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World Book and Copyright Day: The Book, The Missing Girls And The Change Agenda

World Book and Copyright Day: The Book, The Missing Girls And The Change Agenda

Today, April 23rd, is designated World Book and Copyright Day by the United Nations. On this day, two years ago, Port Harcourt, Nigeria became UNESCO World Book Capital City (WBCC). The WBCC title is a ‘symbolic nomination to a city in recognition of its efforts in promoting books and reading’. The city holds this title […]

Ibidun Ighodalo: A Purposeful Life

On 2nd October 2017, I used the metaphor of a cow with wooden leg to illustrate the story of Nigeria in a presentation titled, “A Nation on the Edge: Which Way Nigeria?” at ‘Platform Nigeria’. It is a programme of the Covenant Christian Centre hosted annually by Pastor Poju Oyemade in Lagos. The question I […]

Okonjo-Iweala, WTO and Africa’s Chances

The announcement of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as Nigeria’s nominated candidate for the position of the Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) which would now be vacant by September 1, 2020, and not 2021, following the incumbent’s decision to take his exit a year earlier was received with great excitement among Nigerians. This enthusiasm […]

7 Common Gender Myths and Misconception Promoting Gender Inequality Part 2

Contd From the Last Article. If you haven’t read it, click here: http://abovewhispers.com/2020/05/20/7-common-gender-myths-misconception-promoting-gender-inequality/   Myth 5: Sexual harassment is a women’s issue. Inappropriate, discomfiting behaviour can derail careers and drive women away from jobs they love. The widespread outcry against predatory men is a necessary corrective. We need to listen to the brave women who speak […]

The Early Water Of The Stream Is Always Calm

Erelu Bisi reminds me of water – that essential elixir no one can do without. She especially reminds me of the early water of the stream, always calm, cool, and clear. You can tell that her wisdom formed at an early age because of her strong memory bank of the ways of old and the […]

Erelu Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi

It is often difficult for the spouse of many political office holders to transcend their roles when they speak. After all, it is their position (as wife or husband) that puts them behind the microphone in the first place. And when an icon like Erelu Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi is invited to your event two things will […]

Why Nigerians are Muting Their Mothers on WhatsApp

Just a few years ago, local comedians had a field day with jokes about elderly Nigerian mothers and their nonchalant attitudes towards their mobile phones. They needed their children’s assistance to type and send text messages or log in to their accounts and read emails. And their frequent excuse for missed calls was: “My phone […]

Covid-19 May Worsen the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis

Covid-19 May Worsen the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis

  Growing evidence suggests that, as the Covid-19 pandemic moves across the world, it may drag a second slow-motion pandemic behind it. Even though Covid-19 is a viral illness not affected by antibiotics, early data from hospitals shows that very high proportions of patients—more than 90 percent in some cohorts—are being treated with those drugs […]

7 Common Gender Myths and Misconception Promoting Gender Inequality

Gender is a social construct. It refers to the relationship between men and women, girls and boys. According to Carolyn Hannan (2000), gender relates ‘to the attributes and opportunities associated with being male and female, and the socio-cultural relationships between women and men, and girls’ and boys’. These attributes, opportunities and relationships are socially constructed […]

What Two Girls Taught Me About Love and Hatred

I love children, anyone close to me enough knows I do, and I respect them a lot. In fact, my plan is to have 1000 children when God’s kingdom comes—what will I be using my energies for then, when everything will be perfect! However, 2 girls ages 6 and 4 as at 2019 (I hope […]

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