The 3rd edition of ‘Being A Woman’ workshop, an Emily God’s Presence’s project, was held yesterday, with a call on women to fight for the advancement of the family.
The workshop which had as its theme; “The Spear and Spindle: Should Women Fight?,” was held at the Elechi Amadi Faculty of Humanities’ auditorium, Abuja Campus, University of Port Harcourt.
Addressing participants, Dr Emily God’s Presence, the convener of the workshop, called on women all over the world to rise up to the responsibility of fighting for the advancement of their families, stating that once family is carried, along society is carried along.
Dr God’s Presence used the occasion of the workshop to also call for a good use of the spear, which according to her, represents masculine power, strength and authority, as an instrument of defence of the homefront and emblem of hardwork worthy of emulation by their growing sons, instead of using same as a weapon of destruction to scare the children from their fatherly nest into the blood-sucking embrace of deviants, cultists and miscreants.
Speaking also, the Mother of the Occasion and President of the University of Port Harcourt Women Association (UPWA), Mrs Ezinne Joy Lale charged parents to train their children up in the fear of God by ensuring that they were properly dressed at all time to avoid any tendency of rape of the girl-child, adding that they might not appreciate all the scolding initially, but would, when they are grown up.
She stated that due to stigmatization associated with rape, it was difficult for its victims to report such incidences, hence she charged all to break out of the silence and report such cases of rape in order for them to get their rightful place in the society.
She also enjoined participants to speak out against child marriage. Describing a child as one below the age of 18, Mrs Lale said such a one does not have what it takes to handle the instruments of marriage and so must not be pushed into emotional trauma by being subjected to early marriage.
In her analysis of the stress and strains of pregnancy, Mrs Lale said a female child below 18 years cannot be said to be prepared to answer all the questions about parenthood. She explained that when a child trains another child, the product is a social misfit.
She thus called on mothers to put down their feet and train their children so they do not end up becoming kidnappers, cultists, among others.
Meanwhile the Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr Ipalibo Harry Banigo, has lauded the convener of “Being A Woman” Workshop, Dr Emily God’s Presence for contributing meaningfully to the advancement of women in the Society.
Dr Banigo made this known in a speech she presented through her Special Adviser on Social Media and Research, Ukinebo Assemota. In her words
“I want to personally say “thank you” to Dr Emily God’s Presence for setting up this workshop to empower women. I like to believe that from this programme many women participants will come out much better than they were.
She expressed joy that women are breaking limits now than before as they are positively contributing significantly and meaningfully to the progress of their children, families, societies and country at large, she charge women to see themselves as their own facilitators, motivators and inspiration, hence were in the best position to help themselves than the men.
Dr Banigo described the theme of the workshop as appropriate and therefore, called on concerned key players to say ‘NO’ to child trafficking, ‘NO’ to cultism, ‘NO’ to youth restiveness, and ‘NO’ to violence against women and girls, adding that all must ensure to protect Rivers State.
It would be recalled that the ‘Being A Woman Workshop is one of the many projects under the Emily God’s Presence Project instituted three years ago and provides a platform for all women from all professions and fields of endeavours to share their experiences and success stories to help challenge women to be dogged contributors to human and social development in the society.’
By: Sylvia ThankGod-Amadi & Susan Serekara-Nwikhana.
Try These Top Dating Services If You Are Still Single
Digital technology has redefined our society in more ways than one. With the use of computers and smartphones, as well as other mobile devices, it is easier to do a lot of things, such as to shop and pay bills. Even dating has changed! Nowadays, online dating services offer the perfect platform for those who are looking for a partner, whether it is for a casual or serious relationship.
If you are still single, chances are, you have not yet discovered the magic of dating websites and services. Clueless about where to get started? Check out https://www.thetop10sites.com/online-dating/ to find the best for you! Below, we will be listing down five of the top choices that should be on your radar!
According to Mashable, Zoosk is an online dating service that is favored by many because of its user-friendly interface. The design makes it easy to navigate, although there were some complaints about how it tends to get spammy. With the latter, you have to be more careful to have an assurance that you will be dating only legitimate users.
One of the best things about Zoosk is its size. The company takes pride in having more than 35 million members who live in over 80 countries all over the world. With this, there is surely one who will be a match for you! You will never run out of choices, regardless of how picky you are.
Zoosk also comes with a dedicated mobile app! This makesit easy to search for a potential date even when you are using your smartphone.
Looking at the demographics of the users of this online dating service, there are about 52% females and 48% males. The average age of users, on the other hand, is 27 for females and 24 for males.
Zoosk has also gained a reputation for being inclusive. It is for everyone. Even for gays and lesbians, the dating app is perfect!
- Elite Singles
If you plan to try your luck in love using an online platform, this is one of the best dating sites you might want to take into consideration.
It is not easy to get started with this online dating service. While creating a profile is pretty much straightforward, there are tons of questions that you have to answer, which can take up to 45 minutes to complete. However, this is actually a good thing since the site is trying to get to know you to be able to find your perfect match.
The matching algorithm in Elite Singles is based on the Five Factor Model Theory. Aside from your personality, your match will be determined by factors like location, age, and occupation. You will be set up with up to seven matches in a day.
If you are looking for young love, this is probably not the site for you. This is not exactly designed with the needs of millennials in mind. In fact, the age of their users ranges from 33 to 50 years old. This is geared towards those who belong to the group of working professionals.
