From a sexually transmitted infection to cancer

This post is going to address one of the leading forms of cancers among women in Nigeria. Cervical cancer. This cancer affects the cervix – which is the lower part of the womb. It is the second most common type of cancer among women, after breast cancer and it is seriously killing women. Every day, 26 women in Nigeria die from cervical cancer and close to 70% of women who have cervical cancer in Nigeria will die, for various reasons. Continue reading

Happy International Youth day

We have attained Bachelor and Masters Degrees. We have applied for jobs we are overqualified for. We have been harassed by gatemen of large corporations as we shamelessly attempt to drop our unsolicited CVs. We have fallen prey to fraudsters who promised us jobs if we pay an exorbitant sum of money. We do not want to look at our parents’ faces because we do not want to see the disappointment they try to hide. They have spent so much on our education, you see? Continue reading

Housemaid saga: Questions for Madam

In Nigeria, there is a form of child labour that is quite common and accepted, and that is employing children to be housemaids. This situation stems from poverty. For several socio-cultural or economic reasons, many parents do not plan their families and end up having too many children to take care of. This causes them to give out their children to work for others as housemaids. This is also what gives rise to child beggars and child hawkers. But that is a story for another day.

Anyway, in this case, females are mostly the victims and get to live under some pretty harsh conditions. So in light of this, I have just a few questions for Madam. Yes, you who own underage housemaids. Continue reading