulement.”

Non-refoulement refers to the practice of not returning refugees to a country where they could face persecution.

UNHCR said it planned to sign an agreement with Nigeria and Cameroon on March 2 that would see 85,000 Nigerian refugees voluntarily resettled in their home country.

More than 61,000 refugees are currently living at the Minawao camp and a further 20,000 at the Logone-et-Chari camp in Cameroon’s far north region.

Nigeria and its neighbours have cooperated closely in fighting Boko Haram, which split into a faction aligned with the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and another loyal to long time leader Abubakar Shekau in 2016.

Five countries—Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Chad and Benin—contribute troops to a regional taskforce aimed at routing the militants.

Cameroonian troops have also conducted cross-border operations against Boko Haram.

The military has succeeded in preventing the sect from carrying out organised attacks, but it still retains the capacity to carry out suicide and car bombings.

Seven suicide bombers blew themselves up last week on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital in north-east Nigeria.


Reduce bride price so Benue men can marry – Gov. Ortom’s wife begs Tiv

Wife of the Benue State Governor, Mrs. Eunice Ortom, has called on traditional rulers in the state to discard all the unnecessary charges that have made marriage too expensive for men.

She appealed to Tor Tiv-elect, Prof. James Ayatse, to review bride-prices in Tiv land, to enable young men get married at the right time.

Mrs. Ortom made the plea on Tuesday during a courtesy visit to the Tor Tiv-elect in Makurdi, the state capital.

She said, “Such high demands discourage many bachelors from even attempting to get married; the result is that many young girls cannot find husbands.

“Such exorbitant charges were not part of Tiv culture; they were imported; our traditional rulers should discard them.

“Many young men now prefer to elope with their loved ones owing to such huge monetary demands.

“There is need to make the process affordable so as to restore the sanctity of the marriage institution.

Mrs. Ortom said the high demand placed on young men seeking to pick up Tiv ladies as wives was “very discouraging”.

“Bride-price payment is sacrosanct in every marriage, so, parents must guide against selling their daughters especially since the relationship between in-laws remains, long after such marriage rites,” she added.

EFCC Includes Women In Anti-graft War – Ibrahim Magu

The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has revealed that the agency is incorporating women in the anti graft war.

Mr Magu gave this revelation on Tuesday while visiting the Chairman of Channels Media Group Mr. John Momoh.

He also denied allegation that a suspect recently died in the EFCC custody.

According to his family, Mr Nunugwo died on June 9, 2016, after he was arrested by the EFCC for his alleged role in a 91 million Naira fraud.

The lawyer to the family, Mr Paul Edeh, led relatives of the victim to the Ministry of Justice, where they had a private meeting with the Justice Minister.

Mr Edeh said that the Minister gave a directive that the issue be investigated and promised to get back to the family in a matter of days.

Wife of the deceased, Mrs Susanne Nunugwo, lamented that she had not been able to see the corpse of her husband since his death two months ago.

She requested that her husband’s name be cleared as he had been declared guilty by the EFCC and was no longer alive to defend himself.

This will be his second to Channels Television since taking over as Acting Chairman of the EFCC.

BBC: Nigeria has ‘more female entrepreneurs’ than any country in the world

Nigeria has the highest number of female entrepreneurs in the world, according to BBC.

The organisation spoke with two women who sell moi moi, a traditional meal made from beans, to make a living.

Ayo Megbope started by selling moi moi, but now has a restaurant and a catering service, while Aminat Salau, a market seller is also doing well.

“Forty percent of Nigerian women are entrepreneur, that is higher than anywhere else in the world,” BBC said.

Megbope described her business journey, narrating how she relied on family and friends because traditional financial institutions would not help.

“I started my business about nine years ago with a seed capital of $3. Nine years after, we are turning over about $250,000 annually,” she said.

“My access to education and information has helped me a great deal. Family and friends have also been good to me.

“There have been times that I got stuck and I needed to raise capital and I ran to family and friends because the traditional financial institutions would not listen to me.”

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Salau at her business location

On the other hand, Salau depends on human traffic to determine her sales.

“Sales are good, on some days we sell 60 or 80 wraps in the morning. When we have more time or more people passing by, we sell till late in the evening,” she said.

BBC said it would be difficult for traders like Salau to grow their business.

“Female entrepreneurs in Nigeria often struggle to secure investment, banks normally require collateral, like property, which women often do not have. Without access to capital, it will be difficult for Aminat to grow her business.”

Osun State has the ‘highest rate’ of circumcised women in Nigeria – UNICEF

Nearly eight in 10 women have undergone circumcision in Osun, according to UNICEF and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).


The statistics of Ebonyi was also rated next to Osun, with Ekiti coming third, Imo, fourth, and Oyo, 5th.


“FGM comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other cutting of or injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. It is recognised internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women,” UNICEF said.


The organisation called on governments at all levels, civil society organisations, and traditional and religious leaders to come together to end the scourge of female genital mutilation in Nigeria.


Mohammed Fall, UNICEF representative in Nigeria, said there is no benefit to mutilating or cutting any girl as it causes severe physical and psychological harm.


The organisation said it is working with federal and state governments in southern states where the practice is most prevalent, training partners, creating awareness at all levels and working with communities to convince practitioners and community members to promote an end to the practice.


“We applaud the progress that has been made in Nigeria, but there is still a long way to go. Even though this practice has persisted for over a thousand years, our evidence tells us that with collective action, it can end in one generation,”said Mohamed Fall.


“It violates a woman’s rights to health, security and physical integrity, the right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and even – in some cases – the right to life.”

World Hijab Day: Group decries discrimination against Muslim women.

As part of activities marking the World Hijab Day, the Coalition of Nigerian Muslim Women, Wednesday, decried alleged discrimination against Muslim women at their work place.

The group, led by the Hijab Right Advocacy Initiative, spoke at a press conference in Lagos.

According to Mutiat Orolu, the leader of the group and convener of the conference, wearing of Hijab is not the culture of Arabs as erroneously held by some people or a fashion accessory that the Muslim woman may discard at will.

“It is a religious duty and an obligation on every Muslim woman in the observance of her faith. And this right to believe in and practise one‘s chosen faith is an inalienable right of every human being, as entrenched in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999(as amended),” she said.

Quoting sections 38, sub-sections 1 and 2, Mrs. Orolu maintained that wearing of the Hijab by the Muslim woman was the practical application of these provisions in the Nigerian constitution.

Mrs. Orolu, who is also a lawyer, narrated the ordeals of Muslim women in the society, stressing that their rights were being violated.

“Muslim women who choose to wear the Hijab face this (ordeal) and even worse every day while trying to get a job or even keep the ones they are currently in. In some cases, they have been forced to choose between having a job and practising their faith!

“One thing we all seem to agree on is that violence against women is wrong in all its forms, whether it is physical, emotional or psychological. Asking a Muslim woman to remove her Hijab is a form of violence against women.

“It should have no place in a progressive society like ours. As more people, women inclusive, are getting more educated and moving into the work force, Muslim women who choose to wear the Hijab still face discrimination in their work places and in the careers of their choice. Rather than discriminate, we should encourage work place diversity,” she said.

The legal practitioner, however, called on the media to be fair in its reportage of issues, noting that its role is vital to public perception of issues.

The group also urged the general public to accord Muslim women the freedom to practice their religion, as expressly stated in the Nigerian constitution.

“All we Hijabis want is the Freedom of Thought, Conscience and Religion; Freedom from Discrimination; Freedom from Violence against Women; Fair and accurate Representation in the Media; Inclusiveness in the Work Place and the right to be a citizen of this country just like everyone else.”

World Hijab Day is an annual event founded by Nazma Khan in 2013. This event takes place on February 1 each year in about 100 countries. It was borne out of the need to identify with Muslim women who face discrimination everyday due to the observance of their faith, the group said.

Magu: Men more involved in corruption than women in Nigeria

Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has stirred a gender controversy about corruption.

Speaking when the executive committee of the National Council of Women Society (NCWS) paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja, Magu said corrupt tendencies are more pronounced among males than females.

“Looking at the number of people that have been apprehended by the commission, the men involved outnumber the women,” Magu said.

He said women were not pure or immune to greed, but were only less corrupt.

Magu described women as nation builders, saying their roles in ensuring the right societal values could never be over-emphasised.

The EFCC boss emphasised the need for collaboration between the commission and NCWS in the fight against corruption.

He explained that the commission had never undermined the rule of law in its anti-graft fight, adding that the EFCC, aside tackling economic crimes, was working hard to put an end to political corruption.

“We respect the independence of the judiciary and auditing bodies in our efforts to ensure that the corrupt are prosecuted, while stolen assets are returned,” he said.

Magu craved women’s support in the fight against corruption, and disclosed that the Lagos zone of the ‘Women Against Corruption’ would be launched on February 22, 2016, to enlist that support in the battle to rid Nigeria of the menace.

History and results of the power of women in civil protest – By Chioma Dike

On the heels of the largest protest in US history, the numbers keep coming in and the magnitude keeps rising. This past weekend, the Women’s March on Washington took the world by storm, in protest of the 2016 Presidential race and election results which was laced with the dismissal of women’s rights, reproductive rights, civil rights and more. From women in Los Angeles chanting “My body, My choice”, to Barcelonan protestors chanting “Love trumps hate”, and protest signs in DC that read: “I march for my baby girl” to London with signs reading: “though she might be little her voice is fierce”, women, girls and their male supporters all came out in historic numbers to stake claim in their position regarding women’s rights as human rights.


A much higher number of people showed up for the Women’s March at 3.2- 4.2 million participants and counting in over 500 cities in the United States alone compared to the 250,000 who attended the inauguration. In Los Angeles alone, 750,000 showed up to march for women’s rights and in DC (500k), New York (250k), Chicago (250k), Boston (135-150k), Seattle (130k), Denver (100-150k) to name a few. But the protest was not limited to the US, protestors took to the streets in their marching shoes in London (100k), Canada (50-60k), Australia (10k), Paris, Cape Town, Barcelona, Tel Aviv, Singapore, Tokyo, Dublin, Vienna, Mexico, Berlin and even Antarctica with a total of 616 “Sister marches” around the globe.


While the organizers of the marches are working for a continued effort to seek results, all this strategic use of woman-power has got me thinking of some other examples of the power of the unity of women being used in civil unrest and their yielded results. With leaders like Chief Mrs. Margaret Ekpo, a 20th century pioneer of women’s rights in Nigeria, it should be apparent that Africans are not new to women taking the lead in resistance efforts.


During British colonial Nigeria, when Igbo women sought to gain representation in native leadership as well as fight excessive colonial taxation, in what was birthed Ogu Umunwanyi-also known as the Aba Women’s War, or the Women’s Market Rebellion of 1929. Over 10,000 Igbo women participated in anti-colonial, anti-tax-efforts. Ogu Umunwanyi was mainly organized and led by rural women, and spread rapidly throughout south-eastern Nigeria among the Igbo and Ibibio of Owerri and Calabar provinces, covering about 6,000 square miles and involving a population of two million people.


In the Abeokuta Women Anti-taxation Demonstrations, more than 100,000 women waged demonstrations against the Alake (King of Egba, a city in Abeokuta, Ogun State) and his supporters for exploitative policies during colonial rule which he supported including negotiating land contracts with foreign traders without seeking consent of the native owners; setting food and price controls; favouring European companies in leasing space by forcing the eviction of market women’s stalls and other exploitative acts. Using native forms of protests like songs, sitting-on, protest demonstrations with a combination of foreign methods at the time, such as petitions, court actions, and press conferences, the Abeokuta women succeeded in forcing Alake Ademola II to relinquish his throne on January 3, 1949, four women were placed on the Native Administration Egba Interim Council, the flat-rate taxes on women including the water rate, were ended, among other changes.


The most modern and sustained protest in Nigeria of the 21st century for women’s and girl’s rights has to be the Bring Back our Girls campaign for the return of all 276 kidnapped Chibok school girls from the grip of Boko Haram terrorist group since 2014. With over 1,000 days and counting, the protests and demonstrations requests, with undying hope, for the safe return of all kidnapped Chibok girls and also for the right of girls to receive an education. Since 2014, a number of the girls have been returned but not all, and the protest continues.


In 2003, when the women of Liberia united to encourage peace negotiations for the unrest in their country, they were kept out of peace talks but it was their efforts of sit-ins, demonstrations of praying and singing at town halls, parliament buildings and even outside of the building when peace talks had commenced that pressured the government and rebel groups to come to a solution to the long-standing fighting.


When the Ugandan government and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) engaged in a fierce conflict with the abductions of thousands of girls and boys by the LRA, displacement, rape and other atrocities women activists decided to mobilize to play a direct role in finding a negotiated settlement. During peace talks to end the war in northern Uganda, women marched hundreds of miles, from Uganda to the site of the talks in Juba, Sudan, to pressure a successful negotiation.


It was Angela Davis who said, “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change, I am changing the things I cannot accept”, who was also a key player in the resistance to the oppression of Blacks in the Civil Right era.


The launching start of the Modern Civil rights movement in America, is accredited to the brave women Claudette Colvin and later, Rosa Parks (strategically) who refused to give up their seats on the public bus for white passengers in Montgomery, Alabama. This was followed by boycotts of major state revenue- generating commerce such as buses, sit-ins defying white/black designated public areas and non-violent protests and marches. These demonstrations were of course accompanied by lawsuits, talks between prominent African American leaders (mainly Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) and federal/ state government officials and lawmakers which ultimately resulted in desegregation of public areas (one year after Colvin refused to give up her seat, federal lawsuit Browder v. Gayle ended segregation on public transportation in Alabama), voting rights for African Americans and the adherence to civil rights for all American citizens despite their cultural and lineage differences.


Most crucially, are the actions during and after protests that bring forth most change. Actions in the form of coalition-building, sustained advocacy campaigns, inter-sectional programs, direct communication with lawmakers and representatives that result in grand shifts. These are the shifts that oftentimes push the world to marvel at the vast amount of strength stored in women who are determined to rise beyond any limitations.

APC Women Leader accuses party official of corruption

The All Progressives Congress North-west zonal women leader, Aisha Kaita, has called for investigation of the zonal vice chairman, Inuwa Abdulkadir, for allegedly misusing party funds totaling N21 million and violating the party’s constitution.

She also asked for the immediate resignation of Mr. Abdulkadir from the top party position.

Addressing a news conference in Kaduna on Wednesday, Mrs. Kaita accused Mr. Abdulkadir of insincerity in resolving the crisis in the Kano and Kaduna state branches of the party.

She said Mr. Abdulkadir was sabotaging the party in clandestine promotion of alleged presidential ambition of Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwal, ahead of 2019.

Mrs. Kaita urged the APC to thoroughly investigate the issues she had raised to salvage the party from imminent crisis. She vowed to tender evidence against Mr. Abdulkadir before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission or an investigative panel of the party if called upon to do so.

The women leader absolved Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, and former governor of Kano, Rabiu Kwankwaso, of any role in her campaign against the zonal vice chairman.

“After carefully reading and digesting the zonal Vice Chairman’s vain attempt to rebut the above stated issues raised in my firs press conference, I once again feel indulged to call for this conference in order to set the records straight and redirect this whole matter to be focused on the allegations against the person of the zonal Vice chairman, Alhaji Inuwa Abdulkadir, which are not based on hearsay but facts”, she stated.

“The issues I raised against him are not a controversy between myself and the zonal Vice chairman, these are issues that are fundamental to the growth of internal democracy of our party as they border on total disregard for the provisions of the constitution of our party and misappropriation of the finances of the zonal office.”

Apart from the money she accused Mr. Abdulkadir of misusing, Mrs. Kaita also accused him of converting to personal use two of three vehicles donated to the zone by the party’s Presidential Campaign Council.

“Based on all the issues I raised, I am calling on our zonal Vice chairman, Alhaji Inuwa Abdulkadir, to immediately resign for an acting chairman to run the affairs of the party in the zone” Mrs. Kaita declared.

Mr. Abdulkadir was not immediately available to comment on the development.

HEALTH: The right tests at the right time can prevent cervical cancer – Nini Iyizoba

It’s a New Year again so let me start by wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy 2017. January is Cervical Cancer Awareness month and it’s only right to raise awareness about the disease; what it is, what causes it and how it can be prevented.

In Nigeria, cervical cancer is the second most common cancer-affecting women, second only to breast cancer. It is a disease in which cancerous cells form in the tissues of the cervix. To describe it in the simplest form, the cervix is part of the female reproductive system and is located between the vagina and the body of the uterus (womb).

Cervical cancer usually develops slowly over time. Before you can have cervical cancer, the normal cells of the cervix would usually go through stages where the normal cells slowly start changing to become abnormal. This is known as cervical dysplasia. Most times these abnormal cells would progress into cancerous cells to become cervical cancer. There are usually no signs or symptoms associated with cervical dysplasia or early cervical cancer. However, in its progressive stages of cervical cancer, the most common symptoms are pelvic pain and abnormal vaginal bleeding.

Cervical cancer is the easiest gynecological cancer to prevent. Most times a cancer diagnosis can be linked to family history and sadly, we can’t control that. However, some cancers such as cervical cancer are largely due to lifestyle choices and this, we can control. All women are at risk of developing cervical cancer but there is hope knowing that it can be prevented. Unfortunately, people largely underutilize preventive screening. This may be due to ignorance, lack of awareness or laziness. Whatever the case may be, it should not be so and women should learn to start taking their health more seriously. There are no early signs and symptoms, it can be only be prevented with regular screening tests. The two screening tests that help prevent Cervical Cancer are The Pap Test and HPV Test.

Pap smear is a test that can be done very quickly at the clinic. The doctor would insert a speculum into the vagina in order to be able to visualize the cervix and then uses a swab to scrape the cervix in order to get cervix cells that would be further examined in the lab. This procedure is minimally uncomfortable and it takes only a few minutes. Pap smear test looks for changes in the cells of cervix that are most likely to turn to cancer if left untreated. Pap smears are recommended once you turn 21 years and it’s done periodically till 65 years of age.

The second screening test is the HPV test. The collected cells during the Pap test will be tested for Human Papilloma Virus in the lab. This test is recommended for women over 30 years old. Both tests are recommended once in 3 years as long as your test results are normal.

All women are at risk of getting cervical cancer but certain factors may increase a woman’s risk.

The most important risk factor for cervical cancer is Human Papilloma Virus infection. HPV infection is usually spread through sexual activity with someone who has HPV infection. Women who are not sexually active have little or no chance of getting HPV and hence have little chance of getting cervical cancer. Likewise, being sexually active at a young age, usually less than 13 years, or having many sexually partners usually more than six sexual partners would increase your chances of cervical cancer because the risk of HPV infection is increased.

Secondly, women with lowered immune system have a higher chance of developing cervical cancer. These may include women that are infected with HIV, have a prolonged illness or prolonged use of corticosteroids. These people would have immune system deficiency and would be unable to prevent abnormal cells from turning into cancer cells. Smoking, including second hand exposure to cigarette smoking triples a woman’s chances of developing cervical cancer. It is advisable to quit smoking because it does a lot of harm to the body system as a whole.

Also, it is important to note that cervical cancer is more common among black women.
Other contributing factors for developing this cancer include being overweight or obese and lack of exercise. Therefore, proper balanced nutrition and frequent exercise is encouraged for optimal health and to reduce the chances of developing cervical cancer.

In addition, vaccines are available to protect against HPV infection and to help reduce risk of cervical cancer. These vaccines would not help those who have already been infected with HPV. It is best to administer the vaccine to young girls as from the age of 12 before sexual activity begins and before the exposure to HPV. HPV vaccination does not exempt women from routine Pap tests as the vaccine does not protect against all types of HPV that cause cervical cancer.
Living with cancer is no joke! We are lucky enough that it takes about 10 years for cervical cancer to develop in the human body. With proper screening, we are able to detect it earlier on and stop it. Still, every year, there are half a million new cases of cervical cancer in Nigeria alone.

In Nigeria, women die everyday from cervical cancer. In fact, according to a recent data published by ICO information centre on HPV, it shows that in Nigeria about 9,000 women die yearly from cervical cancer. This is totally unacceptable, especially because routine screening that is easily done, and is relatively inexpensive can easily prevent cervical cancer. You can help spread awareness about cervical cancer by talking to your mother, sister, wife, friends and encourage them to get screened immediately.

Disclaimer: The medical information provided on here by Dr. Nini Iyizoba is provided as an information resource only. This information does not create any patient-physician relationship and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.

Pope criticizes women who have abortions ‘to save their looks

Pope Francis on Wednesday took aim at the modern world’s obsessions with power, success and beauty, citing the example of a woman who had an abortion to preserve her looks.

In an anecdote he said dated from his time as Bishop of Buenos Aires, Francis recounted the story of a a very beautiful woman who was inordinately proud of how she looked.

“She said, as if it was natural, ‘Yes, I had to have an abortion because my appearance is important’,” the 80-year-old, whose papacy began in March 2013, said during his midweek public audience.

“When values such as physical beauty, health become idols to which everything must be sacrificed they create confusion in our spirit and in our hearts.

“Rather than promoting life, they drive us towards death,” he added in comments that also targeted “power, success and vanity with their illusions of eternity and omnipotence.”

Catholic teaching considers abortion as akin to the most heinous of murders.

Francis does not waver from that line but has authorised priests to absolve women who have had terminations, something which only a bishop could previously do.

Zambian women to get a day off during menstrual periods.

Zambian women can now call in at their offices to take a day off work in a month when they are menstruating, the BBC is reporting.

The day is known as Mother’s Day and according to law it applies to women whether they have children or not.

The women do not have to provide any medical evidence before they call in any day of the month to take a Mother’s Day off, causing people to problematise the law.

A lot of Zambians, however, applaud the law, saying women are primary caregivers and already have a had time juggling work and family. They also say since menstruation is natural and comes with accompanying physiological challenges, Mother’s Day is important.

According to the Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), the country’s labour union, the law is important but a woman can only take the day off on a day she is on her period.

“We have been educating women about Mother’s Day, telling them that on that day, they are supposed to rest and not even go shopping or do other jobs because that is wrong,” Catherine Chinunda, national trustee at ZCTU, told the BBC.

“Men sometimes go to drink and miss work…. they don’t know how it feels to be on menses.”

Joyce Nonde-Simukoko, labour minister and a former trade union activist, said Mother’s Day was informally established in the 1990s but has just become law.

She, however, said it must not be abused.

“If you absent yourself yet you are found in a disco house, then it will not be taken as Mother’s Day,” Nonde-Simukoko said.

“You shouldn’t even leave town, be found doing your hair or shopping. You can be fired. For example, somebody was found farming after taking Mother’s Day and she was fired.”

Not everyone is in support of Mother’s Day, as some argue it can be bad for business when up to six women take Mother’s Day off on the same day.

