Nigerian child disadvantaged compared to global peers – Ezekwesili

That the Nigerian child is at a disadvantaged, compared to their counterparts around the world is not the major problem but identifying and eliminating impediments to the child’s fundamental human rights to quality education is key. This has however calls for urgent attention. Besides, poor basic education standards compounded by lack of electric power supply, had also been identified as major factors responsible for the Nigerian child’s low education standard. This had formed the major focus of discourse at the 2017 Wole Soyinka Media Lecture Series and launch of the…

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Motherhood: Balancing work, life

Grace Essen   I would define life balance as having all areas of life – work, family, friends, personal life and spiritual life working in harmony, at minimal stress. Sounds pretty simple and straightforward, right? But it is not in real life. Because life is constantly changing – today you are a new mom and a young professional, many years down the line you would be an empty nester planning to retire and desiring a simpler lifestyle. Or maybe you are a stay-at-home mom with young kids, cooking and cleaning…

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I was looking for a title for a woman who did not ‘belong’ to a man – Late Sheila Michaels

It is no more news that Sheila Michaels, a U.S.feminist who spread the modern usage of the title “Ms.” as a way to denote a woman’s independence, has died in New York at age 78, prompting an outpouring of tributes on social media. Michaels was credited with having ushered back into English common parlance the honorific as an alternative to “Mrs.” and “Miss”, titles that mark a woman’s marital status. Michaels, who lived in New York City and her native city of St. Louis, died from acute leukemia, said Howard…

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Embracing new ideas

Flora Onwudiwe It is no longer a strange culture or a new thing to find in Nigeria, women holding executive positions and calling the shot alongside their male counterparts. In some cases, they outshine their counterparts. The above statement holds sway for female in journalism. Last week, they gathered for the fourth edition of Women in Journalism (WIJ) Africa conference tagged: Pioneers, Innovators and the Brave New World. The aim was to proffer solutions and strategies to realise role of women in the development of a society. Almost all the…

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More men involved in parenting than ever before – Survey

Most people in emerging and developed economies believe men are now more involved in parenting than ever before, with many saying the role of women should not be confined to the home, a global survey indicated recently. Nearly 70 percent of people thought men had a “greater responsibility for the home and childcare” than they had ever had, according to a survey of 18,180 adults across 22 countries including India, United States, Indonesia, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, Mexico and Britain. Respondents from India, Argentina and Indonesia were most likely to…

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Why are women so good at putting off happiness?

You woke up really excited, it’s your special day. Your husband says good bye as he rushes through the door, he’s running late for work. You can’t believe he didn’t even wish you a happy birthday! Well, maybe he has a surprise for you…throughout the day… no call, no Whatsapp message, no post on Facebook, on his profile is still Arsenal logo …mmmhhh! He comes home in the evening in a hurry to catch up with the live football match on Super Sports, and screaming all through. And you’re sitting…

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Catching them young

It sure takes a lot more to raise decent children in today’s world than it did many years ago. Our children need very firm boundaries at the same time some flexibility to enable them learn to make right choices at all times. Sometimes it is hard to know where to draw the line, and so we are constantly under pressure to get it right. As a working mom you will have to accept that you really cannot be physically present with your children as much as you would love to….

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