WORLD POPULATION DAY

July 11 of every year since 1989 was set aside as World Population Day to raise awareness of global population issues which include family planning, gender issues, poverty, maternal health and human rights that affects the world population that is about 7.5BN people. This year the theme for the WPD was Empowering people, Developing nations and it happened to coincide with the Family Planning Summit in London. Analysts have given the projection that we will about 10BN people on the face of the earth by 2050 and the only way we can stem the tide is to reduce birth rate. Nigeria was in the spotlight this year. Unconfirmed reports put Nigerian population at between 187-195M and will be the world’s 3rd most populous nation with 397M people after India and China...

“RECESSION IS JUST A WORD”

The phrase “recession is just a word” was attributed to Mrs Kemi Adeosun, the Minister of Finance, Nigeria. There was a lot of backlash from the citizens as they used the opportunity to remind her about the state of the country and the harsh, biting economic situation which seems poised to get even harsher. So I started thinking. Could she be right; maybe it is just a word after all. I have come the conclusion she was shading and chiding us for living like were recession-immune. If we had behaved’ ourselves instead of ‘eating our future’; recession indeed would have been a word. I have been so recessed beaten that I wonder when looking at her and her rosy cheeks as she twangs away while delivering a repeat of last month’s...

WOMAN, THOU ART HATED.

I’m glad it was a woman who witnessed the broad daylight sexual molestation of a group of secondary girls numbering about 60 at Falomo Ikoyi, Lagos State. I struggle to find the right words to express my emotions in situations like this that have become all too common. In fact this latest incident isn’t even a common sight but an introduction of a frightening dimension. Secondary school boys who systematically planned to attack, molest and rape girls on their last day of school as a way to ‘celebrate’. The secondary school girls were their next door neighbours; only a wall separated them. They had pairs of scissors that they used to cut the skirts of the girls. The girls that had their skirts cut had worn double spandex which alluded to the...

KILLING THE INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS(IDPs)

” I’m not afraid of werewolves or vampires or haunted hotels, I’m afraid of what real human beings do to other real human beings” Walter Jon Williams A couple of weeks ago we heard in the media that 200 children (and counting) had died in IDP camps due to starvation. Then the shouts started. How is that possible given the monthly allocation shelled out by the Government for the upkeep of the IDPs? Everyone turned and looked at Nigeria Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) the body primarily saddled with managing disaster on behalf of our humble selves. A frenzy. Then beans started being spilt. Apparently, some other horror story was going on. They had become nothing but an acronym; statistics and a cancer. Let’s back track a bit. The...

SHADES OF RAPE

And so another story broke last week on social media from a lady on how she had been raped at various times by her boyfriend and his friends (who she named in clear detail) eight years ago when she was only 17 years old. He was 25years old at the time. Of course the Court of Public Opinion is sharply divided on whether or not she was actually raped. After I read and re- read her story, it was very easy to say that she knew exactly what she was getting into or rather had gotten into and that it wasn’t rape that took place but the shenanigans of a teenager who wanted to play with the big boys. Reading his own version of events which was the posting of Facebook correspondences between the two of them during the brief interlude told an even different...

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