“Your superiors may have planned work for you to do and when you suddenly stay away from work, it means work will suffer,” said Harrington Chibanda, head of the Zambia federation of employers.

“Imagine a company that has a number of employees and six or seven take Mother’s Day on the same day. What will happen to productivity?” he asked.

But he is male; and a female staff who works in public relations counters him, saying she goes through extremely painful periods.

“I think it’s a good law because women go through a lot when they are on their menses [periods],” Ndekela Mazimba, said.

“You might find that on the first day of your menses, you’ll have stomach cramps — really bad stomach cramps. You can take whatever painkillers but end up in bed the whole day.

“And sometimes, you find that someone is irritable before her menses start, but as they progress, it gets better. So, in my case, it’s just the first day to help when the symptoms are really bad.”

Justin Mukosa, Mazimba’s boss, supports the law, saying he understands the pressure women face in juggling careers and family responsibilities.

“Productivity is not only about the person being in the office. It should basically hinge on the output of that person.”

He, however, thinks that the law can be better framed than it is now.

“It could be abused in the context that maybe an individual might have some personal plans they wish to attend to so she takes Mother’s Day on the day.

RRS arrests 4 men for robbing and gang-raping women, at Oshodi

The Lagos State Rapid Response Squad (RRS) arrested a four-man gang on Wednesday morning after it was revealed that they robbed and gang-raped women along Charity Bus Stop in Oshodi, the authorities said.

The suspects were identified as Sunday John (27), Saviour Daniel (23), Daniel Olayemi (18) and Abdulwahab Yusuph (17).

According to the RSS, the suspects had ‘robbed 12 passers-by and raped no fewer than nine ladies in the bush at Charity Bus Stop,’ including a 57 years old woman.

Confessing to his crimes, one of the suspect stated that “we were always operating at Charity Bus Stop from 4:00 a.m. to 5:40 a.m. Our last operation was on a lady of about 57 years old. She was passing by Charity Bus Stop. I snatched her handbag and disappeared into the bush. I came out of the bush to see three of my colleagues having sex with the lady. I hid the best of three phones I found in the lady’s bag. I disclosed to them that I saw two small phones and N8, 000:00 in the lady’s bag.”

The gang leader, Sunday John (a bus conductor in Oshodi), was arrested at Charity Bus Stop around 5:37 am along with two of his gang members after being ratted out by the fourth member, Daniel Olayemi, who was arrested a day before. Sunday told security officers that his gang is not only group that operates at the bus stop.

18-year-old Daniel Olayemi was arrested first on Tuesday evening while fighting with another group of boys over a Samsung tablet in Oshodi. In the course of interrogation, he disclosed that he stole the tablet from a lady that was gang raped during one of their escapades in Charity Bus Stop. The revelation promoted an early morning raid of Charity Bus Stop the next day which lead to the arrest of the other members of the gang.

Olayemi also revealed that days before, they had raped a 42 year old woman at the same spot. “When we didn’t see any valuable from her bag. We took turns to rape her, then, we allowed her to go…,” he said. They also robbed and raped men.

Presently, the RRS have placed its surveillance team in Charity Bus Stop with the hope of arresting other gangs mentioned by Sunday John.

Confirming the development, the Police Public Relations Officer, Superintendent Dolapo Badmos, said that the suspects have made very useful suggestions to enable the police arrest other group members implicated in the crime. The suspects have been transferred to State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) for further investigations.

Troops ‘rescue’ 1,880 women, children from Sambisa

The Nigerian Army says it has rescued additional 1,880 women and children from Boko Haram insurgents in Sambisa Forest.


Lucky Irabor, theatre commander, operation Lafiya Dole, said this during a news conference at the Maimalari Cantonment in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, on Wednesday.


Irabor said troops also arrested about 504 Boko Haram suspects, while 19 of them willingly surrendered.


He said the army had arrested about 37 foreigners who were currently undergoing interrogations to ascertain whether they were terrorists or not.


“We also arrested about seven kidnappers and we are currently interrogating them.


“Our troops have continued to make significant progress in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency.


“I gladly say that our troops have successfully mopped up all the areas in Sambisa Forest including gate one.


“We are currently in camp zero; I am not going to tell you what we are doing there.


“But I can assure you that we are recording remarkable successes.’’


Irabor called on the public, especially female students of tertiary institutions, to be wary of new recruitment by the sect.

Women, girls are two-thirds of trafficked victims – UN

No less than two-thirds of trafficked victims are women and girls while one-third of the victims of human trafficking are children, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC, said on Wednesday.

UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, disclosed this on Wednesday at the launch of the 2016 UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons.

According to a new report from the UNODC, the vast majority of all human trafficking victims – some 71 per cent – are women, girls and children.

“Trafficking for sexual exploitation and for forced labour remain the most prominently detected forms.

“But victims are also being trafficked to be used as beggars, for forced or sham marriages, benefit fraud, or production of pornography,” Mr. Fedotov said.

According to him, the 2016 UNODC Global Report disaggregates data on the basis of gender and found that women and girls are usually trafficked for marriage and sexual slavery.

“Men and boys, however, are trafficked into exploitative labour, including work in the mining sector, as porters, soldiers, and slaves.

“Worldwide, 28 per cent of trafficking victims are children, but children account for 62 per cent in Sub-Saharan Africa and 64 per cent in Central America and the Caribbean.

“Sixty nine countries detected trafficking victims from Sub-Saharan Africa between 2012 and 2014.”

Fedotov emphasised the link between armed groups and human trafficking.

He noted how armed groups often engaged in trafficking in their territories of operation, coercing women and girls into marriages or sexual slavery.

According to him, armed groups also pressed men and boys to act as forced labour or combatants.

Aisha Buhari, Magu To Kick-off Women Against Corruption Campaign

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, will tomorrow,  flag off the Nigerian Women Against Corruption, WAC, project, at the International Conference Center, Abuja with the aim of engaging women across the country in a nationwide sustainable fight against corruption.

According to the acting chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, the epoch-making event, which is in collaboration with the office of the wife of the President would be flagged off by Her Excellency Hajia Aisha Muhammadu Buhari beginning at nine o’clock in the morning.

“The choice of women is strategic, because we believe that they are torch-bearers in the anti-corruption crusade, and it is because of the important role they play in making the society a better place”, Magu said.

He further added that: “The WAC project is aimed at galvanizing Nigerian women to buy into the corruption fight and also to raise the consciousness of the consequences of corruption in the minds of their households.”

The WAC programme, which is coming up two days before the 2016 International Anti-Corruption Day celebration, has Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar (retd), Nigeria’s first female Chief Justice of Nigeria as the guest speaker.

The project will further be taken to the grassroots through the states and local governments across the country.



Soldiers, Policemen Arrested For ‘Raping, Sexually Exploiting’ Women Displaced By Boko Haram

The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Ibrahim Idris, said two policemen, three army personnel, one prison official, one Air Force personnel, a staff of Borno Ministry for Agriculture and two members of the Civilian JTF have been arrested for sexually abusing women and girls displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency.

A report published in Human Rights Watch, in October, detailed how government officials abused and raped women living at IDP camps in Borno State.

The report documented sexual abuse, including rape and exploitation, of 43 women and girls living in seven internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

Four of the victims told Human Rights Watch that they were drugged and raped, while 37 were coerced into sex through false marriage promises and material and financial assistance.

President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the I-G and the affected state governors to investigate the allegation.

Police set up a special panel to investigate the alleged abuses.

Speaking Tuesday at the Inspector-General of Police Conference in Abuja on Tuesday, Mr Idris said police would liaise with the Army and Air Force to make their personnel available for a thorough investigation.

Mr. Idris said after the investigation, any suspects found guilty of the offence would be dismissed and taken to court for prosecution.

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Soldiers, policemen arrested for ‘raping, sexually exploiting’ women in IDP camps

The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Ibrahim Idris, said two policemen, three army personnel, one prison official, one Air Force personnel, a staff of Borno Ministry for Agriculture and two members of the Civilian JTF have been arrested for sexually abusing women and girls displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency.

A report published in Human Rights Watch, in October, detailed how government officials abused and raped women living at IDP camps in Borno State.

The report documented sexual abuse, including rape and exploitation, of 43 women and girls living in seven internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

Four of the victims told Human Rights Watch that they were drugged and raped, while 37 were coerced into sex through false marriage promises and material and financial assistance.

President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the I-G and the affected state governors to investigate the allegation.

Police set up a special panel to investigate the alleged abuses.

Speaking Tuesday at the Inspector-General of Police Conference in Abuja on Tuesday, Mr Idris said police would liaise with the Army and Air Force to make their personnel available for a thorough investigation.

Mr. Idris said after the investigation, any suspects found guilty of the offence would be dismissed and taken to court for prosecution.

“We are going to conduct a thorough investigation and if anyone is found guilty we will dismiss him then take him to court,” he said.

He said the police had put in place some mechanisms, including the deployment of female police officers to IDPs camp, to check future occurrences.

On the Rivers re-run election, Mr. Idris said the police force had begun the deployment of personnel to the state for peaceful and fair election.

He said there was need for collaboration between the police and sister security agencies for the election.

Mr. Idris, who declined to comment on the alleged withdrawal of the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to Gov. Nyisom Wike of Rivers, said the police had a good working relationship with all the 36 state governors.

He advised state commissioners of police to ensure that Nigerians were not subjected to hardships on the roads during the Yuletide.

“You should ensure that no hardship is created for citizens of Nigeria, try and ease movements on the roads,” he said.

Women are better than men, says Trump.

Donald Trump, president-elect of the US, says women are generally better than men.


He made the comment in Cincinnati, Ohio, during a post-election rally tagged ‘Thank you tour 2016?.


“Hate to tell you men, generally speaking, they are better than you are,” he said.



“Now If I had said it the other way round I’d be in big trouble.”


Trump made negative comments about women during his presidential campaign.


According to Huffington Post, Trump said 16 gross stuff about women while running for the highest office in America.


At a rally in September, Trump said women are crazy, hormonal and biologically unfit to hold positions of power referring to Hillary Clinton.

Catholic Archibishop warns women to stop beating their husbands

Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga of the Catholic Diocese of Kampala has warned women against beating their husbands.


The Archbishop made this known while reacting to a police report about Mpingi District in the Uganda’s central region.


The report from the district showed that five out of ten reported cases of domestic violence involved women beating their husbands, Daily Monitor reports.

Lwanga was quoted as saying: “Do you (women) want to take over power from men in your families?


“I think you want to challenge God who tells us that men are the heads of the family.


“Women should accept men as the head of families, so stop torturing the innocent servants of God.


“There is no need for you women to behave like some people we are seeing nowadays in the country who are merciless.


“Love and respect them,” he urged.

Germany’s ‘Mr Flirt’ Teaches Refugees How To Pick Up Women

The subject was pickup lines, and Germany’s “Mr. Flirt” offered a few examples to his class of Syrian and Iraqi refugees. “I really love the scent of your perfume,” he suggested. “You have a beautiful voice.” He invited his students to take a stab.

Essam Kadib al Ban, 20, raised his hand. “God created you only for me,” he said, then tried another: “I love you. Can I sleep over at your place?”

Horst Wenzel winced, but caught himself quickly.

“Don’t tell them you love them at least for the first three months of your relationship, or they’ll run away,” he explained patiently. “German women don’t like clinginess.”

Wenzel, 27, makes his living teaching wealthy but uptight German men how to approach women. But this year, he decided to also volunteer his skills to help Germany as it struggles to integrate more than 1 million refugees who have arrived over the past two years, most of them from war-torn Muslim countries with vastly different relations between the sexes.

“Finding a relationship is the best way to integrate, and that’s why I’m giving these classes,” Wenzel said.

Last week, in downtown Dortmund, he offered his third installment of “How to fall in love in Germany,” taking 11 young men through the paces. The students conceded they had a lot to learn.

Omar Mohammed, a shy, 24-year-old goldsmith from Syria with spiky black hair and almond-shaped eyes, said he’s attracted to German women, with their Nordic looks and punctuated accents. But they remain a mystery to him, and he has no idea how to approach them.

“It’s hard to meet a girl when you don’t speak the language well and can’t really talk to them,” he said. “There are a lot of differences, not only the culture and religion — we just don’t have this total freedom at home.”

Still, he said, “I’d love to marry a German woman and live with her. She could help me with the language, and she knows the place and the laws much better than I do.”

Some German women were receptive to the idea. Jasmin Olbrich, having a quick lunch of French fries at a food truck outside the educational center, said she liked the Middle Eastern looks and complained that German men “drink too much beer, watch way too much soccer and are just so white!”

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RRS Arrest Ex-Convict For Blackmailing Women With Nude Photos.

The operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) attached to the Lagos State Police Command has arrested a 35-year-old ex-convict, Michael Atanda for threatening to expose nude pictures of four women he met on social media unless they paid money into his bank account.


The suspect, a father of three, was arrested by the Decoy Team of RRS after about five days of baiting and monitoring. Prior to his arrest, he had collected the sum of N121, 000:00 from his four victims with the threat but wanted the ladies to pay more or face the consequences of leaking their nude pictures on social media.


Atanda, a Computer Science National Diploma holder of a popular computer school based in Ikeja, disguised as Segun Bayo on Facebook and a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife. Confessing to his crime, the suspect who was jailed for a similar offence last year said he went about adding several ladies on Facebook and that after two weeks, he would start chatting with them.


In his words, “the profile picture on my Facebook account is that of a guy based in London, and so as part of my introductions to ladies, I tell them that, I am a Construction Engineer as well as that my parents and I live Europe. After sometime, I would lure them into sexual conversations during which I persuaded them to send their nude pictures to me. They would send and I would send mine to them too.”


Speaking further, he said “as soon as they have sent their nude pictures, I would come up with all manners of stories. I would begin to extort and blackmail them. Through this means, I have collected over N121, 000:00 from my latest victims.”


Atanda who also operates a bank account with the same name, Segun Bayo, in one of the old generation banks disclosed to the Police that “I was jailed last year in a similar circumstance after fraudulently collecting N700, 000:00 from a lady I met through a dating site. I was eventually bailed but the case is still pending in court.”


Commenting on the development, the Police Public Relations Officer, Superintendent Dolapo Badmos, said that the Police were carrying out a thorough investigation on the case to aid prosecution. The suspect has been transferred to SCID for further investigations.

Hospitals Are Starting To Offer Laughing Gas For Women Giving Birth

Finally, an option for women giving birth who don’t mess with an epidural but also don’t want to mess with blinding pain for hours and hours!

The Cut writes about a new NPR report about how laughing gas is growing in popularity for pain management during labour. It was widely used in hospitals for all sorts of pain throughout the mid-1800s to the 1950s, and now it’s making a comeback specifically with labour as some women are forgoing epidurals.

As The Cut explains, about half of women get epidurals during labour, and although the risks are minimal, more and more are opting to give a natural birth without pain medication. Laughing gas presents an alternative, and it’s one that midwives are excited about. They like it because it’s mild, safe, and doesn’t mask the pain, but rather relaxes your body and makes you care less about it. Sounds pretty tight, to be honest.

Right now, nearly 300 U.S. hospitals offer it, and the list is expected to grow.

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I Will Make More Money Than King Solomon in The Bible – Folorunsho Alakija

Billionaire business tycoon, Folorunsho Alakija, has said she is working towards making more money than King Solomon in the Bible.

Alakija, one of the richest black women in the world, who recently said she did not attend any university, made this known weekend at the Kingsway International Christian Centre, KICC facilitated wealth creation platform which held in Lagos State.

She said, “I will make more money than King Solomon in the Bible. I am working towards that and with his grace, I will.

Speaking further, Alakija gave some tips of making and sustaining wealth at the platform.

She revealed one of the things that has helped her grow in wealth has been the ability to be a go-getter.

Give women loans – Okonjo-Iweala

Former Minister of Finance and co-chair, Women’s World Banking, Africa Advisory Council, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has said that giving the 70 per cent of women, who are financially excluded in sub-Saharan Africa, access to financial services could spur the next phase of economic growth within the continent and hasten recovery in most parts of Africa.

Speaking at a Banking for Women programme hosted by Diamond Bank in partnership with Women World Banking, Africa Advisory Council in Lagos, Okonjo-Iweala said it was important for governments, central banks and finance ministries to formulate policies that are geared towards empowering women financially.

She noted that globally, two billion people are excluded from financial services and including 1.6 billion of them can raise local GDP by six per cent by 2025. She stated that part of the number to be included, more than half (808 million) are women.

She said: “There is one common theme globally and that is the theme of uncertainty and I think that uncertainty is coming from an unprecedented area of low global growth, the fact that the recovery from the 2008/2009 financial and economic crisis has been slower than expected and that recovery is very fragile. So, you have a situation where global growth has been reversed downwards one more time by the International Monetary Fund, IMF, to 3.1 per cent.

“Demand seems to be low, inflation in the northern countries is low and Africa is not doing as well as it should because of the commodities import and derailment of good policies. World trade is also very slow and you have the political bottlenecks; people don’t know.

“But, I believe that where there is difficulty, there is also opportunity and therefore you have to look at that side and determine where the opportunities are. And that is where the issue of financial inclusion of women and girls and is very important because everyone is searching for what will help spark growth in different economies and even for us here in sub-Saharan Africa. So, it is vitally important for us to look at this issue of financial exclusion of women on the continent.

Seventy per cent of African women are excluded, according to the numbers of access to financial services and if we bring them in, it will present another growth opportunity.

“So, they have done a study to show that including women and people financially can actually raise growth. The study also shows that countries with low women inclusion for example Ethopia, Nigeria etc can even add more to their GDP growth like10- 12 per cent higher than the global number.”

She added to drive the needed growth, government needs to get out the information that including women in businesses improves the bottom-line and that if you bring women into business and empower them, it increases growth of economy.

In his welcome address, the Group Managing Director/CEO, Diamond Bank Plc, Uzoma Dozie, stated that the bank is very passionate about growing and driving financial inclusion.

He said, “We are here today because Diamond Bank is hosting African Advisory Council set up by Women World Banking to promote the financial inclusion of women globally.

“The Women World Banking objective is to by partnership with organisations, donor agencies, banks like Diamond Bank to develop products and services that will enable women to be financially included and add to economic development of countries like Nigeria.”

Taylor Swift Beats Adele, Rihanna and Beyonce to Become the Richest Female Musician

Taylor Swift is the richest female musician. Swift amassed earnings of 170 million US dollars (£137.8m) over the past year.

Her earnings are mainly due to her 1989 World Tour raking in a quarter of a billion dollars. She also has lucrative endorsement deals with brands such as Diet Coke, Apple and more.

British singer Adele was second on the list, with 80.5 million US dollars (£65.2 million). Forbes estimated the pre-tax income of personalities from June 1 2015 through to June 1 2016 from a variety of sources, including data from Pollstar, Nielsen and the Recording Industry Association of America, as well as interviews with managers, lawyers and some of the stars themselves. See the full list as you continue.

Full List Of Top Earning Female Musicians for 2016

1. Taylor Swift – $170m (£137.8m)

2. Adele – $80.5m (£65.2m)

3. Madonna – $76.5m (£62m)

4. Rihanna – $75m (£60.8m)

5. Beyonce – $54m (£43.8m)

6. Katy Perry – $41m (£33.2m)

7. Jennifer Lopez – $39.5m (£32m)

8. Britney Spears – $30.5m (£24.7m)

9. Shania Twain – $27.5m (£22.3m)

10. Celine Dion – $27m (£21.9m)

Women Will never Be Catholic Priests – Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Tuesday said that women will never serve as Catholic Priests.

GUARDIAN UK reports that the declaration is not a change in stance for the Argentinian pope, who has always said the door was closed on women being ordained as priests.

When pressed on the matter by a journalist, the Pope said, “Saint Pope John Paul II had the last clear word on this and it stands, this stands,” Francis said in his initial response, referring to a 1994 document stating that women could never join the priesthood.

“But for ever, for ever? Never, never?” the reporter asked in a follow-up question, as the papal delegation flew back to Rome from Sweden on Tuesday.

Francis replied: “If we read carefully the declaration by St John Paul II, it is going in that direction.”



500 Women & Girls Infected With HIV In One IDP Camp- HRW

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has alleged, in a report released yesterday, that 500 women and girls have the Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) in one Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in the North East.

The group cited an unnamed medical worker in its report, who alleged that those infected with HIV in one IDP rose from 200 to 500, with more cases unreported, over fear of stigmatisation.

“A medical health worker in one of the camps, which has 10, 000 residents said the number of people requiring treatment for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections has risen sharply, from about 200 cases when the camp clinic was established in 2014 to more than 500, in July 2016. The health worker said she believed that many more women could be infected but were ashamed to go to the clinic and are likely to be suffering in silence without treatment.” HRW did not, however, name the camp involved.

Promptly, President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered Inspector General of Police, Idris Ibrahim and North East governors, to, as a matter of urgency, commence investigation into alleged cases of sexual abuse and exploitation of women and girls in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps.

The president was also reacting to allegations of sexual abuse of women and girls in IDP camps in the North East, as contained in the HRW.

Regardless, the president, who described the HRW report as “worrisome and shocking,” said he will wait for the outcome of the investigation before taking action.

His Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu  conveyed the president’s directive in a statement, yesterday.

Shehu said the president reiterated welfare of the IDPs, whom he described as ‘most vulnerable of Nigerians,’ remains  a priority of his government. “Nigerians and the international community can rest assured that the allegations raised in the HRW are not being taken lightly. President Buhari has instructed the IGP and state governors of the affected states to immediately, commence investigation into the issue. Their findings will determine the next course of action for the government and define an appropriate response.”

The HRW alleged in its report that “government officials and other authorities in Nigeria have raped and sexually exploited women and girls displaced by the conflict with Boko Haram.”

The group further added that, four months ago, specifically in July, it documented sexual abuse, including rape and exploitation of 43 women and girls living in seven IDP camps in Maiduguri, capital of Borno State.

“The victims had been displaced from several Borno towns and villages, including Abadam, Bama, Baga, Damasak, Dikwa, Gamboru Ngala, Gwoza, Kukawa, and Walassa. In some cases, the victims arrived in the under-served Maiduguri camps, where their movement is severely restricted after spending months in military screening camps.

“It is bad enough that these women and girls are not getting much-needed support for the horrific trauma they suffered at the hands of Boko Haram.

“It is disgraceful and outrageous that people, who should protect these women and girls are attacking and abusing them. Four of the victims told HRW that they were drugged and raped, while 37 were coerced into sex through false marriage promises and material and financial assistance.

“Many of those coerced into sex said they were abandoned after they became pregnant. They and their children have suffered discrimination, abuse, and stigmatisation from other camp residents. Eight of the victims said they were previously abducted by Boko Haram fighters and forced into marriage before they escaped to Maiduguri.”

