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One year after: Life without Dimgba Igwe by Mike Awoyinfa

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Late Igwe

They were like identical twins from different mothers. From the now rested Concord Press of Nigeria Limited, publishers of defunct National Concord, Saturday Concord and Sunday Concord newspapers, where they nurtured their friendship and got bonded in the early 1990s till last year, when death snatched one of them, Dimgba Igwe and Mike Awoyinfa have indeed proved to everyone that their friendship was beyond this world.

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We are looking forward to scaling up HIV/AIDS service delivery – Ogugua

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Chinyere-Ogugua

Anybody that is HIV positive, we refer them to the hospitals and we don’t just stop at that we follow up and make sure they are well taken care of, we make sure they take their drugs but the issue is that we also engage them to be on our support group where we take care of our clients that are positive and they benefit from our support group.

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We hope to bring relief to out-of-school girls – Action Health Incorporation

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Out of school girls becoming parents

AMINAT Yusf (real name withheld) is a 16 years old girl who resides in Iwaya, Lagos. Having been denied of having any basic form of education by her parents, she ran away from her home and came to live in Lagos. She was fortunate enough to meet some girls while hawking who helped her get a place to stay in. She was a victim of rape a few years later. As a result of shame, she never spoke about this ordeal to anybody. All she wants from the government and able bodied parastatals is for them to bring aid to these communities.

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DR IFEOMA MONYE: A blend of beauty and brain

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The family

Dr. Ifeoma Monye (FRCGP, MRCGP, DCH, DRCOG, DFFP) is chief consultant, family physician at the National Hospital, Abuja. She pioneered the establishment of that department in 2003 which now ranks as a premier at the hospital.

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Onyeka Onwenu sings for terror victims

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Onyeka Onwenu

Nigeria’s top musical brand Onyeka Onwenu, is always in search of innovation far ahead of her closest rivals, but when you come to think of it, who are her rivals? They probably don’t exist, because she is the lone ranger who is always important in the entertainment mix of the country and always ahead of the competition.

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Nollywood stars, cleric at 40 celebrate with Kirikiri inmates, special children

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Dr Chris Eke during his visit to Hearts of Gold Children's Hospice

Visiting the prisoners, orphanage and children’s hospice, are some of the many ways we can touch lives meaningfully and leave a legacy behind. Most people would have thrown very wild or flamboyant parties to mark their birthdays or anniversary but with the view to please God in addition to giving meaning to the lives of the down trodden, Nollywood stars joined Dr Chris Eke of Word and Spirit Assembly, Ijegun Lagos, as he marked his 40th birthday on Saturday with the Hearts of Gold Children’s Hospice and Kirikiri Maximum Prison inmates, Lagos.

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Golden rules about flying with kids

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Towards making flying smooth in the holiday season, mega carrier, British Airways has offered parents some basic reminder steps to ensure a pleasant flying experience for passengers, including children. According to the Country Commercial Manager for West Africa at British Airways, Kola Olayinka, British Airways has always been concerned about ensuring a comfortable flying experience for every passenger to prevent stress on board.

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151,271 disadvantaged children benefit as USAID, ARFH partner on dev. project

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Disadvantaged children

In a bid to address the lack of access to basic services which has long been identified as a major challenge facing orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) in the country, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has partnered the Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH) on a five-year project that would benefit 151,271 OVCs and 30,254 families in three states, including Lagos State.

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Rise of police brutality: 8-month pregnant lady beaten, loses baby

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Police brutality

All my pleadings that I was eight months pregnant fell on deaf ears, as they continued to beat me. I was dragged on the floor and eventually stripped naked. The incident attracted a sympathetic crowd, whose pleadings were ignored because the men insisted that I would follow them to the station,” she recalled.

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We assist parents in moulding, shaping their children’s overall character – Nonyelum Arinze

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*Nonyelum Arinze...Working in the banking sector helped to prepare me and gave me the needed experience

“The name is a combination of my dad’s (Ben) and Mum’s (Glad) names. The Haven part of the name simply means Safe Place because my desire is to provide a safe place for children to have fun, learn and interact with their peers.

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Retired workers waiting to collect their pension

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File Photo: Aged Pensioners waiting for their entitlement

It got to a point that school fees of our children could not be paid and we had to take undertaken with their school proprietors that their school fees would be paid as soon as salaries are paid. Luckily enough their school proprietors allowed our children to attend classes and also write their exams. To compound our problems gratuities were not also paid since our retirement since 2012.

