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Even the poorest have enjoyed plenty of food this year—Coordinator, Goodluck Initiatives ‘15

Last week, to the dismay and pleasure of many, President Goodluck Jonathan finally declared his ambition to run for re-election in 2015. Mixed feelings have no doubt trailed his performance as president since his election in 2007. In this interview, Hajia Bilikisu Ohiani-David, National Coordinator, Goodluck Initiatives ’15 (Gio 15), fields questions on why Jonathan deserves a second term, citing instances of his work in the lives of women and youths. It would be recalled that Gio was one of the few groups that campaigned for Jonathan’s election in 2007.

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Odumakin, others make case for women empowerment in politics

Stakeholders have called for greater empowerment of women in the country as a means of ensuring their greater participation in the nation’s body politics.

This was the consensus of views on Monday at a one-day leadership capacity building workshop for women leaders in political parties from Lagos, Ogun and Oyo States held in Lagos organized by a civil society, Women Arise for Change.

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Contemporary artists move beyond photojournalistic gaze

The Lagos Photo Foundation holds its fifth edition of the annual Lagos Photo Festival in Lagos, Nigeria. It is the first and only international arts festival of photography in Nigeria. In a month long program, events include exhibitions, workshops, artist presentations, discussions, screenings, and large scale outdoor installations in congested public spaces in Lagos. Lagos Photo aims to provide a platform for the development and education of contemporary photography in Africa by establishing mentorship and cross-cultural collaborations with local and international artists. Lagos Photo presents photography as it is embodied in the exploration of historical and contemporary issues, the promotion of social program, and the reclaiming of public spaces. Lagos Photo 2014 features forty photographers spanning across twenty-one countries.

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I’m not too lousy with men— Doyin Ogunbiyi, three-time Ogun Commissioner

Three-time Commissioner for Women Affairs in Ogun State, Doyin Ogunbiyi is the first and current Chairman of the state’s Technical and Vocational Board. In this interview, Doyin who is proudly of Egba origin talks about her broken marriage, life as a politician and her helpless dislike for fame which she says has been synonymous with her life ever since her days at the Nigerian Television Authority.

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FG Launches National Policy on Ageing

In effort to provide a sustainable national framework for the care of older persons in the country, federal government has announced that it will soon launch a National Policy on Ageing in the country. The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zainab Maina announced this on Tuesday at the opening of a 2-Day National Summit on Ageing and Older Persons, organized by her ministry in collaboration with Dave Omokaro Foundation and other stakeholders, to mark this year’s International Day of Older Persons in Abuja.

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I sold my gold to organise free health programme—Zeenat Kalejaiye

Alhaja Zeenat Abiola Kalejaiye is an exceptional woman. A sincere pursuer of societal development, the devout Muslim would stop at nothing to ensure anyone that comes her way smiles for life. This trait has trailed her from childhood and doesn’t seem to let go soon. An Islamic lecturer, missioner and businesswoman of repute, Zeenab who is Founder, Al-Ghityath Lil-Muslimat Foundation and Executive Director, Zeekay Vocational Training Centre, ZEVOTRAC, had a chat with Feminista in her Ikorodu office in Lagos where she is saving hundreds of lives from lack.

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