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Nigerian officials abusing women, girls displaced by Boko Haram – HRW

A rights group has accused Nigerian government officials and other authorities of raping and sexually abusing women and girls displaced by Boko Haram militants.

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) revealed that in July 2016, it documented the abuse and exploitation of 43 women and girls living in camps for internally displaced people (IDPs) across the northeastern city of Maiduguri in Nigeria’s restive Borno State.

The victims displaced from various cities, had their movement restricted in some cases after having spent months in military screening camps, the group said.

HRW claimed that the Nigerian government was not doing enough to protect the victims and to ensure that they had access to basic rights and services.

“It is bad enough that these women and girls are not getting much-needed support for the horrific trauma they suffered at the hands of Boko Haram,” said Mausi Segun, senior Nigeria researcher at HRW.

While four of the victims interviewed reported that they had been drugged and raped, a further 37 claimed to have been coerced into sex through promises of marriage and financial assistance. Many of the women reported having been abandoned after they fell pregnant, with their children suffering discrimination and abuse at the hands of other residents in the camp.

Read accounts from the victims’ interviewed here.

A situational assessment conducted by Nigerian research organisation NOI Polls further revealed that 66% of 400 displaced people living in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states had reported sexual abuse from officials within the camps.

Irregular supplies of food, medical aid and clothing had led to the exploitation of some of the most vulnerable individuals living in the camps, with men using their positions of authority and privilege to have sex with women who sometimes only receive one meal a day.

The report said that victims of rape and sexual abuse were less likely to seek healthcare, with fewer than five of the 43 women interviewed reporting that they sought formal counselling following their harrowing ordeals. In addition, a medical health worker reported a rise in the number of people requiring HIV treatment, from about 200 cases in 2014 to more than 500 in July 2016.

Aid workers warned since early 2016 that women were being coerced into exchanging sex for basic necessities, with members of the security forces, along with other elements subjecting them to gross gender-based violence.

Following his visit to Maiduguri in August 2016, United Nations special rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Chaloka Beyani, said that the Nigerian government had “a tendency to downplay the problem of sexual violence and abuse” of internally displaced people.

HRW said it had since approached authorities regarding the finding of its report.

“Failure to respond to these widely reported abuses amounts to severe negligence or worse by Nigerian authorities. Authorities should provide adequate aid in the camps, ensure freedom of movement for all displaced people, safe and confidential health care for survivors, and punish the abusers,” Segun said.

Report Claims Nigerian Security Officials Are Sexually Exploiting Women, Girls Displaced By Boko Haram

Government officials and other authorities in Nigeria have raped and sexually exploited women and girls displaced by the conflict with Boko Haram, Human Rights Watch said Monday.

The rights group said in a statement that the government was not doing enough to protect displaced women and girls and ensure that they have access to basic rights and services or to sanction the abusers, who include camp leaders, vigilante groups, policemen, and soldiers.

Human Rights Watch said in July, it documented sexual abuse, including rape and exploitation, of 43 women and girls living in seven internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

The victims had been displaced from several Borno towns and villages, including Abadam, Bama, Baga, Damasak, Dikwa, Gamboru Ngala, Gwoza, Kukawa, and Walassa. In some cases, the victims had arrived in the under-served Maiduguri camps, where their movement is severely restricted after spending months in military screening camps.

“It is bad enough that these women and girls are not getting much-needed support for the horrific trauma they suffered at the hands of Boko Haram,” said Mausi Segun, senior Nigeria researcher at Human Rights Watch. “It is disgraceful and outrageous that people who should protect these women and girls are attacking and abusing them.”

Four of the victims told Human Rights Watch that they were drugged and raped, while 37 were coerced into sex through false marriage promises and material and financial assistance.

Many of those coerced into sex said they were abandoned after they became pregnant. They and their children have suffered discrimination, abuse, and stigmatization from other camp residents. Eight of the victims said they were previously abducted by Boko Haram fighters and forced into marriage before they escaped to Maiduguri, the group said.

Women and girls abused by members of the security forces and vigilante groups – civilian self-defense groups working with government forces in their fight against Boko Haram – told Human Rights Watch they feel powerless and fear retaliation if they report the abuse.

 A 17-year-old girl said that just over a year after she fled the frequent Boko Haram attacks in Dikwa, a town 56 miles west of Maiduguri, a policeman approached her for “friendship” in the camp, and then he raped her.

“One day he demanded to have sex with me,” she said. “I refused but he forced me. It happened just that one time, but soon I realized I was pregnant. When I informed him about my condition, he threatened to shoot and kill me if I told anyone else. So I was too afraid to report him.”

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Lecturer who demands for sex from female students risk 5 years jail term – Senate

A Bill for an Act to make provision for the prohibition and punishment of sexual harassment of students by lecturers in tertiary institutions has been passed into law.

The Bill which was sponsored by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (Delta Central) and 57 other co-sponsors, was read for the first time on Wednesday 4th May, 2016.

The objective of the Bill is to prohibit the offence of sexual harassment in tertiary institutions and impose stiff penalties on perpetrators.

It also creates a strict liability offence by removing mutual consent as a defence in prosecution of sexual harassment cases, as it were in the extant laws.

The new Act when signed to law, will not only prohibit lecturers from having sexual intercourse with underage students; it will also punish lecturers who demand for sex from female students as a condition to giving passing grades.

Presenting the report on the Bill to the Senate on Thursday, the Committee chairman on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator David Umaru said the Bill enjoyed full supports of various stakeholders and civil society groups during public hearing.

As against the initial proposal of the sponsors of the Bill that any lecturer who harasses female student shall be liable to 3 years imprisonment; Senator Umaru said the clause has been amended.

“Any person who commits any of the acts specified in section 3 of this Act is guilty of an offence and shall, on conviction, be sentenced to imprisonment of up to 5 years but not less than 2 years and there shall be no option of fine”, the Bill reads.

It was, however, agreed upon presentation, that the penalty should be 5 years imprisonment or option of fine to the tune of N5m or both.

The Act also provides that the head of an institution upon receiving a written complaint of sexual harassment from a victim, shall set up a ‘Sexual Harassment Investigation Panel’ which shall submit its report in writing within 30 days.

The panel shall be headed by a non academic staff who is not less than the rank of Assistant Director, with 2 members of the Academic Union and 2 members of the Nigerian Bar Association.

Teachers Sent Abroad for Training Have Absconded – Jigawa Govt

Jigawa State Government has disclosed that some teachers said to have gone for in-service courses in universities across the world, have graduated but has since refused to report to their place of work.

The action of those teachers compelled the government to further suspend indefinitely in-service training courses and set up special committee to find those involved and other teachers receiving salaries without coming to work, Vanguard reports.

The government was furious that the teachers betrayed its trust by remaining abroad when their expertise was needed back home.

Lamenting the development, the Head of Service, Mohammed Inuwa Tahir, told journalists yesterday that some workers spent 14 to 15 years studying.

He said: “What kind of degree course does a worker spend 15 years studying and still collecting salaries.

“Our government will not condone laziness and unfair act by some workers who have the habit of completing their study and refusing to report back to their place of work.”

The officials said the screening committee was established to fish out absentees and ghost workers, contrary to some insinuations that it was set up to witch-hunt workers.

Female Professor Opens Up: Diezani Intimidated Me To Drop Details Of Her Corruption

When a US journalist and author, Anya Schiffrin, was working on her book, Global Muckraking: 100 Years of Investigative Journalism From Around the World, she thought it was expedient for her to exclude from it an investigative series from Nigeria on alleged corrupt practices of the then petroleum minister in the country, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

The book, published in 2014, showcases the outstanding works of investigative journalists in different parts of the world. The series on Mrs. Allison-Madueke was published.

That publication was done in 2011 by the rested NEXT newspaper. They were also republished last year by PT with permission from NEXT.

Today, Mrs Schiffrin, who is a journalism professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, expresses regret for her decision on Mrs. Allison-Madueke, who remains one of the most controversial public officers in Nigeria, since she left office more than a year ago.

Mrs. Schiffrin, 54, said she took the decision because the then minister threatened her with a lawsuit.

“Got a series by a terrific, highly respected Nigerian journalist named Musikilu Mojeed saying that a government official, Alison Madueke, was corrupt,” Mrs. Schiffrin said in an interview with Guernica magazine.

“I Googled (Madueke) and found an article by a British journalist saying that she was working to clean up corruption. So I contacted him and asked, ‘Do you realize that this extremely well-respected Nigerian journalist said (Madueke) is corrupt?’ The British journalist was not at all defensive and said, ‘I’ll get back to you.’

“In the meantime, I began asking people I knew in Nigeria. I started getting these very guarded and cryptic emails and messages. I think no one wanted to commit themselves in writing, but they said things like, ‘(Mojeed) is really reliable.’ They didn’t say, ‘That woman is corrupt,’ but rather, ‘The newspaper is reliable.’

“Someone I knew also contacted Madueke’s office. But the next thing that happens is I get a letter from her lawyer (asking not to publish these stories) because they are libelous. Meanwhile, the British journalist got back to me and said he did not stand by his original story anymore [which is that Diezani was cleaning up corruption]. Lol!

Mrs. Schiffrin said by the time they had a rethink and decided to include the series on Mrs. Allison-Madueke, there wasn’t any more space in the book. It was a tough call for her, she said.

“Once I got the lawyer’s letter, of course, I regretted the decision not to include the series even more,” she said.

Mr. Mojeed, who is currently PREMIUM TIMES’ Editor-in-chief, was working with NEXT then, and co-authored the series on Mrs. Allison-Madueke.

The series portrayed Mrs. Allison-Madueke as corruptly enriching herself and her cronies through suspicious, and sometimes secret, multi-million dollars oil deals at the country’s expense.

In one of the reports, the then minister was alleged to have violated Nigerian laws and regulations, and awarded multi-million dollars oil-lifting contracts to ‘briefcase companies’ owned by her U.S-based jeweller, Christopher Aire.

Mrs. Allison-Madueke was arrested late last year in London by the UK National Crimes Agency for offences related to bribery and corruption, but was later released on bail, alongside four other persons arrested with her.

Back home in Nigeria, the former minister has been under investigation by the EFCC.

Tony Ademiluyi: Rumble Within The First Family

In the northern part of Nigeria where polygamy is rife, women are supposed to be seen and not heard. Many of them are confined to the Purdah system which almost completely cuts them off from the outside world and restricts their contact to just their immediate families.

It was a surprise that Aisha Buhari played a prominent role in the campaign that brought President Muhammadu Buhari to power last year. She cut the 21st-century picture of a Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti in the way and manner she mobilized the womenfolk to cast their vote for her better half.

The rather conservative nature of Buhari made him do something different from his predecessors in not allowing the office of the First Lady to continue. Since the dark days of IBB, the office had been used as a conduit for all manner of white elephant projects that had no direct impact on the lives of the people. His campaign was anchored on the change mantra and this was the first casualty of his administration.

Unlike Patience Jonathan, Aisha took the backseat and not much has been heard about her. Besides her much-criticized beauty book launch and her spat with Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose, she has been more like a cipher in the current government.

It was a surprise when she granted an interview with the BBC Hausa Service lambasting her husband’s style of governance and openly wailing that a cabal had hijacked his government. She opined that he didn’t even know the majority of his appointees and that many people who didn’t share the vision of the APC were wielding a lot of power and influence and that if this trend continued, she won’t repeat what she did in 2015 with her women’s votes canvassing.

When I first heard about the interview, I thought it was some social media joke or the case of a voice impostor. One recalls that former Northern First Ladies like Late Maryam Babangida, Maryam Abacha, Turai Yar’adua never publicly upbraided their husbands. This was a departure from that established trend. In fact, this would be the first time in the country that a First Lady would openly criticize the administration of her spouse.

Buhari’s reaction that she belonged to the kitchen, his living room, and other room could be taken from divergent contexts. Metaphorically, he could have meant that her position in his government was not constitutionally backed and so her interview had no weight. There was no need to take her seriously. Literarily, it was a gargantuan gaffe as he threw the jab in the presence of Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor who is also a woman. They didn’t meet in the kitchen and the statement portrayed him as a misogynist. Don’t forget that his administration has been accused of not being too women friendly with the ratio of appointments that have been made so far. An article in the Washington Post has been making him look worse than Donald Trump. In a world where a high premium is being placed on women’s rights with the rise of feminism, the excellence of women in hitherto male-dominated fields and the current battle for complete equality of the sexes especially the current campaign for equal pay, Buhari’s ill-thought quip has made him shoot himself in the foot.

He must have been furious that his wife could ‘run her mouth’ as is said in Nigerian parlance in the media but he should have exercised more self-restraint and not make himself a laughing stock in the international community.

There must have been a lacuna in their communication which made her vent her frustration in the media. Personally, that wasn’t the best thing to do. Having being married to him for 27 years, there would have been a better way to draw his attention to the crisis plaguing the country. Some critics are contending that she may have resorted to the outburst since she has been sidelined but whatever her motives whether altruistic or self-serving, the way and manner she went about it was not the best. Every couple goes through their peculiar challenges and public opprobrium has never been the best way to tackle knotty issues. We recall that when Bill Clinton was on the slab in 1998 and was made mincemeat of by Kenneth Starr in the highly sensational trial which led to his impeachment by the House of Representatives for perjury before being mercifully saved by the Senate, Hillary stood like the Rock of Gibraltar behind him. There was a lot of pressure on her to institute divorce proceedings against him especially when the accusers kept swelling in number. Many feminists were urging her to do the needful by becoming the pioneer First Lady to divorce a sitting President but she kept her cool until the storm was over. Hillary never granted an interview to condemn Bill despite the fact that the different media houses would have been willing to break the bank to get such an exclusive from her. I don’t think she would have been a Presidential Candidate if she had succumbed to the cries of the feminists who may have left her in the lurch now. Which brand wants to be touch Monica Lewinsky with a ten-foot pole? Men should be mindful of history.

It’s no news that Nigeria is currently going through a crisis but we should be preoccupied with providing solutions rather than needlessly overheating the polity. Eleanor Roosevelt was a huge source of inspiration to Franklin Delano Roosevelt as she urged him not to quit politics when he was bogged down by polio at 39 which made him wear braces for the rest of his life. She played a behind the scenes role in ensuring that the New Deal program he championed was a resounding success. They would obviously have had their rows but there was a never a public show of it and it’s extremely counter-productive to do so. It would only provide ephemeral pleasure for the adversaries and then you would be left to stew in your own juice.

While Buhari was battling a three-year incarceration under the then IBB regime, his first wife, Safinatu allegedly collected huge sums of money from the self-styled Maradona. This led to their divorce in 1988 as the General couldn’t stomach the apparent betrayal. Will Aisha suffer the same fate as the General may equate this with a betrayal? The unfolding drama would be interesting to follow.

Tony Ademiluyi


Views expressed are solely that of author and does not represent views of www.omojuwa.com nor its associates




Trump’s Women Accusers Are Lying- Melania Trump

Melania Trump has insisted that her husband is a “gentleman” and that the women who allege that he sexually assaulted them are lying.

She also said that lewd comments Donald Trump made about women that were caught on videotape were unacceptable but did not represent the man she knows.

The Republican presidential nominee was guilty of “boy talk” but was “egged on” by TV host Billy Bush, she added.

The tape prompted dozens of Republicans to drop their support for him.

In the video, Mr Trump tells Mr Bush, who was then host of NBC’s Access Hollywood, that he can force himself on women because he’s a star.

Several women have since come forward and accused Mr Trump of sexual assault, which he denies.

“I know he respects women but he is defending himself because they are lies,” Mrs Trump said in an interview with CNN.

“I believe my husband,” she said. “My husband is kind and he is a gentleman and he would never do that.”

She claimed the scandal had been “organised and put together to hurt his candidacy” by Hillary Clinton’s campaign team and the media.

“With the details [the media] have got, did they ever check the backgrounds of these women? They didn’t have any facts,” she added.

Speaking for the first since the scandal began, Mrs Trump defended her husband’s conduct with women, saying he had never behaved inappropriately over the years.

Women commonly approached her husband in front of her to give him their phone numbers and behave inappropriately, she said.

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Hired Killer Sent To Kill Lady Falls In Love, Demands Sex

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a 24-year-old suspect, Tayo Adeyemi, who confessed to have been hired to kill a female hotel lodger in the Alakija, Satellite Town area of the state.

Adeyemi, who hails from Kwara State, told Punch that he was arrested by the police after he sneaked into the hotel, White House, and demanded that his target, simply known as Rosemary, had sex with him so he would spare her life.

Punch Metro gathered that Adeyemi, who dropped out of senior secondary school, was arrested by the Satellite Town Police Division last Thursday.

It was learnt that penultimate Wednesday, Adeyemi was brought by two gang members on a
motorcycle to the hotel to kill Rosemary.

However, once Adeyemi laid his eyes on his supposed target, he reportedly fell in love with her and eventually attempted to rape her after she rebuffed his pleas to have sex with him.

Rosemary, however, raised the alarm.

The hotel management subsequently called the police, and Adeyemi was arrested.

A Punch correspondent learnt that one locally-made pistol and a live cartridge were recovered from Adeyemi, who had been transferred to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Ikeja.

The police said the suspect belonged to a three-man gang, adding that a manhunt had been launched for the fleeing two gang members.

Speaking with Punch Metro, Adeyemi said he gave the woman N1,500 to have sex with her, adding that he fell in love with his target.

Adeyemi, who spoke in pidgin English, said, “I was working as a casual worker at a bottling company in the Apapa area before I met the gang members in the Ajegunle area. A friend, Wisdom, had invited me to stay in his house.

“His friends, who are Eiye Confraternity members, saw me and said they had a job for me. They said the job was to kill a woman. I said I could not do such a job, but they threatened to kill me and since they had guns, I was afraid.

“Finally, I was left with no option but to do their wish. One of them, Ahmed, gave me the gun and they brought me on a motorcycle to the hotel. But when I got to the hotel room and saw the woman, I fell in love with her and I had mercy on her.

“I told her that I was sent to kill her, but since I loved her, I would just have sex with her. When she declined, I offered her N1,500, and said I would take her necklaces and wristwatch away and lie to my gang members that she had been killed. But she raised the alarm.

“Everyone in the hotel called the police, the Oodua Peoples’ Congress and other vigilance groups. The hotel management called the police at the Satellite Town division.

“When my parents heard about my arrest, they were disappointed. I told them that I was being threatened by the cult members. I did not mean to kill the lady. Otherwise, I would have shot her and run away.”

The state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said the command would not give criminals a breathing space in the state.

More Women Claim Trump Touched Them Inappropriately

US presidential nominee Donald Trump has again come under pressure as more women claim to have been sexually abused by the billionaire businessman from New York.

The allegations were reported on Wednesday by The New York Times, The Palm Beach Post and Yahoo News.

This comes after the release of a 2005 tape in which Trump is heard making vulgar comments about women and having a conversation about trying to have sex with a married woman.

One woman told the Times she was seated next to the Republican nominee during a flight to New York some three decades ago, and Trump started groping her suddenly.

“He was like an octopus,” Jessica Leeds, now 74, told the paper. “His hands were everywhere. It was an assault.”

Another woman, Rachel Crooks, also told the Times that he kissed her without her permission. “I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that,” she said.

The Trump campaign has denied many of the allegations made against him, and called the Times article “a completely false, coordinated character assassination.”

“It is absurd to think that one of the most recognizable business leaders on the planet with a strong record of empowering women in his companies would do the things alleged in this story, and for this to only become public decades later in the final month of a campaign for president should say it all,” Trump spokesman Jason Miller said in a statement.

“To reach back decades in an attempt to smear Mr. Trump trivializes sexual assault, and it sets a new low for where the media is willing to go in its efforts to determine this election,” the statement added.

“None of this ever took place,” Trump told the Times on Tuesday night, and threatened to sue the publication if the paper went ahead to run the story.

“You are a disgusting human being,” he told the reporter, who contacted him before publishing the story. “I don’t do it. I don’t do it,” he said.

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‘He Wasn’t Really Interested in the children’ – Donald Trump’s ex-Wife Ivana says she single-handedly raised Trump’s kids

Donald Trump’s ex-wife Ivana Trump has revealed that the Billionaire business man and U.S presidential candidate didn’t really care about raising his kids – Ivanka, Eric and Donald Jr. until he was able to discuss business with them.

Her revelations came about when partygoers at the Lifeline benefit at Le Cirque on Wednesday complimented her on how poised her kids have appeared while supporting their father’s presidential campaign.

“Donald wasn’t really interested in the children until he could talk business with them,” the 67-year-old NYDailyNews.

“When they turned 21, I handed them over to him and said ‘Here’s the finished product, you can take them from here.’ ”

Ivana also revealed she regularly speaks to her ex and has even offered him campaign advice and that she’s happy she won’t be moving into D.C with him if he wins the presidential elections.

“I’m watching the debates very closely,” I tell him to stick to the big issues and to forget about Trump University and Miss Universe because no one cares.”

I’m happy I’m not going to the White House — Washington freaks me out, I can do the speeches, I can kiss the babies, I can do the charities,” Ivana said.

 But Ivana feels Trump’s current wife Melania Trump won’t be happy fulfilling First Lady duties.

“Melania can’t talk i don’t get the impression that Melania is ‘interested, Donald is going to bring change and no one is going to change him,”


Norway Announces It Will Ban Islamic Veil From Classrooms

The burqa veil is to be banned in schools and universities across Norway following similar measures in other European countries, according to the Norwegian education minister.

The country’s right-wing government confirmed it was considering “national regulations prohibiting the full-face veil in schools and universities.”, a move supported by the opposition Labour Party.

Education minister Torbjorn Roe Isaksen confirmed the ban would only apply to the full-face veil and not to other Islamic headscarves including the hijab, chador and niqab.

Pakistan Passes Law Which Will Make Honour Killing PUNISHABLE

Pakistan passed long-awaited legislation Thursday closing a loophole that allowed people who killed for “honour” to walk free, three months after the murder of a social media star by her brother sparked international revulsion.

The legislation, passed unanimously by the National Assembly, mandates life imprisonment even if the victim’s relatives forgive the murderer.

The assembly also passed a bill increasing the punishments for some rape offences, mandating DNA testing and making the rape of a minor or the disabled punishable by life imprisonment or death.

Women have long fought for their rights in Pakistan, and so-called “honour” killings claim the lives

of hundreds each year.

Rape conviction rates are close to zero percent, largely due to the law’s reliance on circumstantial evidence and a lack of forensic testing.

Rights groups and politicians have for years called for tougher laws to tackle perpetrators of violence against women in the country.

The gruesome murder of Facebook star Qandeel Baloch in July catapulted the issue into the international spotlight.

“This is a step in the right direction,” women’s activist and columnist Aisha Sarwari told AFP.

“We should take our little wins where we get them and proceed forward and not retreat.” Excellent, if you ask me.