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Baba Bose, the Kano born beggar who is the face of a Lagos bus stop

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Baba Bose

As you climb the bridge, his pitiable condition is bound to attract your attention. And when you try to engage him in a conversation, you will be amazed at his good command of the English Language. But Baba Bose, as he prefers to be called, is not just a beggar. He is a peculiar one. At the pedestrian bridge at Ijesha-Tedo Bus Stop, along Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, Lagos, where he has domiciled for over 25 years, Baba Bose is seen as ‘a worthy landlord of the bus stop.” He remains there during the rainy or dry seasons, begging passers-by for alms to make ends meet.

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CSR: Vitafoam donates mattresses to Boko Haram victims

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As part of its Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) Vitafoam Nigeria Plc has brought succor to some victims of insurgents, Boko Haram by donating 100 luxurious mattresses and 100 pillows to the Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Borno State through a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), The Oasis Association. Explaining the rationale behind the donation, Vitafoam’s Group Managing Director, Mr Taiwo Adeniyi stated that the donation of mattresses and pillows will in a way alleviate the sufferings of the people displaced by the insurgents, called Boko Haram.

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Esther Ibanga: Garlands for a caregiver

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IBANG

When she started with a single step of looking for victims of the Jos crisis and giving succour to those she could afford to cater for, not many took her seriously. In fact, in the heat of the killing and maiming of women, men and children by heartless men in Plateau State, Esther Ibanga, a woman, who voluntarily relinquished her high-paying job at the Central Bank of Nigeria, made it a point of duty to move from point to point rendering help to victims of the wanton mayhem in the state.

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Child marriage: Practice, consequences and remedy

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Child-marriage

“As a father, I can’t stand that for my daughter, I treasure my daughters, and I believe in girl-child education. African should begin to change our attitude and mentality, our thinking of female child. I want to believe, I may be naïve, if we begin to have women leaders at the highest political level, we will overcome some of these problems.”

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Six women medical bills paid, rescued from hospital

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Rev. James Olusola Odedeji and cross section of the mothers at the hospital

” I“really thank God for using Reverend to clean my tears, l am even more“happy to be alive because during delivery, l had serious complications“ and even after the finance was not there to pay for the hospital“bills.“Mrs Olaposi faith also spoke, l thank the church for coming to my aid.“I least expected this from anyone. But thank God who is ever faithful.

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IGBOKAENYI: Philanthropist, Ezeemo remembers the forgotten tribe in Anambra

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Ezeemo flanked by members of St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Igbokaenyi.

Ekwulobia — Igbokaenyi, one of the seven Igala speaking communities in Anambra State that had been abandoned over the years by both the local and state governments. The seven Igala communities known as Olumbanasaa and located at Anambra West Local Government area of Anambra State include Ode, Igbedor, Odekpe, Alla, Onugwa, Odomagwu and Igbokaenyi.

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Boko Haram: We knew we were alive but didn’t understand how — Rescued victims

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Nigeria Army

“Slaughtering of human beings was very common and it was done with so much brutality. It was as if chickens had more prestige and importance. “Any time we had the opportunity to pray, we always called on God to have mercy on us and deliver us. Sometimes we fasted. One day, we got news that the military was coming – thanks to a small radio we got at Gwoza.

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Day over 1,000 destitute persons cried for joy in Lagos

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Destitute

Last weekend, when most young professionals resident in Lagos were resting from the usual hustling and bustling of the city, some benevolent others placed premium on having a sacrificial weekend. These were members of the Rotary Club of Victoria Island, and their choice venue was the Okobaba Destitute Home at Ebute-Metta in Lagos— a community of lepers, visually-impaired and physically-challenged persons.

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Post 2015 DG: Moves to end poverty by 2030 will be realised if — Group

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Abuja – Moves to eradicate poverty by 2030 with the Post 2015 Development Goals (DG), set to be unveiled at the United Nations in September this year, will be realize if issues of girls and women is prioritize, the ONE Campaign group has said. Speaking at the launch of ‘Poverty is Sexist Campaign’ in Abuja, the Executive Director of ONE Africa, Dr.Sipho Moyo stressed that efforts should be directed where the need is greatest, in both the poorest countries, to boost the prospects of girls and women, who are disproportionately affected.

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Archbishop Okeke visits Onitsha prisons, makes case for awaiting trial inmates

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Archbishop Okeke visits Onitsha prisons

The Metropolitan Archbishop of Onitsha Catholic Archdiocese, His Grace, Dr. Valerian Okeke has called on the Judiciary, to give priority to cases concerning the awaiting trials inmates, ATMs, in Onitsha prisons by giving the cases accelerated hearings as justice delayed is justice denied. Okeke said that it was unacceptable for the ATMs to remain in the custody much longer than their prison terms if they were eventually convicted for the offences for which they were remanded in custody.

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‘Gift of grace – A sibling’s bond’ was a brainchild of that death in DUBAI!

