Sunday November 23rd, 2014
Sunday November 23rd, 2014
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Ending militarism in the home

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As men, we own the house with its entire property, including our wives. If women shouldn’t be our properties then why are we asked to pay so much to take them from their parents? Beating your wife is not violence, so, the world should stop putting it that way. Women ask for too much and sometimes have to be dealt with to be called to order! My wife is my property and I have every right over her; after all, didn’t I buy her with my money? Sometimes you hear people say husbands rape their wives, but how possible is that? Is the man not supposed to have right over his wife? Anyway, if my wife dares to deny me sex then it means she has given me a clean license to go out and enjoy myself!”

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‘Women’s health, index for national wellbeing’

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With the 2015 target for the Millennium Development Goals-MDGs just around the corner, female doctors have reminded Nigeria of the need to strive to attain goals 4 and 5 which seek to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health.

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Why I prefer business to modeling’

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Looks are indeed deceptive. At first sight, one would believe any dark-skinned, tall, slim damsel to have built a career in modeling, but that’s not Zaria Mimano. Only in her 20s, this British-born business strategist has rather carved a niche for herself in the oil business! The Founder of Aba Oil LLC, a flourishing oil firm based in New York with visible presence in Abuja, she had left the banking industry after a brief romance with Morgan Stanley and UBS Investment Banks, both in London, to fearlessly tread the oil path. Mimano who is of Kenyan and Ghanaian descent spoke about her business, adventures and values during a recent trip to Nigeria. Enjoy!

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My masculine voice, a blessing — Hon Ativie, only woman in Edo parliament

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Elizabeth Ativie

Except for her feminine physique, everything about Hon.Elizabeth Ativie is mannish. From her husky tone of voice to self-carriage, her military upbringing speaks volume. These characteristics however belly her disposition towards public service and motherly love for the people of Uhunmwode whom she has represented at the Edo State House of Assembly for two terms running. Elizabeth has also remarkably been the only woman in the state House of Assembly since then. In this interview, she shares the secrets of her success in politics, survival strategies in the House of Assembly and contribution to the development of her constituency

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Islam not against western education – Zainab, religious leader

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*Zainab

Although very religious, Zamfara State-born and bred Zainab Nuhu Maru is an embodiment of inspiration, especially to her fellow Moslem women. She is both assertive and intelligent in ways that are dominantly alien to most of her contemporaries. “Islam says ‘seeking for knowledge is compulsory for all men and women”, she boldly echoed throughout this interview.

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Your home doesn’t have to suffer!

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No doubt, women are gradually taking their place in virtually every walk of life -be it medical, banking, aviation, military, para-military, journalism, engineering, to mention but few. Yes, it is inspiring to see the ‘modern’ woman be economically empowered, but what if the demands of these jobs become a thorn in the flesh of the home, resulting in defective family units and ill-bred children? From every nook and corner of the Nigerian society, it is glaring that the home is suffering from a sort of kwashiorkor only a fusion of proper family values can cure!

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Nigeria is a goldmine for those who believe – Chichi

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With a committed ambition to reorient teenagers, 29-year-old transformational coach and Publisher of 9ineteen Magazine, Chichi Umeseaka, in this interview, leads us through her vision of ensuring that Nigerian teenagers are rightly positioned for a brighter future. Enjoy!

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Why do married women retain maiden names?

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Deborah Lindquist Wedding Gown

In the past, a surname change naturally followed every wedding, particularly in this part of Africa. In fact, the name change was anticipated by every single-lady because it was considered the most cogent emblem for one’s status.

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Now slave trade booms with ‘black’ merchants

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Strangely, in Nigeria, 206 years after the 1807 abolition of slave trade by Britian and 15 years into the yearly remembrance of victims by the United Nations, the business has taken a new twist with two forms— internal and international— booming. Focus has shifted from energetic men preferred by Europeans for labour on plantations, to women and teenage girls as young as eight.

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Liome Engele: IT expert turned natural health scientist

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H er firm resolve to end a long family history of hereditary ailments landed her in the world of natural health science. UK-trained Information Technologist turned natural health advocate, Liome Engele, is the Director of Business Development at Laserderm Clinic, a dermatology and cosmetology clinic set up by British medical consultants in Lagos. In this interview, Liome takes us through her journey into the vast world of natural health science and also passes her judgement on Nigerians’ attitude towards skincare among other issues.

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Relationship: OLD vs NEW values

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This club of young graduates and professionals of both sexes came together to form a group with the singular aim of using talks to help young people make the right choices, and hopefully, have a better life. They hold their ‘enlightening’ talks on different subjects, every three months in a small school hall, and they graciously invite their parents, friends and relatives to come listen to them.