Trump Says he Insulted Women ‘for The Purpose of Entertainment’

Donald Trump says many of his comments disparaging women were made “for the purpose of entertainment.”

Trump was asked in a Wednesday interview with News 3 Las Vegas if he could understand why parents of young girls are concerned about his history of making crude comments toward women.

“A lot of that was done for the purpose of entertainment, there’s nobody that has more respect for women than I do,” the real estate mogul responded.

“Are you trying to tone it down now?” Jim Snyder, the News 3 interviewer, asked.

“It’s not a question of trying, it’s very easy,” Trump said.

Democrats have locked on Trump’s behavior toward women in recent weeks.

During the first presidential debate, Hillary Clinton attacked Trump for his comments about a former Miss Universe, whom the businessman had attacked for gaining weight in 1996. 

The issue stayed in the headlines for days as Trump renewed his criticisms of the woman’s weight gain from two decades ago.

Things Strong Women Should NEVER Do For A Man

1. Change your appearance.

If your SO is a decent human being, they won’t ever force you to alter the way you look for their benefit. They should love you for you, and all of you. If your weight, hair, or style really bothers him, he’s clearly not with you for the right reasons. Any physical changes you make should be made because you want them, not for attention or for someone else.

2. Compromise your passions.

Absolutely no one should get in the way of your goals. It is your life, after all, and nobody else will regret leaving any dreams behind more than you. The decision to pass on a job opportunity or put an idea on hold might seem best at the moment, but the future is never guaranteed. Your partner should support your endeavors, and if he’s willing to come along for the ride, that’s just a bonus.

3. Wait for his approval.

A strong woman plays by her rules and doesn’t sit around for instructions. You should be assertive and go forward with your own decisions rather than seek validation from someone else. You’re grown enough to know what’s best for you.

4. Cancel already-set plans.

It’s different to reschedule when something important comes up, but it’s problematic when you drop what you’re doing just to be with him. Your friends and family should not be on the sideline and only brought in when he’s unavailable. You should never be on standby, and if he’s respectful, he won’t mind catching you another time.

5. Let him change who you are.

Don’t change who you are for anyone but yourself. And if you do decide to make any self-adjustments, they should be improvements that will better you. It’s possible that he’d be more interested if you do x, y, and z, but he wouldn’t genuinely like you for you. Never lose sight of who you are.

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Read About The Women Who Love & Miss Their Boko Haram Husbands

 A few dozen women sit on mats in the shadow of a neem tree. Their giggles rise with the hot dusty air as they sketch elaborate designs on their hands with henna.

Some of the women wear abayas; others wear short-sleeved blouses with long skirts and hijabs. They talk about their children, their hair, what they will cook that evening after breaking their Ramadan fast.

After a while, the conversation turns to their husbands.

“Oh, my husband, I love him so much,” says Aisha the Amira.

The flamboyant 25-year-old flings her head back as she laughs. In a flowing gown and a tall, majestic head wrap, she radiates the nobility of her title, Amira, or princess. A reddish-orange stone sparkles on her left hand.

“My husband gave me this ring,” she says, wiggling her shoulders. “My husband, he’s an Arab. So handsome and he always gave me money.”

The women look at her in silent admiration.

Then Hauwa speaks up. “He loved me and I loved him. We loved each other.” The blushing 14-year-old smiles and twists the hem of her skirt. She has been married for a year and a half.

Fifteen-year-old Iyeza-Kawu looks at the ground as she talks. She’s wearing a navy hijab with the logo of the United Nations Population Fund stitched on it. She describes her two-year marriage as a happy one and explains how her husband gave her a dowry of 25,000 naira (about $80).

There is another Aisha, a 27-year-old from Cameroon, who loved her married boyfriend so much that she agreed to elope with him. Her sister and brother didn’t approve, so Aisha married him in secret, crossing the border into Nigeria. Her printed blouse hugs her pregnant belly.

Tall and with a chiselled face, Zainab describes her husband as good-looking, quiet and of medium height. “He treated me very well and I loved him very much,” she says.

Little Umi, Zainab’s 11-year-old daughter, chimes in. “My husband was kind. He would always give my parents money.” Umi’s cheeks are framed in a dark purple hijab. Her black eyeliner is smudged. When she looks up, the sun lights up her eyes in dazzling shades of brown. She was her husband’s third wife.

Esther, 19, knew her husband well before they married. The professional nail cutter used to walk around the neighbourhood reciting verses from the Quran, she says.

All of the women speak in a flurry of Hausa and Kanuri, pausing to gaze at the henna on their hands, swatting flies from their sleeping children and turning around to check on their other children as they swing on a tyre that hangs from a tree.

But there is a sense of sadness and uncertainty to this otherwise typical scene. These women have not seen their husbands in weeks.

Aisha the Amira, Hauwa, Iyeza-Kawu, Aisha, Zainab, Umi, Esther and the others gathered here were all married to members of Boko Haram, the armed group that has been engaged in a seven-year uprising against the Nigerian government that has left more than 20,000 people dead and forced millions to flee their homes.

The women had lived with their husbands in Walasa, a town near the Nigeria-Cameroon border. But in May, Nigerian soldiers reclaimed the area. Most of the Boko Haram fighters fled, leaving their wives and children behind. Iyeza- Kawu’s husband was killed in the skirmish.

“My husband was not a terrorist,” she says. “The soldiers killed him.”

She and 33 other women were rounded up with their children, packed into vehicles and taken to a safe house in Maiduguri where they are now receiving psychosocial treatment designed to rehabilitate them back into society, away from their husbands.

“We will eventually reunite the women with their families and relations here in Maiduguri,” explains the state’s governor, Kashim Shettima.

But the pregnant ones among them say they fear that their children will never meet their fathers. And some say they have fond memories of their husbands.

The Amira says she met her husband one day as she was running away from a battle between Boko Haram fighters and government soldiers. As she was running, a man stopped her, she says.

“He asked me, ‘You get married?'”

She says she intrigued him because she was bold and intelligent. “It’s because I’m an educated girl. The other girls don’t go to school, so they are shy.”

Even though Boko Haram is opposed to boko, or Western education, she says her husband desired her because she was educated in Western schools. She is the only one in the group who can speak some English.

When he eventually asked to marry her, she deliberated for a month. When she agreed it was because she believed he was wealthy. He paid her dowry in naira and euros, she says.

“My husband is a Boko Haram commander. He’s an Amir, that’s why I’m an Amira,” she explains. “He had three wives. He divorced all of them when he married me, because he loves me very much and I’m like his baby.”

She lived a privileged life as an Amira.

She joined her husband in the Sambisa forest, from which Boko Haram allegedly operates its largest camp, and lived there for almost three years. The forest stretches for nearly 40,000 square miles in the southern part of the northeastern state of Borno, which has born the brunt of Boko Haram’s insurgency. Once upon a time, elephants and leopards roamed Sambisa. Now, it is Boko Haram members and their families who live among the scatterings of acacia, baobab, tamarind and neem trees.

In Sambisa, she says, she met some of the kidnapped Chibok girls, Boko Haram’s most well-known abductees, snatched two years ago from their secondary school in the town of Chibok in northeastern Nigeria. Recently, Boko Haram released a video featuring about 50 of the missing girls.

She says she also met the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau.

Her lips curl into a grin as she remembers her husband. He gave her money every week, she says, and showered her with jewellery, makeup and new clothes.

For her, life in Sambisa was pleasant, she says. If anyone was sick, there were doctors to treat them. She was well fed with a full stock of rice, yams, coconuts, beans, juice and fruits.

As the Amira, she was responsible for helping to take care of the other wives. She distributed food to them, befriended them and taught them how to be good Muslim wives, she says.

All of the women attended near daily Quran classes.

Amira says she helped her husband “do jihad”.

“My husband has a gun. If my husband is coming back from traveling, he’ll call me on my phone and say , ‘Sweety, I’m coming home.’ So I’ll go put on makeup, body spray and I’ll cook food. When he comes home, I’ll collect his gun, magazine, bombs,” she says.

He taught her how to assemble and disassemble his guns, but there were so many pieces she says she would sometimes get confused.

When her husband went out on operations, she would occupy herself with her phone, she says. Many of the wives of Boko Haram members were not allowed to have one, but the Amira had one when she lived in Sambisa and she used it to browse online.

“I was using Facebook. And even now, if you look for my name on Facebook, you’ll see me there at the top. I’m the first one there,” she says.

Her phone was seized when she arrived at the safe house, but she had already memorised not only her husband’s phone numbers, but the numbers of many Boko Haram members who she says will answer her call at any time.

The other Aisha does not have such pleasant memories of life with the man she secretly married when she was a lovestruck 23-year-old. Before he joined Boko Haram, she says he was caring and allowed her to work. But afterwards, he forbade her from working and withdrew emotionally. He also became secretive, disappearing for days without telling her where he had been, she says.

“That’s how I knew he was with Boko Haram,” Aisha adds.

She says her husband forced her to cut off contact with her family. After the marriage, she left her parents behind in Cameroon and moved with him from village to village in northeastern Nigeria as Boko Haram took over territory there.

Although her husband became wealthier after joining Boko Haram, she says he was not a high-ranking member. So the life she lived did not resemble the Amira’s. She felt like a captive, she says, although she did find comfort in the other wives.

At 11, Umi is the youngest wife in the group. Her mother, Zainab, is with her at the safe house. Initially, her mother thought she was too young to marry, but Umi’s father insisted and gave her away to a Boko Haram member who lived in a nearby compound with his two wives.

She was married in Walasa, but the next day soldiers came and carried her away. Although she was only with him for a day, she says she is still in love with her husband.

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I Kidnapped My friend’s Daughter to Raise Money for Cosmetics – Suspect

A Ghanian and her Edo State indigene friend have been arrested for allegedly kidnapping a -nine-year-old girl.

Detectives at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), of the Lagos state Police Command, are interrogating the suspects, Miss Believe and Agatha.

A mother of three, who claimed she had lived in Nigeria for 17 years, said she organized the abduction of the little girl to be able to raise money to shop for some of the most sophisticated cosmetics and make-ups.

“I am a Ghanaian and I am married with three children. I used to work as a nanny in an embassy some years back. Things have been quiet tough and business wasn’t moving as expected, so I needed N30, 000 to buy my make-ups. I love to make ups, so after much thought on how to make some money, I decided to kidnap my friend’s daughter.

“I called my friend Agatha and shared my plan with her. She agreed to abduct the child while I made arrangements on how to contact the parents of the child for ransom.

“It worked out as we planned. Agatha kidnapped the child while she was going to school. She took her to Ogun State. I had started requesting for ransom before the police picked me up in my house. I had no intention to do the child any harm.

“I needed just N30, 000 for the make-ups and other personal effects. Just that small amount and I have spoilt my family name.”

“My husband used to give me money, but this period is very critical.”

FG To Disburse N200m Each To 8 States To Empower Women

The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Aisha Alhassan, said N200 million would be disbursed to eight pilot states each through the National Women Empowerment Fund (NAWEF) to empower women at the grassroots.

Alhassan said this during a media briefing on the take-off of the National Women Empowerment Fund (NAWEF) and the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) in Abuja.

She said the eight pilot states are Adamawa, Borno, Yobe, Nasarawa, Jigawa, Akwa Ibom, Osun, and Abia, adding that other states would benefit later. She added that “the NAWEF targets 10,000 women beneficiaries in each of the pilot states; the condition of the loans both under the GEEP and NAWEF are the same.

“The GEEP programme is one of the five Federal Government Social Investment Programme targeted at providing loans to young men and women from all states on liberal condition.

“Under both programmes, each beneficiary will receive between N10,000 and N100,000, depending on the type of business or trade with no interest, no collateral and repayable in six months.”

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OPC Tortures Pastor Over Wife’s Death In Ogun

A pastor with the Christ Apostolic Church, Onigbogbo, Atan Ota, Ogun State, Pastor Olusegun Omoniyi, is critically ill after he was allegedly abducted and tortured by some members of the Oodua People’s Congress.

It was learnt that 45-year-old Omoniyi had also gone into hiding after he was rescued by policemen from the Sango Area Command. He said he feared for his life as the OPC members had threatened to recapture and kill him.

Punch Metro learnt that the OPC members were acting on the instruction of some relatives of Omoniyi’s late wife, Omolade, who had vowed to deal with him over the sickness and subsequent
death of the woman.

Punch correspondent gathered that Omoniyi and his wife married in 1999 and had a set of twins in 2000. However, the twins were said to have died shortly after they were born.

It was learnt that since the death of the children, the couple had not been able to have any child, which resulted in pressures from Omolade’s family.

Early 2015, the wife was reported to have left the cleric despite entreaties from church leaders and relatives of the husband.

Punch Metro gathered that seven months after separating from the husband, the 42-year-old was attacked by a strange illness.

Omoniyi said, “She had told me that her family members didn’t want her to continue living with me, but I begged her to stay.

“However, sometime in 2015, I went for a church meeting when some of her family members came. They took away her property. Attempts at getting her family members to reconcile us were abortive as they said she had made her choice.

“However, in July 2015, I was told she was sick. On the instruction of the church leadership, I went with some other elders to give her N50,000. But her brother did not allow us to see her, saying I should go alone to see her. We refused.

“On February 6, 2016, while I was leading a church programme around 10am, four men entered the church. Two of them were OPC members and the others – Adebayo and Stephen – were my wife’s relatives. While I was on the altar, the two OPC members said they had come to take me away.

“I told them that I would not follow them since I did not know where they were taking me to. They beat me up and one of them showed me a gun and said if I didn’t cooperate, he would kill me.”

Omoniyi said he was thrown into a car belonging to his wife’s eldest brother, adding that he was blindfolded throughout the journey.

The cleric explained that he later found himself in Ijoko, the camp of the OPC, saying the men tortured him before taking him inside a clinic where his wife had been admitted.

“In one of the rooms, I saw my wife on the bed. Her legs were swollen and there was blood all over the place. I asked her why she left the house and what I did wrong.

“While talking to her, my in-laws started beating me. I have never suffered such torture. I told my wife right there that God would judge our matter,” he added.

He said he sneaked into the clinic’s toilet where he made a call to a church leader informing him of his location, adding that the latter informed the police who stormed the area and rescued him was learnt that Omolade died the following day.

The church leadership was reported to have sent a delegation to condole with the family, and Omoniyi also accompanied the men.

It was learnt that the deceased’s family allegedly attacked the group, insisting that Omoniyi must take his wife’s corpse with him.

“To appease them, I told them to find where they would bury her and I would bear part of the cost, but they refused.

“As I was leaving, they blocked the road and said they would burn the two vehicles we took there. The OPC members, who had earlier abducted me, came and dragged me to where the corpse was.

“After beating me again, they put me on the corpse and said I must die with her. They put me in a car with the corpse. I couldn’t recognise anybody until I saw some policemen who rescued me the second time,” he said.

Omoniyi said he was taken to a private hospital, adding that the location was not disclosed to protect his life. He alleged that a top police officer was also backing his in-laws, saying he had gone into hiding for security reasons.

He lamented that his wife’s family had taken away his landed property, adding that his life was in danger.

Punch correspondent learnt that the matter had already got to the CAC supreme council and the church had not been able to resolve the case as Omolade’s eldest brother was a top pastor in the church.

Punch Metro saw petitions addressed to the Inspector-General of Police, Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 2, Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Area Commander, Sango-Ota, Officer-in-charge, Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Abeokuta, among others.

The petitions called for the arrest of Omoniyi’s in-laws and the OPC members for the alleged abduction and torture.

Punch correspondent was told that nothing had been done on the petitions.

90% Of Awaiting Trial Women Are Pregnant- NHRC

The National Human Rights Commission says 90 per cent of women awaiting trial in prisons across the country are either nursing mothers or pregnant.

The Executive Secretary of the commission, Prof. Bem Angwe, made this known when he received the National President, National Council of Women Societies, Mrs. Gloria Shoda, in his office in Abuja on Monday.

Angwe said that the percentage was derived from the commission’s recent prison audit in the country.

He said that the commission needed the collaboration of the NCWS to provide an immediate intervention in this regard.

“In our prisons today, we have a lot of nursing mothers who are being locked up with their children and are nursing these children in the prison cells.

“We also have instances where such women who are still carrying babies in prison are also pregnant.

“It is also sad to note that more than 90 per cent of these nursing mothers are still awaiting trial. These are women that should have been released on bail while awaiting their trial.

“But they are kept there in prison with their children who are made to serve prison terms when their mothers are not yet convicted,’’ Angwe said.

Angwe said that the commission was particularly concerned because there was no amount of compensation that would be given to such a child or even the mother that would be commensurate with the hardship endured.

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Bayelsa State Gov Dickson’s Wife Gives Birth to Quadruplets

Wife of Bayelsa State governor and first lady of the state, Rachael Dickson, has put to bed quadruplets (four babies) today. The team of four babies includes four females and one boy.

Daniel Iworiso-Markson, chief Press secretary to governor Seriake Dickson said in a statement released moments ago:

“This is particularly good news for the family and Bayelsans because this bundle of joy is coming after many years of praying and waiting upon the Lord.

“Governor Dickson thanks friends, family members and Bayelsans for their prayers and support and enjoins them to continue to pray for the family.”

Unbelievable! Mom Goes Clubbing With Colleagues Leaving Toddler Alone In Car

This shocking photo shows a hysterical toddler screaming for help after being left in a locked car while his mother went clubbing with her work colleagues.

In astonishing scenes, a dramatic confrontation erupted between the party animal parent, 25, and a group of concerned bystanders who called the police.

One angry man damaged the woman’s car resulting in her reporting him to the cops for vandalism. The two-year-old’s cries were said to be heard by the group of passers-by in the early hours of

Sunday morning.

When they found the distraught child locked in the vehicle without any adult supervision they phoned the authorities.

The police, who arrived at the scene shortly after, called a mechanic to bust the frightened toddler out of the car before the clubbing-fanatic mother turned up 20 minutes later.

The police in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, said in a statement that the mother had left the child so that she could party at a nightclub with her workmates.

They said the young woman faces charges for “dereliction of the duty of care of her child in front of the public prosecutors”.

Teenager Sues Parents For Invasion Of Privacy

In this day and age, parents are always posting pictures of their kids on social media. Before they’re even born, their faces will be on the internet in the form of scan pictures.

And from first steps to the first day of school, every new milestone is documented – including some embarrassing ones.

But parents might want to think twice about what they share online after it emerged that a teenager is suing her parents for invasion of privacy.

Why? Because they posted pictures of her when she was a baby that include having her nappy
changed and sitting on a potty.

The 18-year-old woman, who lives in the Austrian state of Carinthia, claims that since 2009 her parents have made her life a misery by constantly posting new pictures of her on their social media accounts from when she was an infant.

She said the pictures allegedly included embarrassing and intimate images from her childhood and added that they were shared with her parents’ 700 online friends.

Michael Rami, the woman’s lawyer, says that to date her parents have posted 500 images of her on social media sites without her consent. He believes she has a good chance of winning the court battle.

The teenager said: “They knew no shame and no limit – and did not care whether it was a picture of me sitting on the toilet or lying naked in my cot – every stage was photographed and then made public.”

She told local media that despite her requests, her parents have refused to delete the photos, which prompted her to sue them.

She said: “I’m tired of not being taken seriously by my parents.”

Her father believes that since he took the photos he has the right to publish the images.

Yet Rami said that if it can be proven that the images have violated her rights to a personal life, her parents will lose the case.

And it might also mean the parents have to pay money to the child.

Killing In The Name Of God Is Satanic – Pope Francis

Pope Frances urged religious leaders today to tell their followers that any killing carried out in the name of God is “satanic.”

The pontiff made the remarks during a Mass honoring Jacques Hamel, an 85-year-old priest murdered by ISIS-supporting teenagers who stormed his church in northern France in July.

“Killing in the name of God is satanic,” the pope told the ceremony in the Vatican’s Domus Santa Marthae chapel. “I would like it if all religions said this, ‘To kill in the name of God is satanic,'” he

Man Gets Revenge On Cheating Girlfriend In The Worst Way Ever

A man who allegedly caught his girlfriend cheating on him filmed himself getting revenge in the worst way.

After setting up a hidden camera in his car, the boyfriend gives his lover a present gifted inside a cute heart-shaped box and wrapped in a pink bow.

From the outside it looks like the pressie could well be a yummy box of chocolates.

After the man passes his unsuspecting partner the Valentine’s surprise, he gives her a hug before leaving her in the backseat to unwrap her gift.

However, things soon start to take a turn for the worse when the pretty blonde begins to eagerly unwrap the present.

As she flips off the lid, the woman is left horrified at the hordes of cockroaches enclosed inside the box.

In shock, the love rat then throws the box in the air sending the creepy-crawlies flying everywhere around her.

She tries to escape, but the car doors have been locked by her vengeful boyfriend.

The footage has gone viral online, but has divided opinion with many speculating that the footage may be fake.

One user said: “This is the most evil prank.”

Another added: “That is a horrid thing to do. How awful.”

However, others wrote: “It looks staged. She can barely contain herself so as to not burst laughing.”

Another added: “This seems fake.”

Pakistan Trains Women In Motorcycling For Mobility

Women in Pakistan are getting on their bikes in a bid overcome the barriers that limit their mobility and ultimately widen economic and gender inequalities.

Under Women on Wheels, a government-supported project, 35 women who had been trained to ride motorcycles participated in a rally on Tuesday in the city of Sargodha, in Punjab province.

Launched in January this year, the initiative encourages women to become independent, and reduce their reliance on male relatives for day-to-day activities, as well as getting to school, college or work.

Tuesday’s event was attended by Ingrid Johansson, the Swedish ambassador, representatives from UN Women Pakistan, local police and provincial officials.

The rally resulted in a rare sight. It is something of a taboo for women to ride motorcycles in Pakistan, a common form of transport for men, in cities and the countryside.

As dozens of women raced through the district in the Punjab on their motorcycles, their message was clear: We will be independent.

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The Fertility Industry In India & Stigmatization Of Childless Women

Pregnancy and childbirth take a toll at any age, but Rajo Devi Lohan has struggled to regain her health more than most other women since becoming a mother.

After she had given birth eight years ago, the Indian woman was diagnosed with cancer. She has had three operations to repair a ruptured uterus and to remove tumours, many rounds of chemotherapy, and still suffers from stomach pain.

Lohan was 70 years old when she gave birth in 2008, becoming the oldest mother in the world at that time.

“The doctor didn’t tell me anything about the dangers and I never felt that there was any danger,” Lohan says.

A doctor who is now treating Lohan believes that her health problems could have been caused by fertility treatment and pregnancy.

Stories of elderly women having babies in India have made international headlines in recent years, including a 72-year-old who set a new world record when she gave birth in April.

But the ethics surrounding such births are increasingly coming under attack.

