Stories: Nigeria

  • Ministries of Health in Africa Are Ministries of Diseases, Says Former Vice President of Uganda

    Dr Specioza Kazibwe, an Ugandan Surgeon and politician, recently described ministries of health in Africa as ministries of diseases. She made this statement during the #GlobalPower Women Network Africa High Level Meeting that took place in Abuja, Nigeria, last week. The UNAIDS supported event, which was themed, “Accelerating the implementation of the global and regional commitments for Women and...

  • Accelerating Commitment and Action to Tackle Issues Affecting Women and Girls in Africa

    The President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, while giving her remark during the first day of the #GlobalPower Women Network had recommended that women every where take up the responsibility of ensuring the achievement of goals set to accelerate actions on issues affecting women and girls. Gender Inequality as driver of HIV The second day of the High Level Meeting...

  • Deonar Dumping Grounds in Mumbai

    Ever been to Rafiq Nagar and Baba Nagar in Mumbai, India? If your answer is in the affirmative, then, you have Makoko, Oko Baba and Ijora Badiya, all slums on Lagos mainland on your mind. As it’s characteristic of those places, filth, stench, oddities of all sorts and, above all, a huge population of people that are suffering...

  • Women Leaders Gather in Nigeria to Tackle Women’s and Girls’ Issues

    Today in Africa, women in power have considered it important to synergize and address issues affecting women and girls in Africa, said Professor Viola Onwuliri, during her opening remark. Professor Onwuliri is Nigeria’s minister of foreign affairs and soon-to-be president of GlobalPower Women Network Africa (GPWNA). Here is a reminder of why this matters. There are about 23.5...

  • Out of the Mouth of Babes: What Nigeria Should be Doing About Honesty and Accountability

    I had the privilege of attending a symposium contest held for public secondary schools here in Nasarawa state on Thursday. And as always, I was pumped to watch and hear young Nigerians speak on the future they would like to see. The actual theme of the contest was "value and ethics re-orientation in Nigeria." About 30 schools were invited by...

  • Nigerian Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill 2013

      The Nigerian SSMB 2013 was passed by the House of Representatives on May 30th.  It is now in the hands of President Goodluck Jonathan who must decide whether or not to sign it into law. The US and UK have both stated that passage of the Bill would compromise some aspects of aid, possibly HIV/AIDS funding but...

  • Curbing the Spread of HIV and Hepatitis in Nasarawa State

    A one-day awareness campaign on the dangers and realities of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis was held on Thursday at Business Information and Training Centre (BITC), Lafia Nasarawa State. According to Mr. Adenitan Lawrence, the manager at BITC, the purpose of the program was to create awareness about Hepatitis and HIV/AIDS to staff, students and clients of the organization. ...

  • State Leaders in Nigeria Offer Skills Trainings to Combat High Illiteracy and Unemployment

    While applying to university, Isabella Anna Anzolo, 20, enrolled in a free computer literacy training offered by a local organization in Lafia, the capital of Nigeria’s Nasarawa state. Anzolo says she wanted to gather new skills to make her marketable for a job in case she does not receive acceptance to university. “As a young girl or...

  • A Gunmaker in Nigeria

    Mmemme’s friends gave him his nickname, an affectionate, long-held one, which means “to boast”; they said he would show off incessantly as a boy, like a precocious rapper.Mmemme is an Igbo word; the Igbos are one of Nigeria’s more than two hundred and fifty ethnic groups, and are mainly found in...

  • Vaccination in Nigeria: Victory Path with Pending Challenges…

    Ada’s vaccination scare The baby wailed and stretched his leg in pain as the nurse administered the vaccine. The health peronnel around consoled both mother and child, encouraging them that the reaction happens in rare cases. The baby they assured would overcome the pain in no time. Seconds, minutes and hours later Ada’s one month baby...