The African woman can be considered an embodiment of grace and beauty, above all, the African woman is an embodiment of peace. It therefore, comes as no surprise that two Nobel Laureates came from two Liberian women; Ellen Sirleaf Johnson and Leymah Gbowee, they were both awarded a Nobel Laureate for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace building work.
Liberia is a country recovering from the ravages of war, a female president was sworn in at the wake of a post-war campaign, the presidency was given to a woman even in a male-dominated society not different from our beloved Nigeria.
We also had late Wangari Matthai, an environmentalist involved in forest conservation, she received a Nobel Laureate for Green Peace, and she died at the age of 71 while undergoing a cancer treatment. She wil1 be missed. There is the faith that more African women will emulate her dogged determination to preserve the rain forest in Kenya even in the midst of adversaries and tribulations, she stood out in the International community.
The Nigerian woman can also lead a non violent demonstration for instance the women that had a silent demonstration at the House of Representatives in Abuja, to protest the happenings in Jos. The impact of their demonstration led to a full awareness of the true situation of things in Jos. We also have the historical Aba Women’s riot in 1929 that engendered a change in issues that affected women adversely in their society.
It is a known fact that any society that has a people or a group with poor political participation or prowess, like children or youths, they are considered a minority, which is the position of women in the Nigerian society, this is because they do not have female governors or vice presidents, or even presidents. Yes in the west and east we have had female deputy governors, which is a plus, because we see their men encourage them at all times.
Nigeria is blessed with women of high repute, who have very strong intellectual capabilities; these women have also been the reason behind some great ideas in both the state and federal governments. Even after the 35% affirmative action, women are yet to be less cult figures and more of heroines in developmental issues of both infrastructure and the development of the well being of members of the Nigerian society.
Women in Nigeria, even after the realisation of their freedom to vote and be voted for, still act as figureheads in their political pursuits. Women’s involvement in politics is an issue that has been reiterated constantly by Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs), United Nations, Women bodies and other women’s rights groups. Still the effect of most of these campaigns is yet to be realized in our Nigerian society. Women are their own problems because they portray themselves as the weaker sex, and are treated as such.
The Nigerian women have to take charge of the situation they find themselves in, to be relevant in the developmental process of their society. It is of great importance that the Nigerian woman realises she gave birth to the Nigerian society therefore whatever affects the society is her business. The vices the youths indulge in are her business, especially the misplaced use of the social network which is inimical to the image of our country, is the Nigerian woman’s business; it is left for her to arm herself with the knowledge of the use of the social network to checkmate the excesses of her children, grandchildren and wards in general.
The newly sworn-in members of the executive heading the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Rivers State Chapter have embarked on a sensitisation tour of the rural areas where they believe women with potentials dwell in, but are wallowing in ignorance. These women will be armed with the knowledge of developmental facilities and policies to guide them on how to access what government has for their well being, in terms of health and education.
The journalists are the watchdogs of the society, it will therefore, be unfortunate if the watchdog sleeps while things go wrong in its society. If these functions are carried out properly, Nigeria will produce a lot more female Nobel Laureates in the 21st century.
Enale Ndubere Kodu, Chairman Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Rivers State
Enale Ndubere Kodu
Woman Sells Two Daughters For N300,000 In Ogun
A 35-year-old housewife, Blessing Agoro, has been arrested by men of Ogun State Police Command for allegedly selling her two daughters, Semilore Agoro (four), and Deborah Agoro (two).
The suspect was arrested, following a report lodged at Redeemed Camp Divisional Police Headquarters by her husband, Oluwaseyi Agoro.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi disclosed this in a statement, yesterday.
Oyeyemi said the husband reported that when he returned from travelling last Tuesday he couldn’t find his two daughters.
The PPRO said, “The man stated further that all efforts to make his wife tell him the whereabouts of the children proved abortive, hence his report.
“Upon the report, the DPO Redeemed Camp division, CSP Alabi Akinjide, detailed his detectives to apprehend the suspect, who had already been with the camp’s code of conduct department.
“On interrogation, the suspect explained to the police that her husband left home for the past two years, and while he was away, she found it difficult to cater for the two children with her other two children she had for another man.
“She stated further that while she was contemplating on what to do, one Kolawole Imoleayo introduced her to a couple in Port Harcourt who was in need of children. She sold the two daughters to the couple at the rate of N300,000.
“Her confession led to the arrest of the said intermediary, Kolawole Imoleayo. They are both assisting the police in their investigation.”
The Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, has ordered the transfer of the suspects to the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCID) for discreet investigation.
Oyeyemi added that Ajogun directed that the children must be rescued and brought back to their parents as soon as possible.
World Bank Trains 54,000 Women, Youths On Economy
The Kebbi State Government has disclosed that over 54,000 women and youths have been trained by the World Bank to be economically active.
The government also revealed its readiness to reciprocate its achievement recorded in rice production in other products such as onions, sheer-butter and soya beans for exportation purposes.
The Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, who stated this while launching women and youth export development facility, in partnership with Nigeria Export-Import Bank (NEXIM), said, the state has comparative advantage in agriculture over other states.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Umar Babale Yauri, Bagudu said, “As you know, Kebbi State is blessed with a population of women who are engaging in rice production and it is now a top talk across the nation due to efforts and support of state governor.
“The state government is trying to reciprocate the achievement recorded in the rice production into sheer butter, onions and soya beans.”
He added that with the partnership with NEXIM, Kebbi State would start the export of soya beans, shea butter and onions.
The Special Adviser to State Governor on Women Development, Hajia Zarau Wali, disclosed that through partnership with the World Bank, over 54,000 women have been trained to be economically active.
According to her, “It is also worthy of note, that the state government in partnership with the World Bank empowered 54,000 women to be economically active through the formation of Women Initiative Group in Maiyama, Ngaski and Argungu local government areas.”
She explained that more women and youths, especially in the rural areas, are actively involved in the production of rice, sheer butter, onions and water melon stressed that they are capable of feeding the nation and exporting the products if they were properly guided.
Wali urged NEXIM to include in their programmes mode of processing and packages of perishable products during their training session for women and youths.
Earlier, the Managing Director and Chief Executive, Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM), Mr Abba Bello, had commended the state government over it investment on rice production in the state which has increased the IGR of the state.
“Let me commend the investment drive in the state by your administration, particularly the Rice Revolution, which recently led to the unveiling of the rice pyramid as well as the cassava-based ethanol project with huge prospects for production of biofuel and renewable energy.
“Your efforts in this direction have not only contributed to the significant increase in the Internally Generated Revenues (IGR) but have also positively impacted the socio-economic indices particularly in the areas of jobs creation and sustainable development”.
Eve Afrique Red Ball Takes Centre Stage In PH, Sunday
This year’s Eve Afrique Red Ball event with theme: “Together, Ensuring Peace and Development Across the Niger Delta”, is set to take place on Sunday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital.
In an interview, the Editor in Chief of Eve Afrique Magazine, Mrs Ivy Davis Etokakpan, said, this year’s Red Ball event is the 10th and will focus on the socio-economic wealth of the Niger Delta region.
She stated that, over the years, Eve Afrique had worked on eight health related issues, but this time, because of times and seasons, “we are focusing on peace and development across the Niger Delta.
According to her, “we hope to achieve this with the cooperation of leaders of corporate organisations in the Niger Delta. We believe that with the cause action on the Red Ball, we hope to do that with our Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Eve Afrique Empowerment Initiative”.
Etokakpan added that this year will focus basically on internship programme for young people by asking partners of the NGO to accept and train secondary school students during holidays in their companies.
She said, “in the past, we used to do vacation jobs in the oil companies, even in our parents’ companies. We hope that our partners would teach our children workable skills. If this is done, the Niger Delta child would know his or her skill and work on it.
“We want these young ones to learn management and accountancy skills through these internship programmes. Our dream is that, in five years’ time, we would have raised a group of’ equipped and empowered Niger Delta youths who in turn will mentor those coming after them. We need to prepare these ones for the future.
At the Red Ball event this weekend, we expect Elsphon Nigeria Alabo (Dr) Emi Membrane-Otaji, Managing Director, to present a keynote address on “Economic Development across the Niger Delta. Also, former MD of NDDC, Mr Timi Alaibe will present a paper on Peace Across the Niger Delta at the event”, she said.
It would be recalled that over the years, Eve Afrique Red Ball has achieved levels of successes over the previous Red Ball events in raising awareness on general health matters, empowerment programmes as a way of giving back to the state and society at large.
Eve Afrique had hosted programmes which include the sickle cell awareness programme, cervical cancer awareness and prevention programme, diabetic management awareness and prevention programme, prostate cancer awareness programme and colon cancer awareness programmes.
Eve Afrique had the mandate of changing the narrative concerning the Niger Delta.
They are on a mission to highlight and showcase the beauty of the Niger Delta and Nigeria as a whole, she added.
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