Critics insist that doctors, eager for fame and fortune, are putting lives at risk – from the elderly mothers and the young women who provide donor eggs, to the children themselves.

At least two young Indian women have died after donating eggs.

The first IVF baby was born in India almost 40 years ago. Since then, the industry has exploded, with IVF clinics opening up across the country.

Couples of all ages have flocked to fertility specialists in the hope of having a baby and shaking off the stigma associated with being childless in India, the world’s most populous country.

Al Jazeera travelled to the northern Indian town of Hisar and visited the National Fertility and Test Tube Baby Centre, the clinic that has helped create babies for some of the world’s oldest mothers.

The son of Daljinder Kaur, who gave birth in April at the age of 72, was created there.

Kaur had been married for 46 years before she and her 79-year-old husband became parents to baby Armaan, which means “hope”.

While Kaur considers her son a miracle from God, the man responsible for his birth is Dr Anurag Bishnoi. The embryologist claims to have helped more than 100 women over the age of 50 become pregnant.

“If men can have children into their 60s and 70s, why shouldn’t women be able to?” he asks.

Bishnoi insists his older patients must pass rigorous health checks before starting IVF treatment.

“We don’t see much of a risk as far as middle-aged and older ones are concerned,” he says.

Others disagree, arguing that age limits on who can access fertility treatment are urgently needed to protect women’s health.

“Seventy-two is not the right age to have a baby,” says Dr Narendra Malhotra, president of the Indian Society of Assisted Reproduction. “Getting a 72-year-old pregnant is putting her life in jeopardy.”

Malhotra accuses Bishnoi of “playing God”. He says even though science can help women give birth at any age, “it is for society to decide whether we are going to let scientists do things … which are unethical or which put the patient and the child to great harm.”

While the elderly mothers attract the headlines, the other crucial players in this industry are largely invisible – the young women who donate their eggs. Without them, India’s record-breaking births would not be possible.

An agent tells Al Jazeera that he and his colleagues can easily recruit many egg donors.

“There are no complications in this procedure at all, so my agents tell other ladies that we pay a handsome amount for egg donations,” says Subhas Chandra. “If someone works in a factory they earn less than $75 a month but we can pay $525 for the 10-day process.”

But, for some women, the true cost of being an egg donor can be much greater – the procedure can claim their life.

Read More: aljazeera

#FertilityDay: Italian Govt. Tells Women To Have Babies Due To Low Birth Rate

What is a woman, really, if not a vessel for making babies? According to a controversial new ad campaign in Italy, it seems the answer is “a failure to her country.”

In an attempt to combat falling birthrates, health minister Beatrice Lorenzin announced earlier this summer that Italy would hold its first ever Fertility Day on September 22nd. Through a series of state-sponsored events in major Italian cities, the “holiday” would focus on encouraging family-planning by helping those struggling to conceive, celebrating the beauty of parenthood, and discussing why a lower birthrate might be dangerous for Italy’s future.

Along with the announcement, the Ministry of Health launched a website, a computer game, and a series of promotional images in order to help encourage participation — but rather than get people excited, they instead sparked major backlash and global outrage.

The #FertilityDay images were quick to go viral for touting offensive messages like “Beauty has no age. But fertility does.” and “Young parents. The best way to be creative.” Many immediately pointed out that the tone of the ads is extremely pressuring, and the message ridiculously sexist.

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Soldiers Kill 2 Suspected Kidnappers In Abia

Soldiers attached to the 144 Battalion, Asa Ukwa West council area of Abia State have killed two kidnappers as their gang made to escape from a foiled kidnap operation at Umukanma village in Ugwunagbo council area.

The gang which specializes in kidnapping and armed robbery operates between Abia and Akwa Ibom States, is suspected of being behind the death of a respected elder in the community whom they accused of divulging information about their activities to the security agencies.

A source at the battalion stated that their investigations revealed that one of the leaders of the group, identified as Okechukwu broke out from his former gang and formed a new one with which he carried out kidnapping and armed robbery attacks in the area.

It was gathered that other members of the gang including one Amarachi, suspected to be the cook and informant to the gang have also been declared wanted.

Attempts to get the reaction of the Army Public Relations Officer, 14 Brigade, Ohafia, Major Sidney Mbaneme, proved abortive.

However, a soldier at the 144 Battalion disclosed that efforts were on top gear to arrest the fleeing gangsters.

Man Who Murdered Nuns Finally Confess To Killing Them

The convicted felon who killed two nuns in Mississippi has confessed to killing the women but refuses to tell police why. Rodney Earl Sanders, 46, of Kosciusko, Mississippi, was charged in the deaths of Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill, both 68.

The women’s bodies were discovered on Thursday after they failed to show up for work at a clinic in Lexington, Mississippi.

It emerged today that Sanders, who admitted to killing them in interrogation, has a criminal record
and is currently on probation.

He served six years behind bars for armed robbery in 1986 and was convicted of a felony DUI in Attala County last February.

Two Nuns Brutally Stabbed To Death At Their Home

Two nuns have been brutally stabbed to death at their Mississippi home, it was reported last night.

The bodies of Sister Paula Merrill and Sister Margaret Held were discovered on Thursday when they didn’t turn up for work at a nearby hospital.

Police said there were signs of a break-in at the property in Durant, Holmes County, and that their vehicle was missing. The nuns worked as nurses treating patients at the Lexington Medical Clinic, in one of the poorest areas of the state.

“They were two of the sweetest, most gentle women you can imagine,” Reverend Greg Plata told the
Clarion Ledger.

“Their vocation was helping the poor. It’s so senseless.”

Church officials said the sisters also regularly distributed books, school supplies and other items to the poor.

The women were found dead at around 10.30am on Thursday after a co-worker went to check on them.

Their bodies have been taken to a state crime lab for autopsies, Holmes County Coroner Dexter Howard said.

Chinese Couple Have Their Reception Dangling Below a 590 ft Tall Bridge

A Chinese couple marked their wedding day in their own special way by dangling underneath a glass bottom suspension bridge overlooking a deep valley.

Bride Jiang Huizhu and groom Zhou Wenlong had their wedding on Tuesday, and descended onto a small platform attached to a bridge 180m (590 ft) above ground in Shiniuzhai National Geological Park in Hunan Province for the occasion. 

They lay on their backs on the platform, posing for celebratory photos amid the beautiful and scary scenery.

Usain Bolt And Girlfriend Will Not Split,He Loves Her Too Much’-Sprinter’s Sister Reacts To Photos Of Him With Other Women

Usain Bolt and his girlfriend will not split up after photos of the Olympic hero with another woman surfaced, his sister has revealed.
Bolt’s big sister, Christine Bolt-Hylton, 32, has said that Usain Bolt and his girlfriend Kasi Bennett, 26, are a solid couple and will stay together because they are so in love.

Brazilian student Jady Duarte, 20, shared pictures which appear to show her kissing and cuddling Bolt after his 30th birthday bash in Rio.And further photos of Usain kissing and dancing with a third girl also came to light yesterday morning. 

Speaking from her hometown of St Andrews near Kingston, Jamaica, Christine said:

‘I’m sure Kasi will be used to it by now. She is used to seeing pictures like this.’People ask for pictures with him and he is always willing to have pictures. She is used to him being in the public domain.”I don’t think anything happened between him and the Brazilian girl,’ she added of the snaps with Jady. He loves Kasi too much to jeopardise the relationship.’I’m looking at the pictures and it doesn’t look like he was doing anything with her.’

Asked if Kasi will be upset, Christine, who is Usain’s half-sister, continued:

 ‘The pictures are of a young girl. I know she will be upset. But she will talk to him and I know they can work their difficulties out.’Usain doesn’t believe in cheating. Normally when we speak he sees he is against stuff like that. He has never done this before as far as I know.

‘When he was much younger he was popular with the girls but from when they have been together he hasn’t done anything like that. If they were together as she is saying they were, I think she had planned for her to take the photographs and expose him for ‘cheating’.’

Asked if her little brother should apologise, Christine said:

‘Kasi was definitely OK with the party pictures. The pictures with the girl he should definitely apologise for.He would never cheat. He was brought up by his parents never to do such things.

‘He was brought up in a Christian home and his mother doesn’t support that lifestyle. So I don’t think he would ever cheat.’I think Kasi will talk to him and they will make a decision about what to do together.’Speaking from personal experience and being close to him, he is definitely objected to cheating.’I do think that Kasi and Usain will work on past whatever it was and move on with their lives.’He has got to be careful because of his actions.’

Culled from Mailonline

Former California High School Student Wins $6m Settlement After Impregnating English Teacher

A 21 year old former student at Citrus Valley High School in Redlands, California who impregnated his teacher (pictured above), has received $6 million from his school district, the largest single-victim sex abuse settlements ever from a public agency.

The boy who was 16 when the incident occurred, received the large sum on Friday, three years after the arrest of his former teacher and lover, Laura Whitehurst and as at the time he was having a sexual relationship with his female teacher Laura, he was under 18 years.
According to the former student, he felt manipulated and used by Laura while he was in school, as he started having sex with her at the age of 16 in her apartment, before she gave birth to their child in June 2013 — while he was still in school
Whitehurst, a former AP English teacher, was slapped with 41 felony sex assault charges for her relationship with this student and two others, all of whom were under 18 at the time.
Laura Whitehurst, 29, is now a registered sex offender. During the court trial, the student’s attorneys accused the school of ignoring warning signs about the relationship.
Laura and the student (names withheld) now shares custody of the child with her former student.

Two Women Faint After Arguing For EIGHT HOURS Non-Stop

hotos have caught the bizarre moment two women fainted after arguing in the street for eight hours.

The women in Angkang City, China’s Shaanxi province, argued over unpaid debts on August 16, reports the People’s Daily Online.

According to police, the pair fainted from exhaustion after arguing during extremely hot weather.

That's dedication! The women collapsed after arguing for eight hours over an unpaid debt

That’s dedication! The women collapsed after arguing for eight hours over an unpaid debt

According to reports, two middle aged women were seen lying in the road in the downtown area of Angkang City.

Local police say that the pair had been arguing for eight hours during hot weather without food and water .

Because of this, they became exhausted and fainted in the middle of the road.

The women had started arguing at 2pm over an unpaid debt.

They had been trying to come to an arrangement however they could not resolve the issue.

According to onlookers, one of the women was foaming at the mouth.

Ambulances were called for the pair who were then taken to the local hospital.

No food or drink: According to police, the women had been arguing during hot weather

No food or drink: According to police, the women had been arguing during hot weather

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House help Steals Madam’s Two Children, Turns Them To Beggars In Lagos

It was confusion galore in Ogere, Remo North local government area of Ogun State, when a-middle-aged Fulani woman, simply identified as Asmau allegedly disappeared with two female children. They were children of the mistress with whom she served as a house help.

Asmau, according to findings had stayed with the mother of the children as a house maid for four months before she bolted away with the two girls, Amina, 6 and Rukayya, 7. She was later arrested in the Ikorodu axis of Lagos State while using them as beggars.

The mother of the children, simply identified as Hawau, told Vanguard that the suspect had been
staying with her for over four months, assisting her with some domestic chores while being paid N400 or N500 daily.

Narrating her ordeal, mother of the stolen children, further explained that, it all started on the last Muslim festival day, Eid-el Fitr which was held July 6, 2016. According to her, she had planned to send the children to Lagos for holiday with their grand parents, a move she discussed with her brother, which prompted her brother to visit her during sallah celebrations. Hawau said:

 “My brother came to pick them (Amina and Rukayya) but did not meet me and my children at home on Sallah day because we had gone to the Eid ground to pray. He did not wait for me as he left for Lagos.

When my children knew that he had come and gone they started crying. Asmau used the opportunity and told me she was going to Lagos that day and that she will help me to take them to their grandparents, so, I agreed and asked the children to go with her.

After two days, I found out that the children were not at their grandparents’ house, I called the woman but her number was not connecting. I checked her at her house, I did not find her and my children.

I started to go round to check out till I spent all what I had and yet I did not find them. I then reported to the Sarkin Hausawa of Ogere Alhaji Abdullahi Saminaka, who organised a prayer and informed the people.

Luckily for me, a woman came to the palace and told the Sarkin that she saw Asmau with my children begging in Ikorodu in Lagos state. So, he (Sarkin) sent his men to go and bring them; one of them, called Ali told us that he found the children with the woman begging for alms in tattered  clothes.”

Continuing, she said:

“We were also told that the woman removed their new sallah clothes   and gave it to one woman, who was a food vendor, in exchange for food. The children told us that the woman used to beat them if they cried or refused to go and beg for alms. She told people, while they went begging for alms  that she is their mother.”


ISIS Unveils First Ever Female Spokesperson In A Bid To Lure More Women

slamic State has taken the unusual step of using a female spokesperson in one of its propaganda videos.

The terror group has broken from tradition by announcing the move in a short video entitled Foundation of the Euphrates.

But the woman’s identity is not revealed because she is wearing a burka. The video shows the female jihadi wearing full-length black clothing, which is forced on women under the group’s strict interpretation of Sharia law.
It comes after the jihadis launched a women-only magazine called Majestic which is distributed to followers online and in areas under ISIS control.

However, it is believed to be the first time the group has placed a woman in such a visual role. It is thought that the video could be an attempt to recruit more women into the organisation.

Will Smith Angrily Slams Donald Trump Over Hateful Comments Against Women

Top Hollywood actor Will Smith has criticized Presidential hopeful Donald Trump over history of misogynistic comments especially one where he called a woman ‘a fat pig’ and says the Billionaire’s remarks reflect ‘darkness’ of his soul’.

“For a man to be able to publicly refer to a woman as a fat pig, that makes me teary,” Smith toldnews.com.au in an interview posted Tuesday. “And for people to applaud, that is absolutely f—ing insanity to me,” he added. “It’s absolutely collective insanity.”

Smith also said he would throw out any of his sons if any of them uses the kind of offensive language Donald Trump uses.

“If one of my sons — I am getting furious just thinking about it — if one of my sons said that in a public place, they couldn’t even live in my house anymore,”

The former “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” acknowledged there was a lengthy list of offensive comments Trump has made, but his views on women were “such an absolute illustration of a darkness of his soul.”

“For me, deep down in my heart, I believe that America won’t and we can’t (elect Mr Trump). Of all the things he has said, and we could go through the laundry list, that was the one that was such an absolute illustration of a darkness of his soul. I just cannot figure out how people can clap for that.”

Some of the recipients of Trump’s vitriol include Rosie O’Donnell, Arianna Huffington and Bette Midler.

“I think as much as we want to believe that love is the greatest human motivator, it’s not. Fear is. Fear is the most dangerous and powerful motivator because when a human being gets scared, fight or flight kicks in. And there is this really separatist non-inclusive xenophobic, racist wave that is sweeping the globe that is making us pull apart farther than putting us together. The importance of leaders is that they have to be level headed, they have to be calm, because when people get scared, they lose their morality and that reptile mind takes over. It’s the type of thing that you see in all forms of nature, but our leaders can’t be that.” Clearly enraged, he continues. “So, we are not even going to pretend it is going to happen. I have faith in America. America has had really critical times but the good (people) tend to make their way to the top.”


Donald Trump Tells Woman With Crying Baby To Leave Rally

Donald Trump ejected a woman holding a crying baby from his campaign rally Tuesday morning in Virginia, marking the first time he’s been distracted enough to demand the ouster of anyone other than left-wing protesters.

At first the Republican presidential nominee seemed unperturbed by the interruption  as he worked his way through his stump speech on America’s trade imbalances with China, Mexico and other nations.

‘Don’t worry about that baby,’ Trump said from the podium as the child wailed. ‘I love babies! I love babies. I hear that baby crying – I like it! What a baby, what a beautiful baby.’ Continue…

‘Don’t worry, don’t worry,’ he reassured the audience in an Ashburn, Virginia high school auditorium. ‘The mom’s running around like, “Don’t worry about it,” you know.’

It’s young and beautiful and healthy, and that’s what we want,’ he said.

In time, however, the tyke pushed Trump off his game when he returned to China-bashing and said: ‘They have ripped us to shreds – ripped us absolutely to shreds!’

‘Actually I was only kidding,’ he said, turning his back to the woman. ‘You can get the baby out of here.’
‘That’s alright. Don’t worry,’ he reassured her as she gathered her things – and her child – and made her exit.

‘I think she really believed me that I love having a baby crying while I’m speaking!’ Trump joked with the crowd.

‘That’s ok. People don’t understand. That’s ok.’


Folorunsho Alakija Covers The August Edition Of Forbes Africa Magazine

Mrs Folorunsho Alakija, executive vice chair of Famfa Oil one of the largest deep water oil discoveries in Nigeria with a joint partnership with international giants Chevron and Petrobras covers the August 2016 edition of Forbes Africa.

With an estimated net worth of $1.73 billion, Alakija’s rise to becoming the second richest woman of African decent behind Isabel dos Santos and the fourth richest person in Nigeria has come at an extraordinary fight against the Federal Government of Nigeria.

In her exclusive interview with Forbes Africa correspondent, Peace Hyde, Alakija tells her amazing
journey from a company secretary to building one of the most renowned fashion houses in Nigeria culminating in the experience that led her to ultimately take on the Nigerian government in an 11 year battle and win.

“There were a lot of sleepless nights and battles. Suddenly we became the plague, friends stopped picking up our calls and people were asking why we could not be content with 10 percent”, says Alakija in the exclusive interview.

Watch the exciting behind the scenes below with TY Bello below…

Nigeria Official Re-ignites ‘Lesbian’ Claims In Women’s Football

Football Federation (NFF) official has blamed lesbians for recent poor performances of the country’s women’s team, repeating a claim that FIFA has previously condemned.

The Super Falcons are the most successful African nation in the game, having won the continental title a record nine times and competed at every Women’s World Cup since it started in 1991. But they have failed to qualify for this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and were also under-par in last year’s All Africa Games in Congo.

NFF vice-president Seyi Akinwunmi blamed the decline in the women’s game nationally to same-sex relationships, which are illegal in religiously conservative Nigeria.

“Lesbianism kills teams,” he complained at a meeting of sports writers in the southwestern city of Ibadan on Saturday, in comments reported in national newspapers on Monday. “People are afraid to talk about it.

The coaches also take advantage of the girls, so there is much more to build in female football.” Akinwunmi was not immediately available for comment when contacted by AFP.

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Woman Stabs Neighbour To Death For Interfering In A Fight Between Herself & Husband

The police in Lagos have arrested a woman, Ndifreke Femi, 30, for allegedly stabbing her neighbour to death. Although the incident occurred at Block 109, Ikota Housing Estate in Ajah, the suspect is being held at the Homicide Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) at Panti-Yaba.

The Nation learnt that the police have launched a manhunt for the suspect’s husband who allegedly fled from home after the incident.

It was gathered that the mother of two stabbed Ayomide Ayenuwa, 28, on the neck with a kitchen
knife when he attempted to settle a rift between her and her husband.

According to neighbours, the deceased had gone into the Femi’s home to pay his electricity bill but met the couple quarrelling over a missing N20,000. The woman claimed that her husband stole the cash.

The late Ayenuwa said to have attempted to broker peace between them, but to no avail and as he was leaving their apartment, the woman rushed to her kitchen, picked a kitchen knife and allegedly stabbed him on the neck.

It was learnt that other neighbours rushed him to Peninsula Hospital but he was referred to the Akodo General Hospital. He died on the way to the general hospital.

A neighbour, James Peter, while narrating the incident said: “When he got to their room, he saw the husband and wife quarrelling. Ndifreke was accusing her husband of stealing the N20,000 she hid under their mattress. Her husband denied the allegation but she was ready for a fight.

“It was at this point that Ayenuwa made efforts to settle the couple but they kept fighting. Ayenuwa appealed to Ndifreke to take the matter easy but she descended on him and started calling him names. She told him to mind his business.

“That was how Ayenuwa left the couple to their trouble. As he was walking away, Ndifreke ran into the kitchen and brought out a kitchen knife which she used to stab Ayenuwa on his neck from behind. Neighbours made efforts to save Ayenuwa’s life while others held Ndifreke down and almost lynched her.

“The neighbours with Ayenuwa’s family rushed him to the Peninsula Hospital at Ajah for treatment but he was referred to the Akodo General Hospital. Sadly, he died on his way to the hospital.”

But in her statement to the police, the suspect claimed she acted in self defence.

She alleged that the deceased attacked her first by punching her on the head.

2 Die As Herdsmen Cause Accident In Ogun State

Two people lost their lives after the car they were traveling in hit cows along the Obada Oko area along the old Lagos-Abeokuta expressway, Abeokuta, Ogun state at about 2am yesterday April 24th. Fulani herdsmen were rearing their cattle along the way, when a few strayed into the road…

According to PM news, the accident occurred after the driver of a green coloured Austin Tipper truck rammed into the cattle, lost control of his vehicle and then crashed inside a bush.

The driver of the truck and his motorboy died instantly while one of the cattle was killed in the accident. The driver of another truck, a wine coloured DAF truck that was coming on top speed, crashed into the bush as it attempted to evade the scene of the crash. The driver however escaped unhurt. The remains of the deceased persons have been deposited at the morgue at Ifo General Hospital.

Kim Kardashian Reveals the Craziest Place She’s Ever Had Sex

Khloe Kardashian isn’t the only family member getting candid about sex today.

Just a few hours after her sister blogged about having sex for the very first time, Kim Kardashian decided to talk about love during a Q&A on her website’s livestream. 

One fan was curious to find out if the reality star is a member of the mile high club. “Am I? Yeah,” Kim shared with her assistant Steph who was reading questions. “But like the private. I don’t think like a public plane…It would have to be an international flight. It was an international, night flight when no one’s like around.”

But could that be the craziest place Kim has ever had sex? Not so says the fashion designer. “Like a public movie theatre, yeah.” 

Earlier today, Khloe opened up about a few of her firsts including her first kiss, her first time saying “I love you” and her first time having sex.

“It’s not funny to lose your virginity. It’s weird and you’re scared and it hurts and you don’t know what will happen. I was 15 and he was an older guy who wasn’t a virgin,” she shared. “I don’t really remember it hurting but I do remember that I just wanted to get it over with.”

Khloe continued, “You definitely don’t have an orgasm your first time. I didn’t for the first few years. I didn’t even know what the feeling was until I had one; I just liked the intimacy part. When it happened, I was like, ‘Ohhhhh, that’s what that is!!!'”

Source – e online.com

Church Fined In London For Noise Offences At 3am Says It Wont Stop Because That’s When Demons Are Active

A church which has been fined for noise offences caused by their 3am services say, they won’t stop – because that’s the time when “demons are active”.

The Kingdom Church in Camberwell, south London, faced a fine of £7,740.50 earlier this month after residents nearby complained about sleepless nights.