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Mothers no longer close to family unit — Benedicta

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BY JOSEPHINE IGBINOVIA The desire to expand her circle of influence as an educational psychologist and guidance counsellor drew her into the world of Moral Re-Armament/Initiative of Change- MRA/IoC which is a worldwide movement  initiated by famous Frank Buchman in 1938 as a successor to the Oxford Group. The movement maintains that the practice of high

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‘Scarcity of aviation fuel, our shame’

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MMA Lagos.

The plane coming into the Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos was meant to arrive at 7.30 pm, but it didn’t arrive until an hour later, and the passengers began to come out at about 10pm. Two of us were there, waiting to welcome a friend who was flying in that night.

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Nigeria is notorious for abandoning international treaties — Oby Nwankwo

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Oby Nwankwo

Apart from women getting political seats, of what national significance is the acclaimed CEDAW affirmative action?

Like we largely know, the affirmative action requires state parties to CEDAW to put in place temporary positive measures that will help close the gap which has been created by past marginalisation and discrimination. As you know, in the past, women were socialised to see themselves as people who were supposed to be seen and not heard.

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Bunmi Adeboye: The beauty, brain behind Stylista

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*Bunmi Adeboye

The first of six children, stylish Bunmi Adeboye is a 1995 Microbiology graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University, lle-Ife. She thereafter veered into the banking industry where she carved a niche for herself as a marketer with savvy until she voluntarily resigned 15 years later to channel her imaginative prowess into her first love- events decoration. This gave birth to Stylista, a flourishing events company already servicing the crème de la crème of the society in less than two years! A happily-married mother of two, Bunmi who turns forty on September this week had an encounter with Vista Woman in her office in Lagos. Enjoy!

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Saving young girls from themselves

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Two scantily-clothed malnourished-looking young girls stood outside a Guest House, patiently waiting for someone to answer to their knock on the gate. At last a burly guard opened the gate and in a gruff voice asked them what they wanted. One of them pointed to the signboard on the wall. It was a job advertisement for bar boys and girls.

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Goodwill, best recipe for success in politics – Hon Bello, Chair, Women in Parliament

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Binta Bello

She started out humbly as a classroom teacher in the 80s and today she’s one of the influential women in the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria where she represents Kaltungo/Shongom constituency of Gombe State. Hon.(Mrs.)Binta Maigari Bello currently Chairs the House Committee on Women in Parliament-WIP. A rare politician who has successfully combined politics with gentility in a notoriously violent political sphere such as Nigeria’s, Binta’s passion for community service dates back to her days as a child when she dreamed of alleviating the sufferings of her people each time she visited the village with her parents.

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Nutrition and birth defects

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This new father was shocked when he rushed to the hospital to view his first child and he found his wife in tears. When he asked her what the matter was, she pointed silently at the cot beside her bed and continued sobbing. The man looked into the cot, saw the baby and sprang back in horror. He didn’t sob, but looked downcast as he went to lean against the wall. A nurse who came in saw the abject misery on the faces of the couple and she tried to assure them that the severe case of harelip that their son had, can be corrected by surgery, and that the child was healthy in all other respects.

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God can’t give women dominion just to sit in kitchen – Bishop Priscilla Otuya, UGCAN President

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Bishop-Priscillia

The Founder of Christ Mega Church Nigeria & Overseas and current President, United Gospel Churches Association of Nigeria- UGCAN, Bishop Priscilla O. Otuya is an interesting woman who is enviably grounded in all fronts. As an entrepreneur, Otuya handles the administrative arm of Swan Dredging & Marine Limited, a dredging company she co-founded with her husband. As a mother also, she has 12 biological children to her credit; some of whom are already toeing her footsteps in ministry. Otuya who is of Kwale extraction in Delta State was recently consecrated as Bishop at the Chapel of Christ the Light in Lagos. Vista Woman had an encounter with her. Enjoy!

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Newly-weds and baby pressure

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I was admiring this couple at their wedding reception, marvelling at how well-matched they were; not only in their good looks and easy smiles, but also in the way they reached for each other’s hand unprompted from time to time, as if ensuring that they were connected all the time. As the chairman of the occasion made his speech, they smiled at the same time, giggled at the same time, and as if on cue, they would turn to smile lovingly at each other. I was mesmerized by the sight.

