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Child BrideThe Gender and Constitution Reform Network, GECORN, a coalition of women’s rights organisations across Nigeria, on Thursday rejected the Senate’s resolution on child marriage.

The organisation, in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, and made available to journalists in Abeokuta , rejected the argument of Ahmed Yerima that the proposal for the deletion of section 29 (4)(b) which states that “any woman who is married shall be deemed of full age” is at variance with Islamic law.

“The constitution of Nigeria is the supreme law of the country. While we hail the constitution review process led by the Senate and the House of Representatives, we reject the argument of Senator Ahmed Yerima that the proposal for the deletion of section 29 (4) (b) which states that “any woman who is married shall be deemed of full age.”
The women activists emphasised that section 29 of the 1999 Constitution particularly prescribed the procedures for Nigerians who wish to renounce their citizenship.

Monday, 22 July 2013 08:21

Making mothers out of children

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Child MotherDespite the fact that there are medical, psychological, social and legal moral justifications, not to mention international outcry, against child marriage, the Nigerian Senate, last Monday, legalised child marriage, thereby increasing the risks of children developing sexual health complications and contravening the Child Rights Act. RUTH OLUROUNBI examines the medical, psychological and social implications of child marriage and how the child rights have been grossly violated by the Senate’s singular action.

Child marriage is not only wrong, it is dangerous. It exposes a young girl to profound health risks from early pregnancy and difficult childbirth and it exposes her baby to complications of premature birth —Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF.

Pervert Senator_YerimaWife of the Ekiti State governor, Chief (Mrs) Bisi Fayemi, has called for sustained protests against the decision of the Senate on girl-child marriage, saying the people must lend their voices to the ongoing outrage on the decision.

Mrs Fayemi, in a statement made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti on Sunday, charged “more men and women of good conscience, civil society organisations, feminists and social justice crusaders to lend their voices to the ongoing outrage about the move by the Senate to legalise child marriage.”

In the statement by her Special Assistant on Media, Mr Akin Oyedele, Mrs Fayemi said “the lawmakers’ move is self-serving and at variance with all international conventions and protocols on the rights of the child, which Nigeria has ratified.”

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Ethiopian and Nigerian asylum seekers who had settled in South Africa fleeing persecution and conflict in their own countries cleaned streets in Johannesburg to pay tribute to a figure widely praised as ‘a father of Africa’.
“In this country, Mandela is the reason all of us blacks are free, so that’s why we love him as the first citizen,” said Kennedy Uzondu, 30, a Nigerian trader who has lived in South Africa for three years.


The United Nations declared July 18 as Nelson Mandela International Day in 2009 and it was celebrated with speeches from figures such as former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

GardenThe whole wide world is stark awake, day and night, waiting for the Mandela hour. But there's no escaping the fact that even in life or death Mandela trumps all. It is indeed with bated breath that the global village looks ahead to the great one's 95th birthday on July 18. Of course that date has been universally fixed as Nelson Mandela International Day, or Mandela Day for short. The epochal day was officially declared by the United Nations in November 2009, and the first UN Mandela Day held on July 18, 2010.

mandela1South Africans prepared for celebrations and charity work as a way to commemorate the birthday of former president Nelson Mandela, who turns 95 on Thursday in a hospital where he has been for weeks for a lung infection.

"It is obviously more significant now because of his medical condition," said Noor Nieftagodien, an associate professor from the University of Witwatersrand. "Previously, his birthday embodied our democracy, but it's profoundly more important now."

Nigerian UniverityThe Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Jos state Chapter, said Nigerian students pay about $3billion as tuition fees to study in African Universities every year.

The ASUU Chairperson, Dr. David Jangkam flung by his Secretary, Dr. Noel Wannang and other members of the executive disclosed this while addressing newsmen at the ASUU secretariat in Jos, on Tuesday over the ongoing ASUU strike, and the conduct of the Post UMTE Screening by
the Administration of University of Jos,

According to him, “Nigerian Scholars are migrating to other African countries in their numbers, paying about 3 billion dollars annually as tuition fees and other charges in other African Universities.

ChimamandaNigerian author , Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, will be awarded the Heartland Prize for fiction in celebration of her most recent novel “Americanah.” A 2008 MacArthur Foundation “genius award” recipient, Adichie writes about issues of identity, displacement and dislocation. Her work has been translated into thirty languages and has appeared in various publications such as The New Yorker and the Financial Times.

Thomas Dyja will be honored with the Heartland Prize for non-fiction for “The Third Coast,” a cultural history of his hometown of Chicago. Originally from Chicago’s Northwest Side, Dyja comes at the American experience from a unique angle, looking at mid-century Chicago when so much of what is considered truly American – McDonald’s, Playboy, Great Books – was born. He elucidates this profound impact on America and also speaks to the waning of post-war creativity in Chicago.

Hassan al-bashirCivil rights activists and human rights lawyers Monday demanded that Nigeria arrest Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir and deliver him to the International Criminal Court to stand trial for crimes in Darfur.

President Goodluck Jonathan was urged "to support the demand by the international community for justice for the victims of genocide and war crimes," by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project.

Human rights lawyers are going to court to argue for an order to force the arrest, said Chino Obiagwu of Nigeria's Legal Defense and Assistance Project.

Human Rights Watch was contacting diplomats to add to the pressure. They are urging Nigeria's international partners "to signal that Nigeria should show leadership and not host ICC fugitive Bashir," said Elise Keppler of the New York-based organization's International Justice ProgrNigeria is a member of the International Criminal Court and "has international legal obligations to ensure that this country does not become a safe haven for alleged perpetrators of crimes under international law like al-Bashir," said Adetokunbo Mumuni, executive director of the rights and accountability project.

Monday, 15 July 2013 10:40

Mass graves found in Nigeria raids

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mass-graveMaiduguri - Military officials say they have uncovered mass graves of decomposing bodies, networks of underground tunnels and caches of buried arms in raids that killed dozens of Islamic extremists in Nigeria's north-eastern city of Maiduguri.

Sunday's statement about last week's raids contradicts previous military assurances that it had forced militants out of major cities and towns in a two-month-old security crackdown in three north-eastern states covering one-sixth of Nigeria.

Spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa said security forces also rescued many women and girls kidnapped by the extremists in an attack in Maiduguri's Bulabulinganaram neighborhood.

Thursday, 11 July 2013 18:14

SA's First female VP for UN Post

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Phumzile Mlambo-NgcukaNEW YORK, 10 July 2013 / PRNewswire Africa / - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, a former deputy president of South Africa and women's advocate, as the new head of the United Nations body tasked with promoting women's rights and their full participation in global affairs.

Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka replaces Michelle Bachelet, a former president of Chile who served as the first Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women). Ms. Bachelet stepped down a few months ago.

Thursday, 11 July 2013 18:04

Whites welcome in EFF - Malema

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MalemaWhite South Africans are welcome to join the Economic Freedom Fighters if they agreed with the movement, Julius Malema said at the launch his political platform in Braamfontein.

"Fellow white South Africans, if you agree with us you are more than welcome to join us in the redistribution of land and wealth in South Africa," he said. "This land is too big. There is nobody who will be driven to the sea. We will share, black and white. But failure to share means you will be forced to share.

"We all belong here, but we all have to show proof that we belong here. Black people have nothing to show. Therefore we must give them something to show so they can say proudly: this is our land, this is our country," the Mail and Guardian reported Malema as saying.

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