But the church leader has insisted that the “loud preaching” and “amplified music” on Saturday
mornings will go on because of their “religious beliefs”.

Bishop Climate Irungu says that they have worked on solving noise issues by soundproofing with a new floor and ceiling.

The nighttime is “the time when we’re dealing with spiritual things, when the spiritual world is busy. That’s the time when demons are more active, when people are asleep, that’s when they will come,” Irungu said.

The 41-year-old, who heads up 400 churches worldwide,says people come from far and wide to be helped by the services at the Pentecostal Kingdom Church with their troubles including sickness, financial hardship and “demonic soul ties”.

He said that hate mail from atheists and “people like witches and Satanists” will be dealt with by God.

“I’m hoping that people who have been mocking us, people speaking bad things – God is going to deal with them.”

“Our 3am service has helped hundreds of people whom have all shared their testimony about what God has done for them,” he said.

Convicted Serial Rapist Killed By Trailer While He Watched ‘Porn’ On His Phone

A convicted serial rapist in Memphis, Tennessee, 55 year old Kevin Jordan, was walking on a side-walk while watching porn on his cell phone when he got hit by a runaway trailer which smashed into a fence and struck him.
A man who witnessed the accident last Wednesday around 5 p.m. said police told them that Jordan was looking at porn on his phone when he was hit. He added that Jordan was killed just a few houses down from where he lived.

According to authorities, Jordan was a known sexual offender in the early 1990s. He was known as
the ‘Highland Street Rapist’ in Memphis and was sentenced to 25 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to 20 felonies in 1994, which included nine counts of rape, one attempted rape, as well as four robberies and three burglaries. He had raped four women after breaking into their homes, two in 1991 and two in 1992, while he was out on parole after being convicted of a similar rape and burglary conviction.

He was released from prison in 2010 for good behavior.

Connie Harris

His fiancée, Connie Harris said that he turned his life around since he was convicted of the rapes and released from prison.
But according to New York Daily News, court records show he was arrested for indecent exposure last year.
A woman who did not want to be identified said she called police when she saw Jordan expose himself while wearing a trench coat. She said when she looked out her office window, he started masturbating to her– but ran away when she called police.
However, Harris defended her fiancé after the accusation was made, stating that Jordan recently had a kidney transplant and was near the woman’s office because he was on dialysis. She said Jordan was urinating, not exposing himself.

Harris said despite Jordan’s past, he was a changed and good person and did not deserve to die the way he did.
“It’s a big loss. I love him. I still love him,” Harris said.

The Police are still investigating the accident. The driver pulling the trailer has not been charged.

Source: NY Daily News

Russell Wilson’s Ex-wife Shades Ciara’s Engagement Ring

After Russell Wilson proposed to Ciara, his ex- wife, Ashton Wilson nee Meem, apparently threw some shade Ciara’s way when she found out about the engagement.
His ex, 27 year old Ashton Wilson changed her Twitter profile picture to an old photo of herself wearing the diamond engagement ring  that Russell Wilson gave to her.

Ciara’s huge engagement  ring is a 5 carat diamond stunner, while the one Russell gave Ashton in 2012 was an 8-carat rock, according to the blog Media Take Out.
Even though Ashton Wilson’s ring is bigger, Ciara’s has better quality according to highe end jelewer David Harris when he interviewed with Hollywood Life. He said:

“This is one incredible ring,”.“This brilliant cut solitaire is approximately 12 to 15 carats and looks to be a D through F colorless diamond, which means it’s a really good diamond.  I would estimate the center stone be worth between $2 and $2.5 million based on one which I recently sold to a very wealthy client.”

Russell Wilson and Ashton divorced in 2014 after two years of marriage. Rumors claim she had an affair with the then-Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate.

More Men Die Of AIDS Than Women In Nigeria – UN Director

Mr Ronald Kayanja, the Lagos Director, United Nations Information Centre revealed on Wednesday at the United Nations International Women’s Day celebration organised by a coalition of non-governmental organisations in Lagos that more men die of the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in the country, in spite of the fact that women are more affected by the virus.

Kayanja said, “In Nigeria today, women represent 58 per cent of all the people living with HIV. The power inequalities that underline gender-based violence, including physical, sexual, psychological and economic violence, expose young women to HIV.

“I hasten to add that even though women are disproportionately affected by the HIV epidemic, more men than women die of AIDS every year in Nigeria.

“Of particular concern to the UN is the political will to implement the Nigeria National Gender Policy, which commits to affirmative action and requires that women fill 35 per cent of appointed positions.

“Regrettably, we are far from the target presently. For instance, in the current National Assembly, women representation is at its lowest with only 5.6 per cent of the members of the House of Representatives and 6.5 per cent of the senators being women.”

77-Year-Old U.S. Man Sentenced To Jail In Spain After Falling For Romance Scam

A retired pastor from Maine 77 year old Joseph Bryon Martin, was arrested by the Apanish police last year for carrying $450,00 worth of cocaine and has been sentenced to six years in a Spanish prison after he allegedly fell victim to a “romance scam” that targets senior citizens in the United States.

Martin had no idea he was moving drugs. He thought he was only doing a favour for the woman he met online in 2009 by helping her move real estate documents she asked him to help her with.

His son, Andy Martin, told Fox News Latino that he is bringing his dad’s plight to the public because
“I’d like to get the word out about this,””so other lonely seniors don’t fall prey.”

“Seniors get trapped, and they send money, and, once they do that, these people sell their information to other scammers. I want people to know what’s happening.”

He testified in February before the US Senate Special Committee on Aging, which is looking into catfishing schemes that target seniors.
He said:

“At the age of 77 and in poor health, this likely is a life sentence,” Martin told the committee about his father. “The idea that my dad is now a convicted international drug smuggler is surreal, as he had no prior criminal history. Before this conviction, my dad had never been charged with even a misdemeanor. I don’t recall him ever getting so much as a speeding ticket or parking ticket in his entire life.”

According to Andy, his dad had been chatting online with a Spanish woman he met on the Internet in 2009 who went by the name of Joy. She told his dad that she was a struggling artist and needed money and even though his dad was retired and only had the little money he got from the Govt. He always gave ‘Joy’ between  $500-$2500 each month  and couldn’t always pay his own rent.

However when his Dad got married to his third wife in April 2015, they were all relieved. His dad tried to break things off with Joy with the news that he had married someone else in the US and that he would no longer send her money.

Somehow Joy convinced his Dad to travel to Peru to pick up real estate documents for an estate she claimed she had inherited. She told him she couldn’t get a visa to make the trip to Peru herself and his Dad fell for it. He said they all told his Dad not to go, even his new wife objected to it but he still made the trip.

In Peru, he picked up two sealed packages that he told Andy felt like books, according to the Portland Press Herald.

However, his flight to London was stopped in Madrid and Martin was subsequently arrested by local authorities who found the cocaine in his possession.

Andy said his father suffers from chronic back pain and needs surgery. He had been treated for prostate cancer, had quadruple bypass surgery and has a pacemaker. He’s living in the prison infirmary with eight to ten other prisoners. He’s asking the US committee to help seek his father’s releases based on his poor health.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection revealed on Wednesday that they have created a new initiative to fight such scams on the elderly called “Operation Cocoon.”
So far it has prevented 16 senior citizens from boarding planes, and foreign authorities have arrested 15 suspects alleged to be involved in the “romance scam.”

Dalung Inaugurates NOC Women In Sport Commission

Mr Solomon Dalung, the Minister of Youth and Sports on Friday in Abuja inaugurated the National Olympic Committee (NOC) Women in Sport Commission to address low women representation in sports administration.


At the inauguration, Dalung, who was represented by Hauwa-Kulu Akinyemi, Director, Federations and Elite Athletes in the ministry, said female athletes had won more medals for the nation in the history of sports in Nigeria.


He added that “women are major stakeholders in sports and a good number of them now occupy important positions. This has empowered them to support female involvement and participation in sports both technically and administratively.

“But this is not enough as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) objective for NOCs, international and national federation affiliated to the Olympic Movement stipulates 25 per cent decision making positions for women.

“The Olympic Charter states that one of the roles of the IOC is to encourage and support the promotion of women in sports at all levels.”


This, the minister said, was to implement the principle of equality between men and women in sports administration.


He noted that “this commitment extends beyond concerted efforts to increase women’s participation in the Olympic Games to ensuring equity in the involvement of women in the general administration of sports.


“Gender equality is considered a critical component for effective and inclusive sports for the promotion of women and girls in sports at all levels.”


Earlier, the NOC President, Habu Gumel, had said that the occasion marked another landmark in the Olympics Movement in Nigeria.


He said “we are privileged to set in place one of the vital pillars of the Olympic Movement, the NOC Women Commission.”


Gumel said that for decades, the IOC had been keen on issues relating to women in sports worldwide.


“The IOC being desirous of ensuring the graduation of women involvement in sports, set criteria for NOCs on minimal requirement for women participation in sports as athletes and administrators is not optional but mandated, he said.


He expressed optimism that with the Commission’s individual and collective efforts, it would have all that was required to affect women positively in Nigeria.


“The NOC has a lot of confidence in members of the Commission and the members are capable of the challenges ahead.

“I urged you to cooperate with the chairperson in the collective task of moving sports forward in the country.”


Mary Onyali, the Chairperson of the Commission said she was encouraged by the calibre of women in the commission and with the support of the NOC she hoped to deliver on its mandate.


She described the women in the commission as “women of notable character,” adding that she hoped they would bring it to bear in the commission.


Onyali thanked the NOC for the confidence reposed in them and promised to work in harmony to move sports forward.




15 Things Men Don’t Understand About Women

1. Why it feels so good to take off your bra at the end of the day. This is why they should make little bras for testicles so they can keep them in this weird sweaty thing that you have to keep adjusting, and sometimes one of them falls out of it, and it also itches and pinches in a weird way. Then when they take it off after 10 hours, they too shall dance the dance of kings.

2. Why you’ll say something is fine when it’s not fine. I wish all women could be direct all the time, but we’re socialized from birth to be nice and polite and not get upset or be “bitchy,” which unfortunately can result in the occasional “I’m fine” while smoke comes out of our ears like a cartoon in the 1960s. Just accept this about us and also pay more attention to when we’re not fine, so you don’t have to ask that question.

3. Why catcalling is never cute or complimentary. No, a gross, sweaty, weird dude telling me I have a nice ass when I’m just trying to go home after a long day is not a really nice compliment, and no, it’s not the same as a hot girl telling you you’re hot. It’s just not. Guys cannot understand this and trying to explain it to them will always make you want to throw yourself into the sea.

4. Why bras cost so much. We don’t understand it either, so if you could pick up dinner tonight, that’d be great. We just had to buy two bras and now we can’t eat for four weeks.

5. Why buying jeans is like stepping into hell and all of the jeans were made by the devil. I have often fantasized about what it must be like to waltz into a store and be like, “My waist is a size 27!” and they bring you a bunch of jeans that fit like a glove, but that is not a thing for women. Instead, we’re faced with a pile of jeans on the floor of the dressing room and breathing into a paper bag because who are we anymore if the pair of jeans that usually fits doesn’t fit our calves for some reason. What is this life?!

6. Why we have so many pillows on our couch/bed. I’m sorry but I love being cozy. Why do you not like being cozy? Are you OK?

7. Why we need another shirt/dress/pair of shoes when we already have one that looks exactly like it. I’ll admit this is a little silly but if we have a favorite striped shirt and then we wear it and we want to wear a striped shirt a few days later, we can’t because it’s in the laundry basket. Hence, my closet full of nothing but striped shirts. That actually doesn’t make any sense, but still.

8. Why it takes so long to do eye makeup. I want you to try to take a tiny pencil and draw straight lines on it very close to the lash line and then get both eyes to look exactly the same with no variation, and then you can ask me why.

9. When you ask them to take a picture of you, you mean “upwards of 10.” Because the odds that you’re Diane Arbus behind the camera are pretty slim, so we’re going to need options (followed by an extensive period of filtering and adjustments because it’s an art, thanks).

10. That period pain is very serious and real and no freaking joke. Unfortunately, evendoctors have been found to ignore women’s menstrual cramps, which can make women less likely to speak up when something could actually be really wrong.  Can’t you guys just assume it’s like a pain you’ll never experience ever and then go get us chocolate?

11. Why we ask if we look fat in something. I guess it’s because the pressure to be thin is all-consuming sometimes and because our self-esteem can fluctuate and also because we’re human beings who sometimes need emotional support? IDK.

12. Why we think romantic comedies are seriously life-giving. Actually, some dudes totally get this and they are gold among men, but the ones who don’t, dudes, I don’t know what to tell you, other than you should get some new feelings. Feelings are great.

13. Why we have 400 products in our bathroom and the weight of all of it practically buries us every time we open our medicine cabinet. We didn’t make the rules, but yes we do “need” foundation, concealer, eyeliner (so much eyeliner, in all colors), multiple eye shadow palettes, lip liner, lip gloss, lipstick, lip balm, and also 90 waxing products. I’m not even counting things like toothpaste and deodorant, and I could list another 20 things if I felt like it, but even listing these is making me tired.

14. Girl drama. I don’t have time to explain to you what patriarchy is and why it wants us all to hate each other, but let me tell you, we hate it and most of us just want to be friends with every woman on earth because every woman on earth is mostly great. Plus, it’s fun to have access to other women’s closets, TBH.

15. The difference between leggings, pantyhose, and tights. Nothing makes me laugh more than a guy calling leggings “tights.” Nothing.

Credit: Cosmopolitan

See The Amazing Transformation Of The Abandoned “Witchcraft” Baby

Some weeks back the internet was buzzing  about a Danish national in Akwa Ibom state who had taken it upon herself to rescue children accused of witchcraft and abandoned by their families. To refresh your memories.

Story has it that Hope, the boy being fed water in the picture by the Danish woman, an humanitarian aid-worker named Miss Anja Ringgren, was left for dead on the streets by his family, who accused him of witchcraft.

Hope survivied on the streets for eight months, feeding on scraps thrown at him by passers by.

Fortunately, on January 31, Hope was rescued by Loven, who discovered him naked, emaciated, and wandering the streets with his body riddled with worms.

Miss Anja, who has a Nigerian partner with whom she has a son, took Hope to the hospital where he was given a thorough bath. Thereafter Hope was treated of the worms and given blood transfusion to replenish his obviously depleted red blood cells.

Already, Miss Anja who runs a children orphanage, has received donations to the tune of $1 million from donors from around the world after asking the community for fund to settle Hope’s medical bills.

She’s hoping to build a hospital for neglected children like Hope and giving them best of treatment.

See more photos after the cut of the amazing transformation of baby Hope since his timely rescue by a kind hearted human being,.


Baby Hope now, barely a month later

Mexican Crime Reporter’s Half-Naked, Bound Body Found By Side Of Road

Half-naked, bound and with a plastic bag over her head,was how they found the body of a Mexican crime reporter who was murdered after being abducted by 8 armed men wearing military uniforms.

Mother-of-two, Anabel Flores Salazar, who was a journalist for the newspaper El Sol de Orizaba, was snatched from her home by men with guns claiming they had a warrant for her arrest.

She was forced into one of three gray trucks and driven away from her home in Orizaba, in the state of Veracruz, her aunt, who was at the home, said.

Ms Flores Salazar’s body was found tied up and abandoned by the side of a road in the neighboring state, Puebla, on Tuesday, a day after she was abducted.
Veracruz Governor Javier Duarte Ochoa said officials were investigating whether she had been targeted because she was a journalist.
Flores Salazar’s aunt, Sandra Luz Salazar, told the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) that the men pointed guns at family members as they bundled the reporter into the truck.

‘We pleaded with them not to take her. I told them that she recently had a baby,’ she said.
Ms Flores Salazar, 32, had a four-year-old son, as well as a baby.
The journalist’s aunt said she did not know of any threats against her before she was murdered, but the Veracruz state prosecutor’s office said the reporter had been with an alleged gang member when he was arrested in August 2014.

A statement from the prosecutor did not say why or if this was a significant part of the investigation into Ms Flores Salazar’s death.
However, an official told the CPJ that she was in the same restaurant when he was detained, but was not directly with him.
Eleven journalists have been killed in Mexico because of their reporting since 2011, with six of those deaths in Veracruz, making the country one of the most dangerous in the world for reporters.
The CPJ – a non-profit group that promotes press freedom around the world – is investigating seven more suspicious deaths of reporters in Veracruz.
The organization called on federal authorities to take over the investigation, saying Gov Ochoa ‘has a dismal record of impunity’.
Carlos Lauría, the CPJ’s senior program coordinator for the Americas, said the governor was ‘incapable and unwilling to prosecute crimes against the Press’.
The investigation has been passed to Mexico’s Special Prosecutor for Crimes against Freedom of Expression, the state attorney general said.

Transgender Model Who Claimed She Had A Relationship With Tyga Takes More Jabs At Him

Transgender model Mia Isabella who claimed she had a relationship with Tyga took more jabs at him by writing a Valentine message to him and releasing screenshots of their alleged conversations in January 2015.

Isabella then wrote:

People have spent almost a year pointing their fingers at me calling me a liar making me a stereotype in the media so now I’m gonna give you what you want. I worked my ass off building my career and book deal to not only lose that but also to lose my soul mate because I made him walk away from me with the bullshit you put us in due to your frivolous behavior.

7 months I stayed suffering and depressed protecting you while losing everything. I’m not taking any more L’s for you fuck you. All this time all I asked while you and your team tried extort me into silence with threats and bribery was to tell the world I did nothing wrong.

Very simple, I didn’t release anything and I NEVER threatened to release a sextape but you decided to let the world make me a villain and you the victim and you weren’t. Truth is I didn’t accept offers of money for silence or career opportunities I did it because you made reference of suicide and I cared too much about you to have that weight on my hands. My heart has been too heavy with your responsibility. The responsibility and promise you made to protect me and my private life from your world that you broke.

I have 3.5 years of truth I could spill in a tell all but I won’t. People should know all the messages were real including this one. And I bet you never told Kylie the truth like I told Colin and my ex fiance that we were cheating on them huh? I can face my mistakes with honesty can you? I was never checking for you yet you stayed chasing me like a puppy begging for treats with an appetite no piece of pussy can ever fill for you. Your bisexuality for women and Trans women is highly common in heterosexual men. Own your shit so nobody can ever use it against you again.

But I’m not hiding anything anymore & not carrying your shame its too heavy for me so HERE you can have it back now. I don’t have to hide I’ve never lived in the closet that’s your burden to carry. Your lucky I dont sue your ass for everything you put me through but I won’t because you don’t have anything that I want all I want is my dignity so I’m taking it back.Happy 3.5 year anniversary an early Valentines gift for you @kinggoldchains

This same Mia outed an NFL player too.

1,500 Women Gave Birth In Borno IDP Camps In 2015 – Official

No fewer than 1,500 women gave birth in 28 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Borno in 2015, the State Primary Health Care Management Board said in Maiduguri.

The Executive Secretary of the Board, Dr Sule Mene, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the deliveries were recorded between January 2015 and January 2016.

Mene said about 14,600 pregnant women received anti-natal health care, psycho-social services and child nutrition support.

He said that the agency had also received about 1,200 severe medical cases, which were referred to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) for proper care.

The official said the agency had established 20 Integrated Primary Health Care Centres for IDPs in all the camps to provide integrated primary health care and referral services.

“The Borno Government has procured health kits for each of the IDPs to help cater for their immediate needs.

“We have equally distributed mosquito nets to each and every one of them,” he said.

According to him, the agency, in collaboration with Federal Road Safety Commission, had trained its drivers to ensure prompt response to expectant mothers to access health facilities.





Rihanna Says She’s Too Busy To Have A Steady Relationship

During her appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to promote her new album and, Rihanna said she has no time to be in a steady relationship because pf her very busy schedule..

‘I’m single right now. And it’s not that I’m like ”Oh, pro single. Yes, I hate men.” I just think that I just have so much on my plate that I can’t even find the time to entertain a steady relationship or anything serious. Or even a text. Right now it’s just crazy.’ she said
The singer looked amazing in a little green skirt and cropped green blouse with a revealing neckline. More photos after the cut…


George Clooney was also a guest on the show…

See The Ugandan Billboard Advert Against Sugar Daddies That Has Gone Viral

This is a billboard advert against sugar daddies which has become very popular in Uganda.

The country in a bid to reduce the rate of cross generational sex (sugar daddies/sugar mummies) pulled up this advert in conjunction with Population Services International PSI and United States Agency for International Development USAID.

Women Not Allowed To Enter This Saudi Arabia Starbucks

Women were banned from entering a Starbucks in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, earlier this week after the religious police noticed the wooden wall used to separate men and women, known as a “gender barrier,” had been knocked down. Such partitions are present in all restaurants, even those in mall food courts, in Saudi Arabia. According to Emirates 24/7, the “gender barrier” had collapsed many times due to customer stampedes.

Arabic-language newspaper Al Weaam said Starbucks’ management was ordered to stop admitting women into the store. Now a sign on the door says, “PLEASE NO ENTRY FOR LADIES ONLY SEND YOUR DRIVER TO ORDER THANK YOU.”

Walmart Heiress Alice Walton Is The Richest Woman In The World

With a net worth of $33.2 billion, Alice Walton isn’t just the wealthiest woman on our list of the 50 richest people on earth, she’s also a member of one of the richest families in the world.
Alice, along with older brothers Jim and Rob, who also graced the list, produced with Wealth-X, a company that conducts research on the superwealthy, have a combined net worth of $101.5 billion, thanks primarily to their stake in retail giant Walmart.
Unlike her brothers, 66-year-old Walton never took an active role in running the retail empire her father started in 1962, though she’s still managed to become the target of pushback from minimum-wage Walmart employees who view her highfalutin lifestyle as insensitive and ignorant to
the plight of many workers.
Instead of spending time at Walmart, Walton became a patron of the arts at a young age. When she was just 10 years old, Walton saved up her allowance to buy a reproduction of Picasso’s “Blue Nude,” she told The New Yorker.
“Collecting has been such a joy, and such an important part of my life in terms of seeing art, and loving it,” she said.
She began buying watercolor pieces in the 1970s and adorning the walls of her Rocking W Ranch with them. From there she moved on to more serious original works, particularly those by classic American artists; her immense personal collection now includes pieces from Andy Warhol, Norman Rockwell, and Georgia O’Keefe, among others.
In 2011, she opened the $50 million Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas to house her $500 million collection. When it opened, Crystal Bridges already had four times the endowment of the famous Whitney Museum in New York.
Before delving into the art realm, Walton made a brief career as an equity analyst and even founded her own investment bank, Llama Company, in 1988. The company closed about 10 years later, shortly after Walton was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol (not for the first time).
Twice divorced with no children, Walton is also a lover of horses, which she breeds at Rocking W Ranch, located in Texas, and rides competitively. The 1,456-acre ranch, however, is currently for sale for nearly $20 million.
Walton is one of just four women to make our list of the 50 richest people on earth — and each inherited their fortune. The next wealthiest woman is 93-year-old Liliane Bettencourt, the French heiress to the L’Oreal fortune, with a net worth of $29 billion.

