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What will you get your mother on Mothers’ Day?

If you have not given it a thought then it’s about time you did, because Mothers’ Day is around the corner and it’s not a time for business as usual; but the day to celebrate that great woman who gave you life and nurtured you to be what you are toady. Remember, not all persons who are given birth can lay claim to being called mothers, so celebrate yours. Also, remember those who have lost their own children and those who do not have biological children, but do nurture others.

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Children with autism are fascinating

Yearly, new cases of autism are increasingly recorded allover the world while parents are torn in two over managing children with autism. Mrs. Heather E. MacKenzie, a Canadian autism expert with almost 30 years of experience, however believes children with autism are the most impressive and interesting. This, she says, is because despite their complex neurological disorder, most children living with autism, like Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton, are exceptionally innovative and intelligent. Heather who holds a Ph.D in Speech Language Pathology and Administration of Medical Educational Institutions was in Nigeria last week where she facilitated a one-week autism training at Patrick Speech & Languages Centre in Lagos. Feminista had a chat with her.

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My fast rise is well-deserved

Tope Oshin Ogun is presently one of Nigeria’s fastest rising female directors in the make-believe industry. Also a producer, actor, dialogue coach and casting director, the lovely mother of four boys was for five years the only female director on M-NET’s multiple award-winning ‘Tinsel’. Tope’s movies have received several nominations and awards from reputed bodies like African Movies Academy Awards (AMAA), TAVA (Television and Audio Visual Awards) and more. The year 2000 graduate of Theatre Arts, TV and Film Production from the Lagos State University currently owns Sunbow Productions Limited and she is happily married to Yinka Ogun, a screenwriter, content provider and developer. Enjoy our chat with her.

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Building our future leaders

Nigeria’s adolescent girls hold the key to the well being of their families, neighbourhoods and the nation .If given quality basic education and skills the confidence and opportunity to grow and prosper, their contributions to the society will be multiplied many folds.

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Six miscarriages, failed marriage but still glowing @73

Chief Agnes Otobo-Ojehomon could pass for a spinster in her thirties but in reality, this beauty is a septuagenarian clocking 74 by July 2014. This is in spite of her share of life’s bitter pills weighty enough to make anyone age faster. An entrepreneur and philanthropist, Agnes who is MD/CEO of Babo Nigeria Limited, an Oyo-based firm adept in the importation of Italian furniture, ceramic tiles, bathroom and kitchen fittings, is also past Director and Club President of Zonta International. She presently sits on the Board of the West African Women Association- WAWA. Isoko-born Agnes shares her life experiences with Feminista. Enjoy!

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One Billion Rising: When women hijacked Valentine’s Day worldwide

While the world celebrated Valentines Day a couple of days ago, women the world over did something eccentric: wearing a touch of red, they rose, danced, walked out and demanded an end to violence against women and girls. The unifying mantra was “Rise for Justice” though, in various countries, the event tagged ‘One Billion Rising’ highlighted sub-themes that portrayed the struggles of women in terms of nationality and continent.

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