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Tolu1

I remember we saw him at Christmas and he was happy. He had become a man and I was so proud of him. He was just in his elements with music, learning beats, sharing with me all the new songs he created and all the new people he had met. He barely had the chance to begin his life before it was snatched from him. That’s my greater regret.

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INEC official attacked by thugs leaves hospital

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INEC-staffer

Aba—An official of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Sunday Chigozie who had been in hospital following injuries he sustained after being attacked by some hoodlums believed to be political thugs, has been discharged. Narrating his ordeal to South East Voice, Chigozie said he was attacked during the Saturday, April 11, 2015, governorship/ state assembly elections, while travelling to Umuahia to see his boss, who had asked him to bring some items for her at the INEC state headquarters.

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Anambra pensioners groan under unpaid entitlements

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AWKA—PENSIONERS in Anambra State have been groaning under unpaid pension arrears owed them for years by the Federal Government, with many of them complaining that they have become tired of being tossed about by federal civil servants in charge of pensions in Abuja. Though they have been getting their state pension regularly, they alleged that those responsible for the federal pension frustrated them so much so that they had resigned to fate. In Anambra State, it had become a common feature for the pensioners in the state to be meeting regularly to discuss their plight.

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Reduce bride price, Akonobi, ex-military governor of Anambra, pleads with Igbo parents

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Bride-and-bridegroom

ONITSHA — Former Military governor of old Anambra State, Col. Robert Akonobi (rtd), has pleaded with Igbo parents to reduce the bride price of their daughters so that ‘’our young boys can marry them.” ‘’To me, this topic (bride price) has been dealth with in the past by Ndigbo, who came out with a reduced bride price, to enable our young boys marry our young girls,” Akonobi said.

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Pupils in Umunachi community rejoice over donation of band by alumnus

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“You know that when a foundation of a house is faulty you can hardly rectify such faulty foundation. What you do is to pull down the entire building, but if the foundation is solid and there is an error subsequently you can always rectify that error. “Therefore, if the foundation was not properly laid, probably it would have been very difficult for that person to rise up to secondary school or university level, but where the foundation is properly laid you will appreciate that the sky would be the limit of that child.

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Foundation moves to sustain the legacies of Fr. Stan Anih

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ENUGU—A non-profit making organisation, Prof. Stan Chinedu Anih, PROFSCA,Foundation, has held a one-week memorial activities to mark the first anniversary of its benefactor, Rev. Fr. Stan Anih, who was renowned for his ecumenical activities in communities in Enugu State and beyond. Anih was until his death on April last year, founder, Ecumenical Secondary School, Thinkers Corner, in Enugu as well as the African Thinkers Community of Inquiry College of Education, ATCOICOE, Enugu and the Coal City University, among others.

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Several months after fire tragedy, traders still count losses

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SUNDAY June 9, 2013, is a day that traders at the Speedwell Plaza, Trinity Spare parts market in Olodi Apapa, now remember with pain and regret. It was a day their shops at the plaza were razed by fire that left them suffering huge losses and being heart-broken. Two years after, they are yet to recover from that disaster as they are still lamenting their losses. This is after several Save- Our-Soul, SOS, letters and appeals to the Lagos State Government have failed to yield any comforting response.

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In search of Chioma, the unmenstruating girl

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girl relaxing on the beach

Has she been pregnant before? She said no. Did she use protection? She also said no that the guy told her he was using something that would not make her pregnant (oh my God!) I told her I was sure that she had a medical condition and would need to seek serious medical attention as it was not normal for a female of her age not to menstruate.

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Anambra evacuates 30-yr-old dumpsite from Onitsha

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Ekwulobia—Anambra State Government has flagged off the operation to evacuate heaps of solid waste deposited at Okpoko, a suburb of commercial city of Onitsha. The mountainous heaps of waste had been in existence for over 30 years and had for long posed environmental health hazard to the inhabitants of the community.

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water’s like electricity in Calabar: No service, huge bills

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File photo: Lagos residents at a public water supply point

CALABAR—RESIDENTS of Calabar metropolis and environs in Cross River State, reputed to have the finest potable water in Nigeria, have been hit by an excruciating water drought, following the breakdown of the operational system of the Cross River State Water Board, CRSWB, despite a subsisting public-private partnership, PPP, agreement with Ortech Nigeria Limited.

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Combined, Cross River’s deadly addictive illicit drink

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CALABAR—WHILE worshipers trooped to different churches during the last Easter Sunday celebration in Calabar, the capital of Cross River State, a group of nine giddy-looking young men surrounded a bottle of drink at a murky street curve at 7am. They took turns to fill their tumblers with the dark liquid content, which they guzzled down their throats.

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