Wizkid’s 2nd Babymama Slams Him in New Interview; Says He has Shown No Interest in their Baby!

We all already know Nigerian singer, Wizkid just became a father for the second time! His second babymama, Binta Diamond Diallo has just granted her first interview and she’s slamming Wizkid in it, saying he has refused to see their son and she wants that to change now!

Yesterday, theShaderoom spoke to Binta Diamond Diallo, who is the mother of Wizkid’s new child who was born last Friday. She says she named her son, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, Jr. after the singer in part so that he doesn’t try it with her like he did with the mother of his first child!

Back in August 2011, Wizkid fathered a child with undergraduate student, Oluwanishola Ogudugu. He vehemently denied the claims and even in an interview with Punch insisted that he was not a
father. He told host, Nonye Ben-Nwankkwo,

“It was rumoured that I had a love child. Even if I had a child, I don’t think it is something I should be ashamed of. Instead, I would come out plainly and declare that I am a father. Everybody makes mistakes. But it was just a false rumour. I don’t have a child anywhere.”

However, months later in 2013, he posted a picture of himself with his son, Boluwatife Balogun, with the caption: “hey, the child’s mine guys, I’m done hiding him [from] you all.”

Fast forward to the following year, Wizkid began dating Binta which would continue off and on for 2 years. She told theShaderoom that when she learned that she was pregnant in 2015, the rapper said that he was going to embrace being a dad this time around and that he’d certainly care for the child.

However, he kept the child a secret from fans again!

Not only has he not seen his son yet, but he hasn’t shown much interest in being a father and Binta wants that to change! Binta says that she just wants him to step up and be a man about his responsibilities.

Buhari Honours Sports Men, Women At Statehouse

President Mohammadu Buhari recognizes victorious men and women of sports in Nigeria at the Statehouse Banquet Hall.

His official photographer, Bayo Omoboriowo, shared this photo of the president in honor of victorious men and women of Sports in Nigeria. Below is a picture of the President and the Minister of Sports and two female athletes.

Presidential Reception in Honor of Victorious Men and Women of Sports in Nigeria at the Statehouse Banquet Hall on 21st Jan 2016


British Beauty Aged 26 Accused Of Burgling Luxury Homes In Buenos Aires

A 26-year-old British woman nicknamed “the Barbie bandit” has been accused of burgling from 16 luxury homes in Argentina. Georgia Wawman has been arrested by police after exclusive homes and country clubs close to Buenos Aires were targeted.

According to local media, the burglaries took place in gated communities in the northern part of the bustling city. Wawman, who is originally from Marlborough in Wiltshire, has now been charged with 16 burglary offences. She was arrested along with her boyfriend – who reportedly has a previous conviction for robbery – and six other people.

As reported by Mail Online, a police source said: “In some cases the gang dressed up in police uniforms and cut through wires to enter properties.

“They used latex gloves to ensure there were no fingerprints.”

It is believed Wawman – who has a son – arrived in Argentina two years ago because her stepmother lives there.

She then reportedly began dating her current boyfriend who had a criminal record.

It is thought she played a minor role during the burglaries.

However, local media report that when the gang were arrested, she allegedly shouted” “Watch out what to say”.

Tundun Sofoluke: How Men And Women Make The World Dysfunctional; The Feminism And Male Chauvinism Perspective

What a man can do….leads to a popular refrain that- a woman can do better! But twelve years ago, I modified the quote to ‘What a man can do, a woman can also do, but more often than not, cannot do as well as a man can’. I am sure I would get an apt retort to the gibberish I am spewing (according to feminists), that my ‘quoteful’ remix is part of what they have to cope with for being #FemaleInNigeria. Ironically, the band of feminists would always forget to debunk the original refrain of a woman doing better than a man, even if it is to simply assert its hyperbolic nature.

Feminism, is the nearest feminine version of male chauvinism.

Male chauvinism asserts the superiority of the male in all situations, it sees the man as a semi-god who must be worshiped and usually sees other beings-the female, as an object to satisfy the man or in more extreme cases, practically enslaves them.

Feminists on the other hand believe that the woman is equal to the man in all ramifications and there is no way a man is superior. They believe all the perceived shortcomings of women are due to a gang up of the men to keep them in perpetual semi-slavery. They believe that the society owes them an obligation to give them undue advantage to catch up to the men. Someone like Chimamanda Adichie believes in the political, economic, social and cultural equality of men and women. I agree with all, except equality culturally. Feminists also believe that there can be two captains in the ship of marriage, and this, is the crux of the matter!

Male chauvinism and feminism are clearly two sides of a coin and neither is desirable. They both contribute to some of the major ills of the society and family life, which includes sex harems, rape, same sex relationship, high rate of divorce, dysfunctional children and so on.

I do not intend to marry a feminist that would tell me the patriarchal Yoruba culture is unacceptable to her, neither do I expect any lady to accept to marry a man who sees her as inferior and expects her to have no voice in the relationship and in extension, the marriage. I will not even venture into crimes of rape and enslavement of women in harems, because they are clearly horrendous crimes against humanity and carried out by sick perverts!

The greatest collateral damage of this battle of the sexes is sadly the family life. Children are now brought up under an environment that is traumatic. They are usually torn between 2 parents who they love almost equally, whereas the adults in question usually have no misgivings in manipulating the children for their individual selfish desires. And when this occurs, it engenders budding maniacs, perverts and criminals as children. Why?- The parents were busy asserting their equality or supposed superiority, that they lost focus of creating an enabling environment for their children to thrive and emulate them, leaving the children no option but to seek solace on the street-through gangs and/or dysfunctional peers. Such hypothetical family scenario abound nowadays.

Divorce which is one of the main manifestations of male chauvinism and feminism has become almost a plague. Statistics of a 2013 survey shows that United States had a high rate of 3 out of every 5 marriages ending up in divorce. The rate is similar in France, Estonia, Cuba, Luxembourg, Spain, Czech and Hungary. Portugal took it a notch higher by recording divorces in more than 3 out of 5 marriages, Belgium however took the crown as at then, with more than 7 out of 10 marriages resulting in divorce. An update to the statistics above shows that, as at the end of 2014, United States had overtaken all the other countries and had the highest rate of divorce, closely followed by the United Kingdom. In Africa, leading the pack, South Africa has a rate of 3 out of 5 marriages resulting in divorce, which is an increase of less than 2 out of 5 in 2013. And even though it is difficult to lay hands on any real statistic for Nigeria, everything points to the fact that we might not be too far behind.

Male chauvinism that makes husband slave drivers, bullies and dictatorial megalomaniac coupled with a feminism that makes women un-submissive, downright disrespectful and with total lack of regard for their husbands, which always culminate in a supremacy struggle in marriage, are the main causes of this plague called divorce, either jointly or separately.

I hear a lot of feminist say that a lot of African/Nigerian women are simply enduring their marriage and are kept in the marriage by the African cultures which usually frowns at divorce. This might be true, but the question that begs for an answer is whether it’s not a better way of keeping the family together? Is it not preferable to endure a marriage and provide a stable atmosphere for the children, rather than encourage divorce, which produces dysfunctional or downright criminal youths, who are bound to spread further chaos in the society? Or do we honestly believe that the over-liberalised American system that has made divorce a sure result of almost all marriages is the way forward? I beg to disagree! I believe that our severally maligned culture in Africa is the best way to check the plague of divorce. I believe that except in cases of violence against women/men, women and men should be encouraged to find ways of making the marriage work, and getting around disagreements.

The way forward is to find a midway between male chauvinism and feminism. These portend a family where the man is acknowledged to be the head by the wife, where he is a first among equals, who the wife must submit to and show respect according to African culture and traditions. The man on the other hand, must be aware that he isn’t a dictator, neither is he a commander-in-chief, his ‘male chauvinism’ is to be limited to when there are differing opinions. Then he has the ultimate decision to decide what the family will opt for. The man must not see his wife as inferior to him, but as a junior partner that can also wield vetoes in areas that she is more experienced. The feminism of the woman should also be limited to knowing she can aspire to any height she wishes, but she must always be aware of her role as the homemaker. She must find a way of balancing her career with her home. She must also learn how to submit without necessarily being subservient, as a partner, and not as a servant.

It goes without saying, that the children are more important than ‘spent’ or ‘about to be spent’ adults. They are our future, so we can’t afford to leave them to fate- to the streets, to seeking solace elsewhere, because we adults are so caught up in our feminist and chauvinistic crap!

We need to make an effort to meet mid-way, so as to provide an ideal environment for a balanced and supportive family life for our children. The African tradition as opposed to the western ways prescribes that there can only be one captain in a ship (the man), who wields the veto in cases of unsolvable differences. It worked perfectly well for our parents, they stayed together (more often than not) and gave us a balanced life. The single mum/single dad syndrome that is spreading all over recently is just unacceptable. Statistics shows that it sucks at maintaining a good family balance and creating a good environment for children to thrive. As a result, divorce is skyrocketing, more children are dysfunctional, and majority of children succeed nowadays due to strokes of luck, or a strong self-developed personal character.

Parents have a responsibility to be more responsible for the molding of the characters of our future. We have a responsibility to only take the good part of western culture and chuck the poisonous part of feminism and chauvinism out of the window. We need less ‘sugabelly’ styled feminism and less Femi Fani Kayode styled chauvinistic bums. We need to prioritize the family life and fix this dysfunctional world!!!

Kindly follow me @tdbobsy on twitter, wishing everyone a great year ahead.

Tundun Sofoluke

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The 14 Year Old Girl Tyga Was Allegedly Texting Opens Up

Celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred says her 14-year-old client has been forced to reveal her identity after Tyga repeatedly contacted her, and then OK! ran a story about it, claiming Kylie Jenner busted him.
Allred held a news conference in NYC with the teenager, a model named Molly O’Malia … who claims Tyga initiated the convo with her, and not the other way around.

Molly O’Malia spoke about what was published in the magazine, saying “Even though OK magazine pixelated my face and did not use my name, a lot of people could tell it was me.”

The ninth grade girl is an aspiring model and singer, who apparently has thousands of followers on social media sites. Since being exposed as Tyga’s side chick, the young 14 year old has hired famous celebrity lawyer, Gloria Allred, to represent her, and has not ruled out the possibility of taking legal action against both Tyga and the magazine that exposed her relationship to him.

Allred said in a statement that Molly “
feels that she needs to speak out and so does her mom, people need to be accountable.” The young girl stepped forward in a press conference in Monday to share her account of the story.
According to Molly and Allred, the young teenager’s relationship to Tyga has been completely digital, as they have not met in person. Tyga apparently contacted the girl after seeing her photos on Instagram, and Allred maintains that the rapper was not aware of Molly’s age at the time.

Pregnant CNN Anchor Poppy Harlow Faints on Live Television

CNN viewers were thrown into a moment of shock after news anchor Poppy Harlow passed out live on TV on Monday.

The 33-year-old, who is six months pregnant, passed out whilst narrating a breaking news story.

The good news after the scary moment is that she is doing perfectly well with her pregnant baby.

“For all of you on Twitter, who are asking if I’m OK, thank you so much. I got a little hot and I passed out for a moment,” the award winning anchor explained when she reappeared on air minutes later. “I am fine.”

“Our little girl due this spring is doing just fine,” she tweeted to update her followers on her condition. “Was a scare but we are both ok.”

Harlow was named a New York-based CNN correspondent in April 2012. She joined CNN in 2008 and served as the anchor for CNNMoney.com and reported for CNN, CNN International and HLN.

Harlow has won the Gracie Award for best online investigative program or feature and SABEW’s Best in Business award.

Harlow replaced Richard Quest on CNN International.

Watch the video below:

‘I Can’t Marry A Fair Complexioned Girl Unless I See Her Childhood Photo’ – M.I

MI has opened up on his phobia’s ,confessing to Potpourri (Vanguard) in an interview that he lives in mortal fear of fair girls because he believes most of them are not natural. He said before he would take one for a wife he would need to see a picture of her as a child just to make sure she is naturally fair and not artificial. According to him, most girls have bleached their skins for so long that it almost looks natural.He said:

Talking about the physical side of what I want in a woman, I want my children to be tall, so, she must be tall because I am not tall. Then I don’t care about complexion. If she
is fair, that would be a problem because I would have to see  her childhood picture to confirm if she’s natural or artificial. Most ladies that claim to be fair or appear to be fair these days get unnatural means to achieve it. So, getting her childhood picture would tell me all I need to know concerning her true complexion”, he declares

He however conceded that he would take in any girl claiming to have got pregnant for him if he has the proof that they have had sexual relations before.

“Yes, if I have a proof that we have been together and done it because I believe that the best way for a child to be raised is for  both parents to be around. Look at somebody like 2Face he has shown love to all his kids and they are very close. Not only that, he has also maintained a good relationship with the mothers. When such situations arise, the best you can do is to make the most of it by staying true to yourself and be fair to all concerned”

‘I Can’t Marry A Fair Complexioned Girl Unless I See Her Childhood Photo’ – M.I

MI has opened up on his phobia’s ,confessing to Potpourri (Vanguard) in an interview that he lives in mortal fear of fair girls because he believes most of them are not natural. He said before he would take one for a wife he would need to see a picture of her as a child just to make sure she is naturally fair and not artificial. According to him, most girls have bleached their skins for so long that it almost looks natural.He said:

Talking about the physical side of what I want in a woman, I want my children to be tall, so, she must be tall because I am not tall. Then I don’t care about complexion. If she
is fair, that would be a problem because I would have to see  her childhood picture to confirm if she’s natural or artificial. Most ladies that claim to be fair or appear to be fair these days get unnatural means to achieve it. So, getting her childhood picture would tell me all I need to know concerning her true complexion”, he declares

He however conceded that he would take in any girl claiming to have got pregnant for him if he has the proof that they have had sexual relations before.

“Yes, if I have a proof that we have been together and done it because I believe that the best way for a child to be raised is for  both parents to be around. Look at somebody like 2Face he has shown love to all his kids and they are very close. Not only that, he has also maintained a good relationship with the mothers. When such situations arise, the best you can do is to make the most of it by staying true to yourself and be fair to all concerned”

Smoking Hot Heroes! French Firemen Strip Off For A Charity Calendar

A group of French firemen stripped off for a scorchingly hot new charity calendar to raise money for Pompiers Sans Frontieres, an organisation that provides humanitarian aid.

The photos were taken by French fashion photographer Fred Goudon, who spent a full year snapping the guys. “For me and for many others, firefighters are heroes. Every single day, these guys are out there saving people’s lives,” Goudon told The Local. “And they’re all so nice, so strong… and you
can see it in the pictures that there is a kind of pride in them that others don’t have.”

Photo credit: Fred Goudon

Terrence Jenkins Leaving E! News

Terrence Jenkins announced yesterday that he’ll be leaving the show after almost three years as co-anchor to focus on acting and producing full-time.He said Tuesday on E! News.

“I started hosting when I was 16 years old back in North Carolina, and I’ve been now on national television for over 10 years,””Seventeen years, that’s a long time, and I think in order for someone to grow it’s important that you try new things and you create new challenges, create new dreams for yourself.
I took some time off this summer and I produced and I starred in my first feature film, and I’m really excited about it and it’s coming out at the top of the year. It’s called The Perfect Match. I knew I would have to leave to go on a promo run for that…I’ve had a lot of opportunities come in in the acting space, both behind the camera and in front of the camera. And so, with all of that said, I wanted to announce today that I’ll be leaving E! News.”

Bill Cosby Hits Back, Sues 7 Of His Accusers For Defamation…

Bill Cosby has fired back against some of the dozens of women who’ve accused him of sexual assault.

He countersued seven out of the forty women who’d sued him for defamation, saying they actually defamed him.
By saying he sexually assaulted them, the women hurt his reputation so much that plans for a new family comedy on NBC were derailed, the counterclaim said.His lawyer Monique Pressley said in a statement..
The women made “malicious, opportunistic, and false and defamatory accusations of sexual misconduct against” Cosby, . They made the accusations to hurt Cosby’s reputation and to obtain financial gain.Cosby is seeking unspecified damages and public retractions from the seven women: Tamara Green, Therese Serignese, Linda Traitz, Louisa Moritz, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis and Angela Leslie.
Cosby also denied he had sexually assaulted any of the seven women. He has not been charged with any crime.

Women’s Brains Are Sharper Than Men’s In Old Age – New Study

Women’s brains age better than men’s but their bodies do not cope as well, research suggests. Even though female life expectancy has increased over the past 20 years, elderly women spend less time with memory problems than they did, a study shows.

The unexpected finding goes against most predictions, which would expect rates of dementia to increase as people live for longer. The same trend, however, was not seen among men, whose total time spent in a state of ‘mild cognitive impairment’ increased slightly.

Last night experts said they could not definitively explain their findings but they suspect that the vast improvements in education for women may be behind the trend.

Sperm Donor Who Is Dad To 54 Children Launches His Own App

Declan Rooney is a one-man babymaking machine who is in an astonishing crusade to help women struggling to have children.
This year alone Declan has notched up 31 births after setting up an online sperm donation website last year.

Now he even has a smartphone app offering his services as a private donor and a free alternative to clinics.
And with 15 more buns in the oven, he has no intention of stopping – despite causing uproar among family campaigners.
Today Declan, 43 – who has eight children of his own with four different women – hit back at critics
of unregulated sperm donation, insisting in his case that everything is above board.
Looking exasperated while nursing the result of one of his donations, Declan said:

“I’m a nice guy. Why can’t people understand I am just doing this to help out?”

He insists he has not received any money as a donor apart from petrol expenses to deliver the sperm to the mother – once, he admits, in a takeaway coffee cup.

“Egg donors get treated like saints, sperm donors get treated like back alley, smutty boys,” says Declan. “But I’m not doing a bad thing. I’m not ashamed. I have helped women create families.

And some like what he offers so much, he even gets repeat business.

“I have seen five of the children in the past month because I have been donating for siblings,” he says.

Declan insists he imposes strict conditions on his services, which includes no sexual contact and banning women from smoking while they are trying to conceive. He also checks potential parents out to make sure they can afford a child.

The former graffiti artist and website designer decided to start donating sperm in March last year.
He said:

“There wasn’t a eureka moment. I just felt as I was in the right place and time of my life.

“It’s not really on an industrial scale. The first children were born last December and will be one this month.

“All of the recipients keep in touch. All the babies are healthy and happy. I have a watchful eye. They send me feedback and tell me how the children are doing.”

He knows that 17 of the 31 children born so far are boys and 14 are girls. After setting up his website, the requests soon started rolling in.

“I’ve been inundated from the start. There were women who had been trying to have a baby for three or four years so it was very busy to begin with.

“I have helped people who have been to clinics where it’s failed, and it has worked first time with me. There are more babies born in the UK by private donation than through private clinics.

Declan usually insists the recipients provide their own sterile sample kits. He says some of his clients simply want a baby without involving a man.

“One was a victim of abuse. She was desperate to be a mum but adamant she never wanted a sexual relationship,” he says. “Another was in her early 40s caring alone for elderly parents. A sperm donor was her only way of getting pregnant as she had no time to meet a man.

Declan’s current partner knows about his donations and he says she is OK with what he is doing.
But he adds:

“My eldest child isn’t too happy about it, but she found out before I was able to tell her. Two of my children are at university. The others are too young to understand. I’m a nice person.”

Two of the women who have had children with Declan are already trying to get pregnant again. And five of his donor babies have met each other because the mums are friends.
He says: “I have got things in place where everyone knows who everyone is, but privacy is still respected. I don’t pressurise people into telling me they are pregnant.

The prolific dad has a three-year-old boy, a two-year-old daughter and a year-old girl from his current relationship. He is also aware that children conceived using donor eggs or sperm can trace their biological parent once they reach 18, in the same way as children who are adopted.

One thing Declan is not concerned about is being stitched up by the mums he vets so carefully.
“I’m not worried about CSA claims because of the people I’ve chosen to help. It’s all done on trust. I don’t expect any problems,” he says

UK Mirror

Conjoined Twins Abby And Brittany Hensel Pose In Bikini…And They Got A Great Body!

Abby and Brittany, 25, have been called one of the sexiest Siamese twins. They are dicephalic parapagus twins, meaning that they are conjoined twins who each have a separate head, but share one body…and what a body! Right?

They have several separate vital organs: a separate heart, stomach, spine and spinal cord. But they share their arms, breast, ribcage and legs. They also have a reality show on TLC called Abby & Brittany. They both went to college and have B.A. degrees and are considered one of the most successful conjoined twins in the world.

Jake Okechukwu Effoduh: 10 Lessons From My Experience With 300 Hearing Impaired Women


On the 5th of May 2015, about three hundred hearing-impaired women from across Nigeria convened in Lafia, the capital of Nasarawa State for the 7th National Deaf Women Conference. I was invited to deliver the keynote address titled: “Deaf Women, Make It Happen” and to also commemorate the International Deaf Women Day. I set off from Abuja at 5am, driving all the way to Lafia. The approximately three hours journey took me five hours because of rain and military checkpoints.

On arriving the venue at about 10 am, I was surprised by the attendance. I never knew we had a huge population of hearing impaired women in Nigeria: 316 hearing impaired women from across the country. According to one of the participants, “these are the few who could make it down to Lafia.” This count does also not include the men or children in attendance. These women belong to the National Deaf Women Association of Nigeria with chapters in all 36 states of the country. Very conspicuous was the Asoebi (uniform) for the day: All the women were adorned in shiny green and gold colored clothes, with matching accessories, including their head ties down to their shoes. It was a huge party, very bubbly and filled with life. Security detail were scattered all around the entrance of the old auditorium, a famous DJ was on sight and the scent of firewood jollof in the air and the clinking sounds of bottled soft drinks comforted me.

I delivered my speech with the help of 2 interpreters standing at either corners of the stage interpreting to the crowd of excited women. One of the interpreters is Simi, a daughter to one of the hearing impaired women, and the other is a husband to another participant. They waved their hands so fast like experts; I couldn’t help but admire them. Many family members of these women were also present to show solidarity and support.

