World water week: The meaning of water

Its world water week. So this post will be about water. It’s not about how we need to drink lots of water for better health. Though we should. Instead, It’s going to answer the question UNICEF keeps asking on social media, ‘’what does water mean to you?” For the millions of people in rural areas who are unable to answer, here goes… Continue reading

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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

Dear smokers, be selfish

Dear smokers,

Hi.

This post is dedicated to you. It is not a post telling you to quit smoking. Because that’s just a waste of time. Instead, this post is telling you, to be selfish.

This post is begging you to keep all that smoke to yourself.

When you smoke and exhale, you are releasing what is called second hand smoke. When you light a cigarette, its end releases what is called second hand smoke. This form of smoke is even more dangerous than the smoke you exhale. This is because the end of a cigarette is like a dump that contains the waste of the cigarette’s toxins. Hence, it emits even more dangerous chemicals than what you inhale. Continue reading

Generators and their fumes of death

I read about a man who was killed by generator fumes a few days ago. A few weeks before that, my sister told me about a family killed by generator fumes. And the list goes on and on. A lot of people have lost their lives because of generators.

We need generators. They are necessary back up when there is power failure (which is a lot of the time). Let’s be honest, our electricity provision issues will not be resolved any time soon. People are going to continue to rely on generators. Consequently, people are going to keep dying from generators.

Let me tell you how generators kill.
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Heat confessions (Heat and my health)

I am so glad the rain has come and the heat has been washed away. Because the season was too hot.

If there was constant electricity, I wouldn’t have had cause to complain much, because then, being indoors wouldn’t be a problem. But this season, being indoors and outdoors were equally frustrating.

Now that it’s gone, I just have to rant about the good and bad ways the heat affected my health. Continue reading

Jaja Clinic, I am shaking my head

Dear Readers,

Let me tell you a true story.

One fine Friday morning, my friends and I went to the school’s clinic, Jaja Clinic for our medical registration. As new students, we were all expected to carry out medical tests and register with Jaja Clinic.  By 8am, we were there, with plans to complete our registrations that day. But, Alas, as the popular saying goes, man proposes and Jaja Clinic disposes.

We “cat-walked” to the clinic laboratory ready to begin with the urine test. At the door of the lab, the lab technician, seated on a chair said “Go and come back when there is water”. Continue reading

Seven reasons to eat (more) dates.

Dear readers,

Sorry, this is a very late post. So many factors contributed to the lateness of this post. Electricity and Internet, I am looking at you. But anyway,

I decided to start a new series to post at least once a month. And that is the “eat more” series (working title). This series will talk about common foods in our locality and how they are so important for our health. Hence, we need to eat more of them, Hence the “eat more” working title.

So today, in the spirit of Ramadan, I will be writing on why we should eat more dates. Continue reading

Breasts need love too.

 

Dear Ladies,

Before I begin, MEN, HOLD IT RIGHT THERE. I know some of you are already trying to close the page, and are thinking “This is not for me”.  It is also for you. Keep on reading. Then be a good brother, boyfriend, or husband and spread the word. You can read this post How men matter to know more.

Okay, Now I may begin. Where was I?

Dear Ladies,

My name is Lonely breast and I am writing this open letter on behalf of every breast out there. I write this out of a deep feeling of abandonment and loneliness. Of betrayal and bitterness. I am saddened by the fact that, even though we make you feel feminine, beautiful and productive, you hardly bother to say hi once in a while. Continue reading