This is another option that should make it on your list of the best dating apps and services. One of the biggest selling points of the website is their satisfaction guarantee. You will find your match within six months of creating your profile! If you are unable to do so, they promise to provide you with six months of free membership. Good deal, right?
To create a profile, you will be asked to provide details about your physical appearance, faith, and hobbies, among other things. You can complete it within a few minutes. Even finding a match is almost effortless. You will be able to see only one profile at a time and you will decide whether it is a match or a pass.
One of the most important things that should be pointed out about Match is with regards to how its members are serious about dating. This is not one of those dating services where people are only after sex.
Online dating is for people of all ages. It is not only for millennials. Thankfully, with online services like OurTime, seniors who are looking for a date are given the perfect platform to search for their match. Whether you are looking for the opposite or same sex, this dating service can extend a helping hand.
OurTime claims that they understand what it means to be over 50, including the difficulty of finding a date. With this, they have developed an easy-to-use app that matches mature users. The app is free to download, but to be able to take advantage of its full features, you have to subscribe to one of the paid plans.
From the website of OurTime, they say that you can meet more than 50 singles in your area. The number is not as overwhelming as what you can most probably expect with the top three sites mentioned above.
- Silver Singles
This is another dating service that is made specifically for people who are aged 50 and above. Since it was launched in 2002, it has been one of the leading dating sites for seniors. It is a dating platform with an international network in countries like the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Germany.
On average, the users of Silver Singles are 41% males and 59% females. It is also estimated that there are 85,000 active monthly users.
As for the match system, as a part of the profile creation process, members will need a comprehensive personality test. This will provide the website with the data that is needed to match the user with the other members of the community. Every day, the website will recommend three to five compatible profiles.
For people on the go, it is also a good thing that a mobile app has been developed for both iOS and Android.
Friends Extol Late Female Patriot’s Virtues
The ancient Chief Opusunju Dappa house, Epellema-Opobo witnessed unprecedented sympathizsers recently who came in their numbers to identify with the family of Mrs Joy Cornelius Opusunju who passed on to eternity on June 2, 2018 and was buried amidst wailings.
The Tide gathered that the death of Mrs Cornelius Opusunju was a loss of a rare gem and mother figure who distinguished herself as an embodiment of humanity, love, creativity and philanthropy during her life time.
Late Mrs Joy Cornelius Opusunju was described as a bridge builder, community leader, woman of integrity with uncommon wisdom and a team player with the fear of God.
Speaking at the funeral service, Bishop of Saint Michael’s Cathedral Christ Army Communion Mission Opobo town, Rt. Rtd. Festus Oko-Jaja urged the living to use the opportunity to seek for God sincerely now that they are alive.
According to him, “you should remember now thy creator when old age has not come. You should shun negative lifestyles and seek the face of God for your salvation. “Remember that heaven and hell fire are real.’’
He, therefore, admonished them to embrace Jesus Christ as their Lord and personal Savior.
Bishop Oko-Jaja who preached on the theme: “remember now thy creator” with text from Ecclesiastes chapter 12 verse 1, warned that it is deadly for the living to turn against God instead of putting their whole heart in the service of God Almighty for their edification and restoration.
He described the deceased as “a committed daughter of Zion, who lived a sound life during her sojourn on earth.
He however, advised the bereaved family to take solace in the fact that on the resurrection morning when all will meet to part no more the deceased will be found at the feet of Jesus.
It will be recalled that the late Mrs. Joy Cornelius Opusunju was an industrious woman who combined business and other extra-ordinary activities successfully before being employed by the Rivers State government as a teacher at Community Primary School, Epellema-Opobo until her death.
The Tide also gathered that the deceased was a woman of excellence with equitable sense of humour who contributed to the growth of her community and beyond.
Women Group Wants Dev Of Tourism
A Non/Governmental Organisation (NGO) in Rivers State, the Opobo Women Welfare Association (OWWA), has called on the federal, state and local governments to urgently encourage the development of tourism across the nation, to create revenue like any other business in Nigeria.
In a keynote address presented at the just concluded 2018 Opobo Women Convention, tagged: “Let’s Work Together, That All May Be One”, President of the group, Ama/Opu/Orubo, Felicia Stephen Pepple, maintained that tourism when put into effective state would induce employment opportunity for the teeming jobless youths, women and the vulnerable in the society, which needed to be trained on vocational skills for self reliance in business.
Pepple stressed that tourism, no doubt will certainly induced employment for the people and also create vocational training which will enable them be relevant in tourism business.
She said that tourism as a large business, could be considered a fulcrum for genuine and positive development of any society hence the need to effectively harness and sustain it.
As she put it, “Nigeria’s ancient heroes and heroines are also relevant in the world tourism history. These factors are also more or less the lode-stone that can attract tourism investments”.
She called on Nigerian leaders to capitalize on the advantage of tourism potentials as well as the natural endowments yet untapped, adding that the cultural festival of the people should be marketed globally in order to enhance attraction and investment.
On the event, she commended the efforts of Her Majesty, Queen Prudence Dandeson Jaja, His Majesty, King Dandeson Douglas Jaja, Amanyanabo of Opobo, other stakeholders and the women for putting their energies, resources and time together to develop the ancient city of Opobo through aggressive projects since the existence of the group some 47 years ago. She thus described them as, “most resourceful, dynamic and resilient developers of society and the people”.
Ama-Opu~Orubo Pepple used the opportunity to appeal for supports from all quarters.
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