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How early years professional, Mrs Itoro Ugorji is revolutionising child care

When you think of child care, your mind automatically goes to women irrespective of their status in the society. According to the UNICEF, pre-school age corresponds to a critical period of rapid physical, cognitive and psychosocial development of the child.

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Like my pilot-father, I also dream to conquer the world – 21-yr-old Emily Nkanga

Strong ambitions run deep in this family. And the dreams are always for positive reasons. Young Emily Oluwatoyin Nkanga is only keying into success story of the family she was born into 21 years ago. The brilliance, success and the ‘we-can-do-it’ spirit of the members of this family have marked it out and endeared them to many in the community and beyond. The pace-setter and Emily’s father, Air Commodore Idongesit Okon Nkanga of Ikot Nya, a tiny faming hamlet in Nsit Ibom Local Government of Akwa Ibom State, is a well respected political leader in the state. He dreamt big, aiming to become a pilot at a time when the knowledge of such a subject was not only very limited but was almost unknown to the average rural family in the then South Eastern State. Those who knew about piloting as a career must have considered it to be for the ‘white men’ and not for a poor rural boy like Nkanga, whose parents laboured stridently to be able to pay his secondary school fees at the time. Notwithstanding the hurdle, the young man, surmounted all the hurdles and set a new record in his school by recording 6/6 in his WAEC School Certificate, meaning that he scored A1 in all the six subjects: English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Additional Mathematics and Biology.

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My parents are my strongest supporters — Kemi Lala Akindoju,winner, Trailblazer, AMVCA 2016

Kemi Lala Akindoju is a seasoned actress with 11 years of experience under her belt. In the 2016 AfricaMagic Viewers, Choice Awards, Lala, as she is popularly called, won the Trailblazer award, a category which comes with a car gift. In her excitement, Lala chronicles how she began her journey from her first professional job ‘All I want for Christmas’ on stage to her foray into movie making and what the future holds for her in the industry.

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When the father is the rapist!

Why would a father rape his own child? Why would an uncle rape his niece? Is it true that when a man marries a woman who already has a teenage girl, he is actually targeting the teenage girl? According to rape survivors, the worst form of abuse that any woman can deal with is rape. If not properly and professionally handled, the survivor becomes psychologically traumatized, at times suicidal. Where the perpetrator is a family member, someone trusted, with an obligation to protect and care for the survivor, it becomes even more traumatic.

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Nigeria was much more favourable 55 years ago — Sade Thomas-Fahm

Chief(Mrs)Sade Thomas-Fahm was one of those Nigerians led by patriotism to return from England in 1960 when the nation officially broke free from the shackles of colonization. Like her contemporaries, Thomas-Fahm who is notable for kick-starting the Nigerian fashion industry and for being the first to own a boutique in the country, was very convinced self-rule was the beginning of a better Nigeria. Fifty-five years into nationhood, she says, in this interview, that Nigeria has not made a success of her independence.

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Floating my own Ankara label was scary — Olufunke Oladele, Milestone boss

While Milewood has become one of the fastest-selling Ankara fabrics in the country, not many are familiar with the brain behind the brand, Mrs Mary Olufunke Oladele, who weathered gigantic storms to reach the zenith of the business into which she was born. She is Chief Executive Officer, Milestone Mega Company, manufacturers of Milewood range of fabrics and dealer in a variety of fabrics at the popular Balogun Market in Lagos, where she operates over three different multi-million naira shops.

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