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Welcome to Mirabel: the first centre supporting rape survivors in Nigeria

Welcome to Mirabel: the first centre supporting rape survivors in Nigeria

When Imade was seven years old her teacher began to sexually abuse her after school. “He [told] me I was a smart and beautiful girl and gave me little sums of money,” says Imade, now 24. One day, he raped her. Imade told her mother, who complained to the school. “They fired him, but that […]

South African retailer exits Nigeria as import restrictions affect business

South African retailer exits Nigeria as import restrictions affect business

South African retailer Truworths has left Nigeria citing import restrictions. “We were unable to operate the stores properly any longer because we were unable to send merchandise to the stores because there’s regulation preventing that,” chief executive Michael Mark told Reuters in telephone interview on Thursday. The company said it was even struggling to pay its […]

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, […]

Women freed from Boko Haram rejected for bringing ‘bad blood’ back home

Women freed from Boko Haram rejected for bringing ‘bad blood’ back home

Women and girls freed from Boko Haram face discrimination and rejection by their families and communities when they return home and need better support from the Nigerian government and NGOs, according to a new report. As the military gain ground from the Islamic militant group, more women and girls, who have been subjected to sexual […]

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 […]

Nigeria faces new rift over alleged Shi’ite massacre

Nigeria faces new rift over alleged Shi’ite massacre

Piles of rubble are all that remain of the residence of Nigeria’s most prominent Shi’ite Muslim leader after it was demolished by bulldozers in the northern city of Zaria. Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky’s compound was leveled after three days of clashes between the army and Shi’ite residents of the city in December in which rights groups […]

Mastermind of Bayelsa Pipelines Bombing Arrested.

Mastermind of Bayelsa Pipelines Bombing Arrested.

The Operations Commander of the Operation Pulo Shield, Maj. Gen. Alani Okunlola, said their troops arrested the mastermind Prince Alvin Cockman Oyegun, alias ‘Commander Abula’ following a manhunt. Okunlola said the suspect was arrested at Idema community in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State recently. Okunlola said the manifold that was attacked was a […]

‘Why the Nigerian Army Won’t Reabsorb the 250 Dismissed Soldiers’

‘Why the Nigerian Army Won’t Reabsorb the 250 Dismissed Soldiers’

The Nigerian Army on Tuesday said it would not reabsorb the 250 soldiers dismissed last week for failing to join their colleagues posted to the north east. The Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Sani Usman, said the soldiers were dismissed over gross acts of indiscipline, cowardice, and absence without leave. “The attention of the […]

Fayemi’s day of 51 solid cheers

Fayemi’s day of 51 solid cheers

The recent widely reported declaration by the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, that states could exploit mineral resources in their domains with the attendant positive response from states has, no doubt, opened another chapter in the federal government-states relationship. In the last one month, I have stumbled on a few group discussions […]

…..Nigerian Proud to be….

…..Nigerian Proud to be….

Though the Green White Green seems all at sea Things are tough Things are rough Stay in Lane… Don’t flagellate but do Exhale….For “Made in Nigeria” I’ll gladly pay. Nigeria….. Can and will be fixed So long as I do my bit. Exclaim Cry Sink   Stay in lane….? I’m in a rush! Do our […]