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Nigeria has too many laws already – Hon. Nkoyo Toyo

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Hon. Nkoyo

Former Nigerian Ambassador to Ethiopia and now a member of the House of Representatives where she represents Calabar/ Odukpani Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Hon. Nkoyo Toyo has been in the forefront of civil society movement. The founder of Gender and Development Action-GADA, Nkoyo is a veteran in gender advocacy and issues pertaining to governance. In this interview, she speaks on the attainment of the much desired 35% affirmative action, reveals why the cost of governance is expensive in Nigeria and also urges women to take advantage of laws provided for their protection. Enjoy!

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HIV CASES: IGNORANCE CAN MEAN CRUELTY

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File photo: A rally to mark HIV/Aids Day.

There were no dry eyes in our group when we discussed the story of 24 year old Gloria Asuquo, who was diagnosed HIV positive which she had got from blood transfusion, at the tender age of 12, and who sometime later, had thought that death would be the best option for her situation.

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‘Young mothers are failing in their primary role’

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Mrs.Elizabeth Olomofe-Kufeji

The Proprietress of Lagos-based Starland Private School and Chairman, National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, Mrs.Elizabeth Olanrewaju Olomofe-Kufeji a.k.a Mummy 2, is a seasoned educationist with over 40 years of experience in the teaching profession, beginning from the Lagos state civil service where she retired as the principal of Okota Grammar School 1986.

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When a law can worsen social issues

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The laws of the land are made with the intention of protecting its citizens – bringing them justice, protecting their interests in every perceivable way. In short, any law made by a government, is supposed to give us a better life. On our part, we’re supposed to obey these laws in our own interest; to ensure that the better life envisaged comes to us unhindered, and also to avoid being punished for the disobedience of specific laws.

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AN OKADALESS BENIN CITY: Courage of govt and the people

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File photo: Okada riders

A town or city in Nigeria without the presence of commercial motorcyclists? Frankly, it’s something I never thought could be ever be possible anywhere in present day Nigeria!

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The senate and child-wife as adult

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The Senate

Some time ago, a male teacher and his fifteen year-old pupil began a romantic relationship. It was reported that the affair was not exactly a clandestine one as members of staff and other pupils were aware that they spent much time together, even outside school hours. No-one thought much of it until they both went missing, and were later discovered some months ago to be living together in France.

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It hurts me to see our society in decay— Judith Eyegho

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Judith Eyegho

To restore sanity to the educational sector and teach youths to emulate reputable role models who have served the nation credibly, Shalom Vineyard Initiative, a non-governmental organisation, initiated “Youth & Passion”, a programme designed to sensitize and educate young people from across the country. Here, the Executive Director of Shalom Vineyard Initiative, Ms.Judith Eyegho, cum Chairperson/Producer, Youth & Passion, speaks about the programme. Hear her:

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Like Americans, we need a ‘Nigerian dream’ – Toyin Ayeni, US-based Nigerian

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*Toyin Ayeni

SHE’S resided with her family in Chicago, USA, since 1996 when she left Nigeria, yet Toyin Ayeni has practically been representing her motherland, working hard towards giving Nigeria a facelift.

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U.K. Visa cash bond & fire for fire!

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President Jonathan

The other week, we woke up to the screaming headline, ‘Nigerians to deposit 723,000 naira for U.K. Visa!’ It was a must read for many citizens here, whether or not the airfares to Britain are affordable to them, because it is an insane amount of money for Britain to demand from citizens of countries she once colonized. I had to read the piece twice in order to ascertain that there hadn’t been an error in the figures published.

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CORSAA is aimed at fostering devt in Africa – Amaka Anakwe

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Amaka Anakwe

With the unveiling of her Corporate Responsibility Social Africa Award-CORSAA, Amaka Jane Anakwe, a Nigerian and an upcoming artiste who finally returned home about a couple of years ago from South Africa where she had lived and worked for several years as a local counselor, is setting the tone for the trend which she believes will help develop Africa and influence standard of living.

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Our system suppresses growth, progress of women – Mrs. Oyeyemi Tinubu

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She admires greatly,women like Mrs.Ransome Kuti and Queen Amina of Zaria who fought bravely for the liberation of women in Nigeria. A member of the Young Women Christian Association-YWCA since 1969, Mrs.Oyeyemi Tinubu is the Chairperson, National Membership Committee, YWCA. In this interview, she bemoans the dwindling effect of the judicial system on women’s movement in the country and x-rays how women are manipulated even in politics.

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Standing firmly by the good in our culture

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If you’re African, especially if you’re Nigerian, you’re born into one culture or the other, whether you’re conscious of that fact or not. It is not put down in book form, but is passed on by our parents, and by the larger society. There are things you just don’t do because of the culture you were born into. Some of these have to do with moral values/ethics, sanitation, and deference to what rulers stand for.

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