Below are ten things I quickly learned from my experience at the National Deaf Women Conference:

  1. To give a round of applause, you don’t clap; you waive both hands in the air
  2. Do not to touch or poke or grab a hearing-impaired person to get their attention. It is rude. You can get noticed by facing the person, or waving your hands.
  3. There are approximately 22.5 million Nigerians living with (dis) ability
  4. Sometimes you may need to write down your words and let it be seen. Also, if a hearing impaired person asks you to go ahead and speak, please speak very slowly so that your lips can be read.
  5. Learn the sign languages for “Please”, “Sorry” and “Thank you”. You will be amazed how much these can do for you.
  6. 25% of Nigerian hearing-impaired women would benefit from devices such as hearing aids and cochlear implants but are constrained by funds
  7. There are insufficient job opportunities and learning utilities for hearing-impaired women in Nigeria. Also, another issue they repeatedly complained of is the high incidences of physical and domestic abuse, even in marriages. When I asked Hauwa, she told me punningly (with the help of an interpreter): “Dem say we no dey hear word!
  8. The current ‘Most Beautiful Deaf Girl in Nigeria’ gave a speech about the need for ‘deaf inclusion’ in social, cultural and health spaces. She also emphasized the need to have interpreters in television entertainment programmes and not just news. ‘The Most Beautiful Deaf Girl in Nigeria’ is a pageant show that has been running for several years. It is aimed at showcasing the beauty and intellect of hearing impaired women for national and international acclaim. And in adherence to the international beats, the ‘Mr Deaf’ has been included in the pageantry with the inaugural ‘Mr and Miss Deaf Nigeria’ scheduled to hold in 2016.
  9. As simple as this sounds, remember to always send a text, never call.
  10. Deaf Women Association of Nigeria (DWAN) has been able to stand in gap providing guidance/counseling services to our hearing impaired girls and women as well as their parents and guardians, helping them to know and fight for their rights and advocacy for comprehensive laws to tackle various challenges facing them.

The theme of this year’s International Day of Persons living with Disabilities (IDPD) is tagged “inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all disabilities.” This is crucial because people with disabilities must be able to fulfill their role in society and participate on an equal basis with others. For the tens of thousands of hearing impaired women in Nigeria, we have to focus on their ability and not the disability. I met hearing-impaired women who are leading impressive lives as doctors, traders, farmers, teachers, artists and models, to mention but a few. Hauwa shared her intention to run for political office in 2019. Impossible is nothing for these women! However, sadly, the Disability Rights Bill which will give equal opportunity to persons living with disabilities in Nigeria has still not been passed into law.

Jake Okechukwu Effoduh (@Jakechukwu) is a Human Rights Lawyer based in Nigeria.

Charles Olomofe: Weed, Wine And Wild-Sex; The Destructive Tripod

I will like to start by dousing any diversion that the title might generate; this I intend to do by providing a rather familiar terminology to buttress this topic.

‘Weeds’ are sometimes used when we imply tobacco products which are smoked, chewed or snuffed. ‘Wine’ on the other hand may also mean alcoholic drinks in whatever strength. ‘Wild-sex’ is synonymous to sexual experience that is risky i.e. sex that is ladened with unintended consequences like sexually transmitted infections (STI) including HIV/AIDS and unplanned pregnancies.


Opening-up the weed

            Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable morbidity and mortality worldwide. Everyday 13,000 people die from tobacco use worldwide and nearly 6million people succumb to tobacco related illness annually1. If the current pattern of tobacco use and intervention effort is sustained, WHO projects a rise from 1.2billion to 1.6billion smokers and annual death increase from 4.9million to 10million between 2000 and 2030. Moreover, about 600,000 non smokers die yearly as a result of being exposed to secondhand smoke. Research however shows that nearly 80% of the world’s 1.2 billion smokers live in low and middle income countries (LMICs). It is estimated that the number of smokers in developing countries alone will rise to 1.4 billion by 2030 and if this goes unchecked  tobacco will not only be the leading cause of premature mortality in industrialized nations, but also the leading cause of premature death worldwide2.

            Sadly, a lot of young people are trapped in this cul-de-sac, much more are being recruited daily and the epidemic of tobacco use is now approaching a catastrophic proportion. Nicotine the additive culprit in cigarettes, not only speeds up the nervous system but also stimulate users by offering a ‘transient energy’ which leaves them with nothing but lung cancer and cocktail of diseases in later years. The medical, social and economic cost to our society is fast becoming incalculable and something drastic must be done to reverse the trend.

World Health Organization Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (WHOFCTC) is a novel regulatory approach to reduce this menace, but many countries are not implementing its dictates despite having the law in place.


The soothing of the wine

The seemingly innocuous behavior of drinking alcohol only at weddings, funerals and festivals is now a regular practice at pastime in this age of globalization. Granted minimal alcohol intake is medically allowed but drawing the line between intoxication and safety is a height most users have never been able to attain. The soothing effect, the fear of withdrawal syndrome and pleasure disinhibition leaves most alcoholics without any emotional restraint against the next bottle.

Alcohol remains the most abused substance worldwide. WHO says that about 600,000 cancer deaths globally are due to alcohol consumption and this is second only to tobacco when cancer mortality is counted3. Alcoholics dig their own grave when they unwittingly intoxicate their liver with overdose of alcoholic drinks until it shuts down and cannot perform its natural function of detoxification. The enormity of this reckless behavior in our clime was on display, when over 80 young farmers in two different states in Nigeria were sent to an untimely grave following a drinking spree which was later found to be methanol poisoning. A lot of our youths in high schools and tertiary institutions are drinking their ‘destiny’ away obliviously and their parents and guardians are encumbered by the tasking economic situation, global liberalization and cultural laxity.

Tobacco and alcohol are not alone on this list; illicit drugs like cocaine, hemp, and heroine are becoming a growing concern. National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) estimated that 16million Nigerians use narcotic drugs, and now there is a growing evidence linking violence and drugs use. The world drug report of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC 2009) estimated that total number of people using illicit drugs at upwards of 250million. Mr. Perez de Cueller, at the special session of the United Nations indicated that “drug abuse is a time bomb ticking away in the heart of civilization and there is need to quickly find measures to deal with it before it explodes and destroys”

Sooner than we had thought, the fruits have started to trickle in. Indiscriminate shooting, terrorism that is all over the landscape, is a clarion call to take drugs away from miscreants. Blowing up a fellow human being cannot only be explained as religious extremism, radicalism or racism, someone might be ‘high on something’ to perform such heinous crime.


The Risk behind sex

Risky sexual behavior is one reason HIV transmission is still a menace. Premarital sex is now a norm, unprotected sex an adventure and sexually transmitted infections (STI) including HIV/AIDS and unplanned pregnancy a recurring consequence. Sex becomes risky when it is initiated at early age or unprotected with multiple partners. It is equally risky when it is done under the influence of alcohol which may hamper good judgment and accurate reasoning. HIV/AIDS is a growing pandemic that had devastated many families and communities worldwide. Its effects have been greatest in sub-Saharan African region. In Nigeria for example, HIV/AIDS remains No 1 killer and the country has the second largest population of people living with HIV/AIDS in the region4. Whether the country is winning the war against HIV/AIDS is still debatable, but the preponderance of risky sexual activity going on against the backdrop of poverty, violence, terrorism, rape, disrupted family ties etc may require a critical look. Just as the world is thinking of “Getting to zero” going by the theme of World AIDS Day 2015, sources of new HIV infection must be plugged. It is therefore imperative to address those socio-economic, political, cultural factors fueling its spread.

The nexus of the trio

Young people are at the centre of this destructive onslaught. They are not only the actors, but also the victims. Young people are very vulnerable to risky behaviors; peer pressure, excessive energy and risk taking tendencies seem to be their greatest undoing. They tend to initiate same early in life, maintain it into adulthood and if they are lucky to live long enough, the consequences of such reckless behavior will now frustrates their health and wellbeing in later years. Therefore, parents need to keep close tabs on their children; it is high time we started making trade-offs between our work and our wards. If they are left to smoke and drink, risky sex may not be too far from them.

Until we control illicit drug use and fix social determinants fanning the ember of risky behavior, our society may not witness the true peace we all crave.

There shall be peace in our homes, peace in our nation and peace all around the world.

    Charles Olomofe (MBChB,MWACP)

    Health and Behavioral Change Advocate


     @chartol1 on twitter


  1. Building blocks for tobacco control: A World Health Organization (WHO) handbook 2004
  2. Taylor A, Bettcher D, Peck R. International law and the international legislative process: The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. In: Smith R et al., eds. Global public goods for health. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2003: Chapter 11.
  3. WHO clarifies processed meat/cancer link after a ‘beacon-gate’. www.medscape.com
  4. Statistical report on women and men in Nigeria. National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) December 2014.

Sunday Osanyintuyi: Mr. President, Just Do It; The Missing Links

Mr Ray Ekpu’s piece at the back of The Guardian yesterday, December 1st was an excellent one. Not so because of the writer, though Ekpu is one of the most respected columnists in Nigeria, but more because it appeals to the sentiments of most Nigerians.  No need to stress that we are a set of sentimental human beings laced with emotional tread with capacity to throw away reason sometimes. Politicians and some business people have leveraged on this singular weakness to suck us dry.

My heart leaped for joy when Mr Ray Ekpu and Dr. Reuben Abati returned as columnists for the Guardian newspapers some weeks ago. For many reasons, I have missed both intellectual writings. Somehow Ray Ekpu was not found on the radar.  When Dr. Abati dinned with the presidency; he lost his vibrant voice and pungent stands on issues. Understandably so as he has to speak what his boss wanted, not necessarily what is correct. Of course, he has no option. Dr Abati either speaks for him or leaves the system. But he chose the former. In this clime, people don’t leave that way. Appointments are seen as prayer answered for the appointee and his family members. Praise to heavens, we have Dr. Abati back now to where he truly belongs.

As an undergraduate late 90’s, I never missed the views of these men. They shaped my writings, influenced my journalistic instinct and convinced me that the pen profession is the best among others. In those days, the opinion page of Dr Abati was never a miss for me. Even when I joined the Guardian as a freelance reporter, I still never miss the page of the chairman of editorial board. Dr. Reuben Abati is blessed with words and he has paid his due for the industry.  I am eternally grateful to Fred Ohwahwa, my editor in the Guardian then and many more like Lekan Otufordunrin. However, today is not for praise singing exercise, it will come in my pending book.

Back to Mr. Ekpu’s piece. While I appreciate the fact that columnists will the prowess to express their views as distinct as possible, I wish to note some missing links in my oga’s write up.  The issue of president Buhari shaking hands with female ministers is none issue as far I am concerned.  Mr Ekpu made reference to the report of one Olalekan Adetayo, Punch State House correspondent, saying “that the President had shaken hands with women before. He remembers that when Buhari relocated to the Villa he shook hands with female journalists, held their hands for a few seconds while they introduced themselves to him. He did the same thing with the male journalists. Adetayo says further: “I also sighted him shaking hands with the same public officials (including the women) after taking group photographs with them outside the council chambers after their inauguration.” So above confirms that president Buhari has no belief or religious etiquette of not shaking hands with women at all.

Oga Ekpu said” In the etiquette of shaking hands, it will be bad manners for any citizen to offer his or her hand to the country’s President first”. While I speak not for the presidency, but I think Buhari only conforms to Oga Ekpu’s position above of shaking those who stretch forth hands. He is a president of Nigerians not male or females alone. President Buhari made it clear in his inaugural speech that he belongs to everybody and does not belong to anybody.

Personally, I watched the ministerial oath taking ceremony. The women themselves never stretch forth their hands for the president. In particular, the current minister of women affairs, Mama Aisha Alhassan deliberately held her hands behind. Others prevented the president one way or the other from shaking them. The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun obviously shook the president. Since Mr Ekpu admits that President Buhari does not have issue shaking hands with women according to Adetayo’s report alluded to by Ekpu, what should Mr President do to women who folded their hands behind during the swearing in ceremony? Should he force them to shake hands? Must he compel them for hand shake?

In one of the paragraphs, Mr Ekpu posited “Buhari must find a meeting point between his beliefs and the demands of democracy in a modern era. His ministers must understand precisely where he stands on these. If his female minister travels abroad will she refuse to shake hands with foreign dignitaries? If she declines that will be a diplomatic faux pas. Buhari was pumping the flesh during the campaigns and no one held it against him. If the President travels with his wife overseas will she shake hands with foreign dignitaries? If she doesn’t that, too, will be a diplomatic faux pas even though she is not a government official.

The President must strike a blow for the full emancipation of Nigerian women. Nigeria will experience only stunted growth if its women continue to be kept in inferior status because of some practices that have been abandoned or bent in other climes to suit the demands of this era. The President needs to break down the barriers that hold us down, by offering a handshake across frontiers: Female/male frontiers, region/region, religion/religion frontiers and rich/poor frontiers”.

Contrary to this view, I have always maintained that our issue in Nigeria has never and will never be about belief or religion. No developed nation play up sentiments as this. Our country has remained under this clog for long and we must break loose.  Buhari’s personal beliefs remain his, not ours as a people.  Fine, he is the Nigeria president and he cannot, in a democracy setting, compel us to follow his personal belief that has little or nothing to contribute to national development. Our concerns as citizens should be policies pronouncements and foreign policies to move us out of this dark room we are currently to the path of progress. This is how developed nations made it. Institutions and policies are established not individual.  Female emancipation is good but has this president made or pronounced any policy against this in his almost eight month’s administration?  We as a people must move away from perceived impressions that are vague to seeking improved and better governance. We must demand developmental policies from our leaders, not their personal ideas.

The etiquette of shaking hands is extremely a personal stuff for those who refused or accepted to do so. Other women who didn’t stretch forth their hands for the president also should be left to their beliefs as such have no place or value in the constitution that governs Nigeria and Nigerians. What should be of deep concern to us all should be what merits or values for national development are these set of “change” ministers bringing to the table? What are these people going to effect differently from those before them? What national vision has this government crafted for Nigeria’s future? What are Buhari’s policies trusts?

As citizens, we should be more concerned about where we are currently and how to get out fast so we can be relevant among comity of nations. All hands must be on the deck to salvage the future of Nigeria. The level of corruption under previous administrations is blood-curdling. We should task president Buhari’s administration and his ministers on the change mantra which Nigerians voted for during the last elections. Constantly, we must challenge them with all the electoral promises, not trivial matters as hands shaking.

Nigeria must be better after four years under president Buhari in major critical sectors such as Power, Economy, Security, Education, Housing and Foreign relations among others. Otherwise, this administration will go down in history as one of the evils Nigeria will experience.

Views expressed are solely that of author and does not represent views of www.omojuwa.com nor its associates

Rex Showunmi: The Big Issue; A Weekend Rave on Rape

Somehow on Saturday 28th November, I “ran” into the latest  Nigerian talk show in town, TVC’s The Big Issue hosted by Oba Adeoye. Coincidentally, or rather deliberately, the debate issue was the same subject-matter that raved the Internet last week. The Rape issue. As with all debates there were two sides: One side led by a female Psychologist  held the agelong behavioural “dog and meat” psychology. The argument seem tilted to the campaign that stopping Indecent dressing may mean stopping rape. After all,  once you throw the meat the dog must chase. To stop the dog from chasing you may have to stop throwing the meat.

And the other side, championed by popular Nollywood actress Foluke Daramola were more logical : Rape is Rape. Indecent dressing is wrong but we cannot finger it for rape cases. They were in line with the popular maxim: “there are no words for rape, only sentences.”

As for the audience, by the questions they asked and their “body language”, they seemed more inclined to the psychological argument over the logical one. However, this psychological principle didn’t start today, it’s root is in the theory of causality. Thus, we cannot  dismiss it as illogical, it has a point. Only that it has failed to solve many issues. If Indecent dressing is the major motivating factor for rape then the Western World should have more rape incidents than anywhere else in the world.

Stats reveals that South Africa records up to 500, 000 “reported” rape cases every year while UK has 85,000 rapes a year. When you connect that to the recent Xenophobia incident, you get a clearer picture.

Presumably, we know what to blame for rape. In one word : Savagery! It’s a pre-logic state of the mind.   Indecent dressing or not, it has more of an internal locus of control than external. You’ll understand the point better when you hear the numbers of rape cases churning out of states like Kano.

Truth be told, if all women agree to help men by wearing blankets, it’d only be a matter of time… Blankets would seem like “see throughs” for “pathological” rapists. Many rapists can undress a woman through with their eyes. Psycho-Cybernetics? The triggers  of vices {after they have matured in the mind of the perpetrator} is more internal than external. They are relatively automated.

Something very similar is the idea of terrorism. Terrorists start with eating offending cows, later their appetite grow bigger. Any unholy cow becomes the preferred beef  for his sumptuous banquet. Until they graduate to start feasting on the sacred cows itself. Cow is cow, brother. Bring them on. As in, they never repent!

I remember when the Charlie Hebdo incident happened in Paris, while many countries condemned the attacks, some others raised the #IamNotCharlieHebdo hashtag. They did so with the behavioural “dog and meat” argument. Their body language or body odour was clear. Those guys deserved what they got for their heresy. I mean how can you speak ill of the holy fellowship? And those boys, no need for remorse, they saw your  hashtag.

Later on, they came back… for more blood…. The #ParisAttack happened. When the news came, I pinged a friend – one of the #IamNotCharlieHebdo guy- to ask him if those who died in the attack were drawing satirical, offensive cartoons at the concert? He went mute. “Ani ki a ba ole wi eyin ni pe enikan careless.”

The truth of the matter is that a vice is a vice and should be vehemently condemned irrespective of what led to it. So my parting for Oba Adeoye and many of us who over exaggerate the “back to your shell” solution is simple. Let’s face it, If all women move about nude it would never “assist” a rapist in proving ANY point. No words, only sentences.

*Rex Showunmi tweets with the handle @remirex.

Views expressed are solely that of author and does not represent views of www.omojuwa.com nor its associates

Schoolgirl Commits Suicide After Becoming Allergic To Wifi

A teenage schoolgirl was found hanging from a tree after she began suffering from an allergic reaction to WiFi.
Jenny Fry was left with crippling headaches, tiredness and bladder problems brought on by electro-hypersensitivity (EHS).The 15-year-old’s mum Debra said her symptoms were caused because she was allergic to wireless internet connections at her school.

Earlier in the day she had texted a friend telling her she was not going to school that day.
Although they had taken the WiFi out of their own home, it was still used in Chipping Norton School, Oxon., where she was a pupil.
Mrs Fry said:

“Jenny was getting ill and so was I. I did some research and found how dangerous WiFi could be so I had it taken out of the house.
“Both Jenny and I were fine at home but Jenny continued to be ill at school in certain areas.
“She was receiving lots of detentions, not for being disruptive in class or misbehaving, but often because she used to take herself out of the classroom to find another where she was able to work. She took her schoolwork seriously.I took lots of information into school to show the headteacher, Simon Duffy, but he said there was equally the same information available claiming WiFi was safe.”I also had a heated exchange with teachers telling them Jenny was allergic to WiFi and that it made no sense making her take detentions in rooms that were making her ill.The least they could do was allow her to take them in rooms where she felt able to concentrate, but they wouldn’t listen.I fully believe Jenny did not intend to take her own life. I think she was frustrated with school.She would not see a doctor but was seeing a counsellor at school who was helping her.She had not made any suggestions she was thinking of suicide and I believe it was a cry for help.”

Jenny’s parents are now campaigning to remove WiFi from nurseries and schools and urging the government to look into researching EHS.

Photos From Miss Criminal 2015 Beauty Pageant

One of the toughest women prisons in the world played host to the annual Miss Criminal 2015 beauty pageant .It was held at the Talavera Bruce women’s prison in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.This year’s winner was 27 year old Michelle Neri Rangel
She has been behind bars since 2010, when she was sentenced to 39 years for robbery – with an additional six years added on for prostitution inside the prison.

The women try on different dresses, have their makeup and hair styled by volunteers and even perform catwalk poses in the Miss World-style contest.The contest aims to boost the self-esteem of female inmates and is supported by community and church groups.

Images-UK Mirror

Chris Hemsworth Unveiled As The New Face Of TAG Heuer

Thor actor, Chris Hemsworth has been unveiled as the new face of TAG Heuer. The Swiss watchmaker announced on Wednesday that the 32-year-old Australian actor would be joining their team as their new International Brand Ambassador, after sharing a behind-the-scenes video of the star shooting the latest campaign titled Don’t Crack Under Pressure. More photos below…

Open Letter To Women Who Chase Married Men (18+)

Dear Other Woman,

If he’s married, you mean nothing. If you’re married, you mean nothing. If there’s another girl at all, you mean nothing.

If any of these are true, you’re simply a dumb woman that means nothing to this guy. Almost every guy with a wife does NOT want to replace her with another wife; he’s only f*cking you to feel powerful, and because he’s not supposed to. You’re just a fun toy and nothing more.

If you’re married and he’s f*cking you, you’re the other woman. And you aren’t the only one he’s sleeping with. Why would he want to replace his current wife with a lying whore?

1. He likes the fact that you’re coming for him then going home. He wants to think that he’s the only one you’re sleeping with, but he knows in the back of his head that he’s not, and there are others.

2. He’s only using you for what he can get. If you search for the “Player’s Rulebook for Whores,” you’ll find things that explain why he does what he does. You feel like you matter, but he’s just playing your dumb ass. So, wise up and move on; he isn’t going to change for you.

3. Everything he does is actually for him. Does he like to f*ck you? Then you have a decent p*ssy, or he likes the power of coming inside you and sending you home. If not, then your p*ssy isn’t that great. He just likes hearing you moan or scream. Again, power.

4. He keeps his responses to you short. Of course he does — he’s trying to leave it open for you to take it how you want. Plus, he has a hard time remembering what he’s told each of his mistresses.

5. He has reasons not to spend time with you, or asks you to pay for things. If he really likes you, he would find a way to spend all his time with you. If he respected you he would pay for sh*t, too. He finds a way to spend most of his time with his wife and buys her sh*t, doesn’t he? Exactly.

6. He will cheat on you. If in the rare instance you get him away from his wife, you’re a damn fool to think he won’t start cheating on you like he did her. This normally happens when you cause the wife to leave him. But it’s all about the power involved, even though the wife is hotter.

The point is, if you’re a female and have found a guy that doesn’t have another girl, wants to be around you, and wants to pay for sh*t, then praise him! If you have the good man but you don’t treat him like a king, he will go looking for a whore to play with.

Credit: Tango

See Indian Women’s Shocking Protest Against Temple That Restricts Women Entry During Their Period

Women of menstruating age have never been allowed inside the Sabarimala temple, one of the largest and oldest Hindu pilgrimage centers in India.

Report says the recently appointed board president made it clear that he’s not changing the law any time soon. That is, until the temple has a scanner that literally detects whether or not women are bleeding from their vagina.

” There will be a day when a machine is invented to scan if it is the ‘right time’ (not menstruating) for a woman to enter the temple. When that machine is invented, we will talk about letting women inside,”   Prayar Gopalakrishnan , the new board president, said at a press meeting.

 Indian women are understandably outraged at this ridiculous law, so 20-year-old Nikita Azad started a Facebook campaign using #HappyToBleed to protest the temple’s decision.
Credit: Cosmopolitan