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Menstrual Hygiene Day: CEE-HOPE Fetes Teenagers, Makes Case for Free Pads Distribution



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A Non-Governmental Organization, the Centre for Children’s Health Education, Orientation and Protection (CEE-HOPE) recently marked the International Menstrual Hygiene Day with a call for government’s intervention in ending period poverty in Nigeria. 

At a one-day seminar in Lagos which attracted several teenage girls from communities across Lagos and Ogun States and featured talks on rape awareness and career choices, and others, CEE-HOPE’s Executive Director, Betty Abah lamented the impact of period poverty on women and girls. 

“Millions of women and girls in Nigeria are going through very hard times managing their periods because they lack the finance to purchase menstrual hygiene products especially at a time when basic eating is a big challenge for many.” She added that the annual event was one of the avenues to raise general awareness about period poverty, menstrual hygiene management and associated challenges and to draw government’s attention to intervene by providing free sanitary products to school girls so that they can stay back in school as well as the need for government to remove taxes on all sanitary products.

“Countries like Kenya and Uganda which are relatively poorer than Nigeria provide pads for school girls monthly while Rwanda has removed taxes on all sanitary products. Scotland on its own provides free sanitary products for females within the reproductive age brackets monthly. Nigeria inspite of the ravaging poverty has not considered any of these options, she noted.

Others speakers who spoke at the event whose theme was ‘Making menstruation a normal fact of life by 2030’ include Anker Amurawaiye, a teacher, entrepreneur and youth coach, Anthonia Ojenagbon, a gender advocate, and Yinka Kenny, a TV host and founder of the Yinka Kenny Girls Foundation. 
Mrs. Amurawaiye urged the girls to maintain the highest form of hygiene during their monthly period as it is a natural phenomenon and nothing to be ashamed about as period is not a taboo.
Corroborating her, Yinka Kenny, a child rights advocate who spoke on the myths of menstruation charged the girls to see menstruation as a norm, because it is natural to women and girls. She also mentioned that the girls should desist from any attitude that could reinforce the myths and negative perceptions about menstruation.

On her part, Anthonia Ojenagbon, a Child rights advocate spoke about child sexual abuse, citing her personal experience and how she went through the ordeal but garnered strength to overcome depression and suicidal thoughts which were aftermath effects. She also encouraged the youngsters to report the slightest hint of abuse as perpetrators are encouraged to continue in their heinous crime when they are not instantly exposed.
Other speakers who addressed the girls virtually (via video) on period poverty and menstrual hygiene management were Sanaa Mehajer of Girls on A Mission (GOAM), Australia and Andrea Guadalupe Rodriguez of OPC NGO, Mexico. 
The event also witnessed the launch of CEE-HOPE’s latest advocacy movie, “Leave to Live,” which focuses on domestic violence. It featured eminent Nollywood actors such as Segun Arinze, Ngozi Nwosu  Papa Ajasco amongst others.

Participants at the event were girls from Makoko, Ori-Oke, Monkey Village, Ifelodun communities in Lagos and Matogun in Ogun States.

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BREAKING: Adeleke Wins At Supreme Court

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Says this is a historic landmark in the history of Osun politics



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The Supreme Court on Tuesday set aside the appeal by Adegboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) challenging the election of Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as Osun State Governor.

The apex court, in its judgment read by Justice Emmanuel Agim, also upheld the Appeal Court’s judgment which upheld the election of Adeleke as the state governor.

The apex court held that the appellant failed to adduce enough evidence to prove his allegation of over voting in the July 16, 2022 governorship poll.

The judgment is affirmed and adopted by the entire five members of the panel. According to all the members of the panel the appeal lacks merit.

Adeleke, while reacting to the Supreme court verdict affirming his election in his residence in Ede, applauded the judiciary for upholding the judgement of the Appeal Court.

According to him: “This is an historic landmark in the history of Osun politics. Today is the day, our God ordained to stand his authority as the owner and giver of power.

“Today is that moment when the will of the people ordained by God survived anti-masses plot of powerful forces. We therefore celebrate God Almighty.

Source: Platform Africa, Vanguard

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MAY DAY: Ortom Lauds, Thanks BENUE Workers

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“This is my last workers day celebration with you as your Governor”



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With few weeks left before the expiration of his tenure as the number one citizen of Benue State, Governor Samuel Ortom has taken advantage of the Workers Day 2023 to appreciate and commend Benue workers for their resilience and unflinching support for his government over the years despite the obvious challenges.

Governor Ortom in a solidarity message to workers issued Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Nathaniel Ikyur, in commemoration of the 2023 Workers’ Day celebration said in spite of the harsh economic environment, Benue workers had “remained undaunted and faithful.”

While noting that the last eight years had been challenging, the Governor lauded the workers for keeping the wheel of the state alive.

