6th EU-Nigeria Business Forum – Stand up For The Women & Youth!

The 6th EU (European Union) – Nigeria business forum was basically a platform for leaders, policy makers and stakeholders from the EU and Nigeria to explore business openings, how to create investments and create more jobs. Day two of the event, which took place at Eko Hotel & Suites in Lagos on Friday, 6th October 2017, was all about gender equality and investing in Youth. I particularly enjoyed this bit of the business forum because it was channeled towards empowering women entrepreneurs, accelerating gender equality and investing in young people within Nigeria. According to the African development bank group (Afdb), women are more economically active in Africa, and in Nigeria particularly as entrepreneurs, recruits and farmers […]

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Nigeria’s Faux Modest Culture.

“You went visiting a man alone, what did you think would happen?” Those were the first words my friend, Bintu received from her family when she placed a phone call home informing them that she had been raped. She had dropped by her boyfriend’s place to talk things out because their two-year relationship was suffering. That evening, he invited himself into her body without her consent as some form of tasteless retaliation for whatever it was their union was undergoing. Bintu suffered chronic pelvic pain and vaginal inflammation forcing her to remain in the hospital weeks after the event. Her family disregarded the emotional and psychological trauma the rape had caused her, and resorted instead to […]

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Child Marriage, An Absurdity.

Child marriage prevents teenagers from fornicating. Child marriage is permissible as long as the child is mature and consents. I rebel against the above statements that have become everyday debate points for the advocates of (forced) child marriage. The inbuilt prejudice and nonsensicality of such assertions seem invisible to many of the participants – who overlook the damaging consequences that ascend from an under aged child being strained into marriage. Advocates of such discussions typically throw in culture and religion to rationalize their arguments. The impression is that giving out girls from as early as the age of nine, for marriage generates a sense of security against sexual promiscuity and protection from sexually transferred infections. The […]

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Benefits Of Islamic Banking In Nigeria

  A banking system is a crucial component for any developing financial system and economy, an appropriate system of Banking is important in creating a proficient society. Banks help apportion saver’s funds to borrowers effectively and give out concentrated financial services. A major source of income for the conventional banking system is the difference in the rate of interest rates paid to depositors and the rate lent to individuals and businesses. Islamic/unconventional banking is a banking system that is steered by the principles of Shariah (Islamic law) and guided by Islamic economics. Financial transactions based on Islamic principles are different from conventional and or commercial transactions. For example, investments based on interest, alcohol, pork, gambling and […]

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You And Abubakar Shekau Are Not That Dissimilar

    It is no news that Nigerians are extremists – and in everything too. Whether or not we choose to admit it, we are laced with (un) conscious bias. Yes, I’m saying there’s some form of sexist, racist, and religious/ethnic bias fortified within many of us ready to prowl out anytime (provided we allow it to). – And you know what’s hysterical? We twist religion to rationalize our bigotry! It’s why we have a prowling harebrained maniac like Abubakar Shekau slaughtering thousands of innocent Nigerians alongside his senseless ensemble of fanatics claiming God asked them to do so or why Pastor Timothy Ngwu impregnated near half of his female congregation with the assertion that the […]

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How To Get Away With Murder

Nigeria has an illegitimate culture of dispensing ‘justice’ on ‘blundering’ individuals – jungle/mob justice.  There are no people as united as a mob. The mob does not know religion or economics or ethnicity. They are not concerned with law and order and they certainly care not about the innocence of their victims. They only know one thing; murder – and of course, how to get away with it. So, be it the Aluu 4 lynching that happened in Rivers state where four young men were brutally murdered and their bodies paraded for the community to see because someone accused them of stealing laptops/mobile phones or the Mob in Kano state that callously tortured and killed a woman outside her market stall because she told them not to perform ablution […]

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(Northern) Nigeria And The Subjugation Of Female Rights

With acrimony in my heart, I watched in silence as nineteen-year-old Hajara recounted her ordeal to me, left arm in one bearing as though she was aiming at something. She was weary and her voice quivered as she spoke. Her husband had divorced her; she was abandoned with three children, no job whatsoever, zilch to fall back on. She narrated how her (ex) husband did not permit her to complete her schooling or learn a trade; he came to the conclusion that she would be more advantageous at home. Despite being an educated and polished man he was of the opinion that it will be more worthwhile for her to stay in the kitchen, you know […]

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