‘Breasts on lantern’: Agonies of borrowers of Nigerian micro-credit loans

“Gb’omu le’na” in Yoruba language, the dominant language in Nigeria’s South-west – literally means to place breasts on a lit lantern. It was coined by some Nigerians today to express the excruciating pain that comes with the repayment plans for loans drawn from some micro-finance banks (MFBs) or micro-finance institutes (MFI). Borrowers, mostly petty traders and local artisans, constantly suffer palpitations as they strive to make their payments in weekly instalments. Defaulters are usually locked up in toilets or paraded in public to beg for alms. From Ibadan to Ile-Ife, Osogbo to Ilesha, Ilorin to Abeokuta, and other major towns and villages across Nigeria, tension usually erupts among local traders… Read More

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Families Engaged in Destructive Tug of War: How to Drop the Rope

Tug of war is an ancient game that is believed to have begun in the 8th century BC as a training exercise for warriors. Today it is a fun game usually played at social events that pits two teams against one another to reveal which team is the strongest and has the most endurance. However, when a tug of war pits two family members against each other, it’s anything but fun. Indeed, it often turns into a deadly game — killing any safety and security that family members feel in their own home. Here are two examples of family tug of war games. Example 1: “Reality shows are so stupid. I… Read More

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WOMEN URGED TO MOVE FORWARD IN GOVERNANCE AND POLITICS

Civil Society Organizations, Legislators and Stakeholders had a strategic meeting in Abuja on Women participation in politics and moving forward in Governance; with keen interest in the promotion and protection of women and girls in Nigeria. The results and outcome from the 2019 elections which showed women still face serious obstacles in their bid for elected offices due to violence, intimidation and discrimination were discussed. The contributions and participation of women in Governance and politics and the Status of the Gender and Equal Opportunity Bill at the National Assembly were reviewed. Participants pledged their renewed support for women and resolutions were drawn to achieve full inclusion of women in Governance… Read More

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WE ARE ALL GUILTY

WE ARE ALL GUILTY Remarks at the Screening of Silent Tears Documentary on Sexual Violence against Women by Udo Jude Ilo in Abuja, 10.June.2019 I will be the first to admit my profound disappointment and shame that at this time in the life of Nigeria, we are gathered to discuss the brazen organized assault on women in Nigeria and Abuja in particular. That we are having this conversation is a grave indictment on our country. It is an embarrassing testimonial to our irresponsible disdain for women and our collective criminal silence in the face of this enterprise contrived to extort and profit off the misery of our mothers, sisters, wives… Read More

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