He said, “as we celebrate this year’s workers’ day, I sincerely express my solidarity and appreciation for the hardworking men and women of the Benue State civil servants who keep our economy running and our society functioning smoothly.

“The past years have been challenging for all of us and I know that many of you have faced difficult circumstances and uncertainties in your workplaces like payment of salaries and other allowances. The situation has been worsened by insecurity in the state. Yet, you have had to adapt to new working conditions and navigate a rapidly changing economic landscape.

“But through it all, you have persevered and shown incredible resilience. Your dedication and commitment to your jobs and our communities are an inspiration to us all.

“This is my last workers day celebration with you as your Governor. I want you to know that I am committed to supporting you and advocating for your rights and well-being no matter what others may feel or say.

“I am therefore proud to stand with you at all times as we work to build a more just and equitable society, where every worker has the opportunity to thrive and succeed.

“So on this workers’ day, I want to say a big thank you. Thank you for your hard work, your dedication, and your unwavering commitment to making our state a better place. You are the backbone of our economy and the heart of our communities, and I am honored to serve as your Governor.”

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143 Contestants Jostle For $100,000 Nigeria Literature Prize

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NLNG Sponsored Prize Records 61% Increase in Drama Cycle Entries



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About 143 contestants have made entries for the 2023 edition of Nigeria Prize for Literature in Drama category, sponsored by Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG). This is a remarkable 61% increase against 89 entries in the last Drama cycle in 2018. The entrants will compete for a top prize of $100,000.

This was revealed today at a ceremony in Lagos to hand over the entries to judges for the commencement of the adjudication process. NLNG, represented by its General Manager for External Relations and Sustainable Development, Mr Andy Odeh, handed over the entries to the Chair of the Prize’s Advisory Board, Professor Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo, who, in turn, handed over the entries to the judges.

The Prize rotates yearly amongst four literary categories of prose fiction, poetry, drama and children’s literature.

The Advisory Board also handed over 13 entries for The Nigeria Prize for Literary Criticism.

Professor Ameh Dennis Akoh chairs the panel of judges for this year’s Literature and the Literary Criticism competition. Professor Akoh is a Professor of Drama and Critical Theory at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ebonyi State. He has over 50 publications in refereed local and international journals and books. He is the former Editor of the Nigerian Journal of Indigenous Knowledge and Development, Nigerian Theatre Journal (NTJ), Co-editor of African Nebula and the UNIOSUN College of Humanities Monograph Series (2009-2016).

Other panel members include Professor Osita Catherine Ezenwanebe and Dr Rasheedah Liman. Professor Ezenwanebe is a professor of Creative Arts at the University of Lagos. She has written and produced several full-length plays. Dr Liman is a Senior lecturer at the Department of Theatre and Performing Arts, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, Kaduna State.

Professor Victor K. Yankah from the Department of Theatre and Film Studies, the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, serves as the International Consultant for the 2023 edition of the Prize.

Speaking on the entries received for the 2023 edition of the Prize, Mr Odeh expressed confidence in the judges and Advisory Board. He emphasised the importance of the dedicated website for the three prizes – The Nigeria Prize for Literature, the Nigeria Prize for Literary Criticism, and the Nigeria Prize for Science – being the only platform for information regarding the prizes, winners, and the adjudication process.

“The Prize serves as a stimulus for Nigerian writers to strive for excellence, and we are proud to see an increase in entries this year for drama. We believe that through this Prize, we are promoting Nigerian literature and encouraging the growth of the literary industry in the country. We are confident that the judges and Advisory Board will do due diligence to produce a verdict based on merit and excellence, and we hope to see a worthy winner of the Prize at the end of the cycle,” he said.

In her remarks, Professor Adimora-Ezeigbo emphasised the importance of literature in driving development in Nigeria.

“Literature is a powerful tool that can drive development in our society. As we begin the adjudication process for this year’s Nigeria Prize for Literature, I urge the judges to use this opportunity to elevate literature and bring it to the forefront of the development discourse in Nigeria. The entries we have received are a testament to the vibrant literary scene in the country, and we hope to see a winner that truly represents the best of Nigerian literature,” she stated.

Past winners in the Drama category include Ahmed Yerima (2005) for his play, Hard Ground; Esiaba Irobi (2010) who clinched the prize posthumously with his book Cemetery Road; Professor Sam Ukala (2014) with his play, Iredi War; and Soji Cole with his book, Embers, (2018).

Other members of the Advisory Board are Prof. Olu Obafemi and Prof. Ahmed Yerima.

The Nigeria Prize for Literature is Africa’s most prestigious literary award, and the increase in entries for drama cycle highlights growing interest in Nigerian literature. With this year’s edition particularly competitive, the judges and Advisory Board have their work cut out to select a deserving winner.

Source: The Platform

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