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MAKING IT BETTER: Does Mental Health mean madness to you?

Ok, let’s keep it real now. Be honest, what was/is your gut feeling/reaction when you see or hear these words, Mental Health. Does your stomach turn? do you cringe, turn away, disassociate from it? Do you immediately think it has nothing to do with you? It’s something that happens to others? Do you think it […]

The Made in Nigeria Campaign

The Made in Nigeria Campaign

There has been renewed talk lately about the need for Nigerians to patronize locally made goods, (someone should have added… and services!). Championed by Senator Ben Murray Bruce, and supported by the Senate President Bukola Saraki, the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Hajia Aisha Abubakar and a large crowd of online campaigners, […]

Men And Boys: The Missing Link In Solutions To Gender Based Violence

Violence against women and girls is a huge challenge and an obstacle to development across the world. It has been recognized as an obstacle to the achievement of the objectives of equality, development and peace. In recent years, there is an increased reportage or incidences of violence against women and girls across the world. There […]

Conquering Fear

I would like to share the story below, before I talk about my personal experience of   conquering fear. ‘Legend has it that Nasrudin was walking alone at night when he saw a group of people approaching in the far distance. Instantly, his imagination began to toy with him: “They are surely robbers!” he thought. “No, […]

Survival of Mothers and Babies: A Collective Responsibility

Survival of Mothers and Babies: A Collective Responsibility

Nigeria is one of the countries with high maternal mortality and infant mortality rates. People sometimes liken the maternal mortality rate in countries such as Nigeria to a full Boeing 747 crashing daily in order for us to appreciate the gravity of the situation. However, for so long we have being blaming government for what […]

Whatever happened to Fatima?

I never knew her name, I never asked her; how I failed; how I failed her. But let us call her Fatima.  She was a little girl of about nine years. Lean, almost frail, chocolaty dark, natural clear eyes set over her pointed nose. She may have been about nine years old but her eyes […]

MAKING IT BETTER: Gratitude and Forgiveness

Happy New Year all! I have to say I am really excited to be in a forum that I trust can only be soul enhancing, empowering, provoking and most of all a space where like-minded women(maybe men?) can come together and have some fun even when we agree to disagree. I have spent the best […]

Supporting Female Victims of Violence

Advocacy for zero tolerance for all form of violence against women and young girls, is not complete without practical support services for victims. While advocacy promotes the rights of women to leave a violent free life; practical support services protects those rights, when they are infringed upon. There are various forms of practical support services […]

Learning not to be Angry

This article was originally a rant on my Facebook wall but several sisters reached out to ask if I could elaborate on some of the issues I raised affecting all of us in one way or another. If you were lucky enough to have read the original piece, do just pretend you are seeing this […]

Girls not brides!

A hearty Gbosa!(Well done!) to Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi and her team for setting up this forum. It is much needed and long overdue. A very loud Gbosa! (Well done!) also goes to all the people who worked towards making marriage for people under the age of 18 illegal in Zimbabwe. This victory in Zimbabwe became even […]